Episode 13: Baby Driver

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B-A-B-Y Baby. Here we take a look at Baby Driver. Up for 3 Academy Award nominations, including Best Film Editing, this movie has a little bit of everything and a lot of style. Definitely not for everyone with its stylized dialogue and ode to film noir attitude, there is no denying that there is something fresh and new here, not to mention one of the finest opening sequences you will find anywhere. So buckle up and jump in the back seat for a rotten good time as we follow heist get away driver Baby to the sounds of Beck, Queen and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Episode 13: Baby Driver

Episode 12: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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“The Last Jedi” might have received nothing but praise from critics, but it has the fans split right down the middle. It’s easy to see why some fans were frustrated with some of the big choices made by Rian Johnson. So much of what he did seems to fly in the face of all the ground work that Abrams laid in “The Force Awakens”. The two movies are not the best of friends, but is it really that big of a deal? Luke was so interesting, and the relationship that builds between Kylo and Rey was brilliant. There is also that seriously awesome Yoda cameo and this movie has some of the most jaw dropping shots you will find in all 9 films. It may slump a bit here and there but this movie is big, bold, dark and dirty. Rian Johnson set out to make a new Star Wars movie, his own Star Wars movie, and he did. He made bold creative choices, and almost every one of them works wonders. “The Force Awakens” was the nostalgic swan song everyone wanted and “The Last Jedi” is it’s polar opposite that no one saw coming. I think what is important here is pushing boundaries and exploring something new. Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Episode 11 – Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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Is this a brand new movie or an episode IV reboot? Who knows, maybe both? Either way it’s a great flick. JJ Abrams took on a project that took some serious cojones and made the smart choice to play it safe just so we would all know that the Star Wars universe is in capable hands. Most of all, he gave us a serious tribute to the originals. The Force Awakens is brimming with nostalgia, wonderful new characters and some serious practical effects! Although it’s not perfect, there is so much to love about this addition to the saga that it’s easy to brush a few minor flaws. It’s fun, it’s funny, it has its dark side, it’s incredibly re watchable and most of all, it just feels like Star Wars! Plus, there’s BB-8. Who doesn’t love BB-8?

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Episode 10: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Return of the Jedi has arguably the finest first act of all time – Jabba’s Palace is nothing short of perfection. Leia’s bounty hunter disguise, The Rancor, Jabba’s sail barge, the Sarlacc pit! This movie kicks things off in all the right ways and Luke has had some serious training between Episode V and VI, not too mention that wicked green light saber! Return is a pretty wicked flick. However, stone age Ewoks defeating space age storm troopers in battle? That is weak. Sticks and stones may break my bones but they ain’t got squat on AT-ST’s – or at least they shouldn’t! Oh well, there’s still plenty to love in this movie. Vader and Luke in their final duel, Vader’s redemption! Force lightning!! We finally get some personal time with the Emperor and his face is all kinds of messed up. Seriously, that guy needs to lay off that Heisenberg blue.

Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where??

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Episode 9: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Welcome to the next part in our Star Wars series. It’s time for the Empire to strike back! Empire is often sited as the best film in the original trilogy. Although it might not be as grounded in everyday life as A New Hope, it’s darker and grittier and it doesn’t quit. The sophomore entry in the original trilogy moves with a keen pace while digging deeper into the characters we all fell in love with. We meet Master Yoda, who teaches all of us so much more about the force. Luke really starts to hone is skills as a Jedi. We learn more about Han’s history while a romance between him and Princess Leia builds to the best reply to an “I love you” in cinema history – with Han’s casual  “I know”  – right before he is frozen in carbonite! GASP! Wait, who’s Luke’s father? IMPOSSIBLE!! Let’s be honest, shitake gets real in this movie, and that’s why everyone loves it.

Just remember. Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

 

Episode 8: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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Star Wars! Everyone loves it right? Well anyone who matters that is. The first of a series where we take on the all mighty original trilogy from a galaxy far far away! Join us as we discuss some of the most beloved films of all time along with a healthy dose of current events! Ya we get distracted sometimes… Okay, a lot. First off is A New Hope! It’s a fantastic film and it started it all. It gave us everything! Luke, Obiwan, Leia, Han, Chewy, R2D2, C3P0, Jabba, Boba Fett, Vader, Tarkin, The Empire, The Rebellion, light sabers, Storm Troopers and the fricking Death Star! Most importantly, it gave us The Force. What more could you ask of a movie!?

And Han shot first. Obviously.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

 

 

Episode 7: The Visit

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A friend of the show wanted it and they got it! On this episode of Rotten Commentatoes, we take a look at “The Visit” – a 2015 found footage horror film by M. Night Shyamalan. It does for Grandma’s house what “Jaws” did for the beach! No, but seriously, it’s a messy film with some interesting character choices that you can’t always take seriously and there’s a lot to pick at here but there is also some really good jump scares and some down right freaky stuff happening and a pretty neat little twist to wrap it all up – I mean come on, this is M. Night Shyamalan we are talking about here, it would be a bigger surprise  if there wasn’t a big twist, right?

Episode 7: The Visit