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April 1, 2024 49 mins

Mike and Kelsey share the best and worst movies they watched in the month of March. They also talk about the biggest headlines in movies that include new details on the type of musical that Joker 2 will be, a Happy Gilmore sequel with Adam Sandler and how the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is being rebooted. In the Movie Review, Mike gives his thoughts on  Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.  He talks about how it improves / worsens from part 1, why Godzilla was robbed and how this franchise could improve overall to go from good to great. In the Trailer Park, Mike talks about Bad Boys: Ride or Die which is the 4th film in the franchise. He shares what makes this a solid action-comedy franchise, Will Smith’s reputation since the Oscar slap and why Martin Lawrence deserves a raise.  

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Hello, and welcome back to movie Mike's movie podcast. I
am your host Movie Mike, joined this week by my
wife and co host Kelsey. How are you.

Speaker 2 (00:07):
I'm good, except you just tried to drink my coffee.

Speaker 3 (00:09):
My bad.

Speaker 1 (00:09):
I thought it was my coffee. We're here to talk
about the best and worst movies of March. In the
movie review, we'll be talking about Godzilla, Kong, the New Empire,
and in the trailer park we have a look at
the new Bad Boys movie, Bad Boys Ride or Die.

Speaker 2 (00:24):
This month really flew by, It really didn't.

Speaker 1 (00:26):
I know I say that every single month, but it
was literally here and now it's gone. And now there
are so many more good movies coming out that I
can't wait just to get into summer.

Speaker 3 (00:35):
April's about to be huge month. We have Civil War Challengers.

Speaker 1 (00:40):
Ooh, I've been waiting for that movie for so long.
We'll also get into some movie news. We'll do thumbs
up thumbs down on these new reboots that are happening.
Thank you for being here, Thank you for being subscribed.
Shout out to the Monday Morning movie crew. He Now,
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Speaker 1 (01:18):
All right, we'll kick it off now, getting right into
the best and worst. Kelsey, you started off, what was
the best thing you saw in March Drive ay DoLS,
And that was the movie about the two girls who
take a trip down to Tallahassee realize they have something
in their car that some criminals want. And it's a
pretty wacky movie. But I also like that aspect of it.

Speaker 2 (01:40):
It's wacky, it's raunchy. Listen.

Speaker 3 (01:43):
It's no secret that I love a female at raunchy comedy.
My favorite movie of all times Broadsmaids.

Speaker 1 (01:48):
Those are kind of making the comeback right now.

Speaker 3 (01:50):
I think it's great. Listen. We have so many raunchy
dude movies. That's always been the genre. American Pie, Super Bad,
Wedding Crashers, Over and probably Missing, like seventeen more, a.

Speaker 1 (02:02):
Lot of raunchy dude comedies. It's more common, I.

Speaker 3 (02:05):
Feel like, so I feel like, give the females some
raunchy comedies.

Speaker 2 (02:09):
I think it's hilarious.

Speaker 1 (02:10):
I feel like some people may have a problem with
the switch because it feels more normal for a guy
to be raunchy. Whenever a female lead or female character
start doing that, people are like, oh, this is weird.

Speaker 2 (02:23):
It's Women's History month. Let us have our raunchy comedies.

Speaker 1 (02:27):
I feel like they should happen more often because I
just find it more refreshing.

Speaker 3 (02:32):
It's not just I won't say it because I know children.
It's not d jokes the whole movie.

Speaker 1 (02:38):
That's exactly what I was thinking is I feel like,
I mean, not even just movies, but like stand up comedy,
a dude can just get up there and talk about
his private parts and it's like, ah, he's doing comedy.

Speaker 3 (02:48):
Or about women. I won't say what show, but you
and I went to a comedy show one time and
it was the most low brow, misogynistic comedy, just like
think of any like terrible thing that a comedian could
try to like swing for to make someone laugh. And
you looked at me and you're like, do you want
to leave? And I was like, I've never wanted to

leave somewhere more.

Speaker 1 (03:10):
Yeah, we leave, But I agree with that, and I
think this is a really good movie, one that I
feel like will probably go unnoticed a little bit because
it was a smaller budget movie.

Speaker 3 (03:20):
But maybe it will pop off on streaming like BookSmart did.

Speaker 1 (03:23):
I think it definitely will. I think that I think
comedies in general will have a better run in streaming,
just because this movie didn't have the biggest leads attached
to it. Although Margaret Quayley Beanie Feldstein, Yeah, I just
feel like in the grand scheme of people that you're
going to sell tickets, probably not going to But once
it goes to streaming, I feel like comedies do better there.

The problem is if a comedy just goes on to
streaming and doesn't really make money, it's hard to make
another movie like that again. And I think that's the
reason we see less and less comedies is because they're
not as profitable. Therefore, studios don't want to invest in
them because they really don't get a whole lot out
of them. Even though for a movie like Driveaway Dolls
that is a good movie on paper, you look at

the numbers and you think, oh, that movie flopped, which
is not the case all the time. So hopefully once
that movie goes to streaming, it does pretty well for
my best of the month. It was kind of along
the same lines a Driveaway Dolls. It is Love Livees Bleeding,
which you didn't go see with me Town, but it's
the Kristen Stewart movie. I feel like the plot is
a little bit similar as far as being two female

leads dealing with the type of crime, except Love Lives
Bleeding has the A twenty four treatment, and in this
case is a lot more dramatic, a lot more violent,
not that same comedic tone as Driveaway Dolls. But I
feel like the audience for both of those movies are
probably a little bit of the same, And this was

a movie I went into just loving the aesthetic of it.
I have like a weird fascination with Kristin Stewart as
an actress.

Speaker 2 (04:59):
I'm here for the Chris Stuart renaissance.

Speaker 1 (05:01):
I think this movie should start her comeback, not that
she ever really fully went away.

Speaker 3 (05:05):
Yeah, but it was hard because she did Twilight and
it was one of those where you do one project
and it starts your career and it's what the only
thing you're ever known as? And I'm like, did we
really think that a movie about a high school er
marrying a vampire having a baby who ends up being
imprinted on by her werewolf best friend was anyone's showcase

of talent.

Speaker 1 (05:28):
No, but it put her on the map.

Speaker 2 (05:30):
Put her on the map.

Speaker 3 (05:30):
But I think that she is such a talented actress
and I'm excited to see her getting better roles. And
her press tour for this has been really fun. I
just watched part of her interview that she did with
Seth Myers, and it was really funny because she has
that like such good just like deadpan humor. She's so
good at that and you can't tell if sometimes she's
being serious or facetious.

Speaker 1 (05:50):
And I find that hilarious and kind of along the
same lines of her co star in Twilight, Robert Pattinson,
who has also had that same struggle of not being
viewed as Edward from Twilight. I think it was hard
for people to even see him cast as Batman because
they just saw him as the vampire.

Speaker 2 (06:09):
I think it was great, but he was.

Speaker 1 (06:10):
So good in that.

Speaker 2 (06:11):
Are they making another one of those?

Speaker 1 (06:13):
Yes, it got delayed another year, so probably won't come out.
It was supposed to come out next year. Probably won't
come out until twenty twenty six. That movie takes so
long to film, and it was kind of along the
same lines of what happened with the first one. I
would rather them take their time, get filming started and
make it great than just try to rush it and
put it out next year. I think there's also a

lot of restructuring happening right now on the DC side
of James Gunn taking over. He's trying to build something
and not confuse audiences, which I think is their biggest
struggle right now, because they're gonna come back out with
another Superman movie, and then people were gonna associate it
with the Superman movie from ten years ago, and then
if he has a Batman in that world the other

Batman is, it's gonna be a lot of confusing even
for people were dialed in.

Speaker 3 (07:00):
What confuses me, and I know I've said this before
apologies for being a broken record, is the fact that
James Gunn is Shawn Gunn's brother, and Shawn Gunn played
Kirk on Gilmore Girls.

Speaker 2 (07:09):
He also has guest role in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Speaker 3 (07:12):
He's in a lot of his movies, But I just
like all I see him as is Kirk and Gilmore Girls.
And I know you haven't watched Gilmore Girls with me,
but Kirk is the wackiest, kookiest character and I just
can't take him seriously or anything else. But it's just
so funny that Kirk's brother is making all of these
superhero movies.

Speaker 1 (07:31):
Yea, yeah. I never saw him as the guy from
Gilmore Girls until I saw him out protesting during the
writer strike and they like credited him as Gilmore Girls actor.
I was like, oh, yeah, I guess that's what he's
known for. More.

Speaker 3 (07:42):
One of my favorite Christmas gifts was our sister in law,
your brother's wife gave me a sticker and it says
a film by Kirk and only Gilmore Girls fans would
get the reference.

Speaker 2 (07:52):
But it is a prized possession.

Speaker 1 (07:54):
It has a shoe I never really got into, not
that I was opposed to getting into it.

Speaker 3 (07:58):
It's my comfort show that in Friends. If I need
to fall asleep to something, it's either Gilmore Girls or Friends.

Speaker 1 (08:05):
My comfort show right now is Community, which is at
the time Netflix of this episode coming out, will have
left Netflix.

Speaker 2 (08:12):
Rip Community.

Speaker 1 (08:13):
Oh man, I watched that show so much during the
early twenty tens when it was still on the air.
It's pretty funny, and going back and rewatching it, I'm like,
a lot of this still holds up, although it is
weird some of the references, even just ten years ago.
It's like, man, you can't say that anymore. And that's
with any comedy that.

Speaker 3 (08:30):
EF derailed us. Sorry, but that is our.

Speaker 1 (08:32):
Best of March. Now, what was your worst?

Speaker 2 (08:36):
People aren't gonna lame me for this. It was Dune too.
I found a.

Speaker 1 (08:40):
Lot of people agree with me in thinking that movie
was quite boring.

Speaker 3 (08:45):
It it didn't do it for me. I don't It
wasn't even the plot's not bad. The movie's not bad.

Speaker 2 (08:53):
I just was bored.

Speaker 1 (08:54):
It's just boring. At the end of the day, it
is just boring.

Speaker 3 (08:57):
I came home and did like a no pun intended
Wikipedia wormhole about Dune, rabbit hole, whatever you want to
call it, and I was like, still don't get it.
I get that it's like critically acclaimed, but still don't
get it.

Speaker 1 (09:09):
I get the majority of it. I get its intention.
It is a commentary, almost like a spiritual commentary of
like somebody being the chosen one, people choosing to rally
behind that person that person kind of living up to that.
You have this whole religious war going on in the film,
But I just found myself thinking, like, I don't care

either way what happens to these characters. And aside from
the visual aspect of Dune and the action aspect, I
think those fight sequences are really great. There's just nothing
really to grasp onto you. And with a movie that
has such an amazing cast, all those people individually are
great and could lead their own movie, but the fact
that they're all in one movie that mixed with the

great director, it should be my favorite movie of the year.
I just feel like you have to be a really
big film nerd to really enjoy Dune. And I'm not
that level of nerd. And if you are that level
of nerd, more power to you, because I feel like
being alive at a time where this is happening right
now and you can watch one, you can watch two

and anticipate that they go to make three is a
great time to be a Dune fan. With all these
eighties movies coming back, that's probably the one that the
people are most hype on. For me, I just don't
get it. I'm not into it, so I agree with
you and being one of the worst that we saw
last month, mainly just because wanted to doze.

Speaker 2 (10:27):
Off so long too listen you can't be boring and long.

Speaker 1 (10:32):
And I was hoping that going to see it in
theaters would change how I felt about the movie, that
I would be more just engulfed in the movie because
we watched the first one at home when I mean
that was another weird time that that movie came out
straight to HBO Max at the time.

Speaker 3 (10:46):
I think we also messed up and seeing in the
evening we needed to do like a three pm show
and like chug a coffee and then go into it.
We really really screwed up saying it at six pm,
six point thirty.

Speaker 1 (10:56):
Can you remember when we left there were still people
going to watch it at like nine thirty, going into
Dune to a three hour movie.

Speaker 3 (11:04):
I mean, those were the days of youth. I mean
I used to see a midnight premiere.

Speaker 1 (11:08):
I don't think I I went to one midnight release
for Jackass three D. Other than that I did not
get it, Like I remember a point in my life
where I didn't even think about movie times. I would
I would go to a later movie showing but now
I was just like, out of the question for me.

Speaker 2 (11:25):
Yeah, I don't. We don't really leave the house late.

Speaker 3 (11:28):
I had dinner with a friend a couple months ago
when I was like, I want to grab drinks at
like six forty five, dinner at seven thirty, and she
was like, initially I was like, dinner at seven thirty.
It worked out, but I was like, yeah, that's it's
about how I feel these days.

Speaker 1 (11:43):
Yeah, I am in a place right now where I
feel myself getting older. It could also be the job
that I have. But somebody the other day invited me
to go out on a weeknight to do something, and
just the thought of that, I was like, I'm not
doing a week night I'm too I can't do that.
People do that. I only watched that in movies.

Speaker 3 (12:03):
Yeah, we went to a run club event this week
and the run didn't start till six thirty. We weren't
home till seven to forty five, and dinner till like
eight thirty. And I know that's what people do, Like
people in New York dinner after eight. Spain dinners until
like nine pm.

Speaker 1 (12:18):
Yeah, but Spain takes like a whole hour during the
day to just chill.

Speaker 3 (12:22):
We were both like, I don't know what to do
with myself getting home this light.

Speaker 2 (12:25):
It was like seven forty five.

Speaker 1 (12:27):
What isday midnight? It' say forty five, bro.

Speaker 3 (12:31):
Yeah, you earlier this week. You got in bed at
like nine o'clock, and I can't go to sleep that early.

Speaker 2 (12:38):
I am a night owl.

Speaker 3 (12:39):
I joke that I have like a whole other life
after you go to bed, because I'm just a wait
till like twelve or one. I physically cannot power down.

Speaker 1 (12:48):
Yeah. I am entering the age where if we don't
start a movie, eight is the latest week you start
a movie and me think I'm going to get through
this anything After eight I'm falling asleep.

Speaker 3 (12:57):
And I can't watch anything on a Thursday night because
on the Thursday night you're so tired and you still
have work on Friday that on the Thursday night you
just like flop over on the couch and you're asleep
on the couch.

Speaker 1 (13:07):

Speaker 3 (13:07):
So yeah, it really, it really is like living with
a geriatric person.

Speaker 1 (13:12):
But I wake up early.

Speaker 2 (13:14):
You do wake up early.

Speaker 1 (13:15):
I'm alive in the morning.

Speaker 3 (13:16):
I know. I've started asking you to open the blinds
when you leave in the morning. I'm trying to get
that Circadium rhythm back on track, and it's not. It's
not working out for me.

Speaker 1 (13:25):
But for my worst of March, it goes to Imaginary,
which is one of the worst horror movies I've seen
in a really long time. And my favorite thing to
do when going to the theater alone is to go
watch a horror movie because you're not into them.

Speaker 2 (13:39):

Speaker 1 (13:39):
I find it comforting to sit in the theater alone
because I usually go during the day on like a Saturday,
there's maybe one or two other people in there. A
couple of times I've seen the same person, this like
sixty five year old woman who apparently just loves horror movies,
and I'm like, I've seen you here before, and she
just sits there also by yourself, gets a popcorn, gets

their drink, and just enjoys a horror movie. There is
a certain type of movie who there is a certain
type of person who enjoys a horror movie like that.
So and it's not me and it's not you. And
I kind of bonded with her, even though I didn't
say anything to her. But there's just something comforting about
sitting in a dark theater with the anticipation of being scared.

Speaker 2 (14:22):
That literally sounds like my worst nightmare.

Speaker 1 (14:25):
I love it.

Speaker 3 (14:25):
I don't know how you do.

Speaker 2 (14:26):
You scare easily too around the house.

Speaker 1 (14:28):
Oh yeah, around the house, I do.

Speaker 3 (14:30):
I walk out of the bedroom, and if you can't,
if you're not in my line of sight, and you
like see me, all of a sudden, you were a
cat jumping ten feet in the air. I walked into
your office earlier you were walking out, and now I
will say you scared me this time, but.

Speaker 1 (14:43):
We were like running into each other.

Speaker 3 (14:45):
So sitting in a dark theater preparing to be scared
is my idea of hell.

Speaker 1 (14:49):
I love the feeling, but as opposed to at home,
where you just turn a corner and I don't see
you and you scare me. In a movie, it is
so hard to evook that same emotion in me. It
is hard for me to be scared in a movie.

Speaker 3 (15:01):
Anticipatory like anxiety, just knowing that I'm gonna be scared.
I need a blanket over my head. I'm not watching
I'm and I know these things aren't real in horror movies,
but it doesn't matter.

Speaker 2 (15:13):
I'm still scared.

Speaker 1 (15:14):
But when it came to Imaginary. There was no moment
that I felt even a little bit scared. The other
annoying thing about me is I can predict movies pretty
well just by thinking about how this movie is written,
how it's going to end.

Speaker 3 (15:28):
Yeah, during Kung Fu Panda, there was part where you
predicted the po the panda was gonna fart.

Speaker 1 (15:33):
And what did he do? He farted, you know, and
he's gonna fart and you're like, how did you know that?
I'm like, it's a kid's movie.

Speaker 3 (15:39):
No, I attribute that to your brain being that of
a twelve year old.

Speaker 1 (15:43):
I just I do that sometimes. I just know exactly
what is going to happen, and then it happens in imaginary.
I from the first five minutes, I knew everything that
was going to happen and how it's gonna go down.
So for a movie called imaginary having no imagination whatsoever
was horrible. It robbed me. It robbed me of that
experience of going into a theater to be scared. So

that was the worst thing I've seen in March.

Speaker 2 (16:07):
So we give some honorable mentions.

Speaker 1 (16:09):
Yeah, on either side of it, what do you got?

Speaker 3 (16:10):

Speaker 2 (16:11):
I was gonna do like TV?

Speaker 1 (16:12):
Oh yeah, go for it.

Speaker 3 (16:14):
We've been watching X Pats on Amazon Prime, which is
not new, but we have a couple episodes left. A
nice six episode limited series wrap up quick. It'scottennicole Kidman.
Her best work is in limited series. She's great.

Speaker 2 (16:27):
I feel like that's the only thing we've been watching
this month.

Speaker 1 (16:30):
For me, it is X Men ninety seven.

Speaker 3 (16:34):
Well, I thought you were about to throw me under
the bus with my reality show that I've been watching.
I'll talk about that in a second.

Speaker 1 (16:39):
Mine is X Men ninety seven. I was a huge
fan of X Men. The animated series in the nineties
has the best theme song in any animated show of
all time, and that show was very Saturday Morning cartoon esque.
Wasn't a whole lot to it. The plotlines are pretty simple.
It was mainly just the nostalgia factor of I watched

it so much as a kid, and now on Disney
Plus they have brought back this series, but the series
has aged with all the people who are a fan
of the original one, so there's an actual solid plotline.
The animation is different. It really feels like a comic
book come to life, and it's one of the best
depictions of X Men I've ever seen, because the movies

can be really hit or missed. I think one through
three you're solid. After that you get into some weird territory.
There's some really bad X Men movies. But it works
so well as an animated series. It is the only
show right now that as soon as a new episode
goes up on Wednesday, I am dying to watch it.
I think if you are a fan of Marvel and
haven't given any of their animated shows a chance, even

if you tried What If or any of the other
animated shows, this is the only one I really recommend.

Speaker 2 (17:49):
Are you gonna watch that this Saturday morning?

Speaker 1 (17:51):
I'm yeah.

Speaker 2 (17:51):
Should I get out the Freddy Pebbles candle for you?

Speaker 1 (17:54):
Yes? That's perfect because it comes out on Wednesdays. And
some people said, oh, they missed opportunity of not releasing
it on Saturday. Just hold it till Saturday to give
you that feeling again.

Speaker 3 (18:04):
I have a candle that's called Can't Adult Today and
it smells like the description is like cereal milk and
not paying bills, and it really does smelling fruity pebbles.
So I will let you. I'll get that out so
you can light it Saturday morning and watch it perfect
and then my reality TV show that I can't stop
watching is a welcome to plath Pill on TLC.

Speaker 1 (18:23):
And when she says she can't stop watching it, you
really can't stop watching it. You will have it on
at night and then any moment you get your turning
on an episode. I haven't seen anybody run through a
series so quickly.

Speaker 3 (18:36):
I was also sick last week. True took a sick
date and well I didn't. I was sick, so I
slept like two pm. But then I did wake up
watching Plathfill for about five hours and then go back
to bed. It did nurse me back to life. My
best friend and I started it when I was in Denver.
I'm not going to go into what it's about, but
it's just about a family and it's quality TLC reality television.
It's my addiction. It that way you will get I

was trying to think if I had a book, honorable mention.

Speaker 2 (19:02):
I don't actually know that I have one.

Speaker 3 (19:03):
For that.

Speaker 1 (19:04):
All right, we'll get to the movie news and then
if you have a book, we'll do it at the end.

Speaker 2 (19:07):
Okay, I'll be thinking, so we're gonna.

Speaker 1 (19:09):
Do thumbs up thumbs down on whether or not you're
excited about these movies.

Speaker 3 (19:13):
Now I have to vocalize this because no one can
see me if that thumbs.

Speaker 1 (19:17):
Up first up. Joker IWO is apparently a two hundred
million dollar jukebox musical.

Speaker 3 (19:24):
And are giant thumbs sound.

Speaker 1 (19:28):
I feel a little conflicted on this because I knew
it was going to be a musical, but the detail
of it being a jukebox musical, which if you're not
familiar with that, essentially a normal musical is all original songs.
A jukebox musical is them covering songs. So like Mama
Mia has all abba songs, that is a jukebox musical.
In this movie, they're doing a lot of like classical

songs from like thirties, forties, fifties songs like the Bandwagon
is one of the songs in the movie. That's entertainment.
That is the part that I feel a little bit weird,
and I try not to be.

Speaker 2 (20:03):
Lady Gaga just can't not sing.

Speaker 1 (20:04):
Yeah, you really can't, like I was. That was the
reason I was hoping. I thought the casting was good
because I thought, like, oh, we're gonna see a different
side of Lady Gaga to be in a really dark movie.
Gagad just wants to see but now she is just
in a full on musical. I wanted to see her
in a movie where she doesn't sing. Now, I think
this movie is going to be very dark and twisted,
so I feel like the musical aspect is going to

be very deranged in a way. I'm hoping Todd Phillips
knows what he is doing here and that it's going
to make sense when we see it.

Speaker 3 (20:35):
Maybe the music will make the movie make me less
anxious than the first one, because I can't rewatch that movie. It.
I know you love it, but it physically, I like
start showing symptoms of anxiety, like my heart rate rises,
I feel sweaty. I just like something about that movie
Anxiety Central for me.

Speaker 1 (20:52):
It gets really dark, and at the time it came
out in very much a mirror of what was happening
in the country at that time, so I think that's
why a lot of people had issues with it. So
I feel like Joker two is going to have that
same darkness and to kind of offset that, they're gonna
be like big musical numbers because of the song. Yeah,
like the characters are very deranged. It's about somebody's descent

into madness. So I feel like the musical is gonna
be this weird fantasy. I don't know how that's going
to go back and forth.

Speaker 2 (21:20):
Might descend me into madness.

Speaker 1 (21:21):
But the fact that it costs two hundred million dollars
as an expensive musical, so.

Speaker 3 (21:26):
Your thumbs down giant thumbs down.

Speaker 1 (21:28):
I'm still thumbs up, but it's a little.

Speaker 3 (21:30):
Shaky, it's solid thumbs down.

Speaker 1 (21:32):
Another sequel in the works is the Happy Gilmore two.
Script is reportedly at least in a first draft. The
first one came out back in nineteen ninety six, which
is a long time. I am worried about this because
I don't think Adam Sandler doing a Happy Gilmore too
at this point is really going to do it justice.

Speaker 3 (21:51):
I'm gonna give a mid thumb like I'm not thumbs
up or thumbs down. I'm thumbed to the side.

Speaker 1 (21:56):
I'm gonna go thumbs down right now, because when it
comes to comedies, Adam Sandler really hasn't crushed it as
far as putting out a new, really great comedy. I
feel like the closest he's got to kind of capturing
the energy from the early movies is like the murder
mystery movies.

Speaker 2 (22:13):
But it's pretty funny.

Speaker 1 (22:14):
But aside from that, if it has like that same
grown ups level vibe to it.

Speaker 3 (22:20):
Hey grown ups one hilarious grown ups two subpar, but
grown ups one.

Speaker 2 (22:25):
I remember certain someone laughing along.

Speaker 1 (22:27):
I do like grown ups, but it's a whole different
level of Adam Sandler, like Happy Gilmore, is him at
his prime? Yeah, I attribute his two best movies being
Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. I'm a bigger fan of
Billy Madison.

Speaker 2 (22:39):
See I'm gonna go Big Daddy.

Speaker 1 (22:41):
Oh yeah, that's later, that's right before the two thousand
stuff where it kind of went a little bit downhill.
I also love ye Big Daddy.

Speaker 2 (22:48):
I can wipe my own ass.

Speaker 1 (22:51):
Will somebody get this kid a happy meal? So all
the movies for him to remake, I would rather have,
honestly a Big Daddy two or a Bill Mason too. Yeah,
this is kind of third down there, just because maybe
the fan base is bigger, maybe because of the sports
aspect of it. Then he's gonna bring in all like
a bunch of sports people, and for them it is

just gonna be like a cool cameo. But when you
get all these cameos in there, it takes away from
the story. It just turned that formula like a commercial. Yeah,
then it's just everybody them getting all these big stars
so they can promote it on social media so it
does better at the box office, and then it just
becomes a big commercial. So that is why I am
giving that a thumbs down. Next up on movie News,
apparently Scarlett Johansson is going to be in the new

Jurassic Park movie, So they are reviving it yet again
without Chris Pratt, without Bryce Dallas Howard, and instead it's
gonna be Scarlett Joehansson.

Speaker 3 (23:43):
I'm confused.

Speaker 1 (23:44):
We're doing a third, yes, another reboot of Jurassic Park.
It's supposed to come out on July second, twenty twenty five.
It'll be the seventh chapter in the Jurassic Universe. For
anybody to get Scarlet Johansson, I feel like that would
be pretty good.

Speaker 3 (24:01):
I'm going thumbs down because I'm so sick of reviving
things eight thousand times within a lifetime.

Speaker 1 (24:07):
I don't really see this as a full revival reboot.
I feel like it's just a continuation of what they
just did with all of these movies, which.

Speaker 3 (24:15):
Might add was not about dinosaurs. Yeah, they'll go back
and listen to that episode.

Speaker 1 (24:20):
The last one with them bringing back their original cast
and Laura Dirt and all that We.

Speaker 2 (24:23):
Went Downhill movie was not about dinosaurs.

Speaker 1 (24:26):
Yeah it was not. I stand by that, so hopefully
taking away all of the aspects that try to hold
on to the original one from the nineties, because I mean,
dinosaurs are awesome.

Speaker 2 (24:36):
This sours are awesome.

Speaker 3 (24:38):
But like, I don't know, I mean, we already got
a lot of godzillas.

Speaker 1 (24:42):
I feel like dinosaurs are having a comeback.

Speaker 3 (24:44):
And then we got The Kong and we got like
the Planet of the Apes, got a lot of gorillas, monkeys, dinosaurs.

Speaker 1 (24:51):
Too many big animals.

Speaker 2 (24:53):
It's a lot going on.

Speaker 1 (24:54):
Only for the reason that Scarlett Johansson is attached to it.
As of now, I give it a thumbs up.

Speaker 2 (25:00):
I do love Scardro.

Speaker 1 (25:01):
Also in revival news, Pirates of the Caribbean is going
to reboot the franchise.

Speaker 3 (25:07):
I am giving two thumbs down. I'm putting my big
toes down. I am putting every appendage down right now.

Speaker 1 (25:16):
No, there are rumors that Margot Robbie is attached, not confirmed,
that is just what they are speculating.

Speaker 2 (25:24):
Margo, Robbie is so smart, stop rebooting things.

Speaker 1 (25:26):
I'm gonna go thumbs down on this one because as
a whole, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies went so downhill.

Speaker 3 (25:33):
So my least favorite, like Fantasy whatever franchise of all time.
I also just don't like Johnny Dupp.

Speaker 1 (25:39):
I love the first one, love the second one, but
after that they went really downhill. I remember going to
see the last one in theaters and it was pretty bad.
But even a pretty bad Pirates of the Caribbean movie
is still slightly entertaining to me because they are so big,
elaboratoral there's a lot to them. Even a bad one
is still entering and you throw it on cable and

it's like, oh, yeah, this makes sense.

Speaker 2 (26:03):
So you're telling me no one in Hollywood is a
single original thought.

Speaker 1 (26:07):
I think they do. But I think when whenever headlines
come out, the ones that grab them are the big
movies that people know they have the bigger actors attached
to them. You don't really see a lot of people
talking about civil war right now.

Speaker 2 (26:19):
Yeah, but makes something good new original.

Speaker 1 (26:22):
Even for me that I try to defend reboots in sequels.
I'm getting a little bit tired of them at this point.
It comes down to business. They're just trying to make
some money and movies are a bad investment for the
most part. That reviving something that already has a built
in fan base is seen as this is what we
should be doing.

Speaker 3 (26:39):
I have a contribution to a revival or a sequel.
I did see that they're making a John Tucker Must
I too, And I know I'm usually don't make a
sequel of like movies that I loved, but I would
like to see that one come back.

Speaker 2 (26:53):
You've never watched John Tucker Must I have you?

Speaker 3 (26:55):

Speaker 2 (26:56):
It's required watching. Soon we'll watch it together.

Speaker 3 (26:59):
Hilarious early two thousands teen rom com It was a
great genre now that I would watch because most of
the original actors are attached to it and have worked
on the script, so it could be good.

Speaker 2 (27:12):
But that's my contribution. I'll give that one the thumbs up.

Speaker 1 (27:15):
And finally, in Revival News, they are going to make
a sequel to a simple Favor. They have the original
writer and director coming back for that. It looks like
Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively will also be back. I
remember this was prime pandemic pandemic watching. We watched the
first one where there was a point during the pandemic

during lockdown where we watched a new movie every night,
or one that we haven't seen.

Speaker 2 (27:40):
That was a great time.

Speaker 3 (27:42):
Well, finally because we were like in the same city
after the month apart, but yeah, it was a great
We just would watch something new every night. We'd finish
where that was before I moved in, like all of
my furniture, so you had like a couch.

Speaker 1 (27:54):
Yeah, that's all I had.

Speaker 3 (27:55):
Was a bachelor pad. You had a singular large leather sectional. Yeah.

Speaker 2 (28:00):
We would just curl up and watch movies.

Speaker 1 (28:02):
And of all the movies we watched, this was the
one that I really associate with that time.

Speaker 2 (28:06):
That and a missing or was it searching? Which one
was first searching?

Speaker 3 (28:10):
Was for?

Speaker 1 (28:11):
Ooh, I forget which one searching and missing or essentially
a sequel to the other one searching. I think it's searching, yes,
and then yeah, missing is where the mom is missing. Yeah,
Searching is where he's searching for his Yeah, okay.

Speaker 3 (28:23):
That yeah, searching in a simple favor I associate with
that time so.

Speaker 1 (28:28):
Just for the reason that I associated even though that
was a bad time, there were some moments in that
that were fun, fun memories, and I associate a simple
favor with that time. So for that reason, I give
it a thumbs up and we'll check it out.

Speaker 2 (28:41):
I definitely give that one a thumbs up.

Speaker 1 (28:43):
I loved like clavely and did you have your book
that you wanted to talk to?

Speaker 3 (28:47):
Yes, I was trying to think if I I don't
think I said this one for February, because I don't
think I finished it until I think I finished it
to Women's Day nonfiction. It's called The Exceptions. It's about
women in stem fields and fighting for like academic recognition,
like tenure in getting a PhD. It's really good like

exploratory reporting. And I've now since bought two more books
about like women in like different professions, ones about like
women in the CIA, and ones' about the women who
were code breakers during World War two who would like
intercept and decode the Germans coding.

Speaker 2 (29:25):
So I love like exploratory writing like that.

Speaker 1 (29:28):
I'm still trying to finish the one book I started
this year. I'll get there.

Speaker 2 (29:31):
You'll get there eventually.

Speaker 1 (29:33):
It's a lot easier for me to finish comic books,
read a lot of those this year. It comes to
regular books. I wish I was more of a reader.
You wish I were like me, I really do. I
wish I could just finish one.

Speaker 2 (29:43):
And I know you pick up books and you're like,
this is really interesting. I'm really gonna love this one.

Speaker 1 (29:47):

Speaker 3 (29:47):
Have you started on those giant Marvel books I bought
you for Christmas?

Speaker 1 (29:50):
I have?

Speaker 3 (29:51):
I have?

Speaker 1 (29:51):
Yeah, Ok, I've read a solid three or four chapters
in those no I got. There's also a lot of
big pictures in that.

Speaker 2 (30:02):
A lot of pictures.

Speaker 1 (30:04):
All right, we'll come back and talk about Godzilla and
Kong and into the trailer park. We'll talk about bad boys,
right or die. Let's get into it now. A spoiler
free review of Godzilla and Kong a New Empire gonna
be a really fun and easy review to do today

because that's just the type of movie this is. This
was me going in to watch this movie. Here's the
switch on my brain, turn it completely off. Now. The
most versus interesting it started back ten years ago now,
with Godzilla in twenty fourteen. This was the reintroduction of
Godzilla and then later Kong to the American audience, which
had really been absent for a while now, even though

Godzilla has thirty five plus almost forty films in its legacy,
one of the most historic franchises of all time, but
really the best ones come out of Japan and the
American ones don't really get it right. And I feel
like after watching Godzilla Minus one, I am completely spoiled.
But the interesting thing about the Monster Verse, they didn't
really start out making these big, hokey, dumb movies. That

is now kind of what they have evolved into, really
leaning into that playfulness. So if you know that and
that is the type of movie you want to watch,
I think you go into the theater and have an
amazing time, because that is exactly what this movie is now.
In this one, not really a whole lot to the plot.
Essentially it takes place after the first one, which it

does help to see Godzilla and Kong, mainly so you
know what's going on with their beef, also with them
quickly getting into what hollow Earth is, which is greatly
described in Part one. It's essentially this ancient subterranean deep
ecosystem and Earth where there's like no gravity, it's close

to the planet's core and all these other Titans live.
Cong goes back and forth between the two, So to
really get to know what that is, you have to
watch the first one. I don't think you'd be completely lost,
but they do spend a lot of time there, so
it would help to know that, and it would help
to know why they beef, because there's a moment in
the movie that would really only be gratifying if you

watch the first one. But hey, there's also not a
lot to grasp onto. If you google it before you
watch it, I think you'll understand. You'll be fine. It's
basically just two monsters fighting a bunch of other monsters,
not a whole lot to get, and that is exactly
what the entire plot is. You have Godzilla and Kong
still at opposite ends, but now there is this new

threat forming that is bigger and stronger, and they're gonna
have to team up to take them on. So what
you do get in this movie is a lot of big,
fun action, and I think it does demand the big
screen because it is a spectacle to watch. It's almost
to the point that I don't even think you need
the humans anymore, even though Brian Tyree Henry is the

comic relief in this movie. Rebecca Hall is pretty good too,
But you don't really go into this movie we wanted
to see any acting performances because they're doing the bare minimum. Really,
there really isn't much of a script. There's no character development.
I will say, when it comes to the dialogue between
the first one and this one, it really took a dip.

So I don't even think you need the humans anymore.
I would find it more interesting if they just had
the Titans on the screen the entire time. Kind of
reminded me a little bit of Planet of the Apes
because the majority of that movie is just the apes
communicating with each other. So problem you get into is
Godzilla is not communicating with anybody. He's not learning sign language,

He's not gonna express his emotions. He is just gonna
be Godzilla the way he is. So I think that
leads into why Kong is featured more in the movie,
because if there is gonna be any kind of three
dimensional character, it is going to be Kong because he
is the most human, like, You're not really gonna get
that from Godzilla. And what that ended up causing for
me was too much Kong. I am much more a

Godzilla fan, and the first one I wanted Godzilla to
win at all costs. I think he is the ultimate Titan.
But this one spends a majority of the time with Kong,
and it's different from how I felt in Godzilla Minus one,
where Godzilla was used a little bit more conservatively, but
it was also more calculated, because in Godzilla Minus one,

when Godzilla was on screen, it was important. He came in,
he destroyed something, he had a plan, and then he
went away. In a film like Godzilla and Kong a
New Empire, it's not really that same level of execution.
You have big monsters running around the entire time. For
the better half of the movie. It is all just
visual effects and animated characters moving along all this scenes.

So it's not like they're limiting the use of the Titans.
You're really getting a lot of them, but you don't
really get a whole lot of Godzilla. I think they
should switch it up in this case and give you
just more Godzilla. I want him hanging out. I do
like some of the scenes and shots in the movie
where he's like taking a nap inside of the Colosseum.
That was the most humanesque quality that we had for Godzilla.

He basically turned into a big cat. So I think
there is some kind of middle ground for these movies
to find of being something a little bit more sophisticated
like a Godzilla minus one, but also having the playfulness
like shit Godzilla, which kind of walks that line of
being a little bit campy but also has a little
bit of a sense of realism. So if they could

rain that in a little bit, I think these movies
could go from good to great. But again, I think
what they are really leaning into is the big dumb action.
It really feels more like a Transformers movie. It kind
of reminds me a little bit of Avatar with him
going to Hollow Earth, and then of course it has
that Planet of the Apes sci fi vibe to it,

so it's a little bit of all of those and
then its own just mindless, big screen demanding action. So
my favorite parts were watching Godzilla everything that followed him.
I loved it. You see how he kind of evolves
into what you see in the trailer of him turning pink,
So I thought that part was cool. But to get
to that part, you're gonna have to get over some
of the introduction scenes, one in particular of Kong having

a toothache and them calling in a dentist to fix
his tooth. At that point I kind of realized, Oh,
this is the direction they're going with this movie. And
then it did spend about an hour ramping up into
the action, where it was really just a lot of
them hanging out exploring Hollow Earth, which visually looks really cool.
I think there's a lot of different places you can
explore there. Again, I think they should spend the entirety

of the movie down there, take the humans out of it.
We don't need them, and just give us Kong and
Godzilla finding and fighting all of these weird looking titans.
And the fact that this movie opened up to eighty
million dollars this past weekend is astonishing to me. Overall,
the five films so far, not including the new one,
have grossed almost two billion dollars at the box office

for just a monkey and a lizard fighting each other,
which proves to me that people still want to see
stuff like this. I still want to see stuff like
this because you're not gonna go in and watch a
movie that is gonna change your life, but you're gonna
see one big dumb animal fighting another big dumb animal.
Then you start to get emotionally involved with these big
dumb animals and you're like, why do I care so
much about this radioactive lizard? I don't know, but I

want them to win, so I'm still team Godzilla all
the way. I can't believe they put his name first
in the movie title and then gave him less screen time.
Dude is coming off an Oscar win and you give
them less screen time than Kong. Unbelievable. Other than that,
I think it's a really fun time at the movies again.
Shut off your brain, just go in to watch something mindless, dumb,

big fun action. I give Godzilla and Kong a new
empire three point five out of five atomic breaths. I said, breaths,
not breasts. Thank you.

Speaker 3 (37:55):
It's time to head down to movie.

Speaker 1 (37:57):
Mike Traylor Paul even speaking about revivals and reboots, and
that is what we have coming our way in theaters
on June seventh. It is the fourth film and the
Bad Boys franchise, Bad Boys, Ride or Die. My first
issue with this movie is the title, because they called
Part three Bad Boys for Life, so missed opportunity there.

This one should have been Bad Boys the number four Life.
I think that would have been perfect. Maybe they weren't
anticipating making another movie after the one that came out
in twenty twenty, which was one of the last movies
I saw in theaters, because when I was looking back
at all the movies in the Bad Boys franchise and
seeing that this one came out in twenty twenty, I

was like, how did it come out in twenty twenty
if I saw it in theaters? But it came out
at the start of the year in January and actually
had a really good box office run, which we'll get
into some of the numbers that this franchise has put
up here in a bit. But man, it should have
been called Bad Boys for Life. Maybe that's just me anyway.
This one takes place where the last one left off.

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are trying to clear the
name of their PD captain Howard. He has said to
have been working with some drug cartels. They know that's
not the truth, but it looks like the evil plan
here is to drag their captain's name through the mud
and in turn get them into some hot water, they
become fugitives and go on the run. So it turns

into them trying to clear their own name. So before
I get into more about bad Boys, Ride or Die,
here's just a little bit of the trailer. He's texting
us from.

Speaker 2 (39:31):
The other side. No, he's not Marcus.

Speaker 1 (39:34):
If you're seeing this, I'm probably dead.

Speaker 2 (39:37):
I don't know how high up this fuck.

Speaker 3 (39:40):
Don't trust anybody.

Speaker 1 (39:42):
You're my bad boy. They're being set. Are y'all still
in our clothes? Just because we've black book at your shirt?
Why don't you sing us little Reba songs playing your
favorite I'm a woman, I'm a strong Black Christian. What
you gonna do? What's you gonna I ain't know?

Speaker 3 (40:04):
Ribasal It's from her mixtape.

Speaker 1 (40:07):
I actually thought that moment there was pretty funny. When
it comes to comedy action movies, Bad Boys as a
whole are in the top five of the franchises that
come to mind. Will Smith's career has taken a big hit,
no pun intended, since the oscar incident where he slapped
Chris Rock. The thing about reputations is they are so finicky.

Oftentimes an actor is one bad movie away from audiences
turning on them. That is how hard it is to
maintain a good reputation, and with Will Smith coming back
from that incident, it's been a struggle for him. And
let's not forget that he won that night for Best Actor.
Usually when an actor wins that award, their career goes

on a skyrocket trajectory. Even for somebody as established as
Will Smith, who had been wanting to win that Oscar
for a very long time, his career has had quite
the opposite effect. He put out Emancipation, which was one
of his best, more dramatic roles, that still didn't get
him on the map. So maybe doing another Bad Boys
movie is the best step for him right now. But

he even just shut down his charity because of lack
of donations, so it is a hard thing to come
back from. I feel like one good movie could put
people back in positive spirits when it comes to Will Smith.
Aside from him, I think the real star of these
movies is Martin Lawrence. He is so underrated and underappreciated
as a comedic actor. Great stand Up also had a

great show in the nineties. Martin was a show I
would watch all the time, and he is translated from
TV to film really well. Blue Streak is one of
my favorite nineties comedy action movies of all time, and
in this trailer you see him being the real comic relief,
which he has been in the Bad Boys movies, but
they're just scene in particular where he's dancing on the

roof in a hospital gown showing off his trunk, and
I just think Man Lawrence has really just carried the
comedy franchise as a whole, and these movies always have
a lot of that, a lot of comedy, a lot
of great action chase scenes, explosions. Michael Bay did the
first one and the second one wasn't involved in the
third one isn't involved in this one, but it still

has that Michael Bay look to it, that almost orange
just tint those real low action, defying angles when it
comes to the car chase scenes, and you know it's
going to be loaded up with explosions, a lot of
great cars. These movies now are essentially superhero movies in
disguise because Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are essentially bulletproof
and the bad guys just can't seem to take them down,

so they are superheroes. They may not be running around
in tights and capes, but essentially it's so ridiculous and
the action is so overtop that these are superhero movies.
The thing about making an action movie like this at
their age, which they were much younger back in the
nineties in the first one, is that you're gonna have
to make even more old guy jokes, which was kind

of the whole thing and the premise behind Bad Boys
for Life. It was them older talking about ointments and
their body not being what it used to be. It
looks like in this trailer they are ramping that up
even a little bit more. Seems to me that this
one is leaning in even more to the R rating.
There was so much profanity in this trailer, and it
looks like they are even ramping up the violence a

little bit. But on top of that, it looks like
they are also stepping up the action. There's a sequence
in this trailer where they are in a helicopter. It
appears to be the point in the movie where they
discover that they are being set up and then the
helicopter goes down. That scene actually looks pretty legit, and
when it comes to the money making factor of this franchise,
it starts to make a lot of sense of why

they are doing another movie. These movies have been all
successful at the box office. The first one, back in
nineteen ninety five, made one hundred and forty one million
dollars and they were each only paid about two million
dollars each to star in that movie. Bad Boys Two
came out in two thousand and three and made two
hundred and seventy three million dollars. Bad Boys for Life
came out back in twenty twenty in January and made

four hundred and twenty five million dollars at the box office,
which was astonishing to me, and given what happened in
the later half of twenty twenty and everything shutting down
in March, it went on to be one of the
highest grossing movies of that year and overall, when it
comes to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Will Smith has
made thirty nine million dollars for all three movies. Martin

Lawrence has made thirty two million dollars overall, a little
bit less than Will Smith. He can negotiate for a
lot more because his name is first up on the billing.
So far, it hasn't been reported exactly what they were
making for this one. I would assume in the twenty
to twenty five million dollar range to get them back
for a fourth movie. Will Smith would probably be on

the twenty five. I could see Martin Lawrence taking twenty
even nineteen million dollars. That seems to be the differential
between the two actors, although I think they should get
paid equally, because I'm going for Martin Lawrence just as
much as I'm going for Will Smith, if not more.
And I'm quite surprised because I thought I would think
that this movie would be kind of cash gravy. I

didn't think I would want to see it after watching
this trailer. I've been seeing them talk about it, but
it always just feels like one of those franchises of
them just trying to get back to those glory days
of Part one in Part two. But after watching the
trailer and seeing some of the comedy and seeing some
of the action, which I remember having a good time
going to see Bad Boys Part three in theaters, I
didn't think I would even be interested in wanting to

see this movie. But it's coming out in June, so
it also has that big summer blockbuster effect too. Which
I love. My favorite time of the year is summer
blockbuster season, and I think this movie is going to
have big action flick this summer written all over it. It
comes down to do audiences really want this at this point?

Because as much money as Part three made, I don't
know if that audience is still as passionate and rabid
for another installment just four years after, Because if you
look at these other movies, they are spaced out, way,
way further out. Even between Part one and Part two
that was eight years and then it was seventeen years
later that we got Part three, and now just four

years later we get Part four. So a big part
of three coming out in twenty twenty was that it
had been so long and now it was them older,
and there was that running joke going on that I
just think four years after isn't a significant amount of
time for it to dominate as much as it did

four years ago. And to be quite honest, between twenty
nineteen and twenty twenty four feels like an eternity, but
it also feels like no time has passed whatsoever. So
if you would have asked me when that movie came out,
you could have told me two years ago, and it
would have made sense to me. So I don't think
it's gonna meet those same box office expectations that it did.

I don't think this one will hit that four hundred
and twenty five million dollar mark. I honestly think for
this one, it's gonna be really hard for it to
even get to two hundred and fifty million dollars, will
even be hard just to get to two hundred, to
be honest. But to me, this still looks like a
fun time at the movie So I will definitely be
going to check this one out and see how it
ranks up with the other three films. Again. That is

coming out in theaters this summer on June seventh.

Speaker 3 (47:26):
At that was this week's edition of Movie by Framer
par Ken.

Speaker 1 (47:31):
That is going to do it for another episode here
of the podcast. But before I go, I gotta get
my listeners shout out of the week. Do this every
single week to a listener who tags me in your
Instagram story, sends me an email, moviemke d at gmail
dot com, comments on my Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, all those things.
You can always find the links to all my social

media in the episode notes. But this week, we are
going over to Instagram and I posted a real last
week from the Obscure Movie Quote Game, and I really
love seeing how many you all got right. I think overall,
in the real I posted three was probably the most
common answer of how many people got right. There was

really only one person that got zero out of five,
but also only one person who got five out of five,
And that is this week's listener shout out of the week.
Pd Beats on Instagram said five out of five too easy.
I did not think those were too easy. They were
really obscure. The last one is so quick that you
really have to be dialed in to get that one.

So pd Beats, you are this week's listener shout out
of the week. After going five for five on the
Obscure Movie Quote Game, you want to go check out
that real or the TikTok it is up there. See
how you stand up because I did post one on
there that I did not do on last week's episode.
Miss that episode, Go back one in the feed, Go
back to in the feed, go back three to the
feed of all the episodes you might have missed. You
sure you're subscribed to you get new episodes every single Monday,

and until next time, go out, watch good movies, and
I'll talk to you later.
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