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June 3, 2024 54 mins

Mike and Kelsey share their best and worst movie experiences to recap the month of May. Mike shares why for the first time since the pandemic he is worried about the future of movie theaters. In the Movie Review, Mike gives his thoughts on Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. Mike talks about how it compares to Mad Max: Fury Road, the two most distracting parts of the film and why it underperformed at the box office. In the Trailer Park, Mike is excited about our first look at Disney’ Moana 2. Mike talks about the new visuals, why it could be the hit Disney needs and the impact Lin-Manuel Miranda's absence may have on the music. 

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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.

Speaker 2 (00:06):
How are you great.

Speaker 3 (00:07):
It's Friday, It's beautiful day outside. I'm about to basically
sleep for the whole weekends.

Speaker 2 (00:12):
I love a good sleep in weekend.

Speaker 3 (00:14):
It's also supposed to rain tomorrow. We had plans to
celebrate our anniversary a few days early. We're gonna go
on a little date night, go play some like mini golf,
got to eat And I looked at you and I
was like, it's gonna rain Saturday. What are the chances
we would like to get tay food and cancel our plans?
And you really say less.

Speaker 1 (00:30):
Our favorite hobby as a couple is canceling Pland to.

Speaker 3 (00:34):
Be fair, last weekend was a lot chaotically busy with
travel delays.

Speaker 2 (00:38):
Oh yeah, we could talk about that later. Okay, Oh
oh that was a disaster.

Speaker 3 (00:42):
It was a disaster.

Speaker 1 (00:42):
There were also some disaster movies in the month of May,
which we'll get into our best and worst. I'll give
you my full thoughts on Furiosa, which came out in theaters.
It surprisingly didn't do that well and in the Trailer Park.
We have our first look at Mawana to thank you
for being here, Thank you for being subscrib Shout out
to the Monday Morning Movie crew. Now let's talk movies

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Speaker 4 (01:04):
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Speaker 1 (01:27):
All right, we have a lot to get into, so
let's start off with what was the best movie you
saw in me?

Speaker 3 (01:34):
That's so easy. It was Babes.

Speaker 1 (01:35):
I knew it was gonna be Babes, hands down your
favorite movie.

Speaker 3 (01:39):
I already want to see it again.

Speaker 1 (01:40):
And as many movies as we watch, it's pretty rare
we go back and rewatch a movie. I can't remember
the last one that as soon as it hits streaming,
I wanted to go rewatch again.

Speaker 3 (01:50):
Every single Spider Man.

Speaker 1 (01:51):
That's probably yeah, probably no way Home was the last one.
Even as much as I love The Iron Claw, which
is now on Max, I still have not watched it.

Speaker 3 (02:00):
I know, Blue Beetle, Oh yeah.

Speaker 2 (02:02):
I have, well, I resaw that in theaters.

Speaker 1 (02:06):
We both saw it twice in theaters because we had
to go take my mom to go see it, and
I watched it again once it hit Max. The movie
I was waiting to rewatch. I just wasn't in that
right mental state to sit down and watch The Iron Claw.
But if you haven't seen that movie yet, it is
available on Max.

Speaker 3 (02:20):
Now how do rewatch that one?

Speaker 1 (02:22):
You have to kind of prepare yourself because it is
inherently sad throughout the entire film.

Speaker 2 (02:27):
That movie is so sad.

Speaker 1 (02:28):
They had to take out sad things that actually happened
to the true story because they thought audiences couldn't take
it or wouldn't even believe it.

Speaker 2 (02:35):
But it was all true.

Speaker 3 (02:36):
Yeah, it just was so sad. I don't want to
give spoilers, but it just is deeply. You need a
box of tissues.

Speaker 1 (02:42):
So if you want the opposite experience of that, go
see Babes in theaters.

Speaker 3 (02:46):
Yes, we did a full on review, so I won't
go too much into it.

Speaker 1 (02:50):
Yeah, just go back one episode, or you can always
watch full reviews individually on YouTube. Find all those links
in the podcast notes. That movie was right up there.
For me, I don't really think, well, at least in theaters.
There was a terrible movie that we watched. My Worst
is a terrible movie. But I feel like for the
most part, May was pretty solid.

Speaker 2 (03:11):
It's good month, although.

Speaker 1 (03:12):
I think June is gonna ramp way up and then
July is gonna be even better, which.

Speaker 3 (03:17):
July is gonna We're just gonna live at the movie.

Speaker 2 (03:19):
It's gonna be just a great season.

Speaker 1 (03:22):
But I think looking at just box office numbers and
overall just movies that really got people excited, there were
a lot of just good movies, not super on great
movies in May, but overall a really good month. My
best had to go to The Fall Guy, and I
think the reason that is now looking back on it,
is because I feel like as big of a fan

of just movies in general i am. I think that's
why that movie spoke so much to me, because it
also shows you the movie making process.

Speaker 3 (03:51):
You love a movie about a movie.

Speaker 1 (03:53):
Yeah, it's pretty meta, and I didn't know how well
it was going to do with people who maybe didn't
care so much about that because.

Speaker 3 (04:00):
It was so good. Though. That was my runner up
for best of the month because it just was. I
loved it everything about it.

Speaker 1 (04:07):
Ryan Gosling plays a stuntman who gets hurt, retires from
stunt stunting, stunting stunting stunt manning.

Speaker 2 (04:15):
And then gets pulled back in.

Speaker 1 (04:18):
So while he is doing stuntman things in the fake
movie on set, he is also doing stunt like things
in the fall Guy. So it goes kind of like
two layers. He's also acting as a stuntman, but he's
also doing stunt things as the actor.

Speaker 3 (04:34):
It was meta within a meta movie.

Speaker 1 (04:36):
There are a lot of those moments, and I feel
like at times it almost got way too into it.
But I loved how unorthodox and different it felt than
anything I'd seen in theaters in a long time.

Speaker 2 (04:47):
So that was my best of the month. What is
your worst?

Speaker 3 (04:51):
A movie? I should have let you go see by yourself.
It's called I Saw the TV.

Speaker 2 (04:55):
I knew you were gonna do it.

Speaker 3 (04:57):
It was too artsy for me. I am not hybrow
when it comes to movies. The only thing I would
say I'm ever maybe hybrow about his books. And I'll
even read like popular books, Like I'm not a book snob,
but like I enjoy deeper books than I do deeper movies.
I was so bored. I was so freakin' bored.

Speaker 1 (05:19):
I will say I didn't love I Saw the TV Glow,
but I also didn't hate it as much as you did.
I really enjoyed the vibe of I Saw the TV Glow.
So what it's about. It's this kid named Owen and
him and a friend get infatuated with this late night
show that is kind of reminiscent of what you would
see on Nickelodeon in the early nineties, kind of like

the show.

Speaker 2 (05:42):
Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Speaker 1 (05:43):
Is what this show is In the movie, it's called
The Pink Opaque, and it's them becoming infatuated with this
show and then not being able to tell reality from
the show.

Speaker 2 (05:54):
And that is generally what the movie is about.

Speaker 1 (05:57):
I will say the trailer was a little bit mislead
because I thought it was gonna have a little bit
more of a traditional story structure of here's this story
with these two characters find this weird show, and then
they have to go on some adventure.

Speaker 2 (06:13):
There was really no adventure in the movie.

Speaker 1 (06:15):
The storytelling was really abstract, which even for me that
I loved the vibe of it, that nineties retro vibe.
The soundtrack soundtrack is great. Oh, I've been listening to
it NonStop. Literally, it is my most plained thing for
the last week and a half because I loved it
so much and even for a movie to make me
want to go seek out its soundtrack, I feel is
really powerful.

Speaker 3 (06:35):
Willy Wonka made you seek out the soundtrack Willy Wonka.

Speaker 2 (06:38):
I also listened to the Asteroid City soundtrack.

Speaker 3 (06:40):
We listened to Willy Wonka for quite a while.

Speaker 2 (06:43):
That was maybe a week. It was probably a week.
Cashtroid City I listened to that probably for a week.

Speaker 1 (06:49):
Two Last Train, Yeah, I listened to that on a
lot too, but for like for music that would actually.

Speaker 2 (06:55):
Go into something I would listen to on the rag.

Speaker 3 (06:58):
You also wanted to see this movie because Phoebe Purse
wasn't it for sixty seconds?

Speaker 2 (07:02):
Yeah? I thought she was gonna have bigger wrong, but.

Speaker 3 (07:04):
She There's a lot of things we thought about this movie.

Speaker 1 (07:06):
Music was a big part of it, because at times
this movie felt like it transformed into a music video.

Speaker 2 (07:12):
There were sequences that were just really beautifully shot, a
lot of cool.

Speaker 1 (07:15):
Fun neon visuals with a really cool song playing over it.
And it was these moments where it didn't really feel
that attached to the movie, so I enjoyed that part
of it. I think that's why all the songs were
so cemented in my head. Even the song with Phoebe
Bridges was on screen in her band, I was like,
I need to go listen to that song, and it didn't

occur to me. Oh, it's probably a real song, a
part of the soundtrack. So I feel like all of
the parts of it were good, but when you put
them all together, the overall movie wasn't what I thought
it was going to be. It's like taking a bunch
of good ingredients and throwing them all together into a dinner,
but then the dinner not being good because it's just
a bunch of ingreedies that don't really go well together.

Speaker 3 (07:58):
Which also happens to us often.

Speaker 1 (07:59):
Oh, yeah, that was exactly I was speaking to me
right now. Sometimes I think I want something and then
I make exactly what I want and I think that's not
what I wanted.

Speaker 2 (08:07):
It taste good.

Speaker 3 (08:07):
I say that often I throw things in a bowl
and I'm like, this wasn't the vibe I was going for,
And that's what the movie gave me not the vibe
I was going for.

Speaker 1 (08:15):
And I will say you, I don't want to say
you have to be a film snob to enjoy this movie.
It is an a twenty four movie, and I feel
like all the people who really loved it are people
who like going and researching and have someone explain to
them what the movie was about, because there's a lot
of subtexts and I saw the TV glow where these
little small moments happen and then you go back and say, oh, well,

it was actually saying this, and it's a commentary on this,
and I get what it was trying to do is
actually a great message behind it, but it's just not
that well executed for me.

Speaker 2 (08:48):
And I wanted to love it.

Speaker 3 (08:50):
Yeah, I love a twenty four movies. I love something
that's a little different, but that was It just wasn't
a movie made for me, and that's fine. I just
should have said Go by Yourself.

Speaker 1 (09:00):
Was a short film, ten to fifteen minutes, it would
be perfect. But the fact that this movie was ninety
minutes and it felt really long at ninety minutes proves
to me that there was a little bit more or
not enough substance to carry on an entire follng movie.
So this is a movie that I just like going
back and looking at stills of and just little scenes

from it, but overall not one that I would recommend
or I may rewatch this eventually just to see if
there were some things I missed and take me out
of that theater and being able to kind of enjoy
it at my own pace, maybe i'd feel differently about it.

Speaker 2 (09:37):
So that's your worst? Huh? What would you rate it?

Speaker 1 (09:40):
Because I know what you said right after we watched it,
You're like zero out of five.

Speaker 2 (09:44):
I'm out of here? Are you still at the zero?
You could be at the zero.

Speaker 3 (09:47):
I'll give it a point five for the soundtrack.

Speaker 1 (09:49):
Soundtrack is good, I recommend, Well, you kind of got
to be into sad indie music, which is like my
jam Phoebe Bridges on a soundtrack that's gonna be all
me all day.

Speaker 3 (09:59):
Yeah, we'll give it a point five for the soundtrack.

Speaker 2 (10:00):
All right, we got it to a point five. Everybody.
She was at a zero for me.

Speaker 1 (10:04):
The worst movie I saw in May, hands down, is
not only the worst movie I've seen in May, but.

Speaker 2 (10:10):
So far probably the worst I've seen all year.

Speaker 3 (10:12):
Maybe ever.

Speaker 1 (10:13):
Oh, it's up there for being one of the worst
movies of all time. It is unfrosted with Jerry Seinfeld.

Speaker 3 (10:19):
How was that a real movie? I have so many
big names.

Speaker 1 (10:23):
I don't know how he thought this was funny. To me,
Jerry Seinfeld hasn't been funny. I mean, I never really
found Seinfeld to be that funny. It was not my
go to show.

Speaker 3 (10:32):
He also just said in an interview that he misses
toxic masculinity and the like dominant male personality. So his
really his whole terrible takes.

Speaker 1 (10:42):
His whole promotional run for this movie was really weird
because he came out saying that movies were dead, They're
not relevant anymore, and he's saying this while promoting a movie.
To me, he feels like he is this authority on comedy.

Speaker 2 (10:55):
I get it.

Speaker 1 (10:56):
He was big in the nineties. He has a really big,
prominent state end up career. He's very influential to people.
A lot of comedians look up to him. I never
found him funny.

Speaker 3 (11:07):
He did the ant movie that says a lot B movie,
B movie.

Speaker 1 (11:10):
Yeah, B movie director has opinions on what movies need
to be going forward. Ants yea yeah, there was a
Bugs Life, and there was Bugs.

Speaker 3 (11:19):
Life, Perfect Movie, No Notes, Untouchable, the B movie, Yes, okay,
thank you.

Speaker 2 (11:24):
Ants isn't actually bad.

Speaker 3 (11:25):
Ants isn't terrible. It's a B movie though.

Speaker 2 (11:27):
Yeah, B movie's pretty bad.

Speaker 1 (11:29):
But Seinfeld as a whole, I've never really been that
big a fan of I know, people say, oh, you
don't get his comedy. He likes pointing out the mundane,
Like I just think he's out of touch. I don't
want to hear a billionaire tell me what is funny.

Speaker 3 (11:40):
The funniest person on Seinfeld was Julia Louis Dreyfus.

Speaker 1 (11:43):
Yeah, that's the other thing about Seinfeld. He was not
the funniest part about that show.

Speaker 3 (11:48):
He was not.

Speaker 1 (11:48):
It was her and Kramer. Yeah, and I put Costanzo
at third.

Speaker 3 (11:52):
It was not him.

Speaker 2 (11:53):
He was the least funny thing about Seinfeld.

Speaker 3 (11:56):
Hot takes from us.

Speaker 1 (11:57):
I don't even think that's a hant take. That is
fact printed. Put it in a dictionary or wherever they
keep those records. I don't think they keep Encyclopedia in
an encyclopedia, in an Atlas, Rand McNally, Encyclopedia Britannica. I
used to read those we had a set. I don't
think we had all of them. I think we got
them at a garage and I would go and just

read them. I'd also read atlases because my dad was
a truck driver and he would just have some and
I'd was like, I need to know how to get
to El Paso.

Speaker 2 (12:25):
That's why I'm pretty good at directions.

Speaker 3 (12:26):
Now you're so good, except for when we got to
Austin at like two am, which we'll talk about more
that the directions on the GPS. You were like, think
it's telling me and I was like, I'm delirious, but
I'm historically not good at directions, so normally you don't
take mine. And you did listen to me that time,
and I was sorry, But normally you're great with directions.

Speaker 2 (12:47):
We'll get to that in a second.

Speaker 1 (12:48):
But wrapping up this thought, going along with some movie news,
the Netflix CEO said that if Barbie and Oppenheimer came
out on Netflix that they would have been as successful,
which I feel is the worst thing any CEO has said, probably.

Speaker 2 (13:03):
Next to what the Chipotle ceo.

Speaker 1 (13:05):
It's about to bring up, like, hey, our portions haven't
gotten less, haven't gotten any smaller.

Speaker 2 (13:10):
You guys are crazy.

Speaker 3 (13:11):
It's my favorite video. He's like, you know, if they
don't put enough, you just kind of and he gives
this like, hey, come on, like shrug.

Speaker 1 (13:18):
That dude has never been to Chipotle. No, he's never
had a He's never had a burrito in his mouth
in his life. The Netflix CEO saying that if Barbie
and Oppenheimer came out on Netflix, they'd be as big
is insane. Netflix hasn't had a culturally relevant movie since
bird Box twenty eighteen. We watched together. It felt like

the entire country, the entire world watched that movie.

Speaker 2 (13:41):

Speaker 3 (13:42):
Yeah, I don't even gether like scary movies, and I
was like, I got to get in on this.

Speaker 1 (13:46):
But that was the first and last time really that
they put out a movie that had any kind of
pop culture.

Speaker 3 (13:54):
Tiger King was a TV show, TV show, Tiger King
and Cheer TV show. If it weren't for the pandemic,
would they have been popular.

Speaker 2 (14:01):
Yeah, that was a big part of tier. We probably
wouldn't all been on the Tiger.

Speaker 3 (14:04):
King train if it bored and locked in the house.

Speaker 1 (14:07):
And we needed something bizarre in our lives to have
us escape from this thing going on.

Speaker 3 (14:11):
In the world.

Speaker 2 (14:11):
Tiger King was that we.

Speaker 3 (14:12):
Needed something weirder than the fact that we were locked
in our houses and this man with tigers.

Speaker 2 (14:17):
What was his name again, Joe Exotic?

Speaker 3 (14:19):
Thank you?

Speaker 1 (14:19):
But they, I mean, they have great TV shows which
they have shifted into they do wonderfully. But when it
comes to movies, they're putting out movies with j Lo
about AI that are ruining it.

Speaker 3 (14:30):
Are we watching that?

Speaker 1 (14:30):
By the way, I don't want to like out of
just the core inner fiber of my being, I don't
want to watch it, But I also want to see
how much of a disaster it is. I've also been
in my year of the downfallow Jennifer.

Speaker 3 (14:43):
Lopez, you're really into the canceling her tour, her which
didn't sell well.

Speaker 1 (14:49):
Her album Tank, her movie did terribly. The most entertaining
part of the movie was the documentary that came out
of her calling up celebs and everybody being like, I.

Speaker 2 (14:58):
Don't want to be in your movie. Oh yeah, it
ham and.

Speaker 3 (15:03):
Cheese on a roll back of chips and an Oran
small bag of chips, small bag of chips, and an
orange drink.

Speaker 2 (15:08):
If you know you know so.

Speaker 1 (15:10):
I think for that reason I would watch it also,
just so we have another worse movie to add to
the list, but I don't want to watch it. But
going back to that movie, going back to Unfrosted, I
think this is also having an effect on what people
think about movies, and that is what is upsetting to me,
is that people see a movie like the Ai Jennifer

Lopez movie come out on Netflix that same weekend, Garfield
and Furiosa all came out. To the average person, all
of those are the same thing in their mind. They're
all just content. They are all just movies. One you
can watch at home, the others you have to pay
a really big amount to go out and watch them.
So you're gonna watch the one that's the easiest to

get to, that's the cheapest, it's the Jalo movie. And
you're putting out this lower tier quality of movie on Netflix,
making people think that this is what movies are. They're terrible,
they are waste of time. Therefore, when another good movie
does come out in theaters, they don't want to go
watch it. And for the first time right now since
the pandemic, I kind of feel worried about the state

of movie theaters because Furiosa came out and only made
thirty million dollars on one hundred and sixty million dollar budget.

Speaker 3 (16:19):
Okay, but that movie wasn't good. I think it was good,
but I don't feel like Mad Max is like a
huge because you can't appeal to like a younger crowd.

Speaker 1 (16:28):
But it came out on Memorial Day weekend, which is
historically like the weekend to go to theaters.

Speaker 3 (16:34):
If you put out a really good movie.

Speaker 1 (16:36):
True and Garfield made more than Furiosa if you put
because kids are out of school now.

Speaker 3 (16:41):
I think Memorial Day the only time that it makes
a big amount of money because most people associate Memorial
Day with a boat with water with hot dogs. People
were the only ones who were like startled the season.

Speaker 1 (16:52):
I think it's it's a mixture of that. Ticket prices
at movie theaters are really expensive.

Speaker 3 (16:59):
Get that regal.

Speaker 1 (17:00):
I would highly recommend that because in two visits you're good.
I feel like it might be a little bit different
with families because you can't really get everybody a past
that gets more expensive.

Speaker 2 (17:09):
Yeah, I went, but for us it worked perfectly.

Speaker 3 (17:10):
I went to the movie with my family and like
tickets and snacks was It's ridiculous but my family also
loves snacks, like I got a popcorn to drink. My
brother's got a large popcorn a drink, and I see
my dad gets a popcorn water sometimes one of those
pickles in a.

Speaker 2 (17:26):
Bag and never had the pickle in the bag.

Speaker 3 (17:28):
I'm pretty good.

Speaker 1 (17:28):
And I think combined with movies coming out onto streaming
much sooner, it's giving people less of a reason to
go see it in theaters if they know you can
get it in thirty forty five days at home for cheaper,
if not for probably free if you're already subscribed to
a service.

Speaker 3 (17:46):
I mean, my family loves going to the movies, and
half the time my mom says, I'll just wait till
it's on streaming. And that's for people who even love
going to movies.

Speaker 1 (17:52):
Yeah, So it's also how we kind of feel about
TV shows is there's so many new TV shows every
single week that you have to catch up on.

Speaker 3 (18:00):
My brain is overloaded.

Speaker 1 (18:02):
In the same way, you can't expect all these movies
to crush it at the box office when you're putting
out one every single week that needs to make a
vast amount of money to recoup that people are gonna
pick and choose the big ones to go see because
you're looking at your finances and thinking, okay, and go
to a movie for Deadpool and Wolverine. But that means
we're gonna miss all these in May and June. So

it's also you can't really expect all these to be
blockbusters when people don't really have the time or the
money to do that. Yeah, So I think I'm just
worried in the sense that there are these movies that
are still having these astronomical budgets one hundred and fifty
two hundred million dollars and making thirty million. I think
it's gonna have an impact on movie budgets, and hopefully

it could be a good thing that you have kind
of a revival of indie filmmaking. I mean, look at
a movie like Everything Everywhere, All at Once that was
made for a relatively low budget and went on to
earn a lot more have a lot of critical acclaim
and I think that is going to be the new
model of spending less but having to be more creative,

therefore giving people new things to be excited about, because
what audiences are kind of getting fatigued with is having
the same thing over and over the MCU had its run,
and at the time, in two thousand and eight.

Speaker 2 (19:17):
A big superhero movie was exciting.

Speaker 1 (19:20):
It was novel, it was different, It was a spec
to go to go see something like that in theaters.
And I think it's not so much that people are
fatigued with the superhero genre. They're fatigued with the formula.
Same thing over and over. Here's a new character, here's
their origin story, here's the villain. Here's them debating the
villain by being bada boom, a lot of fighting and action.
It's the same thing over and over. You have to
reinvent that to give people a reason to not just

go watch a big summer blockbuster movie, but also give
them more of a story, different characters, different emotions. So
you have to kind of go back to that indie
style of filmmaking of not depending on your big budget
to get people there.

Speaker 3 (19:56):
I have something to say, But do we want to
circle back to your rating on them Frosted before.

Speaker 1 (19:59):
Oh yeah, I will give it a one out of
five pop Tarts worst movie. I'd probably go point five,
actually even lower than that. I tend to not go
zero because as long as you show up, you get
a point five, so I'd give it a point five
out of five pop tarts.

Speaker 3 (20:14):
I was gonna say, can we go through really quick
before we get toward disaster this weekend? Of what other
summer blockbusters we have coming up, because I've already forgotten.

Speaker 1 (20:21):
We have Twisters, which is the one we've been waiting for.
As big of a fans are as we are of
the original.

Speaker 3 (20:28):
I can't wait to see it. And it's a big
fan of Glenn Pal. I'm trying to set so he's
moving back to Austin. And if my friend listens to this,
she'll kill me for saying this. But her other friend
and I are like, Glenn Pal's moving back to Austin.
Hit him up, this is your chance.

Speaker 2 (20:41):
So I'm gonna hit him up as my chance.

Speaker 3 (20:43):
He's a big Longhorn fan. I know I could see
him at football games going to go Home for one.
Him and McConaughey, Flenny were your big fans. We have
Inside Out coming out. We have Bad Boys coming out
this week. Okay, I watched the trailer for that looks
kind of funny.

Speaker 2 (20:57):
It does look funny.

Speaker 1 (20:58):
I find it more funny, probably from Martin Lawrence, who
I love even at your brother's graduation, Rudy through my
brother Rudy through on Blue Streak.

Speaker 2 (21:06):
Big crowd pleaser.

Speaker 1 (21:07):
Yeah, everybody loves Blue Streak, so I'm more interested to
see that. For Martin Lawrence, we have Despicable Me for
that's gonna be a crusher. I think that could be
the billion dollar movie of the summer.

Speaker 3 (21:18):
We will be we'll be seeing that.

Speaker 1 (21:19):
We have that Austin Butler movie, The Bike Riders coming out.

Speaker 3 (21:22):
Oh yeah, I don't really.

Speaker 1 (21:24):
Know exactly how to feel about that movie. It kind
of looks like, why is this getting made? Are we
just trying to force Austin Butler as a movie star?
We really are, like real hard because.

Speaker 3 (21:33):
He wasn't that great Masters of Area though.

Speaker 2 (21:35):
He's been Elvis for the last two years.

Speaker 3 (21:38):
I think that's gonna be a career blocker something else,
but I'll keep it family friendly.

Speaker 2 (21:44):
June twenty First, we have Kinds of Kindness, which looks good.

Speaker 3 (21:47):
Yes, the Yorgo slanthemost movie. It's almost three hours.

Speaker 2 (21:50):
Yeah that's a long one. Just on paper, it looks great.

Speaker 3 (21:52):
The cast is amazing, is amazing.

Speaker 1 (21:54):
Org Slanting Moos is the same person who did things
or things so almost everybody from the movie now in
this one.

Speaker 2 (22:01):
But it looks good. It's long, it is long.

Speaker 3 (22:03):
I know we have a quiet place, but I don't
do scary.

Speaker 2 (22:05):
Oh you're not gonna go see that with me?

Speaker 3 (22:06):
I think so. I just don't like anything that makes
me jump.

Speaker 1 (22:10):
I don't think it's a full on horror movie. It's
more suspenseful. But they are creepy monsters killing people.

Speaker 3 (22:17):
This trailer doesn't look as bad as the other ones.
I don't feel like this one's sudden New York.

Speaker 2 (22:21):

Speaker 3 (22:22):
Yeah, this one doesn't look as bad as like they're
in like Cabin in the Woods being taken on.

Speaker 2 (22:26):
By It's pretty cool to how it all started.

Speaker 1 (22:27):
We have that Kevin Costner movie, an American saga Horizon movie.

Speaker 2 (22:32):
Oh yeah, yeah, self financed.

Speaker 3 (22:34):
I was thinking Kevin Bacon dif Kevin.

Speaker 1 (22:37):
Kevin Costner has always felt like a very just vanilla
actor to me, like he doesn't really have it feels
like I wanted defining movie to me, really.

Speaker 3 (22:44):
Leaning into like the period pieces with like yellow I know,
and Yellowstone is like a current show, but he's leaning
into like that, like Western and also the fact that
it's two parts coming out in theaters. Feels a little
bit like a cash grab. Yeah, and they're not that
far apart.

Speaker 2 (22:56):
That's kind of the new trend now.

Speaker 3 (22:57):
It's weird though.

Speaker 2 (22:58):
It's like you make one movie that's way too long,
so you split it up in.

Speaker 3 (23:01):
A two weird one that you watched on Netflix.

Speaker 1 (23:03):
Yeah, the Zack Snyder movie. Yes, I can't even remember
the name. I hated the name Rose Planet.

Speaker 3 (23:09):
What was the name?

Speaker 2 (23:09):
It's like the ed Hardier movies.

Speaker 3 (23:12):
Okay, any other standouts?

Speaker 1 (23:14):
Those are the major ones and Deadpool and Deadpool which
perody have tickets for?

Speaker 2 (23:18):

Speaker 1 (23:19):
I want to find that machine where you can win
the best friend's necklace. I think it's only at AMC.

Speaker 3 (23:24):
Go to an AMC for that.

Speaker 2 (23:25):
We have the pre order of the ticket.

Speaker 1 (23:26):
You pre ordered the ticket and they give you a
coin and then you put that coin into the machine
with the chance of winning it.

Speaker 3 (23:32):
There is a really nice AMC here, but it's just
like it's like fifteen minutes away and we're.

Speaker 2 (23:36):
Like too far century away.

Speaker 3 (23:38):
Meanwhile, when we were in Texas, we're like, you want
to drive thirty five minutes out of town for a smoothie?

Speaker 2 (23:42):

Speaker 3 (23:43):
Speaking of Texas, let's talk about that.

Speaker 1 (23:45):
Yeah, we went to Texas for your brother's graduation and
we tried to get there the night before.

Speaker 2 (23:51):
What time were we supposed to leave.

Speaker 3 (23:52):
We were supposed to take off at five forty five,
and we were about to leave the house Collin Uber
to go to the airport and it started getting delayed,
which we had a feeling because the sky started turning
really dark, real dark right before we left. So we're like, okay,
we're delayed, Like let's just hang out at home. But
then it was like kept getting delayed, and then you're
in that weird mindset of like what if they like
move it back up and it's not delayed, so you

don't want to like get too comfortable, and then you
just kind of sit there and you're like, I guess
I'm gonna make dinner. At four thirty, I was like,
I guess I'm gonna make a peanut butter and jelly
sandwich for dinner. So I'm gonna get to the airport finally,
and we bored. We're taxing and the pilot comes on.

Speaker 2 (24:28):
What time are we on the plane?

Speaker 3 (24:30):
Nine? And he comes on and he's like like nine
thirty because we're supposed to take off at like nine fifteen.
So we're taxing on the runway about to take off,
and he's like, folks got a mechanical light an electrical
issue that just came on, which, to be fair, it
was a Boeing, So I'm glad they turned his back around.

Speaker 2 (24:46):
Probably this is something we need to check out at.

Speaker 3 (24:47):
This point, and he's like, we're gonna go back to
the gate. Well, then it takes forever to get off
the runway because the runway is designed like if you're
going in one direction, you're gonna take off. So then
we had to like reorient back down the runway to
get back to a gate. Then none of the gates
were open. So we get to a gate and' like
we're gonna look at it, and then my head, I'm like,
this is gonna be like they're not gonna be able

to fix it, or like our pilot's gonna time out
or something. So like ten ten, he comes on. He's like,
great news, they fixed they fixed it. They're riding up
the report. So then we finally re taxi at like
ten thirty. We take off at like ten forty. We
land in Austin at like twelve forty five. We're deliriously tired.
We get our rental car. Everyone's in line. I don't

know what people were asking, but it took forever to
get out of Enterprise. I'm like, because no one here
rented a car before. We were so cranky. We were
at that point where everyone we're like, everyone's an idiot,
get out of here. And then it's not just that
we like have to fly in. It's that my parents
live an hour from the airport, which isn't terrible on
a normal day, like whatever, smaller Texas town, but when
you are so tired and you have an hour drive

at one fifteen in the morning, we were exhausted.

Speaker 2 (25:56):
And that's where I was questioning the GPS and I was.

Speaker 3 (25:59):
Like, I'm pretty sure we need to go this way,
like this used to be my route from the airport.
I was right. But anyways, we get there, so we're like, great,
we're here. We made it. You're up the next morning
at five working remotely. I didn't go to sleep like
three fifteen because my body couldn't like shut down.

Speaker 1 (26:16):
I was so worried I wasn't going to wake up
that at one point I got I just kept waking
up check my phone to see what time it was,
and I haven't been drunk in a really long time,
but in that moment, I felt like I did when I.

Speaker 2 (26:26):
Was drunk, and was like, what was going on?

Speaker 1 (26:28):
And I looked at the phone and I couldn't really
make it out, like my eyes were blurry, like the
feeling I have when you're drunk.

Speaker 2 (26:34):
That's how I felt because I was so tired.

Speaker 3 (26:36):
So then the next day we're like, Okay, at least
we're here and we're taking my youngest brother to lunch,
and my mom texts and she's like, so graduation just
got canceled for tonight, and I'm like, excuse me. There
were huge storms in Texas and the place they were
supposed to have it was outdoors. They lost power the
whole like facility. They were like, we'll try to do
it tomorrow, and then they were like, we actually don't
know if we're going to do it tomorrow. So by Friday,

graduations just canceled for the weekends. We're supposed to go
home Sunday, and then all of a sudden, they're like
it's gonna be Tuesday and you had to go home.
You had work, And I was like, I can stay
and then I was like, I didn't bring my work
laptop because we were supposed to be home. We had
a friends staying at our house in Nashville while we
were gone. She flew it back to Austin with her.
We picked it up from her, and I did indeed
stay for the weekend and got to watch middle brother graduate,

which was so special, but it was one disaster after
the next for the weekend.

Speaker 1 (27:23):
I was just upset because we did all that to
get there.

Speaker 3 (27:26):
We jumped through so many hoops to get there in time.

Speaker 2 (27:28):
And I get, you can't control what happens with the weather,
but maybe have a backup no backup plan, And I
mean Texas did get hit hard that week.

Speaker 3 (27:35):
I got tornadoes and I guess pretty bad.

Speaker 1 (27:38):
So in the grand scheme of things, I get it
it caused some devastation to the area, but also you
don't have a backup plan, and the fact that we
did so much just to be there on time, and
then it just felt like it was for nothing. We
still got to see family, we still got to do
the graduation party.

Speaker 3 (27:51):
In Southwust game with some vouchers, but the.

Speaker 1 (27:53):
Actual event that we both went for only you got
to experience.

Speaker 3 (27:57):
I know it was a bummer. Yeah, it was just
a and we looked back. We planned we booked this
trip in February. Yeah, like we had it. We were like,
we're not missing this. This is a huge day. So anyways,
that was our disaster of epic proportions. But I did
get three extra days at home with my brothers and
my puppy.

Speaker 1 (28:14):
We usually wrap up also with TV show and your
book recommendation. We haven't really been watching much TV. I
did finish X Men ninety seven, which is great. I
also started gen V because The Boys is returning this month.

Speaker 3 (28:28):
But then you had a nightmare.

Speaker 1 (28:29):
Yeah, it's not a show you need to one right
before you go to sleep because it's really violent.

Speaker 2 (28:34):
And I watched it right before bed.

Speaker 1 (28:35):
I watched two episodes, went to sleep, and then just
had these crazy, vivid, violent nightmares.

Speaker 3 (28:41):
Oh I watched Uh was that May? I don't think
I've recommended yet The Girls on the Bus.

Speaker 2 (28:45):
I haven't. No, you watched that pretty quick.

Speaker 3 (28:48):
Like one and a half days on HBO Max about
like four journalists on a presidential campaign. Was really good.
And then book, hmm, whatever this month, I'm going to
go oh with one called The Unexpected Spy. It was
written by a woman who was in the CIA and
the FBI, like right after September eleventh. Very interesting. A

lot of it's redacted though, because obviously you can't give
away a lot of like CIA stuff, so she'd even now, yeah,
she'd leave it in and like just put like just
like big black blocks over it. Cool. Yeah, that was
really interesting. I felt like I learned a lot about
like world affairs that either they don't teach you or
you don't remember. And I'm just trying to read like

different genres because I have a book now that's like
investigative reporting called Sisterhood of the CIA, like about women
working in the CIA that I haven't read yet, so
I wanted to read a first hand perspective.

Speaker 1 (29:41):
I'm about to get into my Furiosi review. You mentioned
you didn't like the movie before I give my rating,
just give your rating why you didn't like it.

Speaker 3 (29:50):
I liked the first hour, but after the first hour,
I was like, oh my god, we haven't even seen
Ania Taylor Joy yet and we were on I wouldnt
see it with my family. You had already left. So
it was my mom and dad and I and my
younger brothers.

Speaker 2 (29:59):
We saw it at the same time, but in different
states we did.

Speaker 3 (30:01):
That was fun. We timed that out. My mom and
I really, how much longer do we have of this?
And then I would be like, Mike just got done,
has started fifteen minutes before, so we still have fifteen minutes.
My rating two out of five high speed vehicles. I
don't know what they.

Speaker 2 (30:19):
Drove, A two basically for the first hour, but.

Speaker 3 (30:21):
I love Anya Taylor Joy, so one point five for
the movie itself, in point five for Annie Taylor Joy.

Speaker 2 (30:26):
There you go.

Speaker 1 (30:27):
We'll come back and get my four review on that.
Then we'll talk about we wanta.

Speaker 2 (30:30):
To Let's get into it now. A spoiler free movie review.

Speaker 1 (30:38):
A Furiosa A Mad Max saga makes me want to
say when God and Furiosa. This is a prequel to
Mad Max Fury Road, which is a movie that blew
my mind when I went to go see it in theaters.
I was not expecting the movie going experience that I
had after watching that because wasn't the biggest fan of
the original Mad Max. I would love to say that

I'm a huge Mel Gibson Tina Turner fan, but it
was that movie that changed my perspective on the franchise
and created this excitement for me to go and watch Furiosa,
which is the prequel the origin story of Charlie Starone's
character in Fury Road. And I also love Anya Taylor Joy,

who I believe is an actor just on that upper
trajectory with every movie that she does, and also somebody
that has such a large variety of.

Speaker 2 (31:30):
Work so early on in her career.

Speaker 1 (31:32):
I first remember her in The Witch, which is the
great horror movie, but she's also done movies like The Menu.
She's the voice of Peach in the Super Mario Brothers movie,
and she is starring alongside another well established A list star,
Chris Hemsworth. We all still primarily know west Or, but
I would say he's trying to separate himself a little

bit from the MCU as far as showing audiences that
he can do different things. He doesn't have to just
be that ripped up muscly guy playing an agent, playing
a soldier, playing an officer, and I think in this
role he shows us that he can do other things.
There are two things that I found very two things

that I found very distracting about this movie that I'll
get into later, but he looks a little bit different.
They change his facial features, he has different color hair
throughout the movie. So it's also just giving us a
different side of him for our eyes, but also in
the cadence and the way he spoke, and just having

like this different kind of aura about him, which you
have to have with doing such a weird movie like
Furiosa living in that mad Max world. I think he
proved that to be true. Now, what this movie is
is Furiosa from a very very young age, I would
say maybe eight or nine, ten years old. At the
beginning of this movie, she is taken away from this

place that she lives in, which is kind of a utopia.

Speaker 2 (33:03):
And in the Madamex world, it is out in the middle.

Speaker 1 (33:06):
Of basically a desert where there are no resources, there's
no water, there's no ammo, there are very minimal things
on which people have in order to survive. But the
place she comes from is this place that has an
abundance of things, and she is trying to keep people
from discovering this place, but then encounter some bad people.

One of those bad people happens to be Chris Hemsworth's character,
who Furiosa ends up in the grips of him after
she gets captured, taken away on a bike, and Chris
hemsworth character wants to know where she comes from, but
then her mom comes and rescues her, but ends up
paying the ultimate price and sacrificing herself.

Speaker 2 (33:49):
And this may sound like.

Speaker 1 (33:50):
A spoiler, but it literally all happens in the first
ten minutes of this movie and really is the overall
kickstarter to the entire story of how Fury Are It
became to be the warrior that we saw in Mad
Max Fury Road, showing the impact of losing her mom
and then throughout this entire movie never really having a
home because having to go from one place to another

place to another place, and how all of those things
hardened her.

Speaker 2 (34:17):
But at the core of it fueled her.

Speaker 1 (34:20):
So that is really all I'll speak on as far
as what the plot is, But the overall theme of
the story is revenge. She wants to get revenge on
the people who took her mother away from her, and
the person who she wants that revenge from, who is
responsible for that is Chris Hemsworth's character, And really that
first hour of the movie is all dedicated to this

young furiosa that you don't even see Anya Taylor Joy
until that hour mark. So to me, this movie kind
of felt like two movies split into one, and if
I had to pick which one I enjoyed more, it
was actually her very early life that I found more entertaining.
All kicking off from how the movie started, where it
leaps right into the action, and I think what I

find annoying sometimes in movies like this that are either
in a world that is so far in the past
or so far in the future, where you're trying to
establish all these characters in all these worlds, I always
feel like they over explain everything, where you usually have
the scene where it's like two historical ancient figures talking

to each other, explaining all these details, saying all these names,
talking about all these places, talking about all these wars
that us as the viewers, we really just get lost.
In the first movie that comes to mind when I
think of this was Black Adam, and they go into
this entire history of the character where it came from,

and really, when you do that, nothing is really setting
in with us because you're just feeding us information and
telling us and you're not showing us you're not invoking
any emotion. What I loved about Furi Yosa it got
right into the action. It didn't need to establish these characters.
It didn't need to give you all this backstory on

why they are here, what this planet is called.

Speaker 2 (36:12):
It gave you that.

Speaker 1 (36:13):
Sense of action at the very beginning, made you feel something,
and then just eases you into the story. And what
I love about that is it doesn't make me feel
dumb as the viewer that I need to be told
every little detail way back. No, just show me, make
me feel something, show me something entertaining that's gonna make

me want to get to the next scene, that's gonna
make me want to ride out this entire thing and
get to that ending. I don't care about knowing the
name of the planet or all these crazy backstories. Just
show me the action, which is probably my favorite feature
of this movie. I don't want to say it's NonStop
action throughout the entire thing, but there's a fair amount.

But if I were to compare it to a Dude, which.

Speaker 2 (37:00):
Is a lot more of dialogue.

Speaker 1 (37:04):
And backstory, I would say between these two, Mad Max
is just the more fun and the reason I even
compare those two is because when you look at the
fabric of these movies, not only comparing it to Dune,
but even comparing it to Star Wars, which are all
kind of in that same category of being movies about
people living in environments with scarce supplies. There's deserts and

people want these supplies. These people don't want to share
these supplies, and a lot of the action, a lot
of the betrayal, a lot of the tension comes from
that scarcity a supply. So that is why I would
kind of compare Star Wars, Dune, and Mad Max. But
what makes them all different, I would say, is the tone.

Star Wars is more fun and light hearted. It's big adventure.
Dune leans more into the sophisticated sci fi and has
a much more serious tone. Mad Max has a much
more action forward approach to the story. The tone is
not really lighthearted, but a little bit more comical.

Speaker 2 (38:11):
Zany, weird and bizarre.

Speaker 1 (38:14):
So it really leans more into that what I would
described as the psycho factor, And for me as the viewer,
it really felt like a graphic novel coming to life
because all of these characters are so distinct, the actions
are very deliberate, and what I really love about a
Mad Max film is you can tell just by the

colors that it's a Mad Max film. George Miller just
has this vision going into these movies that's gonna make
them so distinct.

Speaker 2 (38:43):
So I loved all the blues and the oranges and
the reds.

Speaker 1 (38:48):
But I will say, overall, I think the cinematography and
the visuals were a lot better in Fury Road. Fury
Road was just so groundbreaking at the time, and I
feel like all the best parts of that were left
out of Furiosa. And maybe it's just me, but I
felt like some shots were a little bit sloppy, and
maybe it was a style choice because, like I was
saying that, it felt like a graphic novel come to

life at times.

Speaker 2 (39:12):
That wasn't a good thing.

Speaker 1 (39:13):
And while we're on just a little bit of negative,
I do want to address the two things that were
really distracting for me that took me out of the film.
Number one was Chris Hemsworth's nose. I know they were
trying to make them look different. I just found it
so distracting and a little bit off putting that it
took me out of taking his character seriously. But what

was more distracting to me was Anya Taylor Joy not
actually shaving her head, because we all know Trey least
their own infurior oat, actually shaved her head. It's such
a distinct look, it's such a commitment to your character.
To me, proves that I'm going to take every aspect
of this person on and I'm going to live in it,

and it's going to affect my real life because if
I shave my head, there's no going back. I wake
up and I am this character. I go on set,
I am this character. There is no escaping it. There
is no shortcut on your Taylor Joy said that she
wanted to shave her head, but then George Miller, the director,
said no, you don't shave your head.

Speaker 2 (40:21):
You don't need to do that.

Speaker 1 (40:23):
I think she needed to shave her head because it
was so distracting to me with every shot where she
came on and it was this wig. I knew it
was a wig, And to me, that is saying, you know,
I'm an actor, I have other projects I need to do,
I have appearances. I can't afford to shave my head. Therefore,
I am not committing to this role. That is what

not shaving your head in this movie says to me
and all A man, I'm probably being a little irrational there,
because you do have special effects and you can make
it look pretty good.

Speaker 2 (40:54):
But that's the thing. You can only make it pretty.

Speaker 1 (40:57):
Good to have a fake shaved head. It doesn't look
completely accurate to me. But for me, as I'm watching
all of those scenes with that shaved head, I don't
see Furiosa. I see Anya Taylor Joy, a person who
has all these other commitments that they can afford to
shave their head for, and that takes me out of it.

I want commitment from an actor. Maybe that's asking a
little bit too much. Maybe that approach isn't for everybody.
I'm not asking her to go full method actor, which
is such an important thing for her character. Because Furiosa
has this rage that is fueled by grief. She is
a warrior. She is supposed to be the most be
a person in this movie. And that's why I feel

like you should totally commit to it if you are
the actor portraying that character. So if I had to
boil down what this movie is and pretty much overall
what the Mad Max Saga franchise is they're desert pirates
and they get into these battles on these crazy roads,
much like pirates would get into these battles on the
high seas. They get into battles while driving different types

of vehicles and modes of transportation and buses, and they're
all just fighting for these resources. And there are some
really great action sequences. Some of these took months to film,
so there is a big dedication there. But while watching
Furiosa and I didn't have this experience while watching Fury Road,

all of these action sequences started to feel very repetitive
to me. It felt like the same thing over and
over because it kind of is the same formula of
people driving and then people coming and trying to overtake
whatever vehicle it is. All of the action sequences just
started to feel the same. And the movie is a

little bit on the long side. I know it's listed
as almost two and a half hours, but I timed
it and it's right around two seventeen. And I am
not opposed to a long movie, but you have to
earn that runtime. For me, after two hours, I wouldn't
be opposed to sitting in a movie for three hours,
three and a half hours. I watched all of Avatar

Way of the Water, enjoyed that all the way through.
I feel like that one warranted the runtime. The Batman
in twenty twenty two, almost three hours of that one
warranted that runtime. Furiosa at two seventeen, I don't think
it warranted that runtime, but I felt like the first
half was just so much stronger.

Speaker 2 (43:26):
I felt more emotion in those moments.

Speaker 1 (43:28):
And by the end of the movie, where I expected
to have this level of triumph, this really big payoff,
I feel like if it would have ended after that.

Speaker 2 (43:36):
First hour, I would have been more satisfied.

Speaker 1 (43:39):
But overall, for Furiosa, I give it four out of
five Fake shaved heads.

Speaker 3 (43:47):
It's time to head down to movie Mike Traylor par.

Speaker 1 (43:52):
Disney has been needing a hit, and I think they
may have found it.

Speaker 2 (43:57):
Mwana two looks promising. The trailer is already breaking records.

Speaker 1 (44:04):
And the whole path of this movie is a little
bit interesting because originally it was supposed to be a
Disney Plus series. That's why I was surprised when it
kind of came out of nowhere. The announcement earlier this
year that they said, ah, it's not gonna be a
series Miwana Too coming out on November twenty seventh, and

that had me excited. And Mowana is a movie that
I didn't love. The first time I went to go
see it in theaters, I didn't fully get it. I
left the theater thinking, Nah, that wasn't really good. What
is happening to Disney? And the more I thought of it,
I found myself thinking, I'll see the line of the Uh,

I guess that's that song from Moana. Huh, that's interesting.
May bet you go back and rewatch that movie. Rewatched
it when it came out, and I was like, oh,
those go kind of hard. By about the third time
I rewatched it, I was see the line where the
sky needs to see it calls me and no one
knows how far eack like. I was full into it.

I can't stop singing it. And I think it was
also that I became more familiar and appreciative of the
work of Lynn Manuel Miranda, who went way too hard
on this soundtrack, probably went the hardest on a Disney
soundtrack since Phil Collins and what he did with Tarzan.
No reason whatsoever for that soundtrack. It goes so hard

and the only real hesitation. Now I have going into
this movie because after watching this trailer, I feel like
the animation looks like an improvement. For the first one
is the fact is that Lynn Manuel Miranda is not
returning to do the music on this movie.

Speaker 2 (45:47):
I have a theory as to why. But in this
trailer we see.

Speaker 1 (45:51):
Mowanna and Maui reuniting three years after the adventure from
Mowana Part one. You have a whole new cast of
unlikely seafares. Before we get into more about what is
going on in this movie, why I'm excited and my
one hesitation, here's just a little bit of the ma
Wana II trailer.

Speaker 5 (46:11):
This is a call from the ancestors to sail to
new skies and reconnect our people across the entire Oceano.

Speaker 2 (46:26):
Molly boats, snack.

Speaker 3 (46:30):
Boat snack upgrade bacon and eggs.

Speaker 2 (46:33):
Why didn't you bring the pig last time? So what
this movie is about.

Speaker 1 (46:38):
After receiving an unexpected call from her ancestors, Mowanna must
journey to this far seas of Oceana, into the dangerous
Long Lost Waters for an adventure unlike anything she's ever faced.
So this trailer really doesn't offer a whole lot more
to the plot, But what it does give us is
a lot of really great visuals, which I've fine to

be quite exciting. We have Mowana floating in front of
a whale, you have this really vivid water animation. To me,
it feels a lot more photo realistic. The movements look
more fluid. That to me tells me that this movie
is going to have more action than the first one,
because there seems to be a lot more articulated movements

when it comes to this animation, which I feel is
something Disney has really needed to step up. And if
there's one movie that is going to be the reason
to do that is Mowana too. And that's a good
sign because if it was intended to be a Disney
Plus series and not a movie first, what you could
actually do on a Disney Plus series is spend a

little bit less on animation because people aren't expecting cinematic
quality from a Disney Plus show. But from what I
see so far, it actually looking really good. That has
me excited. So maybe at some point in the process
they either started spending too much money or they realize
this actually looks a lot better than we thought it
was going to be let's just make this a movie.

I think to me, that also says that Disney really
believes in this. They're gonna spend the money not only
on making this movie, but also promoting it and telling
audiences this needs to be out on the big screen
because I feel like some Disney and Pixar movies kind
of got the raw end of the deal of having
the Disney Plus only exclusive treatment, movies like Luca and

Turning Red. I didn't want to see Mlwana have that
same treatment for the sake of getting some more Disney
Plus subscribers. So Dwayne the Rock Johnson as back as
Maui Ali Lee Cravalo is back as Mwana. But the
person who is not returning, who I feel was so
crucial to Muwana is Lynn Manuel Miranda. And there's really
not a reason why he is not.

Speaker 2 (48:47):
A part of it.

Speaker 1 (48:48):
It could be that he's working on another Disney project
and is already tied up in that. It could also be,
like I was saying that since it was going to
be a Disney Plus show, maybe they just wanted to
assign these other new composer to it. They couldn't afford him,
or he couldn't really carve out the time to work
on it in that capacity, and since it shifted to

being a movie, he just ended up not being a
part of it. Hopefully he is working on a new
Disney movie or something else that is also going to
be just as good. But I feel a lot of
what made Mowana Part one so great were the really
memorable songs, and the three I would pick as being
the most standout songs from that movie were all written

by Lynn Manuel Miranda. Of course, the when I was
singing earlier, how Far I'll Go, hands down, is the
song from Mijana. You also have your Welcome, which is
right up there at number two, and that number three
is shiny and all written by Lin Manuel Miranda. So
I feel like the success of those movies were due

to the fact that they had such great songs that
were memorable that kids really grasped onto and overall just
creates these really fun and sing along moments, which is
probably why I didn't enjoy it the first time I
went to go see it in theaters. Because when it
comes to my animated movies, and I know Disney since
its inception, has been essentially creating musicals, you have characters

who just burst out into song, And as a kid,
I enjoyed it Ryan King Goes Hard, But as an
adult I lean more towards the Pixar movies because those
don't burst out into song for no reason. Those characters
don't really just sing. They have songs in them, but
the thing moving those movies along are not fueled by songs.

Mowana is So maybe that is why I didn't enjoy
it the first time I saw it in theaters, but
that second time, that third time, the songs really grew
on me. But also I became a bigger linn Manuel
Miranda fan as I got to see his other body
of work after watching Hamilton, not going to actually see
it in person, but whenever it came out on Disney
Plus in twenty twenty, it allowed me to really.

Speaker 2 (50:58):
Understand his greatness.

Speaker 1 (51:00):
So I think, now, after appreciating him more, appreciating the
original more, it's a little bit of a bummer that
he's not going to be a part of the second one.

Speaker 2 (51:08):
And will the songs be.

Speaker 1 (51:11):
As memorable, Will that style still invoke those same emotions
that Part one did? Is it going to try and
become a little bit more of its own or are
they hiring on these new composers to say, hey, kind
of do what he did in the first one, because
that is already the fabric of these movies, what people
are going to expect from a Majuana movie.

Speaker 2 (51:33):
So now you are.

Speaker 1 (51:34):
Going to have to do an impression of what Linn
Manuel Miranda.

Speaker 2 (51:39):
Did, Or will they say, hey, do what you want.

Speaker 1 (51:42):
To do and create these songs and let your vision
come to life through these characters and through these new songs,
Because unlike any other movie, the songs are going to
be so crucial to the success of Mowana because the
story was great, the core of it had some really
great fun visuals, and overall the comedic aspects, all those

things you come to expect from a Disney movie.

Speaker 2 (52:08):
We're all there in Molwana.

Speaker 1 (52:09):
So I don't doubt that they could recreate that with
another fun adventure. But to really bring it home, you're
gonna need that one big song followed by another big, fun,
memorable song like You're Welcome, and then have just these
other songs to carry the movie. So we'll have to
see how that plays out, and also have to live
up to the fact that the first one did so

well at the box office, making six hundred and eighty
seven million dollars. I think Disney right now is on
the search for their next billion dollar movie. If Inside
Out isn't the one to do it this month, then
they're gonna wait for Milwana to to be that movie
for them in November. I will be there and be

the only adult singing along on November twenty seventh.

Speaker 4 (52:55):
At that was this week's edition of Movie by Tramer.

Speaker 1 (52:59):
Par and that is gonna do it for another episode
here of the podcast. Before I go, I gotta give
my listeners shout out of the week. We had a
bonus episode up last week with the director and star
of the first omen And every time I have an
interview on the podcast, I always give a secret emoji.
I give it at the very end of those episodes

for you to go and comment with on my Instagram
or my TikTok. I'm on everything at Mike Dstro. If
you ever want to see a clip from the show,
if you want to go watch on YouTube, it's YouTube
dot com slash Mike Dstro. If you ever forget any
of that, it's always in the episode notes. So this
time around, not only did I get somebody who left

the secret emoji on one of my posts. I decided
to pick the very first person to hit me with
the secret emoji, which was the screaming face, and this
week's listener shout out is Kimberlee. Suzanne was the first
one to comment, basically right after I posted hit on Instagram,
commented with a screen face emojis. Thank you Kimberly for

listening to that entire episode and also going and commenting
with that. You are this week's listener shout out all
the week. If you missed that interview, just go back
one in the feed. There was also a normal episode
on Monday, so if you missed any of those, be
sure to check those out. And until next time, go
out and watch good movies and I will talk to
you later.
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