Christopher Nolan is Overrated

Coming Attractions/News:

Justice League – Trailer
Thor – Trailer
Kingsman – Trailer
Ready Player One – Trailer
Snowman – Trailer
The Shape of Water – Trailer
9/11 – Trailer
Darkest Hour – Trailer

New Movies

Girls Trip – When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. (89% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/girls_trip

Dunkirk – Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. (92% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dunkirk_2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. (54% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/valerian_and_the_city_of_a_thousand_planets

Undisputed Classic

The Fifth Element – In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. (72% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fifth_element

Top Five: Christopher Nolan/Luc Besson Films

1987

Summer School – A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a “bonehead” English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires ardor in some. (61% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1020451_summer_school

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace – The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor’s latest creation, Nuclear Man. (12% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/superman_iv_the_quest_for_peace

La Bamba – Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (96% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/la_bamba

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#TBT The Oldboy Episode

Welcome to this classic I Hate Critics Episode. This episode has been known as the “Oldboy” episode. If you ever have heard us refer to an “Oldboy” moment, this episode is the episode where that moment occurred.

Here’s the original show notes:

Welcome to the I Hate Critics movie podcast, a movie podcast greater than your average movie podcast. This week we talk about “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Delivery Man” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The biggest movie of the weekend happens to be the worst movie of the weekend, but it’s not bad, it’s just a young adult story which means it has no balls and if you poke at it enough it falls apart. That said Jennifer Lawrence is on the verge of becoming a great actress and if for no other reason check it out to see her work.

CatchingCritics

“Delivery Man” is a solid Vince Vaughn film. I miss the days when he took more risks, but it could be worse, he could be Adam Sandler. Sean saw “Inside Llewyn Davis” and called it the perfect movie. Josh and i thought about ending him out of pure jealousy, but then we might never get to see it.

Our undisputed classic this week was “Oldboy.” Josh saw it twice. This weeks segment was my proudest moment in all of our podcasts. If you don’t leave that segment wanting…needing to see the original “Oldboy” then we’ve done something wrong. Josh missed a huge plot point in the movie that when he figured it out…which he does live on this podcast it all clicks and is a magical moment that we caught. You need to see this movie.

In 1983 “Terms of Endearment” began its reign as one of the most overrated films of all time while “Of Unknown Origin” took over Sean’s mind.

Our trailers this week our:
“Nymphomaniac”
“Sabotage”
“The Muppets Most Wanted”
“Best Night Ever”
“Need for Speed”
“Robocop”
“Raze”

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The Big Sick – Best Movie This Year?

Coming Attractions/News:

American Made – Trailer
A Wrinkle in Time – Trailer
American Satan – Trailer
Star Wars at D23

New Movies

War for the Planet of the Apes – After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. (95% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/war_for_the_planet_of_the_apes

The Big Sick – A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. (97% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_big_sick

The Book of Henry – With instructions from her genius son’s carefully crafted notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather. (23% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_book_of_henry

Song to Song – Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas. (43% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/song_to_song

Undisputed Classic

Planet of the Apes – An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (90% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1016397_planet_of_the_apes

Defend It

Basic Instinct – A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved. (53% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/basic_instinct

1987

RoboCop – In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (88% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1017712_robocop

Nowhere to Hide – Marine officer Rob Cutter and his wife Barbara have a son named Johnny. Rob discovers that two newly delivered helicopters in his squadron have crashed because a defective part, a C-ring, has been made of a weaker, less expensive alloy. Before Rob can go public with this, Rob is killed on the orders of corrupt General Howard, who did not want Rob to go public with the defective part. Howard believes that Barbara, who is also a marine, now has the part, so Howard and his henchmen set out to kill Barbara and Johnny and get the part, but Howard is underestimating what Barbara is willing to do to protect Johnny. (N/A ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1015322_nowhere_to_hide

Jaws: The Revenge – The rising college nerds set out to a convention in Florida, but are not welcomed by the Alpha Beta representatives. (0% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jaws_the_revenge

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Coming Attractions/News:

Terminator 2 in 3D

Up and coming director Trey Edward Shults wants to make a Kanye biopic.

New Movies

Blind – A novelist blinded in a car crash which killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman. (N/A ROTTEN TOMATOES)

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blind_2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges. (93% ROTTEN TOMATOES)  https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spider_man_homecoming

Top Five – Michael Keaton Roles

Undisputed Classic

Night Shift  – A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp’s killers don’t look too kindly on this new ‘business’, nor does the morgue’s owner. (95% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/night_shift

1987

The Squeeze – A mysterious black box spells danger to a con man and female detective. (17% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1019743_squeeze

Maid to Order – Spoiled Jessie Montgomery, whose wild behavior and spending excesses cause her well-meaning but exasperated millionaire father Charles to wish he never had her, is visited by fairy godmother Stella. In an effort to save Jessie, Stella casts a spell which causes Charles to no longer have a daughter. Jessie, now penniless and without a friend, must take a maid’s job to earn a living, and hopefully to learn her lesson… (36% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/maid_to_order

Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise – The rising college nerds set out to a convention in Florida, but are not welcomed by the Alpha Beta representatives. (7% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/revenge_of_the_nerds_ii_nerds_in_paradise

White Water Summer – The story of a shy boy who gets convinced by his parents to spend a few summer days in the mountains. So, he joins a group, and the vacation begins. Unfortunately, things turn out to be a little tough for our small friend. (29% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/white_water_summer

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Baby Driver

Coming Attractions/News:

Jumanji Trailer
A Bad Mom’s Christmas Trailer
Michelle Rodriguez might leave Fast and the Furious

New Movies

Despicable Me 3 – Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. (63% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/despicable_me_3

The House – A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund. (16% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_house_2017

Top Five – Will Ferrell Movies

The Beguiled – At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events. (77% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_beguiled

Baby Driver – After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. (97% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/baby_driver

Undisputed Classic

Scott Pilgrim vs the World – Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (81% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scott_pilgrims_vs_the_world

1987

Adventures in Babysitting – A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she’s looking after. (77% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spaceballs

Innerspace – A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him. (81% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/innerspace

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Transformers for Charity

Coming Attractions:

Dunkirk Trailer
Daddy’s Home 2
Lord & Miller Exit Han Solo Film
Daniel Day Lewis Retires?

New Movies

Transformers 5 – The Last Night – Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. (15% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/transformers_the_last_knight_2017

Undisputed Classic

Airplane! – A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. (97% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/airplane

1987

Spaceballs – Planet Spaceballs’ President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia’s abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them. (54% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spaceballs

Dragnet – The equally-straight-laced and “by the book” nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery. (48% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1006250_dragnet

Full Metal Jacket – A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (95% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/full_metal_jacket

Jean De Florette – A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. (100% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jean_de_florette

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Steve Martin, Cars, Tupac and Girls

Coming Attractions:

Detroit Trailer
Neill Blomkamp reflects on his career thus far and gets back to making short films.
There’s a silly rumor about Colin Trevorrow losing the “Star Wars” gig because of an indie film called “Book of Henry” not being well received despite “Jurassic World” being a massive success.

New Movies

Cars 3 – Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world. (66% ROTTEN TOMATOES)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cars_3

All Eyez on Me – Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. (24% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/all_eyez_on_me_2017

Rough Night – Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami. (50% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rough_night

Undisputed Classic

The Jerk – An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis. (84% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jerk

1987

Roxanne – The large-nosed C.D. Bales is in love with the beautiful Roxanne; she falls for his personality but another man’s looks. (89% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/roxanne

Withnail & I – London, 1969 – two ‘resting’ (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail’s uncle Monty’s country cottage. But when they get there, it rains non-stop, there’s no food, and their basic survival skills turn out to be somewhat limited. Matters are not helped by the arrival of Uncle Monty, who shows an uncomfortably keen interest in Marwood… (94% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/withnail_and_i

The Brave Little Toaster – A group of dated appliances embarks on a journey to the city to find its master after being abandoned in its cabin in the woods. (75% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/brave_little_toaster

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Krisha Fairchild – Bonus Interview

On this bonus episode Sean, Josh and I chat with Krisha Fairchild. She’s the star of the indie sensation “Krisha.” In came out in 2016 via A24 and has quickly become one of the favorite movies of our podcast. Her nephew Trey Edward Shults wrote and directed the film. He also wrote and directed “It Comes At Night” which is currently in theaters and just as good. “Krisha” is a semi-biographical film about their family, addiction and coping with an addict. It is a fascinating movie. The style is so unique, the fact that it came from a first time filmmaker is remarkable. Krisha Fairchild is wonderful in it and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

This movie is available on Amazon Prime right now.

Please check it out right here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JHRXU7G?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_piv&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_piv-20.

It’s a phenomenal piece of filmmaking and we’d love to have a conversation about this film with our listeners.

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It Comes at Night & Happy Birthday Predator

Coming Attractions:

Black Panther Trailer

New Movies

The Mummy – An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. (17% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_mummy_2017

It Comes at Night – Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge. (86% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/it_comes_at_night

Megan Leavey – Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. (80% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/megan_leavey

Undisputed Classic

The Mummy (1932) – A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (93% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1014370_mummy

1987

Predator – A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (78% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/predator

The Witches of Eastwick – Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted – at a cost – when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.(74% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/witches_of_eastwick

The Believers – A New York psychiatrist finds that a satanic cult, which believes in child sacrifice, has a keen interest in his own son. (33% ROTTEN TOMATOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_believers_1987

The Million Dollar Mystery – A disparate group of travelers is eating in an isolated restaurant when a man drops dead of a heart attack. Before he dies, they discover that he is wanted for stealing several million dollars, and he tells them that he has hidden a million dollars in each of four different locations, and gives them clues as to where the locations are. They all then take off and try to get to the hidden treasure before any of the others do. (NO SCORE ROTTEN TOMOTOES) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1013919_million_dollar_mystery

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Krisha: A Much Too Late Review of One of 2016’s Best

With Trey Edward Stults’ “It Comes at Night” arriving in theaters I finally remembered that I received a screener for his debut feature “Krisha” just last November. Sadly, though I watched more than 300 films last year I was unable to make “Krisha” one of them. I simply ran out of time before the Critics’ Choice Awards nominations had to go out. It’s an excuse, but it’s what happened and now I am kicking myself. I wish I had seen this movie so much sooner than just this week. 

“Krisha” begins on two separate long, unbroken takes that are equally unsettling and fascinating. Krisha, played by Krisha Fairchild, is the name of a long lost relative returning to a seemingly welcoming family but something about the long unbroken take of Krisha first attempting to locate the front door of the home she is visiting and the otherwise genial and poignant welcome she receives, left me feeling uneasy, especially when combined with the shorter yet still unbroken shot that begins the film. The very first scene is a horror movie shot of our main character against a deathly red background staring at the viewer with the rage of a villain. These two scenes combine to throw the audience into a dizzy spell that barely begins to lift once the film returns to a more conventional filmmaking style following the opening title card.
“Krisha” is unyielding in pushing audience buttons following its incredible opening scenes. The following scene finds Krisha in the bathroom unpacking her things and while the scene is conventionally shot and less jarring than the opening, director Trey Edward Shults does not let up an inch on the intrigue. Krisha carries with her a strong box with notes all over it that say “private” and “keep out.” Naturally, this only serves to make the box more interesting. The mysterious nature of the box deepens when we see that Krisha is so paranoid about people opening the box that she wears the key on a necklace.
Even after we find out what is in the box there is still more drama and fascination to be mined from the contents. I won’t spoil the contents, their importance as symbols comes into play later, and I will only say that my curiosity throughout the scene kept rising so quickly I felt a genuine rush. From one moment to the next in this thrilling film my mind was reeling and folks, I’ve only described the first 5 minutes of “Krisha.”
From here “Krisha” doesn’t so much unpack any long family history or dwell on any long simmering family squabbles but rather takes a tact that is unexpected for sure and wildly daring. This tightrope act of genre film-making places audience members in highly uncomfortable situations and while your mind seeks out the comforting twists of classic genre movies, “Krisha” remains defiantly unpredictable until its divisive ending which will either thrill you with its uniqueness or anger you for betraying your expectations.

Krisha from the writer-director of “It Comes at Night”

The story behind the making of the film has a transgressive quality all its own. Writer-Director Trey Edward Shults cast himself in the role of Trey, Krisha’s estranged son, opposite star Krisha Fairchild who is Shults’ real life Aunt. The rawness of the familial exchanges as “Krisha” unfolds lends that fact a surreal quality that only serves this sometimes surreal and always unexpected narrative experiment. I mention those raw exchanges, but don’t be mistaken, “Krisha” isn’t about showy arguments, it is so much more than that.
Let’s talk about Krisha Fairchild, the star of this remarkable film. Fairchild is in nearly every minute of “Krisha” and the moments she is not onscreen are POV shots that ratchet the tension as we wonder what she’s thinking of what she’s witnessing. Part of the power comes from the way in which Trey Edward Shults tilts and twirls his camera around Fairchild seeking flattering and unflattering angles in equal measure. Much of Fairchild’s performance is in her face and eyes rather than dialogue and the shifts from poignant to chilling to achingly sad make for one of the most riveting performances of the past year.
The nature of my job means I see a lot of movies and during awards season I am forced to make tough choices of what I have time to watch amid my obligations to a 40 hour a week job in radio and my beloved obligation to watch as many screeners as I can. I am so sad that I didn’t place “Krisha” at the top of my awards season list of movies to watch. Had I seen “Krisha” in time for the Critics’ Choice Awards or my year end Top 10 list, my ballot and my Top 10 would have looked a little different.

I was stoked to see “It Comes at Night” based on the terrific trailer, my affection for star Joel Edgerton, and the fact that it comes from the glorious distributor A24. Now, however, my excitement for “It Comes at Night” is through the roof. If “It Comes at Night” is half as clever, inventive and disturbing as “Krisha” we are all in for one of hell of a movie.

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