The Movie Breakdown show

The Movie Breakdown

Summary: Hosts Scott and Christopher review and discuss the latest releases along with foreign, independent and classic (and not so classic) pictures. Like any good review show, they also hop down many pretty rabbit trails.

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 The Breakdown of Horror - 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street', 'Tremors', 'The Monster Squad', 'Eraserhead' and 'Come Play' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It is time for our yearly Halloween special, The Breakdown of Horror, because nothing is scarier than a holiday episode released after the day it is celebrating. We are reviewing a diverse array of five pictures that fall under the broad horror genre. If you like a song and dance number before your kills, then we have the Tim Burton directed and Johnny Depp starring Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Or maybe a creature feature is more your thing, so we have carnivorous worms in Tremors. We also have a kids battling classic monsters adventure with The Monster Squad. Trying to figure out a David Lynch movie can sure be terrifying, and we do that with his debut feature, Eraserhead. For some, nothing is scarier than daring to go out in public during a pandemic, so we also review a new theatrical release in Come Play. As always, recording the latest episode for you was a highlight of our week. We really hope you love it, and if you do, please spread the word on social media to more movie fans. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox, Amazon Music and Apple Podcast. The Movies' Four-Star RatingSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street **½ (CS) & *** (SM)Tremors **½ (CS) & ***½ (SM) The Monster Squad ** (CS & SM) Eraserhead **** (CS & SM)Come Play ** (CS)

 The Breakdown of 'The Trial of the Chicago 7', 'Ghost', 'Casper'. 'American Murder: The Family Next Door' and 'Sucker Punch' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It is a huge episode this week as we have five movie reviews for you, and we are dipping into all kinds of genres. Halloween is almost here, so it seemed appropriate to look at two pictures about ghosts. One of them is the appropriately named Ghost, which was a massive blockbuster smash hit in 1990 and a huge career boost for Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg who became major box office names in the 1990s. We also have the 1995 family picture about a friendly ghost in Casper. We also discuss Aaron Sorkin's latest directed and written picture in the based on true events picture, The Trial of the Chicago 7. As well, we have a true crime doc that use social media and home video to tell the story in American Murder: The Family Next Door. Finally, we go on the roller coaster ride that is Zack Snyder's fantasy action picture. Sucker Punch. It is another doozey of an episode and we had a blast recording it. We really hope you love it too, and if you do, please spread the word on social media, so other movie buffs can find us. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox, Amazon Music and Apple Podcast.   The Movies' Four-Star RatingThe Trial of the Chicago 7 ***½ (CS & SM)Ghost **** (CS) & ***½ (SM) American Murder: The Family Next Dorr *** (CS) & ***½ (SM) Casper *** (CS & SM)Sucker Punch * (CS & SM)

 The Breakdown of 'The Silence of the Lambs', 'Hubie Halloween', 'Santa Fe Trail' and 'Pets United' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We are approaching Halloween season, which means we are building towards our annual scary movie episode. That also means we want to see some horror movies on the way, and this week, we're discussing what is one of the most influential horror thrillers of all-time in The Silence of the Lambs. We go deep on this one as we discuss it for well over a half hour, as we really look at its impact and what made it the template for serial killer thrillers going forward. But we also argue that it is much more than just a scary and chilling movie, and we analyze some of the deeper themes of the picture. While we're discussing movies, we have three other reviews including Adam Sandler's latest in Hubie Halloween, an Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn war drama from 1940 in Santa Fe Trail and an animated feature with talking animals and robots in Pets United. We also look at how we think the big studio movie and tentpole will need to change over the next few years. As always, we had a great time recording and we hope you love listening to the show this week. If you do, please pass the word on to other movie fans. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox, Amazon Music and Apple Podcast. The Movies' Four-Star RatingPets United ** (CS) & ½* (SM)The Silence of the Lambs **** (CS & SM) Santa Fe Trail **½ (CS) & ** (SM) Hubie Halloween ** (CS) & ½* (SM)

 The Breakdown of Things We Are Thankful for in Movies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian listeners and readers, and for everyone else, I hope you're having a wonderful Monday. Since our show is recorded in Canada, we've decided to have a special Thanksgiving episode called The Breakdown of Things We Are Thankful for in Movies. The title is self-explanatory, but it is over an hour of us celebrating some of the many things we appreciate about movies. I take the chance to once again praise Roger Ebert who is a major influence on my writing career and especially this podcast. We also discuss things like the immersive quality of movies and how it allows us to connect with characters and experiences that we'd never have in our own lives.  We had a great time recording the episode, and we really hope you love it. If you do, then please help us out by sharing us on social media, so other movie fans can discover us. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox, Amazon Music and Apple Podcast.

 The Breakdown of the Best Comedies of 2010s | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

There has been a lot written and said about how modern comedies aren't as good as those made decades ago. This doesn't mean that there haven't been some great and even classic comedies that have been released in the 2010s. This week we want to celebrate the best comedies of the last decade. We do that by both of us revealing our top ten favourite movies of the 2010s. We had a blast recording this week's show and we really hope you love it. If you do, then please share us on social media so other movie fans can find us. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox, Amazon Music and iTunes. Top Ten Favourite 2010s Comedies: Christopher: 10. The Muppets9. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World8. Young Adult7. The Favourite6. Deadpool5. The Grand Budapest Hotel4. Inside Out3. The Big Sick2. Jojo Rabbit1. The Nice Guys Scott: 10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle9/ The Trip8. One Cut of the Dead7. The Grand Budapest Hotel6. What We Do in the Shadows5. The Nice Guys4. Game Night3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World2. Spy1. Death of Stalin

 The Breakdown of 'Enola Holmes', 'The Naked Gun', 'FUBAR' and 'Love Guaranteed' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We are serving up four movie reviews this week on The Movie Breakdown, including two movies that are really beloved comedies. We discuss the movie that not only was the likely inspiration for a slew of comedies in the 1990s but also gave Leslie Nielsen a second career in the cop parody picture, The Naked Gun. We also have what is a Canada cult classic in the mockumentary about two headbangers in FUBAR. We also review another romantic comedy coming out of Netflix in Love Guaranteed. Speaking of Netflix, a star from one of their hit series is getting her first chance at a leading role as Millie Bobby Brown stars in the family adventure, Enola Holmes. After the movie reviews, we discuss if Disney botched their handling of Star Wars. As always, we really appreciate you listening to the show and if you love it, please spread the word on social media, so other movie fans can find us.Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox, Amazon Music and iTunes. The Movies' Four-Star RatingEnola Holmes ***½ (CS & SM)Love Guaranteed ** (CS) & *½ (SM) The Naked Gun ***½ (CS) & **** (SM) FUBAR ***½ (CS & SM)

 The Breakdown of 'Twins', 'The Firm', 'The Devil All the Time' and 'The Sleepover' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It is another big week of The Movie Breakdown as we have four movie reviews for you with some of the pictures considered beloved classics. We discuss the buddy comedy that showed Arnold Schwarzenegger can do the funny and teams up with the always great Danny DeVito in Twins. Thrillers based on John Grisham novels were huge in the 1990s, so we look at one of the big ones in the Tom Cruise starring The Firm. We also have a star-powers period piece dramatic thriller in the Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson starring The Devil All the Time. We also have a zany kids go on an adventure movie in The Sleepover. Plus, we revisit I'm Thinking of Ending Things and look at the things we can learn from the movie and what other studios or filmmakers should follow. As always, we had an absolute blast recording this show for you. We really hope you love it and if you do, please spread the word about us on social media, so other movie fans can find us. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox, Amazon Music and iTunes. The Movies' Four-Star RatingThe Sleepover **½ (CS) & ** (SM)The Devil All the Time ** (CS & SM) Twins *** (CS & SM) The Firm **½ (CS) & ***½ (SM)

 The Breakdown of 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things', 'Mean Girls', 'The Broken Hearts Gallery' and 'White Chicks' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It has been a few weeks since movie theatres opened up back here in Ontario, but it looks like it will be months before the big studios start delivering most of their major pictures. It is allowing for some smaller films time on the big screen and this week we look at the romantic comedy starring Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers, The Package) and Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things) in The Broken Heart Gallery. We also look at a movie that many believe is one of the great teen comedies in the Tina Fey written and Lindsay Lohan starring Mean Girls. Do you want more comedies to be reviewed? Well too bad, because we review White Chicks instead. We also discuss a movie that you may say had comedy and also some drama and maybe a little romance, but it really is entirely its own thing in Charlie Kaufman's I'm Thinking About Ending Things. As well, we look at Oscar's new criteria for Best Picture nominations that they hope will bring more diversity to movies, and we will analyze if we think it will work and if their strategy is even the right thing. As always, we had a blast recording this for you, and we really do appreciate you listening to us each week. If you love this episode then please help us out by spreading the word on social media, Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox and iTunes. The Movies' Four-Star RatingI'm Thinking About Ending Thing **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)Mean Girls **** (CS) & ***½ (SM)White Chicks 0 stars (CS) & ½ * (SM)The Broken Hearts Gallery **½ (CS)

 The Breakdown of 'Tenet', 'The New Mutants', 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', 'Get Duked!' and Remembering Chadwick Boseman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The movie theatres have been open for a few weeks in most of Canada, but the real movie studio tentpoles have finally arrived. We have one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to review this week in Christopher Nolan's twisty sci-fi spy thriller, Tenet. Speaking of anticipating, it has been three years since we originally were expecting to see it on the big screen but the coming-of-age superhero horror picture in The New Mutants will be discussed this week. We also look at a movie that may be one of the most influential and well-known Westerns ever in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. We also have Amazon Prime's latest movie in the dark comedy, Get Duked! that we will review. We also celebrate the life and career of a movie star that we lost way too soon in the great Chadwick Boseman. We had a great time recording this episode and we really hope you love it as well. If you do, please help us out by spreading the word on social media, so other movie buffs can find us. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox and iTunes. The Four-Star Movie Rating Tenet ***½ (CS) The Good, the Bad and Ugly **** (CS & SM) The New Mutants ** (CS) Get Duked! *** (CS) & **½ (SM)

 The Breakdown of the Best of 2020 So Far | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It has been a crazy year and for a long portion of it, there weren't any theatrical movies to review. But we still had movies and some of them were really good. This is why that even if it is a few months late, we've decided to do our annual look at the best movies at the mid-year point (plus two months). It is The Breakdown of the Best of 2020 So Far, and for long-time listeners, you know this is a show where we bestow some awards on our favourite moments, performances, surprises and movies. As well, we both list our top five movies of the year. It has been an odd year and maybe we don't have the same bounty of great movies to select but this episode will prove there are still some real gems worth tracking down. As always, we had a great time recording the episode, and like all our Best of shows, this one is super-sized. We really hope you love it as well, and if you do, please help us out by spreading the word on social media so other movie fans can track us down. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox and iTunes. The Movie Breakdown Awards for 2020 So Far: The Best Scene:  The Lovebirds - a comical handling of vehicular homicide (CS) The Trip to Greece - Steve Coogan impersonated Ray Winstone impersonating King Henry VIII (SM) Best Supporting/Cameo:  Keanu Reeves - The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (CS) Dan Stevens - Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (SM) Best Performance: Ben Affleck - The Way Back/Elizabeth Moss - The Invisible Man (CS) Riley Keough - The Lodge (SM) The Most Delightful Surprise: Sonic the Hedgehog (CS) My Spy (SM) Best Underrated/Under-seen Movie: The Rhythm Section (CS) Sputnik (SM) Worst Movie: The Last Days of American Crime (CS & SM) Top Five Movies of 2020 So Far: Christopher: 5. The Vast of Night 4. Blow the Man Down 3. The Way Back 2. Da 5 Bloods 1. Onward Scott: 5. Da 5 Bloods 4. The Lodge 3. Sputnik 2. The Vast of Night 1. Blow the Man Down

 The Breakdown of 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run', 'Unhinged', 'Project Power' and 'Banana Split' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The movie theatres are opening up again in Ontario, so that means that for the first time since March that we are reviewing some theatrical releases. This includes an animated adventure that isn't coming to the United States until next year but is the big new release in Canada in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. The other theatrical release is the Russel Crowe starring thriller, Unhinged. We also review two 2020 movies that are streaming on Netflix including the Jamie Foxx starring twist on the superhero genre mixed with police procedural in Project Power and a different take on the romantic teen comedy with Banana Split. Plus, we look at talented female directors like Olivia Wilde and Nia DaCosta being hired to helm big tentpoles and discuss if this is true change in Hollywood or just a fad. As always, it was a great time recording the episode and we are so thankful for your weekly support. We hope you love the show as much as we do, and if you do, please help us out by spreading the word on social media to other movie fans. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox and iTunes. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run *** (CS) Project Power ** (CS) & **½ (SM) Unhinged ** (CS) Banana Split *** (CS) & **½ (SM)

 The Breakdown of Our Influences | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

This week we get personal with The Breakdown of Our Influences, as we look at the things in our life that have formed how we watch and review movies. We have said on many occasions that film criticism is subjective and this is the week we reveal some of the things that have formulated and informed the way we approach motion pictures, We look at things like our experience in high school, parenting, mental health, being creative writers and a place called slum house that have all impacted how we view movies. If you want to know us better than this is the episode you've been waiting for all this time. We had a great time recording it and we really hope you love it. If you do then please share it on social media for other movie fans to discover. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox and iTunes.

 The Breakdown of 'The Kissing Booth 2', 'Animal Crackers', '47 Meters Down: Uncaged' and Remembering Wilford Brimley | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

This week is about the sequels and long-delayed films, as we review the follow-up to a teen romance smash-hit for Netflix in The Kissing Booth 2.  Have you ever wondered what an underwater Aztec temple would be like if it had blind sharks swimming around in it? Your dreams are realized in the horror sequel, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. Then we have an animated feature about magical cookies that has had a very long road to being released in the new Netflix original, Animal Crackers. After that, we look at the life and career of one of the most recognizable faces of the 1980s in Wilford Brimley. We also look at Disney recently announcing Mulan is going to Disney Plus at a premium price and discuss what type of implications that will have for the movie industry amidst Covid-19. We had a blast recording this week's show and we really hope you love it as well. Please if you enjoy the episode, share it on social media so other movie fans can find us. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox and iTunes. The Four-Star Movie Rating: The Kissing Booth 2 * (CS & SM) 47 Meters Down: Uncaged ½* (CS & SM) Animal Cracker *½ (CS) & * (SM)

 The Breakdown of 'Desperados' and 'Color Out of Space', and Remembering Olivia de Havilland and Alan Parker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

This week is a jam-pack episode of The Movie Breakdown even though we only have two movie reviews for you, but they are both 2020 releases. We've got a girls' road trip mixed with romantic comedy in Desperados and Nicolas Cage starring in an adaptation of a H.P. Lovecraft horror, Color Out of Space. We also remember true Hollywood greats in major movie star of the Golden Age and two-time Oscar winner, Olivia de Havilland and the director of a diverse slate of great movies in filmmaker, Alan Parker. As well, we look at the historic pact between AMC Cinemas and Universal studios that shortens the theatrical window to 17 days, and we discuss those implications. As always, we had a great time recording the show and if you love it, please spread the word on social media. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox and iTunes. The Movies' Rating Out of Four Stars Desperados ** (CS & SM) Color Out of Space *** (CS & SM)

 The Breakdown of 'The Old Guard', 'Zodiac', 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga' and 'Little Monsters' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

After several very special episodes of The Movie Breakdown, we return to our traditional format with four movie reviews this week. We have what Netflix is touting as a summer blockbuster in the Charlize Theron starring immortal mercs actioner, The Old Guard. It isn't summertime without a star-driven comedy, Will Ferrell teams up with Rachel McAdams in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. We also have a horror comedy where Lupita Nyong'o protects her Kindergarten students from zombies in Little Monsters. In one of the most revered movies of the 2000s, we discuss David Fincher's based on true events thriller, Zodiac. After that we discuss what we think will be the future of movie theatres and new releases for the remainder of 2020. As always, we had a blast recording this week's show and we really hope you love it. If you do, we would really appreciate you spreading the word on social media to other movie fans. Reminder that you can subscribe either to The Movie Breakdown feed (a subscription link is at the top right hand of this site), or subscribe on sites like Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, CastBox and iTunes. The Movies' Rating Out of Four Stars The Old Guard *** (CS) & **½ (SM) Zodiac ***½ (CS & SM) Little Monsters *** (CS & SM) Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga **½ (CS) & *** (SM)

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