or: Analyzing Schrödinger’s Dream


Jacob and Chris field a listener request and set out on a long journey to review John Maclean’s Slow West. Does this Fassbender flick capture the spirit of the Western genre and score a direct hit? Or is it just left to bleed out on a dusty wooden floor? PLUS – The guys give their take on the girl with the metal cuffs in a micro-review of Wonder Woman.


SHOW NOTES

00:04:07 – Micro-Review – Wonder Woman
00:14:54 – Review – Slow West
00:33:58 – SPOILERS – Slow West
00:44:26 – Beer Pairing: Prairie & Friends Trve Edition by Prairie Artisan Ales
“Field Science” – Reubens Accomplice
00:51:25 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Summer Season – Week 03
“In and Out of Key” – Reubens Accomplice
01:07:43 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.

 

WEEK 02 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Normally, “Box Office Breakdown” is when I break down what happened the previous week. This week it’s a literal box office breakdown as I very clearly have fallen off the deep end of FML. After finishing right outside of the top 100 last season, I have fallen to 11,156th this season. After my disastrous Week 01, I took off for the West Coast to clear my head. Well, I must have cleared it too much, because when I quickly set my lineup from a casino in Washington State, apparently I wasn’t prepared at all. I should be asking you guys what the hell happened last week.

The best I can tell is that Wonder Woman is the unstoppable beast that everybody knew she would be… except for me, who has not started her once over these two weeks. Then, 5 screens of the evergreen Guardians of the Galaxy held strong. Fill out the rest with a fairly weak Alien: Covenant and Diary of a Wimpy Kid and you’ve got a perfect cineplex that nobody saw coming (except for the 48 players who saw it coming).

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or: It’s Like Somethin was Wearin James Carville. Like a Suit… a James Carville Suit.


In Part II of this very special War Crimes: Civil War episode, The Dudes pit two essential sci-fi flicks against each other to determine which is essentialier – Alien vs. AliensDoes Ridley Scott’s atmospheric, outer space spine-tingler scare up the win? Or do the Dudes fall for the oozing machismo and automatic machine guns of James Cameron’s testosterone-drenched shoot ’em up? Only one can win –  and remember folks, in space, no one can hear you complain. Game over, man, game over!

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SHOW NOTES

00:00:59 – Civil War Showdown: Alien vs. Aliens
“Step Brother City” – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
00:37:01 – Really Rad Recommendations

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or: I Punched my Man Card and My Film Card Today


In Part I of this very special War Crimes (colon) Civil War episode, the Dudes review two sci-fi essentials – Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens!  Marvel as three grown men extrapolate on xenomorphs, space marines and more like the unapologetic fanboys that they are. Also, marvel that somehow Jake lived more than a quarter of a century without seeing either of these movies (…smh). Which one of these essential flicks is essentialier? Stay tuned for Part II to find out! *PLUS* Chris and Jake take a break from new releases to discuss their newest adventure – examining the career of John Carpenter in The Carpenter Shop. It’s gonna’ be Big Trouble In Little Tulsa!

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SHOW NOTES

00:07:16 – Review (Spoilers) – Alien
00:32:03 – Review (Spoilers) – Aliens
01:00:39 – Beer Pairing: Terpy Citra Double IPA by American Solera
“Step Brother City” – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

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 Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.

 

WEEK 13 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

For such a complicated season, the last week of Spring 2017 proved to be possibly the easiest week yet. The 376 Perfect Cineplexes ranks 3rd on the season, but it still didn’t take much to find this one. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is a veritable juggernaut, getting $27 million on this long Memorial Day weekend. This is the 4th weekend in a row that Starlord has anchored the PC, and it may not be the last at this rate. If Disney’s competition of the week Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell no Tales couldn’t knock off this juggernaut, I don’t know what will. Actually, it’s Wonder Woman but we can talk about that later.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul finally found it’s stride, finishing as the best offering of the lower fillers and finding the $2 million Best Performer bonus in the process. Kids movies do really well on holiday weekends, and the wimp did rise on Memorial Day, grossing $6.1 million and blowing away the next best play Snatched. This gave one of the simplest PCs of the Spring with 4x Guardians / 4x Wimpy taking the cake.

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.

 

WEEK 12 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

What a crazy close season this has been. I somehow find myself at 215th after some really awful weeks, but, according to a recent FML post, being in the top 500 this season puts you only about 4.98% of total box office value away from being in first place. One year ago, that same amount from the first place cineplex would have you almost cracking the top 100. This is just a highly competitive season, and not only in our league.

This week was one of the head-scratcher weeks where you have to pick some bottom of the barrel fillers and run with them. Hopefully, you trusted in the power of The Rock and played a whole bunch of Fate of the Furious. The real question with this film isn’t about how it keeps making money, but how will it fare next week when Dwayne Johnson anchors another major release in Baywatch (but we’ll cover that later).

At the top is the no-surprise anchor Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. I say no surprise because I wasn’t one of the people who put a lot of faith in Alien: Covenant. I, for some inexplicable reason, played it anyway, and it only beat the discount Guardians by about $1.5 million at the box office. Yes, it was number one for the week, but that’s nothing to be too proud of when you barely beat the 3rd weekend of another space movie.

Finally, Everything Everything exceeded expectations, coming in at $11.7 million. It only ended up at a 48% on the Tomatometer, but that didn’t stop the book readers from flocking to see this adaptation. We’ll have to see if it can survive out in cineplexes this weekend, or if it should stay locked inside far away from your lineups.

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.

 

WEEK 11 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

What does it mean when a little movie called Lowriders gets the Best Performer bonus? This. Means War! Yes, on a minuscule sub-300 theater count, this film blew away the competition, with about 40% more than Beauty and the Beast (of which I was a strong believer). Don’t worry though, the live action Disney flick managed to waltz its way into the Perfect Cineplex as well, posting a strong $4.8 million, which is not bad at all for its 7th weekend.

Emma Watson isn’t the only one throwing gold in the McDuck pool this weekend, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  contributing $65 million on its own. Who knows how long this Disney box office domination will continue, but for now just enjoy the endless stream of comic movies and remakes, and sometimes sequels to comic book movies. I hope you own stock in capes and big poofy dresses.

Rounding out the PC was Snatched with a disappointing $19 million, and Fate of the Furious staying surprisingly strong in weekend number 5. If you check Wednesday numbers for this week, you’ll see it’s still number 4 at the box office. People love fast cars, it’s as simple as that.

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or: It’s sorta like Herbie Goes Bananas meets The Iron Giant


GeekMelee.com’s Drew Allen joins Jacob & Chris in the War Bunker to discuss James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. – Was this one good enough to make the guys do their best Baby Groot dance? Or was the film’s planet sized Ego in danger of collapsing in on itself? Will Chris’ beer pairing have an appropriate pun in the title? Find the answers to all these questions on another exciting installment of THE BATTLE BEGINS AT TWELVE O’CLOCK SHARP RADIO GAB HOUR!

PLUS – a rundown of Week 11 of the Fantasy Movie League the return of the Home Video Hero, and a ragtag bunch of recommendations to hold you over til Vol. 3.

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SHOW NOTES

00:06:23 – Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
00:11:28 – SPOILERS – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
00:40:37 – Beer Recommendation: Space Cake Double IPA by Clown Shoes
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Dragon Inn 3
00:44:42 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 11
00:55:21 – Home Video Hero – Monster Trucks
“Up in the Business” – Dragon Inn 3
01:10:02 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.

 

WEEK 10 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Sell hello to one of the most bankable star in Hollywood these days… Andy Dwyer. I’m still a little amazed that Chris Pratt is this beloved. It’s not that he doesn’t have the talent, looks, or personality, because he has everything. Just when I started watching Parks and Recreation, I never would have guessed that he could helm the $145 million opening of one of the most massive sequels of the year. So, until the Burt Macklin bio-pic lands in theaters, let’s be happy that James Gunn found our man for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

Everybody had Guardians in their lineup this week, and Sunday became the day to play it. I totally called it… even if I took a massive swing and a miss on How To Be A Latin Lover. I’m going to say that Fate of the Furious was helped by the sellout Guardians crowd looking for something else to see. That’s not something you can really predict, but I’m sure it helped sell thickets this week.

The final film was Born in China, or, as we like to call it, “slightly better than a $2 million blank screen”. I’m also going to go out on a limb and say nobody who showed up to a sold out Guardians fell back to see this film. But maybe it was boosted by the “teenagers looking for a place to make out” crowd. But, then again, there’s always Unforgettable for that.

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.

 

WEEK 09 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Well, foreign language film week is over, and the winner is probably not what you expected. Even a worldwide theater count of about 9,000 screens for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion couldn’t put it over the box office juggernaut that is… Eugenio Derbez? A man so unknown that he doesn’t even appear in Google’s cast for the film. Well at least to me, but that may be because I didn’t see 2013’s Instructions Not Included.

In any case, How To Be A Latin Lover more than doubled its projections and cruised to a Best Performer bonus runner-up. Wait, runner-up? Yes, the massive theater bump for Get Out places it as the Best Performer in what is sure to be its last week in FML. Let’s take a moment of silence as we say goodbye to the best movie of 2017. I predict it will stay that way, as long as an infant doesn’t hop behind the wheel of an automobile…

The strangest part of this week, however, is the fact that not one person played the Perfect Cineplex shown below. In fact, the best anybody could do was have Going in Style slated in where Get Out should be. This is the first time since the early days of FML that this has happened. Even me, your resident FML genius dunce, made the assumption that if the Jordan Peele flick was getting $2 million in bonus, it would need to be all over your cineplex. Goes to show, don’t always listen to the geniuses! struggling FML bloggers!

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