or: Overweight Tuscan Raiders Covered in Cheese Snacks


Three showed up for Five Came Back – the new Netflix documentary about John Ford, Frank Capra, John Huston, George Stevens, and William Wyler’s service in World War II. Is this epic, three-part documentary among the few and the proud? Or is it ultimately unworthy of the famous and heroic filmmakers? *PLUS* The Dudes discuss the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, Chris picks a bitter breakfast stout brewed for the chosen few, and Jake gives a week 7 FML recap and tries out his best Dan Carlin impersonation (spoiler – it’s terrible)! Forward march!

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SHOW NOTES

00:12:11 – Review – Five Came Back
00:52:39 – Beer Recommendation: KBS (2017) by Founders Brewing Co.
“Back in Town” – Beau Jennings & The Tigers
01:00:35 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 07
“Lawn & Garden – Beau Jennings & The Tigers
01:13:54 – 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 08 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

I might be on record as saying Week 08 would be a total crap shoot with it’s 7 new releases, but you didn’t have to be gifted to see what the perfect cineplex was going to be this week. After theater counts came out on Thursday and the numbers really sank in, it was clear that Captain America was going to take Gifted to an easy Best Performer bonus. Nothing was even close. The next best performer out of the new releases was The Promise, which brought in $4.1 million dollars (which is about 4 million more than I thought it would make).

When you know you’re going to stack 7 screens of the Best Performer, it’s easy to know that you’re going to anchor with the Big Bald Badass Movie of the Week. This week that meant playing 8 Fast 8 Furious. It topped the charts with $38.4 million, but that’s a mere formality after the strong play from the reboot of Disney’s Smart Guy snags you $14 million in bonuses alone.

It’s no wonder 453 users found that perfect cineplex this week. That’s the most since Spring Week 01 when Get Out and The Shack combined for a Perfect Cineplex. Coincidentally, that’s the last time I found the PC. Maybe I’m not the prognosticator of prognosticators, but at least I don’t miss the boat completely.

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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 07 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

When a giant movie drops, and doesn’t flop, and seems to be the only movie at the box office that anybody is talking about, it starts to warp your sense of what happens in FML. You would think that would mean it’s the thing to play in its debut week, even if it is split into 3 days. One of those days is going to land you pretty high on its own merit, even if it doesn’t get the Best Performer bonus.

Well, the highest grossing cineplex I could find to feature The Fate of the Furious was number 2134. So, needless to say, it was not our winner this week. Instead, the boy wonder Boss Baby managed to anchor it’s second straight perfect cineplex on the back of a $16 million dollar take. It may be down $10 million from Week 06, but it was still enough to take that $2 million dollar bonus to the bank.

Even though this was the slimmest of margins of victory over The Case for Christ, that film was completely blanked in the perfect cineplex. Instead, Smurfs: The Lost Village joined two screens of Get Out and one of Life to give that big $5 million bump for the week.

And, get ready to say goodbye to Life and a bunch of other films, as we enter Week 08: The Week Of The New Releases You Never Heard Of.

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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 06 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Week 06 was the week of the Man Movie. The knock down drag out fight of the week was going to be between Logan and Kong: Skull Island. Would the aging super hero in the (now) aging super hero film show its value at $57 dollars, or would the big ol’ monkey climb the tower to get that $2 million Best Performer bonus?

I, and many others in our league, banked on the big bad ape, but in the end the Wolverine had what may be his last stand in the Perfect Cineplex. 334 cineplexes were smart enough to stack 6 screens of the old man, and pair it with the young woman in the jumpsuit, and the little baby in the business suit. Powered by the $12 million in bonuses, plus the $5 million PC bonus, this cineplex would net you about $74 million.

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or: That Billy Zane, He Deserves an Oscar Nomination


Chris and Hunter are joined by Peterson Hill of Psycho Drive-In to discuss the career of the master in the Special Features topic: “Scrutinizing Scorsese!” In an epic, far-reaching conversation, the trio tackles traditional topics (Marty’s Best Pictures and Characters) to more…unorthodox ideas (what kind of Priest would Fr. Scorsese have been?). PLUS – Terrible impressions of Frank Costello, Bill The Butcher, and Tommy DeVito!

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00:00:43 – Special Features – Scrutinizing Scorsese

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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 05 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

You would think that, with me being in Los Angeles, somehow just being so close to the epicenter of the movie world would give me some special insight into the Perfect Cineplex, and I would steal away a victory with a can’t miss lineup. But no, instead I found myself driving around Los Angeles, looking for parking, and trying to set a lineup at 9 AM! How do people out there have brains working that early every morning? It’s insanity.

That’s not the only thing insane that happened this week. Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife managed to sneakily collect $3.3 million in box office on only 541 screens, letting it coast in easily as this week’s BP bonus winner. It’s my personal opinion that this film’s heavy advertising before all the Oscar films helped out with building buzz, because its 60% fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating certainly wasn’t putting butts in the seats.

This week’s new animated film The Boss Baby did a very respectable $50.2 million this week. This makes a lot of sense when you think how long we have been without a new animated feature. The last was The Lego Batman Movie, which I think targets a different demographic than this cutesy family film. The last two slots are the “man movies” of the week, with Kong: Skull Island and Logan rounding out the perfect cineplex.

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or: Booze: A Solid Analogy for Existence Itself

Chris & Hunter mediate on master filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s SilenceWhere does Scorsese’s religious passion project fall in the pantheon of his greatest pictures? The Dudes confess their opinions on the film, and the challenging questions it raises. PLUS – Chris picks a brew that’ll get you drunk as a monk, and Jake checks in with this week’s FML recap!

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SHOW NOTES

00:00:59 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 05
00:12:15 – Review – Silence
00:20:11 – SPOILERS – Silence
00:50:10 – Beer Recommendation: Three Philosophers by Brewery Ommegang
“Fight for Love” – Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
00:55:31 – 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 04 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

While most of us thought we’d be saying “Go go Power Rangers!” come Monday, instead we found ourselves barely speaking to people around us in the style of this week’s BP bonus winner Logan. It’s looking like this A+ super-anti-hero flick has long adamantium legs. Bringing in $109.9K/bux, the man with the sideburns finished just a slice above Power Rangers and Kong: Skull Island in a heated BP race.

When one picture runs away with the $2 million bonus unexpectedly, you end up with a 6x stack like you see here. Add in that high-value Power Rangers anchor up top plus one screen of the surprisingly long-lived The Shack and you’ve got yourself one of the 39 Perfect Cineplexes awarded this week.

On the other hand, if you played Wilson, you probably didn’t do as well. When a movie costing only 75% of your film’s cost beats you outright, you know you’re having a bad week. But maybe that fits the character. Did ANYBODY actually see this one? Please comment and tell me about it, because I’m genuinely interested.

 

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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 03 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Week 03 went about as poorly for me as it did for every movie not named Beauty and the Beast. This film came out swinging and posted the 6th biggest domestic release of all time, going past $150 million. Despite mediocre rotten tomatoes reviews, look for this one to hold on for a while, especially with an 86% audience score. Even yours truly will be spending $20 to see this picture this weekend, so I’ll report back when it takes BP again next week.

Beauty and the Beast did so well that it’s 3 day splits took up 3 of the top 4 $/bux value this week, with #3 going to The Belko Experiment. It couldn’t beat out Saturday or Sunday of Beauty, but it did post a very respectable $125.4K/bux. This one has even worse RT scores, with both reviews and audience score coming in below 50%. This isn’t promising for the film, but it’s priced at a value this week, so it’s something to play around with.

Logan popped his claws for the first time this FML season, earning a spot in the PC with over $17 million at the box office. I still recommend you see this film, but I think the fanboys have all gone, and won’t be going back for round two. If you have seen it, read the much different Old Man Logan comic. It’s got all the road film goodness, with a dash of Unforgiven thrown in for good measure.

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or: The Live Album of Cinema


Wait, Jacob’s never seen Apocalypse Now?! The horror… the horror…

Chris helps Jacob wade deep into the heart of this his cinematic sins to pay penance with a War Crimes review of Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal masterpiece from 1979. But does Apocalypse Now still carry the weight of a 300 pound Brando, or should it be terminated with extreme prejudice?

PLUS! Chris surrenders his stout streak to pair a brighter beer with Coppola’s classic, Jake discloses the details of last week’s Fantasy Movie League dossier, and Chris attempts his best impersonation of Werner Herzog… twice!

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SHOW NOTES

00:12:07 – Review – Apocalypse Now
00:27:52 – SPOILERS – Apocalypse Now
00:58:11 – Beer Recommendation: This Machine IPA by Marshall Brewing Company
“Panama” – Sports
01:02:23 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 03
“Someone You’d Rather Be Dating” – Sports
01:14:42 – Really Rad Recommendations

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