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 Your 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 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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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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or: Oh, peaches!


Collider.com’s Adam Chitwood join Chris & Jacob in the War Bunker for a War Crime review of Rio Bravo. Does the star power and comradery of John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and Angie Dickinson hold up after more than 50 years? …Or should this be locked up in the back of the jailhouse and accidentally shot? *PLUS* Chris pairs the film with a beer that’s sweet, but Manly, we read some listener (hate) mail, and Jacob recaps Week 09 of the Fantasy Movie League Spring season.

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SHOW NOTES

00:10:27 – Review – Rio Bravo
00:56:02 – Beer Recommendation: Manly by 405 Brewing Company
“Ain’t No Grave” – Smokey & The Mirror
01:01:07 – Listener (Hate) Mail
01:04:42 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 09
“All Time High” -Smokey & The Mirror
01:13:24 – 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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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 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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SHOW NOTES

00:00:43 – Special Features – Scrutinizing Scorsese

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