Episode 74 – CIVIL WAR: There Will Be Blood vs. No Country for Old Men
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or: I Have the Solution to Make Daniel Day-Lewis Happy Again


Peterson Hill returns to The War Bunker to help The Dudes decide a victor in the toughest Civil War Showdown to date! It’s a brutal no-holds-barred brawl that’s been a decade in the making. In one corner, we have There Will Be Blood’s Daniel Plainview armed only with a verbal venom and a barbaric bowling pin. In the other corner, No Country For Old Men’s Anton Chigurh wielding a killer haircut and an oxygen tank… for emphysema or somethin’. Two films enter but only can be named the essentialiest motion picture of 2007 (and perhaps the entire 21st century). Sit back and sip on a stellar stout while Chris, Jacob, and Peterson go to epic lengths to survive this merciless movie matchup.


SHOW NOTES

00:17:37 – Review – There Will Be Blood
00:45:39 – Review – No Country for Old Men
“Wildlife Sculpture” – Generationals
01:25:45 – Civil War Showdown
01:58:59 – Beer Pairing: Yellow Belly by Omnipollo (in collaboration with Buxton Brewery)
“Our Time (2 Shine)” – Generationals
02:05:43 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Assault on Precinct 13 • TCS-007
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or: Seahorse Ronin


The Dudes discuss John Carpenter’s sophomore effort, Assault on Precinct 13, and one of them seriously considers classifying this cult classic as “Just for Johnny’s Mommy”. Who should you address that hate mail to? LISTEN AND FIND OUT!


SHOW NOTES

00:12:10 – Review – Assault on Precinct 13
01:05:03 – Beer Pairing: Vape Tricks by Prairie Artisan Ales
“The Opolis” – Beau Jennings
01:10:01 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 12
“Tulsa Sound” – Beau Jennings
01:23:41 – Really Rad Recommendations

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WEEK 12: JUSTICE FOR THE DC UNIVERSE?

Are theaters bracing for the worst with Justice League? As of publishing, this film sits at a 37% Rotten Tomato score, down considerably from yesterday when it had a shocking (at the time) 47% fresh rating. This means the DC flagship film is sinking fast. This doesn’t always matter for FML purposes, but this film is priced even higher than Thor: Ragnarok was just two weeks ago.

The really shocking thing to me is the fact that Justice League is landing in fewer theaters than Thor. I’m not talking about on opening night either, I mean this weekend. Yes, two week old Thor is still outpacing Justice League for screens, and on paper that film should be competing with The Avengers, not one of the lesser character flicks.

I don’t even know what to make of it. Either some smaller theaters didn’t want to take the risk, or Warner Brothers just isn’t fighting that hard to get this film out there. Ads have been flooding the internet and television since (from my recollection) the dawn of time at this point. Will that be enough to convince movie-goers to crawl away from their home entertainment systems this week? Let’s find out.

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Each week Jacob mines the Fantasy Movie League chatter for all the data that matters. Listen to the podcast to find out how to join our listener league and compete with other Midnight Warriors for the coveted FML Champion coffee mug.

WEEK 11: STILL THOR AFTER LAST WEEK

Thor: Ragnarok has been out for about a week stateside, and it has already crossed over $500 million in total gross. So far, the film is beating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Doctor Strange in offshore markets according to Deadline, and it’s on track to make about another $60 million for FML purposes this weekend. Yet in the strange world of FML, this wasn’t enough last weekend to overcome tiny little Geostorm.

Yes, the god of thunder lost out to a colossal flop about weather control and space and Gerard Butler or something. Many people did get solid performances from going with Thor, but you can never underestimate the lower priced films and what a solid performance can do at those low prices.

Luckily (or unluckily) we have 11 low priced films all under $35 bux. This means you have a ton of options to fill out your cineplex, but you have to start with picking an anchor. Let’s start by looking at the two new anchors this week.

 

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Each week Jacob mines the Fantasy Movie League chatter for all the data that matters. Listen to the podcast to find out how to join our listener league and compete with other Midnight Warrirors for the coveted FML Champion coffee mug.

WEEK 10: A BAD MOM’S WEEK AFTER HALLOWEEN

Why do we let Wal-Mart determine when the Christmas season starts? Every year they push the Christmas section up earlier and earlier in the year. On Halloween night, I saw the section full of Christmas candy already out for eager shoppers. That’s all fine for retail, but do you really want to drop your Christmas movie before you’ve even eaten all the Halloween candy?

STX Entertainment is betting that you’re fine with sneaking black and orange candy into a Christmas movie, so it’s dropping A Bad Moms Christmas on November 3. That’s too early for me. I couldn’t tell if this was when Christmas movies always came out, or if I just wanted to be angry. Here’s some research:

Movie Release Date
Miracle on 34th Street May 2, 1947
Die Hard July 12, 1988
Elf Nov 7, 2003
The Santa Clause Nov 11, 1994
Home Alone Nov 16, 1990
Jingle All The Way Nov 16, 1996
A Christmas Story Nov 18, 1983
Bad Santa Nov 26, 2003
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Dec 1, 1989
Its a Wonderful Life Dec 25, 1946

Now it’s unlikely that any of that will help you set your lineup, but it goes to show that release date really doesn’t matter when it comes to making a classic Christmas film. Now, it may affect the box office numbers, which is what we really care about. For that one, A Bad Moms Christmas is not up against the calendar as much as it’s up against the TV show we pay $12 per episode to see on a really big TV: Marvel Cinematic Universe S3:E2.

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Episode 73 – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
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or: I Didn’t Even Get to Pagina-Man


War Starts at Midnight returns as The Dudes review Noah Baumbach’s latest, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), and discuss the shortcomings (and benefits) of Netflix’s “day-and-date” distribution model, compare Adam Sandler to Nicolas Cage, and ponder the outcome of a duel between Vanilla Ice and Mark Twain.


NOTES

00:08:09 – Review – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
00:24:31 – SPOILERS – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
00:36:36 – Beer Pairing: Highland Scoundrel by 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op
“Pyramids” – Man Man
00:40:37 – Fantasy Movie League Preview – Week 10
“Head On” – Man Man
00:53:04 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Christine • TCS-006
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or: This is the Creepiest Buddy Holly has been Since He was Played by Gary Busey


Buckle up! The Dudes kick this episode into high gear to discuss John Carpenter’s 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a ravenous roadster with a motive for murder. Yup! We’re talking about that candy apple red 1953 Plymouth Fury, Christine, and you better watch what you say, cause she’s real sensitive.


SHOW NOTES

00:10:06 – Review – Christine
01:17:07 – Beer Pairing: Shiner Oktoberfest by Spoetzl Brewery
“Makin’ Excuses” – Mister Heavenly
01:24:26 – Fantasy Movie League Preview – Week 08
“Crazy Love, Vol. III” – Mister Heavenly
01:37:50 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Each week Jacob mines the Fantasy Movie League chatter for all the data that matters. Listen to the podcast to find out how to join our listener league and compete with other Midnight Warrirors for the coveted FML Champion coffee mug.

WEEK 08: ONLY THE BRAVE WILL SEE GEOSTORM

This week looks like flop central. I’ve seen news stories already calling The Snowman a massive failure. One review called it the “cinematic equivalent of hypothermia.” Yet, it does star Michael Fassbender, who commands a cult following due to his incredible acting skills. Also, the movie is called The Snowman, which is totally dumb in any month except October. All that being said, this might not even be the main bomb for the week.

Geostorm has already been declared the loser to Boo 2! A Madea Halloween before the first person has entered a screening of either. Geostorm cost $15 million in reshoots alone, or what we like to call “the cost of Get Out and Split and Happy Death Day put together.” Deadline.com is reporting first weekend earnings of $10-$12 million, or what we like to call “10-12% of what those three movies opened at put together.”

But, none of that really matters in Fantasy Movie League terms. The only thing that sets expectations is the price as determined by the guys behind the scenes at FML. So let’s dive in and find out if you should trust any of these bombs to anchor your cineplex.

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Each week Jacob mines the Fantasy Movie League chatter for all the data that matters. Listen to the podcast to find out how to join our listener league and compete with other Midnight Warrirors for the coveted FML Champion coffee mug.

WEEK 07: TO KILL A MARSHALL-BIRD

It’s October, so you’ve probably been seeing black and orange everywhere. Unless you’re a Cincinatti Bengals fan (and if you are, may God have mercy on you) then that can only mean one thing: Halloween. No, not the movie we just reviewed, the actual holiday. When people star seeing skeletons and black cats, they also start seeing scary movies.

Only one other day draws in horror fans like Halloween, and that’s Friday the 13th. No, not the movie we’re never going to review, I mean when the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday. Well, this week we see an October Friday the 13th, so get ready to roll out your horror movies, even if it is a $5 million dollar Blumhouse film.

If you want to know if you should play Happy Death Day you’ll have to keep reading. It’s possible some other movie, let’s say set in the future, or in a toy ninja world, could have good enough numbers to make you play against the scary Groundhog Day knockoff. You’re going to be extra mad when you realize I don’t give an answer and also you have to read this article over and over for eternity until you achieve self-actualization or solve your own murder (whichever comes first).

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Halloween • TCS-005
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or: All the parents are goin’ away.
All the teenagers are babysittin’.
And all the former child murders are murderin’.


We’ve reached the end of an era. With this episode, we can no longer endlessly taunt Jake for one of the most shameful cinematic sins ever confessed on the War Starts at Midnight and The Carpenter Shop, because today Jake finally watched John Carpenter’s Halloween!  Listen as we analyze this indie horror juggernaut, discuss the what does (or doesn’t) make The Master of Horror a certified auteur and debate who would win in a fight to the death between R.J. MacReady and The Shape (aka Michael Myers.)


SHOW NOTES

00:03:39 – Review – Halloween
Clash of the Carpenter – VOTE: Reigning Champion R.J. MacReady vs. The Shape (Michael Myers)
00:49:34 – Beer Pairing: Oktoberfest by Saint Arnold Brewing Company
“Catahoula Man” – Generationals
00:53:55 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 05
“Keep it Low” – Generationals
01:10:11 – Really Rad Recommendations

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