Episode 81 – Solo: A Star Wars Story War Starts at Midnight
or: He has four arms, but his shoulders are his greatest weakness.
Jason Yang (aka Work More or Less / Invisible Element) returns to the Jedi Council for a spirited (and belated) discussion of Solo: A Star Wars Story. PLUS Chris recommends a funky fruit-forward farmhouse ale and a surprise guest drops by!
00:07:20 – Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story 00:18:48 – SPOILERS – Solo: A Star Wars Story 01:01:31 – Beer Pairing: Brettaberry by Wicked Weed Brewing “Old Friends” – Ben Rector
01:05:33 – Really Rad Recommendations
Chris & Jacob discuss John Carpenter’s final film of the 80’s – They Live! You don’t have to listen, but we’re giving you a choice: either put on this podcast or start eatin’ that trash can!
00:01:09 – Prince of Darkness: Revisited
00:08:36 – Review – They Live 00:50:09 – Beer Pairing: Miller High Life by Miller Brewing Company “I Will Always Be Yours” – Ben Rector
00:55:27 – Really Rad Recommendations
A great trailer should leave us all longing for more. It can be mysterious or fun, sexy or bad ass – it can be just about anything, as long as it’s engaging.
Earlier this week, I caught the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story before a screening of Black Panther. I was more than a little underwhelmed. For a teaser trailer, it dishes out a whole lot of exposition without delivering much intrigue. This is a film shot by one of the greatest young DPs working today and starring some of the most charismatic actors of our generation. Just put that up on screen. Cut the backstory. We already know who Han Solo is. We don’t need to hear where he came from, and we certainly don’t need the trailer for his brand new stand-alone movie to introduce him to us.
The trailer hints at young Solo’s character arc in the film, and it feels alarmingly familiar. This whole “I grew up a young ruffian with a chip on my shoulder, and now I’m gonna be the greatest pilot there ever was. I’ll show you! I’ll show all of you!” attitude is painfully reminiscent of young James Tiberius Kirk in J.J. Abrams’s 2009 reboot of Star Trek.
We’re here to watch movies and chew bubblegum – and we’re all out of bubblegum.
Let’s start here: John Carpenter is awesome. If you disagree, please leave. Thank you.
…are you still there? Good. John Carpenter – so cool. He’s the auteur answer to that awesome uncle who collects ’50s sci-fi posters. The man invented slasher flicks, inspired Stranger Things and kick-started Kurt Russell’s career (and mega-mullet)! But what about his lesser-known work? The Dudes are ‘shamed to say we’ve failed in that department…until now!
The Carpenter Shop is our comprehensive examination of John Carpenter’s career – from mainstream hits (Halloween) to cult classics (The Fog) to those gems found at the bottom of the $5 bin (Prince of Darkness). So grab your Rowdy Roddy Piper shades, turn up those synthy jams, and join us for lots of shameless Snake Plissken hero-worship and a bit of critical John Carpenter cinematic conversation.
What is this ‘Fantasy Movie League’ of which you speak?
Do you love movies, but wish you could spend less time watching them and more time meticulously researching insight into their potential box office performance? Well, you’re in luck! Join us and other Midnight Warriors as we spend fake money and attempt to predict what’ll sweep up at the box office each weekend.
How does it work?
Each week you’re given a $1,000 Bux to fill up to eight movie screens. New releases and movies projected to perform well at the box office cost more than older films and expected flops.
Below are the films for Sept. 16-18th. Though Snowden is a new release for the week, it is still expected to perform worse than two films from the previous week, Sully and When theBough Breaks, so you can fill three screens with Snowden for less than the price of one screen showing Sully. …Poor JGL.