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 05: ALL MY AMERICAN ASSASSINS ARE AMERICAN MADE

Fall always seems to be a hard season. It’s not awards season level hard, but some of those award films start creeping forward. Movies like Wind River sit out there for weeks collecting great reviews and you just never know when they’re going to pop and put up an amazing week.

Right alongside these are movies like American Assassin and American Made. They’re different movies, but they both feel like movies that just didn’t make the cut for summer. They aren’t bad enough to stash for Spring, but they aren’t good enough to make it to summer, and they’ll never win any awards. I don’t want to see these movies, and I’m not sure who does. I’m probably biased against them, but I’ll try to hide all my biases for this article.

Well, except for biases for my silver screen crush, who even looks good in a 70s tennis skirt… but more on that later.

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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 04: WHEN WE ALL GO WHERE NINJAGO

When lots of new movies drop at once, it throws a crazy wrench in the FML lineup process. When a third of the movies are new and the anchors are probably priced too high and the fillers priced too low, you have a recipe for a “moving week”. Besides the fact that I don’t particularly trust any of these anchors, the close pricing on the low-end means I don’t foresee a single dominant lineup in the Top 500 report unless we get some really strong preview numbers.

I’m going to do my best just to lay out information and let you put your chips anywhere on the roulette wheel you feel comfortable. If you’re doing well, this might be a good week to just hedge your bets. If you’re in my spot, you might be more tempted to bet on a LEGO brand and call it a day.

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or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bomb No. 20


This transmission was recorded 20 years ago on a spaceship blasting through the cosmos and only recently found its way to Earth. It is the private audio diary of two podcasters known as Beardo and Crawdaddy – two intergalactic podcasters with one mission: seek out and discuss every single film in director John Carpenter’s canon. This entry is entitled: “Dark Star,” and appears to be a conversation of the director’s earliest know piece of feature-length filmmaking.


SHOW NOTES

00:11:53 – Review – Dark Star
00:36:54 – Beer Pairing: Lone Star Lager by Lone Star Brewing Company
“Benson Arizona”  – Dominik Hauser
00:40:53 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Fall: Week 03
“When Twilight Falls On NGC 891” – Martin Segundo And The Scintilla Strings
00:53:13 – Really Rad Recommendations

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Each week Jacob mines the Fantasy Movie League chatter for all the data that matters. Join our FML league to compete with other Midnight Warrirors for the coveted FML Champion coffee mug.

TULIP FEVER: THE KIND THAT CAN’T BE MEASURE BY DEGREES

We’re testing out a change of format here at War Starts at Midnight. We’ll still be doing weekly FML articles, but instead of reviewing the last week and giving a rundown of our Midnight Warrior league, we’re going to focus on predicting what’s happening in the upcoming week. I’ll still give previews of each and every new release, but I’m also going to give a summary of all the data I look at when making my choices this year.

Finally, I’m going to make an FML account to play my preview lineup, just so you can hold me accountable for when I decide to screen some awful bottom of the barrel movie 8 times. Like this week, when I inevitably pick Birth of the DragonYeah, it might happen. Especially on a 4 day Labor Day FML weekend. What a way to open up the sure-to-be-confusing mess that will be Fall 2017.

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or: #DonaldForEveryone


Chris and Jacob get in the biggest pickle they’ve ever seen when they pit The Sandlot vs. Stand By Me in a head-to-head Civil War Showdown! Will the ever-quotable baseball flick live on FOR-EV-ER as the essentialiest coming of age summer film of all time? Or will River Phoenix and the legend of Lardass rally to win the pinnate?


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00:11:30 – Review – The Sandlot
Rent/Buy: iTunesAmazon, Google Play
00:32:32 – Review – Stand by Me
Stream:
 Sundance NowRent/Buy: iTunesAmazon, Google Play
America You Look Good – Reubens Accomplice
00:57:27 – Civil War Showdown – The Sandlot vs. Stand by Me
01:24:45 – Beer Recommendation: Puff – Double IPA by Sixpoint Brewery
This Desert – Reubens Accomplice
01:28:30 – 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 12 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Week 12 was not my finest week, but at least give me the chance to put it in perspective. Yes, I did finish dead last in our league, only earning about half of our first place gurus. Yes, I banked on the worst performer of the week, playing Logan Lucky on 5 screens, and, yes, I left a screen blank in order to fit that fifth Logan. But, I was in full aggression mode to catch the first place duo and I had a lot of faith in the heist film. The trailer was great, the reviews were great, and everybody was sleeping on it in the Chatter. So I went for it, and I’m still in third place in our league for the season. At least I can say I’m not dumb enough to try something like that again.

As for movies that didn’t suck last week, apparently, The Emoji Movie earned more than the 75 cents I expected it to make last week. It barely won out over its Perfect Cineplex mate The Hitman’s Bodyguard. I can’t understand why anybody would go and see either of these movies, so you can see why this illogical cineplex totally escaped me. Please leave a comment telling me why anybody would have gone to these last weekend. At least I see the appeal in Despicable Me 3. The other ones just boggle my mind. I feel a lot like Tommy Lee Jones in No Country for Old Men.

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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

You may have noticed I skipped the Week 10 roundup last week. I was on a 9 day trip to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. As we all know, the hardest part about vacations is finding a way to get your Fantasy Movie League lineup set correctly. One of the great things about this game is that it happens every single Friday of the year, but that is also what makes having a great season so hard. The last time I was out of town, I trusted It Comes At Night whose terrible performance put me impossibly far behind in the first week of this season. This time I managed to do a little better.

I may not have known that Annabelle: Creation was the third film in a series, or even that this series existed, but I knew it was going to be the anchor and BP winner this week. I even knew The Glass Castle was the next filler. But, using the cell phone, I never realized that I had enough money to play War far the Planet of the Apes, so I finished with three screens of Wonder Woman. If I only put my number in FMLNerd’s lineup calculator, I would have had my third Perfect Cineplex of the season.

Remember, plan your vacations (and all of your Friday mornings) around finding that perfect lineup. Keep your priorities in order, folks.

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or: Never Trust a Geriatric Youngster Riding a Bicycle


The Dudes critique Carpenter’s cosmic horror flick In The Mouth of Madness!  Does the trio get turnt over Carpenter’s insane spectacle? Is the final film in the “Apocalypse Trilogy” a Lovecraftian let-down? Does it even matter what we thought because none of us actually exist and reality is a cruel illusion and we’re all just tiny mites on Cthulhu’s tentacled big toe…find out! *PLUS* Chris continues The Summer of Sours with a crazy complex ale that will either seduce your senses or drive your taste buds completely cuckoo.

Love(craft) The Carpenter Shop? Beam back to our mothership podcast – War Starts At Midnight!


SHOW NOTES

00:04:52 – Review – In the Mouth of Madness
00:12:25 – SPOILERS – In the Mouth of Madness
00:45:21 – Beer Pairing: Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red by DESTIHL Brewery
“Crime” – Sports
00:49:55 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 11
“You Are the Right One” – Sports
01:04:57 – 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 09 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Why do good things happen to bad movies? I’m not talking about bad movies, I’m talking about really bad movies. Transformers: The Last Knight managed to trick just enough viewers into trading some of their hard-earned income for admission into a movie that is at 15% on the Tomatometer. Ultimately, when the price is $6 in FML, you really only need a few people to see a “blockbuster” in its 9th week to slouch away with a Best Performer bonus.

Girls Trip, on the other hand, is riding good reviews into a nice box office haul so far. Expect this one to keep going and going. In fact, I’m betting on it again this week. I’m also going to bet on Despicable Me 3 to repeat as well, but more on all of that a little later.

My anchor pick for the article last week was Spider-man: Homecoming. He didn’t quite capture Best Performer as I expected, but he finished a respectable third. I’m not sure why this movie isn’t doing just a little better, but my best guess is that Wonder Woman is drawing in the slackers who would have seen Spider-man by now. We’ll see in a few weeks as the lady with the invisible jet flies off into the sunset.

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or: The Case of the Curious Time Hole


The Dudes discuss Dunkirk! Does Christopher Nolan’s ferocious war epic give a fresh new take on a familiar genre – or is sitting through the film a fight for survival? *PLUS* Chris continues his “Summer of Sours” with a red-wine-barrel-based beer, Hunter chips in with the Budweiser of British brews, and Jake gives his week 9 recap of FML summer season. Cheers!


SHOW NOTES

00:10:23 – Review – Dunkirk
00:59:46 – SPOILERS – Dunkirk
01:04:11 – Beer Pairing: Oblivion by Wicked Weed Brewing
“Home” – Ben Rector
01:10:55 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 09
“Never Gonna Let You Go” – Ben Rector
01:21:34 – Really Rad Recommendations

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