We were incredibly busy this week, and it resulted in us going over our time by thirty minutes, but it was well worth it.
We managed to cover Deadfall, Hyde Park on Hudson, and deliver our Worst of the Year lists, even though mine only went to eight for some reason. Plus, we got in a shot at Roger Ebert, which is always a plus.
That shot comes by way of our forgetting to mention it during last week’s show covering Killing Them Softly, and, obviously, has to do with Ebert’s review of the film. The short version of the story is that it is absolutely clear that he did not actually watch this film.
We wrapped up Deadfall pretty quickly, and that’s about what it deserved. It has an interesting entry and overall premise, and you can’t fault the actors, but it gets lost in itself a little after the halfway point. I can easily imagine those who will enjoy it more than I did, and if nothing else, you don’t know exactly where it’s going, but it pays too much attention to Eric Bana‘s craziness, and not enough on developing more interesting aspects that it throws out too quickly.
Hyde Park on Hudson impressed us both, and you really can’t talk too much about Bill Murray‘s performance. There was something keeping it from that final notch, and we seemed to agree that it stemmed from the film’s lack of commitment to be any particular thing, as odd as that sounds. Here is the second movie of the year that has taken some piece of a President’s life that is hard to describe in any way that makes you think you want to sit through it, and turned it into a surprisingly watchable film. More light-hearted than Lincoln, this one stills moves along well, and has more than one of the best conversations of the year.
Finally, we covered our picks for the Worst of the Year. As you listen, you’ll see that we have different ideas about what makes something the worst movie, and Shane’s theory includes a lot more from the expectation and disappointment side of things. I’m cheating here and adding two movies to complete the ten, but I didn’t have them during the show.
Marc Eastman -
5. A Thousand Words
4. Magic Mike
3. The Dictator
2. That’s My Boy
Shane Leonard -
9. Total Recall
8. American Reunion
7. The Dictator
6. Dark Shadows
5. The Raven
4. Wrath of the Titans
3. Resident Evil: Retribution
2. Cloud Atlas
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We’ll be back next week with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.