The Douche, Ben Wyatt and Mona-Lisa Saperstein walk onto a movie set….my Parks and Recs peeps will get that. For everyone else, Nick Kroll, Adam Scott and Jenny Slate are starring in a movie together, and unsurprisingly, it’s hilarious. “But Matt, how could you know it’s hilarious if it comes out at the end of September? Are you a time traveler?” No, you peon. No, I am not. I actually saw it earlier this year at SXSW 2016. It was one of the movies I had on my “cut list”. I’ll explain. Basically, when I go to SXSW I make a list of all the movies I definitely want to see and the rest go on a “cut list”. These are movies I don’t mind missing if it means seeing something else or getting some dank Austin BBQ. I am SO glad that ‘My Blind Brother’ wasn’t one of the movies I cut for brisket (there were a few).
It follows Bill (Kroll) and his blind brother Robbie (Scott). Robbie is a hometown hero, crazy athlete and ladies man. These traits combine to cast one hell of a shadow on Bill, who couldn’t be more supportive of his brother even though he clearly gets cast aside. When a love triangle forms, with the addition of Rose (Slate), the boat starts to rock (Pun intended…see the movie and you’ll get it.).
-Matt aka TSG
Stranger Things was both one of the best and the most surprising things about this summer. Netflix has a pretty solid track record for original content, but Stranger Things blew me out of the water. It had the best child cast I’ve ever watched (I’m still trying to figure out a way to adopt Dustin and Eleven) plus an intriguing plot and a killer soundtrack. The Duffer Brothers deserved a second season to continue to explore the unique world they created, and I’m glad Netflix is giving them a chance to do so. Seriously though, if Dustin doesn’t get a spinoff we riot.
Stranger Things returns in 2017.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016
BEN AFFLECK! You Dog, you! Just a normal shitty-ass Monday morning and then good-guy Ben Affelck comes from the clouds (thanks,Barstool) with this bombshell! If there’s tanythingthat can bring the DCU back, it’s Slade Mother-fucking Wilson.
What does this mean for the upcoming Hush inspired Batflick? Let’s discuss. Comment below!
Ps- Comic Book Twitter is going full savage.
The following video was shown at SDCC and hasn’t seen the light of tday since then…until now. Enjoy.
If Marvel doesn’t immediately start production on Thor 4: The Adventures of Thor and Darryl, then they clearly don’t know their fans.
It’s the weekend. A time for rest and relaxation. A time for movies. Here are some flicks to see this weekend.
Whenever a movie is described as “shit-your-pants terrifying”, it’s safe to call it must-watch. For all my horror junkies out there, this is the film for you. Fede Alvarez is basically my spirit animal when it comes to horror movies. To be fair, he’s only made one other (Evil Dead ), but he’s got quite the foundation for this next one. I’m excited to see it, and you should be too.
Hands of Stone
Just like how the Black Eyed Peas sold their souls to the devil for unlimited hits, I think the boxing movie genre sold its soul to make unlimited good boxing movies. Seriously, think back and try to find a boxing movie that wasn’t good (i’ll even include MMA movies). You can’t, right? Impossible. This movie came out of nowhere for me and i’m pretty hyped to see it…I’m hyped to see anything Bobby De Niro does, if we’re being honest.
Home Movie Pick – The Dark Knight
Looking to play something from your own collection? Make it The Dark Knight. I assume everyone has this on dvd or blu-ray, and if you don’t, I question you patriotism. EVERYONE should have this, and the other two movies from the trilogy, in their collection. It’s cinema at its finest.
My reasoning for why The Dark Knight is the home movie pick of the week is simple. For the most part, everything on my dvd self has been watched at least once, and in the case of Pacific Rim and Prometheus at least 15 times. So, when selecting a movie from a pile of already watched movies I use a specific method. I break down my wants and needs into 3 categories: Characters, sequences and directors.
If i’m feeling a specific character (in the case of this week’s pick it’s Heath Ledger as The Joker) I search for movies that have standout, all-time performances and select from those. Characters like The Bride from Kill Bill or James Conway from Goodfellas. If i’m feeling more a specific sequence, I gravitate towards movies with some fantastic scenes. It’s the underground bar scene in Inglorious Bastards or the car chase in The French Connection. It’s sequences that hold you at the edge of your seat. The last category, directors, is simple. Who’s style of storytelling do I want to enjoy? Do I want a good twist? Time for Shyamalan. Blood and guts? Tarantino or Marty. Do I want to laugh myself silly? Maybe I pull out a Harold Ramis classic like Analyze This. You get the picture.
However you watch this weekend, whether it be with a giant bucket of popcorn in a theater seat that smells of stale farts or in privacy of your own home with some take out Chinese food, make sure you do it with an open mind and heart. Happy viewing and be sure to tweet as us what you watched! (@AverageNobodies)
-Matt aka TSG
After last night’s Smackdown broadcast, Daniel Bryan joined Renee Young for ‘Talking Smack’ like he always does. During the final segment, the Miz interrupted Young and Bryan and asked why he and his IC title haven’t been featured more on Smackdown. Well The Miz got his answer, and it was a real one: Daniel Bryan thinks the Miz fights like a coward, and embodies that soft style that WWE used to be known for. Now, there’s going to a lot of discussion about what happened next, and my opinion on it is that it went down pretty much exactly as it what supposed to. You don’t have a guy interrupt a segment asking why he isn’t featured, then get called out for being a coward AND then have him cut the promo of his life by accident. Daniel Bryan walking off and Renee Young not knowing what to do made the entire segment that much more compelling, and this is the type of realistic stuff the WWE should be doing. If someone calls you a coward in real life, that is how you’d respond. I’m not saying everyone will be able to handle cutting this type of promo, but you know Miz can, and he went out and delivered. The only thing that would’ve made this better is if Daniel Bryan wasn’t seriously hurt and could get back in the ring and rip Miz’s arms off.
For those of you who like fantasy sports and movies, like myself, have I got a thing for you! Such a cool thing! It’s called Fantasy Movie League.
Here’s the long and short of it: You manage a theater with 8 screens. Every week you have $1000 dollars to spend to fill those screens with current movies. Each movie, depending on popularity and previous box office totals, is priced out with a dollar amount. You have your $1000 to spend on any combination of those movies that you want. You can pick as many of the same movie that your budget can handle. For example: in this week’s picks I have Jason Bourne (total value pick this week) three times and five other movies.
Once your lineup is picked (make sure you do it before the weekend) it is locked until Monday when box office totals will be added up. Person with the most money, wins. It’s that simple.
Want to play? I know you do. Join my Paul Walker Memorial FML by clicking the link and putting in the password “paulwalker”. The Paul Walker memorial FML starts in the fall season (Week August 29 with 1st picks locking September 2) and goes for 14 weeks.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
-Matt aka TSG
Full disclosure, this is a shameless plug. Having said that, this is the best trailer of the SUMMER! Watch it in daylight, because you won’t be able to sleep if you watch before bedtime.
Red Friday is a short film that two buddies of mine and I started working on early this year. Right now it’s being shopped around at film festivals (how official does that sound) so we can’t show you the full thing, but never fear! 11.25.16 is the day it will be released on the 401 Films (that’s us) vimeo page. Stay tuned for some behind the scenes footage and stories!
– Matt aka TSG