Ep. 47: Hot Tub Time Machine

Lucy and Jenny and Token Guy Alastair agree this is great comedy and great bromance and then part company on the craft (who is the protagonist anyway?). Get the podcast: [Listen here at PopD] | [Go to iTunes]

Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 5 Pops ~ Hot Tub Time Machine is everything the title makes you think it isn’t; smart, funny, and well-written. There are areas where a little focus and clarity would have helped, but overall, this is a fun, well-written movie with a lot to love. Lucy’s rating breakdown: Structure: 4, Comedy: 5, (B)romance: 5

Jenny says: 5 Pops ~ This is a tightly written comedy in which the jokes are smart and complex, and everything pays off. The structure is a little loose and the ending is problematical, but only if you look too closely, so don’t look.
Jenny’s rating breakdown: Structure: 4, Comedy: 5, (B)romance: 5

Alastair says: 4 Pops ~ My inner craft geek gets tangled up in the structural problems, but the rest of me is entirely charmed.  Smarter, sweeter and much funnier than I could have expected.  Proof, if proof were needed, that gross-out comedies are best when they have a heart, and know what they are.
Alastair’s rating breakdown: Structure: 3, Comedy: 5, (B)romance: 5

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

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Movie Info:

Story: Four men, bored with their lives, accidentally travel back to the eighties because of a malfunctioning hot tub.   Release Date: March 26, 2010.  Writers: Josh Heald, Sean Anders, John Morris

Ep. 43: Killers


A movie that would have benefited greatly from the writers knowing what story they were telling. Still, Catherine O’Hara makes it worth watching.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 2 Pops ~ Again, I have to say – “I’m hot, you’re hot” does not a romance make. Ashton Kutcher is much better in this than he typically gets credit for, but the dialogue was so leaden and the heroine written with such antipathy that even the good stuff – and there is some good stuff here, love the suburban neighborhood turning into a mass of killers – gets weighted down with the crap.

Lucy’s rating breakdown: Craft: 2, Romance: 1, Action: 2, Comedy: 3

Jenny says: 2 Pops ~ Ashton Kutcher deserves better than this and so does Catherine O’Hara. I’m coming around to Lucy’s argument that the first half hour is prologue and the story really starts half an hour in, and it’s the hitman’s story again as assassins come out of the woodwork to take a $20 mill bounty on him. Unfortunately he’s married to a mostly-bubble-head and even once the shooting starts, his goal is muddled beyond trying to stay alive. Very like Mr. & Mrs. Smith, it’s a good premise bobbled.

Jenny’s rating breakdown: Craft: 1, Romance: 1, Action: 2, Comedy: 4

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

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Movie Info:

Story: A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple. Release Date: June 4, 2010. Writers: Bob DeRosa and Ted Griffin

Ep. 42: The Baker aka Assassin in Love

Lucy thinks this movie was funny; sometimes.  Jenny thinks it’s a crime against storytelling.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 1.25 Pops ~A charming setting and a solid premise are taken down by hubris and inexperienced storytelling. Damn shame.

Lucy’s rating breakdown: Structure:1, Comedy: 2, Romance:1, Action-Adventure: 1

Jenny says: 1 Pop ~ Easily in the bottom ten films I’ve seen in my lifetime (and I’m old).  Terrible waste of good actors, great photography.  Awful, awful, awful storytelling.

Jenny’s rating breakdown: Structure: 1, Comedy: 1, Romance: 1, Action-Adventure: 1

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

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Movie Info:

Story: A hit man has second thoughts about his career and seeks refuge from his boss by finding work as a baker in a rural Welsh village. Release Date: May 28, 2008.  Writer: Gareth Lewis (also directed).

Ep. 41: You Kill Me

We’ve got nothing but love for this very fun, very real, very unrepentant hitman romantic comedy.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 5 Pops ~ A fun story told with affection and respect for a hitman and the woman who loves him. Surprising in all the best ways.

Lucy’s rating breakdown: Craft: 5, Action/Adventure: 5, Romance: 5, Comedy: 5

Jenny says: 5 Pops ~ Finally a hitman-in-love movie that can stand with Gross Pointe Blank and Red.

Jenny’s rating breakdown: Craft: 5, Action/Adventure: 5, Romance: 5, Comedy: 5

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

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Movie Info:

Story: While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hit man befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it’s time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores.  Release Date: July 6, 2007 Writers: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Ep. 40: Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Three important things for a successful movie: Characters we care about, coherent story, consistent tone.  Mr. & Mrs. S is O for 3.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 1 Pops ~ Proof that being hot doesn’t make a romance. The hot people must care, or we’re not going to. The ultimate “meh” movie.

Lucy’s rating breakdown: Craft: 1, Action: 1, Romance: 1

Jenny says: 1 Pop ~ If your reaction to a movie is a repeated “WTF?” interspersed with checking the clock, the movie is, uh, flawed.

Jenny’s rating breakdown: Craft:1, Action: 1, Romance: 1

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

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Movie Info:

Story: A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other. Release Date: June 10, 2005.  Writer: Simon Kinberg