Ep. 39: The Big Hit

Lucy thinks it’s vile.  Jenny doesn’t think it was that bad, but Lord it wasn’t good.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 1 Pop ~ A weak, dumb, inconsistent hero seducing a smart but flatly written – and only technically of age – kidnap victim. A plot that meanders self-indulgently, and some of the worst dialogue I’ve ever witnessed first-hand. Not so much a story as a delivery system for male adolescent fantasies about bombs, guns, and Catholic schoolgirls. Ugh.

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

Jenny says: 1 Pop ~ I think the story had a solid opening that it immediately undercut by giving us a hero to despise.  Aimed squarely at a specific audience without pandering to any other, so it gets credit for that, but not much else.

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

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

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Movie Info:

Story: Hitman Melvin Smiley, an expert at his lucrative job, goes on a job and falls in love with his kidnapping victim, turning his world upside down. Release Date: April 24, 1998 Writer: Ben Ramsey

Ep. 38: The Assassination Bureau

The characters are great, the writing, not so much.  Leaden pacing and way too much Exposition Fairy, plus Lucy is bitter than she doesn’t get to see Diana Rigg mug a nun.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 2.5 Pops ~ Some nice moments and a great premise buried under heavy layers of expositional dialogue and questionable motivation. Someone remake this the way it should have been? Please?

Lucy’s rating breakdown: Structure: 2, Romance: 3

Jenny says: 3 Pops ~ A terrific premise and solid characters kneecapped by lousy writing; a criminal waste of a great cast. This one’s ripe for a remake.

Jenny’s rating breakdown: Structure: 2, Romance: 4

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

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Movie Info:

Story: A newspaper reporter hires an assassination bureau to kill its owner.   Release Date: April, 1969. Writers: Michael Relph and Wolf Mankowitz from novels by Robert L. Fish and Jack London

Ep 37: Enchanted

A beautiful fantasy about what happens when a Disney heroine ends up in New York City. The romance falls a little flat for Lucy, but Jenny loves it, and a little disagreement between best friends is always good for the podcast. Plus, we end with a little retrospective on the historical survey of romantic comedy, and what we learned.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 4 Pops ~ An adorable, funny, sweet movie with fabulous performances and a great script. A bit ‘meh’ with the romance, but that’s okay. Still, a lot of fun.

Lucy’s rating breakdown: Structure: 5, Comedy: 5, Romance: 3

Jenny says: 5 Pops ~Some people don’t know a fairy tale romance when they see one.  I love this movie.

Jenny’s rating breakdown: Structure: 5, Comedy: 5, Romance: 5

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

Live PopD Community Chat Transcript

Movie Info:

Story: An animated fairytale heroine finds herself dropped into the middle of 3d life in New York City.

Release Date: 11/20/2007

Writer: Bill Kelly

Ep 36: The Holiday

An underwhelming story that has structure, comedy, and romance problems but a really terrific premise: Two women who have recently been betrayed in love switch houses (and cultures) and learn to love again.  Kinda.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 1.5 Pops ~ Meh. This movie might have been cute, but I just don’t care. Too long, too self-indulgent, too uninteresting. I don’t even dislike it enough to hate it. It’s just… meh. Which is worse. Although Jude Law was cute, and he has a cow, so there’s that.

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

Jenny says: 2 Pops ~ Cut an hour of fat, rewrite the dialogue so it sparkles, make the characterization three-dimensional, deepen the relationships, and arc the plot, and you’d have yourself a movie here.

Jenny’s rating breakdown: Structure: 2, Comedy: 1 Romance: 1

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

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Movie Info:

Story: Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.  Release Date: Dec. 6, 2006  Writer: Nancy Meyers

Ep 35.5 Red

Lucy and Jenny watched this because they were feeling tense.  Two hours later with giddy with great movie glee.  The podcast is mostly fifty-some minutes of “I love this movie!”  Don’t listen to it until you have seen this movie.  Also, you must see this movie.

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Story Analysis & Ratings:

Lucy says: 5 Pops ~ It’s been a long, long time since I’ve watched a movie and thought, “I can’t wait to tell everyone about this!” I would recommend this movie hands-down to anyone. Even the violence is beautifully done, and I hate violence. Perfect, perfect, perfect. I don’t care what Jenny says about the avocado. 😉

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

Jenny says: 5 Pops ~ Very close to perfect movie.  Okay, forget the avocado, it’s a perfect movie.

Jenny’s rating breakdown: Structure: 5, Character: 5,  Adventure: 5,  Comedy: 5, Romance: 5

Blog Poll Rating: TBD

Because it was an impromptu viewing, there is no Chat Transcript for this movie; sorry!

Movie Info:

Story: When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants while protecting and winning the woman he loves. Release Date: Oct. 15, 2010   Writers: Jon and Erich Hoeber