The Russo Brothers deliver the ultimate capstone to 22 MCU films with Avengers: Endgame which is already a multiple record breaker for box office results with less than a week in theaters. This means that most of your friends and ALL of their friends on Instagram have already seen this movie at least once. You really should head out and see it right now before someone mentions something and ruins it for you!
Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane) headline a 1990s-set buddy-cop picture for Marvel Studios to introduce one of the most powerful superheroes in the MCU - Captain Marvel. The 21st entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first female-centered Marvel Studios release and is is heavy on mid-1990s music cues, pagers, CD-roms, and slightly awkward computer-aided reverse aging technology.
Quentin Tarantino's latest opus arrives with about as much fanfare and drama as you'd expect from Hollywood's Chief-provocateur-in-charge. The Hateful Eight, began as a stage play (but only after having its screenplay leaked online), then became a three-hour-plus monster and ultimately was released as a special "roadshow" highlighting the film's unique use of 70MM lenses last put to use in 1966. This, of course, required dozens of theaters to retrofit their theaters to show the film (having all spent thousands over the last few years to convert to digital projection). So, was it worth it? Is The Hateful Eight worth a look?
Listen to this episode to hear the guys discuss:
What they liked:
- The glory of 70MM
- Tarantino dialogue
- His rogue's gallery company of actors
- The roadshow experience
What they did not like:
- Tarantino crutches, tricks, and tics
- Some elements of the plot