Episode 104: Elvis, Vengeance, Bullet Train

45 years after the death of Elvis Presley, we dive into the biopic film Elvis. Elvis explores Colonel Tom Parker’s management of the Rock and Roll icon. Our second movie of choice stars B.J. Novak and Ashton Kutcher called Vengeance. Vengeance unfolds the death of a young girl in a Texas town and how it […]

 

 

 

 

 

Dunestone’s Top 3 Movies From Our 100th Episode

For the 100th Episode, the DuneStone crew selected their top three movies they have reviewed over the course of all their podcasts.  Here are their results.  (comment if you agree or disagree) Eric's Top 3 - 3: Uncut Gems - 2: The Fundamentals of Caring - 1: Blindspotting. Russ's Top 3 - 3: An American Pickel - 2: Moonlight - 1 Uncut Gems Othy's Top 3 - 3: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot - 2: Hearts Beat Loud - 1: The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Batman

As a huge fan of Batman, I was very excited back when this movie was first announced with Ben Affleck directing and starring.  Things changed quickly when he dropped out of directing and was replaced with Matt Reeves and Ben returning as Batman.  Then in a quick turn, Ben dropped out of staring which allowed Matt to direct his version of Batman.  And what Matt delivered was a spectacular masterpiece. The Batman has themes from movies such as Chinatown, Seven, and Zodiac all rolled into one. ...

The Batman

A most interesting take on The Batman that works so well. We have grown accustomed to seeing the Dark Night as a fully fleshed out character. We expect Suave Bruce Wayne by day and caped crusader by night. Was there not bound to be problems in the beginning, growing pains and doubts. The theme of questions saturates this film with more layers then an onion. Pattinson embodies this character with loathing and angst so well. This film somehow transported me back to the first time I saw Brandon...

Worth

Worth is a substantial film about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund that addresses whether it is possible to put a price tag on a life. Michael Keaton delivers some of his best work since Birdman in Worth.  "Worth" is an intelligent and empathetic drama that's definitely worth your time.

Peacemaker

James Gunn has to be the only director in the world that can make us care for a Tree, a Shark, and now an Eagle.  Eagly, Peacemaker’s sidekick is by far the scene stealer of this show. Cena was a stand-out in The Suicide Squad, an impressive feat considering the cast, and what is crazier yet, he is even better in Peacemaker.  I wasn’t sure what we were in for after watching the first opening dance montage, but Gunn made the “Skip Intro” button obsolete with this series. I cannot say enough...

The Last Duel

The Last Duel is a movie that demands a lot from its audience, it’s both emotionally and intellectually exhausting.  It was refreshing to see a story being told from three different viewpoints. There is enough dramatic material, excellent performances, and engaging moments of gruesome action that make The Last Duel is interesting and compelling to watch from start to finish.  If you’re a fan of director Ridley Scott, you need to give The Last Duel a viewing.

Death On The Nile

This is more entertaining than its predecessor, but the supporting cast isn't as strong, and Hammer's presence doesn't help the situation. It's worthy of a one-time watch due to Branagh, Mackey and Gadot, & the stellar cinematography & production design. Ultimately, Death on the Nile is an entertaining film but feels less like a blockbuster production you watch on opening night and more like a film you stream on a quiet evening at home.

Othy’s Top 5 TV Series of 2021

Honorable Mention – “Invincible.”  The only reason this did not crack the top five, its an animated series.  I really enjoyed this series, and the voice talent is amazing.  J.K. Simmons is fantastic as Omni-Man.  If you are a fan of the Walking Dead, you will recognize almost all of the voices in this series.  If you can look past this being animated, give it a shot. 5-“Only Murders in the Building.” Nothing new from Steve Martin or Martin Short, but they deliver on the laughs.  You can tell...

Othy’s Worst Movies of 2021

Honorable Mention – “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse.”  You would think with all the incredible source material Hollywood would be able to make a good movie.  The only reason this movie didn’t break the top five, it has a few action senses that are phenomenal. 5-“Halloween Kills.”  I was sad this move made the list.  The last Halloween movie was incredible.  This movie focused more on gore and less on character. 4- “Outside the Wire.”  Hollywood is really trying to make Anthony Mackie a thing or...

Othy’s Top 5 Movies of 2021

Disclaimer – this list is based off the movies I was able to view in 2021.  There are a few movies from 2021 that I have yet to see that might have made the list had I viewed them such as “The Green Knight” and “The last Duel." Honorable Mention “I Care a Lot”  Rosamund Pike is captivating in this flick.  You will love to hate her throughout the movie. 5-“Nobody” Who knew Bob Odenkirk could do action? This movie had great action with a mix of Christopher Lloyd kicking ass.  If you are a fan of...

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

Snake Eyes follows closely to its predecessors in terms of quality; not perfect, but not entirely terrible either, and is entirely saved by its hardworking cast. Henry Golding can carry a movie and he does have decent acting and action chops. However, he deserves a much better star vehicle than this.  True fans of G.I. must be incredibly frustrated with this outing.  I would have rather watched the 1997 Snake Eyes starring Nicolas Cage again. Even die hard fans of G.I. Joe should skip.

Army of Thieves

A prequel loosely connected to the Army of the Dead from Netflix, Army of Thieves is likeable with some generic action scenes to keep the viewer interested. Though predictable at times, Army of Thieves is a clever, offbeat heist flick that stands more on its own two feet than Army of The Dead. If you enjoy the world in Army of the Dead, this flix is worth a watch.

Dopesick

Like the drug at the center of the drama, Dopesick is, in the most positive sense of the word, addictive.I was hooked within the first 20 minutes.  Dopesick depicts the rise and fall of Oxycotin and the Sackler family. Dopesick has an incredible lineup of actors including Michael Keaton, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Peter Sarsgard to name a few.  All who deliver stellar performances.  If you are looking for an informative but not preachy mini series, Dopesick is worth a...

F9: The Fast Saga

The only thing worse than a bad action movie is a boring one.  F9 Is a comedy but it just doesn’t know it.  F9 comes out flat and lazy without any new story for the fans to enjoy.  My biggest issue with F9 is that it is everything the audience has seen before.  The heart of the franchise seems to be missing in this installment.  The absence of Dwayne Johnson is felt in F9. They completely jumped the shark by sending Tej and Roman into space, then comparing them to Minions.  F9 should do well...

Stowaway

Stowaway had the potential to be an incredible examination into the views and philosophy surrounding survival and hope, yet delivers with a lackluster presentation.  In a world where Gravity and The Martian don't exist, perhaps Stowaway would find a place as an elegant space thriller, but it's really only that about half the time. Anna Kendrick plays the same character we saw in all of her other movies.  Shamier Anderson is the shining star of this flick.  Yet his performance cannot overcome...

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