OMG! It’s a movie with Sean Connery, David Thewlis, and DRAGONS? What could be better? I’ll tell you what… A movie without Dennis Quaid. ANY movie without Dennis Quaid. Especially a movie without Dennis Quaid sporting a dime-store wig and an accent to match. But here we are. We’ve seen the movie and we have thoughts.
Come watch this movie starring Sean Connery as an EM EFFING DRAGON with us! It’s also got that guy from Harry Potter, that gal from Starship Troopers, and that guy from Footloose. No, not that guy – the other guy. And not that Footloose – the Footloose remake.
The next installment of Super Serious Film Fest: Fantasy features Reign of Fire, a movie so-close-to-sort-of-kind-of-good that it lands squarely into the realm of “cheesy fun.” Aside from Game of Thrones, no film or series has done more to advance the art of CGI dragons as Reign, and no other film even comes close in the coveted shirtless McConaughey vs. Bale category. If you look carefully, you may see an extremely young King Joffrey hiding out among the other plucky young heroes. Please enjoy our podcast, and if you’re a Club Member, be sure to check out our LiveWatch!
A.Ron and Jim investigate the documentary Reign of Fire, which chronicles what happens when greedy early-21st century dragon tycoons delved too greedily and too deep for dragons in the very bowels of London. Nothing good, that’s what! Come sync up the film and watch with us or put on our commentary track for background laughs. They’re no wrong way to do a LiveWatch!
Jim and I have seen the climax to a decade’s worth of world building in the MCU, Avengers: Endgame, and would like to certify it 100% awesome. Sure, you might quibble with a few cameos you don’t recognize, and the more you’re capable of rolling with the “Rule of Cool” the more you’ll appreciate the spectacle they’re putting on screen. But it’s hard to imagine any fan of superhero movies not respecting what an accomplishment this is; to get so many people across the globe to care about and invest in these characters through 20+ movies that they’ll sit in the dark for 3+ hours laughing and crying with them. How does Marvel top this? Can’t wait to find out.
The Super Serious Film Fest: Fantasy continues with a rather unconventional choice, Army of Darkness. You’ve got castles, swords, armor, dark magic, sure, but the lead character is a 20th century man dual-wielding a shotgun and chainsaw. Nevertheless, The Evil Dead trilogy are movies close to our nostalgic hearts, and are highly influential in Hollywood.…
Hail to the king, baby!
What’s scarier than a necromancer who can transform into a hideous giant snake demon? James Earl Jones with bangs! All Club members are welcome to watch Conan with us as we wax poetic about Arnold, laugh, and trade bad impressions! Stream Conan the Barbarian online: https://amzn.to/2E4Bvg2
Grab your sword and strap on your sandals! We’re celebrating the return of Game of Thrones by doing a season long look at the fantasy films that came before it. From the classic to the camp, we love them all! S2F2: Fantasy kicks off with Conan the Barbarian, a film that helped launch the career of one Arnold Schwarzenegger into the stratosphere. And sure, we can quibble with some of the sillier plot points happening in the margins, and some of the casting, and a lot of the hair and makeup, but Conan is a serious film with some great set pieces, an absolutely magnetic star, and it even manages to land a few points that approach the profound. Listen to our podcast, or watch the enhanced video version below!
Jim and I saw the Neil Marshall helmed, David Harbour starring 2019 reboot of Hellboy. And it’s the definition of a mixed bag. Sporting an impressively low 11% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Jim thought the movie was bad, but I borderline loved it. I have no explanation for my critical disparity, and I can see the issues with plot and humor that Jim and others are expressing but… I’ve seen a helluva lot of worse movies this year get better reviews. Am I losing my touch? Or do you just have to be a die hard Hellboy fan to admire what this movie has to offer. It’s a damn shame, because while I think everyone can agree that Harbour makes an excellent Hellboy, the movie isn’t likely to get the sequel his casting deserves.