Legends Podcast #418; The Meg (Action)

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August. When film studios bring in the final harvest of the crop sown in May, before the weather turns cold and cineplexes reap the whirlwind of horror and holiday movies. The dog days of summer, before the bitter chill of awards season sets in. And the last hurrah of big-budget popcorn cinema, the most mindless of all movies. What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a shark movie? Based on Steve Alten’s best-selling novel, The Meg spent two decades in development hell while the Jurassic Park franchise went extinct and came back from extinction with a similarly-sized underwater beastie. Starring Jason “I’m what you’d call a champagne problem” Statham, The Meg scarfed up over half a billion dollars that the international box office last summer, much to the chagrin of my co-hosts. But is this shark tale worth taking the bait? Or does it stink like yesterday’s catch?

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Legends Podcast #417; A Quiet Place (Horror)

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Like 2017’s Get Out, last year’s breakout horror hit came from an actor-turned-first-time director best known for his comedic roles. John Krasinski – yes, Jim from The Office – directed and co-starred with his real-life wife Emily Blunt in a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a world where vicious monsters hurt and kill anything they… hear? A Quiet Place takes a very different approach to the traditionally scream-filled horror genre with a toned-down soundscape and only about 25 lines of spoken dialogue. The movie was an instant hit, grossing $340 million off a $20 million budget. But is A Quiet Place worth making noise over, or should we save our breath?

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Legends Podcast #416; The Matrix (Legends of ‘99)

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Twenty years ago, American cinemas were rocked by one of the best overall years in movie history. Now, Legends Podcast is celebrating the Legends of ‘99 all year long.

One of the most inventive films of 1999 came in the form of Warner Bros.’ kung fu/cyberpunk mash-up from two unknown directors, the Wachowskis. The Matrix, billed by producer Joel Silver as “the first movie of the 21st century,” was a box office phenomenon, debuting in first place, dropping to second, and then jumping back up to first place as word-of-mouth reviews spurred interest in the film. Blending science, philosophy, religion, and mysticism with hacker culture, anime, A.I. paranoia, and the hero’s journey narrative, The Matrix emerged as one of the most influential films of the year, resetting the paradigm for science fiction in a year when Star Wars was making its long-awaited (though ultimately disappointing) comeback. But twenty years on, is The Matrix still The One?

 

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Legends Podcast #415; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Marvel)

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Since 2002, there have been six live-action Spider-Man movies, with another on the way later this summer. Peter Parker has been played by three different actors, including the latest star, Tom Holland, who also appeared in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, bringing the total big-screen Spider-Man outings to an even eight. Add to this the dozen or so animated series, the live-action show from the ‘70s, twenty-odd video games, and the most expensive musical in Broadway history, and it’s hard to imagine that Hollywood would have anything new to say about the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler. Last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse proves that theory wrong.

 

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Legends Podcast #414; Captain Marvel (Marvel)

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Captain Marvel, the twenty-first installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, arrived in theaters earlier this month on International Women’s Day. The long-awaited film, starring Brie Larson, was the first MCU outing toplined by a female character. Set in the 1990s as a prequel to the main storyline, Captain Marvel featured a de-aged performance by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, as well as references that flesh out the backstory of the cinematic universe. Despite a troll campaign to derail the film via review bombing, Captain Marvel smashed expectations and scored a box office haul in the top ten opening weekends of all time. But does Captain Marvel earn “top gun” with our hosts, or is the film full of sound and Fury, but signifying nothing special?

 

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Legends Podcast #413; Rushmore (Legends of ‘99)

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For his sophomore effort, indie director Wes Anderson paired with his Bottle Rocket co-writer Owen Wilson to create Rushmore, a coming-of-age tale about a overachieving underachiever at an elite prep school, the wealthy alumnus he befriends, and the attractive teacher they both fall in love with. The film made the rounds on the festival circuit in 1998 and sold out showings at single theaters in New York and LA before going wide in ‘99 – okay, we’re cheating a little here, folks – winning the Independent Spirit award and launching Bill Murray into the second phase of his career. Capturing Anderson’s signature whimsical style and sporting a British Invasion-influenced soundtrack, Rushmore was a breakout hit that set up a remarkable run for its director over the next decade. But does the film deserve an honorable mention from our hosts? Or should it be expelled?

 

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Legends Podcast #412; Alita: Battle Angel (Sci-Fi)

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After spending nearly two decades in development hell, Alita: Battle Angel finally hit movie theaters last month. Based on the hit manga Gunnm (“Gun Dream”), which also spawned the anime Battle Angel Alita, the film was directed by Robert Rodriguez, co-written and produced by James Cameron, and boasted three Oscar-winning actors in supporting roles. Despite the film’s pedigree, Alita opened to underwhelming numbers at the domestic box office. Overseas, however, the film has fared better, becoming the third highest-grossing film to date in 2019. But does the film appeal to the better angels of our nature? Or is this a battle not worth fighting?

 

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Legends Podcast #411; Office Space (Legends of ‘99)

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Mike Judge ruled the ‘90s with his animated hits Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill. For his first live-action project, Judge drew on his brief career at a Silicon Valley tech firm and his Milton animated shorts to create Office Space, a satire of white-collar workplace life. With an ensemble cast and a gangsta rap-infused soundtrack, Office Space spoke to Gen-Xers who found themselves caught up in the dot-com boom of the late nineties. Though the film, saddled with an odd promotional campaign, wound up getting downsized at the box office, like so many other films of the year, Office Space lived on as cult classic after repeated airings on Comedy Central and became one of Fox’s top-selling DVDs. But, twenty years later, does the film with the tagline “Work Sucks” still work? Or does it suck?

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Legends Podcast #410; The Limey (Legends of ‘99)

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Director Steven Soderbergh became the poster boy for independent cinema in the early ‘90s with sex, lies, and videotape, which made him the youngest director to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes at 26. His career floundered through most of the decade, until 1998 when he released an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel with two little-known actors named Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney. Out of Sight was a massive hit and set Soderberg up as major studio director with future films like Ocean’s Eleven and Magic Mike. However, Soderbergh immediately followed up this hit the next year with a little seen Hollywoodland drama called The Limey. Starring Terence Stamp as an ex-con from the across the pond looking for answers after the death of his daughter,  the film failed to find any green at the box office. But does The Limey stand out as a hidden gem of ‘99, or does it leave a sour taste in our mouths?

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Legends Podcast #409; The Boondock Saints (Legends of ‘99)

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Troy Duffy’s script for The Boondock Saints set off a bidding war, with the ultimate price tag of $450,000, but a troubled production and studio unease following the Columbine school shooting led to the film’s release in five theaters for only seven days, grossing a mere $30K. However, the film found glory on home video, becoming a cult classic and earning a sequel a decade later. But does it deserve to be canonized alongside the rest of the great films from the Year of Our Lord 1999? Or should you wish for pennies over your eyes whenever it comes on?

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