Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up

December 3, 2016239 Comments

Mike and Jay discuss a bunch of movies they’ve seen in 2016 that have the word “The” in the title.

The Witch
The Brothers Grimsby
The Neon Demon
The Nice Guys
The Boy
The Finest Hours
The Greasy Strangler
The Conjuring 2
Demolition
The Lobster
The Shallows
Swiss Army Man
The Adderall Diaries
Sausage Party
Hello My Name is Doris
The Family Fang
Pee Wee’s Big Holiday
Mr. Right


Filed in: Half in the Bag

  • Juan Terra

    Last!

  • Juan Terra

    Also, first!

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Have you guys seen Space Cop yet? You should review Space Cop next on Half in the Bag. It’s by these guys that run a production company in some horrible place named Shitsville Milwaukee.

  • Palpatine

    “And then I farted a lot.”
    – Mike Stoklasa.

  • zac roper

    Have you guys seen Cafe Society? I feel like I’m the only person who has seen and liked that movie.

  • Adez

    Oh fuck an animated movie review?! I waited this moment for years, they did a review of Sausage Party….. for a few minutes

    You people laughed at me, but they finally did it.

  • BCFC25

    They are saving that up for the next Best of the Worst

  • frankelee

    Movies are played out.

  • Herwig Riedl

    has jay seen the witch yet?

  • zac roper

    I suppose you could say that Blake Livelys acting……isn’t very…….Lively.

  • Adez

    Nice Guys was the funnest movie of the summer for me, Crowe and Goshling were great, also Angourie Rice maybe the next Chloe Moretz. Something better than cgi boredom

    I liked Sausage Party more than Finding Dory, I’m surprised they even care enough to know about underpaid animators

  • “Zootopia” was my favorite movie from 2016. Though I only saw 20-ish from this year, I am not a professional film critic.

  • playdude92 .

    “Well I saw a film-” “Fuck you.” Perfect RLM time capsule.

  • I did not care for “The VVitch”. While there were many individual scenes, moments, and images I did think the thing held together as a whole. Mostly has to do with the ending.

  • RLMkeepitup

    wow I didn’t see any of these movies :

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    I saw The Nice Guys. That’s about it.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    An R-rated animated movie. 😛

  • ZeroPtZero

    I liked The Nice Guys. It was a lot like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. More of what Shane Black is good at.

  • Gillman

    They don’t have the heart to tell Max Landis that he sucks and that he’s a hack fraud.

  • RLMkeepitup

    Russell crowe looked like he needed a nap there

  • Dasjerm

    Space Cop makes Sausage Party look like The Shallows. . . I don’t even know what the fuck that means!

  • The Earplug

    Jay’s really hit his stride looks-wise

  • Dasjerm

    I do – MAX LANDIS SUCKS!

  • G-man

    its a good movie to fall asleep to and somehow wake up with a headache

  • CapedBaldy

    The Witch and Neon Demon were both terrible shit.

  • pvyuki

    The Witch was OK. Not scary but well done. Neon Demon is clearly a rip-off of Perfect Blue and every other movie that ripped off Perfect Blue.

  • I would like to say that Max Landis is probably just average for a Hollywood screen writer. He has some good ideas, he has some snappy dialogue, and nothing he does is terrible in a way that makes you hate it. But he would not be nearly as well known without his dad.

  • pvyuki

    they’ve done it enough times. and even when they haven’t, he somehow thinks they have.

  • pvyuki

    loving the max landis shade as always, boys!

  • CapedBaldy

    The witch was just tension-less crap to me. Like.. I needed to feel there was some temptation but her family life was so shitty.. why not be a witch? It was mostly boring and stupid. Neon Demon ripped off Starry Eyes, not Perfect Blue. It was just art house wank with no real story.

  • Smiley_ie

    I only got to watch “Suicide squad” a few nights ago what a pile of fuck shite of bag cunt shit.

  • CapedBaldy

    Jay is hot comments are replacing RLM memes

  • CapedBaldy

    He is their only hollywood contact.

  • pvyuki

    nice big boy words

  • Percy Gryce

    More like:

    “I’m Mike.”
    “And I’m Gray.”

    What’s with the muted-color getups?

  • Smiley_ie

    Shite

  • Percy Gryce

    Cast of The Greasy Strangler = “unconventional actors”
    Hosts of Half in the Bag = “unconventional drunks”

  • RLMkeepitup

    someone get a female on the set stat boys

  • Percy Gryce

    Jessi? Mr. Plinkett’s sister? Undercover hookers?

  • Cream-A-Thon

    That’s the most buttons buttoned I’ve seen on Mike, ever.

  • Percy Gryce

    I guess familiarity breeds timidity. Once the boys meet a schlockster, they really can’t have much fun at his expense anymore:

    Len Kabansinski ✓
    Max Landis ✓
    Matt Hannon ✓

    It’s a good thing that Don Dohler and Cameron Mitchell are dead.

  • William Everett

    The discussion of The Lobster made me think of a movie called The Bothersome Man. I haven’t seen the Lobster, but it sounds as though they are very similar in tone and style.

    The Bothersome Man is a very bizarre absurdist movie with an incredibly dry sense of humor. Everything is presented in a very matter of fact flat way, no matter how strange the situation. I think it’s all supposed to be some sort of metaphor about life, but I don’t think you have to think about it too much to appreciate the movie. It does help to be a twisted f*ck like Jay though.

  • Lenin

    Boo, Shin Godzilla. That film was fucking GOAT.

  • What’s this obsession Jason Bateman apparently has with the color brown??

  • Also I’m looking forward to the day that Crispin Glover finally reveals to the world that Max Landis was just a character he created and has been performing this whole time.

  • Studio Executive

    If those Sausage Party animators are so worthy of respect, why were they underpaid?!! Checkmate.

  • rashad1

    It must be cold in the studio cause I swear i saw Jays breath when hes talking

  • Frank Lovejoy

    The more I find out about Jay, the less I like him.

  • Joe

    The Finest Hours is actually a really good movie. It has really good tone and direction and tells its story very competently, it’s a movie that 10 year olds through 100 year olds can enjoy. Unless you are an impatient hipster or something.

  • Reichhard Buerger

    Not even an hour long. Still no daily uploads. Still no live-stream of Mike´s bedroom.
    Still no free beer and cheese.
    These guys are just unbelievable hack frauds.

  • Like Icare

    Because capitalism.

  • Like Icare

    I second the undercover hookers!

  • Like Icare

    I don’t think that the heart is the love organ whose absence is relevant to this particular case.

  • Like Icare

    He’s like the can of “Oh no, not again” soup someone took the label off.

  • Like Icare

    The Lobster was also good. Weird and depressing, but good.

  • Like Icare

    You rabbit… lover.

  • Like Icare

    Yes. Yes you are.

  • Well, the fact that you do a lot of comic book movies instead of those other, really good ones is a bit upsetting, hence us crying about you doing only superhero movies. Why not do a double feature like you used to do sometimes? We’d have loved to hear your thoughts on VVitch and the groundbreaking elephant uterus scene from Brothers Grimsby around the time they were in cimenas.

  • Kawaii as Fuck

    Wonder Showzen rules!

  • archimon

    Jay FINALLY confirmed for gay!

  • J Burrello Submarine

    I’m sadly with Mike on The Lobster. I got it and yet found it boring. Weirdly I liked Dogtooth quite a bit (also directed by Yorgos Lanthimos).
    After this I might finally actually check out Neon Demon and Greasy Strangler.

  • bleurgh

    I saw the trailer for the Neon Demon and it seemed like the most pretentious trash ever made, but if Jay likes it then I might give it a chance when it gets to netflix.

    A good movie I saw recently was Hell or High Water. It wasn’t brilliant, but was just sort of solid and well-made, with good performances. The trailers made it seem a lot more like a fast-paced and fun action movie and it turned out to be more of a slow-burning character study along the lines of No Country For Old Men, so it took me a while to get into the pace of it, but I thought it was really solid.

  • Spoiled Ants

    That would be a funny joke, if it weren’t for the Pixar, Dreamworks, Lucasfilms wage fixing scandal proving they’ve been f—ing artists for years.

  • Derek

    I tried watching The Neon Demon, but after 20 minutes, decided that I’d rather watch a Uwe Boll movie. “Postal” was definitely way more satisfying.

  • Derek

    I saw a few of them:

    Lobster: Weird and interesting with some great dark humour.
    The Neon Demon: Watched 20 minutes before calling it quits.
    The Conjuring 2: Watchable, but not as good as the first one.
    Swiss Army Man: Weird, funny and heartfelt. Not great, but worth watching.

  • William Everett

    “Is rural noir a thing?”

    That’s basically what Winter’s Bone is.

  • I saw the Neon Demon awhile back, I thought it was pretty good. Better than Only God Forgives anyway, I feel like I should have liked that movie but during the process of watching it I was sort of annoyed by the sluggishness of it – and I’m someone who really likes slow movies.

    On the topic of The Conjuring 2 – did anything actually get fucking conjured this time? The trailer for the first one sure was misleading as fuck. Remember? “It’s not a possession… it’s not a haunting… it’s…. THE CONJURING” Okay? But it was literally both a haunting and possession film. I mean – SPOILERS – the movie ends with them reading bible passages to a screaming possessed lady in a basement. After a bunch of stuff in the house moves around a bit. Those are the textbook definitions (if you can call it that) of ghostly hauntings and possessions. So lame. The trailer had me thinking someone was gonna physically summon something from the netherworld or something neat like that. I don’t know how Mike & Jay gave that movie a pass. Also it’s important to note that when watching this review I was confused because I thought I’d seen The Conjuring 2 and hated it – but I was thinking of Insidious 2 apparently. I did hate the first one though, so I don’t expect much.

  • Spoiled Ants

    It was a little bit ‘too much’ like Kiss Bang Bang, to me it was a small letdown although I liked the movie overall. But similar like Jay, I have completely forgotten what the movie was about.

  • Spoiled Ants

    Is there something like an online converter that splices two movies into one?
    I’d like to see Suicide Lobster.

  • Spoiled Ants

    I saw it, didn’t like it because it felt uber-pretentious, but maybe that was the whole point. I would probably give it another shot in one or two years.

  • Spoiled Ants

    You mean so we could actually watch them in cinema and support those smaller budgeted but better crafted movies?
    Nonsense. Nonsense, I say.

  • Spoiled Ants

    Proof that they are DC shills.

  • Hulc19

    Neon Demon sucked ass come on man you can’t be serious.

  • Hulc19

    Yeah it sucked

  • Derek

    Just watched “Mr. Right”. Ummmm…..it was fun and I liked it.

  • I’d watch The Greasy Lobster but I don’t think there is. There’s a random action movie title generator, however. Here are some picks:
    -“Master of Prejudice”
    -“Fist of Payback”
    -“Inferno of Extremism”

    -“Extreme Death”
    -“Double Retaliation”
    -“Sudden Glory”
    -“Terminal Blood”
    -“Vendetta of Execution”
    -“Duke of Vengeance”
    and
    -“Maximum Action”

  • Hi, Max Landis.

  • LameSame

    “Terminal Blood” sounds like a cancer drama.

  • LameSame

    They’re all kindred spirits. RLM’s films are no better than Max Landis’s.

  • Joe333

    I thought Sausage Party was great
    Didn’t get all the way through the new Pee Wee movie. Maybe I’ll try again

    I’m surprised they didn’t see Scully

  • Mark Bisone

    Jay’s review of The Shallows was a rip off of mine spot-on. Just to reiterate, the final ten minutes is worth the price of… fast forwarding a free stream up until the final thirty minutes. You’ll need to watch that far in advance to realize how bland, obvious and terrible it was, right before some lovable production genius decided to make the jump to Ludicrous Speed. Once she finds the flare gun, Roger Corman gets a swiss army boner in his grave.

  • RLMkeepitup

    Susan is always serious

  • Mark Bisone

    And don’t call her Shirley.

  • Mark Bisone

    They met Tommy Wiseau years ago, and they still give him the business. Of course that was before they were internationally famous show-biz titans, in charge of merchandising empire.

  • EJ

    Mike and Jay sassing the commenters is my favorite version of Mike and Jay.

  • He likes shit. Probably eats it too.

  • George

    Yes, they really are quite similar in tone, I never noticed before. And they both remind me a bit of The Boss of it All, although that’s based on a more mundane premise, but the “flat” style of it is the same.

  • EJ

    Neon Demon might actually BE the biggest piece of pretentious trash ever made, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It sort of had that Brian DePalma feel; it’s the classiest sleaze you’ve ever seen.

  • bassbait

    The only film I saw this year was The Lobster. I liked it a lot, but I’m also pretentious. I think what Mike may not have gotten was a strong “Terry Gilliam” vibe from it. That’s what I loved about it though was the nihilistic tone and the extremely dry sense of dark humor. A little bit similar to “The Comedy” though I liked The Lobster more.

  • EJ

    I’m guessing they look at their youtube stats and the comic book/big budget sci fi movie reviews get the most views and hence make the most money. I mean RLM is still more famous for the Plinkett SW reviews than anything else.

  • EJ

    I dunno, a minute of awkward silence is a pretty serious burn.

  • Coming soon:

    UPS: The Movie!

    Directed by Jason Bateman

  • “the movie ends with them reading bible passages to a screaming possessed
    lady in a basement. After a bunch of stuff in the house moves around a
    bit.”

    You could maybe get away with calling that A conjuring, but THE conjuring?

  • Zootopia/Mr. Hands Cinematic Universe

  • Kenlin Bros

    I bet it’s written by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

  • Like – I suppose you can conjure invisible spirits or whatever – but then if you go by that logic every manifestation of a spirit is a conjuring. Actually no- and sorry this will close my purely title-related rant – the word “conjuring” also implies that something or someone is responsible for said manifestation. I haven’t rewatched it, but to the best of my knowledge the demon/ghost is sort of just there? I don’t recall if there was any particular reason or catalyst to the possession which occurred. Basically what I’m saying is – just going from the title and the trailers – everything is wrong.

  • I accidentally started watching an American adaption of a short UK series “Dirk Gently” – and guess who is responsible for it? Max Landis. So forgive me because I’m going to pull a Jay and make relevant (or irrelevant?) notes about things I haven’t seen. Because it’s actually quite good and rather bizarre, and the co-lead that plays Dirk Gently is a British fellow (or at least speaks with a British accent, I’ve been fooled before because I’m a dummy when it comes to noticing fake accents), it reminded me of how the American version of Wilfred captured the spirit of the original series, if only at least by carrying over the same actor who played Wilfred originally. In this case I haven’t seen the original but judging by the tone of the show I get a sense that Max has recreated the series with a loving respect. Again, haven’t seen the original – but here’s my second relevant point. Elijah Wood is in it. Chew on that for a second and I won’t comment on the irony of me explaining the correlation between two shows Elijah Wood is in whilst watching a show about a detective who believes in a correlation between all things. Oh wait I just did. Coincidence?

  • junkevil

    They’re actually based on books by Douglas Adams of HG2G fame. The BBC
    version was decent enough, but I’ve been afraid to watch the one from
    Max Landis.

  • frankelee

    The VVitch is just a rip off of The Usual Suspects. They spend the whole movie talking to that goat, then out of nowhere he fixes his limp, gores the old man, and reveals he was Keyser Soze the entire fucking time!!!!!!!! Loved the understated sexual relationship between Black Phillip and every other character in the film though.

  • maikimo

    to be fair, walking into the ocean to kill yourself isn’t that unusual, and people have been doing it since recorded time. and i’m serious–like, fucking ‘the odyssey’ old. penelope’s mother kills herself by simply walking out into the water to drown. virginia woolf killed herself in a similar manner. not saying it’s efficient, but it isn’t ‘rare’.

  • maikimo

    hmm, actually it may have been odysseus’ mother, not penelope’s.

  • Yeah someone mentioned that to me today, I was not aware of this but I am a fan of Douglas Adams. I mean, well – I read Hitchhiker’s Guide – but that was the last whole book I ever read and I liked it a lot. In fact, it may be the only book I ever gave a shit about. So idk with that in mind, I am enjoying this so far but I cannot comment as to how far it is straying from the original material.

  • mooks

    really would love to hear jay’s thoughts on ouija 2/mike flanagan in general. that was one of my favorite movies this year, just a fuckin blast, and flanagan is the best new horror director in some time

  • bernverdnardo

    I watched “The Neon Demon” based on this recommendation. Wow that was a mistake.

    Its like most of the movie is just this model (who is maybe an 8 at best) gets in these catfights with other models and then she does photoshoots and it plays trance music (the only good thing in the movie) and then at the end they were like “what would be the most awful way to end this move?” and then they did that. WTF

  • Imesseduptheemail

    Tommy Wiseau seems to be able to take the piss, though, and is aware of how awful he is. If you’ve ever seen The House that Drips Blood on Alex, then it becomes pretty clear. So I don’t think Tommy would give a shit about them making him the butt of jokes, even if they were friends with him like they are Landis (though I really don’t think they are).

  • It’s a very good looking exploitation movie. What did you expect?

  • EJ

    I’m still hoping they put together a BOTW where they get Landis and Kabasinski and whatever other filmmakers they’ve ridiculed over the years to review RLM movies.

  • Lute Hende

    Can’t be worse than the Naruto final. God that was awful. What began as a fresh ninja story ended up beeing a nuclear weapons vs godzilla monster apocalypse with lots and lots of space magic. It’s like Kishimoto just wanted to see how much bs his fans can take. Holy cow…

  • RLMkeepitup

    that a comic movie made a billion dollars this year should tell us how many more of those we have coming down the pipeline. is it january yet?

  • Cream-A-Thon

    No Space Cop review?

  • EJ

    After the Kabasinski episode and seeing how psychotically cheerful and positive that man is, I don’t think I’d have the heart to make fun of his movies either. It’d be like kicking a puppy.

  • Yossarian

    How cold was it during the shoot? I can literally see your breath Jay…

  • APT

    Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” was the best film of 2016. If you weren’t such hack frauds you’d review a film that nobody in the USA has watched or cares about.

  • bernverdnardo

    What are they exploiting? The modeling business?

    I at least expected a demon.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    We laughed the entire time in the theater. It was so pretentious and dumb. The only other people in the theater were a few film snobs desperately trying to pretend it was “art”.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    Nah, that’s a copout way of excusing it after the fact. It’s a great comedy about a bunch of pedophiles trying to fuck or rape a child pretending to be 18. It looks good and is worth watching, but is truly absurd.

    A good exploitation flick would be something like “Knock, Knock”.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    Plot twist: The demon was us!

  • No, John… you are the demons.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    *He said while wearing a black turtle neck sweater, a beret, sporting a soul patch and sipping an espresso… 😉

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    Cameron Mitchell isn’t dead man. I had a gallon of cheap scotch last night and spoke with him.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    The only friend Max Landis has is his father’s last name.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    Susan identifies as a Susan.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    Starry Eyes was way better. I recommend them both as a double feature after seeing Neon.

  • Joe Syxpac

    No, we gotta slog through Christmas before we get to that magical time of year.

    I think there’s another Underworld coming out.

    Not to mention a reboot/remake/resomething of Amityville.

  • Joe Syxpac

    Oh, joy!

    Another Resident Evil too!

  • Joe Syxpac

    That would be too meta.

  • MaxCafe

    Out of the two movies this year set in the fashion modeling world, unbelievably Zoolander 2 was the least worst.

  • bleurgh

    I’ve learned to accept that Jay is going to like groan-inducing pretentious trash sometimes the same way that Mike is going to like dumb schlock sometimes.

  • MaxCafe

    Swiss Army Man got 30 minutes from me before I hit STOP. It was awful.

  • sigaba

    It’s for those people who thought Beyond the Black Rainbow was hard to follow and needed to look more like a Cosmopolitan casino ad.

  • RLMkeepitup

    i warned about that new resi evil several vidz ago, ironically I’ll probably end up watching that and amity.. morbid curiosity.

  • ikdks

    It ok Max, you did a damn good job on Dirk Gently.

  • Thanatos

    Steve Jobs and George fucking Lucas. You can’t make this up.

  • Thanatos

    Jay likes super pretentious films if you’ve noticed.

  • Thanatos

    Why waste time going to the ocean? Just fill your bath tub and go to town.

  • Thanatos

    You think they can afford HEAT!?

  • Cakefarts

    Kids, don’t make the same mistakes in life I did. If you have the urge to watch The Witch … just go lie down in a dark room until it passes.

  • It’s nice to see that when they did the “here’s the box office numbers” episode that they didn’t REALLY have no new movies out they wanted to see, but rather had seen some that probably would have been good Half in the Bag episodes interspersed throughout the year. Not every full length episode has to be about a blockbuster, guys.

  • Jaws

    That ain’t what we’re about here, it’s about sticking it to the man. We want to burn the establishment to the ground. All hail our Glorious Leader, Kim Jong-un.

  • Spoiled Ants

    Beyond the Black Rainbow felt like shallow crap to me, a year later I watched Under The Skin which is a masterpiece.

  • Spoiled Ants

    I finally saw the VVitch yesterday, and it was good, but it didn’t leave any lasting impression either (thanks to the uninspired ending). It reminded me a lot of The White Ribbon which had similar themes but had far more subtlety, mistery and impact. Granted, The VVitch has better visuals, but is very thin on a narrative level.

  • Pulp

    Someone should film the Pappenheimer family witch trial from 1600 (Germany) .
    I’m sure all those gore lovers would like the 10 last minutes.

    “The parents and the eldest sons were to be executed together with two other men. The bodies of the men were torn six times each with irons, Anna’s breasts were cut off and rubbed in the faces of her adult sons, the skeletons of the men were broken on the wheel, the father was subjected to impalement on a pike, and finally, they were burned at the stake. All this took place in front of the youngest son, ten-year-old Hoel, who was to witness the execution of his family; he had been brought along on the horse of the sheriff, who was to write down his reactions. Later the same year, in December 1600, six more people were burned at the stake in Münich, including Hoel.”

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    I’ll be watching that soon. 🙂

  • Pod Bay Doors

    patton oswalt

  • EJ

    Yeah I thought it was tons of fun if you took it as camp, and most of the audience I saw it with laughed a lot. A lot of people did seem to take it pretty seriously, though.

  • netcrave

    “The Nice Guys” was the movie I enjoyed the most in all of 2016, I’m serious. Loved everything about it. Was incredible fun for me to watch it. Thanks for the tip!

  • Herbert West

    They want that Youtube money.

  • Herbert West

    Heating a big warehouse in Wisconsin is expensive this time of year.

  • Sebastian Marrero

    What about Warcraft? No comment? I thought it was over-hated and actually rather decent.

  • EJ

    Never have found a critic where I agree with every single one of their opinions. It’s almost like art is subjective or something.

  • shuura84

    The Witch was the movie that made me feel I became a pedophile before checking imdb and finding that the blonde girl (the protagonist) was actually 20.

  • RLMkeepitup

    you got off an a technicality

  • Art Kid

    This show used to be about a glorious bright white TV. Who are these guys?

  • Cream-A-Thon

    We’re all here for the Max Landis drop, aren’t we?

  • Facts About Bok Choy

    The Nice Guys was a pile of shit. I’m never listening to these fraud hacks again! Also, thanks for the tip about The Finest Hours. I finally know what I’m going to get my estranged father for Christmas.

  • Facts About Bok Choy

    you can’t spell “hack” without “haneke”

  • Hank_Henshaw

    I had fun watching it, as a Blizzard fanboy, but with some tweaks it could’ve been so much better.

    The human casting was all wrong. Like, Dominic Cooper is good at playing a sleezeball, not a noble king. The main guy, the one from Vikings, at no point was believable as the highest ranking military guy of the realm, or a leader of any kind. I remember Duncan Jones saying Ben Foster’s approach to Medivh, was to play him as a rockstar… it never came across that way.

    Movie felt like it was missing almost every establishing shot.

    EVERY scene transition is a crossfade. It’s unbelievable. Speaking of edits, some of the released deleted scenes should’ve stayed. If the problem was time, I would’ve lost the pointless “duel” at the very beginning, and keep one of the scenes fleshing out the orc society instead.

  • Angela

    I don’t expect grown men to watch, and certainly not to like, animated films aimed at children, but sometimes they really are worth watching, even if you’re a grown man (or woman). I enjoyed all three of the “talking animal” movies in the top 10 that Jay mentioned, and enjoyed them more than pretty much everything else that came out this year (except The Witch, Star Trek Beyond, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Don’t Breathe).

  • bleurgh

    Art is not subjective. It’s objective value is determined by critical and cultural consensus in a process called social discourse. Unfortunately this is a concept too complicated for idiots such as yourself to understand.

  • Spoiled Ants

    So? You can’t spell Boyhood without Bok Choy.

  • Cakefarts

    Ha! Spot the pun! What do I win?

  • The “Matchstick Men Effect”

  • So much that they decided to not make a “Nice Guys” episode, apparently…

  • That adjustment invalidates your earlier hypothesis.

  • I’m sure the Adams adaptation rankings are pretty locked in though:
    1) 1980s HHGTTG
    2) BBC Dirk Gently
    3) Max Landis Dirk Gently
    4) 2005 HHGTTG

  • RLMkeepitup

    no shame in liking them even. im sure Mike will try not to poop his pants during avatar 2, so there’s that.

  • Bubs

    Fuck movies.

  • Like Icare

    Depends on the height he’d be dropped from.

  • Like Icare

    “Eye of the dick sees clearly, though the eye of the mind is clouded.” – ancient Chinese proverb.

  • Like Icare

    Trump 2016.

  • Earth

    The Mummy reboot, Transformers 5, Spider-Man Homecoming all announced within days of each other, with a new Star Wars movie just around the corner.

    Oh god, when will this pig slop end?!

  • I also watched it based on their recommendation, and I second this post. It was great.

  • I had a similar reaction. I don’t want to downplay just how good the movie was visually and atmospherically, but when I got to the end I kind of had a “so what was the point of that?” moment. Now I get that a lot of movies are just about watching things unravel, and I like movies like that – but something about this movie didn’t click with me in that way. I almost want to call it a contradiction actually – because they go to all this trouble of establishing the setting in a very accurate way right down to the dialogue – and then there’s just a witch. I dunno. It was fine. I liked it. I just didn’t get a huge reaction out of it, probably won’t be rewatching it too soon either.

  • So in other words – the people who punished them became the witches. I mean when you look at the grotesque brutality of that type of torturous punishment, it sounds MUCH worse than anything a witch could ever do.

  • Now I Get It

    An honourable mention.
    Only 3067 comments to go.

    #DiscoverTheNetworks

  • I saw it with my girlfriend and this was her complaint but while it is similar to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it’s less similar than every superhero film is to each other and there’s hundreds of them and only two of these.
    So while that might be a small letdown I think everything else makes up for that.

  • Hell or High Water is one of those films I’d heard good things about but didn’t know the plot and hadn’t seen the trailer. One afternoon I had nothing to do and noticed it was still on at my local cinema so decided to give it a watch and really enjoyed it.
    It’s nice just seeing a good film without any knowledge of where the plots going or what any of the set pieces are. I’d call it a Modern Western Noir and agree with the No Country For Old Men comparison.

  • Yea that was my favorite of the year too, followed by Hell or High Water and then Zootropolis.
    But then it’s not been a great year of films for me, I saw 9 films in the cinema and any episode from the latest series of Black Mirror (on Netflix) would be better than most of them.
    So I guess that show is what I’d recommend most from this year.

  • Also they’re no more children’s films than most superhero fair and they watch those.
    Zootropolis was my third favorite film of the year and while that’s partly down to it being a pretty weak selection, I think it would still have been a top ten contender in a better year.
    Good cast, good jokes, good cinematography and more inventive action scenes than a lot of action films.

  • It was okay, it definitely felt cut down.
    Even if I hadn’t heard the news of 20 minutes being cut out, characters seemed to jump between locations rather fast (even with the teleporting) and the pacing was rather erratic. I think it had the right amount of references for fans without distracting from the story but some parts might have been hard to follow for non-fantasy nerd.
    Overall I liked it more than the new X-Men film.

  • I agree except on the casting, I thought everyone was good with the exception of Ben Foster but judging by your quote the problem could have been Duncan Jones’ direction.

    It’s such a shame it flopped because it had promise and it’s certainly more deserving of a franchise than a lot of more successful films this year (Suicide Squad for starters).

  • Spoiled Ants

    I don’t hold it against the film, it still pulls enough punches to make it an entertaining ride. I guess my expectations were a bit too high on this one. And I can’t wait for Shane Black’s next Predator movie.

  • Spoiled Ants

    In a way I have to give the movie credit that it got the balls to go all out with the supernatural stuff. But I was hoping for a more ambigous ending, where they would leave it open if the Witch really exists. Of course that’s just my personal preference.
    I heard comparisons to Kubrick a few times regarding this movie, but I frankly don’t see them. I think Lords of Salem had much more in common with The Shining than this film.

  • Thanatos

    You think he’s going to like…burst onto the set during their next BotW?

  • It was okay, it definitely felt cut down.
    Even if I hadn’t heard the news of 20 minutes being cut out, characters seemed to jump between locations rather fast (even with the teleporting) and the pacing was rather erratic. I think it had the right amount of references for fans without distracting from the story but some parts might have been hard to follow for non-fantasy nerd.
    Overall I liked it more than the new X-Men film.

  • Which brings me to my next question: Why did Jay never talk about Beyond The Black Rainbow? I loved that movie.

  • RLMkeepitup

    what about Neil Breen’s latest film, anyone seen it?

  • Cream-A-Thon

    see the worm

  • Spoiled Ants

    Caught a screening of Arrival yesterday, pretty solid movie. And now I know why Mike loves it so much.
    It’s basically a prequel to Star Trek.

  • Apparently he hasn’t arrived in Milwaukee yet. They’re editing a WOTW episode but it’s being a bitch to edit.

  • sigaba

    I’m certain he’s name-dropped it once or twice but they’ve never really talked about it. I don’t think Jay has a very high opinion of it.

  • Spoiled Ants

    “Nevahh!”
    *insert Michael Caine gif here*

  • Charon

    Fucking Batman V Superman. I saw it, and I have to say that Mike and Jay couldn’t have been more right about it. Stupid, stupid movie.

    But, BvS was almost in the top THREE worldwide? -_-

  • Facts About Bok Choy

    I got dick ants

  • Palpatine

    Even though there was already a pretty good HitB on that movie, I would love to see it get a Plinkett review, it totally deserves it.

  • Mark Bisone

    I love to meet friend for meetings! Check my page – my login – my webpage passkeycode page – mark6969. I’ll wait for you.

  • Seth

    If there ever any doubt that mankind was destined for extinction…

  • Seth

    The Witch was prolly my fave film this year too, actually. The only place it screwed up was the ending. Shoulda left it wide open.

  • frankelee

    Where’s the Jack and Josh Re:View we were promised?

  • Now I Get It

    You can tone down the hardsell, I’m in the union myself. But just so you know, I’ll be happy to take your shift, any time you can’t find a sitter for your AIDS baby.

    #NetworkDiscovered

  • fred

    The spiderman trailer has a lot going for it. Great song choice. Robert Downy Jr. mentoring, and with Reagan Thompson as evil birdman — I might go see this.

  • Pulp

    The family was indeed criminal (out of poverty) and it seems likely that the father and the elder sons were involved in holdup murders. The charge of witchcraft was added in later, as the final abominable touch. In other words the officials set an example with the Pappenheimers .

    But it is noteworthy that indeed some criminals used the fat of children or even pregnant women for something that is called Diebeskerzen. A magic housebreaking candle that would make the residents sleep a magic slumber.

  • Buk Pravon

    It looks okay.

    I still don’t know, if I want to see it or not.

  • Alex Doucet

    I just saw The Neon Strangler and Lobster Witch, great movies.

  • Malevolence

    Eh…. Not going to see it until I get the a’ok it was good….. not that Robert Downy Jr. saved the film

  • Malevolence

    Wish more time was devoted towards discussing how horribly the Sausage Party animators were treated…. forced to work overtime without pay or their names would be stripped from the credits

  • Bleurgh

    Lol, I got banned. Don’t call movies Jay likes pretentious trash.

  • LameSame

    Wow, that’s some serious bullshit.

  • Aaron Baugher

    If anyone wants a great “stranded in the ocean and threatened by a shark” story, just watch the first episode of the fourth season of Magnum, p.i.

  • Aaron Baugher

    Len and Matt both appeared to have a pretty good sense of humor about it. Max seems to have a good sense of humor too — as long as he can also ramble on for hours about how unfair it is to blame the screenwriter for anything because other people totally ruined it. The guys probably didn’t want to go through that again.

  • LameSame

    Mike sounds like a “Drunk History” narrator now.

  • fred

    You also get Micheal Keaton playing another Birdman in a Marvel movie.

  • Like Icare

    In other news, Kevin Smith reports that Disney’s cock is “unbelievably wonderful” and “#EmpireStrikesBack great”.
    While Dane Cook calls it best ever and Wesley Crusher admits that the last time he loved cock this much it was 1977.

  • RLMkeepitup

    why do most of his quotes make him sound like an exceptional individual.

  • Red Skeleton

    Whelp, at least my New Years Eve party is shaping up to be a blast. I’ve got a whole gaggle of celebrities lined up to come over for the party, including: David Bowie, Prince, Mohamud Ali, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, James Earl Jones, and Nancy Reagan!

  • Red Skeleton

    Is breaking promises replacing fulfilling promises?

  • RLMkeepitup

    scientist man’s (unconfirmed) prediction for Alien 5: Michael Biehn will be returning in ‘Alien 5’ via time travel, but……… as Kyle Reese.
    Neither he nor anyone else realizes that he’s in the wrong film and he assumes that the Aliens are just another model of Terminator.
    There will be a special easter egg scene at the end of the final credits …. One of the main characters who has managed to make it to the end unscathed will collapse with severe stomach pains …. cue: Chest Burst ….. Out pops a human/alien hybrid baby who turns to the camera and squeaks in a thick Metalic/Austrian accent…… “I’ll Be Back!” …. Then, one of its eyes will glow bright red and the screen cuts to black.

  • Mark Bisone

    Or, alternatively, the third act of “Jaws”.

  • Thanatos

    But James Earl Jones isn’t-oh you were doing like a thing

  • Red Skeleton

    Ha ha ha,

  • Like Icare

    He is too easily entertained and excited.

    It probably has something to do with his high sugar intake as a child.

    An the Catholic church.

  • Andrés Barrios

    Did you mean Jack and Jill?

  • I knew I couldn’t have been the only one who thought so. I think he finally found a type of thing that his screenwriting style really works for.

  • ikdks

    I was a big Douglas Adams fan as a kid, and as much as I love the original books (Oden sells Valhalla to Disney? What’s not to love), I never felt he really justified the holistic detective angle. He was just a cross between Colombo and Kolchak, the night stalker.

    But Landis nailed it. The idea that if you open yourself up to the universe, you will become one with the universe, and then everything you ever do will be the right thing, because it is the will of the universe.

    Now that’s good life advice. If you’re more friendly and outgoing and adventurous, you’ll have more fun. But Landis has turned it into a superpower, where if you’re chill enough you can dodge bullets. It’s really very clever.

  • ikdks

    The bbc series sucked. The ideas were right, but the tone was off. The actors weren’t very pleasant.

    The original text was two books by Douglas Adams who wrote five books of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.

    The books were Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, where a time machine is responsible for a getting couch stuck in a stairway, and The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, where Thor tries to prevent Oden from selling Valhalla to Disney, so he can retire to a nursing home.

    The second one is better.

  • Tommy Wiseau

    Mark and Jay, when Jormes Franco’s moviefilm about Tommy is release will you go see it?
    I am still not sure why the film is called “Disaster Artist”
    Maybe you can make a Plinked to explain.

  • Robotpals

    Did you say BOTW?!?

    [Starts shaking uncontrollably.]

  • Brad Stansell

    Wondering what you guys thought of “Christine”. Seen surprisingly few reviews of it.

  • Yeah I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide when I was in highschool and I just loved every page of it. Never heard of this book but yeah once I eventually noticed the “Douglas Adams” credit I realized I was in for a pleasant surprise. Max Landis’ adaption makes me want to actually go and read the books now

  • Duckler

    I apparently survived the great RLM purge..? Was it the santa hat?

  • Like Icare

    There was another purge?

  • Like Icare

    Reporting from the future here…
    Currently, Office Christmas Party has 43% on Rotten Tomatoes and it looks like it might just make its $45 million budget by the weekend. Globally.

    So Mike may yet be proven right.

  • Pop Culture Reference

    It was his support of radical collectivization of agriculture and his help getting rid of all those lowly kulaks. I support Jay Stalin and his commitment to global Plinkett revolutionary struggle! Pizza rolls of the world, unite!

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Fuck you, it’s January!

    My apologies, wrong room.
    **sees self out**

  • Pop Culture Reference

    Only if you’re the President-elect.

  • Like Icare

    Their five year plan took 12 years to make.

  • Spoiled Ants

    I’ve seen Swiss Army MAn today and I quite liked. Good job of recommending this film when it was already MONTHS out of theater….way to support smaller budgeted films you hacks.

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