GBU’s back, baby, with a movie that was new last month!
We tried to get this recorded when the film was still fairly fresh, but we couldn’t make it work over the internet (what else is new?) so first-time guest and never-time podcast listener Rob pitched the idea of recording in person, since we’re all vaccinated now.
We’re recording Mortal Kombat this coming Friday, 7 May 2021. In the meantime here are two bullshit episodes. And if you already listened to the MayDay update, I apologize; it needed some audio reworking. Incidentally, I also just purchased an echo removal plugin I can’t wait to use on real episodes of the show.
MayDay Update (1 May 2021)
Early April Bonus Update feat. the Yelp Reviews of Mrs. KL M (3 April 2021)
Well, we’re officially in over our heads here. We didn’t even manage to touch the plot of The End of Evangelion, and somehow we managed to fill an over-stuffed episode anyway. We get pretty philosophical this time around.
Jingle All the Way 2, a WWE Studios film starring Larry the Cable Guy, is a smaller, more modest, lower-energy and certainly lower-budget film than the original from which it takes its name. They share nothing in common except a superficially similar “child wants toy therefore Dad wants toy” plot. It is in every way a less impressive film, and if you handed me both and asked which one I’d rather watch at Christmas time, I’d take this every time.
I really, really, really thought I had reviewed Tokyo Godfathers for a previous Christmas Endeavor, but I can’t find any evidence of such a thing on the site. It’s better that way, though, because I’m sure I would have done a bad job of it.
At the bottom of everything, is love. And when love is present, forgiveness is usually nearby. In spite of some very dark happenings over the course of its runtime, Tokyo Godfathers earns its status as a Christmas classic by keeping these facts just beneath the surface of every event that happens on-screen. Love is what drives everything we do. Love is what keeps us together, and what brings us back together.
I hate that it has taken me so long to get around to writing about this movie. In fact, when I re-watched it about a week ago, I was full of ideas about just what I wanted to say, and how I wanted to say it. But as I was with my girlfriend and unable to write at the time, I found my brain beginning to empty out rapidly over the next 24 hours. It’s the curse of my poor, broken brain.
But the show must go on, and so must I say something good about this movie, because I really love it more and more every time I watch it.
I didn’t really like anything about this one. It felt completely joyless. The acting was fine, but I didn’t like or relate to any of the characters. I’m glad that Idris Elba’s character didn’t have some literal Come To Jesus moment, which I thought they were setting up.
This movie could have taken place at any time of the year. It’s a “but I’m a singer, mama!” movie. It’s a “you owe those bad men how much?” movie. It’s a “you’re AWOL!?” movie. It’s a “you brought who home for dinner? And she’s pregnant!? movie. It’s another one of those films that is draped in Christmas scenery, but doesn’t have that Christmas cheer I’m always looking for. I don’t know. It just didn’t do a thing for me.