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Independence Day: Resurgence, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Weekend Picks

Huge show this week! Logan and Bob saw all the same things, so we can disagree on everything, as nature intended.

We start off with Independence Day: Resurgence. How does it compare to the 20-year-old original? Do we miss Will Smith?

Also get our season wrap-up of Game of Thrones, including our different opinions on Jon Snow and our season-end awards.

We also dual mini-review Silicon Valley. Getting better? Worse? (Spoiler: we argue about that too!)

In weekend picks, Logan sheepishly admits to watching Dating Naked and The Great British Baking Show. Bob’s pretty meh on the week’s movies. Might reach into the ol’ backlog. Stay tuned to Twitter for the pick.

Let’s rock!

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Independence Day: Resurgence

What’s there to like?

Depending on how much you liked the original (I re-watched it the day before this one, and I quite enjoyed it), Independence Day: Resurgence offers a potentially fun trip back to that universe. And I purposely call it a universe to evoke a comic-book style self-contained timeline, because even though the year is ostensibly 2016, things are quite different than how they are in our own, real life 2016. Some science fiction movies present an alternate future; Resurgence gives us an alternate present. Humanity has apparently appropriated a fair amount of alien technology and, for example, learned how to “defy gravity” and make propeller-less helicopters and fighter jets equally at home on the moon as they are on Earth. This alternate present also allows the movie to have more or less present-day clothing styles, automobiles, and even iPads. An interesting hybrid of future and present. Continue Reading

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Maggie’s Plan

What’s there to like?

Maggie’s Plan is what just you want from an indie: it’s different. It’s a New York-/Brooklyn-based story that feels kind of like a Noah Baumbach (maybe While We’re Young or Frances Ha), but director Rebecca Miller adjusts the dials a bit to decrease the self-seriousness and increase the fun. We’ve got the same white urban dwellers and great feel for the city, but the tonal balance kept me enjoying myself the whole time. Continue Reading

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Central Intelligence, House of Cards, The Catch, Weekend Picks

Central Intelligence gets our attention this week. How’s this as a Dwayne Johnson vehicle? As a comedy generally?

Bob mini reviews the latest House of Cards season. Logan mini reviews The Catch.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons and Ray Donovan. Bob talks about Independence Day: Resurgence, The Free State of Jones, and Swiss Army Man. Keep it locked to Twitter for our final pick.

Let’s rock!

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Central Intelligence

What’s there to like?

I’m going to try and be generous here, but there’s not a ton to get excited about. Let’s see what we can say. Central Intelligence is an action comedy, so if that’s one of your genres you enjoy no matter what, go see this one. (How am I doing so far?) There are some of fans of Dwayne Johnson (like me!) and of Kevin Hart in the world, and you get to see a lot of those two here. Even Aaron Paul shows up a few times, throwing in a classic “bitch” line both to make us smile about Jesse Pinkman and to draw the unfavorable comparison of the movie to Breaking Bad. Continue Reading

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Warcraft, All the Way, Archer, Weekend Picks

After what seems like forever, the Warcraft movie dropped last week. Logan and Bob spend quite a bit of time reviewing it. Will fans of the franchise love it? How about non-fans?

Bob mini reviews All the Way. Logan mini reviews season 7 of Archer.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about BrainDead and Orange is the New Black. Bob mentions Finding Dory, Central Intelligence, and No Stranger Than Love. Keep an eye on Twitter for the final pick!

Let’s rock!

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Warcraft

What’s there to like?

You may not know this, but I’m a fairly serious World of Warcraft player. That makes this is a tricky review, because my take will obviously be different than that of those coming new or relatively new to the Warcraft universe. I think we can do it, though.

There are definitely some things to like, even if you don’t know this lore. The motion-capture orcs look gritty and cool (props to Toby Kebbell as Durotan–probably the most compelling character in the movie), and the spells the mages cast are also pretty. There is a lot of rich lore here, as well, that the film draws on. The characters’ backstories are extremely filled out, which helps. Continue Reading

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The Nice Guys, Sing Street, Girls, The Good Wife, Weekend Picks

The two Practically Culture Guys review Two Nice Guys. Are Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe right for this comedy? Who’s the best character in the movie?

Logan mini reviews Sing Street and the final season of The Good Wife.

Bob mini reviews Girls.

In weekend picks, Logan might break down and get Hulu to watch Casual. Bob mentions Careful What You Wish For and Now You See Me 2, but the pick is obviously Warcraft. (Obviously.)

Let’s rock!

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The Nice Guys

What’s there to like?

(The first thing I should mention is that I’m somehow not very familiar with director Shane Black’s work. Which surprises me–his previous movies Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 are the kinds of movies I see, but in this case I somehow missed both. That caveat out of the way, let’s get to this.)

I’m just going to say it. Thirteen-year-old Holly is the best thing in The Nice Guys. Continue Reading

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Sing Street

What’s there to like?

You know how in most musicals characters just break into song in the middle of a conversation, or walking down the road, or . . . whenever? For the most part, we don’t mind–that’s just how musicals are. Except John Carney musicals. They’re not very much like that at all. Like Once and Begin AgainSing Street is about musicians. And the thing is, musicians’ lives have a lot of music in them. I love traditional musicals and all, but it’s pretty cool the way the music makes so much sense in the context of a Carney movie. Continue Reading