The Art of Convention

 

A lot of movies that we watch here at Save the Movies have stories that are predictable. Often that description would be considered an epithet, especially when applied to a story or movie, but being able to guess the beats a story will hit doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy it.  We’ve watched and enjoyed movies like Speed Racer, even though about 15 minutes in, most people could probably make an outline for the rest of the movie that would be pretty close to the actual script. Spoiler alert, Speed Racer wins the big race!

It’s not a surprise to anyone watching, but that doesn’t stop it from being an entertaining movie. It doesn’t matter that we know where Speed Racer is going to end up, the ride is a lot of fun. Looking at our uploads so far, the majority of movies that we’ve talked about fit into conventional themes, which makes sense. A good twist can be difficult to pull off. Continue reading “The Art of Convention”

Episode 12 – The Last Dragon

Scott and Lee watch The Last Dragon, and finally answer the age old question ‘Who’s badder than the master?’.

Scott and Lee (the Shogun of Lewisville), watch The Last Dragon, Berry Gordy’s classic kung fu movie. Taimak, Vanity, Julius Carry, and a totally radical 80s soundtrack make up this timeless cult hit.

Featuring being old enough to remember the 80s, Speed Racer again, classic kung fu plots, Taimak!, celebrity mortality, DeBarge, the durability of monetary policy as a writing device, 80s fashion, DeBarge dopplegangers, henchmen team building, villain tryouts, and proper character motiviation.

Episode 11 – Speed Racer

Scott and Lee review the Wachowskis’ randian allegory (we were surprised to) Speed Racer

Scott and mysterious racer Lee take on Speed Racer, a super stylized live action movie based on the classic cartoon, written and directed by the Wachowskis. Featuring bee catapults, racer-sexuals, Rocky IV, Roger Allam’s exquisite villainy, accessible objectivism, a smidge of science, and a dash of politics.

Episode 10 – The Car

Scott and Lee review The Car, a 1970s horror movie about a murderous vehicle that won’t take no guff. An excellent movie whether you like your metaphors car shaped or not.

Scott and alcoholic deputy Lee review The Car, a 1970s era horror film about a killer car terrorizing a small town. The Car’s thirst for blood won’t be denied, so we don’t! Featuring an emoting car, Ronny Cox’s alchoholism, serious character development, native americans as normal people, and the prestigious Alex award that Lee totally didn’t make up.

This episode also introduces our new segment The Wheel of Metaphors! Since art can mean whatever you want it to mean, we let fate take the wheel (pun intended) and tell us what the movie really meant.

Episode 09 – Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Scott and Lee check out Tucker and Dale vs Evil, where we learn that hillbillies are people to.

Scott and shy hillbilly Lee review Tucker and Dale vs Evil, an unlikely, but well executed, combination of comedy and horror. Leave your prejudice at the door as we explore stereotypes, movie dogs, douchey teens, kill-billies, football (?), nail gun safety, and beer based first-aid.

Following Up: Starship Troopers and Motivation

If you write enough fiction and you spend enough time analyzing fiction in all its forms, you start seeing certain patterns and rules that make stories memorable. We might not know it at the time, but stories stick with us because of elements that often lurk hidden in the background. One of those elements is character motivation and interaction.

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Episode 08 – Starship Troopers

Scott and Lee do their thing with Starship Troopers, starring super pilot Denise Richards. Plus Jake Busey’s hanging around.

Scott and laser grunt Lee watch Starship Troopers, Paul Verhoeven’s sarcastic tracer shot at military worship and Robert A. Heinlein’s book. We take on promotion by combat, rampant militarism, desensitization to violence, gymnastic dominance, metaphors, egalitarian society, space combat, pirate parties, super pilots, Starship Troopers the musical, the problem of beautiful women bothering you all the time, Lee’s upcoming Starship Troopers fan fic, terrible sequels, and Ducktales cannon.

Episode 06 – Robot and Frank

Scott and Lee save Robot and Frank, a slow metaphor heavy film about memory loss in the not to distant future

Scott and forgetful jewel thief A. Lee review Robot and Frank, the touching story of mental decline, robots, and hipster douchebags getting what they deserve. Featuring robot masturbation, memory loss, minor Big Hero 6 spoilers, and Lee being a giant prick about my hope for the future.

 

Episode 05 – Over the Top

We put our hats on backwards and review Over the Top, featuring The Smasher, classism, and suspicious double eliminations.

Scott and work-a-day trucker A. Lee review Over the Top, Stalone’s finest and only-est arm wrestling feature film. A heart warming redemption story with a dash of coming of age thrown in for good measure.

Also The Smasher, the secret constitution, and John Grizzly!

 

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