Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 244: The Mummy (2017) and It Comes at Night (2017) and The Bottom 5 Worst Movie Titles Ever (Part 2 of 3)

Episode 244

Here we have one of the biggest films of 2017. In Episode 244 of Movie Podcast Weekly, we bring you two Feature Reviews of The Mummy (2017) and It Comes at Night (2017) with special guest William Rowan Jr. (of The Sci-Fi Podcast). In this show, you will also hear Part 2 of our Bottom 5 Worst Movie Titles Ever! Join us! It’s pretty fun and not as dumb as it seems.

If you’re new to our show… Movie Podcast Weekly typically features four hosts — Jason, Andy, Karl and Geek Cast Ry — along with frequent guests. We give you our verdicts on at least one new movie release from the current year that’s currently playing in theaters, as well as several mini reviews of whatever we’ve been watching lately. New episodes release every single week!


SHOW NOTES:

— Two weird prefaces…

I. Introduction
— Welcome special guest William Rowan Jr.
— WRJ graduated from university
— William’s forthcoming “How to Podcast” series of episodes
— William Rowan’s “The Villa,” starring Karl Huddleston


[ 0:17:01 ] II. Mini Reviews
Karl: House of Cards Season 5, Shooter, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,
William Rowan Jr: Wonder Woman, The Mummy (1932), The Mummy (1999)
Jason: JAWS, Storks, Beauty and the Beast (2017), The NeverEnding Story
Andy: The Hobbit trilogy, Lord of the Rings trilogy


[ 0:43:50 ] III. BOTTOM 5 WORST MOVIE TITLES EVER (Part 2 of 3)
— Andy
— William Rowan Jr.


IV. New in Theaters This Past Weekend [ Friday, June 9, 2017 ]:
The Mummy
It Comes at Night
Awakening the Zodiac
Megan Leaves
My Cousin Rachel
I Love You Both
The Hero
Valve
The Hunter’s Prayer
11:55
Suede
Beatriz at Dinner
Night School
Speed Bag
Camera Obscura
Random Tropical Paradise
Tupelo


FEATURE REVIEWS HAVE TIME STAMPS:

[ 1:00:57 ] V. Feature Review: THE MUMMY (2017)
Jason = 4.5 ( Avoid, except for Horror fans: Low-priority Rental )
Andy = 4.5 ( Avoid )
William Rowan Jr. = 3 ( Avoid )

Hear MPN’s Universal Monsters Cast review The Mummy (2017)


[ 1:27:56 ] VI. Feature Review: IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)
Jason = 9.5 ( Theater / Buy it! )
Andy = 10 ( Theater / Buy it! )


VII. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending


COMING UP ON MPW NEXT WEEK:
Episode 244 where we’ll be reviewing “All Eyez on Me” and “47 Meters Down” and “Cars 3” with special guests Chase Harrison and Willis Wheeler. Join us!


LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE:

Catch up with our friend, William Rowan Jr. here:
The Sci-Fi Podcast
On Twitter
Mattroid’s review of The Villa

Hear MPN’s Universal Monsters Cast review The Mummy (2017)

Hear HMP’s Horror Pets show!

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Ryan’s Fake Movie Titles:
Valve
Suede
Speed Bag
Tupelo


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28 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 244: The Mummy (2017) and It Comes at Night (2017) and The Bottom 5 Worst Movie Titles Ever (Part 2 of 3)

  1. Jay,

    The Lego Movie may be one of the most terrifying examinations of utopian societies in cinema. It is horrifying… a world of perfect order and conformity.Those who do not conform are frozen in place, and creativity is smashed and destroyed wherever it is found. It takes heavy inspiration from 1984 and also seeks to expand and create new narrative strings.

    It breaks the fourth wall to explain generational differences and perceptions. It is an amazing achievement in art.

    Fern Gully with large blue aliens, pretty as they may be, is a lazy retelling of the fish out of water scenario with bad dialogue and predictable story arcs. And while it may be stunningly beautiful, it is one of the laziest and poorly written scripts I’ve ever had the displeasure to sit through. “UNOBTAINIUM”?!?!!

    • OK, I can’t defend or explain “Unobtanium”… You got me there. It’s dumb. Maybe it needs some sort of life-changing reveal, like the meaning of “Kragle.”

      “Avatar” has fewer fish-out-of-water aspects than its environmentalist subtext. But the film really isn’t about either of those things at its core: “Avatar” is actually one of those “white guilt fantasies” in which, ironically, a white Messianic figure becomes the best of — and savior of — the noble savage characters.

      I consider this narrative ironic because unfortunately, what attempts to begin as a white redemption tale actually doubles down on itself and unwittingly reinforces its “white supremacy over native inferiority” message.

      As I said, this is unfortunate, but I think “Avatar” illustrates, case in point, a pervasive near-sightedness about race and racism, especially from the perspective of well-meaning white males (like James Cameron — or me!). This sort of self-damning blunder makes “Avatar” even more hilarious than “The Lego Movie.”

      Indeed, Redcapjack, as with the moon of Pandora, on Earth everything is truly *not* awesome. And while “The Lego Movie” may be a commentary on “1984,” I think “Avatar” is more valuable to demonstrate that we still have the same problems we had back in 1964.

      Your blue people-loving pal,
      J

      • If you would like to gaze into the farce that is James Cameron and his laziness when it comes to writing take a gander at this little video from my man DO’B.

        https://youtu.be/fOgIljJK_lE

        Avatar is beautiful, stunning even. It’s the reason CGI was born into this primordial hellscape. But that is where praise for the film should end. From dialog to plot to acting there is just a general mailiase about it that makes me hate.

        It’s a big budget Gods Of Egypt with loving parents who won’t do the right thing and euthanize it at the vet.

        Seven sequels and an amusement park…..kill me

      • Ok. My second d issue with Avatar- hey, corporate jerk who seems hell bent in digging for a previous Orr eitha terrible name… We scientists discovered a high speed means of organic communication that requires no few raw materials and it occurs naturally. This zillion dollars idea is here and ready to be explored for untold wealth..

        No, let’s blow it all up instead.

        It’s not that story is old or bad or even lazy… It’s that it’s so shoddily put together with one trope after another.

    • I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again; “Unobtainium” is a genuine scientific term used as a generic placeholder type name usually in hypothetical scenarios. I don’t know if Avatar used the term in the correct context or if they arrived at the use of the term through laziness or contempt for the audience but it is technically a word with precedent in the science community.

      Avatar still sucks though.

  2. Finally, a listener I can respect. I forgot his name already (I’m pretty sure it was a made up name anyway), but that one guy said something I agree with about the Lego Movie. He’s my new favorite person.

  3. Hey all, Mr. Barlow here from over at the HMP podcast. Had to post my thoughts on IT Comes At Night
    *****SPOILERS*****SPOILERS*****SPOILERS*****SPOILERS****SPOILERS***

    I am probably going to be alone in this boat seeing as how much praise this movie has gotten. In some cases I think a nontraditional movie format works, I don’t think it worked in this case. I myself am a fan of traditional movie making. Meaning I like a beginning, a middle, and an end. For this movie I felt it was just the middle of the story.
    The characters were strong, and expertly portrayed by their respective actors, but I didn’t appreciate the several set-ups without any payoffs.

    Set-up 1: The story about the brother that ended up being a brother in law.
    Set-up 2: The dog goes missing and is returned nearly dead.
    Set-up 3: Son drawing creepy pictures of things in the woods.
    Set-up 5: Son sees something horrible in the woods.
    Set-up 6: Absolutely nothing comes at night.

    I know this is a thinking man’s movie (of which I am not), but I didn’t appreciate the building of intensity and tension only to not reveal anything at all. Yes, the dynamic between the members in the house was interesting and the tension built was real, but I believe this entire movie could have been executed as a short. I really feel as though you can talk all you want with out spoiling this movie because there is nothing to spoil.
    Like I said, I know I’m gonna be alone in this boat, and I’m no movie critic, but thought I would add a counter to all the glowing reviews I have seen.

    • What I realized only after leaving the theater (I was in a similar place as you right after seeing it) is that the movie does reveal everything, and there is something significant to spoil. Well, it doesn’t reveal it overtly, but it’s there. And brilliantly obscured, IMO. I really can’t say any more, though. Suffice to say that how the dog got back inside and how the red door was open, and what the situation at the end really is, all does have an answer.

    • POTENTIAL SPOILER!!!!!!

      Hint: What comes at night, for you and me and most people? It’s not nothing. And maybe what that is isn’t what it appears to be as depicted.

      • Hey Eric,
        Like I said I’m not an extremely deep thinker :) I picked up on a few things, and I do like some mystery, but I don’t like walking out of a theater and having to think if I liked a movie or not. For me it should be automatic. That factor just wasn’t there for me. I do like quite a few movies that others think are horrible, but that’s the great thing about a variety of people and a variety of movies. There is something for everyone:)

  4. “You’re his Insurrection…..that’s what she said.” Hahahahaha, why was I so shocked to hear that come from Jay?!

  5. Jay, I think the preface you added to the beginning of the podcast actually makes things a lot weirder than they actually are. I know it was a good thought that came from a good place, but it was a bit creepy haha. Just saying.

  6. Since it was never reviewed on MPW (Why do you hate the cinema, Jay?), I just wanted to throw a bit of love to Power Rangers.

    I’m someone who had very basic knowledge of Power Rangers. I watched it when I was in the first and second grade (The beginning of Might Morphin Power Rangers and stopping not long after three ranger (Black, red, and yellow?) were replaced) and I’ve heard some of the titles for the later seasons (There was like neo, in space, dinosaurs? Idk…) Since the trailers looked pretty decent, I wanted to give the movie a chance, even though I didn’t have any high expectations. Script wise, there’s absolutely nothing “New”. It follows the same basic story for any superhero story. However, from the very beginning, there was a fun value to the film. Billy, the blue ranger, a character I never cared for even as a kid, this time around actually stole the show for me. With the character being on the spectrum, it brought something more to the role rather than just being the geek.

    While I’m sure there’s nods to the other seasons, there were just enough nods to the seasons I’m familiar that would peak my interest every once in awhile. Some of those nods would be classified as spoilers while others are more fair game to mention (EG. The use of the classic theme song late in the movie). The film took the time to introduce the characters, show their training, coming together, and even showed restraint for how quickly they’d create the Megazord by combing all of their zords (I have very little memories of the individual zords getting in much action as it was mostly all about just forming the Megazord). There was one moment in the film that had me having to restrain myself from yelling “Nooooo!” at my screen. Sure, there was some cheesiness to the movie, but it wasn’t anything compared to the original TV series.

    With how much fun it was watching Power Rangers, I’m completely down for a Power Rangers 2 to come out. It’s worth the watch if you were (Are?) a fan of Power Rangers or just superheros in general.

    I’d give it a rating of 7/10.

    • Dito, Sal. I was also very impressed by what I saw. Perhaps because I wasn’t expecting much, but it does do a lot of things that a movie like this typically doesn’t. It’s a 7.5 for me. I’d give it an 8 or higher if it hadn’t fallen apart a little towards the end, but I guess they had to go all Mighty Morphin’ on our ass.

  7. I haven’t listened to the Wonder Woman ep yet, so I don’t know if these bad titles were mentioned then, but I give you two that are both from 1994, both star Tim Robbins, and both are excellent:

    The Hudsucker Proxy
    The Shawshank Redemption

    The latter being one of my top films of all time, and last I checked, still holding #1 on IMDb. So sure, the name hasn’t hurt in the long run (and it is very fitting), but I think both of them tanked at the box office because of their names.

  8. Hey Jay, just curious if you guys are having issues with your servers timing out…I’ve noticed my comments from here and HMP disappearing only to reappear the next day. No biggie just didn’t want to fill the comments with double post.

    • It’s possible, Mr. Barlow. (Sorry about that.) Our Web host has changed many things recently (and it hasn’t always been for the best). So, please feel free to post, and if I see duplicate comments, I’ll just delete the duplicate. Thanks for letting me know. — J

  9. I liked the new Mummy okay (6.5). Yeah, it’s not spectacular, but it was a decent enough thrill ride for me, and I liked Tom Cruise’s intensity and character. I think the criticism for it is somewhat overblown.

    But yeah, I liked the 1999 one a lot more (I’d give it an 8). When you compared that to Indiana Jones, I had just seen this video posted: https://youtu.be/nSEgLzTY4-4 – 24 Reasons The Mummy (1999) is Just Like Raiders of the Lost Ark.

  10. Jay is totally underselling how well The NeverEnding Story holds up in his mini review. This film is packed with so much strange, beautiful and vivid imagery that it never fails to capture my imagination. Also, It’s unafraid to push the boundaries when it comes to scariness in a kids movie, it’s chock full of genuine heart, boasts some truly mesmerising practical effects and sets and has one of the greatest theme songs ever. If you can’t enjoy it as an adult them I’m afraid for the welfare of your inner child, Jay.

    • I’d have to see it again to be sure I agree with you, David, but I did see Neverending Story many years ago as an adult and loved it. J admits not liking kids/animated movies, generally speaking, so I don’t trust him much on those. Speaking of which…

      I had a little bit of interest in watching Storks, as I thought the trailer and premise was pretty funny, but I stopped watching about 15-20 minutes in because it was pretty awful up to that point. According to J, that’s exactly when it gets good, but it would have had to really make a leap to keep my interest from that point.

  11. Not sure if anybody has mentioned it yet but Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia has to be one of the very worst titles of all time.

  12. Talking about bad movie titles – I’m not sure if you guys know that they sometimes change or translate movie titles here in Germany.
    That’s probably helpful for non-English speakers but more often it’s just simply dumb, e.g. “Bend it like Beckham” is now “Kick it like Beckham” (yes, in English…I still don’t get that one).
    But one of the worst ones is probably “Dodgeball” which is “Voll auf die Nüsse” in German and means something like “Right in the nuts”.
    Does that mean the marketing sucks or just the target audience?

  13. Speaking of The Lego Movie, I’m sure you have heard (or will soon) that the directors of that have been fired from the Han Solo movie. Big wow to that. I’d be looking forward to it, regardless, but that was a pretty big draw.

    Apparently, Ron Howard is the forerunner to take over. He’s a great director, but I haven’t outright loved a movie of his in a very long time. Shooting had almost wrapped, though, so presumably whoever takes over is just doing some readjustment and reshoots. I can’t imagine they would scrap too much of what has already been shot. But who knows.

  14. Thought while we were on the subject of horrible movie titles I’d bring up these awesome knock off movie posters from Ghana. They lack descent facilities there for watching movies, so they form movie clubs. Since it is an extremely underdeveloped region they create their on movie posters. Some of the posters are created without the artists ever seeing the movie. Even if they are bad they are awesome, but there is definitely some extremely talented people creating these. I here they are going for big bucks now.
    http://twistedsifter.com/2011/09/30-hilarious-bootleg-movie-posters-from-ghana/

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