What’s On The Grill? February 8 – February 14, 2018

Welcome to another What’s On The Grill? where this week’s watching gets condensed into smallish reviews by yours truly, then I invite you guys to do the same!

We’re back! The great Blank Stare is quite busy IRL, so I’ll be filling in until his schedule clears. It’s the same format!

Let’s begin, shall we?


Going in Style – Movie – Warner Bros. – 2017 – A-

Three Academy Award winners starring in a remake of a late 70s film? Sure, it worked for Ocean’s 11 but that was a different film. However, I don’t remember the last time I watched a film like Going in Style. The atmosphere is light, the cast is charming, the script is funny, the stakes are relatively low. All in all, the film knows it’s not a potential breadwinner, so it doesn’t try to be.

Oh, and kudos to whoever is casting Christopher Lloyd in films still. Thank you.

And now that I think of it, I’m starting to wonder if the masks these three wear to rob the bank is a direct callback to the stars of the original Ocean’s Eleven. #latenightthoughts

Once Upon a Time in Venice – Movie – RLJ Entertainment – 2017 – B+

This was a pleasant surprise. I’ve been toying with picking this up everytime I see it at Walmart and I finally bit the bullet. It actually didn’t disappoint. Bruce Willis doesn’t really phone it in here (another pleasant surprise), and the comedy was pretty spot on. Not sure what John Goodman was trying to do here, but he gets a couple laughs.

Of course, the thing that kept me entertained was the story. Willis stars as a private investigator, so the story takes advantage of that. There’s multiple cases and problems arising that need to be taken care of ASAP. Willis has to deal with a real estate mogul, a drug dealer, the “producer” from Borat, a graffiti artist, a hooker, a different drug dealer, and a drag pimp. I don’t know how the film manages to connect everything together but it does. I’ll reiterate, a pleasant surprise.

Kong: Skull Island – Movie – Warner Bros. – 2017 – A-

This was a good film. I’m a fan of Peter Jackson’s 2005 Kong, but the long runtime has prevented me from revisiting it more often. However, both films boast a number of similarities despite featuring completely different stories. The two big comparisons are that they both boast a stellar cast of likeable characters, and feature some amazing Kong action.

Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson make for a likeable duo, while it is nice to see Samuel L. Jackson play a more antagonistic role. John C. Reilly was a delightful surprise, and I’m damn well glad to see his character’s arc wrap up in a nice clean bow. I would have been crying “MUTINY” otherwise! My only grievous is that we most likely won’t be able to see these characters again on screen. Unless the MonsterVerse is able to pull something awesome from under their sleeves and have an early 80s set adventure featuring Hiddleston and Larson searching for a different monster, because I’d be game for that!


What about, you, Exiles? Have you seen anything that blew your socks off this week? Anything that made you think you should have read a book or gone outside instead? Let us know what you have been viewing in the comments below!

  • Larry Version 3

    Possible. Never really considered that

  • Kemosabe 🦇

    Black Panther was dope. That’s my official review.

  • Wow you’re right. That’s insane. I assume they did that so people could watch s1 closer to the 2018 s2 air date.

  • Larry Version 3

    You could be waiting deep into 2019 then lol. Season 1 only hit Blu Ray about a year after it aired if I remember correctly
    By then theres a chance Season 3 could be airing haha

  • Kemosabe 🦇

    In the theatre about to see Black Panther in imax. I’ll report back later with my findings. Happy Black Panther Day y’all!

  • William Dhalgren

    I can’t recommend it unless you are into cult or B-movies. If you like either of those things, you might find something to like in this film. I haven’t seen it in years. It used to play on Showtime, so a lot of my friends and acquaintances in school would quote parts of it constantly. “Hey! This no my pee!” was a favorite.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eXXSzKu-lgA

  • Peacesquad

    Wait….we’re allowed to ask for things? 🙄

  • King Alvarez

    I always forget they made a sequel to the ’79 one. Never saw it, because of nostalgia for the original.

  • My thoughts exactly. Can we go back to talking about what we watched this week now? 😛

  • Pretty sure he did, but think it got mixed up with J-Mart tags. Not a big deal.

  • Could have asked to have been removed

  • Peacesquad

    It’s all good bro

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Yeah
    That makes sense
    We tried to keep that from happening

  • Peacesquad

    Yeah but just a minor complaint. This is my go to sight now, right up there with CinemaBlend, and Comicbookdotcom

  • William Dhalgren

    Ah, yes. Hopefully that ain’t gonna happen anymore.

  • Peacesquad

    I was always tagged in them lol that’s how

  • William Dhalgren

    This is an odd comment. How can something that’s entirely optional be annoying?

  • I need to get into Westworld one of these days. Maybe after season 2 hits bluray.

  • Duke prefers 80s, action/adventure, and superhero films, but his motto is “he’ll watch any film at least once”

  • Sailor Monsoon

    No

  • Sailor Monsoon

    It’s the best one by a large margin

  • Larry Version 3

    The plot is definitely a lot easier to follow than the first time around. Once you know the twists the stuff that the people in charge of the theme park actually say makes a bit more sense in the context we’re given.
    I still believe it is a great series though and I’m looking forward to season 2.

  • Larry Version 3

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed aspects of it. I just didn’t feel as emotionally invested as I wanted to considering the premise we were given. There were two separate things going on in it and I didn’t know how to feel about it.

  • I think the last one I really enjoyed was Under the Red Hood.

  • Peacesquad

    #TeamPanther
    #WakandaForever
    #CountdownToInfinityWar

  • Peacesquad

    I’m glad you guys got rid of the Roasts. Honestly those were getting annoying

  • William Dhalgren

    How’s it holding up the second time around?

  • William Dhalgren
  • Kemosabe 🦇
  • William Dhalgren

    Hard for me to believe that The Guardian has anything sensible to say at all, but I’ll give the article a look.

    EDIT: I agree with the general sentiment (I think), but holy hell this writer is making some fallacious arguments. But, again, it’s The Guardian.

  • William Dhalgren

    So far I have watched Rock n Roll High School Forever and that is all. I would only recommend it if you liked it as a younger person or enjoy really weird, cheesy shit.

  • William Dhalgren
  • Damn was hoping The Foreigner would be an overlooked gem

  • Larry Version 3

    I watched The Foreigner and The Cloverfield Paradox this week. I found them both slightly disappointing for different reasons but they both had decent performances.
    I also binge watched all of The Leftovers. That show has quickly taken its place as my all time favourite.
    And I’m rewatching Westworld, because the new season is coming out and I want to remember everything

  • Kemosabe 🦇

    Nothing currently, but I’m seeing Black Panther tomorrow and stoked. Black Panther in 1 Day ya’ll!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3264655d5bf877803889d7ac6f5818043cd218033188d6ad5ae95355bcb3d66b.gif

  • Kemosabe 🦇
  • Vincent Kane

    I just finished it. Barry is my favorite.

  • King Alvarez

    Deep Throat is the movie we all need right now.

  • DryButSoupy

    I’ll probably forget to post this on Friday’s anything goes comment section, so I’m randomly posting it here. We’ve tended to attach a ridiculous amount of significance to our movies over the last couple of years and I think that, in light of the release of Black Panther, it seemed pertinent.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/31/movie-we-need-right-now-politics-trump

  • Goldbergs is da bomb! Haven’t seen season 5 yet!

  • Any type of movie?

  • Vincent Kane

    I liked how it didn’t take the typical route that you think it’s going to but once Ray came on the scene I wanted to stab myself in the ears.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Free Fire was better.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Good Time rules mate.

  • Vincent Kane

    Movies watched-
    Watching My Bloody Valentine (2009) right now. Original is tonight.
    Good Time (2017) 7/10- Pattinson was solid.
    The Ritual (2018) 6.5/10- Felt like a male version of The Descent but not as good.
    Friday (1995) 8/10- One of my all time favs
    Blade Runner 2049 (2017) 8/10 Gorgeous visuals. Stellar score. Solid performances. Dragged a few times which keeps it from being a 9 or 10.
    Happy Death Day (2017) 6.5/10- Fun movie but really bad writing. The deaths could have been a lot more fun and brutal.
    The Survivalist (2017) 6/10- Only rated this high because the technical elements are pretty solid. Felt like a silent movie (not necessarily a bad thing) but this wasn’t my bag baby.
    Paint it Black (2017) -6.5/10 Shawkat’s performance is quite good and there are some striking visuals. Hard to watch in some parts.

    TV shows watched-
    Altered Carbon EP 3- I’m struggling with it .
    The Goldbergs
    Smallville
    Lethal Weapon

  • Sailor Monsoon

    You know what a duke movie is

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Flashpoint paradox was the last great one
    But justice league dark was pretty solid

  • That’s about the only good thing it has going for it.

  • Joe Newman

    I watched most of Kong, but I was pretty tired. I remember thinking it was alright.

  • Joe Newman

    Never heard of High Rise, but I looked it up and it has a good cast.

  • Joe Newman

    I’m towards the end of the series right now. I will probably finish it today.

  • These new movies pale in comparison to some of the earlier releases, and I don’t think that’s just nostalgia talking.

  • Thank Hiddleston for me watching it.

    And what’s a Duke Movie?

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I’m surprised you checked it out.
    That’s not exactly a “duke movie”

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Its fucking hilarious

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Finally.
    I’ve been waiting for some one to share my opinions on gotham by gaslight.
    I thought it was average at best

  • Finished Big Mouth, and really enjoyed it. Jumping back into Bojack Horseman @ S3 (at least until I find it too depressing for dinner breaks at work).

    As for film, I saw The Pledge (2001), and enjoyed it. If you check it out, don’t expect a typical murder mystery.

    Last night I watched Gotham by Gaslight, but didn’t really like it. I guessed the villain, so most of my time was spent waiting for the reveal, and nitpicking the animation and voice acting. Might be time to revisit Steamboy, if only to see how cool steampunk can look in animation.

  • I actually finished it. Sort of makes sense at the end but man oh man

  • King Alvarez

    Half way through Altered Carbon, and will likely finish it this weekend. That’s it so far.

  • King Alvarez

    High Rise was sooooo bad. I stopped watching it.

  • I didn’t even know it was a remake until I was writing this. It doesn’t sound as good.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I’m have a feeling you enjoy the going in style remake because you haven’t seen the original

  • Also saw High-Rise and woof was I not expecting it to be so fucked.

    And Bosom Buddies is some casual entertainment. Nothing special. But still worth a watch.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Going In Style was pretty bland to me. I don’t hate it but it’s exactly the kind of film that goes through one ear and comes out the other.

    Kong Skull Island was dumb but thoroughly entertaining thanks to its incredible visuals, unique setting (for a monster movie) and getting to see John C. Reilly basically do a more intelligent version of his Dr. Brule character. I was dismissive of it when it first came out but have warmed up to it since checking it out on HBO last year.