On the third installment of the Two Man Roundtable, we talk about the unoriginality of Hollywood that is slowly eroding the film industry. We cover the history of remakes, some of the most egregious examples of remake culture gone bad, and catalogue all of the remakes and sequels that will be hitting theaters in the near future. For example, Tim Burton is going to be directing a live action Dumbo movie. Johnny Depp will be following in Eddie Murphy’s footsteps and will be playing every single character himself, except for Helena Bonham Carter who is going to be playing Timothy Q. Mouse. Ok, I made up that second part, but Burton really is directing a live action Dumbo movie.
Today is part 2 of the Two Man Roundtable, a series of discussions about topics within the movie industry that we wanted to explore at greater length than we would be able to on a normal show. In today’s episode we tackle the sexual harassment epidemic in Hollywood. We try to cover as much ground as possible, from its historical place in the underbelly of the industry to why there is hope for the future. We also discuss the most news-worthy reports and why all of these guys are not the same monster and why it’s important to draw that significance.
This week’s episode is the first of four special episodes we’re running called The Two Man Roundtable (because as our company policy states, we have to name everything with some sort of reference to furniture) . We thought it would be fun to shake it up for the new year and give you a series of four discussions about movies that we didn’t feel we could really discuss in length during a normal episode. Over the course of the next two weeks, we’ll be dropping these episodes on Monday and Wednesday. We’ll be back to our normal format on January 15th. We’ve got a list of some huge movies coming up, so stay tuned. Today we talk about the movies of 1985.
The Santa Clause is this week’s movie. We chose it specifically because there are absolutely zero good Christmas movies available on the streaming services, and I’m pretty sure this proves that.
Despite some pretty solid performances from Tim Allen and David Krumholtz, this movie falls incredibly flat. The premise has a lot of promise, but the direction they decided to go is pretty baffling. Rather than spending screen time on Scott Calvin learning how to become Santa , how to use the Santa Magic and exploring the huge workshop at the North Pole, they thought that time would be better spent having Scott’s coworkers comment on how fat he’s gotten. There is a great Christmas movie in here somewhere, but they completely missed the mark.
Four Brothers is a movie about four BROTHERS who aren’t actually BROTHERS, although two of them are BROTHERS (“And when I say BROTHER, I don’t mean like an actual BROTHER, but I mean it like the way black people use it, which is more meaningful, I think.”). The BROTHERS have to join forces and use all of their BROTHERS powers do defeat the guy who killed their BROTHER mother (although he does eventually kill one of the BROTHERS). Did I mention that they are BROTHERS?