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Dude Watches – Iron Fist – S1E01, S1E02, & S1E03

by Will Dutcher on March 22, 2017

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We’re back into watching a Netflix series, this time with the Netflix/Marvel original, “Iron Fist,” starring Finn Jones. The series is about Danny Rand who returns to civilization after having been thought dead for the previous 15 years. What’s more, he has 51% ownership of a company and is worth billions of dollars. He’s got an ability where he can channel his chi into his right hand (his ‘Iron Fist’) and unleash a shit-ton of havoc. The series also stars Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, David Wenham, and Tom Pelphrey. It’s received some lackluster reviews from a good deal of the review outlets, but we are hopeful; or at least Cord and Will are. It can’t be worse than Jessica Jones, can it?

Stick with us the next four weeks as we review Iron Fist in preparation for the series finale of The Leftovers, which airs on HBO on April 16th.

Will:

You’ll hear Caleb’s take on the things I’ll note here and he’s got an alternative view. His opinions aren’t necessarily wrong; they’re just not as right as mine. I enjoyed the choreography and the character of Danny Rand. I dug the backstory how Danny has been gone for a decade and a half and how he’s worth billions but cares nothing for the money. I don’t like the characters of Joy or Ward who seem forced and contrived to me. I want to know more about K’un Lun and Madame Gao’s connection to Harold Meachum. I want to see how they integrate all the characters into the individual worlds of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and eventually, Punisher. I’m with Caleb in that I’m not so optimistic on the “Defenders” series, just because I don’t trust the inequality with all the writers. Where Daredevil and Luke Cage feel like living worlds and they each have character, Jessica Jones did not. And the latter half of Luke Cage was kind of busted, as Caleb pointed out. I’m nervous for this show, given some of the ratings, but I’ve learned not to trust in full what others say because our opinions don’t always align (and they shouldn’t). They’re likely just going to end up being less right than mine, anyway. 7.25/10.

Cord:

After the Jessica Jones debacle, I’m a little nervous when it comes to Marvel shows on Netflix. The first season of Daredevil is great while the second couldn’t hold my attention. Jessica Jones was an effort to watch and despite my optimism, I haven’t committed to watching Luke Cage. So going in to Iron Fist, a character I know very little about and basically consider the good version of The Mandarin, I was a bit nervous. The first episode did nothing to settle those nerves. The episode spent a lot of time hammering home that no one believes him, he sounds pretty crazy, and obviously he has some serious PTSD to deal with. Also, all of the supporting characters are dicks. And while I enjoyed the second episode and my curiosity is piqued revolving around the Senior Meachum, I still wasn’t sold. By the third episode, however, I felt somewhat settled in. By the third episode I’d accepted that Danny is a really rich David Carradine, and everyone else is terrible, except for the Sensei/Gym Owner/vigilante/street fight chick– she’s cool. Overall I am cautiously optimistic that Iron Fist will take me somewhere and the story will pay off, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the entire 13-episode run was built to facilitate the Defenders and there won’t be any grand revelations like in Daredevil. Like I said, “cautiously optimistic.” 7.5/10.

Caleb:

This show feels like it’s going to be a trainwreck. But the boys are cautiously optimistic, so I guess I need to be too. I think the fight choreography is poor. I think most of the acting is poor. I feel like I cannot relate to most of the characters. Danny Rand is a poor shell of a protagonist with no clear motivation or personality other than the trauma he uses to define his person. Joy and Ward try to be dynamic characters but fall flat and feel shitty. Colleen Wing is a mish mash of conviction and contradiction. Howard Meachum is a strange villain who tries to be menacing and quirky at the same time. The supporting cast exist simply as a means to push the “plot” along. Big Al? Loved him. Good thing they killed him off in the first episode. The actual Iron Fist? Enjoyed it. Good thing they waited nearly two hours for its first appearance. That being said, each episode did improve on the one before it. So maybe by the end of the first season, we’ll have some quality television to watch. Feels like The Young Pope. But then again, if this shows ends as strongly as Young Pope did, well fuck, I’ll fist myself. 2 Fists out of 5

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number!

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

Cord (@TooFewWhales)

Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – Toy Soldiers

by Cord Culver on March 15, 2017

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This week, the gang watches the 1991 CLASSIC– that’s right, I said it– Toy Soldiers.

Cord:

This was my suggestion, thanks to a weirdly roundabout nod in one of our earlier episodes, and I gotta tell ya, not even remotely disappointed. Sure this movie is dated. Everything from the hair to the clothes to the cars feels straight out of 1989, but dammit if it doesn’t hold up for me. It’s a classic tale of not-so-bad “troubled” teens stand up to a group of narco-terrorists demanding the release of their head narco who have taken over their school and strapped bombs to everything. I’m sure the premise and beats have been cut and swamped in and out of damn near every action movie ever, but this one feels like the bits make sense. I loved this movie as a kid for all the same reasons that I enjoy it now: the relationship between the friends feels like a genuine friendship, sans all the homo-erotic hanging out in their tighty-whiteys. That felt a little out of place. But the friendships seemed real, and Louis Gossett Jr feels like a school dean is none-to-easily fooled. The supporting cast of character actors gives Toy Soldiers a greater pedigree than I think it probably deserves on paper. All in all, I still love this movie. 8 out of 10.

Will:

This movie brought back a lot of fond memories, particularly for those bad-but-good 90s action movies I loved watching when I was a kid. Sean Astin is perfect, I think, for this role that could have easily been parlayed to one of the 90s Corey’s (Haim or Feldman). Billy Temper is a kid with an attitude who don’t take no guff from no one. Louis Gossett Jr. plays a supporting role to a bunch of kids, and it’s not a comedic role. Many of the kids that attend this school have well-to-do parents, so they’re prime targets for nefarious, villainous, South-American terrorists. Hijinks ensue when these kids and these terrorists meet. The kids foil the terrorists. Wil Wheaton dies. They talk about choking chickens. None of this happens in the order in which I’m typing. Great movie. I’m going to settle on a 7.75. Bad acting, but it’s a fun hour and forty-five minutes.

Caleb:

I loved this movie. I love the cheesy set up. I love gavel gun. I love the pink lady getting elbow checked out the window. Sure, the movie has its shortcomings. Mostly that dude’s young ass shirt. And the fact that everyone is running around in their underwear as if in a homoerotic fantasy. I’m pretty sure Rafe would lose her shit if she watched this. As Morgan Freeman once said, you either get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’. And Sean Astin? He got busy asking terrorists to not to do that. And if his buddy who was shot in the chest, if he was okay. Sean Astin? He’s the real hero. I don’t know where I’m going with this. If you haven’t seen the movie, do yourself a favor and check it out. There are worse ways to spend $4 on Amazon.

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number if you ask nicely!

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

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Dude Watches – Logan

by Cord Culver on March 8, 2017

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Here it is, the Dude Watches review and recap of Marvel/Fox’s Logan, starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart… like you don’t already know that! From here on out, we’re going to try something a little new: each week’s post is going to include a review from each of us. Expect to see around one-to-two hundred of the best words each of us could think to string together into semi-coherent sentences. Spoilers abound!

Cord:

First off, people didn’t like this movie are mistaken and should go back, re-watch the movie and embrace it in its absolute, damn near perfect story telling of the final days of “Old Man Logan.” After 17 years of playing the iconic role, Hugh Jackman is at his absolute finest as the grizzled and ailing former X-Man whose sole mission is seeking out booze, and trying to save and medicate the dementia-stricken Charles Xavier. When the fully functional Weapon X program is making tiny clones from mutant DNA, Logan’s tiny clone shows up and ruins what might be the saddest party in town, and forces Logan to give a crap about something and someone again. James Mangold has crafted a beautifully tragic story around the final days of Logan that works well beyond the Superhero genre and plays out appropriately for Marvel’s definitive loner. Logan exceeds expectations and while it’s not the feel good movie of the year, it is well worth every minute of watching.

Caleb:

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Will:

I don’t have a lot of gripes about this movie, at all. Dafne Keen was superb as X-23, aka Laura, and she tore through people just as her ‘dad’ does. Patrick Stewart played the Professor-X-is-losing-it role to perfection, and it was fun watching him onscreen. Hugh Jackman killed it as the tormented past-his-prime Wolverine. It was a sad movie, but it had depth and meaning. It was a violent movie, but it conveyed the rage expected of these particular mutants. It was a touching movie, as we saw some beloved characters’ stories come to a close. This was as near perfect as I could have hoped for, with my only complaint coming from the weak explanation that if they make it to the Canadian border, they’d be safe. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s well worth the price of admission, and then some.

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number if you ask nicely!

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

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Dude Watches – Burn After Reading

by Will Dutcher on March 1, 2017

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Hey gang. It’s Caleb. This week me and the fellas are discussing Joel & Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading. Personally, I love this movie. Having previously worked in the Intelligence Community, I feel it is an apt portrayal of the industry. I know countless people who suffered similar fates to John Malkovich’s Osbourne Cox. Just last week, I heard about a CIA agent murdering ANOTHER gym manager with a hatchet in the streets of Georgetown. This movie works on many levels for me. The casting is superb. Brad Pitt. George Clooney. J.K. Simmons. Frances McDormand. Richard Jenkins. Tilda Swinton. And of course Mr. Malkovich. The Coen Brothers must have had some stellar consultants working with them for this film. I love it. Cord loves it less than me. Will hated it. Surprise surprise. I highly recommend watching it. Burn After Reading is definitely my favorite Coen Brothers movie. What’s yours? The Big Lebowski? Raising Arizona? O Brother, Where Art Thou? Let us know!

We also start off way off topic. We end off topic too. There’s prison talk. Weird sex stories. You know. Typical Dude OMG crap. Check out the episode. Let us know what you think!

Next week is “Logan,” which is going to be a fun show! We’re also going to hang out and probably play drinking games eat dinner.

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number if you ask nicely!

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Dude Watches – Frailty

by Will Dutcher on February 22, 2017

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Some things aren’t the way that you remember them. That’s too bad.

I remember watching “Frailty” many years ago, probably the weekend it came out on DVD, and I liked it a lot. Knowing the ins and outs of this movie, though, and the big plot twist, it just does not hold up this time.

Frailty is about a father and his two sons, and their ability to cope with being a demon-slaying troupe. Bill Paxton has some kind of episode while working on someone’s car and a flaming-sword angel-man gives him a list of people that are actually demons. What’s more, Bill must murder these bastards. He tells his sons, one of which is all for it, and the other one’s all like, “Nah, I dunno about that, pops.” Long story short, people (demons?) are killed and the boys’ lives are forever changed that year.

It’s a movie that you watch once and you might really dig it–I did. But then, upon subsequent viewings, you already know the big twist, so it’s an exercise in seeing how long you can sit and watch this poorly-directed movie. It’s frustrating.

Bottom line, if you’ve never seen it, watch it once. We’re all on board with a 7 to 8, in that respect. But the next viewing, we all ranged from a 5 to a 5.5.

Next week is “Burn After Reading,” which is Caleb’s suggestion. I hear there’s a dildo chair.

Review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number if you ask nicely!

Caleb (@OriginalCaleb) (rafehatescaleb.com)

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Will (@Ramtrap)

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Dude Watches – The Young Pope – S1E09 & S1E10

by Will Dutcher on February 15, 2017

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It’s Will. Let’s talk.

Let me get this right out of the way, immediately: I did not like this series. Cord and Caleb thought the final two episodes vindicated the 8 grueling hours prior to this. I think it’s Stockholm Syndrome. This was a terrible show. Here’s why:

I didn’t care for the characters. All of them–all of them–were two-faced and had some shit to work out in their personal lives. The only one that stayed true to his character was Giarlomo. Yes, you’re supposed to want character progression, but it seems like the only one that mattered was Lenny’s. Everyone else seemed to have an alter ego just to have an alter ego.

I didn’t care for the plot. What I had originally thought was going to be a Pope showing deviant behavior and we might have a show that sticks it to the Church turned out to be a soap opera love affair with the Church. It was long and drawn-out. It tried focusing on making this art rather than a watchable drama. I was so out of it.

I didn’t care for the payoff. Breaking Bad paid off. Sons of Anarchy paid off. Hell, even Jessica Jones paid off. This didn’t. Caleb and Cord thought it was great. They’re so fancy. I’m not fancy. This was dumb.

I will not be watching anything further in relation to this show. Caleb and Cord said as much (but to be fair, Caleb said he’d give a Season 2 Episode 1 a once-over to see who the new pope is–spoilers!). We’re moving on. Caleb and Cord gave this series a 7 (if memory serves) where I went with an ambiguous score of <5.

Next up: Movies. I get first go. They’re probably letting me go because I detested this show so much. We’re watching Frailty, starring Matthew McAlrightAlrightAlright. Join us next week for something we likely will all agree is better!

For fuck’s sake, review us on iTunes. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Catch up on our other episodes of Dude Watches, including Seasons 1 and 2 of The Leftovers, here. Finally, hit us up if you have a television series or a movie (or maybe a genre of something) that we should check out. Or give us something to talk about. Give us a question. Send us an email. Hell, I might even give you Cord’s phone number if you ask nicely!

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Will (@Ramtrap)

Dude Watches – The Young Pope – S1E07 & S1E08

February 8, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHey gang, Cord here. Just doing what Billy and Caleb are doing. This week we’re discussing HBO’s The Young Pope episodes 7 and 8. Basically, I hate this show. Not as much as I hated Jessica Jones or Turn, but substantially greater than say, […]

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Dude Watches – The Young Pope – S1E05 & S1E06

February 1, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHey gang, Caleb here. This is my first post for HBO’s The Young Pope. If you’ve been listening each week, it’s pretty obvious that we hate this show. I seem to hate it the least. If I had to describe my dislike for The […]

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Dude Watches – The Young Pope – S1E03 & S1E04

January 25, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHey, guys. Will, here. I don’t like this show. I’d rather watch Jessica Jones again. I don’t get or like the art in this show, I don’t appreciate how high-brow they’re trying to be, and it’s just not a show that I like. Believe […]

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Dude Watches – The Young Pope – S1E01 & S1E02

January 18, 2017
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWelcome back, ladies and gentlemen! After a short break, Dude Watches is back with HBO’s The Young Pope, starring Jude Law, Diane Keaton, James Cromwell, Silvio Orlando, Yung Jeezy, Yung Money, Yung Ma, Sum Yung Gai, Angus Young and Mighty Joe Young. It’s a […]

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