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About 2 Guys, Movies & a Mic

The infamous tandem of Matt Fish and Tony Stabile known as 2 Guys, Movies & a Mic was created with the professor accidentally added an extra ingredient to the mixture. That ingredient was Chemical X! And thus the Power Puff Girls 2 Guys were born! Their love of movies and talking about them have annoyed their family and friends for over 2 decades. But now you, yes you; get to listen to their sultry voices every week through whatever podcasting device/app delivers audio goodness to your ear-holes. You can also listen to the Guys every Friday morning on CJIM as they lay the verbal smackdown on the week’s movie news. If you wanna contact the Guys, hit them up here: 2gmmpodcast@gmail.com

2016 Oscar Nominations Reaction!

Oscar Statuette Exhibit Opening

Today, Matt tackles the current crop of Oscar nominees for 2016. He gives you the lowdown on the good, the bad and the decidedly “meh”. Listen below!

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Matt’s Film Reviews – Focus

  • Grade: B- Focus
  • Released: 2015
  • Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez

With a host of exotic locales, some great-looking cars and some decent chemistry between two sexy, charismatic leads, Focus very nearly enters the realm of memorable caper/con man flick. It strives for the breezy, effortless feel of Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven reboot, but ultimately there’s not enough behind the polished façade to get excited about. In the late-winter/early-spring doledrums we’re living in cinematically, Focus should simply be appreciated for what it is: an enjoyable piece of cinematic fluff that will help give Will Smith’s career a much-need pulse again.

The film was written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, a duo who seem fascinated by the idea that physical attraction can trump any other emotional response, even when the risks seemingly outweigh the rewards. Previous efforts like I Love You Philip Morris and the grossly-overrated Crazy, Stupid, Love illustrate Ficarra and Requa’s taste for lust that is not bound by logic, and Focus offers moviegoers another dose of that same formula. It’s an approach that tends to work best when the filmmakers don’t give us a chance to actually consider what we’re digesting – alas, when expository dialogue is farted out and plot twists become beyond contrived, you feel much like a famous Kansan did in the Emerald City and regret peeking behind the curtain.

The story follows the exploits of poorly-named master con artist Nicky Spurgeon (Smith), a man who shows us that if you fully have someone’s attention, you can get away with anything. His incredible skills are evidenced when he foils an amateurish ruse piloted by Jess (a sly, sexy Margot Robbie), seemingly without ever really endangering himself. Still, there is something that draws Nicky to Jess, and pretty soon he whisks her off to New Orleans to be the “intern” on his team that pulls off a string of elaborate acts of thievery, ranging from expensive jewelry to credit card information. There’s a particularly entertaining sequence in the French Quarter where pickpocketing takes on the smooth glide of a perfectly choreographed dance number.

We can see that Nicky may consider Jess more than just another partner in crime (and in bed), but he also fights his own feelings every step of the way, knowing that love in a world full of deceit and lies would be his undoing. They part ways but meet up three years later, when the scene shifts to Buenos Aires and the film tries to navigate its problematic second half. The level of misdirection is high and keeps us guessing most of the way: is he conning her? Is she really conning him? Just who and what are they really after? The denouement, although surprising to a degree, is both absurd and emotionally unsatisfying, leaving us to wonder whether we really needed the answers to all of these questions in the first place.

 

On the plus side, Focus benefits from the first strong performance Smith has given in nearly a decade. He’s glib and jokey when he needs to be, but he can also be called upon to downshift into murkier emotional territory if necessary. It’s the kind of gracefully magnetic presence we haven’t seen from him since Hitch and nearly makes us forget all that weepy, melodramatic garbage he’d subjected us too in the interim. Margot Robbie is a bit of a curious case: she has the presence and likeability of a star-in-the-making, but her monotonous American accent and reliance on her physicality, perhaps as a by-product of the accent, make her a fruit that is very close to ripening. With a few more high-wattage outings like this, she’ll almost certainly be an on-screen force to be reckoned with.

Focus is a film that uses sleight-of-hand maneuvers to get itself both in and out of trouble. The two alluring leads manage to keep the con job interesting for a while, and I suppose one could argue that the point isn’t really to care about lapses in real-world logic when they do come up – we know we’re being had, can’t we just sit back and relax? At a time when the current crop of new release titles is the film enthusiast’s equivalent to a cold, desolate wasteland, Focus is a welcome break from that trend. Nothing ground-breaking – and nothing all that memorable in truth – but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t bask in the warm glow of its eagerness, if only for a little while.

50 Shades of Grey and Our Favourite Romantic Comedies!

008 50 ShadesThis week, our heroes learn that Tony is a tender fighter and a ferocious lover! However they make time to discuss Matt’s favourite colour in all 50 shades of it. Seriously guys, they saw 50 Shades of Grey, survived, bought a t-shirt and lay down the lowdown on this year’s middle-aged-woman sexual renaissance.

After a quick shower and pack of cigarettes, Matt and Tony talk about a couple of their favourite romantic comedies that may be better suited for couples of all ages.

 

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Matt’s Musings 01

Hello my fellow movie lovers! Welcome to this, the inaugural entry into the 2 Guys, Movies and a Mic blog. This is a place where Tony and I will take turns sharing our thoughts on topics that we deem important in the world of film, both in Hollywood and abroad, and all that comes with it! So, without further ado, let’s dive right in and check out what’s got me talking this week in the motion picture landscape:

Sundance-ing the Night Away

It’s nearly mid-February, which means the festival circuit has already started to heat up faster than Icarus shortly after takeoff. Sundance is the first big domino to fall in that regard, and the buzz around certain studios and films already have movie geeks like me anxious for the eventual releases. Keep an eye out for The Witch (acquired by A24 and DirecTV in a seven-figure deal), which might put the fangs back into the rather toothless horror genre; Dope, an 90s-infused, MTV-style yarn about high school nerds and a roughshod drug ring (snagged by Open Road Films and Sony Pictures); and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, the big hit of the festival and this year’s answer to quirky, teen-centric tearjerkers. We might also see 2016 Oscar noms (I know it’s early, but still!) for the likes of Saoirse Ronan and Jason Segel, for their portrayals of a Brooklyn housewife and David Foster Wallace respectively.

SXSW Bringing the Funny in 2015

For anyone who’s a fan of big screen works that tickle the funny bone, you might want to punch your ticket to this year’s SXSW festival, like, now. Among this year’s lineup of 145 (!) films will be the world premieres of high-profile studios titles such as Get Hard (where we can all watch Kevin Hart teach Will Ferrell how to survive a prison riot, as per the trailer), Spy (Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig together once again) and a “work-in-progress” cut of the upcoming Judd Apatow-Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck. Wait, people would sit through an unfinished Apatow movie? Wouldn’t that be longer to sit through than, say, med school? Didn’t they learn anything from Funny People? Anyways, here’s hoping he regains his-2008 form – and if anyone can help him do it, it’s undoubtedly the strongest female voice working in comedy today (sorry Fey/Poehler disciples).

“American Sniper” Shooting Down The Competition

The Clint Eastwood-helmed war flick, which we reviewed in Episode 5 of the 2GMM podcast, has helped accomplish something that hasn’t been done in five years: push the domestic box office take over $1 billion. Accounting for 24 percent (just over $242 million) of that total, the film is on track to become the second highest-grossing R-rated picture of all time, trailing only The Passion of the Christ in that department. A big Oscar haul, including Bradley Cooper nabbing a Best Actor satute for his efforts, would cement the film as one of the works that defines the wartime genre.

Other Bits and Pieces

  • Johnny Depp and Amber Heard tied the knot in Los Angeles earlier this week. Depp, 51, and Heard, 28, have been romantically linked since 2012, and it’s rumored that she loves him for his wisdom. Sure, because it’s “wisdom” that possessed him to partake in the unmitigated disaster that is Mortdecai.
  • A teaser trailer for Magic Mike XXL dropped a few days ago. I’m still trying to understand why this sequel needed to be made, but I can’t hear my own thoughts over the sound of all those screaming women standing around watching it on YouTube.
  • And finally, the anticipation is palpable for the 50 Shades of Grey adaptation that opens in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. It’s being billed as the perfect movie for a woman to take her boyfriend or husband to, but only if they want to see the kind of man she’s been fantasizing about ever since the book came out.

That’s going to do it for me this week friends! Make sure you subscribe to the podcast, follow me and Tony on Twitter, and keep it locked here for all your movie reviews and chatter in the coming weeks. Have a great night at the movies!

Big Hero 6, Whiplash and Our Favourite Disney Animated Films!

006 Big Hero 6In this week’s audio adventure, our heroes talk about another hero in Disney’s Big Hero 6. Matt also sells Tony on Whiplash, a film about a young drummer and his rough-around-the-edges music instructor!

For our Manage a Trois, we bring the episode full circle and discuss some of our top Disney animated flicks from our childhoods.

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Alien, Blade Runner and Our Favourite Kevin Spacey Films!

006 AlienListen in on this episode as our terrestrial heroes discuss two of the best films from the legendary Ridley Scott! Alien and Blade Runner have deeply impacted these chatty young lads. Discussed are their love for the Blade Runner gun, and old-school film pacing/editing. Ain’t no MTV generation talk here!

If you haven’t seen these flicks yet, or our talk has you itching to see them on the big screen, just hop on down to the Scotia Bank Theatre or other participating Cineplex Theatres for The Great Digital Film Fest and let your eyeballs enjoy a night out!

The Great Digital Film takes place January 30th to February 5th, 2015 Click here for much more info! 

Sharp change of subject: We also love us some Kevin Spacey. Therefore we had a Manage a Trois with him! Wait! We mean we chatted about our favourite Kevin Spacey films…. If only.

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American Sniper, The Great Digital Film Fest & Our Fav Michael Mann Movies!

005 American SniperThis week’s episode find our hosts elbow deep in some serious Clint Eastwood sh*t. The talk about the newly released and record breaking American Sniper. This film stars the not-hungover Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. American Sniper follows the true story from the Best-Selling memoire: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.

The boys also preview the upcoming Cineplex: The Great Digital Film Fest as well as discuss their favourite films from legendary Michael Mann.

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