Lesson 130: The Predator – What’s So Funny?

Sep 12, 2018 | Chad Riley, Eddie Villanueva, Movies, Podcasts, Spencer Williams, The Filmlosophers

The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, work on ways to disappear into their surroundings with this week’s review of The Predator (2018). The latest film in the 31-year franchise is directed by Shane Black and leans heavily on comedic beats from its ensemble – including Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, and Sterling K. Brown – to balance the bloodier moments that punctuate certain scenes and sequences. Which begs the question: in playing up the levity angle, does it cause the franchise to finally lose its balance?

With additional subplots revolving around PTSD, mental health and Asperger’s-related behaviors, the film also dances around issues that deserve more attention than they receive here. Instead, these character traits are leveraged to transform the sci-fi horror film into a pseudo-action/comedy, and the presumed entertainment value of these choices will be polarizing to those who don’t believe in making light of such intense personal struggles.

Lesson 170: Co-host Trivia of Friendship!

The Filmlosophers test their allegiance to each other, and throw down the gauntlet in a battle of MOVIE TRIVIA! The questions, however, aren’t your simple, everyday run-of-the-mill movie questions. Nope, we decided to take things up a notch (Emeril style) and take our...

Lesson 169: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Filmlosophers take a walk through San Francisco and discover the latest independent film to come out of the Bay Area, The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Winner of several awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and birthed out of visionary writer/director Joe...

Lesson 168: Spider-Man: Far from Home (Non-spoiler)

The Filmlosophers web-sling their way into discussing Sony’s latest sequel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far from Home. This iteration of the Wallcrawler closes out the Third Phase of the franchise, as well as capping the 10-year long saga many have...