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 215: Dirty Dancing – Nobody Puts Spencer in a Corner

The Filmlosophers clean up nicely in celebration as they review Lionsgate’s incredible movie livestream event this week, Dirty Dancing. The Dougie Duo is so excited about this Friday’s YouTube live "cinematic-soiree" that they watched the movie already, in preparation...

Lesson 214: Cinephiles in the Time of Quarantine (w/ Jeff Fong)

The Filmlosophers adjust their face masks and mics as they welcome writer/director Jeffrey Fong to discuss the impact of the quarantine on the film industry. Maintaining the “six-foot rule” at all times, the Tenacious Trio delves into how social isolation has impacted...

Lesson 213: Parasite – Germaphobia (Spoilers)

The Filmlosophers don their scrubs and hand sanitizer to brave the outside world and dig a little deeper into Bong Joon Ho’s award-winning film, Parasite. The Scholarly Studs keep six feet apart as they dissect the polarizing Korean film that took the world by storm....