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 207: Sonic the Hedgehog – Rapid Redux

The Filmlosophers lace up their cross trainers and go for a run on the latest video game film to make its way to the big screen, Sonic the Hedgehog. The Rapid Romeos take on the task of critiquing what started out as a Hollywood CG mess. Did the dumpster fire of a...

Lesson 206: Birds of Prey – Emancipation Proclamation

The Filmlosophers don their high-heeled boots and break out their mallets for the latest film coming out of WB and DC, Birds of Prey. The Salacious Sparrows discuss the cinematic endeavors of continuing the creation of the DCEU, and showcasing the female side of their...

Lesson 205: Gretel & Hansel – Girl Power (Spoilers)

The Filmlosophers are left restless and stay awake all night after watching one of the first horror films of 2020, Gretel & Hansel. The Ferocious Fellas embark on a journey of discovery as they dissect the latest offering of fear and intelligence. Does Gretel...