Episode 449: ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,’ ‘The Hustle,’ ‘Poms,’ ‘The Head Hunter’

0:00 – Hello, it’s a nice day, Jeff’s house is old
2:30 – “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” review
12:50 – “The Hustle” review
22:20 – “The Head Hunter” review
27:00 – “Poms” review
32:30 – Summer Box Office Challenge update and housekeeping, including a replacement for one of Jeff’s movies that got bumped from the schedule
37:55 – Don’t forget the movie of the month: “The Lost Weekend” (1945). We’ll discuss it on the 6/3 show
38:35 – This week’s DVDs
39:25 – We re-watched “Observe and Report” (2009) and have things to say about it
43:20 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu: C+ C
The Hustle: B- B
Poms: D n/a
The Head Hunter: B- B+

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2019 Summer Box Office Challenge picks

SNIDER
1) The Lion King (7/19)
4) Detective Pikachu (5/10)
6) Aladdin (5/24)
8) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (7/26)
10) Dark Phoenix (6/7)
12) John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum (5/17)
14) Rocketman (5/31)
16) Shaft (6/14)
18) Ma (5/31)
20) Child’s Play (6/21)
BAYER
2) Toy Story 4 (6/21)
3) Spider-Man: Far from Home (7/2)
5) The Secret Life of Pets (6/7)
7) Hobbs & Shaw (8/2)
9) Godzilla: King of the Monsters (5/31)
11) Men In Black International (6/14)
13) Annabelle Comes Home (6/28)
15) Dora the Explorer (7/31)
21) *Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (8/9)
19) The Angry Birds Movie 2 (8/16)
*Replaces 17) Artemis Fowl, which was rescheduled to 2020
Opening weekend (Fri-Sun) U.S. box office only. Numbers refer to draft order.
The stakes:
– The loser will dress as Peter Pan for three days at Fantastic Fest.
– The loser will participate in Fantastic Fest’s “Puke & Explode” food challenge.
– The loser will do something else that we haven’t determined yet.

Episode 447: ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Family,’ ‘High Life,’ ‘Wild Nights with Emily,’ Summer Box Office Challenge draft

0:00 – Hello, here is an iTunes review
2:35 – “Avengers: Endgame” review
16:55 – “Family” review
23:00 – “High Life” review
28:30 – “Wild Nights with Emily” review
33:30 – This week’s DVDs, and an Agent giveaway
35:10 – The Summer Box Office Challenge draft
47:00 – The stakes of this year’s contest
50:30 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Avengers: Endgame: B B+
Family: B B
High Life: B+ B+ (BS-approved!)
Wild Nights with Emily: B B+

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Episode 424: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’

0:00 – Hello, let’s get to it
1:00 – “A Star Is Born” review
15:10 – “Venom” review
22:30 – “Little Women” mini-review (Snider only)
25:40 – This week’s DVDs, including a couple that Agents can win
28:40 – Eric’s report on the Dr. Pimple Popper videos Jeff made him watch
41:30 – “What About Dick” on Netflix, an Eric Idle-conceived “radio play”; we also watched “Aladdin”
46:45 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS
A Star Is Born – B+ B+ (BS-approved)
Venom – C C-

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Episode 417: ‘The Meg,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘Slender Man,’ and ‘Dogs Days’

0:00 – Hello and an iTunes review
3:15 – “The Meg” review
13:40 – “BlacKkKlansman” review
25:35 – “Sorry to Bother You” review (from Sundance ’18)
31:30 – “Slender Man” review (Snider only)
33:55 – “Dog Days” review (Snider only)
39:15 – The Summer Box Office Challenge is over
42:10 – New on DVD, plus an “Avengers: Infinity War” giveaway
45:20 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
The Meg: C+ C+
BlacKkKlansman: B+ A- (BS-approved!)
Sorry to Bother You: B 7/10
Slender Man: F
Dog Days: B-

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Final Results of the 2018 Summer Box Office Challenge

Opening weekend box office (Fri-Sun) only. Numbers refer to draft order. Each player must choose exactly three films from May, three from June, three from July, and one from August.

2018 Winner: Bayer
Overall Record
Snider 3 – Bayer 4

Jeff Bayer

1) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (6/22)
$148,024,610
4) Incredibles 2 (6/15)
$182,687,905
6) Ocean’s Eight (6/8)
$41,607,378
8) Skyscraper (7/13)
$24,905,015
10) Life of the Party (5/11))
$17,886,075
12) Book Club (5/18)
$13,582,231
14) Show Dogs (5/18)
$6,023,972
16) Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (7/13)
$44,076,225
18) The Equalizer 2 (7/20)
$36,011,640
20) Christopher Robin (8/3)
$24,585,139
TOTAL:
$539,390,190

 

Eric D. Snider

2) Solo: A Star Wars Story (5/25)
$84,420,489
3) Deadpool 2 (5/18)
$125,507,153
5) Ant-Man and the Wasp (7/6)
$75,812,205
7) Mission: Impossible — Fallout (7/27)
$61,236,534
9) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (7/20)
$34,952,180
11) The Meg (8/10)
$45,402,195
13) Tag (6/15)
$14,947,396
15) Overboard (5/4)
$14,711,101
17) Sicario: Day of the Soldado (6/29)
$19,007,566
19) SuperFly (6/13)
$6,870,740
TOTAL:
$482,867,559

 

DIFFERENCE: $56,522,631

THE STAKES:

– The loser will wear a wrestling singlet for three days of Fantastic Fest.
– The loser will watch something awful of the winner’s choosing and discuss it on the show.
– The loser will do something food-related (to be determined).
– Maybe more if we think of them.

 

Episode 403: ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘I Feel Pretty,’ ‘Super Troopers 2,’ ‘You Were Never Really Here’

0:00 – Hello, we’re back and we’ll be doing the Summer Box Office Challenge
1:45 – iTunes review
3:30 – “Avengers: Infinity War” review
19:30 – “I Feel Pretty” review
27:10 – “Super Troopers 2” review
32:30 – “You Were Never Really Here” review
37:35 – Summer Box Office Challenge Draft (2018 Edition)
57:30 – The Stakes of the Summer Box Office Challenge
1:00:50 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Avengers: Infinity War: B- B+
I Feel Pretty: C C
Super Troopers 2: B- C-
You Were Never Really Here: B+ B-

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Final Results of the 2017 Summer Box Office Challenge

2017 Winner: Snider
Overall Record
Snider 3 — Bayer 3

Eric D. Snider

1) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (5/5)
$146,510,104
4) Cars 3 (6/16)
$53,688,680
6) POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales (5/26)
$62,983,253
8) Wonder Woman (6/2)
$103,251,471
10) Alien: Covenant (5/19)
$36,160,621
12) King Arthur (5/12)
$15,371,270
14) Valerian (7/21)
$17,007,624
16) Atomic Blonde (7/28)
$18,286,420
18) Snatched (5/12)
$19,542,248
20) Annabelle: Creation (8/11)
$35,006,404
TOTAL:
$507,808,095

 

Jeff Bayer

2) Spider-Man: Homecoming (7/7)
$117,027,503
3) Transformers: The Last Knight (6/21)
$44,680,073
5) Despicable Me 3 (6/30)
$72,434,025
7) War for the Planet of the Apes (7/14)
$56,262,929
9) The Mummy (6/9)
$31,688,375
11) The Emoji Movie (7/28)
$24,531,923
13) Dunkirk (7/21)
$50,513,488
15) The Dark Tower (8/4)
$19,153,698
17) Captain Underpants (6/2)
$23,852,411
19) Girls Trip (7/21)
$31,201,920
TOTAL:
$471,346,345

 

DIFFERENCE: $36,461,750

THE STAKES:

– The loser will record a solo audio commentary for a movie of the winner’s choosing.
– The loser will dress in a full clown costume for the first three days of Fantastic Fest.
– The loser will take a public-education dance class at Portland Community College.
– If Snider loses, he will spend an entire Saturday being father to Bayer’s children; if Bayer loses, he will pay for Snider to get a 90-minute massage, which he will have to watch.

ACTUAL TOP 20 OPENING WEEKENDS:
*movies that neither of us chose

1) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (5/5)
$146,510,104
2) Spider-Man: Homecoming (7/7)
$117,027,503
8) Wonder Woman (6/2)
$103,251,471
5) Despicable Me 3 (6/30)
$72,434,025
6) POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales (5/26)
$62,983,253
7) War for the Planet of the Apes (7/14)
$56,262,929
4) Cars 3 (6/16)
$53,688,680
13) Dunkirk (7/21)
$50,513,488
3) Transformers: The Last Knight (6/21)
$44,680,073
*All Eyez on Me (6/16)
$43,358,982
10) Alien: Covenant (5/19)
$36,160,621
20) Annabelle: Creation (8/11)
$35,006,404
9) The Mummy (6/9)
$31,688,375
19) Girls Trip (7/21)
$31,201,920
11) The Emoji Movie (7/28)
$24,531,923
17 Captain Underpants (6/2)
$23,852,411
*The Hitman’s Bodyguard (8/18)
$21,384,504
*Baby Driver (6/28)
$20,553,320
18) Snatched (5/12)
$19,542,248
15) The Dark Tower (8/4)
$19,153,698

Episode 356: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ ‘Buster’s Mal Heart,’ Summer Box Office Challenge draft

0:00 – Hello, we’ll get right to it
1:40 – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” review
13:30 – “Buster’s Mal Heart” review
22:45 – Eric talks about “Unforgettable”
27:50 – The Summer Box Office Challenge draft, during which Jeff is already making excuses again
43:10 – Eric’s report from The Overlook Film Festival
51:30 – We reveal the terms of the bet for this year’s Summer Box Office Challenge
57:45 – Recap, a bit more about “GOTG2,” and good day

REVIEWS:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: B- 7/10
Buster’s Mal Heart: C+ 5/10

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Final Results of the 2016 Summer Box Office Challenge

2016 Winner: Snider
Overall Record
Snider 2 — Bayer 3

Eric D. Snider

1) Captain America: Civil War (5/4)
$179,139,142
4) Ghostbusters (7/15)
$46,018,755
6) Finding Dory (6/17)
$135,060,273
8) The Angry Birds Movie (5/20)
$38,155,177
10) Star Trek Beyond (7/22)
$59,253,211
12) The BFG (7/1)
$18,775,350
14) The Secret Life of Pets (7/8)
$104,352,905
16) Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
$21,760,405
18) Warcraft (6/10)
$24,166,110
20) Me Before You (6/3)
$18,723,269
TOTAL:
$645,404,597

 

Jeff Bayer

2) Independence Day: Resurgence (6/24)
$41,039,944
3) Suicide Squad (8/5)
$133,682,248
5) X-Men: Apocalypse (5/27)
$65,769,562
7) Jason Bourne (7/29)
$59,215,365
9) TMNT: Out of the Shadows (6/3)
$35,316,382
11) The Conjuring 2 (6/10)
$40,406,314
13) Ice Age: Collision Course (7/22)
$21,373,064
15) Central Intelligence (6/17)
$35,535,250
17) Alice Through the Looking Glass (5/27)
$26,858,726
19) Pete’s Dragon (8/12)
$21,514,095
TOTAL:
$480,710,950

 

DIFFERENCE: $164,693,647

THE STAKES:

1) The winner will personally give the loser a haircut at Fantastic Fest, to be worn throughout the fest.
2) The loser will spend a week living the winner’s lifestyle. To wit:
– If Snider loses, he will spend a week as a full-time stay-at-home dad (early mornings, middle-of-the-night awakenings, other inconveniences TBA).
– Is Bayer loses, he will spend a week as a Mormon (no coffee, tea, alcohol, or tobacco; no profanity; must go to church on Sunday).

ACTUAL TOP 20 OPENING WEEKENDS:
*movies that neither of us chose

1) Captain America: Civil War (5/4)
$179,139,142
6) Finding Dory (6/17)
$135,060,273
3) Suicide Squad (8/5)
$133,682,248
14) The Secret Life of Pets (7/8)
$104,352,905
5) X-Men: Apocalypse (5/27)
$65,769,562
10) Star Trek Beyond (7/22)
$59,253,211
7) Jason Bourne (7/29)
$59,215,365
4) Ghostbusters (7/15)
$46,018,755
2) Independence Day: Resurgence (6/24)
$41,039,944
11) The Conjuring 2 (6/10)
$40,406,314
*) The Legend of Tarzan (7/1)
$38,527,856
8) The Angry Birds Movie (5/20)
$38,155,177
15) Central Intelligence (6/17)
$35,535,250
9) TMNT: Out of the Shadows (6/3)
$35,316,382
*) Sausage Party (8/12)
$34,263,534
*) The Purge: Election Year (7/1)
$31,515,110
17) Alice Through the Looking Glass (5/27)
$26,858,726
*) Don’t Breathe (8/26)
$26,411,706
18) Warcraft (6/10)
$24,166,110
*) Now You See Me 2 (6/10)
$22,383,146

Final Results of the 2015 Summer Box Office Challenge

2015 Winner: Bayer
Overall Record
Snider 2 — Bayer 2

Jeff Bayer

1) Avengers: Age of Ultron (5/1)
$191,271,109
4) Minions (7/10)
$115,718,405
6) Inside Out (6/19)
$90,440,272
8) Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation (7/31)
$55,520,089
10) Fantastic Four (8/7)
$25,685,737
12) Ted 2 (6/26)
$33,507,870
14) Terminator: Genisys (7/1)
$27,018,486
16) Magic Mike XXL (7/1)
$12,857,184
18) Vacation (7/29)
$14,681,108
20) Trainwreck (7/17)
$30,097,040
TOTAL:
$596,797,300

Eric D. Snider

2) Pitch Perfect 2 (5/15)
$69,216,890
3) Jurassic World (6/12)
$208,806,270
5) Mad Max: Fury Road (5/15)
$45,428,128
7) San Andreas (5/29)
$54,588,173
9) Ant-Man (7/17)
$57,225,526
11) Poltergeist (5/22)
$22,620,386
13) Spy (6/5)
$29,085,719
15) Tomorrowland (5/22)
$33,028,165
17) Pixels (7/24)
$24,011,616
19) Hot Pursuit (5/8)
$13,942,258
TOTAL:
$557,953,131

DIFFERENCE: $38,844,169

THE STAKES:

The loser will:
1) wear temporary tattoos (chosen by the winner) throughout Fantastic Fest
2) watch or attend three (3) movies or events of the winner’s choice at Fantastic Fest (we both know what the other hates)
3) watch “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” three (3) nights in a row and keep a running diary (read here)

Jake Movie Posters Anchorman Fists

 

Final Results of the 2014 Summer Box Office Challenge

2014 Winner: Snider
Overall Record
Snider 1 — Bayer 2

 

Jeff Bayer

1) How to Train Your Dragon 2  (6/13)
$49,451,322
4) Transformers: Age of Extinction (6/27)
$100,038,390
6) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (7/11)
$72,611,427
8) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (8/8)
$65,575,105
10) 22 Jump Street (6/13)
$57,071,445
12) A Million Ways to Die in the West (5/30)
$16,797,385
14) Think Like a Man Too (6/20)
$29,241,911
16) Deliver Us from Evil (7/2)
$9,740,471
18) The Purge: Anarchy (7/18)
$29,816,675
20) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (8/22)
$6,317,683
TOTAL:
$436,661,814

Eric D. Snider

2) Godzilla (5/16)
$93,188,384
3) X-Men: Days of Future Past (5/23)
$90,823,660
5) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (5/2)
$91,608,337
7) Guardians of the Galaxy (8/1)
$94,320,883
9) Maleficent (5/30)
$69,431,298
11) Edge of Tomorrow (6/6)
$28,760,246
13) Neighbors (5/9)
$49,033,915
15) Hercules (7/25)
$29,800,263
17) The Fault in Our Stars (6/6)
$48,002,523
19) The Expendables 3 (8/15)
$15,879,645
TOTAL:
$610,849,154

THE STAKES: For one (1) day during Fantastic Fest, the Loser shall wear a T-shirt designed by the Winner, featuring whatever (non-obscene) words and images the Winner chooses, oh and also, the T-shirt is a size too small.

This is video of Eric presenting Jeff his shirt.
https://www.facebook.com/MovieBSpdx/videos/765943693445035/

Eric Wins

Final Results of the 2013 Summer Box Office Challenge

2013 Winner: Bayer
Overall Record
Snider 1 — Bayer 1

Eric D. Snider

Iron Man 3 (5/3)
$158,544,585
The Great Gatsby (5/10)
$50,085,185
Star Trek Into Darkness (5/16)
$70,165,559
The Hangover Part III (5/23)
$41,671,198
This Is the End (6/12)
$20,719,162
The Lone Ranger (7/3)
$29,210,849
Grown Ups 2 (7/12)
$41,508,572
The Wolverine (7/26)
$53,113,752
The Smurfs 2 (7/31)
$17,548,389
Planes (8/9)
$22,232,291
TOTAL:
$504,799,542
AVG:
$50,479,954

Jeff Bayer

Furious 6 (5/24)
$97,375,245
After Earth (5/31)
$27,520,040
Man of Steel (6/14)
$116,619,362
Monsters University (6/21)
$82,429,469
World War Z (6/21)
$66,411,834
The Heat (6/28)
$39,115,043
White House Down (6/28)
$24,852,258
Despicable Me 2 (7/3)
$83,517,315
Pacific Rim (7/12)
$37,285,325
Elysium (8/9)
$29,807,393
TOTAL:
$604,933,284
AVG:
$60,493,328

The stakes: if Snider loses, he can’t trim, shave, or cut any hair on his face or head from Sept. 1-Oct. 31. If Bayer loses, he can’t drink alcohol during that period.

Eric Shaves

Final Results of the 2012 Summer Box Office Challenge

2012 Winner: Bayer
Overall Record
Snider 0 — Bayer 1
Additional Notes: We only have nine films each because G.I. Joe (Eric’s film) didn’t end up coming out, so we dropped one of Jeff’s movies (Battleship).

Eric D. Snider

1. The Dark Knight Rises
$160,887,295
4. Brave
$66,323,594
6. Prometheus
$51,050,101
8. The Amazing Spider-Man
$62,004,688
10. The Bourne Legacy
$38,142,825
12. Total Recall
$25,577,758
14. The Campaign
$26,588,460
16. That’s My Boy
$13,453,714
18. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
$10,547,068
TOTAL:
$454,575,503

Jeff Bayer

2. The Avengers
$207,438,708
3. Men in Black 3
$54,592,779
5. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
$60,316,738
7. Ice Age: Continental Drift
$46,629,259
9. Rock of Ages
$14,437,269
11. Snow White and the Huntsman
$56,217,700
13. The Watch
$12,750,297
15. Dark Shadows
$29,685,274
17. The Expendables 2
$28,591,370
TOTAL:
$510,659,394

The stakes:
If Snider wins, Bayer must abstain from alcohol until his baby is born.
If Bayer wins, Snider must abstain from meat until Bayer’s baby is born.

Final Results for the 2011 Summer Box Office Challenge

2011 Winner: Snider

Additional Notes: This was the first year of the challenge and we only chose five movies a piece. We have officially decided this was a PRACTICE year and does not count in the overall record.

Eric D. Snider

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
$169,189,427
4. Kung Fu Panda 2
$47,656,302
6. X-Men: First Class
$55,101,604
8. Captain America: The First Avenger
$65,058,524
10. Thor
$65,723,338
TOTAL:
$402,729,195

Jeff Bayer

2. Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
$97,852,865
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
$90,151,958
5. Cars 2
$66,135,507
7. The Hangover Part II
$85,946,294
9. Green Lantern
$53,174,303
TOTAL:
$393,260,927

 

The stakes:

If Snider loses, he has to shave his beard.
If Bayer loses, he has to shave Snider’s beard.