Category: Let’s Watch 2 Movies

Let’s Watch 2 Movies – Love Actually

Love actually isn’t all around, at least when it comes to how Mary Ellen and Maddy feel about this movie. Who knew that Die Hard would stack up so well in this Christmas-themed pairing? Listen to your intrepid co-hosts dissect one of the most influential post-9/11 romantic comedies, featuring a ton of characters who can’t seem to stop pushing each others’ boundaries. This movie was problematic in 2003, to be sure, but in 2017, it sure is a trip into hell. Speaking of hell, we’ve also decided that this movie is a reflection of Hans Gruber’s eternal torment, following the events of Die Hard. Let us make our case!

This episode is really long, but do we even need to say that anymore? That’s just how we roll.

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Let’s Watch 2 Movies – Die Hard

Well, the weather outside is frightful, and Maddy and Mary Ellen have chosen two appropriately Christmas-y movies in honor of December: Die Hard and Love Actually!

Our co-hosts managed to enjoy Die Hard even though we hate cops, which should serve as an indicator of how good this movie is. We still take plenty of moments to point out this movie’s outdated views on gender, race, and police overreach. Also, remember when people really hated journalists? Good thing those attitudes got left back in 1988! Lastly, it turns out that Bruce Willis is a great actor. Who knew?

Next week: Love Actually, a Christmas movie that also has Alan Rickman in it!!!

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Let’s Watch 2 Movies vs. The Thing

MacReady’s hat stole the show in The Thing, at least according to Maddy and Mary Ellen. But what does it all mean???

For more of this debate, check out their podcast Let’s Watch 2 Movies — specifically, this episode about The Thing.

Let’s Watch 2 Movies – The Thing (1982)

Happy belated Halloween! Maddy and Mary Ellen celebrate the holiday by pairing two scary movies from the summer of 1982: The Thing and E.T., in that order. Now, you might be thinking, “Is E.T. scary?” Of course it is! What’s more, E.T. may have destroyed The Thing’s chance at success, or at least that’s what John Carpenter thinks. For some reason, audiences in 1982 wanted to watch a movie about a diminutive interstellar visitor who befriends children, as opposed to an alien abomination who can mimic other life forms, but only after destroying them. It’s either friendship or flamethrowers, around here! There’s no in between when it comes to alien life.

Maddy and Mary Ellen try their best to give The Thing a fair shake, unlike audiences in 1982, but the movie’s nihilism and hopelessness still make it a tough sell from our 2017 perspective. The worst part is MacReady’s hat. The best part is MacReady’s hat.

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Let’s Watch 2 Movies – 1 Year Anniversary!

One year ago today, Maddy and Mary Ellen put out the very first episode of Let’s Watch 2 Movies, a movie review show that brings the comedy to comparative film studies. Both Maddy and Mary Ellen are very proud of the show they’ve made together, which has resulted in 58 hours, 30 minutes, and 22 seconds of awesome movie analysis. (Oh, and 7 hours of that? JUST spent on Mad Max: Fury Road. No regrets.)

Thanks to all of our fans for supporting the show! If you’ve never checked it out before, why not give the pilot episode a try?

The Mutant Ages – Let’s Watch 2 Movies Cross Over – X-Men (2000)

The Mutant Ages delve into a live-action adaptation for the first time, and they also have their very first guest: Mary Ellen from Let’s Watch 2 Movies, the other podcast that Maddy co-hosts at Atomic Blue Productions! Welcome, LW2M fans, to a show that discusses queer subtext in the X-Men and also tries to turn that subtext into text at every turn.

We hope you all enjoy this visitation of Maddy and Ryan’s teenage years, including a rundown of all the WAV files Maddy had of voice lines from this movie, the mall food court where Ryan first saw the X-Men movie trailer, and Mary Ellen feigning interest in Marvel minutiae. If you enjoy this episode, consider listening to Let’s Watch 2 Movies (@letswatchtwomovies).

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The Mutant Ages – X-Men 2000 Announcement!

We have a very special episode of The Mutant Ages coming out this Thursday – Maddy and Ryan review X-Men (2000) with guest star Mary Ellen, from Let’s Watch 2 Movies!

Let’s Watch 2 Movies – Obvious Child

Maddy and Mary Ellen return, after a slightly longer wait than usual, to compare Obvious Child to The Big Sick! These two delightful romcoms both star comedians and share themes of communication and real-feeling experiences. But how realistic ARE these movies? Get ready for us to take straight men to task for not living up to the standards set by Kumail Nanjiani and Jake Lacy. But before all that, we kick off the pod by advocating abstinence and introducing our new show, the Pause Podcast. This sure is another episode of Let’s Watch 2 Movies!

Let’s Watch 2 Movies – The Big Sick

Maddy and Mary Ellen return with a new pairing: two romcoms about two comedians, starting with The Big Sick this week and Obvious Child next week. We loved this movie, and we spend a long time telling you why in this episode, but we also point to some of the criticisms written about it. One article that we refer to in the episode is Imran Siddiquee’s “Why Are Brown Men So Infatuated With White Women Onscreen?” (…Mv9aa#.gsnaVXWLL). Give that a read! Then circle back and listen to the rest of our analysis on how this movie navigates themes of forgiveness, learning how to communicate, and saying goodbye forever (but maybe not forever).

P.S. Maddy’s audio is kinda staticky at a couple points in this episode, and she did her best to edit around it. She should probably not have bought a used audio mixer on Amazon, but it was cheaper. Forgive us our empty wallets? Thanks <3

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