The Movie Breakdown has packed its bags and is heading towards Asia with three movies not set in North America. The first is a sequel of a really fun robot battling monsters flick from 2013 called Pacific Rim Uprising. Then we discuss a Korean movie that is a political thriller with some big action sequences in a feature that feels like a 1970s Cold War era throwback in Steel Rain. Our last review is for the 'Jared Leto joins the Yakuza' picture in The Outsider. The movie discussion doesn't end there as we have two topics to explore. First we talk about Steven Spielberg's recent comments about how Netflix movies should not be eligible for Academy Award consideration and analyze if Netflix's "day and date release" strategy harms the perception and maybe even quality of their movies. Rian Johnson also made some comments this week, this time mentioning that he will not alter his plans for the new Star Wars trilogy despite backlash from some fans regarding his The Last Jedi, so we discuss if filmmakers should alter their artistic vision in order to please fans of beloved major properties. As always, if you enjoy the show then please spread the word to other movie fans, and thank you so much for listening.
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The Movie Breakdown Outline:
1:17 Pacific Rim Uprising review
13:50 Steel Rain review
27:58 The Outsider review
38:21 Does Netflix's 'day and date release' strategy harm the perception of their original movies?
53:06 Should a filmmaker alter his artistic plan to please fans of major and beloved franchises?
1:06:57 Review Rundown
Pacific Rim Uprising ** (CS)
Steel Rain *** (CS & SM)
The Outsider *½ (CS & SM)