Broadsides and Ballyhoos – Kong: Skull Island edition


Broadsides (AKA stuff I didn’t like):

  • Nothing really happens.
  • It would be great to see a movie with strong female characters that actually believed female characters could be strong…
  • … Underlining, highlighting, and putting exclamation points on every instance doesn’t read as very sincere.
  • Are any of these people the least bit interesting other than John C. Reilly?
  • Waste of John Goodman.
  • I think I already forgot most of it.

Ballyhoos (AKA stuff I liked):

  • John C. Reilly. He steals the show from the title character and adds some much-needed heart.
  • That super campy prelude.
  • The backstory. Brief and just interesting enough. Didn’t overwhelm everything else, either.
  • Didn’t take itself too seriously.
  • I did end up caring about Kong.

– David

Broadsides and Ballyhoos – Logan edition



Broadsides (AKA stuff I didn’t like)

  • Another movie with a miracle cure…
  • …that only half-works because plot.
  • She had to talk and it had to be exposition.
  • More boring villains with none (or dumb) motivation.
  • Wolverine clone that shows up too early.
  • Run away, get caught, escape. Run away, get caught, escape. Reminds me of a Jack Torrance novel.

Ballyhoos (AKA stuff I did like)

  • Senile Professor X.
  • Dafne Keen — the actress playing Laura.
  • The first hour or so before she talks.
  • Casting Richard Grant from Withnail and I.
  • That moment with the cross.
  • Logan dying from adamantium poisoning.
  • Laura’s sunglasses.


– David