Hello people of the internet. I have returned to grace your ears with another episode of The Mandate. Sometimes you have plans and those plans get messed up. Then you are forced to take what you can get in terms of movies available for screenings. This is where I have found myself with the latest two parts of this new episode.
First up, I lured my friend, and wife of previous guest (see: Bladerunner episode), Melanie Tunaitis, to see the newest and last installment of the 50 Shades series, 50 Shades Freed. The 50 Shades phenomenon is something that skipped me over completely. Starting as erotic fan fiction for Twilight, to a three book series, and now into a high grossing film series, I missed it all until this last film. The only things I knew going in were that is was a poor representation of the BDSM community and was deemed nothing more than erotica for middle-aged suburban housewives. I had read one chapter, or maybe it was just a scene, and wasn’t overly impressed or shocked like I was supposed to be, and I thought the writing was very amateur. Melanie, on the other hand, suffered through all three books and the first movie. She thought the first book was decent but suffered through the rest because she’s a completest. Neither of us had great expectations and those expectations were met. I’m not even going to sugar coat this, this movie was bad. I’ll put it in the upper echelon of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Listen to the first half of this episode for an awkward conversation about sex, relationships, and bad film making.
In a bit of a bonus to this episode, I present a previously recorded review of The Commuter, which might as well have been called Taken 15: Taken On A Train – Taken Harder. By now Liam Neeson has been type casted as a scouling, older gentleman that seems to have a “certain set of skills” that work for him while pursuing clues and kicking ass solve the crime, whether it be in Paris, a plane, or now a train. While this isn’t a taken movie, he might as well have been the same character from those flicks. Best news, I got this all from watching a single trailer. Taking on this simple minded flick is returning guest, Dennis McGonigal of Baltimore’s Iron Price. I’m not exactly sure why we thought this would be a good film to see, honestly it was probably because we were both free with nothing to do that night, but this continued my streak of only seeing bad films so far in 2018. Luckily, it’s not the mess that Insidious was but this film just kind of exists. We didn’t necessarily hate it, but we had a laundry list of complaints and probably could have spent our evening doing many other better things, including just going to bed early.
Hopefully the streak ends in the next episode as I get to check out the 18th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the highly anticipated Black Panther. Wish me luck and be sure to check out the other podcasts and writings while you wait! Don’t forget to follow, like, and share….because sharing is caring.