Episode 80: Valerian and Atomic Blonde

About This Episode

The Screeners (or most of them, at least) have another but-those-movies-have-nothing-in-common sort of double feature in store again this episode. Sorry; we don’t get to tell Hollywood what to do; we just report on it.

First up, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Daniel’s already had some fairly...blunt things to say about this one on Facebook, but that won’t stop Luc Besson from writing as many of them as he can. Can another Screener’s enthusiasm salvage the film’s chances in the court of public opinion?

Raise your hand if you expected Cold War-era spy movies to feel timely again. You neither, huh? Well, joke’s on us. Atomic Blonde has all sorts of things that just don’t seem like they belong in the modern world—from unstable geopolitical superpowers, to collusion with Russia, to Charlize Theron talking about how great Mad Max: Fury Road was. Chris and Melody can’t help but love this one, right?

Since the Screeners’ heads are already in a (sort-of) bygone era, this episode’s Top 3 topic is 80’s-themed action movies. Or is it “action movies from the 80’s”? Guess it doesn’t matter; Chris will probably find a way to pick Final Destination or something.

And, of course, Josh had so little to say about all of this that he didn’t even show up for this episode. We’ll hand-deliver any hate mail you want to send him.

Chad and Daniel will review A Ghost Story in another of their famous bonus episodes soon. After that, join us for a review of The Dark Tower, in which we might find out how Josh feels about all that reading he did at the beginning of the year to satisfy Chad and Melody.


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