Robot Rumble in the Jungle

Set up your hilarious jungle booby-traps, because Solo is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell:  Solo may have a cliche premise (“creating the ultimate super-soldier”), but the movie is well-acted and well-executed.  It’s got great stunts, solid special effects, and an interesting setting, too.  Also, Adrien Brody!?!


  1. antho42 says:

    There needs to be a Keanu Reeves marathon (2010 was the year of the Cage; 2011 is the year of the Keanu).

    First movie on the list should be the science fiction masterpiece, Johny Mnemonic. Come on, it cast includes Keanu Reeves, Takashi “Beat” Kitano, Ice T, Henry Rollins, and Dolph Lundgren.

  2. gooberzilla says:

    You neglected to mention the cyborg dolphin hacker.

  3. Eduardo M. says:

    You both raise interesting points at the end.

    There are times I’d be like Sean and either shoot the bad I’m working for or throw my gun away and run like scared 3-year old. But Paul’s right in that there are times you just have to say &%$# it and take one last swing at the enemy as if to say “I’m going down but DAMMIT you’re going to have to work for it”. best case you end up taking a piece of your opponent with you, worse case he/she/it just smacks aside like an insect and keeps walking like no big deal

  4. vichussmith says:

    Before I GO OFF, can someone tell me what controversial comments Rosie O’ Donnell has made recently? I mean, besides “lick my fat sweaty lips” what has she said that has gotten people’s feathers ruffled?

    Now let me slap around this listener you have, Paul. First, the Rush Limbaugh/Rosie comment leads me to believe that they had some conservative viewpoints he(she?) did not agree with. I guess if Rosie and Rush were liberal democrats, any controversial statements they make are A-OK!

    Let’s get to the meat of this: HYPOCRISY ALERT! Where was this listener when you made other “offensive” racial comments and performed similarly stereotypical impressions. I guess when it only comes to ASIAN people, it’s wrong.

    If someone is going to be offended by lame, stereotypical, tasteless humor, at least be offended by all of it. OR, you know, learn to laugh at things and get a thicker skin

    Oh, BTW, I saw Solo. It was a movie. I think I was interested in it because a) Mario VP was all buff, and I didn’t see him as an action hero and 2) Mario Van Peebles is Melvin’s 2nd greatest creation.

  5. alex says:

    hmm, i remember seeing trailers for this way after its release and thinking this was like cheap version of SOLDIER ala TC-800 was to terminator… OOFAH!!


  6. Keith says:

    Where’s the Solo/Soldier cross-over slashfic?

  7. vichussmith says:

    Speaking of Solo/Soldier crossover, it would have been nice to have a smackdown between these two films because they have the same basic concept.

    Looking it up now, if anyone wanted to claim that Solo is a Soldier knockoff, I’m surprised that Solo actually came first. Hmm.

  8. Firest says:

    Great podcast, though I’m a little surprised you didn’t mention that the movie is based on a book by Robert Mason.

    A large part of the reason that I didn’t go see Solo is that I’d read the book when it first came out and was turned off by the obvious changes to the plotline.

  9. vichussmith says:

    What changes were there?

  10. Firest says:

    It’s been nearly twenty years since I read the book, but the biggest one is that in the book Solo doesn’t look human, he’s a completely functional design that sounded more like a Star Wars droid than the Terminator. Which is funny later in the novel when he leaves the jungle for New York. Solo tells people he passes on the street that he’s a guy wearing metel armor to protect himself from government radiation.

  11. vichussmith says:

    I don’t know if moviegoers would go for watching a robot in a film like Solo. Sure we have something like Short Circuit, but that’s a comedy, that’s sympathetic.

    Just how many films do we have where the protagonist is non-human?

    Also, I think Hollywood still has a problem with not showing an actor’s face in a film. In the superhero flicks, if a guy’s wearing a mask, he has to take it off more than the character ought to.

  12. kaiki says:

    You forgot to mention New Jack City :O Best movie with Mario van Peebles.

  13. Daryl Surat says:

    For the record, Xander Cage is not dead. They totally killed his stunt double instead. It’s like Spaceballs only with more bloodied neck skin.

    I think the main part of Solo that you both forgot to note was how UNRELENTINGLY DULL this movie is. I didn’t see it in the theater, but a friend of mine did and fell asleep in the theater. Based on years of incredulous response, I’m pretty sure my complete hatred of the Kurt Russell movie Soldier is misdirected; that in fact my brain is thinking about this movie, Solo, instead. I think I need to just show people the clip of him trying to laugh in the forest and freaking out birds.

    In similar fashion, perhaps my utter hatred of Mario Van Peebles is brought on by the fact that the first thing I think of when his name is mentioned is his movie Posse. That’s the Western featuring a mostly-black cast which involves THIS FREAKING SONG during the closing credits:

    …okay fine, 20 years later this song is not nearly as awful as it once was, but that’s only because rappers have become far more obnoxious. Kind of like how Highlander III is no longer the 2nd crappiest Highlander movie.

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