Happy Saturday From Vancouver!

Time to head home now

Spring break is over, but I’m already scheming to get back to the snow one more time this season. Our trip to Whistler was a blast, filled with fresh powder and a fun reunion with longtime friends. But because I am me, I never really stop working entirely — that’s something I’ve gotta work on. So we still had some goodies for you while I was away, including a very fun après-ski vertical livestream in front of the fireplace. Thanks to the many lovely folks who joined in; here’s a link in case you missed it, and be on the lookout for more of these in the future.

Desperate, and dangerous.

Among the videos we shared this week was a recap of the first two episodes of “Ripley” on Netflix. Andrew Scott stars in this visually dazzling adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s thriller about the covetous grifter. All eight episodes of the excellent miniseries are out there now, but we’re taking them two at a time on our Breakfast All Day Patreon. “Ripley” also inspires our April Off the Menu poll, in which Alonso chooses several movies for our subscribers to vote on, and we review the one that wins. Check it out and make your choice here.

I’m alright, don’t nobody worry ‘bout me.

One of my favorite things we do on Breakfast All Day is a series we call: Was It Great or Were You 8? We like to look back at movies we loved from childhood to determine whether they truly were great, or we just remember them fondly through the prism of nostalgia. This time, it was my turn, and I picked “Caddyshack.” The 1980 slobs vs.-snobs comedy is endlessly quotable. As I argue in our review, we quote “Caddyshack” in conversation the way we quote Shakespeare, that’s how deeply woven into the culture it is. What do you think? Was this movie great? Vote in the poll on our Community page and let us know!

A world of pure imagination.

While we’re on the topic of nostalgia, “Remembering Gene Wilder” is a warm and affectionate look back at the late comic actor’s legendary career. The documentary features a ton of great anecdotes from Wilder’s many movies, including “The Producers,” “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles.” Wilder’s old friend and frequent collaborator, Mel Brooks, has a large presence here, as does our old friend Ben Mankiewicz as TCM host. Whether you’re a longtime fan or you’re unfamiliar with his work, you’ll gain an appreciation for his singular presence and the inspired way he approached his craft. It’s in theaters now and will be available through VOD on April 30.

Fresh out of the theater at The Grove.

Also while I was gone, Alonso went to see Dev Patel’s action extravaganza “Monkey Man” and filed this out-of-the-theater reaction. We enjoy doing these videos because they’re a fun way to share our immediate, unfiltered opinions. Hopefully I can catch up with the film, which marks Patel’s first time as director, writer and star, and we can do a full review on the channel. For now, please enjoy Alonso’s very enthusiastic initial thoughts. “Monkey Man” is in theaters now.

Nic’s on top of the world.

Gonna keep it short this week as we prepare to head home to L.A. and plan for our next alpine adventure. But I’m so thankful to have you join me and my family on our journey. If you’ve enjoyed this newsletter and found value in it, I’d be honored if you’d share it with a friend. Be on the lookout for our review of “Civil War,” the much-anticipated drama from “Ex Machina” and “Annihilation” writer-director Alex Garland. ‘Til then, have a great week, and I’ll see you back here next Saturday.