On the latest episode of What Do You Wanna Watch? Ashley and Dylan were joined by Radio Watson’s Buddy Watson. With the positive reaction to the release of the 4hr long Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Ashley asked what movies would be improved with more time. The crew provided worlds they wanted to spend more time in and films that could have been improved with more explanations or character building.

Let us know what your Top 3 Movies You Wish Were Longer are in the comments below or on Twitter

Dylan’s Top 3

3. Mid90s

Directed by: Jonah Hill
Written by: Jonah Hill
Starring: Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-Kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin, Alexa Demie, Katherine Waterston

In 1990s Los Angeles, a 13-year-old spends his summer navigating between a troubled home life and a crew of new friends he meets at a skate shop.

Dylan said:

Mid90s is 1hr 25 minutes, so just shy of the 90 minute mark. It goes through pretty fast. The movie is great at that runtime and, obviously, it works and is great as is. However, I definitely felt like I could easily use another 10 – 15 minutes, a couple more scenes throughout with the kids.

2. You Were Never Really Here

Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
Screenplay by: Lynne Ramsay
Based on You Were Never Really Here by: Jonathan Ames
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman, Alex Manette, Dante Pereira-Olson, Alessandro Nivola

When a teenage girl goes missing, a jaded, brutal enforcer attempts a rescue mission. He uncovers corruption and abuse of power along his way and will use any means necessary to save the girl.

Dylan said:

My biggest criticism of the film is that it is one of those films where the ending rushes at you out of nowhere, especially when the movie had been taking its time getting to know these characters. Then the ending is “Boom, boom. Thing happens, thing happens. Scene. Credits.” So that was a movie that I felt needed a few more scenes.

  1. Fruitvale Station

Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Written by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer

Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend and young daughter. Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar’s life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy.

Dylan said:

It is shy of 90 minutes, I think it deserved more time with the character to help you get to know him, his family and his friends a bit more. I feel like they could have easily added a few more scenes and I would have been quite happy with that. They could have added a bit more to make it stand out a lot more. It’s a great movie but I think it needs a little something else to make you care more about that character.

Buddy’s Top 3

3. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

Directed by: Edgar Wright
Screenplay by: Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright
Based on Scott Pilgrim by: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman

Scott Pilgrim meets Ramona and instantly falls in love with her. But when he meets one of her exes at a band competition, he realises that he has to deal with all seven of her exes to woo her.

Buddy said:

How do you get through 7 evil exes in 112 minutes, it is just not feasible. Especially given what happens in the graphic novels, with so many cool side things that happen, that they just have to cram it all into that neat little package. So I would like more Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.

2. The Room

Directed by: Tommy Wiseau
Written by: Tommy Wiseau
Starring: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman, Carolyn Minnott

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny’s best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Buddy said:

I want more of The Room. I want the uncut scene. I want 20-30 more minutes, lets see how wacky this can get. I want to see all the other bizarre characters and garbage. If you are talking about something to experience with other people, then The Room.

1. Jaws

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Screenplay by: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb
Based on Jaws by: Peter Benchley
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

A police chief, a marine scientist and a fisherman spring into action after a white shark terrorises the inhabitants of Amity, a quiet island.

Buddy said:

I want more shark in Jaws. I want more terror in Jaws. Jaws is already 2 hours but I want there to be the extended cut of Jaws. I want a 4 hour-long cut of Jaws just terrorising more of the beach. We don’t see more of the shark, but we see more of the terror and more of the fear and more of the pain. I love Jaws and I want more shark.

Ashley’s Top 3

3. Raya and The Last Dragon

Directed by: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada
Screenplay by: Qui Nguyen, Adele Lim
Story by: Paul Briggs, Don Hall, Adele Lim, Carlos López Estrada, Kiel Murray, Qui Nguyen, John Ripa, Dean Wellins
Starring: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.

Ashley said:

Such an interesting world that we only get explore for 2 hours 20 minutes and they wrap it up in a way where I don’t think they’ll do sequels. I feel like it could have been explored more. One of the major criticisms of the film amongst the South East Asian community is, although they use a lot of stuff from their culture, it doesn’t feel personal. It is just a very general look at that culture, just set dressing. With some more time in that world, you could be a bit more specific.

2. Fantastic Four (2015)

Directed by: Josh Trank
Screenplay by: Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg, Josh Trank
Based on Fantastic Four by: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson

Four youngsters gain unique superpowers after being teleported to an alternate universe. They must unite and use their powers to fight against a computer mechanic, who transforms into an evil doctor.

Ashley said:

I was actually liking the first part of this film. I think they had a nice build. Then it ramps up so fast and then ends so quickly. If they could get that second half of the film and flesh it out a little bit more, it could have been passable. It would have been good enough to give them another shot.

1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Directed by: J. J. Abrams
Screenplay by: J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio
Story by: Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio
Based on Characters by: George Lucas
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams

The revival of Emperor Palpatine resurrects the battle between the Resistance and the First Order while the Jedi’s legendary conflict with the Sith Lord comes to a head.

Ashley said:

A movie that is 2 hours 20 minutes long but feels incredibly rushed. There are so many questions left unanswered or poorly answered, if it was given more screen time we could have had a more satisfying experience. If Zack Snyder’s Justice League proves anything it’s that if you add more story, it makes it better. Give us the Rian Johnson Cut of the movie he didn’t work on.

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Did The Academy Actually Get It Right This Year? – Episode 81