This week in COVIDville, we kick off the show with an email from one of our longtime listeners. SHE-RA, anyone? Then it’s off to the movies! Megan and Dave cover MADE IN ITALY (6:36), a drama starring Liam Neeson and his real-life son (Micheál Richardson) as an estranged father and son renovating a family home and dealing with the death of a loved one. Then Megan and Evan discuss the tragic Guatemalan horror film LA LLORONA (14:46), about a former dictator on trial for genocide, ghosts, and a mysterious Indigenous housekeeper. The whole gang talks about I USED TO GO HERE (25:42), writer/director Kris Rey’s warm comedy about a maybe-failed novelist (Gillian Jacobs) revisiting her college and getting caught up in the lives of its students. Finally, it’s Amy Seimetz’s SHE DIES TOMORROW (38:25), a tense film that defies categorization, starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Chris Messina, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her Michelle Rodriguez. On this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we discuss Brian Yuzna’s body horror film, SOCIETY, picked by one of our Selectpiece patrons.
Dessert means war at the outset of this week’s episode. Megan and Evan start by reviewing the Netflix thriller on stalking, FATAL AFFAIR (2:30), starring Nia Long and Omar Epps. Then they move on to the esoteric, celestial romance, AROUND THE SUN (11:42), which Dave might be a little bit biased about. Next, everyone tackles IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS (25:48), the lengthy Shudder documentary about 1980s horror films. Lastly, they discuss SUMMERLAND (46:47), Jessica Swale’s touching WWII-era British queer romance with some unexpected twists, starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. On this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about our July poll winner on one-day films: DREDD.
Alison Brie is excellent in Dave Franco’s directorial debut THE RENTAL
This week a conversation about pizza takes an unexpected turn before we dig into the movies. Evan and Megan start with Joko Anwar’s IMPETIGORE (2:08), a creepy, but confusing Indonesian horror film on Shudder. Then they cover RADIOACTIVE (13:45), Marjane Satrapi’s surreal Marie Curie biopic starring Rosamund Pike. Next, Dave joins in to talk about YES, GOD, YES (29:38), Karen Maine’s heartwarming early 00s coming-of-age flick. Lastly, they discuss THE RENTAL (44:10), Dave Franco’s tense directorial debut. On our Patreon exclusive audio this week, we talk about F. Gary Gray’s 1996 film SET IT OFF.
Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti have fantastic chemistry in PALM SPRINGS
Happy 6th Birthday Spoilerpiece! We celebrate by discussing sexy Abraham Lincoln before the movies this week. First, Megan and Evan reveal why neither could finish the twisted, brutal film THE PAINTED BIRD (3:39). Next, they dissect Shudder’s Norwegian horror flick LAKE OF DEATH (9:16). Then they share their differing opinions about the queer Netflix action movie (based on the comics) about immortals, starring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne, THE OLD GUARD (19:00). Finally, everyone reviews the Andy Samberg / Cristin Milioti rom-com PALM SPRINGS (42:07), which they all very much enjoyed. Also, in this week’s exclusive Patreon audio we review a Selectpiece patron’s pick: THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION.
This week it’s Junkfoodpiece Theatre and who sucks before Megan excitedly reviews HAMILTON (2:55), a terrific film version of the musical. Then Evan and Megan explore WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES (10:17), an in-your-face Japanese film that swings for the fences with mixed success. Next, everyone digs into THE BEACH HOUSE (21:05), an eco-horror sci-fi film with solid body horror that very much divides our hosts. Lastly, they all review RELIC (35:29) a movie with compelling physical and metaphorical horror that caught us off-guard with its heartbreaking and powerful emotional resonance. On our Patreon exclusive bonus episode, we discuss the 1994 action film BLOWN AWAY, starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones.
We have Michael McDonald on the brain before Evan briefly reviews EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA (3:10), a bloated comedy with fun music, but terrible jokes, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. Then Megan covers MUCHO MUCHO AMOR (10:13), a moving documentary about the effervescent and ostentatious gender non-conforming Latinx astrologer icon, Walter Mercado. Next, she and Evan tackle THE TRUTH (21:15), Kore-eda Hirokazu’s layered French drama about a complicated mother-daughter relationship, starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. Lastly, everyone reviews HOMEWRECKER (34:32), a horror flick about a woman obsessed with another woman; it has good ideas that fails to capitalize on them. On our bonus Patreon exclusive, we talk about one of our favorite summer blockbusters, JAWS.
Any documentary that prominently features Laverne Cox is great in our book
This week we stop briefly in Vegantown before Megan offers two quick reviews. First, MY SPY (2:32), a mediocre but charming movie, and then IRRESISTIBLE (7:17), a disappointing Jon Stewart film. Next, Megan and Dave cover YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT (13:20), a terrible Kevin Bacon/Amanda Seyfried horror flick. Then, everyone applauds MISS JUNETEENTH (23:06), a heartwarming drama about a Black beauty pageant and a tender mother-daughter relationship. Lastly, they praise DISCLOSURE (37:40), an incredible documentary on transgender representation in media. In honor of Pride month, we review Cheryl Dunye’s THE WATERMELON WOMAN, the winner of this month’s poll, in our Patreon exclusive audio.
This week we discuss Lance Reddick on THE WIRE before we review movies. We start with 7500 (3:01), a tense plane hijacking film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt that sadly runs out of steam partway through. Then we discuss BABYTEETH (11:11), a challenging drama about a family grappling with a teenager’s illness that divides our hosts. Next, we delve deep into Spike Lee’s Netflix film DA 5 BLOODS (30:00), an ambitious and haunting story about Black Vietnam War veterans with A LOT to unpack. To continue elevating Black voices in cinema, we devote this week’s Patreon exclusive audio to the 2011 Dee Rees queer film PARIAH, one of Megan’s all-time favorite movies (for good reason).
This week it’s a Bohemian Rootbeersity before the movies. To continue amplifying Black voices in film, we start by discussing PREMATURE (3:01), a compelling Harlem-set coming-of-age picture. Then we talk about THE SURROGATE (24:45), a challenging movie about a surrogate for her gay best friends who faces some thorny decisions. Lastly, we review THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND (49:30), Judd Apatow’s latest comedy, starring Pete Davidson in a very autobiographical story. On our Patreon bonus episode, we discuss Horace Jenkins’ classic Black film (that was lost until a few years ago), CANE RIVER.
Because we support Black Lives Matter, and we believe in amplifying Black voices, we open our show this week by discussing Coolidge Corner Theatre’s anti-racist film list (5:44) and offering our own racial justice film recommendations. Then we talk about the brutally violent, wildly entertaining movie, BECKY (20:06), where Lulu Wilson fights a neo-Nazi played by Kevin James. Next, we cover the beautiful psychological film SHIRLEY (39:33), where Elisabeth Moss stars as horror writer Shirley Jackson. On our Patreon bonus audio, we review Takashi Miike’s DEAD OR ALIVE, which caused one of us to turn it off after just 15 minutes.