RELIC, THE BEACH HOUSE, WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES, and HAMILTON on Episode #313

Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, and Robyn Nevin in RELIC

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.

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THE TRUTH, HOMEWRECKER, MUCHO MUCHO AMOR, and EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA on Episode #312

Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche face each other in THE TRUTH

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.

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DISCLOSURE, MISS JUNETEENTH, YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT, MY SPY and IRRESISTIBLE on Episode #311

Laverne Cox in front of cameras sitting between them being interviewed in the documentary Disclosure

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.

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DA 5 BLOODS, 7500, and BABYTEETH on Episode #310

Delroy Lindo, Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Jonathan Majors in Da 5 Bloods crouch down and bring their hands together in the film Da 5 Bloods

Bring it in for a moment Bloods

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).

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THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND, PREMATURE, and THE SURROGATE on Episode #309

Pete Davidson shirtless with sunglasses and arms outstretched in the movie The King of Staten Island

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.

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SHIRLEY, BECKY, and Racial Justice Films on Episode #308

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.

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THE HIGH NOTE, THE LOVEBIRDS, and LUCKY GRANDMA on Episode #307

This week we discuss obnoxious drink orders before we delve into our three movies. First, is the disappointing Netflix romcom/murder mystery THE LOVEBIRDS (2:31), which squanders Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani’s chemistry. Next is the entertaining dark comedy LUCKY GRANDMA (16:49), about a hilarious chain-smoking Chinese grandma (Tsai Chin). Then, we cover the sprawling Dakota Johnson/Tracee Ellis Ross music industry drama, THE HIGH NOTE (33:56), which divides our co-hosts. Over on our Patreon exclusive audio we review Justin Lin’s BETTER LUCK TOMORROW in honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Both our main episode and Patreon segment were edited by Otto Klammer.

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THE TRIP TO GREECE, THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF, and MILITARY WIVES on Episode #306

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan at a restaurant table by the water talking to each other in the film The Trip to Greece

This week is Cerealpiece Theatre before we talk about movies! First up is MILITARY WIVES (5:15), a cozy yet predictable film about sparring military spouses (Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan) trying to manage a choir when their husbands are deployed. Next is THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF (18:47), a moving documentary about a painter and a thief’s fascinating relationship. Then, it’s THE TRIP TO GREECE (38:40), the funny but somber final film in The TRIP series with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. On our Patreon bonus episode we discuss the winner of our tearjerker poll: DEAD POETS SOCIETY.

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THE VAST OF NIGHT, BLOOD QUANTUM, and CIRCUS OF BOOKS on Episode #305

Sierra McCormick looks skeptically while wearing her switchboard operator headset in the movie The Vast of Night

Stay-at-home-piece Theatre opens this week with Megan and Evan discussing the Indigenous zombie flick BLOOD QUANTUM (2:42), which has satisfying, gore-filled action scenes. Next, everyone covers CIRCUS OF BOOKS (17:44), a slightly scattered, yet compelling documentary about a nice Jewish couple that ran a gay porn store. Lastly, they dissect THE VAST OF NIGHT (39:39), a sci-fi film that pays homage to THE TWILIGHT ZONE with very different degrees of success depending on which co-host you ask. On our Patreon bonus episode, we had a blast discussing a Selectpiece Patron’s choice for us: THE HITCHER.

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THE HALF OF IT, HOW TO BUILD A GIRL, and SPACESHIP EARTH on Episode #304

Another week housebound, another week streaming! First up it’s HOW TO BUILD A GIRL (3:05), the Beanie Feldstein-starring coming-of-age tale about a young woman who’s trying to find herself amid shady parents, asshole colleagues, and her own bad decisions. Then it’s SPACESHIP EARTH (23:20) a documentary that is NOT about EPCOT Center or Buckminster Fuller (or Steve Bannon, though he makes an appearance), but about the are-they-wackos who designed and lived in Biosphere 2. Finally, it’s more coming-of-age with Alice Wu’s THE HALF OF IT (41:34)! This movie stands out for its Cyrano-de-Bergerac-with-a-queer-twist plot that met with three different opinions from Evan, Megan, and Dave. On our Patreon bonus episode, we talk about REC, the 2007 horror movie that feels waaaaaaay too timely.

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