HAPPIEST SEASON, LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST, TIME, and THE DARK AND THE WICKED on Episode #332

The family in the film Happiest Season posing together for a family photoDave and Megan lead off this week with Bryan Bertino’s tense possession horror flick THE DARK AND THE WICKED (2:43). Appropriately, the next film on the docket is LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST (17:44), a fascinating documentary about the iconic possession horror film. Next they talk about TIME (32:34), a poignant documentary about a woman’s fight to free her husband from prison. Finally, they discuss HAPPIEST SEASON (42:48), Clea DuVall’s moving queer Christmas rom-com, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis. In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we have a blast covering James Cameron’s sci-fi action film ALIENS, which is Megan’s all-time favorite movie.

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HIS HOUSE, COME AWAY, and the Boston Jewish Film Festival on Episode #331

Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu stand next to walls with peeled-off wallpaper in film His House

This week we discuss the results of the presidential election before the movies. We start with the 2020 Boston Jewish Film Festival at (7:32). Evan talks about the shorts, features (THOU SHALT NOT HATE), and documentaries (THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME and SYNDROME K) he saw solo, before he and Megan dig into movies they’ve both seen: queer coming-of-age comedy TAHARA (18:01), romantic drama THE END OF LOVE (25:10), and queer comedy SHIVA BABY (36:44). Then, Megan and Dave discuss COME AWAY (43:48), a fantasy film starring Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo as the parents to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Finally, Evan and Megan wrap up with HIS HOUSE (53:07), a Netflix haunted house horror film about a married couple who are refugees from South Sudan. On this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we discuss a Patron’s choice: the 2014 German horror film DER SAMURAI.

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IFFBoston’s Fall Focus and Nightstream on Episode #330

Riz Ahmed shirtless playing drums in the movie Sound of Metal

Riz Ahmed is incredible as Ruben in SOUND OF METAL, which played at IFFBoston’s Fall Focus

After a plug for the Boston Jewish Film Festival, the episode starts with Nightstream, a collaborative event put on in part by the Boston Underground Film Festival. We talk LUCKY (5:16), PELICAN BLOOD (6:34), DARKNESS (9:00), and BLACK BEAR (11:08) from Nightstream. Then it’s films everyone saw at Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston)’s Fall Focus this year. We talk NIGHT OF THE KINGS (15:38), MLK/FBI (18:49), ZAPPA (23:01), MINARI (31:57), FAREWELL AMOR (36:31), FREELAND (39:26), UNDINE (42:05), LITTLE FISH (45:03), and SOUND OF METAL (52:44). In our Patreon bonus audio this week we discuss a Patron’s choice: Frank Gwo’s 2019 sci-fi action flick, THE WANDERING EARTH.

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BONUS: 2020 Boston Jewish Film Festival Preview

They Aint Ready for Me

Tamar Manasseh, the subject of the documentary THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME, playing at the 2020 Boston Jewish Film Festival.

In this bonus episode, Evan chats on the phone with Ariana Cohen-Halberstam, Artistic Director of Boston Jewish Film. She reveals how the pandemic shaped this year’s virtual Boston Jewish Film Festival and how her team is trying to go “beyond the screen” with classes and musical performances. She also talks about exciting filmmaker Q&As, important films in the lineup about Jews of color, and this year’s Israeli TV binge, where viewers can watch an entire season of the show UNCHAINED. Other films discussed include SAUL & RUBY’S HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR BAND, IN YOUR EYES I SEE MY COUNTRY, ASIA, HONEYMOOD, SHARED LEGACIES, and THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME.

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THE CRAFT: LEGACY, COME PLAY, SCARE ME, and OVER THE MOON on Episode #329

Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Cailee Spaeny, and Gideon Adlon in Zoe Lister-Jones' The Craft: Legacy

We kick off this week with OVER THE MOON (4:00), a Dreamworks animated musical on Netflix about a Chinese girl who travels to the moon. Next, we discuss Jacob Chase’s horror film COME PLAY (17:03), starring Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr., and Azhy Robertson, about a creepy monster that can get you through your electronic devices. Then, we dig into Josh Ruben’s SCARE ME (30:42), a Shudder horror comedy about two writers (Aya Cash and Josh Ruben) telling each other scary stories. Finally, we tackle Zoe Lister-Jones’s THE CRAFT: LEGACY (42:27), the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 cult classic THE CRAFT, about four teen girls (Cailee Spaeny, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, and Gideon Adlon) and witchcraft. In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we talk about our October poll winner, the 1986 horror film VAMP, featuring Grace Jones.

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, BAD HAIR, SYNCHRONIC, and BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM on Episode #328

Chicago 7

Pepperidge Farm cookies are the latest topic of food debate this week. Dave leads off the movies with the Borat sequel, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM (2:32), by covering how it stacks up to the original. Then everyone talks about Aaron Sorkin’s timely Netflix courtroom drama THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (8:35). After that it’s onward to the drug-fueled sci-fi drama SYNCHRONIC (29:10), starring Anthony Mackie. And things heat up while discussing Justin Simien’s Hulu horror comedy BAD HAIR (40:04). In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we review a Patron’s selection, the 1996 cult classic THE CRAFT.

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HONEST THIEF, EVIL EYE, NOCTURNE, and THE MORTUARY COLLECTION on Episode #327

Liam Neeson in the film Honest Thief

This week, we start with Evan and Dave reviewing THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (1:08), Ryan Spindell’s horror anthology available on Shudder. Next, Megan and Evan cover NOCTURNE (13:54), Zu Quirke’s horror film about music and sibling rivalry from Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse series, with a fantastic lead performance by Sydney Sweeney. Then, Dave and Megan discuss HONEST THIEF (26:59), Liam Neeson’s latest action film about a robber trying to go legit after finding love. Lastly, we dig into EVIL EYE (37:49), a horror/thriller about an Indian mother (Sarita Choudhury, giving a wonderful performance) trying to protect her daughter from a suspected abusive boyfriend, also from Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse. On this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we review John Carl Buechler’s 1986 film TROLL, by patron request.

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POSSESSOR UNCUT, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, BLACK BOX, and THE LIE with Guest Charlie Nash on Episode #326

Andrea Riseborough looking worried and cast in an orange glow in the movie Possessor.

Guest Charlie Nash returns for this week’s show! The first films on the docket are BLACK BOX (3:36), a sci-fi film about a man suffering from amnesia undergoing a new treatment, and THE LIE (12:56), a thriller about two parents protecting their daughter; two horrorish flicks from Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse series, which have varying success for each co-host. Next, everyone discusses the Netflix adaptation of the seminal queer play THE BOYS IN THE BAND (26:31), about gay friends at a birthday party in 1968 NYC, by digging into its differences from the original, and debating whether its story is still vital. Then, they delve deep into POSSESSOR UNCUT (52:04), Brandon Cronenberg’s graphic, psychological sci-fi horror. On this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we discuss KINDERGARTEN COP, which Charlie has never seen. Hilarity ensues.

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ENOLA HOLMES, ON THE ROCKS, and A CALL TO SPY on Episode #325

Millie Bobby Brown looks shocked after releasing an arrow from her bow in the movie Enola Holmes

This week we ponder what to do in case of a pants emergency before the movies. Evan kicks things off with A CALL TO SPY (2:42), which is a true story about women who spied on the Nazis during WWII. Next, everyone discusses the Netflix movie ENOLA HOLMES (13:09), the Millie Bobby Brown vehicle where she plays Sherlock Holmes’s talented and charming teenage sister. The main event is Sofia Coppola’s ON THE ROCKS (28:51), about a daughter (Rashida Jones) and father (Bill Murray) who reconnect in NYC. In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we cover the winner of our September poll, the 1967 film TO SIR, WITH LOVE.

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KAJILLIONAIRE, THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, RESIDUE, and OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES on Episode #324

Gina Rodriguez looks at Evan Rachel Wood, who stares ahead blankly in the movie Kajillionaire

An old feminine hygiene commercial inspires a new band name before the movies this week. Megan and Evan lead with RESIDUE (2:48), Merawi Gerima’s drama that’s a compelling commentary on racism and gentrification. Next, everyone discusses OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES (15:18), a food documentary about a special project for The MET. Then they review THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME (29:23), a Netflix crime drama with Tom Holland. Lastly, they cover Miranda July’s KAJILLIONAIRE (47:08), an eccentric crime drama starring Evan Rachel Wood and Gina Rodriguez. In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we review a Patron’s selection, John Carpenter’s 1995 horror film IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS.

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