THE PLATFORM, JEZEBEL, BLOOD ON HER NAME, and CONTAGION on Episode #298

THE PLATFORM serves up a grotesque, dystopian meal

Welcome back to Coronapiece Theatre, everyone! Megan, Evan, and Dave are still sheltering in place so it’s more streaming flicks! And there are lots of flicks to stream. This week the gang talks JEZEBEL (2:58), a story about – among other things – sex work; BLOOD ON HER NAME (10:35), a tale of what NOT to do when you’re committing murder; CONTAGION (19:45), Steven Soderbergh’s way-too-prescient bio-horror procedural about a virus that wipes out a whole lotta people; and THE PLATFORM (40:45), one of the most popular movies on Netflix this week. Does this prison flick deserve its place among the popular? The opinions vary! And on our Patreon exclusive, we talk EVE’S BAYOU, director Kasi Lemmons’ debut feature.

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LOST GIRLS and BLOW THE MAN DOWN on Episode #297

Amy Ryan looks angry in the movie LOST GIRLS.
Amy Ryan gets angry in LOST GIRLS

It’s an odd week at Spoilerpiece. We all recorded remotely because we, in the spirit of being decent human beings, are practicing social distancing. (If you’re listening to this at a different time in history, the coronavirus pandemic exploded in the last week.) As you probably know, many movie releases have been pushed to as-yet-undetermined dates, and that means critics’ screenings are canceled. So this week, and for the foreseeable future, we’re focusing on streaming movies. First is LOST GIRLS (2:41), a good, if heartbreaking, story about a mother (Amy Ryan) trying to find out what happened to her disappeared daughter. Then it’s BLOW THE MAN DOWN (21:22), a noir-flavored drama (with occasionally singing, though this is not a musical) about two sisters who find themselves up to their eyeballs in murder and trouble in a tiny Maine town. On our Patreon this week we talk about Choose Your Own Adventure books and of course we yap about lots of different movies. Stay safe everyone. 

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EMMA., SWALLOW, and THE HUNT on Episode #296

Betty Gilpin holds a knife angrily in the movie The Hunt
Betty Gilpin’s performance is the best thing about the long-awaited horror film THE HUNT

Dave is back this week from his horse vacation! Is he rested? Neigh. First on the docket this week is EMMA. (4:16), director Autumn de Wilde’s take on Jane Austen’s classic novel starring Anya Taylor-Joy. Next is SWALLOW (19:04), a movie that defies simple explanation but will definitely linger in your mind for a long time after you see it. Then THE HUNT (39:33) is finally out! Is it crummy? Or good? Or somewhere in between? Your questions will be answered! And over on Patreon this week, we talk John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK in the exclusive audio segment.

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THE WAY BACK, THE LODGE, ONWARD, and Video Game Adaptations on Episode #295

Ben Affleck stands with his hands on a basketball player's shoulders giving advice in the movie The Way Back
Ben Affleck gives some profanity-filled advice to one of his players in THE WAY BACK

Dave’s on vaca one last week, so Kristen Halbert fills in to discuss a panel about video game to film adaptations (4:05) that she and Evan attended at PAX East. After they explore ideas for future adaptations, Megan reviews the new Pixar film ONWARD (21:23), a heartwarming family tale. Next she and Evan discuss THE LODGE (29:30), a creepy horror flick they’re split on. Finally, everyone digs into THE WAY BACK (47:35), a Ben Affleck film about addiction that leaves one host feeling less than enthusiastic.

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THE ASSISTANT, THE INVISIBLE MAN, and THE PHOTOGRAPH on Episode #294

Julia Garner holds her head in her hands while she's on the phone in the movie The Assistant
Julia Garner has the most frustrating workday ever in THE ASSISTANT

Dave is still on vacation so friend of the show Charlie Nash fills in for him this week. First, Megan reviews THE PHOTOGRAPH (3:43), a delightful romance that celebrates black lives. Then she and Charlie delve into THE ASSISTANT (13:57), a timely, anger-inducing movie about a day in the life of a harassed Hollywood assistant. Lastly, everyone talks about THE INVISIBLE MAN (33:48), a horrifying film with a gripping lead performance that’s incredibly triggering for the way it sensationalizes abuse.

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HORSE GIRL, INCITEMENT, GRETEL & HANSEL, and Women in Horror Month on Episode #293

Alison Brie looking sad wearing a craft store smock in the movie Horse Girl
Alison Brie is fantastic in HORSE GIRL, but its ambiguous ending is annoying

Dave is on vacation so friend of the show Dede Crimmins returns as a guest this week! She starts off with her picks for Women in Horror Month: THE LODGE (6:47), PELICAN BLOOD (13:00), and DEAD DICKS (14:50). Then Evan reviews INCITEMENT (20:31), a tense thriller from the Boston Israeli Film Festival. Next Megan and Dede tackle GRETEL & HANSEL (30:35), a fun spin on the classic fairy tale. The gang wraps up with HORSE GIRL (45:05), the Netflix thriller starring Alison Brie that’s annoyingly ambiguous.

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, and the Boston Israeli Film Festival on Episode #292

Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel stand longingly with each other in the movie PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel star in PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Hanging chads, pepperoni, and things swingin’ are big topics of conversation this week. Plus, we have lots of movies. Megan talks about PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (4:18), which is FINALLY coming out in the U.S. Then Evan spills the beans about the Boston Israeli Film Festival and the documentary BREAKING BREAD (15:50), the dark comedy FORGIVENESS (19:28), starring what Evan calls Israel’s Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, the documentary I WAS NOT BORN A MISTAKE (23:50), about an orthodox trans woman, and the dark comedy BORN IN JERUSALEM AND STILL ALIVE (31:00). Then it’s the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, with PROXIMA (38:06) leading off the discussion, followed by THE LONG WALK (47:48), a horror/sci-fi movie featuring an older man and a ghost who helps him to travel through time, and the fallout that results from it. Finally it’s AFTER WE LEAVE (55:10), a dystopian future flick that has some good elements and not so good elements

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