LIFE UPSIDE DOWN, BLOOD, and 2023 Oscar Nominations on Episode #446

Bob Odenkirk sits against a wall looking miserable with a mask dangling from his face in the film Life Upside Down.We kick off the show by discussing our reactions to the 2023 Oscar nominations (2:25), which dropped earlier in the week. Next, we review Brad Anderson’s frustrating horror/thriller BLOOD (15:46), which stars Michelle Monaghan as a desperate mother trying to protect her son after he gets bitten by a dog and undergoes an unsettling transformation. Then we review Cecilia Miniucchi’s disappointing COVID lockdown relationship comedy LIFE UPSIDE DOWN (34:55), a movie where Bob Odenkirk gives an uncharacteristically lousy performance. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our legacy sequels poll, TOP GUN: MAVERICK!

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SICK and THE SON on Episode #445

Hugh Jackman and Zen McGrath sit on a couch laughing and watching TV in the movie The Son.Welcome to a wacky week on Spoilerpiece. You’re gonna hear hotter takes than usual when we discuss SICK (2:42), a new horror-thriller from producer and co-writer Kevin Williamson. Is it like SCREAM? Is it something new? Who’s to say what’s new in Earth’s bizarre new cinematic landscape? The second movie is THE SON (25:26), starring Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern. We can’t say with certainty – because it’s only January – but this film may have afforded a couple Spoilerpiecers their most visceral reactions of the year. But like we said, it’s January. Hearts and minds can change! Don’t forget to check out this week’s Patreon exclusive: We talk about the 1973 film PAPER MOON, starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal.

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SKINAMARINK and SAINT OMER on Episode #444

A seated child sits with their back turned in a dark hallway in the movie Skinamarink.This week we start by reviewing Alice Diop’s emotionally compelling French courtroom drama SAINT OMER (3:11), which is about the trial of a Senegalese immigrant accused of killing her infant daughter. Then we cover Kyle Edward Ball’s hyper-stylized indie horror flick SKINAMARINK (24:31), which has nothing to do with Sharon, Lois, or Bram. It’s a movie about two kids who wake up in the middle of the night to discover that their father is gone, and all the windows in their house have disappeared. And because it’s turning 50 this year, in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about George Roy Hill’s THE STING starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

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M3GAN, THE PALE BLUE EYE, and WHITE NOISE on Episode #443

Megan has a blank stare in the movie M3gan.Evan is off this week, so it’s the Dave and Megan show. But before the Dave and Megan show, Megan goes solo, covering M3GAN (3:01), the crazy AF killer A.I. robot movie starring Allison Williams. And—perfect timing—one of Dave’s children interrupts and scares the crap out of him as he and Megan discuss said killer robot movie. Yeesh! Next, Megan and Dave talk about Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s unfilmable (question mark?) novel WHITE NOISE (17:41). They round things out with the new Christian Bale thriller THE PALE BLUE EYE (36:02), directed by Scott Cooper and featuring Harry Melling as a young Edgar Allan Poe. Don’t forget to check out this week’s Patreon exclusive audio in which Megan and Dave talk about Nora Ephron’s SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE.

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Our Top 10 Films of 2022 on Episode #442

A graphic that says "Top 10 Films 2022".

It’s our last episode of the year! So, as usual, we’re revealing our BOFCA ballots as we discuss our respective Top 10 Films of 2022! Unfortunately, Dave couldn’t make it this week, but we still share his top 10 before digging into each of our own. You can hear Dave’s list starting at 2:55, Megan’s at 14:36, and Evan’s at 47:39. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we’re talking about the winner of our NYE movie poll, Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s 1989 rom-com, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

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Our Top 10 Films of 2022

Dave’s Top 10

  1. CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH
  2. GOD’S COUNTRY
  3. THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
  4. AFTER YANG
  5. THE WONDER
  6. LIVING
  7. DECISION TO LEAVE
  8. PEARL
  9. THE BATMAN
  10. TURNING RED

Megan’s Top 10

  1. AFTER YANG
  2. A LOVE SONG
  3. GOD’S COUNTRY
  4. THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
  5. WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR
  6. AFTERSUN
  7. EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
  8. TÁR
  9. NANNY
  10. WOMEN TALKING

Evan’s Top 10

  1. GOD’S COUNTRY
  2. PREY
  3. THE MENU
  4. GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
  5. EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
  6. KIMI
  7. WATCHER
  8. THE FORGIVEN
  9. EMERGENCY
  10. THE PRINCESS

WOMEN TALKING and THE FABELMANS on Episode #441

The cast of Women Talking sitting in a dark barn looking concerned.We start by reviewing Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical film THE FABELMANS (2:14), which explores his love of filmmaking, his parents’ marriage, and the antisemitism he experienced growing up. They’re themes we’ve seen him tackle before in his movies, but we’re split on whether there’s enough unique value that makes this movie worth watching. Next, we delve into Sarah Polley’s WOMEN TALKING (33:34), a compelling chamber piece drama about women from a religious community who have been abused by the men in it, debating whether they should forgive them, stay and fight, or leave. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we discuss a Patron’s choice, the Hallmark movie HANUKKAH ON RYE!

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NELLY & NADINE and THE APOLOGY on Episode #440

Anna Gunn and Linus Roache sit on a couch in The Apology.Evan is off this week so Megan and Dave are a duo, and they’re a doozy of a duo, because one movie they like, and one movie they really, really don’t. They start things off with NELLY & NADINE (3:26), a documentary about an unlikely love story of two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Then it’s THE APOLOGY (27:47), a Christmas-set thriller about a missing child, her coming-to-terms-with-it mother, and the unannounced guest who shows up to pour sugar in everyone’s figurative gas tanks. Bonus: Janeane Garofalo is in this one (along with stars Anna Gunn and Linus Roache)! Don’t forget to check out this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, where Megan and Dave talk about the holiday rom-com LAST HOLIDAY starring Queen Latifah.

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GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO and THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN on Episode #439

Pinocchio walks happily through the woods in Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio.

We start the show this week by reviewing Martin McDonagh’s darkly comedic drama THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN (1:52) about two lifelong friends (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who find themselves at odds when one of them abruptly ends their friendship. Next, we discuss GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO (28:12), a creepy, yet sweet stop-motion animated retelling of the Pinocchio tale. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Steve De Jarnatt’s 1988 film MIRACLE MILE, starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham.

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TÁR and BROS on Episode #438

Cate Blanchett conducts an orchestra with a look of elation on her face in the move Tár.This week we start by reviewing Nicholas Stoller and Billy Eichner’s BROS (2:25), a funny, acerbic queer rom-com where two gay men from very different backgrounds (Eichner and Luke Macfarlane) unexpectedly find love in New York City. Next, we dig into Todd Field’s TÁR (24:17), a complex portrait of a problematic character—a world-renowned conductor at the height of her career, Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett), who has done awful things to those around her. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut, the 1971 thriller DUEL starring Dennis Weaver!

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ENOLA HOLMES 2 and THE GOOD NURSE on Episode #437

Millie Bobby Brown runs from police in Enola Holmes 2.

Enola Holmes 2. Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes. Cr. Alex Bailey/Netflix © 2022

We start this week by reviewing Tobias Lindholm’s true crime drama THE GOOD NURSE (1:54), about an ER nurse (Jessica Chastain) who discovers that her charming colleague (Eddie Redmayne) is secretly murdering their patients. The film misses some areas it could dig deeper into this real-life tragedy, but it’s really well-acted and has a strong ensemble. Next, we cover Harry Bradbeer’s ENOLA HOLMES 2 (22:17), a plainly named sequel that provides another engaging adventure for Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown). It’s a delightful romp that’s still a lot of fun even if it’s not quite as brisk as the first film. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our Noirvember poll, Jane Campion’s 2003 film IN THE CUT, starring Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo! For anyone who celebrated, we hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! 

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