PREY and RESURRECTION on Episode #421

Amber Midthunder hides behind a tree while a Predator stalks her in the movie PreyWe take on two movies this week. The first is the Andrew Semans psychological thriller RESURRECTION (3:16), a tense and visually arresting movie featuring a powerhouse performance by Rebecca Hall, and an ambiguous ending that leaves us divided. The second movie we review is Dan Trachtenberg’s PREY (25:08), an artful, authentic, and action-packed origin story in the PREDATOR franchise about a Comanche warrior (Amber Midthunder) who takes on a Predator in 1719. And in our Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Nicholas Meyer’s 70s sci-film TIME AFTER TIME starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen. 

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NOT OKAY and MEDUSA on Episode #420

Zoey Deutch wears a beret and stands in front of ring lights taking photos in the movie Not OkayThis week we have two movies on the docket that we have some VERY strong opinions about. First, we cover Anita Rocha da Silveira’s MEDUSA (1:57), a compelling neon-soaked feminist allegory about a militant young religious woman who experiences a world-shattering crisis of faith. It’s hard to describe succinctly, but the extended summary on IMDb does a good job. Next, we review Quinn Shephard’s NOT OKAY (25:56), a satire about a self-involved young woman (Zoey Deutch) who gains followers and fame by posing as the survivor of a terrorist attack but experiences a spectacular fall from grace when her secret is discovered. Spoiler: It’s a film that deeply divided us. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our 1984 movie poll: Wolfgang Peterson’s fantasy epic THE NEVERENDING STORY

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ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE, NOPE, and SHE WILL on Episode #419

Keke Palmer stands in the middle of a field looking distressed with Daniel Kaluuya and Brandon Perea standing behind her in the movie NopeThis week we kick things off with Jordan Peele’s latest film NOPE (2:12), delving right into spoiler territory on this intriguing horror film. Next, we tackle Charlotte Colbert’s gorgeous horror film SHE WILL (16:35), which follows a recovering actor (Alice Krige) who gains supernatural powers while recovering from cancer surgery in the Scottish countryside. We wrap up with Billy Porter’s directorial debut, ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE (28:12), a joyous and moving rom-com about a trans teen (Eva Reign) navigating her senior year of high school. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we’re talking about the 1997 Robert Zemeckis film CONTACT, starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey in honor of its 25th anniversary!

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GOOD MADAM and DON’T MAKE ME GO on Episode #418

Mia Isaac is dirving with John Cho in the passenger seat in the movie Don't Make Me Go

Our faces while we watched DON’T MAKE ME GO

Dave is taking a few weeks off (and we’ll miss him), so we’re taking on this week’s movies as a duo. First, we review Jenna Cato Bass’s GOOD MADAM (2:13), a South African horror film on Shudder that we find pretty confusing. But we do think it has some interesting commentary on race and class underneath. Then we cover Hannah Marks’s DON’T MAKE ME GO (25:00) an uneven Amazon drama mired by strange narrative choices. However, it features yet another amazing performance by John Cho. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Nathan Greno and Byron Howard’s 2010 Disney animated film TANGLED, starring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi!

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THE PRINCESS, THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, THE SUMMONED, and ON THE 3RD DAY on Episode #417

Joey King stands on guard with a bloody sword in the movie The PrincessWe have a full slate to discuss this week! Dave starts by offering a brief review of Taika Waititi’s THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (2:40), the latest so-so entry in the MCU. Next, everyone discusses Daniel de la Vega’s convoluted and frustratingly dubbed horror movie ON THE 3RD DAY (7:51). After that we cover Mark Meir’s clumsy horror film THE SUMMONED (20:17), which involves therapy and contracts with the devil. We wrap up with Le-Van Kiet’s delightful Hulu action film THE PRINCESS (35:15), which we all had a blast watching. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio we talk about Michael Anderson’s 1976 sci-fi cult classic LOGAN’S RUN!

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RUBIKON, SPIDERHEAD, and THE FORGIVEN on Episode #416

George Blagden, Julia Franz Richter, and Mark Ivanir stand in space suits bathed in red light looking ahead worriedly in the movie RubikonBefore the show this week we offer a PSA about Roe v. Wade being overturned. Then we delve into our first movie THE FORGIVEN (2:36), John Michael McDonagh’s drama about a couple (Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain) who deal with the fallout of hitting and killing a young man with their car in Morocco. Next, we tackle Joseph Kosinski’s SPIDERHEAD (21:11), a frustrating movie where the only good things we can say about it is that it has a great soundtrack and supporting performance by Chris Hemsworth. After that, we review Magdalena Lauritsch’s RUBIKON (39:42), a disappointingly derivative sci-fi film about three astronauts caught in a moral dilemma after a climate disaster strikes Earth. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film WESTWORLD

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WILDHOOD and MAD GOD on Episode #415

Joshua Odjick and Philip Lewitski lay together staring up at the sky in the movie WildhoodWe have two movies to discuss this week! First, we cover Bretten Hannam’s Two-Spirit Indigenous drama WILDHOOD (2:39), a road trip film coming to Hulu about two brothers, one of whom is searching for his long-lost birth mother. Along the way, he finds himself by connecting with his heritage and comes out through a relationship with someone he meets along the way. Next is Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD (22:52), an unsettling stop-motion-animated horror film on Shudder that’s 30 years in the making. It’s easy to describe visually, but hard to describe narratively. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our Pride Month poll, Robin Campillo’s drama 120 BPM, which chronicles the work ACT UP Paris did in the early 90s to fight the AIDS epidemic.

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CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH, GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE, and HALFTIME on Episode #414

Cooper Raiff stands looking at Dakota Johnson who looks at him smiling as her hand rests on a doorway in the movie Cha Cha Real SmoothWe open this week with Amanda Micheli’s HALFTIME (2:31), a moving Netflix documentary that follows Jennifer Lopez as she reflects on her career and starts to navigate the second half of it, leading up to her halftime performance at the 2020 Super Bowl. Next, we discuss Sophie Hyde’s GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE (22:56), a poignant dramedy about a widow (Emma Thompson) who hires a sex worker (Daryl MacCormack) to help her expand her sexual horizons. We wrap up with Cooper Raiff’s CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH (44:11), a charming dramedy about a recent college grad who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a mother and her autistic daughter while he’s working as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah party starter. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our Studio Ghibli poll, Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 film KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE!

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CHIP ‘N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS and THE FOUND FOOTAGE PHENOMENON on Episode #413

A computer animated Dale and a traditionally animated Chip look over a railing in the movie Chip 'n Dale: Rescue RangersWe have two movies for you this week! First, we discuss Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escott’s film THE FOUND FOOTAGE PHENOMENON (3:34), a Shudder documentary about found footage horror that contains some fascinating insights on the subgenre, but can also be tedious. Second, we review CHIP ‘N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS (27:32), Akiva Schaffer’s extremely disappointing Disney+ mashup of animation and live-action starring Andy Samberg and John Mulaney. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Jonathan Demme’s zany 1986 film SOMETHING WILD starring Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, and Ray Liotta! 

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FIRE ISLAND and WATCHER on Episode #412

Margaret Cho, Tomas Matos, Bowen Yang, Joel Kim Booster, and Matt Rogers check out some guys in the movie Fire IslandWe start this week by reviewing Chloe Okuno’s WATCHER (3:36), a smart horror movie about gaslighting that focuses on a woman (Maika Munroe) living in a new country who is being stalked by a serial killer. Then we discuss Andrew Ahn’s queer rom-com FIRE ISLAND (23:02), a joyous gay riff on Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice” starring Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Charles Laughton’s 1955 film noir THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters!

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