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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DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, THE LOST CITY, and ON THE COUNT OF THREE on Episode #411

Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, and Benedict Cumberbatch look worried in the movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessWe start this week by reviewing Jerrod Carmichael’s directorial debut ON THE COUNT OF THREE (1:43), a dark comedy/drama about two best friends (Carmichael and Christopher Abbott) trying to make the most of the last day of their lives. Next, we cover Aaron and Adam Nee’s goofy rom-com THE LOST CITY (19:43), which stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum as a romance novelist and her cover model who end up on a jungle adventure. We wrap up with Sam Raimi’s DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (32:19), a Marvel movie that’s a frustrating mixed bag. And on this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we’re talking about David Cronenberg’s 1981 sci-fi horror film SCANNERS, which is technically the runner-up in our body horror poll.

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EMERGENCY, FIRESTARTER, and HOLD YOUR FIRE on Episode #410

RJ Cyler, Sebastian Chacon, and Donald Elise Watkins are driving in a car and looking worried in the movie EmergencyMegan is back from vacation so the whole Spoilerpiece team is together again! She and Evan start by reviewing Keith Thomas’s FIRESTARTER (3:35), a remake of Stephen King’s famous story, which they both agree and disagree about. Next, everyone covers Stefan Forbes’s HOLD YOUR FIRE (15:51), a disappointing documentary about a 1972 crisis in New York City that helped create modern hostage negotiation teams and techniques. They wrap up with Carey Williams’s EMERGENCY (37:49), an engaging dark comedy that offers poignant social commentary as three college students of color weigh the pros and cons of calling the police when they encounter an unexpected emergency. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Garry Marshall’s 1990 rom-com PRETTY WOMAN starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

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THE INNOCENTS and THE AUTOMAT on Episode #409

A little blond girl in a yellow jacket looks frightened in the Norwegian movie The Innocents.The pandemic ain’t over folks. Dave has COVID and it sucks but he does his best to manage it in this week’s episode. Megan’s on vacation again, so he and Evan tackle two movies. First up is Lisa Hurwitz’s documentary THE AUTOMAT (3:26), a short, but interesting chronicle of the once-popular restaurant chain in New York City and Philadelphia that offered fresh-cooked meals in a commissary-style eatery. Next, they discuss Eskil Vogt’s disturbing horror film THE INNOCENTS (19:07), which is about a group of children who develop dark powers that they wield against each other and the adults around them. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, Evan and Dave talk about Elaine May’s 1976 crime drama MIKEY AND NICKY, starring Peter Falk and John Cassavetes!

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EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE with Dan and Chris from Film Trace on Episode #408

Michelle Yeoh sweeps her arm in a martial arts move with flying papers and a googly eye on her forehead in the movie Everything Everywhere All at OnceMegan is on vacation this week so Evan and Dave are joined by Dan and Chris from the podcast Film Trace! They’re only talking about one movie, but that’s because there’s a lot to say about the Daniels’ latest film EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE. They dig into this bonkers sci-fi action adventure comedy, discussing its hilarious absurdity, its incredible performances, its terrific editing, stunning special effects, and more. Plus, on this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, which is open to everyone for one week, Chris and Dan join Evan and Dave to talk about Robert Aldrich’s 1962 thriller WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford! 

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THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT, THE AVIARY, and FIREBIRD on Episode 407

Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal run for cover in the movie The Unbearable Weight of Massive TalentHi gang! Evan is on vacation so it’s just Megan and Dave holding down the fort. They start things off with the Nicolas Cage comedy THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT (2:41), a very silly romp through a weekend in the star’s fictionalized life. Then it’s THE AVIARY (14:54), a tense psychological drama about two women trying to escape a cult. Finally, they talk about FIREBIRD (30:50), a based-on-a-true-story movie about a soulful young soldier who embarks on a clandestine affair with a charismatic fighter pilot on a Soviet Air Force Base at the height of 1970’s Communist rule. Over on the Patreon exclusive audio, Megan and Dave talk about the 1979 Disney cult classic (question mark?) THE BLACK HOLE.

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