BLONDE and THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING on Episode #428

Ana de Armas sits on a couch as Marilyn Monroe in the movie BlondeThis week we have two movies on the docket. We start with Gaysorn Thavat’s THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING (3:53) a complex, emotionally challenging drama about a homeless mother (Essie Davis) struggling against New Zealand’s social services system to win back custody of her children. Then we review Andrew Dominik’s BLONDE (25:59) a disgusting, exploitative, and misogynist, fictionalized look at the life of Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas). We have A LOT to say about this infuriating film that wallows in trauma and insults Monroe’s legacy—none of it is good. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Ron Clements and John Musker’s 1989 Disney animated classic THE LITTLE MERMAID!

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GOD’S COUNTRY, SEE HOW THEY RUN, and PEARL on Episode #427

Thandiwe Newton stands in front of a pile of chopped wood looking off into the distance in the movie God's CountryDave starts the show by reviewing Ti West’s PEARL (2:09), a prequel to his horror film X. It also stars Mia Goth, but is surprisingly different, in a good way. Next, we all discuss Tom George’s 1950s whodunnit SEE HOW THEY RUN (11:01), a disappointing meta send-up to Agatha Christie that at least has fun performances by its leads Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan. Then we cover the Julian Higgins slow-burn thriller GOD’S COUNTRY (23:35), a layered, emotionally complex film about a professor (Thandiwe Newton) caught in an escalating battle with hunters who trespass on her property. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi film CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

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SPEAK NO EVIL, DON’T WORRY DARLING, and SALOUM on Episode #426

Harry Styles and Florence Pugh cuddle in bed in the movie Don't Worry DarlingMegan kicks things off this week by going deep into spoiler territory for Olivia Wilde’s much-discussed thriller DON’T WORRY DARLING (2:33), which features a superb lead performance and striking visuals, but falters in other areas. Next, we all discuss Jean Luc Herbulot’s African horror film SALOUM (15:50), a genre mashup that’s most effective when it’s leaning into its Western elements. Then we cover Christian Tafdrup’s horror movie SPEAK NO EVIL (35:40), a disturbing tale about a Danish family and a Dutch family that we have varied reactions to. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 psychological thriller SUSPICION, starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine!

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BURIAL and WHO INVITED THEM on Episode #425

Charlotte Vega looks worried as she points a gun in the movie BurialWe start this week by reviewing Duncan Birmingham’s WHO INVITED THEM (3:32), an unsettling horror movie about a couple (Ryan Hansen and Melissa Tang) whose housewarming party takes an alarming turn after they realize some unexpected guests have crashed it. Then we review Ben Park’s BURIAL (23:45), a surprisingly tense World War II thriller about a group of Russian soldiers tasked with transporting Hitler’s remains to Stalin. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we review a Patron’s choice, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2004 French romance/war drama A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT

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ORPHAN: FIRST KILL, SPIN ME ROUND, and THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING on Episode #424

Isabelle Fuhrman attempting to look innocent as Esther in Orphan: First KillMegan kicks things off with a quick review of George Miller’s disappointing drama THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING (3:23), where a lonely scholar (Tilda Swinton) encounters a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers to grant her three wishes. Next, we discuss Jeff Baena’s kitchen sink comedy SPIN ME ROUND (11:43), which stars Alison Brie as the manager of an Olive Garden-like restaurant who embarks on a zany company trip to Italy. Then we cover William Brent Bell’s ORPHAN: FIRST KILL (30:15), a satisfying prequel to the 2009 film ORPHAN that truly justifies its existence. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our summer camp horror movie poll, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER!

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GLORIOUS and THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON on Episode #423

Bathed in bright pink light, Ryan Kwanten screams in pain in the movie GloriousWe kick off this week’s show by reviewing Leah Purcell’s THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON (2:09), a grim feminist Western about a bushwoman (Purcell) in Australia struggling to raise a family in the face of harsh elements and harsh people. We respect what it’s going for but have a couple major criticisms of it. Next, we cover Rebekah McKendry’s GLORIOUS (26:57), a horror film about a man (Ryan Kwanten) trapped in a rest-stop bathroom with a mysterious figure in the stall next to him (J.K. Simmons). We like elements of the movie although we have major critiques of this one too. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we discuss John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror film THE THING

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FALL, EMERGENCY DECLARATION, and LUCK on Episode #422

Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner stand triumphantly at the top of a tall tower in the movie FallDave is back from vacation, and he’s excited to talk about movies! We start with LUCK (2:17), a poorly thought-out Skydance animated film about a young woman (Eva Noblezada) with bad luck trying to turn things around for herself and her young friend with the help of a black cat (Simon Pegg). Next, we dig into Jae-rim Han’s ambitious Korean disaster movie EMERGENCY DECLARATION (20:40), which is long, yet features a great ensemble, compelling themes, and tense action scenes. We wrap up with Scott Mann’s anxiety-inducing thriller FALL (38:23), about two friends trapped at the top of a 2,000-foot radio tower. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the 1989 neo-noir GLEAMING THE CUBE, starring Christian Slater as a high school skateboarder investigating his adopted brother’s murder.

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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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