MINARI, FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS, SHOOK, and SATOR on Episode #345

Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, and Youn Yuh-jung in Lee Isaac Chung's MINARI

We kick off this week’s show with SATOR (2:01), Jordan Graham’s atmospheric horror film about a demon pursuing multiple generations of a forest-dwelling family. Then Megan and Evan review SHOOK (14:09), Jennifer Harrington’s social media-infused horror movie on Shudder. Next, everyone discusses the documentary FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS (25:49), an episode of THE NEW YORK TIMES PRESENTS series that focuses Britney Spears, the conservatorship controlling her life, and the sexism and misogyny in media that has impacted her life and career. We wrap up with Isaac Lee Chung’s poignant drama MINARI (42:25), which follows a Korean American family’s attempt to start a farm in 1980s Arkansas, starring Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, and Youn Yuh-jung. And on this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we review a Patron’s choice: Walter Hill’s 1979 action film, THE WARRIORS.

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Sundance 2021 on Episode #343

Sundance Film Festival 2021

SUNDANCE, SUNDANCE, SUNDANCE! We cover the Sundance Film Festival for the first time so we have a LOT of movies to discuss. We kick off with films we saw individually and would recommend: FIRST DATE (3:25), FLEE (6:14), and PASSING (9:21). Then we move on to movies at least two of us have seen: MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE (15:05), HOW IT ENDS (20:47), BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE (27:24), and THE WORLD TO COME (37:46). We end with discussions of films all three of us have seen: STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET (48:29), and CODA (59:07), a movie which takes places here in Massachusetts. And on this week’s Patreon bonus audio, it’s even more Sundance! We cover all the other films we’d recommend, but couldn’t squeeze into this episode.

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THE WHITE TIGER, IDENTIFYING FEATURES, BREAKING FAST, and OUTSIDE THE WIRE on Episode #341

White Tiger 2

THE WHITE TIGER has some great ideas about class tensions, but only one of us thought they were explored effectively.

After a everyone talks a little bit about the inauguration and plugs recent guest appearances on the Screen Fix podcast, Evan and Megan review OUTSIDE THE WIRE (5:05), a Netflix sci-fi film starring Anthony Mackie and Damson Idris, about a cyborg military officer and a drone pilot working together to stop a nuclear attack. Next, Dave and Megan discuss the queer romantic dramedy BREAKING FAST (18:18), Mike Mosallam’s directorial debut about a gay Muslim man (Haaz Sleiman) navigating romantic challenges during the month of Ramadan. Then, Megan and Evan dig into IDENTIFYING FEATURES (33:59), Fernanda Valadez’s devastating drama about a mother (Mercedes Hernández) traveling across Mexico looking for her son when he goes missing trying to cross the border into the U.S. Everyone wraps up with THE WHITE TIGER (53:06), Ramin Bahrani’s Netflix drama, an adaptation of the novel, about an Indian servant (Adarsh Gourav) trying to break free from his employers. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we review a Patron’s choice: the 1985 martial arts flick THE LAST DRAGON.

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ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, HERSELF, and SHADOW IN THE CLOUD on Episode #339

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Aldis Hodge, Eli Goree, and Leslie Odom Jr in Regina King's ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Because we recorded this episode on January 6, 2021, we take a moment to acknowledge the day’s events before we talk about any movies this week. After we do that, Megan kicks things off with SHADOW IN THE CLOUD (3:25), Roseanne Liang’s WWII action/horror film starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Then everyone reviews HERSELF (14:18). This film tackles difficult content so we offer a trigger warning before discussing Phyllida Lloyd’s drama about a single mother (Clare Dunne, who also wrote the screenplay) who escapes an abusive ex and struggles to find a home for her children. We wrap up with ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (33:19), Regina King’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Kemp Powers’ stage play about a fictional meeting between Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr), and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). And on this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we pay tribute to the late Joan Micklin Silver by discussing her 1975 directorial debut HESTER STREET.

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Our Top 10 Films of 2020 on Episode #338

Frances McDormand in Chloé Zhao's NOMADLAND

Frances McDormand in Chloé Zhao’s NOMADLAND

Happy New Year, Spoilerpeeps! We say hello to 2021 by saying goodbye to 2020, a year that was terrible but pretty great for movies, if you ask us. We (Evan, Megan, and Dave) have a blast sharing our respective top 10 films from the year. We also have fun discussing the similarities and differences between our lists. Tune in for Evan’s list at 4:35, Megan’s at 15:10, and Dave’s at 36:23. Then hear us briefly touch on why we loved films like THE ASSISTANT, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS, SHE DIES TOMORROW, FIRST COW, and so much more. And on this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we discuss THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE, France Ford Coppola’s recently released new cut of THE GODFATHER PART III.

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PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, NEWS OF THE WORLD, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, and THE MIDNIGHT SKY on Episode #336

Carey Mulligan in Emerald Fennell's film PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

This week, we open with the Netflix drama MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (3:34), starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in the George C. Wolfe-directed adaptation of August Wilson’s stage play about the blues singer and her band. Then we review George Clooney’s post-apocalyptic Netflix sci-fi film THE MIDNIGHT SKY (15:18), with Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo. Next, we discuss the first-ever Tom Hanks Western NEWS OF THE WORLD (29:21), directed by Paul Greengrass and co-starring Helena Zengel. We wrap up with Emerald Fennell’s darkly comedic revenge tale PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (42:42), starring Carey Mulligan. And on this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we discuss the 2006 Nancy Meyers rom-com THE HOLIDAY, because tis the season.

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I’M YOUR WOMAN, NOMADLAND, FREAKY, and LOVERS ROCK on Episode #335

Rachel Brosnahan in Julia Hart's film I'M YOUR WOMAN

Happy Hanukkah, Spoilerpeeps! This week we start with NOMADLAND (3:43), Chloé Zhao’s drama starring Frances McDormand as a woman living in her van as a “modern-day nomad.” Next is LOVERS ROCK (18:00), a slice-of-life film from Steve McQueen’s SMALL AXE series on Amazon, that follows a reggae house party in 1980s London. Then we review Christopher Landon’s body swap horror comedy FREAKY (26:47), starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn as a teen and serial killer who switch bodies. We wrap with Julia Hart’s 1970s-set crime drama I’M YOUR WOMAN (42:09), which stars Rachel Brosnahan as a woman on the run with a baby. Our Patreon bonus audio for this week is a patron’s choice: the 2003 Disney Channel sports-themed Hanukkah movie, FULL-COURT MIRACLE.

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AMMONITE, ANYTHING FOR JACKSON, and STARDUST on Episode #334

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite

We kick off this week’s show with STARDUST (3:09), Gabriel Range’s David Bowie biopic that focuses on his 1971 trip to the U.S., which inspired him to create his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Next, we talk about ANYTHING FOR JACKSON (13:31), a horror film where unwitting grandparents get much more than they bargained for when they try to resurrect their dead grandchild. And then, we discuss AMMONITE (29:27), Francis Lee’s 1840s queer romance based on real women (including paleontologist Mary Anning), starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. On this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we discuss a Patron’s choice: Wong Jing’s 1993 film CITY HUNTER, starring Jackie Chan.

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HAPPIEST SEASON, LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST, TIME, and THE DARK AND THE WICKED on Episode #332

The family in the film Happiest Season posing together for a family photoDave and Megan lead off this week with Bryan Bertino’s tense possession horror flick THE DARK AND THE WICKED (2:43). Appropriately, the next film on the docket is LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST (17:44), a fascinating documentary about the iconic possession horror film. Next they talk about TIME (32:34), a poignant documentary about a woman’s fight to free her husband from prison. Finally, they discuss HAPPIEST SEASON (42:48), Clea DuVall’s moving queer Christmas rom-com, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis. In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we have a blast covering James Cameron’s sci-fi action film ALIENS, which is Megan’s all-time favorite movie.

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HIS HOUSE, COME AWAY, and the Boston Jewish Film Festival on Episode #331

Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dirisu stand next to walls with peeled-off wallpaper in film His House

This week we discuss the results of the presidential election before the movies. We start with the 2020 Boston Jewish Film Festival at (7:32). Evan talks about the shorts, features (THOU SHALT NOT HATE), and documentaries (THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME and SYNDROME K) he saw solo, before he and Megan dig into movies they’ve both seen: queer coming-of-age comedy TAHARA (18:01), romantic drama THE END OF LOVE (25:10), and queer comedy SHIVA BABY (36:44). Then, Megan and Dave discuss COME AWAY (43:48), a fantasy film starring Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo as the parents to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Finally, Evan and Megan wrap up with HIS HOUSE (53:07), a Netflix haunted house horror film about a married couple who are refugees from South Sudan. On this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we discuss a Patron’s choice: the 2014 German horror film DER SAMURAI.

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