MOFFIE, THE POWER, and THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS on Episode #352

Kai Luke Brummer looks off into the distance as Nicholas in Oliver Hermanus’ MOFFIE

Kai Luke Brummer gives a soulful performance in MOFFIE

This week we kick off with THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS (1:39), a beautifully shot documentary about the quirky men and their beloved dogs who hunt rare white Alba truffles in Northern Italy. Next, we discuss THE POWER (15:45), Corinna Faith’s compelling albeit predictable horror film about a rookie nurse (Rose Williams) in 1974 London, who encounters a terrifying spirit while working at a hospital during a planned blackout. After that, we review MOFFIE (36:02), Oliver Hermanus’s moving and brutal period drama about a closeted South African soldier (Kai Luke Brummer) trying to survive his military service in the face of severe homophobia and racism. And for our Patreon bonus audio, we discuss the 1940 Howard Hawks screwball comedy HIS GIRL FRIDAY, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.    

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GODZILLA VS KONG, ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, WOLFWALKERS, and WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR on Episode #351

Godzilla and King Kong fight each other above a city in the movie Godzilla vs Kong

Godzilla squares off with King Kong in GODZILLA VS. KONG

Dave keeps knives in his microwave?! Find out why this week. We kick off our reviews with ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE (4:21), a four-hour cut of the 2017 superhero film, which for better and worse, represents its original director’s vision. Next, we talk about the heartwarming Oscar-nominated animated fantasy tale WOLFWALKERS (20:04) by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart of Cartoon Saloon. After that, we cover Kier-La Janisse’s three-hour documentary WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR (28:59), which screened at SXSW and offers a fascinating dissection of folk horror films. Our main event is GODZILLA VS. KONG (43:00), a kaiju movie directed by Adam Wingard with some entertaining fights that’s, unfortunately, lacking in many other departments. And for our Patreon exclusive audio, we follow up on our recent PRETTY IN PINK discussion by talking about the John Hughes/Howard Deutch film SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL

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MOXIE, SOPHIE JONES, JUMBO, and films from the Boston Israeli Film Festival on Episode #348

Hadley Robinson stands in the rain angrily holding her zine Moxie in the movie Moxie

Moxie. Hadley Robinson as Vivian in Moxie. Cr /NETFLIX © 2020

Evan starts this week by recapping two feature-length films he saw from the Boston Israeli Film Festival (1:29). He talks about Nir Bergman’s HERE WE ARE, a drama about a father’s changing relationship with his autistic son, and Yohanan Weller’s LOVE IN SUSPENDERS, a rom-com about finding love again later in life. Then Megan and Dave review Zoé Wittock’s JUMBO (13:04), romantic drama about a woman who falls in love with an amusement park ride. Next, we all discuss Jessie Barr’s SOPHIE JONES (28:25), a coming-of-age story about a teenager processing the grief of her mother’s death. Lastly, we cover Amy Poehler’s MOXIE (44:52), a dramedy about a teenager who takes on sexism at her high school by starting a feminist zine. And on this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we celebrate the 35th anniversary of PRETTY IN PINK with an in-depth discussion about the Howard Deutch/John Hughes 80s classic.

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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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