LIFE UPSIDE DOWN, BLOOD, and 2023 Oscar Nominations on Episode #446

Bob Odenkirk sits against a wall looking miserable with a mask dangling from his face in the film Life Upside Down.We kick off the show by discussing our reactions to the 2023 Oscar nominations (2:25), which dropped earlier in the week. Next, we review Brad Anderson’s frustrating horror/thriller BLOOD (15:46), which stars Michelle Monaghan as a desperate mother trying to protect her son after he gets bitten by a dog and undergoes an unsettling transformation. Then we review Cecilia Miniucchi’s disappointing COVID lockdown relationship comedy LIFE UPSIDE DOWN (34:55), a movie where Bob Odenkirk gives an uncharacteristically lousy performance. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our legacy sequels poll, TOP GUN: MAVERICK!

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SICK and THE SON on Episode #445

Hugh Jackman and Zen McGrath sit on a couch laughing and watching TV in the movie The Son.Welcome to a wacky week on Spoilerpiece. You’re gonna hear hotter takes than usual when we discuss SICK (2:42), a new horror-thriller from producer and co-writer Kevin Williamson. Is it like SCREAM? Is it something new? Who’s to say what’s new in Earth’s bizarre new cinematic landscape? The second movie is THE SON (25:26), starring Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern. We can’t say with certainty – because it’s only January – but this film may have afforded a couple Spoilerpiecers their most visceral reactions of the year. But like we said, it’s January. Hearts and minds can change! Don’t forget to check out this week’s Patreon exclusive: We talk about the 1973 film PAPER MOON, starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal.

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SKINAMARINK and SAINT OMER on Episode #444

A seated child sits with their back turned in a dark hallway in the movie Skinamarink.This week we start by reviewing Alice Diop’s emotionally compelling French courtroom drama SAINT OMER (3:11), which is about the trial of a Senegalese immigrant accused of killing her infant daughter. Then we cover Kyle Edward Ball’s hyper-stylized indie horror flick SKINAMARINK (24:31), which has nothing to do with Sharon, Lois, or Bram. It’s a movie about two kids who wake up in the middle of the night to discover that their father is gone, and all the windows in their house have disappeared. And because it’s turning 50 this year, in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about George Roy Hill’s THE STING starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

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M3GAN, THE PALE BLUE EYE, and WHITE NOISE on Episode #443

Megan has a blank stare in the movie M3gan.Evan is off this week, so it’s the Dave and Megan show. But before the Dave and Megan show, Megan goes solo, covering M3GAN (3:01), the crazy AF killer A.I. robot movie starring Allison Williams. And—perfect timing—one of Dave’s children interrupts and scares the crap out of him as he and Megan discuss said killer robot movie. Yeesh! Next, Megan and Dave talk about Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s unfilmable (question mark?) novel WHITE NOISE (17:41). They round things out with the new Christian Bale thriller THE PALE BLUE EYE (36:02), directed by Scott Cooper and featuring Harry Melling as a young Edgar Allan Poe. Don’t forget to check out this week’s Patreon exclusive audio in which Megan and Dave talk about Nora Ephron’s SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE.

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THE WONDER and RUN SWEETHEART RUN on Episode #434

Florence Pugh looks stern standing in a field with an overcast sky in the movie The Wonder.This week we start by reviewing the surprising feminist horror film RUN SWEETHEART RUN (2:43), which involves much more than just a woman running for her life from a business dinner turned date that becomes violent. Then we cover Sebastián Lelio’s eerie period thriller THE WONDER (25:27), which takes place in 1862, and stars Florence Pugh as an English nurse investigating an Irish girl who has supposedly survived for months without eating. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we honor the late Angela Lansbury by discussing John Frankenheimer’s 1962 political thriller THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE!

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DECISION TO LEAVE and V/H/S/99 on Episode #433

Tang Wei looks at Park Hae-il in the movie Decision to Leave.This week we have two movies for you. First, we review V/H/S/99 (1:56), the latest annoyingly mixed bag in the V/H/S horror anthology franchise. Somehow it’s Shudder’s most streamed movie of all-time?! Next, we delve into Park Chan-wook’s intriguing, yet lengthy film noir-inspired romance and slow-burn thriller DECISION TO LEAVE (32:26). And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our zombie movie poll, Bruce McDonald’s 2008 movie PONTYPOOL!

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HALLOWEEN ENDS and MY POLICEMAN on Episode #432

Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers (aka The Shape) struggle against each other in Halloween Ends.We have two movies on the docket this week. First, we review Michael Grandage’s disappointing queer drama MY POLICEMAN (3:26), a story told in flashback about a policeman (Harry Styles) who falls for an art curator (David Dawson) in the 1950s, but marries a woman (Emma Corrin) to conceal his sexuality. Next, we discuss HALLOWEEN ENDS (25:39) the frustrating final film in David Gordon Green’s HALLOWEEN trilogy. Since none of us had seen the second film in the series, HALLOWEEN KILLS, we lead with a review it before delving into the final chapter. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Mike Flanagan’s 2013 horror film OCULUS

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HELLRAISER (2022) and GOD’S CREATURES on Episode #430

Jamie Clayton as Pinhead in HellraiserHi Spoilerpeeps! Evan is off this week, so Megan and Dave cover the heavy Irish drama GOD’S CREATURES (3:55) (with a superb Emily Watson) and the HELLRAISER (28:16) reboot as a duo. Guess which one of them was on board with both films and guess which one of them wasn’t? In fact, there may be enough vitriol surrounding one of this week’s movies to fuel the next two episodes. (Hee-ya!) And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the 2013 Daniel Radcliffe/Zoe Kazan rom-com WHAT IF!

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SISSY and VESPER on Episode #429

Aisha Dee sits banged up with blood her clothes looking worriedly at her phone in the movie Sissy.We kick off the show this week by discussing Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper’s VESPER (2:27), a slow, dense dystopian sci-fi film about a 13-year-old girl trying to survive in a world where the Earth’s ecosystem has collapsed. Next, we cover SISSY (27:47), Kane Senes, and Hannah Barlow’s problematic horror movie about a twentysomething who finds herself face-to-face with a childhood bully during a bachelorette weekend. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our true crime poll: David Fincher’s 2007 film ZODIAC!

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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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