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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THE PRINCESS, THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, THE SUMMONED, and ON THE 3RD DAY on Episode #417

Joey King stands on guard with a bloody sword in the movie The PrincessWe have a full slate to discuss this week! Dave starts by offering a brief review of Taika Waititi’s THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (2:40), the latest so-so entry in the MCU. Next, everyone discusses Daniel de la Vega’s convoluted and frustratingly dubbed horror movie ON THE 3RD DAY (7:51). After that we cover Mark Meir’s clumsy horror film THE SUMMONED (20:17), which involves therapy and contracts with the devil. We wrap up with Le-Van Kiet’s delightful Hulu action film THE PRINCESS (35:15), which we all had a blast watching. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio we talk about Michael Anderson’s 1976 sci-fi cult classic LOGAN’S RUN!

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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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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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DEEP WATER, TURNING RED, and MEASURE OF REVENGE on Episode #401

Ana de Armas sits on a couch looking imploringly at Ben Affleck in the movie Deep WaterWe’re back to business as usual this week, starting with MEASURE OF REVENGE (3:02), an atrocious, amateurish thriller starring Melissa Leo as an unhinged stage actress seeking revenge for her son’s murder. Then we review Domee Shi’s moving Pixar film TURNING RED (18:49), which uses a Chinese Canadian girl’s magical transformation to deftly explore the struggles of puberty. After that we cover Adrian Lyne’s disappointing “erotic” thriller DEEP WATER (36:38), starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas as a vindictive, dysfunctional couple coming apart at the seams. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about RETURN OF THE JEDI

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THE BATMAN, FRESH, and THE DESPERATE HOUR on Episode #399

Robert Pattinson stars in Matt Reeves's The Batman.

This week, we start with Mimi Cave’s FRESH (2:39), a horror movie starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan that made one of us so queasy they had to turn it off. Next, we review THE DESPERATE HOUR (27:27), Philip Noyce’s frustrating thriller about a mother (Naomi Watts) trying to resolve a hostage crisis at her son’s school from her phone while she’s running through the woods. We close with Matt Reeves’ much anticipated movie THE BATMAN (37:55), a stylish film noir detective story worthy of its almost three-hour runtime, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 dark fairytale, PAN’S LABYRINTH!

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NO SUDDEN MOVE, FALSE POSITIVE, and THE ICE ROAD on Episode #365

Don Cheadle talks on the phone from a phone book while Benicio del Toro waits anxiously outside it in the movie No Sudden MoveIn this week’s edition of “We Should Have Known Better,” we cover Liam Neeson’s latest Old Man Neeson actioner, THE ICE ROAD (3:05), this year’s early winner of the “It Wants to be ‘The Wages of Fear’ or even ‘Sorcerer’ but it’s Really Just a Turd” award. Perhaps that’s harsh, but as scary as Canadian ice roads are in April, even scarier is the prospect of a movie filled with half-baked ideas, crummy special effects, and a villain who has more lives than the Energizer bunny. It’s just wretched. But man, was it fun to talk about! Next is FALSE POSITIVE (19:12), which star Ilana Glazer wrote with its director, John Lee. Who doesn’t love pregnancy horror? (Actually, one of us loves pregnancy horror, but sadly, not this film.) In this case, two of us. As Dave puts it, this is a movie that offsets each good idea it has with a bad one. But one of us liked it! (And though he didn’t mention it in the episode, Dave likes Pierce Brosnan’s beard.) Lastly, it’s NO SUDDEN MOVE (40:20), the new Steven Soderbergh thriller starring lots of his favorite people, including Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro. It has a little bit of everything, and screenwriter Ed Solomon is a loooong way from Bill & Ted. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

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LUCA, LES NÔTRES, and PLAN B on Episode #362

Disney Pixar's LUCA, an animated film about two boy sea monsters

This week, we review our second Natalie Morales film of the year, PLAN B (1:54), a hilarious road trip comedy on Hulu about best friends (Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles) trying to track down emergency contraception in middle America. Next, we discuss LES NÔTRES (24:38), Jeanne Leblanc’s difficult to watch yet excellent French Canadian drama about a pregnant teen (Émilie Bierre), which prompts us to issue a trigger warning about the sexual abuse depicted in the film. Then we cover Pixar’s LUCA (45:55), Enrico Casarosa’s animated Italian adventure-fantasy on Disney+ about sea monsters (Jacob Tremblay and Jack Dylan Grazer) who enter the world of humans and find friendship along the way. As part of our conversation, we delve into whether we also feel like movie is a queer allegory or queer love story, like others have interpreted. And on this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Theodore Witcher’s 1997 romance LOVE JONES, starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate, in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month!

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