WONDER WOMAN 1984, SYLVIE’S LOVE, SOUL, and MANK on Episode #337

Gal Gadot in Patty Jenkins' superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984

Merry Christmas, Spoilerpeeps! This week we start off by discussing David Fincher’s Netflix film MANK (3:18), which tells the story of how screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) wrote CITIZEN KANE. Then it’s onward to SOUL (14:37), Pixar’s latest movie about a jazz musician (Jamie Foxx) who must help an infant soul (Tina Fey) learn about herself. Next, we discuss Eugene Ashe’s period romance SYLVIE’S LOVE (27:59), which stars Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha. We close with WONDER WOMAN 1984 (41:43), Patty Jenkins’s 1980s-based sequel to 2017’s WONDER WOMAN, starring Gal Gadot as the iconic superhero and co-starring Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, and Chris Pine. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we discuss the winner of our December poll: Brian Henson’s 1992 film THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL!

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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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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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THE CRAFT: LEGACY, COME PLAY, SCARE ME, and OVER THE MOON on Episode #329

Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Cailee Spaeny, and Gideon Adlon in Zoe Lister-Jones' The Craft: Legacy

We kick off this week with OVER THE MOON (4:00), a Dreamworks animated musical on Netflix about a Chinese girl who travels to the moon. Next, we discuss Jacob Chase’s horror film COME PLAY (17:03), starring Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr., and Azhy Robertson, about a creepy monster that can get you through your electronic devices. Then, we dig into Josh Ruben’s SCARE ME (30:42), a Shudder horror comedy about two writers (Aya Cash and Josh Ruben) telling each other scary stories. Finally, we tackle Zoe Lister-Jones’s THE CRAFT: LEGACY (42:27), the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 cult classic THE CRAFT, about four teen girls (Cailee Spaeny, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, and Gideon Adlon) and witchcraft. In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we talk about our October poll winner, the 1986 horror film VAMP, featuring Grace Jones.

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, BAD HAIR, SYNCHRONIC, and BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM on Episode #328

Chicago 7

Pepperidge Farm cookies are the latest topic of food debate this week. Dave leads off the movies with the Borat sequel, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM (2:32), by covering how it stacks up to the original. Then everyone talks about Aaron Sorkin’s timely Netflix courtroom drama THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (8:35). After that it’s onward to the drug-fueled sci-fi drama SYNCHRONIC (29:10), starring Anthony Mackie. And things heat up while discussing Justin Simien’s Hulu horror comedy BAD HAIR (40:04). In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we review a Patron’s selection, the 1996 cult classic THE CRAFT.

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POSSESSOR UNCUT, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, BLACK BOX, and THE LIE with Guest Charlie Nash on Episode #326

Andrea Riseborough looking worried and cast in an orange glow in the movie Possessor.

Guest Charlie Nash returns for this week’s show! The first films on the docket are BLACK BOX (3:36), a sci-fi film about a man suffering from amnesia undergoing a new treatment, and THE LIE (12:56), a thriller about two parents protecting their daughter; two horrorish flicks from Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse series, which have varying success for each co-host. Next, everyone discusses the Netflix adaptation of the seminal queer play THE BOYS IN THE BAND (26:31), about gay friends at a birthday party in 1968 NYC, by digging into its differences from the original, and debating whether its story is still vital. Then, they delve deep into POSSESSOR UNCUT (52:04), Brandon Cronenberg’s graphic, psychological sci-fi horror. On this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we discuss KINDERGARTEN COP, which Charlie has never seen. Hilarity ensues.

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ENOLA HOLMES, ON THE ROCKS, and A CALL TO SPY on Episode #325

Millie Bobby Brown looks shocked after releasing an arrow from her bow in the movie Enola Holmes

This week we ponder what to do in case of a pants emergency before the movies. Evan kicks things off with A CALL TO SPY (2:42), which is a true story about women who spied on the Nazis during WWII. Next, everyone discusses the Netflix movie ENOLA HOLMES (13:09), the Millie Bobby Brown vehicle where she plays Sherlock Holmes’s talented and charming teenage sister. The main event is Sofia Coppola’s ON THE ROCKS (28:51), about a daughter (Rashida Jones) and father (Bill Murray) who reconnect in NYC. In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we cover the winner of our September poll, the 1967 film TO SIR, WITH LOVE.

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KAJILLIONAIRE, THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, RESIDUE, and OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES on Episode #324

Gina Rodriguez looks at Evan Rachel Wood, who stares ahead blankly in the movie Kajillionaire

An old feminine hygiene commercial inspires a new band name before the movies this week. Megan and Evan lead with RESIDUE (2:48), Merawi Gerima’s drama that’s a compelling commentary on racism and gentrification. Next, everyone discusses OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES (15:18), a food documentary about a special project for The MET. Then they review THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME (29:23), a Netflix crime drama with Tom Holland. Lastly, they cover Miranda July’s KAJILLIONAIRE (47:08), an eccentric crime drama starring Evan Rachel Wood and Gina Rodriguez. In this week’s Patreon bonus audio, we review a Patron’s selection, John Carpenter’s 1995 horror film IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS.

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THE NEST, THE WAY I SEE IT, CUTIES, MR. SOUL!, and SPIRAL on Episode #323

Jude Law and Carrie Coon in film The Nest

This week we ponder Werner Herzog’s definition of a sandwich before the movies. Evan opens by spoilerpiecing the creepy queer horror film SPIRAL (3:20). Then he and Megan cover the enlightening documentary MR. SOUL! (13:09) about the groundbreaking variety show that centered Black artists. Next, they delve into Maïmouna Doucouré’s controversial Netflix film CUTIES (21:59). After that, Dave and Megan review the moving political documentary THE WAY I SEE IT (36:17), about Pete Souza, the official White House photographer for President Obama. Megan and Evan close by discussing Sean Durkin’s emotional family drama THE NEST (48:24), starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon as a married couple whose seemingly idyllic marriage becomes strained after a move to England. On our Patreon bonus audio this week, we review a Patron’s choice, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film ROPE.

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A Chadwick Boseman Tribute, BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, CLASS ACTION PARK, and LINGUA FRANCA on Episode #321

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter smile with their arms outstretched in the movie Bill & Ted Face the Music

It’s all office sounds before we get into the show. Megan opens by talking about her guest appearance on the Screen Fix podcast. Next, we pay tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman by celebrating his best performances. Then Megan and Evan discuss LINGUA FRANCA (21:38), Isabel Sandoval’s timely drama about a Filipina trans woman who’s undocumented. Afterward, everyone reviews the wild documentary CLASS ACTION PARK (36:33) about a deadly water park in New Jersey in the 1970s-1990s. They wrap up the show with their thoughts on the long-awaited sequel BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (48:17), starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as time-traveling best friends. This week’s Patreon bonus episode also honors Chadwick Boseman with a discussion about 42, the 2013 Jackie Robinson biopic.

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