SUMMERLAND, IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS, AROUND THE SUN, and FATAL AFFAIR on Episode #316

Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw look at a leaf on a tree in the movie Summerland

Dessert means war at the outset of this week’s episode. Megan and Evan start by reviewing the Netflix thriller on stalking, FATAL AFFAIR (2:30), starring Nia Long and Omar Epps. Then they move on to the esoteric, celestial romance, AROUND THE SUN (11:42), which Dave might be a little bit biased about. Next, everyone tackles IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS (25:48), the lengthy Shudder documentary about 1980s horror films. Lastly, they discuss SUMMERLAND (46:47), Jessica Swale’s touching WWII-era British queer romance with some unexpected twists, starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. On this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about our July poll winner on one-day films: DREDD.

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PALM SPRINGS, THE OLD GUARD, LAKE OF DEATH, and THE PAINTED BIRD on Episode #314

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti hold hands looking hopeful by a campfire in the movie Palm Springs

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti have fantastic chemistry in PALM SPRINGS

Happy 6th Birthday Spoilerpiece! We celebrate by discussing sexy Abraham Lincoln before the movies this week. First, Megan and Evan reveal why neither could finish the twisted, brutal film THE PAINTED BIRD (3:39). Next, they dissect Shudder’s Norwegian horror flick LAKE OF DEATH (9:16). Then they share their differing opinions about the queer Netflix action movie (based on the comics) about immortals, starring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne, THE OLD GUARD (19:00). Finally, everyone reviews the Andy Samberg / Cristin Milioti rom-com PALM SPRINGS (42:07), which they all very much enjoyed. Also, in this week’s exclusive Patreon audio we review a Selectpiece patron’s pick: THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION.

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THE TRUTH, HOMEWRECKER, MUCHO MUCHO AMOR, and EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA on Episode #312

Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche face each other in THE TRUTH

We have Michael McDonald on the brain before Evan briefly reviews EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA (3:10), a bloated comedy with fun music, but terrible jokes, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. Then Megan covers MUCHO MUCHO AMOR (10:13), a moving documentary about the effervescent and ostentatious gender non-conforming Latinx astrologer icon, Walter Mercado. Next, she and Evan tackle THE TRUTH (21:15), Kore-eda Hirokazu’s layered French drama about a complicated mother-daughter relationship, starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. Lastly, everyone reviews HOMEWRECKER (34:32), a horror flick about a woman obsessed with another woman; it has good ideas that fails to capitalize on them. On our bonus Patreon exclusive, we talk about one of our favorite summer blockbusters, JAWS.

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DA 5 BLOODS, 7500, and BABYTEETH on Episode #310

Delroy Lindo, Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Jonathan Majors in Da 5 Bloods crouch down and bring their hands together in the film Da 5 Bloods

Bring it in for a moment Bloods

This week we discuss Lance Reddick on THE WIRE before we review movies. We start with 7500 (3:01), a tense plane hijacking film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt that sadly runs out of steam partway through. Then we discuss BABYTEETH (11:11), a challenging drama about a family grappling with a teenager’s illness that divides our hosts. Next, we delve deep into Spike Lee’s Netflix film DA 5 BLOODS (30:00), an ambitious and haunting story about Black Vietnam War veterans with A LOT to unpack. To continue elevating Black voices in cinema, we devote this week’s Patreon exclusive audio to the 2011 Dee Rees queer film PARIAH, one of Megan’s all-time favorite movies (for good reason).

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THE HIGH NOTE, THE LOVEBIRDS, and LUCKY GRANDMA on Episode #307

This week we discuss obnoxious drink orders before we delve into our three movies. First, is the disappointing Netflix romcom/murder mystery THE LOVEBIRDS (2:31), which squanders Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani’s chemistry. Next is the entertaining dark comedy LUCKY GRANDMA (16:49), about a hilarious chain-smoking Chinese grandma (Tsai Chin). Then, we cover the sprawling Dakota Johnson/Tracee Ellis Ross music industry drama, THE HIGH NOTE (33:56), which divides our co-hosts. Over on our Patreon exclusive audio we review Justin Lin’s BETTER LUCK TOMORROW in honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Both our main episode and Patreon segment were edited by Otto Klammer.

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THE VAST OF NIGHT, BLOOD QUANTUM, and CIRCUS OF BOOKS on Episode #305

Sierra McCormick looks skeptically while wearing her switchboard operator headset in the movie The Vast of Night

Stay-at-home-piece Theatre opens this week with Megan and Evan discussing the Indigenous zombie flick BLOOD QUANTUM (2:42), which has satisfying, gore-filled action scenes. Next, everyone covers CIRCUS OF BOOKS (17:44), a slightly scattered, yet compelling documentary about a nice Jewish couple that ran a gay porn store. Lastly, they dissect THE VAST OF NIGHT (39:39), a sci-fi film that pays homage to THE TWILIGHT ZONE with very different degrees of success depending on which co-host you ask. On our Patreon bonus episode, we had a blast discussing a Selectpiece Patron’s choice for us: THE HITCHER.

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THE HALF OF IT, HOW TO BUILD A GIRL, and SPACESHIP EARTH on Episode #304

Another week housebound, another week streaming! First up it’s HOW TO BUILD A GIRL (3:05), the Beanie Feldstein-starring coming-of-age tale about a young woman who’s trying to find herself amid shady parents, asshole colleagues, and her own bad decisions. Then it’s SPACESHIP EARTH (23:20) a documentary that is NOT about EPCOT Center or Buckminster Fuller (or Steve Bannon, though he makes an appearance), but about the are-they-wackos who designed and lived in Biosphere 2. Finally, it’s more coming-of-age with Alice Wu’s THE HALF OF IT (41:34)! This movie stands out for its Cyrano-de-Bergerac-with-a-queer-twist plot that met with three different opinions from Evan, Megan, and Dave. On our Patreon bonus episode, we talk about REC, the 2007 horror movie that feels waaaaaaay too timely.

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SELAH AND THE SPADES, TIGERTAIL, AND THEN WE DANCED, and LOVE WEDDING REPEAT on Episode #301

This week on Social Distancing-piece Theatre, Megan leads off with AND THEN WE DANCED (3:55), a moving tale of gay romance in Georgia (the country, not the state). Then she covers SELAH AND THE SPADES (15:58), a poignant, yet stylized high school flick about a gang leader and her crew. After that everyone reviews the abominable Netflix rom-com LOVE WEDDING REPEAT (30:40). Lastly, they all discuss TIGERTAIL (42:25), the Netflix drama about love, loss, and The American Dream.

On the Patreon exclusive, we talk about STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER.

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NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS, HOW TO FIX A DRUG SCANDAL, SAINT FRANCES, and THE OTHER LAMB on Episode #300

It’s Episode 300 on Spoilerpiece this week! And it’s a wacky week: The coronavirus pandemic continues to turn American and international life into something almost unrecognizable. With that in mind, we’re still social distancing and going through the streaming services to find the good stuff. And we have a special guest! Shauna Harris, an attorney (and Evan’s co-host in life), joins the gang this week. The first movie on the docket is THE OTHER LAMB (4:47), a story about an all-female cult and the lone man who leads it. Next is the entirely different (from THE OTHER LAMB) SAINT FRANCES (15:21), a comedy/drama about a woman who lands a job nannying the Frances of the title. NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS (33:48), a movie that will likely end up on some top ten lists, depicts a young woman forced to travel to New York to seek an abortion. And lastly, everyone watched Netflix’s HOW TO FIX A DRUG SCANDAL (46:40). The multi-episode limited series depicts the aforementioned scandal, which took place right here in Massachusetts, and the fallout that resulted. Shauna, who has direct experience as a lawyer with the case, lends her insight. We’re recording remotely again, so please forgive weirdo echoes and dropouts, especially when Dave drops out at about 1:15:25. Stay safe, folks. On the Patreon exclusive we talk about John Sayles’ THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET.

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UNCORKED, TIGER KING, BACURAU, RESISTANCE, and THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER on Episode #299

UNCORKED

We’re still social distancing, but we’ve got tons of streaming titles to discuss. First, Evan delves into the salacious Netflix docuseries TIGER KING (4:20). Next, Megan covers BACURAU (15:00), a Brazilian film that sounds bonkers, in a good way. Then Evan reviews RESISTANCE (26:10), the Jesse Eisenberg film about Marcel Marceau. After that Megan and Dave tackle Ellen Page’s doc THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WATER (33:35). Everyone wraps with UNCORKED (46:40), a delightful drama about an aspiring sommelier. And on our Patreon exclusive, we recommend long films to watch!

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