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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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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