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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THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, MULAN, RENT-A-PAL, and ROBIN’S WISH on Episode #322

Geraldine Viswanathan and Dacre Montgomery in the rom-com The Broken Hearts Gallery

This week’s show opens with everyone discussing their thoughts on the new representation and inclusion standards the Academy has established for Best Picture eligibility. Evan leads the movies with ROBIN’S WISH (8:00) the moving documentary about Robin Williams’ struggle with Lewy body dementia. Then Megan talks about MULAN (12:52), Disney’s epic live-action remake about a Chinese woman (Yifei Lu) posing as a man to fight as a warrior. Next, she and Dave review the psychological horror film RENT-A-PAL (22:23), about a lonely man (Brian Landis Folkins) who finds a new friend (Wil Wheaton) in a VHS tape. Finally, they cover THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY (37:50), a NYC-based rom-com about a woman (Geraldine Viswanathan) who starts an art gallery for mementos from past relationships. On our Patreon bonus audio this week, we discuss one of our all-time favorite films, Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 sci-fi classic, BACK TO THE FUTURE.

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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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Fantasia Festival, GET DUKED!, YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE, and CENTIGRADE on Episode #320

Four teen boys in the film Get Duked

GET DUKED!

Dede Crimmins, the Alec Baldwin of Spoilerpiece, fills in for Dave this week, and a conversation about masks takes some unexpected turns. First, Dede recaps some of her favorite films from the Fantasia Festival so far (3:22). Then Evan and Megan join in to discuss the documentary YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE (18:06). Then they all review CENTIGRADE (37:37), a subzero survival tale. They wrap up with GET DUKED! (47:54), a comedy about teens being hunted in the Scottish Highlands. On this week’s exclusive Patreon bonus episode, they discuss the winner of the August poll: Bruce Brown’s classic 1965 surfing documentary, THE ENDLESS SUMMER.

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TESLA, PROJECT POWER, CARMEN Y LOLA, THE PALE DOOR, and PRETENDING I’M A SUPERMAN: THE TONY HAWK VIDEO GAME STORY on Episode #319

Ethan Hawke in the biopic Tesla

This week we talk about the vibes we get from Teddie Peanut Butter before the movies. First, Evan reviews PRETENDING I’M A SUPERMAN: THE TONY HAWK VIDEO GAME STORY (3:09), a documentary about the Tony Hawk video game franchise. Then, Dave covers THE PALE DOOR (11:45), a Western with witches. Next Megan and Evan discuss CARMEN Y LOLA (23:27), a queer love story about two young Romani women. After that everyone covers the Netflix action flick PROJECT POWER (37:28), starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Dominique Fishback. Finally, they dig into TESLA (50:52), a biopic about inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla, starring Ethan Hawke. On this week’s Patreon exclusive bonus episode, we discuss EASY A, Will Gluck’s 2010 film, starring Emma Stone.

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SPUTNIK, RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, AN AMERICAN PICKLE, and BEFORE THE FIRE on Episode #318

Oksana Akinshina and Pyotr Fyodorov in the film Sputnik

A karaoke conversation raises our ire for a specific 90s band this week. Megan and Dave start our movie reviews with the very timely pandemic tale BEFORE THE FIRE (3:10). After that everyone discusses the salty Seth Rogen HBO Max comedy AN AMERICAN PICKLE (17:44). Next, they cover the ultra-violent Jay Baruchel slasher horror film RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE (27:38). Then they wrap up with the thought-provoking Russian sci-fi horror film SPUTNIK (45:34). On this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, they tackle one of their favorites, Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire horror film, THE LOST BOYS.

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SHE DIES TOMORROW, LA LLORONA, I USED TO GO HERE, and MADE IN ITALY on Episode #317

Kate Lyn Sheil faces the camera, tinged in blue light in the film She Dies Tomorrow

This week in COVIDville, we kick off the show with an email from one of our longtime listeners. SHE-RA, anyone? Then it’s off to the movies! Megan and Dave cover MADE IN ITALY (6:36), a drama starring Liam Neeson and his real-life son (Micheál Richardson) as an estranged father and son renovating a family home and dealing with the death of a loved one. Then Megan and Evan discuss the tragic Guatemalan horror film LA LLORONA (14:46), about a former dictator on trial for genocide, ghosts, and a mysterious Indigenous housekeeper. The whole gang talks about I USED TO GO HERE (25:42), writer/director Kris Rey’s warm comedy about a maybe-failed novelist (Gillian Jacobs) revisiting her college and getting caught up in the lives of its students. Finally, it’s Amy Seimetz’s SHE DIES TOMORROW (38:25), a tense film that defies categorization, starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Chris Messina, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her Michelle Rodriguez. On this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we discuss Brian Yuzna’s body horror film, SOCIETY, picked by one of our Selectpiece patrons.

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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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THE RENTAL, RADIOACTIVE, IMPETIGORE, and YES, GOD, YES on Episode #315

Alison Brie stands against red fog holding her cellphone light in the movie The Rental

Alison Brie is excellent in Dave Franco’s directorial debut THE RENTAL

This week a conversation about pizza takes an unexpected turn before we dig into the movies. Evan and Megan start with Joko Anwar’s IMPETIGORE (2:08), a creepy, but confusing Indonesian horror film on Shudder. Then they cover RADIOACTIVE (13:45), Marjane Satrapi’s surreal Marie Curie biopic starring Rosamund Pike. Next, Dave joins in to talk about YES, GOD, YES (29:38), Karen Maine’s heartwarming early 00s coming-of-age flick. Lastly, they discuss THE RENTAL (44:10), Dave Franco’s tense directorial debut. On our Patreon exclusive audio this week, we talk about F. Gary Gray’s 1996 film SET IT OFF.

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