It’s our last episode of the year! So, as usual, we’re revealing our BOFCA ballots as we discuss our respective Top 10 Films of 2022! Unfortunately, Dave couldn’t make it this week, but we still share his top 10 before digging into each of our own. You can hear Dave’s list starting at 2:55, Megan’s at 14:36, and Evan’s at 47:39. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we’re talking about the winner of our NYE movie poll, Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s 1989 rom-com, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY!
We start by reviewing Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical film THE FABELMANS (2:14), which explores his love of filmmaking, his parents’ marriage, and the antisemitism he experienced growing up. They’re themes we’ve seen him tackle before in his movies, but we’re split on whether there’s enough unique value that makes this movie worth watching. Next, we delve into Sarah Polley’s WOMEN TALKING (33:34), a compelling chamber piece drama about women from a religious community who have been abused by the men in it, debating whether they should forgive them, stay and fight, or leave. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we discuss a Patron’s choice, the Hallmark movie HANUKKAH ON RYE!
Evan is off this week so Megan and Dave are a duo, and they’re a doozy of a duo, because one movie they like, and one movie they really, really don’t. They start things off with NELLY & NADINE (3:26), a documentary about an unlikely love story of two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Then it’s THE APOLOGY (27:47), a Christmas-set thriller about a missing child, her coming-to-terms-with-it mother, and the unannounced guest who shows up to pour sugar in everyone’s figurative gas tanks. Bonus: Janeane Garofalo is in this one (along with stars Anna Gunn and Linus Roache)! Don’t forget to check out this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, where Megan and Dave talk about the holiday rom-com LAST HOLIDAY starring Queen Latifah.
We start the show this week by reviewing Martin McDonagh’s darkly comedic drama THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN (1:52) about two lifelong friends (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who find themselves at odds when one of them abruptly ends their friendship. Next, we discuss GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO (28:12), a creepy, yet sweet stop-motion animated retelling of the Pinocchio tale. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Steve De Jarnatt’s 1988 film MIRACLE MILE, starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham.
This week we start by reviewing Nicholas Stoller and Billy Eichner’s BROS (2:25), a funny, acerbic queer rom-com where two gay men from very different backgrounds (Eichner and Luke Macfarlane) unexpectedly find love in New York City. Next, we dig into Todd Field’s TÁR (24:17), a complex portrait of a problematic character—a world-renowned conductor at the height of her career, Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett), who has done awful things to those around her. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut, the 1971 thriller DUEL starring Dennis Weaver!
We start this week by reviewing Tobias Lindholm’s true crime drama THE GOOD NURSE (1:54), about an ER nurse (Jessica Chastain) who discovers that her charming colleague (Eddie Redmayne) is secretly murdering their patients. The film misses some areas it could dig deeper into this real-life tragedy, but it’s really well-acted and has a strong ensemble. Next, we cover Harry Bradbeer’s ENOLA HOLMES 2 (22:17), a plainly named sequel that provides another engaging adventure for Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown). It’s a delightful romp that’s still a lot of fun even if it’s not quite as brisk as the first film. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our Noirvember poll, Jane Campion’s 2003 film IN THE CUT, starring Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo! For anyone who celebrated, we hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!
We start the show this week by reviewing Claire Scanlon’s impressively unfunny comedy THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING (2:30), which is about dysfunctional siblings (Kristen Bell and Ben Platt) who reluctantly travel to the UK with their mom (Allison Janney) for their half-sister’s wedding. Next, we delve into Mark Mylod’s delicious social satire/horror film THE MENU (18:48), where a hyper-exclusive dining experience turns into a battle of wits between its mastermind chef (Ralph Fiennes) and an unexpected diner (Anya Taylor-Joy). Then we wrap up with Rian Johnson’s wildly entertaining whodunnit GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY (42:10), the much-anticipated sequel to Johnson’s murder mystery hit KNIVES OUT. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about a Patron’s choice, Griffin Dunne’s 1998 film PRACTICAL MAGIC, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman!
This week we start by reviewing Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s sci-fi, horror, buddy comedy mashup SOMETHING IN THE DIRT (3:46), which is about two friends (Benson and Moorhead) making a documentary about the paranormal phenomenon in their apartment building. We wanted to like it so much more than we actually did, and we’re pretty much on the same page about our issues with it. Next, we discuss Ryan Coogler’s BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (25:15), the highly-anticipated sequel to 2015’s BLACK PANTHER, which mourns and celebrates the late Chadwick Boseman, while attempting to advance with the franchise. We have some disagreement about how well it does that, but we have a spirited and spoiler-filled discussion. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Jonathan Lynn’s 1992 legal comedy MY COUSIN VINNY, starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei!
This week we start by reviewing the surprising feminist horror film RUN SWEETHEART RUN (2:43), which involves much more than just a woman running for her life from a business dinner turned date that becomes violent. Then we cover Sebastián Lelio’s eerie period thriller THE WONDER (25:27), which takes place in 1862, and stars Florence Pugh as an English nurse investigating an Irish girl who has supposedly survived for months without eating. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we honor the late Angela Lansbury by discussing John Frankenheimer’s 1962 political thriller THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE!
This week we have two movies for you. First, we review V/H/S/99 (1:56), the latest annoyingly mixed bag in the V/H/S horror anthology franchise. Somehow it’s Shudder’s most streamed movie of all-time?! Next, we delve into Park Chan-wook’s intriguing, yet lengthy film noir-inspired romance and slow-burn thriller DECISION TO LEAVE (32:26). And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our zombie movie poll, Bruce McDonald’s 2008 movie PONTYPOOL!