IFFBoston’s Fall Focus and Nightstream on Episode #330

Riz Ahmed shirtless playing drums in the movie Sound of Metal

Riz Ahmed is incredible as Ruben in SOUND OF METAL, which played at IFFBoston’s Fall Focus

After a plug for the Boston Jewish Film Festival, the episode starts with Nightstream, a collaborative event put on in part by the Boston Underground Film Festival. We talk LUCKY (5:16), PELICAN BLOOD (6:34), DARKNESS (9:00), and BLACK BEAR (11:08) from Nightstream. Then it’s films everyone saw at Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston)’s Fall Focus this year. We talk NIGHT OF THE KINGS (15:38), MLK/FBI (18:49), ZAPPA (23:01), MINARI (31:57), FAREWELL AMOR (36:31), FREELAND (39:26), UNDINE (42:05), LITTLE FISH (45:03), and SOUND OF METAL (52:44). In our Patreon bonus audio this week we discuss a Patron’s choice: Frank Gwo’s 2019 sci-fi action flick, THE WANDERING EARTH.

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BONUS: 2020 Boston Jewish Film Festival Preview

They Aint Ready for Me

Tamar Manasseh, the subject of the documentary THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME, playing at the 2020 Boston Jewish Film Festival.

In this bonus episode, Evan chats on the phone with Ariana Cohen-Halberstam, Artistic Director of Boston Jewish Film. She reveals how the pandemic shaped this year’s virtual Boston Jewish Film Festival and how her team is trying to go “beyond the screen” with classes and musical performances. She also talks about exciting filmmaker Q&As, important films in the lineup about Jews of color, and this year’s Israeli TV binge, where viewers can watch an entire season of the show UNCHAINED. Other films discussed include SAUL & RUBY’S HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR BAND, IN YOUR EYES I SEE MY COUNTRY, ASIA, HONEYMOOD, SHARED LEGACIES, and THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME.

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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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HONEST THIEF, EVIL EYE, NOCTURNE, and THE MORTUARY COLLECTION on Episode #327

Liam Neeson in the film Honest Thief

This week, we start with Evan and Dave reviewing THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (1:08), Ryan Spindell’s horror anthology available on Shudder. Next, Megan and Evan cover NOCTURNE (13:54), Zu Quirke’s horror film about music and sibling rivalry from Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse series, with a fantastic lead performance by Sydney Sweeney. Then, Dave and Megan discuss HONEST THIEF (26:59), Liam Neeson’s latest action film about a robber trying to go legit after finding love. Lastly, we dig into EVIL EYE (37:49), a horror/thriller about an Indian mother (Sarita Choudhury, giving a wonderful performance) trying to protect her daughter from a suspected abusive boyfriend, also from Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse. On this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we review John Carl Buechler’s 1986 film TROLL, by patron request.

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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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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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