We kick off the show this week by reviewing Dave Franco and Alison Brie’s surprisingly nuanced romcom SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW (2:09). It tells the story of a reality show producer (Brie) who returns to her quaint hometown and reconnects with her ex Sean (Jay Ellis), who is engaged to a woman (Kiersey Clemons) that reminds her of the person she used to be. Then, we cover Davy Chou’s RETURN TO SEOUL (25:50), a compelling and layered exploration of identity. It follows a French woman (Park Ji-min) who returns to Korea to experience the country and try to find her birth parents. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about a Patron’s choice, the 1996 Mike Nichols queer comedy THE BIRDCAGE!
Megan kicks things off with a quick review of George Miller’s disappointing drama THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING (3:23), where a lonely scholar (Tilda Swinton) encounters a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers to grant her three wishes. Next, we discuss Jeff Baena’s kitchen sink comedy SPIN ME ROUND (11:43), which stars Alison Brie as the manager of an Olive Garden-like restaurant who embarks on a zany company trip to Italy. Then we cover William Brent Bell’s ORPHAN: FIRST KILL (30:15), a satisfying prequel to the 2009 film ORPHAN that truly justifies its existence. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our summer camp horror movie poll, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER!
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.
Dave is on vacation so friend of the show Dede Crimmins returns as a guest this week! She starts off with her picks for Women in Horror Month: THE LODGE (6:47), PELICAN BLOOD (13:00), and DEAD DICKS (14:50). Then Evan reviews INCITEMENT (20:31), a tense thriller from the Boston Israeli Film Festival. Next Megan and Dede tackle GRETEL & HANSEL (30:35), a fun spin on the classic fairy tale. The gang wraps up with HORSE GIRL (45:05), the Netflix thriller starring Alison Brie that’s annoyingly ambiguous.