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!
Megan and Dave start this week by reviewing the Robert Eggers Viking revenge tale THE NORTHMAN (1:55), which they disagree about in a lot of places. They can at least agree Nicole Kidman is amazing in it. Next everyone discusses Gustavo Hernández’s horror film VIRUS: 32 (23:31), which puts a very specific and interesting spin on its zombie narrative. Then we’re excited to finally cover Jon Watts’s SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (39:38), digging into everything that we love and everything we find annoying about it. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we review the 1992 Penelope Spheeris comedy WAYNE’S WORLD, starring Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, and Rob Lowe.
Dave is back this week from his horse vacation! Is he rested? Neigh. First on the docket this week is EMMA. (4:16), director Autumn de Wilde’s take on Jane Austen’s classic novel starring Anya Taylor-Joy. Next is SWALLOW (19:04), a movie that defies simple explanation but will definitely linger in your mind for a long time after you see it. Then THE HUNT (39:33) is finally out! Is it crummy? Or good? Or somewhere in between? Your questions will be answered! And over on Patreon this week, we talk John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK in the exclusive audio segment.
This week Kris excitedly announces the Amazon release of BLOOD OF THE TRIBADES, the sexy lesbian vampire homage to Hammer horror that features him in a villainous role. Before the guys dive into the week’s movies, Kris issues a correction to his description of THE BYE BYE MAN at the request of a listener. With corrections and plugs out of the way, Dave steps up to spoilerpiece THE FOUNDER (at 8:41), a chronicle of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) transformed McDonalds from a small fast food chain owned by hardworking brothers (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) into a multi-billion-dollar company. Dave shares its unique take on Kroc as a character, revealing how Kroc starts out sympathetic, but becomes an incredible shyster as the film progresses. Then all three guys tackle SPLIT (at 27:16), M. Night Shyamalan’s twisty thriller about a group of teenage girls abducted by man with multiple personalities (James McAvoy). The guys marvel at McAvoy’s dynamite performance as well as great turns by Betty Buckley and Anya Taylor-Joy, although they find the movie’s ending lacking and a little icky. The plus side: Dr. Kris has some ideas for how it could be improved.
This week’s episode starts out with a conversation about Prince, where Kris gets real life events spoilerpieced. Then after a very brief review of BABES IN TOYLAND, a Janet Jackson tangent, and singing, the guys address some listener questions that arrived via voicemail and email. Along the way, they stumble into tangents about FORREST GUMP, Vin Diesel, and The Brattle Theatre’s owl before they move on to the main event: their review of THE WITCH. All three love its ratcheting sense of dread and how it becomes terrifying, bordering on horrifying in its final act. Plus early, Dave admits that there’s a moment in it that makes him feel very uncomfortable as a new dad. Following some differentiation between rabbits and hares, and talk of famous last words in the movie, they all laud THE WITCH for its good direction, great recreation of its time period, and excellent detail. In fact, they spend so much time talking about it, that they don’t get a chance to explore Tim Burton’s BATMAN, which was also on the agenda. Alas, they’ll just have to review it in Episode 85, so be sure to watch it in advance as prep.