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!
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.
This week’s episode kicks off with, what else those effin’ Oscar nominations (2:17), recognizing outstanding achievement in male mediocrity. There are some deserving nominations — BLACK PANTHER, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, BLACKKKLANSMAN — but c’mon already. From there, Kris recaps STAN & OLLIE (11:55), a well-meaning film about Laurel and Hardy in the last year of their joint career. It has some great attributes but never gathers enough momentum to explore the more interesting or entertaining dimensions of its plot. Last up is DESTROYER (21:13), a meandering neo-noir that has some good things going for it but it could have done with a bit — or a lot — of streamlining.
It’s a one-movie show this week, but boy what a movie! The guys are joined by Cape Cod Times sportswriter and lifelong comics enthusiast Matt Goisman, who gives his view of what makes a worthwhile sports movie before they all jump into the main event. BLACK PANTHER (13:15), Ryan Coogler’s mighty impressive statement on the long-term effects of colonialism that asks if it is possible for utopia to exist, should it? And oh yeah, it’s a superhero movie to boot. With amazing visuals, rich performances, and thoughtful subtext wrapped in an entertaining package, BLACK PANTHER is one to see whether you’re into Marvel movies or not.