DOCTOR SLEEP, LAST CHRISTMAS, MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND, and IFFBoston’s Fall Focus

Ewan MacGregor peers through an axe hole in a door originally featured in The Shining, in the movie Doctor Sleep.
HERE’S EWAN in DOCTOR SLEEP

This week we start off Catching up with Crean (TM) as he tells Megan and Dave about his experience watching PARASITE (2:52). Then Megan talks about several films IFFBoston’s Fall Focus, including WAVES (7:10), THE TRUTH  (9:48), CLEMENCY (11:29), and PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (13:50). Then Megan talks about LAST CHRISTMAS (16:09) and Dave fills everyone in on Stephen King’s DOCTOR SLEEP (29:00). Finally, everyone talks about MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND (44:55), a documentary about – wait for it – how sound in movies is painstakingly put together.

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TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, HARRIET, and MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN on Episode #277

Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis, and Linda Hamilton pose defiantly in the movie Terminator: Dark Fate

Before the movies this week Megan and Dave have some questions about an unusual item on Evan’s desk. With their curiosity satisfied, Megan reviews HARRIET (3:58), the epic Harriet Tubman biopic starring the very talented, yet slightly controversial Cynthia Erivo. Next she and Dave cover MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (20:36), the Edward Norton noir with modern parallels that deserves a better director. Then they all have a blast discussing TERMINATOR: DARK FATE (40:02), the best film in the franchise since T2, because it finally gets what the others were missing: Linda Hamilton.

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ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, LITTLE MONSTERS, THE LIGHTHOUSE, and more on Episode #275

Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Jesse Eisenberg hold torches while looking up in Zombieland: Double Tap
Been there, tapped that, but it’s good seeing everyone again in ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP.

This week it’s all about the joys of vegan dairy products before a zombie-heavy meal. First Megan describes LITTLE MONSTERS (2:36), a charming zombie flick that deftly balances cuteness with dark humor. Then she reviews THE LIGHTHOUSE (11:10), an atmospheric period piece with surprising queer undertones. Next, Evan and Dave cover GARY GULMAN: THE GREAT DEPRESH (16:47), a hilarious HBO comedy special that also bravely discusses mental health. Megan and Evan follow that up with EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE (26:28), a shockingly captivating and tense film based on the AMC show. After that Dave and Megan gripe about the incredibly disappointing MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (38:55). To wrap up, it’s back to the undead for ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, a medium funny sequel that has opinions split between our fair co-hosts.

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UNBELIEVABLE, LUCY IN THE SKY, MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, and THE KING OF COMEDY ON Episode #274

Merritt Wever and Toni Collette sand with their arms crossed observing something in the Netflix show Unbelievable
Merrit Wever and Toni Collette are believably awesome in Netflix’s UNBELIEVABLE.

This week Megan blows Evan’s mind when she reveals some shocking new information to him about corn. Yes, corn. She and Dave kick off the show by reviewing the utterly disappointing MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN (3:35), a behind-the-scenes documentary that repeats all the same old stories about Ridley Scott’s beloved 1979 film. Then Evan and Dave cover Martin Scorsese’s often-overlooked gem THE KING OF COMEDY (14:38), detailing why JOKER is such an unsuccessful attempt to mimic it. Next Dave and Megan review LUCY IN THE SKY (23:42), a movie so frustrating they wish they didn’t have to talk about it. The one positive thing they can agree on though, is that Natalie Portman goes for broke with her performance. Lastly, all three of them delve into the Netflix mini-series UNBELIEVABLE (35:27), discussing why its first episode is so infuriating, while expounding upon why it’s such an important examination of trauma and a satisfying police procedural with tremendous performances by its leads Kaitlyn Dever, Merritt Wever, and Toni Collette.

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JOKER, 5B, and selections from the Boston Women’s Film Festival with new co-host Megan Kearns Episode #273!

Joaquin Phoenix in the movie Joker wearing his makeup in a suit pondering something in an elevator
JOKER may be a dud, but Joaquin Phoenix’s performance definitely isn’t.

It’s a new era of Spoilerpiece Theatre as new co-host Megan Kearns joins Evan and Dave! Megan kicks things off this week, talking about five films from the BOSTON WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (5:15): PARADISE HILLS, THE AWAKENING OF THE ANTS, ENDZEIT, GOOD POSTURE, and FAST COLOR. (Of note: There are John Candy, Kevin Bacon, DEAD SNOW, and LAST OF US tangents. That’s right! Tangents return!) Evan talks about the Paul Haggis-Dan Krauss documentary 5B (34:05), and then Evan and Dave team up to talk about JOKER (40:55), the Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker origin story. Be sure to check out our Patreon page where we talk about some psycho stalker movies!

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AD ASTRA, ABOMINABLE, MONOS and Kris’s last show on Episode #272!

In a spacesuit Brad Pitt looks out the window of a spacecraft in the movie Ad Astra
Brad Pitt looks longingly out the window in the reflective AD ASTRA

Yes, you read that correctly – after five years as cohost, Kris is leaving the show, but not before he shares some memories of his wedding with Dave and Evan. Then it’s on to the movies! First up, Kris recaps AD ASTRA (17:51), the James Gray film featuring Brad Pitt as an astronaut wrestling with his identity after discovering the true fate of his father. It’s worth a watch, even if it’s not your kind of movie, and may win you over with its great lead performance, excellent visuals, and good intentions. Then it’s ABOMINABLE (29:13), a family movie about a yeti. It’s good, and you won’t hate yourself if you bring your child/niece/nephew/babysittee to kill a few hours. Dave and Evan close things out with MONOS (39:40), a brutal film about child soldiers that is well made, but fails to resonate beyond its fine performances and excellent score.

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TALL GIRL, HER SMELL, LATE NIGHT, AND RAUL JULIA: THE WORLD’S A STAGE on Episode #271 with Charlie Nash

Elisabeth Moss in the movie Her Smell grinning and looking away covered in sweat and glittery makeup
Elisabeth Moss stars in HER SMELL, a movie totally unrelated to that Lynyrd Skynyrd song

Kris out on his mini-moon this week so guest Charlie Nash joins Dave and Evan to share his results for the meme “Your Gender Studies Thesis.” After they each get a good chuckle sharing the titles of their fictional papers, Evan reviews TALL GIRL (6:57), a Netflix movie about vertically advantaged high schooler that barely scratches the emotional surface of its main character’s life. Then Dave and Evan recount their experience watching RAÚL JULIÁ: THE WORLD’S A STAGE (18:18), a PBS documentary about the late actor that celebrates his talent, his authenticity, and his inspirational status to Latinx performers everywhere. Next Charlie and Dave delve into HER SMELL (28:50), Alex Ross Perry drama starring Elisabeth Moss that explores the life of a rock star in the throes of addiction. Lastly, Evan and Dave cover LATE NIGHT (44:20), the Mindy Kaling comedy that’s funny and poignant without being preachy.

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