This week we have two movies on the docket. We start with Gaysorn Thavat’s THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING (3:53) a complex, emotionally challenging drama about a homeless mother (Essie Davis) struggling against New Zealand’s social services system to win back custody of her children. Then we review Andrew Dominik’s BLONDE (25:59) a disgusting, exploitative, and misogynist, fictionalized look at the life of Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas). We have A LOT to say about this infuriating film that wallows in trauma and insults Monroe’s legacy—none of it is good. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Ron Clements and John Musker’s 1989 Disney animated classic THE LITTLE MERMAID!
This week we discuss Lance Reddick on THE WIRE before we review movies. We start with 7500 (3:01), a tense plane hijacking film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt that sadly runs out of steam partway through. Then we discuss BABYTEETH (11:11), a challenging drama about a family grappling with a teenager’s illness that divides our hosts. Next, we delve deep into Spike Lee’s Netflix film DA 5 BLOODS (30:00), an ambitious and haunting story about Black Vietnam War veterans with A LOT to unpack. To continue elevating Black voices in cinema, we devote this week’s Patreon exclusive audio to the 2011 Dee Rees queer film PARIAH, one of Megan’s all-time favorite movies (for good reason).