Megan kicks things off this week by going deep into spoiler territory for Olivia Wilde’s much-discussed thriller DON’T WORRY DARLING (2:33), which features a superb lead performance and striking visuals, but falters in other areas. Next, we all discuss Jean Luc Herbulot’s African horror film SALOUM (15:50), a genre mashup that’s most effective when it’s leaning into its Western elements. Then we cover Christian Tafdrup’s horror movie SPEAK NO EVIL (35:40), a disturbing tale about a Danish family and a Dutch family that we have varied reactions to. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 psychological thriller SUSPICION, starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine!
Evan and Megan start this week by reviewing Mamoru Hosada’s moving anime drama BELLE (2:06) about a shy young woman who escapes to a virtual reality world where she becomes a pop star. Next, everyone discusses Asghar Farhadi’s heartbreaking drama A HERO (17:19), about a man on leave from debtor’s prison trying everything he can to keep himself from going back. We wrap up with ETERNALS (33:33), Chloe Zhao’s Marvel superhero epic about a group of ancient heroes, which feels both too long and too short at the same time. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Michael Curtiz and William Keighley’s 1938 swashbuckler THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.