DEATH ON THE NILE, SCREAM, 7 DAYS, and the 2022 Oscars on Episode #403

Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot nervously embrace at a wedding party in the film Death on the NileWe start by discussing this year’s Oscars, particularly the winners, the snubs, and our overall thoughts on the program. Then Dave and Evan review the Roshan Sethi’s rom-com 7 DAYS (11:49), about a mismatched Indian couple (Karan Soni and Geraldine Viswanathan) who start out on a traditional pre-arranged date and have to shelter in place together once COVID spreads. Next, we all tackle the latest SCREAM movie (21:55), a meta horror flick that has us split. After that we cover Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder mystery DEATH ON THE NILE (42:19), another film that has us divided. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our women-directed films poll, Susan Seidelman’s 1985 dramedy, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna!


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Geraldine Viswanathan and Dacre Montgomery in the rom-com The Broken Hearts Gallery

This week’s show opens with everyone discussing their thoughts on the new representation and inclusion standards the Academy has established for Best Picture eligibility. Evan leads the movies with ROBIN’S WISH (8:00) the moving documentary about Robin Williams’ struggle with Lewy body dementia. Then Megan talks about MULAN (12:52), Disney’s epic live-action remake about a Chinese woman (Yifei Lu) posing as a man to fight as a warrior. Next, she and Dave review the psychological horror film RENT-A-PAL (22:23), about a lonely man (Brian Landis Folkins) who finds a new friend (Wil Wheaton) in a VHS tape. Finally, they cover THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY (37:50), a NYC-based rom-com about a woman (Geraldine Viswanathan) who starts an art gallery for mementos from past relationships. On our Patreon bonus audio this week, we discuss one of our all-time favorite films, Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 sci-fi classic, BACK TO THE FUTURE.


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