Megan kicks things off with a quick review of George Miller’s disappointing drama THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING (3:23), where a lonely scholar (Tilda Swinton) encounters a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers to grant her three wishes. Next, we discuss Jeff Baena’s kitchen sink comedy SPIN ME ROUND (11:43), which stars Alison Brie as the manager of an Olive Garden-like restaurant who embarks on a zany company trip to Italy. Then we cover William Brent Bell’s ORPHAN: FIRST KILL (30:15), a satisfying prequel to the 2009 film ORPHAN that truly justifies its existence. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our summer camp horror movie poll, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER!
Megan is back from vacation, so she’s excited to review this week’s films! We start with Lauren Hadaway’s fantastic unsettling psychological thriller THE NOVICE (2:24) about a college student’s obsessive quest to make her school’s varsity rowing team, starring Isabelle Fuhrman. Then, we review Jane Campion’s beautifully-shot Western THE POWER OF THE DOG (21:42), starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Jesse Plemons. The Netflix film has been racking up awards from many film critics groups, including the Boston Online Film Critics Association, so we have a lot to say about it. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we change things up a bit by talking about our favorite movie car chases!