TESLA, PROJECT POWER, CARMEN Y LOLA, THE PALE DOOR, and PRETENDING I’M A SUPERMAN: THE TONY HAWK VIDEO GAME STORY on Episode #319

Ethan Hawke in the biopic Tesla

This week we talk about the vibes we get from Teddie Peanut Butter before the movies. First, Evan reviews PRETENDING I’M A SUPERMAN: THE TONY HAWK VIDEO GAME STORY (3:09), a documentary about the Tony Hawk video game franchise. Then, Dave covers THE PALE DOOR (11:45), a Western with witches. Next Megan and Evan discuss CARMEN Y LOLA (23:27), a queer love story about two young Romani women. After that everyone covers the Netflix action flick PROJECT POWER (37:28), starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Dominique Fishback. Finally, they dig into TESLA (50:52), a biopic about inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla, starring Ethan Hawke. On this week’s Patreon exclusive bonus episode, we discuss EASY A, Will Gluck’s 2010 film, starring Emma Stone.

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DA 5 BLOODS, 7500, and BABYTEETH on Episode #310

Delroy Lindo, Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Jonathan Majors in Da 5 Bloods crouch down and bring their hands together in the film Da 5 Bloods

Bring it in for a moment Bloods

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).

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – Part 2, THE NIGHT BEFORE, and TRUMBO on Episode #71

Seth Rogen and Jillian Bell in THE NIGHT BEFORE

Nothing like tripping balls in church. Take it from Seth Rogen in THE NIGHT BEFORE.

Somehow, saucy puppet shows and Clippy from MS Word are topics of discussion heading into this week’s episode. Evan and Kris lead things off by talking about THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2, which neither of them is particularly enthused about or invested in. As people who aren’t really into the series, they can admit that it’s good for what it is, and that fans will probably enjoy it as a conclusion to the franchise. Then Dave and Kris talk TRUMBO, which Dave claims is a sequel to DUMBO. This HBO movie looks and feels like it belongs on TV. It’s too long and fairly one note, although it does have some good things going on. Lastly, Evan spoilerpieces THE NIGHT BEFORE, a Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie as childhood friends looking for one last epic holiday blowout. Its dramatic elements don’t work and JGL isnt’ believable as the group’s loser, but it does make use of great comedians in small roles. Michael Shannon is its surprise MVP.

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THE MARTIAN, THE WALK, and TIME OUT OF MIND on Episode #64

Matt Damon in THE MARTIAN

Matt Damon is the most natural he’s ever been in THE MARTIAN

Bob Chipman aka The Movie Bob fills in for Dave, who is unfortunately absent due to dental work this week. Bob reminisces with Evan and Kris about movies named after job titles before jumping into conversation about THE MARTIAN. All three of them saw it, and all three agree it’s a great film. Evan’s a bit disappointed by some aspects of the book that were cut, but Kris loves that it lets scientists be scientists and Bob hopes that it inspires a million kids to go to space camp. Then Bob and Evan discuss THE WALK, a film that features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a cartoonish Frenchman. Both thought they might hate it, so they were pleasantly surprised by how much they dug its playful nature. And last but not least, Evan briefly reviews Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND, which makes a great statement about homelessness, even though nothing really happens in it.
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