This week we ponder Werner Herzog’s definition of a sandwich before the movies. Evan opens by spoilerpiecing the creepy queer horror film SPIRAL (3:20). Then he and Megan cover the enlightening documentary MR. SOUL! (13:09) about the groundbreaking variety show that centered Black artists. Next, they delve into Maïmouna Doucouré’s controversial Netflix film CUTIES (21:59). After that, Dave and Megan review the moving political documentary THE WAY I SEE IT (36:17), about Pete Souza, the official White House photographer for President Obama. Megan and Evan close by discussing Sean Durkin’s emotional family drama THE NEST (48:24), starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon as a married couple whose seemingly idyllic marriage becomes strained after a move to England. On our Patreon bonus audio this week, we review a Patron’s choice, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film ROPE.
This week we have two movies on tap. First Megan reviews THE TURNING (2:35), a gothic horror film starring Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and Brooklynn Prince, which shocks you with brutal violence, sexist tropes, and a controversial twist. Second, everyone reviews THE RHYTHM SECTION (21:10), the Blake Lively action flick that’s raw and realistic, but it’s linear, predictable, and dumb. The whole thing leaves the gang listless, as they wander into tangents about ratings systems and Gloria Estefan.
This week, we’re joined by BOFCA member and Hollywood Reporter contributor Robyn Bahr! She and Evan kick things off with GREEN BOOK (4:06), a not-terrible but treacly and episodic look at racial tension containing nothing new (especially in a year with so many strong offerings tackling the same material). Then, Kris and Evan examine SUSPIRIA (15:24) and marvel at how not-fun they managed to make dance-school witches by bogging things down with extraneous characters and a go-nowhere sideplot. Then it’s ASSASSINATION NATION (34:52), a powerhouse of a film with style to spare that’ll leave you energized and hopefully optimistic. Last up, the crew is divided on VOX LUX (42:06), a brutal examination of what it means to be a pop star in the world we currently inhabit. Is it good? Listen to find out!