BOOK OF LOVE, A GRAND ROMANTIC GESTURE, and BORIS KARLOFF: THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER on Episode #395

Sam Claflin and Veronica Echegui sit next to each other on steps in the movie Book of Love. He is smiling at her and she looks more serious.

As Evan describes it, BOOK OF LOVE is better than your average bad rom-com

This week it’s documentary full of rom-coms! First up, is Thomas Hamilton’s doc BORIS KARLOFF: THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER (2:22), which offers fascinating facts, but distractingly bad production values. Next, we cover a movie that has us split, Joan Carr-Wiggin’s rom-com A GRAND ROMANTIC GESTURE (20:18), which is about a recently retired woman who falls for the man playing the Romeo to her Juliet in her drama class. Then we review another film that has us split, Analaine Cal y Mayor’s rom-com BOOK OF LOVE (36:40), which is about two writers (Sam Claflin and Veronica Echegui) who connect with each other during a book tour in Mexico. And on this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our January poll: the 2018 Claire Denis film HIGH LIFE, starring Robert Pattinson and Juliet Binoche!

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THE TRUTH, HOMEWRECKER, MUCHO MUCHO AMOR, and EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA on Episode #312

Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche face each other in THE TRUTH

We have Michael McDonald on the brain before Evan briefly reviews EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA (3:10), a bloated comedy with fun music, but terrible jokes, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. Then Megan covers MUCHO MUCHO AMOR (10:13), a moving documentary about the effervescent and ostentatious gender non-conforming Latinx astrologer icon, Walter Mercado. Next, she and Evan tackle THE TRUTH (21:15), Kore-eda Hirokazu’s layered French drama about a complicated mother-daughter relationship, starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. Lastly, everyone reviews HOMEWRECKER (34:32), a horror flick about a woman obsessed with another woman; it has good ideas that fails to capitalize on them. On our bonus Patreon exclusive, we talk about one of our favorite summer blockbusters, JAWS.

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