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!
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.