THE VAST OF NIGHT, BLOOD QUANTUM, and CIRCUS OF BOOKS on Episode #305

Sierra McCormick looks skeptically while wearing her switchboard operator headset in the movie The Vast of Night

Stay-at-home-piece Theatre opens this week with Megan and Evan discussing the Indigenous zombie flick BLOOD QUANTUM (2:42), which has satisfying, gore-filled action scenes. Next, everyone covers CIRCUS OF BOOKS (17:44), a slightly scattered, yet compelling documentary about a nice Jewish couple that ran a gay porn store. Lastly, they dissect THE VAST OF NIGHT (39:39), a sci-fi film that pays homage to THE TWILIGHT ZONE with very different degrees of success depending on which co-host you ask. On our Patreon bonus episode, we had a blast discussing a Selectpiece Patron’s choice for us: THE HITCHER.

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THE PLATFORM, JEZEBEL, BLOOD ON HER NAME, and CONTAGION on Episode #298

THE PLATFORM serves up a grotesque, dystopian meal

Welcome back to Coronapiece Theatre, everyone! Megan, Evan, and Dave are still sheltering in place so it’s more streaming flicks! And there are lots of flicks to stream. This week the gang talks JEZEBEL (2:58), a story about – among other things – sex work; BLOOD ON HER NAME (10:35), a tale of what NOT to do when you’re committing murder; CONTAGION (19:45), Steven Soderbergh’s way-too-prescient bio-horror procedural about a virus that wipes out a whole lotta people; and THE PLATFORM (40:45), one of the most popular movies on Netflix this week. Does this prison flick deserve its place among the popular? The opinions vary! And on our Patreon exclusive, we talk EVE’S BAYOU, director Kasi Lemmons’ debut feature.

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LOST GIRLS and BLOW THE MAN DOWN on Episode #297

Amy Ryan looks angry in the movie LOST GIRLS.
Amy Ryan gets angry in LOST GIRLS

It’s an odd week at Spoilerpiece. We all recorded remotely because we, in the spirit of being decent human beings, are practicing social distancing. (If you’re listening to this at a different time in history, the coronavirus pandemic exploded in the last week.) As you probably know, many movie releases have been pushed to as-yet-undetermined dates, and that means critics’ screenings are canceled. So this week, and for the foreseeable future, we’re focusing on streaming movies. First is LOST GIRLS (2:41), a good, if heartbreaking, story about a mother (Amy Ryan) trying to find out what happened to her disappeared daughter. Then it’s BLOW THE MAN DOWN (21:22), a noir-flavored drama (with occasionally singing, though this is not a musical) about two sisters who find themselves up to their eyeballs in murder and trouble in a tiny Maine town. On our Patreon this week we talk about Choose Your Own Adventure books and of course we yap about lots of different movies. Stay safe everyone. 

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HORSE GIRL, INCITEMENT, GRETEL & HANSEL, and Women in Horror Month on Episode #293

Alison Brie looking sad wearing a craft store smock in the movie Horse Girl
Alison Brie is fantastic in HORSE GIRL, but its ambiguous ending is annoying

Dave is on vacation so friend of the show Dede Crimmins returns as a guest this week! She starts off with her picks for Women in Horror Month: THE LODGE (6:47), PELICAN BLOOD (13:00), and DEAD DICKS (14:50). Then Evan reviews INCITEMENT (20:31), a tense thriller from the Boston Israeli Film Festival. Next Megan and Dede tackle GRETEL & HANSEL (30:35), a fun spin on the classic fairy tale. The gang wraps up with HORSE GIRL (45:05), the Netflix thriller starring Alison Brie that’s annoyingly ambiguous.

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HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY, LES MISERABLES, and MISS AMERICANA on Episode #291

We don’t have to tell which movie this still is form, right?

It’s not a first, but it doesn’t happen often. We can recommend all the movies we watched this week! First up is the Netflix documentary MISS AMERICANA (4:45) starring Taylor Swift. Megan successfully spoilerpieces Dave and Evan into wanting to see it. Following is the French film LES MISÉRABLES (19:26), which is NOT a musical about a bunch of poor French people who stole loaves of bread and spent years in prison. Finally, Megan and Dave talk about HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY (36:30), a movie that is a vast improvement over its predecessor, SUICIDE SQUAD, which, not coincidentally, is the subject of this week’s exclusive audio content at patreon.com/spoilerpiece. And please make sure you watch our Oscars live stream on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at 8 PM ET. Download the FREE HotMic app for Apple or Android or at http://hotmic.io and use the promo code RIEDEL.

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PARASITE, BLACK AND BLUE, FRACTURED, KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE, and WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? on Episode #276!

Evan takes Megan and Dave down Thriller Lane (TM) this week to talk about FRACTURED (2:44), a Netflix movie starring Sam Worthington as a man whose family goes missing at a hospital, and BLACK AND BLUE (10:39), a cop flick about a rookie with conflicting loyalties. One Evan thinks was good, the other…not so good. Then Megan and Dave talk KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE (26:11), a Netflix documentary about the 2018 U.S. elections, featuring four politicians, one of whom happens to be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Megan follows that up with another political doc, WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? (40:10), about guess who? Finally, Megan and Dave end on Bong Joon-ho’s PARASITE (45:30), a movie that begins in one place and then goes to a very different (and dark!) place. Don’t forget to visit our Patreon page! This week’s exclusive audio for Patreon subscribers is about THE OMEN!

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UNBELIEVABLE, LUCY IN THE SKY, MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, and THE KING OF COMEDY ON Episode #274

Merritt Wever and Toni Collette sand with their arms crossed observing something in the Netflix show Unbelievable
Merrit Wever and Toni Collette are believably awesome in Netflix’s UNBELIEVABLE.

This week Megan blows Evan’s mind when she reveals some shocking new information to him about corn. Yes, corn. She and Dave kick off the show by reviewing the utterly disappointing MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN (3:35), a behind-the-scenes documentary that repeats all the same old stories about Ridley Scott’s beloved 1979 film. Then Evan and Dave cover Martin Scorsese’s often-overlooked gem THE KING OF COMEDY (14:38), detailing why JOKER is such an unsuccessful attempt to mimic it. Next Dave and Megan review LUCY IN THE SKY (23:42), a movie so frustrating they wish they didn’t have to talk about it. The one positive thing they can agree on though, is that Natalie Portman goes for broke with her performance. Lastly, all three of them delve into the Netflix mini-series UNBELIEVABLE (35:27), discussing why its first episode is so infuriating, while expounding upon why it’s such an important examination of trauma and a satisfying police procedural with tremendous performances by its leads Kaitlyn Dever, Merritt Wever, and Toni Collette.

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TALL GIRL, HER SMELL, LATE NIGHT, AND RAUL JULIA: THE WORLD’S A STAGE on Episode #271 with Charlie Nash

Elisabeth Moss in the movie Her Smell grinning and looking away covered in sweat and glittery makeup
Elisabeth Moss stars in HER SMELL, a movie totally unrelated to that Lynyrd Skynyrd song

Kris out on his mini-moon this week so guest Charlie Nash joins Dave and Evan to share his results for the meme “Your Gender Studies Thesis.” After they each get a good chuckle sharing the titles of their fictional papers, Evan reviews TALL GIRL (6:57), a Netflix movie about vertically advantaged high schooler that barely scratches the emotional surface of its main character’s life. Then Dave and Evan recount their experience watching RAÚL JULIÁ: THE WORLD’S A STAGE (18:18), a PBS documentary about the late actor that celebrates his talent, his authenticity, and his inspirational status to Latinx performers everywhere. Next Charlie and Dave delve into HER SMELL (28:50), Alex Ross Perry drama starring Elisabeth Moss that explores the life of a rock star in the throes of addiction. Lastly, Evan and Dave cover LATE NIGHT (44:20), the Mindy Kaling comedy that’s funny and poignant without being preachy.

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SECRET OBSESSION and ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD on Episode #263

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood wearing period clothes and looking cool.
Looking this cool takes hard work for Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio

This week, Evan’s latest psycho stalker recap comes in the form of SECRET OBSESSION (3:43), now available on Netflix. And guess what, it sucks! Then it’s Kris and Dave with Quentin Tarantino’s latest, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD (19:36). And guess what, it’s great!

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SHAFT, THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, I AM MOTHER, and ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE on Episode #257

Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree dressed in sunglasses and red coats with black turtlenecks in the movie Shaft
Three generation of Shafts come together, but that doesn’t make SHAFT any better.

After debating whether Janis Joplin wanted a pizza your heart, Kris, Evan, and Dave get down to the diverse slate of movies this week on Spoilerpiece. First up is festival-favorite THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO (3:50). Then it’s SHAFT (16:12), which is not another reboot of SHAFT, but a sequel to SHAFT. Did that make sense? Yeah, SHAFT doesn’t either. Then Dave and Evan get into I AM MOTHER (33:45), a new Netflix flick about a robot that may or may not be evil. Then it’s ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE (45:48), with Ali Wong and Randall Park.

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