We kick off the show this week by reviewing Dave Franco and Alison Brie’s surprisingly nuanced romcom SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW (2:09). It tells the story of a reality show producer (Brie) who returns to her quaint hometown and reconnects with her ex Sean (Jay Ellis), who is engaged to a woman (Kiersey Clemons) that reminds her of the person she used to be. Then, we cover Davy Chou’s RETURN TO SEOUL (25:50), a compelling and layered exploration of identity. It follows a French woman (Park Ji-min) who returns to Korea to experience the country and try to find her birth parents. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about a Patron’s choice, the 1996 Mike Nichols queer comedy THE BIRDCAGE!
This week’s show opens with everyone discussing their thoughts on the new representation and inclusion standards the Academy has established for Best Picture eligibility. Evan leads the movies with ROBIN’S WISH (8:00) the moving documentary about Robin Williams’ struggle with Lewy body dementia. Then Megan talks about MULAN (12:52), Disney’s epic live-action remake about a Chinese woman (Yifei Lu) posing as a man to fight as a warrior. Next, she and Dave review the psychological horror film RENT-A-PAL (22:23), about a lonely man (Brian Landis Folkins) who finds a new friend (Wil Wheaton) in a VHS tape. Finally, they cover THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY (37:50), a NYC-based rom-com about a woman (Geraldine Viswanathan) who starts an art gallery for mementos from past relationships. On our Patreon bonus audio this week, we discuss one of our all-time favorite films, Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 sci-fi classic, BACK TO THE FUTURE.
Sylvester Stallone and the gang are back for THE EXPENDABLES 3, which sparks Kris’ rumination on the place of PG-13 sequels in otherwise R-rated franchises. We take lots of turns into Tangent Town, stopping on Die Hard Road, Wesley Snipes Street, and Kelsey Grammer Blvd., and Dave makes a connection between PREDATOR and Alfred Hitchcock. We open with a talk about Robin Williams, who died on Aug. 11, 2014.