This week, we start with Mimi Cave’s FRESH (2:39), a horror movie starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan that made one of us so queasy they had to turn it off. Next, we review THE DESPERATE HOUR (27:27), Philip Noyce’s frustrating thriller about a mother (Naomi Watts) trying to resolve a hostage crisis at her son’s school from her phone while she’s running through the woods. We close with Matt Reeves’ much anticipated movie THE BATMAN (37:55), a stylish film noir detective story worthy of its almost three-hour runtime, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 dark fairytale, PAN’S LABYRINTH!
It’s a suspenseful week on Spoilerpiece with two horror films and a thriller. First up is John Adams, Zelda Adams, and Toby Poser’s creepy family-made horror flick HELLBENDER (2:12), which is about a lonely teen uncovering her family’s connection to witchcraft. Next is BJ McDonnell’s STUDIO 666 (19:14), a horror comedy about the Foo Fighters trying to record their 10th album in a haunted mansion. Then we review Steven Soderbergh’s thriller KIMI (39:25), starring Zoë Kravitz as an agoraphobic Big Tech employee who stumbles onto a conspiracy. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about the winner of our poll, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s 2000 romance LOVE & BASKETBALL, starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps!
ROUGH NIGHT is pretty rough. Too bad it’s not funnier.
We begin episode 153 with a brief discussion of annoying T-shirts. Then it’s on to the annoying ROUGH NIGHT (3:35). More like ROUGH MOVIE, AMIRITE? Anyspray, it has Kris saying more than once, “I wish it were funnier.” Then Evan regales Kris and Dave with the truly fucked-up sounding THE BOOK OF HENRY (31:38), a movie that feels as if it’s actually 14 different movies crammed into one. Kris takes us down to the basement for a recap of the creepy HELL HOUSE LLC (43:45), and Dave chomps at the bit to get into 47 METERS DOWN (56:32), a Mandy Moore movie that features some sharks, some blood, and the incomparably not-great Matthew Modine. Stay tuned after the closing credits for extra silliness.