Episode 217: If Beale Street Could Talk

We are joined by two very special guests to discuss a film they consider to be one of the best of its decade. This Barry Jenkins masterful imagining of James Baldwin’s novel is a gorgeous depiction of love in early 1970s Harlem, and the painful racial and economic struggles that love must endure through. Barry Jenkins makes movies you feel, and our discussion is an emotional and powerful one in response.

If Beale Street Could Talk – 0:01:28

The Connecting Point – 1:04:48

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FF Black Label – Ask the Black Label

“Black Label” is a special series that will run throughout Black History Month 2020 where four Critics of Color sit down to discuss their love for movies. This special series highlights perspectives in film criticism that are vital to the culture because they are for the culture. In this episode, our round-table answers questions from the listeners that include everything from their opinion on Tyler Perry to how it makes them feel when they hear the term “not black enough”.

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FF Black Label – Combatting Tropes in the Movies

“Black Label” is a special series that will run throughout Black History Month 2020 where four Critics of Color sit down to discuss their love for movies. This special series highlights perspectives in film criticism that are vital to the culture because they are for the culture. In this episode, our round-table ponders how best to combat tropes in the movies, including white savior narratives and the idea of a magical negro.

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Episode 216: 2020 Oscars/Feeler’s Choice Awards Recap

We have our annual post-Oscars conversation, discussing our favorite speeches, biggest surprises, history-making wins, and more. Then we reveal the 2020 listener-nominated and listener-chosen Feeler’s Choice Awards!

Oscars Recap – 0:01:25

Feeler’s Choice Winners Announced – 1:06:57

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FF+ 2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films & Oscar Predictions

For Oscars week, we bring you our annual review of this year’s excellent slate of nominated short film selections, as well as our Oscar predictions. Unlike many pundits, we would never tell you to follow our lead, but maybe us talking through our picks will help you find some clarity.

Live-Action Shorts – 0:01:59

Animated Shorts – 0:28:42

Documentary Shorts – 0:47:04

Oscar Predictions – 1:09:15

 

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Episode 215: 5 Centimeters Per Second

For our fourth and final week of Makoto Shinkai Director Month, we discuss his 2007 episodic film about longing for love across the years. As we note, it’s a beautiful bridge between earlier Shinkai works and his eventual feature film “Your name.” and (in what should be no surprise) another powerful emotional viewing experience.

5 Centimeters Per Second Review – 0:01:36

The Connecting Point – 0:56:19

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FF Black Label – Introduction

Kicking off a new special series that will run throughout Black History Month 2020, four Critics of Color sit down to discuss their love for movies, how they got into film criticism, and what to expect in future episodes, in addition to sharing some thoughts on the upcoming 2020 Academy Awards. This special series highlights perspectives in film criticism that are vital to the culture because they are for the culture.

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Episode 214: The Garden of Words

In week three of Makoto Shinkai Director Month, we dig into his 45-minute short film from 2013 about a young student and a mysterious woman who meet under the rains of Tokyo in a beautiful garden gazebo. It’s a lovely, slice-of-life tale with Shinkai’s signature striking weather animation and incredible sound design that helps pull you in emotionally. We also reveal the 2020 Feeler’s Choice Award nominations and tell you how you can participate in voting on this year’s awards!

The Garden of Words Review – 0:01:18

The Connecting Point – 0:36:38

2020 Feeler’s Choice Award Nominations Reveal – 0:49:06

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Episode 213: Parasite

For our January Donor Pick, the Patrons chose Bong Joon-Ho’s international sensation for us to discuss. There’s no doubt that this film has taken the world by storm, and for very good reason, as it is a masterclass in filmmaking with layers upon layers to peel back all while enjoying and entertaining domestic thriller. We chat about the biggest takeaways we had from the film, though we likely don’t cover everything possible as this one will be mined for new details for years to come.

Parasite Review – 0:01:06

The Connecting Point – 1:06:37

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Episode 212: Weathering With You

It’s week two of Makoto Shinkai Director Month and we are stepping forward in the filmography to cover his newest film, which centers around the bond between a teenage runaway and a teenage orphan, set against the backdrop of climate change-induced crazy weather. As always there is a lot to emotionally unpack, and maybe a statement about humanity’s effect on the planet as well.

Weathering With You Review – 0:04:06

The Connecting Point – 1:24:04

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