This week we chat about one of the most expertly acted films of the year, the moving story of an unlikely friendship between Dr. Don Shirley, an accomplished classical piano player, and Tony Lip, an Italian bouncer who is enlisted to drive Shirley on a concert tour through the racially divided deep south. Though it may be easy to predict, the film is based on real-life events and the relationship between Shirley and Lip. Green Book has seen rave critical and audience response, but is not without its critics. We try to navigate the complicated material it covers in this latest conversation about a film that definitely makes us feel.
This week we continue our franchise talk and discuss a sequel that we both very much wanted to love. Our conversation about Creed II is one of shared admiration and we thoroughly enjoyed unpacking its theme of fatherhood, weighing the way it continues the stories in both Rocky IV and Creed, and pondering whether we think this is a fitting end for our beloved Rocky Balboa.
We’ve patiently waited for this week to come so that we could discuss one of our favorite films. Ryan Coogler’s Creed refreshes the Rocky franchise with as much heart and style as it has ever seen, introducing a new character for us to join on his emotional journey to discover his identity and find relationship. In this super-sized episode, we thoroughly explain everything about Creed that makes it so special to us, and even rank the Rocky franchise before diving into this week’s main conversation.
Instant Family is one of the year’s best feel-good family films, and offers a hilarious, intimate, and genuinely heartfelt look into the adoption process. Aaron sits down with director/co-writer Sean Anders to discuss how his own story inspired the film and why it means so much to him.
A Private War serves as an incredible testament to the legacy of celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, but also pays respect to her by re-telling the stories she so passionately dedicated her life to sharing with the world. It takes Colvin’s words off the page and lets us experience just why her work was so important, making this one of 2018’s most essential films. In this special minisode, Aaron interviews Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award winning director Matthew Heineman about his first narrative feature film, followed by a discussion with Feelin’ Film contributor Don Shanahan.
In honor of Veterans Day, we discuss Oliver Stone’s 1986 Best Picture winner, perhaps the most authentic fictional depiction of boots on the ground life in the Vietnam War and a harrowing look at battles both external and internal that forever changed the men who fought them. This is a hard film to watch, but it offers a lot of material for a great discussion. Join us for ours.
This week, Patrick is joined by M.J. Smith of the Reel Perspective Podcast to discuss the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic starring Rami Malek. Did the film rock them and have them screaming “Mamma Mia”, or it just another one that bites the dust? The two have a wonderful conversation about this energetic, entertaining film.
To celebrate Halloween, we’re covering this 2018 sci-fi action thriller with horror elements to it. We love a good exploration of how humans interact with new technology and Leigh Whannell’s UPGRADE gives us not only plenty to ponder but an entertaining, kick-ass delivery system for its big ideas. This is a fun conversation and one that had us asking ourselves some tough questions. Enjoy!
Thanks to a Patron vote in October, we take on THE MONSTER SQUAD, a 1987 film that attempts to pay a loving homage to the classic Universal Studios monsters, while altering their designs just enough to avoid infringing on any copyrights. This is a film that oozes geek-love for its subject matter and we thoroughly enjoy discussing why that is.