This week’s early episode drop features discussion on the newest comedy from “The Big Sick” director Michael Showalter and star Kumail Nanjiani, a film in which the latter is half of a couple on the outs who stumble into a crime caper and hilariously try and salvage their relationship over the course of one crazy night. We chat about what makes a movie funny, the importance of cast chemistry, and whether or not trauma is actually good for mending relationship troubles in our conversation.
In this week’s episode, we finish up discussing Andrew Garfield’s turn wearing the Spider-Man mask. Our feelings on this sequel are a little more contentious, but there is no doubt plenty to talk about between its two empathetic villains, beautiful romance, and ultimately one of the most iconic and tragic comic deaths of all-time.
“Black Label” is a special series that began during 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 pushes through the “Rona” as they try and reconcile the Systemic Oppression and the “Nature vs Nurture” thematic elements in the new Netflix drama, “All Day and a Night”. They also tackle the new Netflix series “BlackAF” from Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s Blackish, and discuss how the show navigates the notions of being “Black Enough,” “Black on Black Criticism,” and “White Criticism on Black Content”.
In this week’s episode, we gush about our love for the first film of Andrew Garfield’s turn wearing the Spider-Man mask. With minimal comparing to other iterations (though some is necessary), we lay out the many reasons (i.e. practically everything) that make this our favorite live-action version of the character.
This week we cover the newly released HBO film that tells the story of the largest embezzlement scheme ever to target an American school district. Do we have empathy for the devil? How can the pressure to be the best affect our decision making? We discuss these questions and more.
For the month of April, our Patrons chose Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story for us to discuss and this philosophically-focused conversation is the result. Fatalism vs. free will, privacy rights, and super cool not-so-far-fetched technology are among our topics.
“Black Label” is a special series that began during 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 catches up with one another amidst a challenging, changing landscape across the country.
We do our best not to rush or drag through this episode on Damien Chazelle’s incredible, intense musical drama. With conflicted feelings, we try to stay on tempo and dig into a gem of a simple story about the prices paid to achieve greatness, and discuss whether or not there is a line that should not be crossed.
This week we catch-up with an earlier 2020 release, the Blake Lively realistic assassin thriller with a musical name that has very little to do with anything that happens in the film. But like it or not, we find themes to discuss, and this story gives us an opportunity to chat about topics such as how we can show empathy for those experiencing tragedy and why our culture is fascinated with revenge.
This week we are excited to talk about the Matt Damon-led gambling crime drama featuring a sleazy Edward Norton character and a whole lot of skillfully narrated poker lessons. We get to discuss whether chasing your destiny is always the honorable choice, how long to hang onto a toxic friendship, tell some of our own poker stories, and much more.