Episode 395: Vertical Limit

Despite an avalanche worth of cliches, the over-the-top nitroglycerin-fueled action and a dramatic rescue attempt premise allow for a big, fun movie experience set on the gorgeous but dangerous snowy peaks of Pakistan.

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Episode 394: Cliffhanger

Big alpine action with megastar Sylvester Stallone taking on dual thieving villains in a treacherous mountain setting makes this a defining 90s movie thriller, full of quotable one-liners and memorable set pieces and kills.

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Episode 393: The Iron Claw

Sean Durkin’s melodramatic biopic definitely pulls some punches when it comes to the tragedy of the Von Erich family, but still manages to balance emotion and fact in a strongly impactful way. In-ring choreography feels authentic and respectful of professional wrestling while remaining entertaining, and both heartbreaking and enraging performances bring this painful story to life.

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Episode 392: The Boy and the Heron

Hayao Miyazaki returns, 10 years after his semi-autobiographical previous final feature which led him into a lengthy hiatus. In what many believed would now be Miyazaki’s new final film before retirement, the legendary animation director tackles blending the real life grief of a boy who loses his mother in World War II with a fantastical story about an artistic creator passing the torch. While ripe with stunning animation, a beautiful score, and pockets of creative and amusing fantasy elements, the story lacks cohesion and left us emotionally disconnected.

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Episode 391: Suzume

While full of the stunning visual style that we love about Makoto Shinkai’s work, the director’s attempt at blending Miyazaki-like fantasy and his typical themes of young romance and time travel don’t quite coalesce. We appreciate the exploration of national grief over natural disasters and enjoy elements of the road trip journey Suzume goes on, but as a whole this left us wanting more and not wowed as we have been with many of his previous films.

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Episode 390: Gran Turismo

For our conversation this week about Sony’s newest (and perhaps boldest) film adaptation of the beloved simulation racing video game series, we called in our friends Logan and Micah from The Reformed Gamers Podcast. Neill Blomkamp’s film incorporates many of the tropes we are familiar with in sports dramas while balancing reverence for the exciting video game that spawned this incredible story and still managing to succeed at pulling the right heart strings.

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Episode 389: The Holdovers

This analog tale with a snappy script and grounded characters provides the warm hug that its audience needs, reminding us that a makeshift family can give a person what they need in the absence of a real one. A perfectly timed Christmas release that we’ll be enjoying and being refreshed by for years to come.

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Episode 388: Nyad

With fantastic energy, a rousing Alexandre Desplat score, two incredible central performances, and nifty documentary-esque use of archival footage/audio by the first-time narrative directors Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Diana Nyad’s remarkable story of swimming from Cuba to Florida in her 60s is told. It’s the kind of extreme sports, crowd-pleasing, inspirational biopic formula that is focused on the individual more than the accomplishment in a way we love.

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Episode 387: Killers of the Flower Moon

Scorsese’s impressive (and long) adaptation of Grann’s non-fiction account is an engaging crime story that highlights an insidious historical injustice and encourages reflection. A stronger focus on the Osage people as something other than victims and some toned down cameo performances would be welcome, but this is still a fantastic epic drama.

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Episode 386: The Burial

Based off of an article in the New Yorker, Maggie Betts takes a simple and straightforward case and makes a mountain out of a mole hill, amplifying racial undertones of the time period into a place of priority that distracts from what could have been a more compelling courtroom drama. The performances are great and the points being made about poor character are admirable, but ultimately this was the wrong approach and results in a very middling and not particularly rousing legal film.

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