In this bonus episode, Tiny and I review Rapid Response, a documentary about the origin and evolution of motorsport medical science. It’s an interesting documentary currently in theaters that we both recommend.
Premise: A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.
A young black girl stares up at a man in a hazmat suit while a street preacher rants and raves about the contaminated water poisoning the residents. This is the introduction we get to Jimmie (Jimmie Fails) and Monty’s (Jonathan Majors) version of San Francisco in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”; far from the trolleys, five-star restaurants and tech headquarters of the city. The Golden Gate Bridge is off in the distance, but it’s far enough away that you may forget that it exists. Reality is certainly heightened here, but not so much to seem unbelievable. The film is loosely based on the true-life story of Jimmie Fails, who shares a story credit with first-time director and his childhood friend, Joe Talbot. Jimmie and Monty- both young, under-employed black men with dreams of bigger and better things- share a crowded bedroom in Monty’s blind grandfather’s house on the outskirts of the city. At night, when Jimmie isn’t working at a nursing home, the three watch old movies as Monty lovingly describes the action. On occasion, the two skate into the city to look after and fix up an old Victorian home in the Mission district that’s currently owned by an elderly white couple. Why is Jimmie so immersed in the upkeep of the home? He explains early on (to a Segway tour full of white people, of course) that the house was designed and built by his grandfather with his own two hands after World War II. Soon, the couple moves out and the home is abandoned, so Jimmie and Monty take over and renovate as they believe it should be, preserving as many details as Jimmie’s grandfather intended.
In this week’s episode, I welcome Patreon supporter, returning guest, and new contributor Ben Sears back to the podcast. We review Toy Story 4 and A24’s The Farewell. We also talk about several upcoming movies and both of our histories working in movie theaters.
Premise: The film follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.
What is the American dream, if not to get rich and famous? In 2019, the quickest and easiest way to get rich and famous is to make it big on social media. Such is the subject of Liza Mandelup’s newest documentary, “Jawline”. The film splits its time focusing on two groups of influencers at various stages of success. First there’s Austyn Tester, a 16-year old high school dropout from rural Tennessee who wants to use his good looks, sunny disposition, and rabid online fan-base to “get famous, so then I can change the world.” The second half goes to a group of interchangeable teen boys (we’re never given their ages, but at best, they’re fresh out of high school) living together in an LA home under the iron fist of their manager Michael Weist. Theirs is a tightly regulated lifestyle where any time not spent posting, tweeting, live-streaming, etc. any branded content is met with Michael’s scorn. At one point, an argument ensues about whether or not to open a video with “hey guys”, lest they alienate their non-female fans. Even though it’s not as well done as the Tennessee portions, the LA half of the film mostly serves as a distant warning to Austyn: this is the fate that awaits the rich and famous in 2019. Thankfully, the amount of time spent between the two is more heavily weighted to Austyn and his struggles.
In this week’s episode, Kyrsten and I record on-location from her apartment to review Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Kyrsten also briefly shares her thoughts on Trump: An American Dream and I try to explain one of Stephen King’s most controversial scenes. Then, in a separate recording, Tiny and I discuss Good Boys (non-spoiler), the recent news regarding The Matrix 4, and this week’s news regarding Disney, Sony, and Spider-Man.
In this week’s episode, Kyrsten and I spend way too much time talking about our cats before diving into reviews of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Stuber, and Blockers. We round out the episode with a conversation about Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural and the latest installment of our LOSTPoint series reviewing LOST and Flashpoint.
Recorded July 23, 23019: In preparation for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Fekkes and I are embarking upon a 3-part Quentin Tarantino retrospective leading up to the new film’s release. In this installment, Fekkes and I share our thoughts on Inglourious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015).
Recorded July 3, 2019: In preparation for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Fekkes and I are embarking upon a 3-part Quentin Tarantino retrospective leading up to the new film’s release. In this installment, Fekkes and I share our thoughts on Kill Bill Vol 1 (2003), Kill Bill Vol 2 (2004), and Death Proof (2007).
Recorded April 3, 2019: In preparation for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Fekkes and I are embarking upon a 3-part Quentin Tarantino retrospective leading up to the new film’s release. In this installment, Fekkes and I share our thoughts on Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994),and Jackie Brown (1997).
In this laid back, extended conversation episode, Mike and I cover a wide range of topics including his son’s first movie theater experience, the ridiculous Twitter meltdown of @RareHorror, life in the streaming era, and more. We also review the new Child’s Play and briefly discuss Tenebrae and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
This week, Tiny and I share our thoughts on the incredible HBO miniseries, Chernobyl. After a brief non-spoiler review, we dive into what we loved and were horrified by in Craig Mazin’s miniseries. Then, for potpourri, we talk about Dark Phoenix, Bodyguard, Fargo, and I lament the amount of balls I keep juggling
This week, Kyrsten and I review Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart and Blumhouse’s new thriller, Ma. We also discuss The Twilight Zone’s toxic masculinity episode, Not All Men and continue our TV Show Swap: LOSTPoint project by discussing season 1, episodes 8 & 9 of LOST (Confidence Man & Solitary) and Flashpoint (Never Kissed a Girl & Planets Aligned).
This week, Kyrsten and I review the first-ever live action Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu. We also continue our TV Show Swap: LOSTPoint project by discussing season 1, episodes 6 & 7 of LOST (House of the Rising Sun & The Moth) and Flashpoint (Attention Shoppers & He Knows His Brother).
Had several issues after my first viewing last week. Those issue are mostly still present, but I enjoyed it a bit more the second time. Still not as good as the Chapter One, and obviously not as good as the book. But I'm okay with the finished product.
Tons of archival footage and a really interesting look at the evolution of medical services in motorsports. There's a unique resonance for me since I'm from Speedway, where the Indy 500 is ran. Even though I've never been a racing fan, per se, I do admire what goes into the sport. This is an interesting look at an aspect of it that is easily o […]
Hobbs & Shaw delivers exactly what you would expect from it. It's mindless action with some shoe-horned in character moments that don't really land all that well. The action is fun and intricate enough to hold your attention. The buddy comedy shtick that The Rock and Statham attempt is pretty over exaggerated on both their parts. It gets tired […]
I loved it. The casting was perfect and I loved the way the movie incorporated flashbacks. The set pieces are much bigger than Chapter One. But the connection among the Losers is what stands out the most and is done really well. There are some issues here and there and some nits to be picked by those of us who love the book so much. I have some issues with t […]