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This week, on the 🎇 200th Episode 🎇 of the FilmWonk Podcast , Glenn and Daniel venture out into the world to check out a trio of dramas with an accidental common theme of violent revolution. First, we visit Athena (new on Netflix from director Romain Gavras ), in which a Parisian tower block is under police siege and burning for answers and justice following the murder of a 13-year-old boy by three unknown men wearing police uniforms. Then we return to the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey world...
Topics: Athena, Careless Crime, Saloum, Netflix, Shudder, Shahram Mokri, Romain Gavras, Jean Luc Herbulot
This week, Glenn and Daniel check out Prey , a taut new actioner streaming on Hulu featuring the Predator doing what it does best: being hunted on Earth in a film somewhere at the intersection of war, historical drama, and slasher flick. And then we venture into the colorful world of George Miller and much of his team from Mad Max: Fury Road , bringing to life an epic, supernatural romance and an unpretentious look at the nature of humanity ( 57:34 ). May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating...
Topics: Three Thousand Years of Longing, George Miller, Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, Prey, Amber Midthunder,...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel once again return to the streaming world following a months-long, baby-induced hiatus with a film purpose-built to tug at fresh parental heartstrings, Don't Make Me Go , from director Hannah Marks , new on Prime Video ( 39:18 ). May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6.5 out of 10 Show notes: [03:32] Review: Don't Make Me Go [19:55] Spoilers: Don't Make Me Go We referred back to one of the very early episodes of the podcast - check it out and see if our critical...
Topics: Prime Video, John Cho, Mia Isaac, Hannah Marks, Kaya Scodelario, Don't Make Me Go
This week, Glenn and Daniel consider watching a fourth-wall prodding, self-aware film in which Nicolas Cage plays dueling versions of himself, gradually crafting a screenplay and over-the-top conclusion to the very film that we're watching. But enough about Adaptation. On to The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent . And then we check out an epistemological discourse on the multifaceted foundations of fascist thought, punctuated with fucking, because it's time to watch a Radu Jude film, which...
Topics: Radu Jude, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, The Unbearable Weight of...
This week, Glenn and Daniel into the dark, twisted, and borderline satirical look at marriage from Unfaithful director Adrian Lyne , Deep Water . But first, they follow Swiss Army Man directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan into their multiverse-spanning sci-fi epic/intimate family drama, Everything Everywhere All at Once ( 54:44 ). May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Everything Everywhere All at Once ): 9/10 (Glenn), 6/10 (Daniel) FilmWonk rating ( Deep Water ): 7.5 out of 10 Show...
Topics: Deep Water, Ana de Armas, Ben Affleck, Adrian Lyne, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Michelle...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel check out director Matt Reeves and lead Robert Pattinson 's take on the Caped Crusader, the fourth in our jaded millennial lives, and find it largely acceptable. Then we check out a musical take on the fictionalized life of Cyrano de Bergerac , from director Joe Wright , adapted from the stage musical by Erica Schmidt , which Daniel thought was solidly fine, and which changed Glenn's life forever as musicals sometimes do ( 1:08:53 ). May contain NSFW language....
Topics: The Batman, Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Cyrano, Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Joe...
This week, Glenn and Daniel check out a pair of thrillers, starting with Blacklight, a Liam Neeson thriller currently only in theaters, which provoked rare agreement that it is one of the worst movies we've ever reviewed on the podcast. Then we found a breath of fresh air with Steven Soderbergh 's Seattle-set (and Seattle-shot) thriller, Kimi , a thoroughly modern take on a Hitchcockian thriller set in the modern, tech-infused, poverty-laden corporate surveillance state in which we live, new on...
Topics: Kimi, Steven Soderbergh, Zoë Kravitz, Liam Neeson, Blacklight, Jenny Slate, Charlie Day, I Want...
This week, Glenn and Daniel return to the elaborate moral maze of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi with A Hero (now streaming on Prime Video ). They debate what's right and wrong, and whether moral complexity that feels calculated can still effectively serve a good story. Then they venture into the rich narrative world of novelist Elena Ferrante , as adapted by first-time director Maggie Gyllenhaal , with The Lost Daughter (now streaming on Netflix ), for a different sort of moral complexity,...
Topics: A Hero, Asghar Farhadi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elena Ferrante, The Lost Daughter, Ed Harris, Olivia...
This week, Glenn and Daniel are joined by returning guest Megan to do a Scene Unseen -style review of a sequel we both greatly anticipated, The Matrix Resurrections (which Daniel was unable to see last week). Then Megan - both Japan expert and marvelous wife to Glenn - delivers a brutal reminder of the healthy interplay between fandom and family by disdaining director Ryusuke Hamaguchi 's new adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story, Drive My Car , which we both compared to previous #1...
Topics: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car, Haruki Murakami, The Matrix Resurrections, Lana Wachowski, Keanu...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel welcome back Erika to check out the directorial debut of Halle Berry in Bruised , in which she stars as a disgraced MMA fighter trying to connect with her estranged son. And then we check out Jane Campion 's gorgeous, but narratively unfocused adaptation on toxic masculinity in the early 20th century American West, The Power of the Dog , which provoked a wide range of reactions on the podcast. Both films are now available on Netflix. (01:24:15) . *CW: This episode...
Topics: Jane Campion, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Halle Berry,...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel once again had a busy week as a Marvel film came out for us to review by itself, and we promise that's a coincidence. Academy Award-winning director Chloé Zhao tries to tell a tale as old as time and bring a new superhero team to life. Tune in as we give Eternals more credit for ambition than execution, in that good, Chronicles of Riddick sort of way ( 49:43 ). May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6 out of 10 Show notes: [01:36] Review: Eternals [25:53]...
Topics: Chloé Zhao, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani,...
This week, Glenn and Daniel check out a French Dispatch, and a series of meandering vignettes which may or may not coalesce into a coherent narrative. And it's up to our intrepid podcasters (with special guest and friend of the show Jason ) to determine which is which. First, we check out Wes Anderson's vision of The New Yorker as a star-studded anthology film, then venture back to the 1961 French Left Bank film, Last Year at Marienbad , a bizarre and experimental film that mesmerized us...
Topics: Alain Resnais, Last Year at Marienbad, Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch, Timothée Chalamet,...
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*CW: This episode contains mentions of suicide, substance abuse, familial and intimate partner violence, pregnancy loss, and rape, as pertains to the subject matter of each film. This week, Glenn and Daniel check out the misfiring adaptation of the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen , whose narrative problems stem as much from its original book as from its later casting decisions, then differ sharply on the James Wan's '80s VHS bargain bin throwback, Malignant , whose Seattle-set monster antics...
Topics: Dear Evan Hansen, Ben Platt, Pasek and Paul, Julianne Moore, Malignant, James Wan, Stephen Chbosky,...
This week, Glenn and Daniel gaze back into last week, when Glenn wrote 2,000 glowing words about writer/director David Lowery 's rich, gorgeous, legendary tone poem The Green Knight , which captured both of our imaginations. And then we venture into James Gunn 's post- Super return to R-rated storytelling, in a comic book American intervention tale straight out of the Cold War (not in a good way), which is never quite sure whether it's doing the thing or satirizing the thing. But The Suicide...
Topics: David Lowery, James Gunn, The Suicide Squad, Dev Patel, Idris Elba, Alicia Vikander, Margot Robbie,...
This week, Glenn and Daniel see what's new from the twisted mind of M. Night Shyamalan , who now has a body of work that we actively look forward to, however we end up reacting to each film . And then we go back to 2012, to check out an overlooked indie coming-of-age LGBT teen romance from that year's Sundance Film Festival, Mosquita Y Mari , from director Aurora Guerrero (49:18) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Mosquita y Mari ): 8 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( Old ): 7 out of 10...
Topics: Old, M. Night Shyamalan, Vicky Krieps, Gael García Bernal, Thomasin McKenzie, Mosquita Y Mari,...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel check out ScarJo 's MCU swansong, and perhaps the start of an action blockbuster career for director Cate Shortland (40:17) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 7 out of 10 Show notes: [01:30] Review: Black Widow [25:33] Spoilers : Black Widow Check out all of our podcasts at FilmWonk.net .
Topics: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Cate Shortland, Marvel, Black Widow
This week, Glenn and Daniel return to the car play franchise where the F stands for Fast, Furious, Family, and Fhysics. And then we venture back to 1959 to review Look Back in Anger , a play adaptation starring Richard Burton as a working class bloke in post-war Britain who hates his life and his wife (played by Mary Ure ) nearly as much as he hates himself. We explore whether the film/play which spawned both kitchen-sink realism and the "angry young man" trope can still resonate even...
Topics: Fast and Furious, F9, Vin Diesel, John Cena, Look Back in Anger, John Osborne, Justin Lin, Tony...
This week, Glenn and Daniel see Chris Rock 's latest standup-routine-in-dialogue, Spiral: From the Book of Saw , as the comedian attempts to reinvigorate the Saw franchise as a ripped-from-the-headlines issue drama from returning series director Darren Lynn Bousman . With dubious results. Then they cleanse their palate at Daniel's request with the Palme d'Or winner from the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, a Victorian costume drama and coming-of-age tale, The Go-Between (01:07:39) . May contain NSFW...
Topics: Spiral From the Book of Saw, Saw, Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisol Nichols, Max Minghella,...
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CW: This episode contains discussions of sexual assault, physical and sexual abuse, self-harm, and suicide. This week, Glenn and Daniel see how the young people are doing, starting with Neil Burger 's half-baked Lord of the Flies non-adaptation, Voyagers , whose cast is let down by material that seemed unwilling to commit to its most interesting ideas. And then we check out director Destin Daniel Cretton 's film Short Term 12 , whose cast could fill an entire shelf with all the awards they've...
Topics: Voyagers, Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Short Term 12, Brie Larson, Rami Malek,...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel venture back to a bygone era that justifies itself with a touching depiction of friendship amid international espionage, with The Courier , starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Mirab Ninidze in a film based on historical events by Dominic Cooke , now out in theaters, and coming soon to Premium VOD platforms. But first, they check out director Amy Poehler 's 90s-tinged YA adaptation, Moxie , now streaming on Netflix (01:12:17) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating...
Topics: Moxie, Amy Poehler, Hadley Robinson, The Courier, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alycia Pascual-Peña,...
This week, Glenn and Daniel return to the character-based mad-cap silliness from the minds of Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo , as Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar . Then we come back to our own depraved world as we examine a slick and fictitious jaunt into the very real world of elder guardianship abuse, starring a wicked lead turn from Rosamund Pike in the tonally uneven I Care a Lot . (55:20) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar ): 6/10 (Daniel),...
Topics: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Rosamund Pike, Peter...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel escape the doldrums of 2020 with a mind-bending, reality-warping thriller from I Origins director Mike Cahill , Bliss , now available on Amazon Prime. And then we gaze across the world at India, a country currently engaged in the largest protest in human history , through the eyes of a Booker Prize-winning novel adapted by director Ramin Bahrani , The White Tiger . This film, which we described as having "a chip on its shoulder and a swagger in its step,"...
Topics: Bliss, Mike Cahill, Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, The White Tiger, Ramin Bahrani, Priyanka Chopra,...
*CW: This episode's review of Promising Young Woman contains discussions of sexual assault and rape. This week, Glenn, Daniel, and Erika check out two films delayed by COVID, the first a bucolic 1820 Pacific Northwestern from veteran genre director Kelly Reichardt , First Cow , which was pitched to Daniel on the basis that it is, despite his protests, "about a motherfucking cow". The second, which ended up in a well-deserved awards-qualifying run (which you should responsibly skip in...
Topics: Kelly Reichardt, First Cow, Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman, Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham,...
This week, Glenn and Daniel return to a W.B. Yeats poem with Come Away , a hybrid fairytale from Brave director Brenda Chapman featuring Peter Pan and Alice (in Wonderland) as childhood siblings in London, then venture into the twisted (and uncut) sophomore feature from Brandon Cronenberg , Possessor , a sci-fi horror film that'll make you never trust anyone again (59:29) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Come Away ): 6 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( Possessor Uncut ): 8 /10 (Glenn),...
Topics: Possessor, Brandon Cronenberg, Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Come...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel check out the debut feature for director Xu Quirke , a tale of cutthroat songbirds that harkens back expectedly to Black Swan , yet carves a path very much its own (35:49) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6/10 (Daniel), 7.5/10 (Glenn) Show notes: [01:36] Review: Nocturne [20:50] Spoilers : Nocturne Check out all of our podcasts at FilmWonk.net .
Topics: Zu Quirke, Sydney Sweeney, Prime Video, Madison Iseman, Ivan Shaw, Nocturne
This week, Glenn and Daniel check out Miranda July 's latest, Kajillionaire (in theaters now, on VOD 10/16), which - like a hot tub at 29% APR - is an oddball gift that keeps on giving. Then we venture into a deep, dark, dire pit of the American South with Antonio Campos ' adaptation, The Devil All the Time (Netflix). And finally, we check out Daniel's pick for our first foray into Hindi-language films (and the Bollywood equivalent of an indie darling), the outstanding debut sci-fi feature from...
Topics: Kajillionaire, Miranda July, Cargo, Arati Kadav, The Devil All the Time, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom...
This week, Glenn and Daniel (and special guest Erika ) dive into the first Disney live-action remake Glenn has felt any desire to watch, Mulan , a film as American as apple pie and jingoism. We also check out a pair of smaller films - a thriller melodrama debut from director Kevin Del Principe, Up on the Glass (now available on VOD), and a slow-burn romance from trans Filipina director Isabel Sandoval , Lingua Franca , now available on Netflix (01:36:57) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk...
Topics: Mulan, Niki Caro, Up on the Glass, Lingua Franca, Isabel Sandoval, Netflix, Disney
CW: During our review of Lawrence of Arabia, we discuss an incident of sexual assault from T.E. Lawrence's biography, as discussed by his biographers, and as depicted in the film. This week, Glenn and Daniel reflect on ten years of the FilmWonk Podcast, and review two cinematic blindspots from the AFI's Top 100 list - Lawrence of Arabia and Raging Bull (01:48:15) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Raging Bull ): 7 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( Lawrence of Arabia ): 10 out of 10 Show...
Topics: Lawrence of Arabia, Raging Bull, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, David Lean, Peter O'Toole, Alec...
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In this week’s podcast, Glenn and Daniel deal with a horrific natural disaster that has been exacerbated by inept individual and governmental decisions whose ongoing toll of human tragedy is difficult to fathom. And they also watch a documentary about the 2018 Camp Fire (29:30) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6 out of 10 Show notes: Tune in next week for our Tenth Anniversary episode! We mentioned California SB50 , which represented multiple failed attempts at increasing housing...
Topics: Camp Fire, SB50, Rebuilding Paradise, Ron Howard, wildfire, documentary
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel debate the raison d'être of both an all-Wolverine superhero team, as well as romance and human existence itself, with a pair of blockbuster streaming selections, Palm Springs , an outstanding debut from first-time feature director Max Barbakow , and The Old Guard , a graphic novel adaptation which divided us, from Gina Prince-Bythewood (01:08:42) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Palm Springs ): 9 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( The Old Guard...
Topics: Palm Springs, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Cristin Milioti, The Old Guard, Charlize Theron, Matthias...
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On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel debate the merits of Jon Stewart 's election-year political satire Irresistible , which joins a micro-genre that comes as regularly and tediously as the elections themselves, and which provoked far more knowing nods than belly laughs. Then we spend substantially longer discussing Spike Lee 's outstanding modern Vietnam War drama (featuring a career-best performance from Delroy Lindo ), Da Five Bloods (01:40:29) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk...
Topics: Da Five Bloods, Spike Lee, Delroy Lindo, Steve Carell, Mackenzie Davis, Rose Byrne, Irresistible,...
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel head back in time to the age of radio to check out the outstanding small-town sci-fi drama debut from director Andrew Patterson , The Vast of Night , and then come almost all the way back to the present day with Leos Carax 's delightfully wacky Holy Motors (54:02) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( The Vast of Night ): 8/10 (Daniel), 9/10 (Glenn) FilmWonk rating ( Holy Motors ): 6/10 (Daniel), 7.5/10 (Glenn) Show notes: [02:14] Review: The...
Topics: The Vast of Night, Holy Motors, Amazon Prime, Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Leos Carax,...
[CW: This episode contains discussion of disturbing violent and sexual content.] On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel see a parade of talents converge in the delightful new romantic action comedy The Lovebirds , and then descend into the depths of allegorical hell with The Platform . And like Orpheus and Eurydice, we kinda like each other after the experience, but only one of us will make it out again (01:00:51) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( The Lovebirds ): 7.5 out of 10...
Topics: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Michael Showalter, The Lovebirds, The Platform, El Hoyo, Netflix
[CW: This episode contains discussion of sexual violence.] On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel (with special guest Erika Spoden ) are a bit more playful than usual. That's to say, we're reviewing a play - specifically, the National Theatre of Great Britain's 2011 performance of Frankenstein , adapted for the stage by Nick Dear , and directed by Danny Boyle , as recently made available on YouTube for free (you can donate to NT here !), and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature (as...
Topics: Frankenstein, National Theatre, Jonny Lee Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Jackman, SXSW,...
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On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel head north of the border and into the quixotic dream of a crowdfunded mission to Mars with Shane Belcourt 's Red Rover (which is available for streaming on Tuesday, May 12 ), and then check out Master of None co-creator Alan Yang 's fictionalized take on his parents' immigrant story from Taiwan, with Tigertail , newly available on Netflix (49:29) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Tigertail ): 6/10 (Glenn), 4/10 (Daniel) FilmWonk rating ( Red...
Topics: Shane Belcourt, Red Rover, Cara Gee, Kristian Bruun, Tzi Ma, Christine Ko, Alan Yang, Tigertail
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel venture back in time with director Chris Roberti to a time when we could all gather aboard a cruise ship and secretly shoot a romantic comedy about time-traveling assassins, with Same Boat , which hits VOD on Tuesday 4/7. We also catch up with Birds of Prey , an impressive return to the brightest and most colorful parts of the DCEU after a whole lot of grimdark , and actor Ben Affleck 's spotty attempt to do the same, with The Way Back (01:06:21) May...
Topics: Same Boat, Birds of Prey, Margot Robbie, The Way Back, Ben Affleck, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cathy...
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel venture back in time to before The Incident when were all still able to go outside, to see Florence Pugh 's starmaking debut in the uneven Lady Macbeth . Then they check out what will probably be the first of many streaming selections, a seaside crime caper new this weekend on Amazon Prime (57:36) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Blow the Man Down ): 7.5/10 (Glenn), 5/10 (Daniel) FilmWonk rating ( Lady Macbeth ): 7 out of 10 Show notes:...
Topics: Lady Macbeth, Florence Pugh, Blow the Man Down, Margo Martindale, Amazon Prime, William Oldroyd,...
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In this week’s podcast, Glenn and Daniel roll for initiative with Pixar's latest foray into the fantastical, Onward (23:51) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6/10 (Glenn), 8/10 (Daniel) Show notes: Music for this episode is magic. Stay tuned afterward for an adorable interview. Check out all of our podcasts at FilmWonk.net .  
Topics: Dan Scanlon, Pixar, Onward, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel check out a very personal new film co-written by and starring Alison Brie , now available on Netflix - and we also check out Leigh Whannell and Jason Blum 's attempt to revive the Dark Universe by replacing spectacle with an intimate and harrowing psychological drama starring Elisabeth Moss . ...then we gush about T-Swift for 5 minutes (53:00) FilmWonk rating ( Horse Girl ): 7 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( The Invisible Man ): 7.5 out of 10 FilmWonk rating...
Topics: Alison Brie, Leigh Whannell, Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man, Horse Girl, Miss Americana, Taylor...
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel (with special guest Erika Spoden ) descend into the darkness of consummate gambler and exhausting presence Howard Ratner, played with once-per-decade skill by Adam Sandler . Then we cleanse our palates with the thoughtful and colorful delights of Greta Gerwig 's bold new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott 's Little Women   (01:06:39) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Uncut Gems ): 8/10 (Erika), 9/10 (Glenn and Daniel) FilmWonk rating ( Little...
Topics: Greta Gerwig, Josh and Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems, Little Women, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Adam...
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel conclude the Trilogy of Trilogies and finally figure out the answer to the question posed in the best film of the new Star Wars trilogy: What is it all for? But first, we take a gander at a ghost of Christmas past as Daniel selects his very favorite holiday film , a rom-com farce from 1945 (01:16:48) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Christmas in Connecticut ): 10/10 (Daniel), 5/10 (Glenn) FilmWonk rating ( Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker...
Topics: Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, J.J....
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On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel return to the Western Front with Sam Mendes ' groundbreaking, single-shot World War I drama, 1917 . And then check out a war of a different sort with Noah Baumbach 's artful confessional piece about divorce, Marriage Story , now streaming on Netflix (01:22:39) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( 1917 ): 7/10 (Daniel), 8/10 (Glenn) FilmWonk rating ( Marriage Story ): 8 out of 10 Show notes: [02:04] Review: 1917 [21:06] Spoilers: 1917 [36:11]...
Topics: 1917, Marriage Story, Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannson, Dan Carlin, Sam Mendes, Noah Baumbach,...
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On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel (along with special guest Erika ) take in a pair of surprisingly apropos titles about the lives of rich and poor families: Bong Joon-ho's Parasite , and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson's Knives Out   (01:34:18) . FilmWonk rating ( Knives Out ): 8.5 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( Parasite ): 9/10 (Glenn, Erika), 6/10 (Daniel) Show notes: [00:01:59] Review: Knives Out [00:19:57] Spoilers: Knives Out [00:34:26] Review: Parasite [01:00:41] Review: Parasite...
Topics: Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, Knives Out, Rian Johnson, Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Toni Collette,...
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel see the triumphant return of an iconic character from yesteryear, for whom fucking up motherfuckers is the game. Also, they watched Dolemite Is My Name (48:48) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Terminator: Dark Fate ): 6/10 (Daniel), 7.5/10 (Glenn) FilmWonk rating ( Dolemite Is My Name ): 8 out of 10 Show notes: [02:04] Review: Terminator: Dark Fate [18:29] Spoilers: Terminator: Dark Fate [32:25] Review: Dolemite Is My Name Music for this...
Topics: Terminator: Dark Fate, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Eddie Murphy,...
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On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel check out yet another scary clown with Joker , a film that insisted we think deeply about its shallow politics and half-baked philosophy. We ponder whether death of the author is even possible when the author won't shut his mouth, and whether a strong, dark, and gritty Joaquin Phoenix performance is enough of a selling point in a world in which You Were Never Really Here already exists. Then we venture back to earlier in 2019 and find ourselves shocked...
Topics: Joker, Batman, Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Rocketman, Taron...
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In this week’s podcast, Glenn and Daniel conquer their worst fear: a sequel with an inflated budget, indulgent runtime, and inadequate faith in its two strong ensembles (45:54) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 5.5/10 (Glenn), 6. 82926 /10 (Daniel) Show notes: [02:02] Review: It Chapter Two [22:55] Review: It Chapter Two Music for this episode is clowns. We referenced an io9 article by Germain Lussier , " Condensing  It Chapter Two Into One Movie Was Scarier Than Facing...
Topics: It Chapter Two, Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Andy Muschietti,...
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel take a journey into the American heartland along with a Chinese glass conglomerate, and only one of our journeys ends well in one of the best documentaries of the decade, as much a case study about how two cohorts from two very different work cultures see each other, as it is metatextual reflection on the future of work in the automated and globalized world of the 21st century. You will be utterly riveted by American Factory , now streaming on Netflix....
Topics: American Factory, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Bruce...
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel return to the twisted historical fiction of Quentin Tarantino , maybe for the last time, and are pleasantly surprised by what they find there. But first, they take a trip to the Canadian border for a taut Western thriller starring (and executive-produced by) Tessa Thompson , from first-time director Nia DaCosta (01:27:14) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Little Woods ): 7/10 (Daniel), 7.5/10 (Glenn) FilmWonk rating ( Once Upon a Time in...
Topics: Quentin Tarantino, Tessa Thompson, Nia DaCosta, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in...
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel see the oddly polite and guileless horror followup from writer/director Ari Aster , Midsommar. And then they return to A Separation director Asghar Farhadi , for a Spanish-language kidnapping thriller starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem that was dumped unceremoniously onto Netflix earlier this year (01:18:01) . May contain NSFW language.   FilmWonk rating ( Everybody Knows ): 6 out of 10 (Glenn) FilmWonk rating ( Midsommar ): 7/10 (Daniel), 7.5/10...
Topics: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Asghar Farhadi, Ari Aster, Florence Pugh, Midsommar, Everybody...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel conclude this year's 45th Seattle International Film Festival with a dark dramedy-cum-Socratic dialogue about the relationship and responsiveness of art when it comes to preserving the dark side of history. But enough about Putin's Witnesses ! We're also seeing the provocative Closing Night selection, and checking out Olivia Wilde 's directorial debut, Booksmart , the younger sister and older soul to Superbad . (01:11:05) May contain NSFW language. Show...
Topics: SIFF2019, Seattle International Film Festival, Olivia Wilde, Booksmart, Putin's Witnesses, Vitaly...
FilmWonk Podcast - Episode #150 - SIFF Roundup: "Alice", "Pigeon Kings", "Fight Fam", "As the Earth Turns"    ***CW: This episode contains discussion of sexual violence.*** In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel head to the 45th Seattle International Film Festival to check out a documentary about pigeon rolling, a family biopic of MMA fighters, a sci-fi drama that was literally 80 years in the making, yet still felt ahead of its time, and a smart and...
Topics: SIFF, SIFF2019, Seattle International Film Festival, Alice, Pigeon Kings, Fight Fam, As the Earth...
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On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel catch them all (29:12) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 7 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks, " Carry On " by Kygo and Rita Ora and " Happy Together " by The Turtles , from the film's soundtrack and teaser trailer respectively. Check out all of our podcasts at FilmWonk.net .  
Topics: Pokémon, Pikachu, Rob Letterman, Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Rita Ora, Kathryn Newton, Ken...
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On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel face the epic conclusion of the current run of Avengers - and finally agree on a Marvel film (01:14:07) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 8 out of 10 Show notes: [00:32] Review: Avengers: Endgame [13:52] Spoilers: Avengers: Endgame Music for this episode is...about heroes. Check out all of our podcasts at FilmWonk.net .
Topics: Marvel, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Avengers: Endgame, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson,...
On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel return from a familial hiatus to check out The Hummingbird Project , a film about laying a more reliable fiber optic line for faster data transmission to game the stock market, so the irony wasn't lost on us when Daniel had connectivity issues and was only able to watch the first 20 minutes. But you know Jesse Eisenberg will be involved, even if you're a bit more prepared in advance for his tragic, greedy, tech-infused salesman to also be a diabolical...
Topics: The Hummingbird Project, Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek, Triple Frontier,...
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On this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel fulfill a prior threat to fan-favorite intellectual heavyweight Erika Spoden : to make her review a Transformers film. And with all props to Scene Unseen before us, it's one that Daniel didn't even bother to watch. Then we drill into Luca Guadagnino 's operatic horror remake, Suspiria , a film that we started off uneven and disturbed by, only to talk ourselves into watching it again during the ride home (01:04:36). May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk...
Topics: Bumblebee, Travis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Luca Guadagnino, Suspiria, Dakota Johnson, Tilda...
In the first podcast of the new year, Glenn and Daniel check out their favo(u)rite film of 2018 , as well as a tech-infused experimental film from Black Mirror (01:26:20) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Black Mirror: Bandersnatch ): 6 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( Aquaman ): 10/10 (Glenn), 9/10 (Daniel) Show notes: [00:33] Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch [52:20] Review: The Favourite Music for this episode is the tracks "Making Plans for Nigel" by XTC , from the...
Topics: The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Black Mirror,...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel take a magical journey onto the Western Front of World War I with Peter Jackson 's stunning documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old - easily his most striking and personal project in years. And then we go deep in a world of low expectations and find ourselves pleasantly surprised by James Wan 's Aquaman (42:35) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( They Shall Not Grow Old ): 10/10 (Daniel), 9/10 (Glenn) FilmWonk rating ( Aquaman ): 6.5 out of 10...
Topics: They Shall Not Grow Old, Aquaman, Peter Jackson, James Wan, Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel (with special guest Erika Spoden ) check out the new Western anthology from the Coen Brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs , and see whether the true grit of a singing cowboy can stand up against the OTP of Math Chicken and Mamma Owl. Confused? Check it out on Netflix, then come back and listen we drill into all six segments. But first, Glenn and Daniel check out their second Jason Reitman film of this year , The Front Runner , and question how a...
Topics: Coen Brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Jason Reitman, Hugh Jackman, The Front Runner, Liam...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel take a harrowing journey with Paul Greengrass into yet another hyperrealistic human tragedy, with 22 July , a film about the 2011 Norway attacks and the legal aftermath. This film is as effective as it is upsetting, and if you're mentally prepared, you can watch it right now on Netflix (37:54) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 8 out of 10 Show notes: There is no music in this episode - including some of the score didn't really feel appropriate, so we've...
Topics: 22 July, Paul Greengrass, Anders Behring Breivik, Jens Stoltenberg, Norway, Netflix
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This week, Glenn and Daniel are joined by a special guest...Glenn's toddler son who's never seen a movie in theaters before. And so we gamble, maximizing our chances of making it through tantrum-free with a bucket of popcorn and a 90-minute animated musical about yetis and...atheism? The kid made it through unscathed, and we had more to say than expected (31:07) ! May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6.5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks, "Wonderful...
Topics: Smallfoot, Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden, Common, Karey Kirkpatrick, Movies, Podcast
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel (with special guest Erika Spoden ) venture back to another strong Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody team-up from earlier in the year, Tully , a harrowing newborn parenting drama that has unique resonance for one of us at the moment. But first we check out Five Fingers for Marseilles , a South African team's unique and pulpy take on the American Western genre, out now in limited release in US theaters (67:11) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Five...
Topics: Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody, Ron Livingston, Mark Duplass, Mackenzie Davis, Tully,...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel are joined by special guest Cheryl Hou to review Crazy Rich Asians , the first American studio film in 25 years to feature a predominantly Asian and Asian-American cast. Be warned: This film will be compared to both Love Actually and Fifty Shades , emerging mostly unscathed from the experience (71:37) . May contain NSFW language. [audio ] FilmWonk rating: 7/10 (Glenn), 5/10 (Daniel), 7.5/10 (Cheryl) Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks, "Give Me a...
Topics: Crazy Rich Asians, Jon M. Chu, Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan,...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel watch as the Mission: Impossible franchise proves once again to be the best in the genre, as returning director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise continue to top themselves (40:40). May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 8 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks, "Your Mission" and "Scalper and Hammer" , from the film's original score by Lorne Balfe . You can view the 360-degree VR featurette for the helicopter...
Topics: Mission Impossible, Fallout, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson,...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel enlist Denzel Washington 's help to actuate some pneumatic valves for the second time, in The Equalizer 2 , the rare sequel which improves significantly on what it follows (36:10). May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6.5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the track, " "In the Name of Love" " by Jacob Banks . The word we couldn't think of: The skull cap, common in Muslim-majority countries, that McCall wears on the train in...
Topics: Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Melissa Leo, The Equalizer, Pedro Pascal
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This week, Glenn and Daniel take a frustrating slog back to Jurassic World , and the whole thing blows up in their faces (46:38). May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 4 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the track, " Jurassic Park " by "Weird Al" Yankovic . Tangent: The movie we mentioned starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick featuring a fake exotic animal feast was The Freshman , from 1990, and it was written and directed by Andrew Bergman , who...
Topics: Jurassic World, Jurassic Park, Fallen Kingdom, J.A. Bayona, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
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In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel make their final review from the Seattle International Film Festival, and it's a doozy, in the form of Bodied , Joseph Kahn 's masterpiece about racism, sensitivity, political correctness, all through the lens of competitive rap battles, which will be premiering on YouTube later this year. And they follow it up with an extremely straightforward action-comedy about a group of grown men playing Tag , whose insistence that it's based on a true story might...
Topics: Bodied, Joseph Kahn, Tag, Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, Isla Fisher,...
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In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel are back at the 44th Seattle International Film Festival to check out Pig , an Iranian farce from Mani Haghighi that lives up its trailer's promise of being "Iran like you've never seen it before". Do not miss this. Then they head to the multiplex to see whether Sandra Bullock and crew can pull off a slick heist film with Ocean's 8 , and proceed to disagree over whether or not that's a good thing (48:21) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk...
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***CW: This episode contains discussion of sexual violence.*** In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel head back to the Seattle International Film Festival to check out the new heist film from director Bart Layton, who wowed them back in 2012 with The Imposter , with special guest Erika Spoden . Then they venture to Taiwan to check out The Bold, The Corrupt, and the Beautiful, a stunning film that somehow merited comparisons to both The Godfather and Breakfast at Tiffany's (01:15:32) . May...
Topics: American Animals, The Bold The Corrupt and the Beautiful, Bart Layton, Evan Peters, Yang Ya-che,...
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This week, Glenn and Daniel check out a promising star turn from Gabrielle Union with V for Vendetta director James McTeigue that devolved into more tepid fare as characters ruin the tension by behaving incomprehensibly. This is probably not the only podcast in which Breaking In will likened to both Panic Room and Taken , but we're quite sure it's the only game in town for Reindeer Games (27:38) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the...
Topics: Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, James McTeigue, Breaking In, V for Vendetta, Bad Boys 2, Reindeer...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel take a spoiler-filled dive into Avengers: Infinity War , the culmination of a decade of superhero films and Daniel-skepticism about them. Will this be the villain and ending that can finally satisfy him? Stay tuned! But first, we check out a new film from writer/director Andrew Niccol ( Gattaca , In Time ), which may finally answer the question of whether Netflix can take on a sci-fi film from an acclaimed director or franchise for some other reason...
Topics: Anon, Andrew Niccol, Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Avengers Infinity War, Spoilers, Marvel, Russo...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel explore a comedy about preventing teenagers from getting laid. And then, appropriately, they spend 40 minutes of their Saturday night dissecting Star Wars: The Last Jedi , a film which Glenn praised effusively back in December, and which Daniel only got around to seeing this week, and called "a solid 5 out of 10". The spoiler warning comes right away with this one, and may the Force be with us all for the first and only time that Count Dooku...
Topics: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Blockers, Rian Johnson, John Cena, Kay Cannon, Spoilers
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel are back for two outstanding selections from the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, and take a foray into In the Loop director Armando Iannucci 's uniquely foul-mouthed and hilarious rendition of the demise of Stalin's Russia. We are joined once again by special guest Erika Spoden (01:13:18) . May contain NSFW language. The first round of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival closes today, but they will be back for one more weekend next month, April 14-15. For the...
Topics: Seattle Jewish Film Festival, SJFF, The Death of Stalin, Maktub, Keep the Change, Armando Iannucci,...
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This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel, along with special guest Erika Spoden , take a very special Oscar week look back at one of the Best Picture contenders we missed last year (and we covered several !), Paul Thomas Anderson' s Phantom Thread (43:04) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 8.5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks "House of Woodcock" and "For the Hungry Boy" , from the film's original score by Jonny Greenwood . CORRECTION:...
Topics: Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Jonny Greenwood
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This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel head into the mysterious world of the Shimmer, hspcp ylelwtp azcexly lyo zespcd pyepc l xjdepctzfd hzcwo zq dnclxmwpo yzydpydp lyo te'd acpeej nzzw lyo hptco, mfe ld td zqepy esp nldp rwpyy wtvpo te mpeepc esly olytpw (34:26) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6.5/10 (Daniel), 7.5/10 (Glenn) Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks "Disoriented" and "The Beach" , by Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow , from the film's...
Topics: Annihilation, Natalie Portman, Alex Garland, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac,...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel take two trips down memory lane - one to the tail-end of the Fifty Shades franchise, which feels like it began a million years ago in 2011, and the other to the site code-named Cloverfield (formerly Central Park), which made a surprise return to Netflix right after the big game this week (47:51) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Fifty Shades Freed ): 5/10 (Daniel), 3/10 (Glenn) FilmWonk rating ( The Cloverfield Paradox ): 5 out of 10 Show...
Topics: Fifty Shades Freed, Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, The Cloverfield Paradox, Cloverfield, Daniel...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel didn't even realize that these other jamokes were involved in the story of I, Tonya , which forces them to reexamine a half-remembered media narrative from when they were single-digits old. Special guest Erika Spoden ventures back in time with us, stopping off at a '90s figure-skating scandal, and continuing with an '80s romance in Northern Italy, with Call Me By Your Name (59:45) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Call Me By Your Name ):...
Topics: I Tonya, Call Me By Your Name, Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Margot Robbie, Allison Janney,...
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On a very special Christmas podcast, Glenn and Daniel venture into the plot-complex and dialogue-rich directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin , Molly's Game , based on the memoir by Molly Bloom , who ran a series of high-stakes underground poker games for a flurry of the rich and powerful before being pulled into legal peril. This film contains four outstanding performances - the two you'd expect, plus Cera and Costner. If you've got some time off this holiday, be sure to check it out (35:37) . May...
Topics: Molly's Game, Aaron Sorkin, Jessica Chastain, Molly Bloom, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Kevin Costner
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel flash back to Nacho Vigalondo 's latest high-concept sci-fi bout, wherein Anne Hathaway is a drunkard in physical charge of a kaiju. Then we jump forward into Guillermo del Toro's monster fairy tale, The Shape of Water , to see whether love can be what you wish between woman and fish (45:37) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Colossal ): 8 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( The Shape of Water ): 7.5/10 (Glenn), 6/10 (Daniel) Show notes: [02:15]...
Topics: Colossal, The Shape of Water, Anne Hathaway, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins,...
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In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel take in the loud desperation of Justice League (47:36) . FilmWonk rating: 4.5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is Sigrid 's cover of the Leonard Cohen song, "Everybody Knows" , from the Justice League soundtrack. The piece we mentioned is called, "Stop trying to make Justice League about Marvel vs DC" , by Julia Alexander at Polygon (not Tasha Robinson from The Dissolve - just happened to see it on her Twitter feed ). For...
Topics: Justice League, DCEU, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
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In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel, along with returning guest Erika, dive into a difficult and timely film (43:59) . Content warning: This drama depicts an illegal, predatory sexual relationship between an adult and a minor child, as well as explicit discussion of that relationship many years after it is over. Our review contains candid discussion of the film and its handling of this subject matter. Listener discretion is advised. FilmWonk rating: 8/10 (Erika), 7/10 (Daniel), 8/10...
Topics: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Ellen Page, Una, Benedict Andrews, Riz Ahmed
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In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel return to the final space-jaunt before Avengers: Infinity War , celebrate an awesome new character who's also a failure of LGBTQ representation, and ponder what makes "essential Marvel" (43:22) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6.5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks, " Planet Sakaar " and " What Heroes Do " from the original score to Thor: Ragnarok , by Mark Mothersbaugh . CORRECTION:...
Topics: Taika Waititi, Thor, Ragnarok, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hulk, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo,...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel check out a documentary from the upcoming 2017 Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, followed by an untold historical tale of royal friendship (43:18) . May contain NSFW language. Blood Leaves Its Trail will be playing at the 2017 Tasveer South Asian Film Festival on Monday, Oct. 9th at UW Bothell. Tickets are available here . FilmWonk rating ( Blood Leaves Its Trail ): 6 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( Victoria & Abdul ): 7/10 (Glenn), 8/10 (Daniel) Show...
Topics: Blood Leaves Its Trail, Stephen Frears, Victoria & Abdul, Kashmir, Judi Dench, Ali Fazal,...
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In this weekâs podcast, Glenn and Daniel dive into a second chapter in a silly spy saga that doubles down on every one of the first film's impulses, for weal or woe: the elegant masculine paradigm, the awesomely kinetic and well-shot fights, the ridiculous Dr. Evil-caliber villainy, and the shoddy, one-dimensional female characters saddled with menial tasks in place of depth. Come see where we landed on the only spy film this year that is, and we quote, "Longer than f*cking Dunkirk...
Topics: Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Channing...
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In this weekâs podcast, Glenn and Daniel conquer their well-earned fears of a half-hearted Stephen King adaptation and venture down to the sewer with all their friends, and it's quite fun. Because everything floats down there. EVERYTHING (36:52) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 8 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks " Six Different Ways " by The Cure , and " Pennywise's Tower " composed by Benjamin Wallfisch , from the film's soundtrack...
Topics: It, The Jaunt, Stephen King, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Bill Skarsgård, Andrés...
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In this weekâs podcast, Glenn and Daniel take in a tale of justice for a man wrongly convicted that greatly exceeded their expectations - both in storytelling, and in the acting prowess of former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha - a set of words that we never expected to say aloud (39:12) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 7 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks " The Message " by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five , and " River " by Leon Bridges...
Topics: Crown Heights, Colin Warner, Adnan Syed, Serial, Nnamdi Asomugha, Lakeith Stanfield, Natalie Paul
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel refer to The Trip to Spain as " Entourage -lite", in what is inexplicably a positive review, as Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take in their third pastoral outing of visual, culinary, and improvised comedic indulgence. And then they check out Patti Cake$ , the most delightful and original coming-of-age tale we've seen since Dope , featuring an unlikely hero ( Danielle Macdonald ) and her gang of misfits trying to make it in the New Jersey rap...
Topics: Danielle Macdonald, Geremy Jasper, New Jersey, Patti Cake$, rap, Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, The Trip...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel a contentious ride into Taylor Sheridan 's directorial debut, Wind River , as well as a trip down memory lane in Sheridan's prior filmography, including Denis Villeneuve outstanding 2015 drug war drama, Sicario (43:01) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Sicario ): 8 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( Wind River ): 6.5/10 (Glenn), 3/10 (Daniel) Show notes: [00:33] Review: Sicario [08:23] Review: Wind River [24:00] Spoilers: Wind River Music for this...
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In this weekâs podcast, Glenn and Daniel have a grand ol' spy romp with Charlize Theron . It's not complicated, but it is fun - and it succeeds on soundtrack where Baby Driver failed with us (22:20) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 7.5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks " Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst) " by Peter Schilling , and a new, dour version of " 99 Luftballons " by Kaleida , from the film's soundtrack. CORRECTION: We lamented...
Topics: Atomic Blonde, David Leitch, John Wick, Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Toby Jones
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel address an age-old question - is Fifth Element and Lucy director Luc Besson still a master of sci-fi, and can strong worldbuilding (and one surprising gem of a performance) make up for dubious screenwriting. Come along and find out, but first, check out an important documentary about the worst excesses of ISIS in Syria, and the brave men and women who risk their lives to reveal them to the world (56:31) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( City...
Topics: Luc Besson, Valerian, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, City of Ghosts, Matthew...
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In this weekâs podcast, Glenn and Daniel get reacquainted with their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and their friendly Keatonesque Bird-Man, and are rather pleased about it (45:16) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 8 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode comes from a pair of  Spider-Man  TV series theme songs. The first is the  classic 1967 animated series theme , with lyrics by  Paul Francis Webster  and music by  Bob Harris . The second is a slick...
Topics: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel check out a rallying cry for the British working class with Ken Loach 's new film, I, Daniel Blake , then check out a shriek of impending doom from David Lowery , A Ghost Story , a film in which a goofy game of supernatural dress-up is just the thin veil covering intense trepidation about the whole of human existence. Three points if you guess which film caused an actual panic attack (56:50) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( I, Daniel Blake...
Topics: Ken Loach, I Daniel Blake, David Lowery, A Ghost Story, Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Movies, Reviews
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In this weekâs podcast, Glenn and Daniel return to the stylish world of writer/director Edgar Wright , and find it strangely exhausting this time around. Can an array of fun gangster performances overcome an oppressive soundtrack and wasted, one-dimensional female leads? We'll struggle to find out (27:52) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks " B-A-B-Y " by Carla Thomas , and " Bellbottoms " by The Jon...
Topics: Baby Driver, Edgar Wright, Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza...
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In this weekâs podcast, Glenn and Daniel jump back to their final selection from the Seattle Jewish Film Festival , Keep Quiet , a documentary about Csanád Szegedi , a former far-right, antisemitic political party leader in Hungary who discovers that he has a (still living) Jewish grandmother, which causes a sea change in his political and religious beliefs. Or...does it? If this film had been a great big pat on the back for tolerance and pluralism, we expect it would've been pretty...
Topics: Keep Quiet, Csanad Szegedi, Documentary, SJFF2017, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, antisemitism,...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel are back at the Seattle International Film Festival to check out a lovely Bulgarian political satire. Then Diana ( Gal Gadot ) shows up to wreck the place by hand and sword, and we can't complain, because it turns out she's pretty awesome when not saddled with a lame mystery B-plot (48:06) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating ( Glory ): 8 out of 10 FilmWonk rating ( Wonder Woman ): 7.5/10 (Glenn), 7/10 (Daniel) Show notes: [00:24] Review: Glory...
Topics: Glory, Wonder Woman, SIFF2017, Seattle International Film Festival, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Movies,...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel take a break from SIFF to return to the swashbuckling world of diminishing returns that is Pirates of the Caribbean , pondering the series' future, and considering whether if Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp ) will ever slip his earthly bonds and meet the Fast and Furious crew in space (37:44) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the track " Cruel Mistress " by Flogging Molly , and the track...
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In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel jump into their favorite perennial time-bubble, the Seattle International Film Festival (which opens today!) (20:38).  May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 6 out of 10 There are three public screenings of Time Trap at SIFF 2017, two of them this weekend (Friday 5/19 and Saturday 5/20), and another on 5/30 up in Shoreline. Check out the film's SIFF page for tickets and details. Show notes: Music for this episode is the track " Time in a...
Topics: Time Trap, SIFF, Seattle International Film Festival, Andrew Wilson, Ben Foster, Mark Dennis,...
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In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel return to the latter days of the Iraq War with a lean thriller from Amazon Studios and director Doug Liman , The Wall , and we revisit the 2010 Rodrigo Cortés thriller, Buried . It all looks a bit grim, and while there may be an end in sight, we'll figure out which flick handled it best (47:15) . May contain NSFW language. The Wall is in theaters this Friday, 5/12, and will be available on Amazon video later this year. FilmWonk rating ( The Wall ):...
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In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and discover their limit of inconsequential action is about the first 90 minutes (53:28) . May contain NSFW language. FilmWonk rating: 4.5 out of 10 Show notes: Music for this episode is the tracks " Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) " by Looking Glass , and " The Chain " by Fleetwood Mac , from the film's soundtrack and trailer respectively. After recording this episode, Glenn got into it offline...
Topics: Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Marvel Cinematic...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel check out their final two selections from the Seattle Jewish Film Festival , starting with Jessica Chastain's in an untold Schindler's List sort of story, The Zookeeper's Wife . And then we're joined by a special guest, local author Erika Spoden , to discuss see who gets The Last Laugh when it comes to the Holocaust and other taboo humor subjects (including 9/11 and suicide bombings). Light, fluffy stuff, really. We promise (01:21:30) . May contain NSFW...
Topics: The Zookeeper's Wife, Jessica Chastain, Niki Caro, The Last Laugh, Mel Brooks, Life is Beautiful,...
In this week's podcast, Glenn and Daniel preview a pair of selections from the Seattle Jewish Film Festival , which runs from March 25 - April 2. The first is a documentary about a strong girl that held much more of our interest than expected, and the second is an Israeli film which subtly, then aggressively, borrows from Darren Aronofsky and the Book of Genesis in equal measure (52:20) . May contain NSFW language. Harmonia is playing as the Opening Night Film on Saturday, 3/25 @ 8:30PM at AMC...
Topics: SJFF2017, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Jessie Auritt, Naomi Kutin, Supergirl, Alon Aboutboul,...