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 (Moxie): 5 out of 10 FilmWonk rating (The Courier): 7.5 out of 10
[02:21] Review: Moxie
[34:18] Review: The Courier
[46:06] Spoilers: The Courier
See Sheila O'Malley's review of Moxie on RogerEbert.com, to which we owe our sincere thanks for giving a name to the riot grrrl genre, a phenomenon we've been peripherally aware of since 10 Things I Hate About You and the zines we personally read in our 1990s Seattle high schools, but didn't know the proper name for until now.
In our discussion of The Courier, we referred to actress Natalie Walker's excellent series of satirical audition videos on Twitter, including this one, an apparent send-up of the thankless role played by Claire Foy in First Man. We were rather pleased that Jessie Buckley had a bit more to do in this film than the typical put-upon, do-nothing wife character of a history-making fellow.