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Episode 109 - "Cartel Land" (2015)

4/19/2018
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Today’s movie is “Cartel Land” (2015), directed by Matthew Heinemen, a documentary about two vigilante groups ostensibly fighting back against the cartels. The documentary was shot on the front lines of the fight, sometimes in live fire situations, and with grim consequences. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. I have different thoughts about the two groups. Arizona Border Recon is a group of self-appointed border observers, who share a belief that the drug...

Duration:00:04:26

Episode 108 - "The 4th Company" (2016)

4/18/2018
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Today’s movie is “The 4th Company” (2016), the Netflix original crime thriller written by Mitzi Vanessa Arreaola and directed in collaboration with Amir Galván Cervera. The film follows Zambrano (Adrian Ladron), a juvenile offender sentenced to Santa Martha prison in 1970s Mexico, who joins the prison American football team and becomes part of the prison’s fourth company, a combination internal enforcement and external criminal organization run by Mexico City’s chief of police. “The 4th...

Duration:00:04:38

Episode 107 - "Sun Dogs" (2017)

4/17/2018
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Today’s movie is “Sun Dogs” (2017), the Netflix original comedy directed by Jennifer Morrison and written for the screen by Anthony Tambakis under the pseudonym Raoul McFarland. The film follows Ned Chipley (Michael Angarano), an intellectually disabled young man who wants to assist the country in rooting out Al Qaeda on the homefront, aided by a runaway named Tally Peterson (Melissa Benoist). Spoilers ahead. This film takes a lot of risks with the story involving an intellectually...

Duration:00:04:00

Episode 106 - "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017)

4/16/2018
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It’s Marvel Monday, and we have just two more movies on the Road to Infinity War. Today’s movie is “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), the Sony/Marvel collaboration directed by Jon Watts, based on a story by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, and written for the screen in collaboration with Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, and Jon Watts himself. The film had a $175 million dollar budget and made $880 million dollars at the international box office. I’m so glad Sony and...

Duration:00:04:03

Episode 105 - "The Daughter of Dawn" (1920)

4/15/2018
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Today’s movie is “The Daughter of Dawn” (1920), the 1920 silent film directed by Norbert A. Myles and written in collaboration with Richard Banks. The film follows the courtship of Dawn (Esther Le Barre), the daughter of the Kiowa Chief (Hunting Horse). Two suitors are vying for her attention. Black Wolf (Jack Sankadota) is a wealthy member of the tribe, offering a considerable dowry. White Eagle (White Parker) is the bravest member of the tribe, and also has the heart of Dawn. Spoilers...

Duration:00:03:26

Episode 104 - "Come Sunday" (2018)

4/14/2018
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Today’s movie is “Come Sunday” (2018), the religious drama based on the life of Bishop Carlton Pearson (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a preacher ostracized by his congregation and peers for proclaiming that everyone has already been saved and that there is no hell. The film was adapted for the screen by Marcus Hinchey and directed by Joshua Marston, based on a culture segment broadcast on This American Life. This film tackles a very important topic in western society: the changing meaning and purpose...

Duration:00:04:14

Episode 103 - "Amateur" (2018)

4/13/2018
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Today’s movie is “Amateur” (2018), the debut feature-length sports drama from Ryan Koo. The film follows Terron Forte (Michael Rainey, Jr.), a fourteen-year-old basketball phenomenon admitted on scholarship to a private academy with the help of Coach Gaines (Josh Charles), becoming the target of the seedy world of college and professional recruiters. The trailer really undersells the story of Terron Forte, focusing on his basketball skills and making almost no reference to his dyscalculia,...

Duration:00:03:56

Episode 102 - "The Road Movie" (2016)

4/12/2018
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Today’s movie is “The Road Movie” (2018), the Russian found-footage film from Dimitrii Kalishnikov, composed entirely of found footage shared from dashboard cameras, including car crashes, violent behavior, drunken revelry, and a meteor strike. If you were looking for something more than that, you’ll be sorely disappointed, and in some scenes, likely offended. Nearly every driver in Russia has a dashboard camera (dashcams), and for good reason. Between dealing with corrupt law enforcement...

Duration:00:03:01

Episode 101 - "Orbiter 9" (2017)

4/11/2018
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Today’s movie is “Orbiter 9” (2017), the Spanish/Colombian science-fiction drama written and directed by Hatem Khraiche Ruiz-Zorrilla. The film follows Helena (Clara Lago), a young solo space traveler heading between Earth and Celeste, a distant colony. Stopping for repairs, she meets Álex (Álex González), an engineer who knows the truth about Helena’s circumstances, and is determined to enlighten her. Spoilers ahead. So, I know it would have been near impossible, but I would have loved...

Duration:00:04:17

Episode 100 - "The Little Hours" (2017)

4/10/2018
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Today’s movie is “The Little Hours” (2017), the raunchy, irreverent medieval romantic comedy, written and directed by Jeff Baena. The film centers on Massetto (Dave Franco), a runaway servant hiding in a convent with less than pure nuns, including Alessandra (Alison Brie), Ginevra (Kate Micucci), and Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza). Spoilers ahead. Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) is aided by Massetto while he is fleeing his former master, Lord Bruno (Nick Offerman). In return, Father Tommasso...

Duration:00:03:53

Episode 099 - "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" (2017)

4/9/2018
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It’s Marvel Monday and we’re getting close. In just three short weeks we’ll be in line waiting to take our seats, but until then, we are continuing the Road to Infinity War. Today’s movie is “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” (2017), the smash hit sequel written and directed by James Gunn. The film had a $200 million dollar budget and grossed $863 million dollars worldwide. Spoilers ahead. “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” begins some time after they saved the galaxy from Ronan, and the...

Duration:00:04:28

Episode 098 - "Pumping Iron" (1977)

4/8/2018
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Today’s movie is “Pumping Iron” (1977), the sports documentary directed by George Butler and Robert Fiore, based on a book written by George Butler and Charles Gaines. This groundbreaking film was one of the first to delve into the world of bodybuilding, and also credited as the first major film appearance of both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. This film is an obvious sell in retrospect. Bodybuilding magazines had been available for a while, and aside from the short documentary...

Duration:00:04:06

Episode 097 - "6 Balloons" (2018)

4/7/2018
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Today’s movie is “6 Balloons” (2018), the debut feature-length film from Marja-Lewis Ryan. The film follows Katie (Abbi Jacobson) on the day of her boyfriend’s surprise party, picking up her brother Seth (Dave Franco) and who has relapsed into a heroin addiction and currently experiencing withdrawals. Katie must drive Seth and his six-month old daughter Ella (Charlotte and Madeline Carel) around Los Angeles looking for a detox clinic. Spoilers ahead. I think this is the first really...

Duration:00:03:52

Episode 096 - "Happy Anniversary" (2018)

4/6/2018
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Today’s movie is “Happy Anniversary” (2018), the romantic drama/comedy written and directed by Jared Stern. The film follows Mollie (Noël Wells) and Sam (Ben Schwartz), who are reflecting on their current and past relationships on the day of their third dating anniversary. The film also stars Rahul Kohli, Joe Pantoliano, Annie Potts, and Kristin Bauer van Straten. Warning: Ranty spoilers ahead. Let me give you just a little background on Mollie and Sam. Sam works as a graphic designer...

Duration:00:04:00

Episode 095 - “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father” (2008)

4/5/2018
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Today’s movie is “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father” (2008), the documentary from Kurt Kuenne about his brutally murdered friend Dr. Andrew Bagby, filmed while travelling cross-country to capture footage and memories as a testament for Andrew’s son, Zachary, while delving into the odd circumstances surrounding Andrew’s murder. Spoilers ahead. Oh yeah, did I mention the prime suspect in Andrew’s murder was his ex-girlfriend, Shirley Turner, who fled the United States after...

Duration:00:04:05

Episode 094 - "Trouble Every Day" (2001)

4/4/2018
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Today’s movie is “Trouble Every Day” (2001), the French erotic horror film directed by Claire Denis and written in collaboration with Jean-Pol Fargeau. The film follows Shane Brown (Vincent Gallo) and June Brown (Tricia Vessey), two newlyweds ostensibly on their Parisian honeymoon, but secretly, Shane is pursuing a private obsession involving Dr. Léo Sémeneau (Alex Descas) and his wife Coré (Béatrice Dalle). Trigger warning: This film explores some dark territory involving sex, death,...

Duration:00:03:56

Episode 093 - "First Match" (2018)

4/3/2018
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Today’s movie is “First Match” (2018), the debut feature-length film from Olivia Newman based on her short of the same title. The film follows Monique (Elvire Emanuelle), a foster girl who joins the boys wrestling team under Coach Castile (Colman Domingo), with her friend Omari (Jharrel Jerome), as a means of attempting to reconnect with her father, Darrell (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Monique is a tough girl to like and a harder girl to respect. Emanuelle’s performance is simultaneously raw...

Duration:00:04:09

Episode 092 - "Doctor Strange" (2016)

4/2/2018
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It’s Marvel Monday and we’re back on the road to Infinity War. Today’s movie is “Doctor Strange” (2016), the visually amazing film directed by Scott Derrickson and written in collaboration with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill. The film had a $165 million dollar budget and grossed $677 million dollars worldwide. The film follows the fall and rise of Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a world-renowned, narcissistic neurosurgeon who loses the full use of his hands after crashing...

Duration:00:04:09

Episode 091 - "The Conversation" (1974)

4/1/2018
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Today’s movie is “The Conversation” (1974), the psychological thriller written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It was nominated by the Academy for Best Picture in 1974 and lost to “The Godfather, Part II” (1974), another Francis Ford Coppola film. The film follows Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), the leader of a surveillance team in San Francisco, whose latest recording effort may contain the seeds of future murder. “The Conversation” is not the first film to involve surveillance, but I...

Duration:00:04:22

Episode 090 - "The Titan" (2018)

3/31/2018
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Today’s movie is “The Titan” (2018), directed by Lennart Ruff, based on a story by Arash Amel and written for the screen by Max Hurwitz. The film follows the forced evolution of Lt. Rick Janssen (Sam Worthington) to survive on Saturn’s moon Titan, under the guidance of Prof. Martin Collingwood (Tom Wilkinson), and his wife, Dr. Abigail Janssen (Taylor Schilling). Spoilers ahead. I don’t consider myself a scientist, but I do like to keep up with the latest advances in science, and in...

Duration:00:04:26

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