With such a strong curriculum vitae in comedy films, having Jay Roach direct a remake of Francis Veber’s Le Dîner de Cons looks great on paper. But when it comes time to write, direct, and release the movie, does it hold up as well?

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JJ and Steve finish off the first half of 2020 with 2018’s The Kindergarten Teacher. This is an American remake of 2014’s The Kindergarten Teacher from Israel. There is no doubt that this is truly Maggie Gyllenhaall’s film. This adaptation is a more accessible film, but it has lost many of the elements that JJ and Steve enjoyed and appreciated in the original.

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JJ and Steve finish the first half of 2020 with a film and its remake. This pairing starts with 2014’s The Kindergarten Teacher from Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid. There is a lot to discuss and analyze in this film. Is it an allegory? Is it a poem? They both agree that this film is a visual treat.

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Is this an activist film? How does this film fit in director Agnieszka Holland’s oeuvre? Does magical realism work in a crime drama? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more.

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For Agnieszka Holland’s third and final (she says) film about the Holocaust, she landed on a unique story that has shades of others before and after detailing gentiles saving Jews, but that’s set in a very unique location – the sewers below the city.

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Steve and JJ are really split on this one. JJ was disappointed that this was more of a poem than a film and wasn’t happy about the execution of this film. Steve, on the other hand, gives it praise for its ambitiousness and the opening sequence before the titles.

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Many consider the 1979 mini-series adaptation of John le Carré’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to be not only the definitive le Carré adaptation but also that Alec Guinness to be the definitive George Smiley. Because of that, tackling the story again can be seen as a tricky task. Luckily, the team behind the film adaptation in 2011 found the right people, the right director, and the perfect actor to fill Guinness’ shoes.

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Neither Steve nor JJ is are fans of Country music. Did that stop them from enjoying Wild Rose? Listen to the latest episode of Trailer Rewind to find out.

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Ron Stallworth’s story seems ridiculous and unbelievable, but it’s true – as an African American undercover cop with the Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron infiltrated the local KKK group with one of his fellow detectives and managed to bring them down. It’s the sort of story that Spike Lee seems perfect for, so who better to direct it than Lee himself?

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JJ and Steve find themselves among another group of exiles in space. Based on a book-length science fiction poem written by Swedish Nobel laureate Harry Martinson in 1956, Aniara explores the impact isolation, anxiety, and despair can have on a society. Within the first 10 minutes of this episode you will know if this film is for you or not.

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