2010s

The Endless

July 7, 2021

Tommy joins JJ and Steve in a discussion of The Endless, the story of two brothers that have escaped from a weird death cult. Is it a cult, or just a commune of people that like being off the grid? Is this a horror film or a sci-fi film? Can it be both?

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Please Stand By

June 23, 2021

When is a film that has scenes with Kirk and Spock not a Star Trek movie? Well . . . when it’s a film about a young woman writing an epic screenplay for a Star Trek contest.

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Sword of Trust

June 17, 2021

How does director Lynn Shelton do with her return to indie comedy? What do Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, and Jillian Bell bring to the table as the central performers in the film? As her final film before she passed away sadly in 2020, how does this film fit into her filmography and will we be returning to talk about more of her films? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Outside In

June 10, 2021

Lynn Shelton returns to team Duplass, this time with Jay. How well do they do as co-writers? Why weren’t people talking about Edie Falco and her performance in this film more? We also love Kaitlyn Dever who clearly shows she’s incredibly talented. And how does Shelton do with a straightforward drama? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

June 9, 2021

Is there magical realism woven into the end of this film? Possibly. Will kids want to carve watermelon helmets after watching this? Maybe. Is this a film that the whole family can watch together and enjoy? Steve and JJ disagree. Listen in to find out why.

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Laggies

June 3, 2021

Does “Laggies” work as director Lynn Shelton’s chance to tell bigger budget comedy dramas? How charming are Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell? And what’s up with the title “Laggies.” What does it mean anyway? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

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Your Sister's Sister (2012) lobby card • directed by Lynn Shelton and starring Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, and Rosemary DeWitt

Your Sister’s Sister

May 27, 2021

How great are Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemary DeWitt in their roles? Does Lynn Shelton amp up her comedy and drama in this film or does it just create characters with problems we can’t identify with? And how gorgeous is the Pacific Northwest? Tune in to this week’s show – the second in our Lynn Shelton series – to get answers to these questions and more!

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The Goldfinch

May 26, 2021

JJ and Steve are joined by Tommy to make sense of the puzzle that is The Goldfinch. It’s not that the story is complex or difficult to decipher. It’s not that there’s a mystery to solve. It’s just that it is very challenging to describe why this film doesn’t work. Why does a Pulitzer Prize winning novel not translate to the big screen? Is there not enough, or is it too much? Is “beautiful disaster” the most appropriate description?

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The Hummingbird Project

May 12, 2021

For some reason this film about building a 1000 mile underground fiber optic connection was also buried underground. In this story about an attempt to set a speed record in round trip communications JJ and Steve find that it’s the back half of the story where this film reveals its true intent.

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This Is America: Article 2

May 2, 2021

As he began watching some Oscar nominated short films, their themes grabbed Steve’s attention. These films speak to something that is strongly connected to America. Perhaps the lens we are viewing films through lately is one that comes from our nation’s attempt to define — or some would say redefine — who we are. The art a nation creates reflects the conflicts within it. Welcome to America: Article 2.

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