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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Mandy reviews The Stand In…with a Stand In

April 26, 2021

Mandy brings a stand in to talk about Drew Barrymore’s latest. There are celebrity impersonations inbound. Plus, a celebration of stuffed animals — the innocent and prurient alike — and Nasim Pedrad’s inner 14-year-old boy.

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This Is America

April 4, 2021

Is this America? Steve Sarmento paints a picture of patriotism as it has been rewritten in cinema in Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, and Minari.

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March 30, 2021

Edison scrolling on a smartphone? Tesla karaoke? Just what is going on in this film? Steve and JJ delve into Michael Almereyda’s puzzling 2020 film TESLA.

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The Mandys Don’t Care A Lot

March 1, 2021

Welcome to Mandemic Mondays! The Mandys bring you filmmaking insights from best friends who agree about nothing. What happens when the M’s face Dianne Wiest in the Netflix thriller ‘I Care A Lot’? What are the latest guilty pleasures? Check out Chameleon before you pick up a Sam Adams lager… you know… from Boston.

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February 23, 2021

Is Nomadland Oscar bait or is it worth all the buzz? How does Frances McDormand work as a woman living on the road? And what do we think of Chloé Zhao directing the next MCU film? The Film Board convenes to talk about the movie and everyone involved. Tune in!

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Tenet • Member Bonus

January 25, 2021

Is this film the peak of Nolan delivering all plot and technique but light on characters? If so, why is it still so engaging to watch? And the big question – can you walk someone else through it after watching it? Tune in to this special member bonus episode to get answers to these questions and more!

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Wonder Woman 1984

December 29, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984 broke the seal on Warner’s year of day and date releases, giving us the return of Gal Gadot in full armor, and Mando out of his. But how well does the movie hold up in Patty Jenkins’ sophomore DC outing? The Film Board Gathers to hash it out!

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December 8, 2020

We’re finally in the last month of 2020 the entertainment industry is mulling through new layers of execution and release. In this first week of December, Netflix released “Mank” by David Fincher keying our imagination towards remembering old Hollywood. It focuses on the politics of filmmaking of the 1930’s, how those dynamics mixed into the world, and were reflected in “Citizen Kane” by screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Everything old is new again this month on The Film Board.

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Hillbilly Elegy

November 30, 2020

This last week we Americans all did our best to celebrate our Thanksgiving in ceremonies modified by the COVID 19 Pandemic. Netflix released “Hillbilly Elegy” on the Tuesday before the holiday and some may see the Appalachian memoir as a bit non-festive, but the autobiographical nature of the story is important. What’s the purpose behind telling a story like this now and what does it tell us about the people and their characters in it? The Film Board will take its own turn here, reviewing the film adaptation of J.D. Vance’s story of personal geography, growth and change.

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