In Episode 163 below, we review Head, Glory, The Producers, Some Freaks, Logan Lucky, and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. It’s late August at Spoilerpiece! Hells yeah! Even though it’s the g.d. dog days of summer and there’s jack in the way of new releases, we did a new episode and we even found a new movie! Yay! But first, we step into Riedel’s Recaps. Dave takes on the Monkees in Head (2:56) and then Edward Zwick’s Glory (7:15), which spends a lot of time with the white cast members even though it’s about the first black soldiers fighting in the American Civil War. I take over for an installment of Crewind, featuring my take on the 2005 version of Mel Brooks’ The Producers (11:00). We get to a new release with Kris spoilerpiecing Some Freaks (17:25), which is On Demand right now. (Demand it!) Me and Dave then get into Steven Soderbergh’s feature film return, the glorious Logan Lucky (37:15), which we enjoyed the hell out of. Finally, Kris and Dave hit up An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (51:24), which is a movie.
In Episode 162 below, we review The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Breaker Morant, The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, Crossing Delancey, and Aguirre, The Wrath of God. Dave met Daniel from France! He was in town on vacation and they bumped into each other at the Coolidge Corner in Brookline. Dave tells that story, and then the guys have a few things to say about Charlottesville, VA, and then they get into the movies. I start things off with The Hitman’s Bodyguard (7:53), a movie I describe as “Not as bad as I thought it would be.” Then we head down under to Breaker Morant (20:29), and Dave spends waaaaay too much time talking with a terrible Oz accent. Kris covers Errol Morris’ The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography starting at 30:27. I take the guys on a stroll down Amnesia Lane to Crossing Delancey at 38:15, which is a delightfully sweet romantic comedy from the late 1980s. Finally, Kris and Dave cover Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, The Wrath of God at 48:00, which screened on Monday, August 14 in 35mm. Everyone should have access to rep theaters like the Coolidge.
In Episode 161 below, we review Annabelle: Creation, Good Time, Wind River, Keeping up with the Joneses, and more. Longtime friend of the show Dede Crimmins joins us this week to discuss what we know about the band Foghat. We have so many movies to talk about that we have a hard time figuring out where to begin. Dave goes first with lightning fast “Riedel’s Recaps” of Bad Company (6:25), Menashe (7:55), and The Big Sick (11:44), before Dede shares her top pics from this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival: My Friend Dahmer (14:43), Mohawk (18:15), and Lowlife (19:54). Then she, Dave, and Kris spoilerpiece Annabelle: Creation (24:15), which is so creepy that Kris watched some scenes through his fingers. Next, Dave gives his one-minute take on Good Time (49:41), a movie with Robert Pattinson making the best bad decisions, that he says is one of the best he’s ever seen. Following that, I review Keeping up with the Joneses (51:49), a cute spy comedy that I’m surprised more people haven’t seen. Finally, Dave and Kris conclude with Wind River (1:00:17), a procedural about a murder on an Indian reservation that they agree is one of the best films of this year.
In Episode 160 below, we review Detroit, Shining Through, Phoenix, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, and Thor. This week Dave admits why he’s way too excited about his car getting detailed, before Kris declares that his beard might be magical. Prior to the week’s main event, we serve up a heaping helping of recaps. I lead off with a segment of “Crewind,” where I offer my take on Phoenix (6:06), a film that Dave spoilerpieced many moons ago. After I talk about my reaction to the German film’s incredible ending, I tackle Shining Through (10:35), the Melanie Griffith picture where she’s a sharp half-Jewish woman who spies on the Germans with Michael Douglas during World War II. Then Dave takes over with “Riedel’s Recaps” of I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (20:43), a movie he liked more than me, who spoilerpieced it earlier this year, and Thor (24:41), which he was not impressed by. Finally, all three of us delve into Detroit (34:01), Kathryn Bigelow’s chronicle of the brutality and murder at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 Detroit riot. In our commentary, we address criticisms leveled by other critics that the film is exploitative, while also sharing our personal reactions to it.
In Episode 159 below, we review Atomic Blonde and His Girl Friday. This week Dave recounts his unique experience living in Annie Lennox’s old apartment before the guys talk about movies. Then he leads off with a recap of His Girl Friday (5:03), a film he’d seen before, but didn’t remember a thing about, other than it being a prime example of everyone involved with it at the height of their power. Next, we cover the week’s big release, Atomic Blonde (13:55), an aggressively okay, hyper-stylized action film with Charlize Theron, where you’re either bored or you know what’s going to happen. You can totally see its big twist coming, unlike the Kevin Costner picture No Way Out, which becomes the subject of a relevant tangent at 22:25. Lastly, Dave wraps things up with his quick thoughts on Dunkirk (51:17), which he lauds for its flawless direction.