In Episode 145 below, we review Free Fire, The Promise, and I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. This week we discuss the narrative differences between Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and film adaptations of her tale at the start of the show. Then I review Macon Blair’s directorial debut I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (at 5:01), which has a title that sounds like a Facebook status Kris would have written if it had existed in 1995. Blair borrows stylistic elements from director Jeremy Saulnier, but his film lacks the intensity, excitement, and payoff of Saulnier’s movies. Next Dave spoilerpieces Kris and me into never seeing The Promise (at 27:22), which is like Pearl Harbor with more death, and a less interesting love story. If you’re looking for context or history behind the Armenian genocide depicted in the movie, you won’t find it. Lastly, Kris closes with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire (at 47:30), a short, stylized action flick with an outcome that is not as funny as its set up. Kris talks about how Wheatley seems more interested in color, movement, and brutality than getting you to care about what his characters are saying, and why that’s disappointing as a viewer.
“Spoilerpiece Theatre” is a weekly movie podcast where I talk about new releases with fellow BOFCA critics Dave Riedel and Kris Jenson. We don’t give a shit about spoilers. We just want to talk about the movies.
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