Episode 52 – Norma Rae (1979)

What if we all will have one moment in each of our lives that is the equivalent of Norma Rae standing on top of a table in the middle of a textile factory silently holding above her head a cardboard sign on which she scrawled in black marker the single word “UNION”?
Let’s be ready for that, ok?

See the other episodes in our labor series: Harlan County, U.S.A (1976), The Assistant (2019), American Factory (2019), Matewan (1987), & our interview with Chanelle Gallant.

Thanks to slfhlp for providing us some SICK BEATS for our intro and outro.

As always, send yr comments, questions, and movie suggestions to twoforspacejamplease @ gmail.com and subscribe on iTunes or Google Play.

Please contact us if you have any information wtf this poster is supposed to be. Was there a Polish body horror cut?
Ok. Also a weird take on the movie.

Episode 51 – Mare of Easttown (2021)

Powerful Vape

Apparently on May 31, the evening of the final episode of Mare of Easttown, HBO Max’s servers crashed for several hours because the show’s popularity had grown so much that more people were logging on than the servers could handle. That’s successful word of mouth, babyyyy!!


We couldn’t help but get caught up in this mystery / police procedural / small town tragedy / family drama too. In this episode we cover nailing dialects, career-topping performances, copaganda, trauma’s aftermath, and the need for more amateur sleuth stories. And Wawa!

Episode 50 – Stowaway (2021)

“The Cold Equations,” the 1954 science fiction story by Tom Godwin, was a genre-defining work that looked hard at the impersonal efficiency of modern technologies, the types of sacrifice we find acceptable in the name of “progress,” and the inevitability of death. The 2021 film Stowaway, directed by Joe Penna and starring Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Shamier Anderson, and Toni Collette (inspired by the story) has similar ambitions, but falls about 200 light-years short of truly tackling any of it. It’s a diverting field trip into outer space, but we didn’t find it to be the philosophical challenge it thought it was being. We ain’t easy to please!

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Thanks to slfhlp for providing us some SICK BEATS for our intro and outro.

As always, send yr comments, questions, invitations to join a cult, and movie suggestions to twoforspacejamplease @ gmail.com and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you do your podcast business.

Episode 49 – Nomadland (2020)

Swankie

Minimalist chic, Instagrammable #vanlyfe, Nomadland is not. It’s also not a portrait of a struggling itinerant worker, or a larger story about post-recession America as it slips through a fraying social safety net (or else, it does neither of these things successfully).
So what is it? We’re not entirely sure, but we have some fun talking about what it wants to be, lobbing some sharp-tongued critiques, and thinking through the stories we tell ourselves while living through crisis.

Nomadland

Thanks to slfhlp for providing us some SICK BEATS for our intro and outro.

As always, send yr comments, questions, invitations to join a cult, and movie suggestions to twoforspacejamplease @ gmail.com and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you do your podcast business.

Episode 48 – Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets And, Also, Some Bars We Remember

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets replicates the feeling of being in a crowded, boozy, pre-COVID dive bar so well that we were already dreading the next day’s hangover as the movie was winding down. BN, EP has some issues, which we did our best to unpack, but we also really digressed at points and got to talking about the bars of our youth and what life is like now as a couple of olds. Gotta say — happy to still be around.

Episode 47 – Godzilla vs. Kong

Hollow Earth Jawns

It was late and we were too tired to sleep so we watched Godzilla vs. Kong and it felt like walking into Earth’s hollow center where big things go smash and reasons don’t exist. Join us there.

Thanks to slfhlp for providing us some SICK BEATS for our intro and outro.

As always, send yr comments, questions, and movie suggestions to twoforspacejamplease @ gmail.com and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you do your podcast business.

Episode 46 – Good Time (2017)

Alternate, more accurate titles for Good Time:

Extremely Stressful Time

Nerve-Wracking Time

On Edge Time

Don’t-Watch-This-Alone Time

Apparently, the title of Benny & Josh Safdie’s 2017 film, starring Robert Pattinson, is prison slang and refers to the reduction in an inmate’s sentence for good behavior. The life you lead after you’re released is your “good time.”


It does not refer to the experience that a viewer might have in watching this movie. Good Time is a tense, increasingly disturbing couple hours that follows Pattinson’s character during one night in New York City as he tries to get his younger brother out of jail after a bank robbery gone wrong. It’s a maddening descent into chaos and immorality. It’s Pattinson at his very best. We were wholly unprepared. But we had fun talking it out!

^DO NOT LET BORROW CAR TO RETRIEVE ACID

Thanks to slfhlp for providing us some SICK BEATS for our intro and outro.

As always, send yr comments, questions, and movie suggestions to twoforspacejamplease @ gmail.com and subscribe on iTunes or Google Play.

Episode 45 – Caste (2020) (Book Club)

We took a break from movies this week to discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, published in August 2020 by Random House. In it, Wilkerson contends that racism in the United States is closely akin to the caste system in India and the violence of Nazi Germany. The book’s reception has been overwhelmingly positive since its release. It was a #1 New York Times bestseller, has won or been nominated for numerous awards, has sold over half a million copies by year’s end, and Netflix has plans to produce an adaptation directed by Ava DuVernay.


We……did not receive it as warmly. The book gave us a LOT to dig into, however. Charisse Burden-Stelly’s review, “Caste Does Not Explain Race” offers an extremely sharp critique of the book that helped inform our thinking on Wilkerson’s arguments, and we highly recommend you read her piece (even if you don’t plan to read the book!).

Thanks to slfhlp for providing us some SICK BEATS for our intro and outro.

As always, send yr comments, questions, and movie suggestions to twoforspacejamplease @ gmail.com and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you do your podcast business.

Episode 44 – Malcolm & Marie (2021)

Sam Levinson’s 2021 Malcolm & Marie is a pandemic movie in that it’s about two people at home who fight, cry, and make mac & cheese. It’s also not a pandemic movie in that it opens with them returning from Malcolm’s movie premiere, presumably with lots of people hugging and breathing on each other. Also, they both stay in their fancy clothes entirely too long after getting home.


We get waaay off course during this conversation and spend some time talking about their gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows and the general nature of sadness. But that’s what you’re here for, right???

Episode 43 – Space Sweepers (2021)

We were in the mood for something FUN for a change so we watched the 2021 Korean space action-adventure flick, Space Sweepers. It’s got scavenger space trucks, a motley crew of likable misfits, a Jeff Bezos/Elon Musk-type on steroids, and a cute little girl who just might be a weapon of mass destruction. We, of course, love that the heroes are ordinary folk, and that at the center of all the adventuring is a strong ethic of care. Would recommend!