Episode 70 – The Pizzagate Massacre (2020)

Is The Pizzagate Massacre the best movie about the Trump era, as this Vice News article contends? We say….possibly? It’s certainly a scathing indictment of Alex Jones-type media personalities who peddle the kind of mistruths that lead to actual, tragically real violence. The movie drops us squarely into an environment of hyperparanoia, total distrust, white supremacy, and guns-as-the-answer-to-everything. There are lots and lots of guns. Join us on this disturbing journey into the psyche of a subculture.

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

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Episode 69 – Squid Game (2021)

Squid Game, it turns out, is not a show about having a good time eating calamari, but a murderous series of increasingly violent competitions that serves as an allegory about global capitalism and the bone-crushing misery it inflicts on the 99%. Who knew?

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

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Episode 67 – Dune (2021)

Dune. DUNE!! We’ve been waiting to watch this one and whoo boy, do we have things to say. We get deep into Denis Villeneuve’s top-notch world-building, the ecstatic experience of surrendering to beauty, the huge problem of the chosen one savior narrative, space witches, sandworms, climate disaster, and Timothee Chalamet’s jawline. One of our big takeaways – there are no good imperialists!

Episode 66 – The Last Duel (2021)

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There are very many bad hairstyles in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel. Our preliminary judgement puts Ben Affleck’s bleached blonde number (in his role as Pierre d’Alencon) as the worst, but Matt Damon’s mullet is a close second. Of course we also get into the ways the movie is in dialogue with contemporary #MeToo discourse, its Rashomon-like narrative structure, and lots more, but rest assured – we dig deep into the hair game here.

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

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Episode 65 – The Guilty (2021)

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The 2021 Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle The Guilty, about an LAPD officer demoted to 911 operator who attempts — entirely over the phone — to save an abducted woman, is a no-good, very bad, dangerously pernicious movie, in the opinion of these two amateur movie critics right here. We found a lot (a lot) of it to be deeply problematic, so forgive us for the few minutes we spent up on the old soapbox. Couldn’t help ourselves!

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 Spotify.

Episode 64 – Inside (2021)

Inside is a discomforting and very funny field trip into the head of the comedian Bo Burnham over the course of the pandemic. It’s a musical comedy special (emphasis on musical) and the songs actually had us LOLing. The serious moments are very, very serious — even grave — and the wild tonal swings from hilarity to despair to absurdity to hope really reflect the emotional roller coaster that was 2020. Highlights: “Face Time with My Mom (Tonight),” “Welcome to the Internet,” and the sketch where he’s a Twitch user playing the video game that is his life and he makes his player cry a lot.

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 Spotify.

Episode 63 – Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the 2018 film by Chinese director Bi Gan, is indescribable. Can we leave it at that? [Editor: No.] Ok, well…the movie is a visually arresting, moody, evocative, quietly exhilarating, poetic-but-not-surreal dreamscape in which a man searches for his long-lost lover through rubble, rain, and ruin. It’s what happens when time collapses into the life of one lit sparkler. And its climax is an hour-long continuous shot!!

Episode 62 – The Lighthouse (2019)

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“Black waves teeming with salt foam to smother this young mouth with pungent slime, to choke ye, engorging your organs til ye turn blue and bloated with bilge and brine and can scream no more – only when he, crowned in cockle shells with slitherin’ tentacle tail and steaming beard take up his fell be-finned arm, his coral-tine trident screeches banshee-like in the tempest and plunges right through yer gullet, bursting ye” — is something Willem Dafoe’s character shouts at Robert Pattinson’s character at one point during the 2019 Robert Eggers film The Lighthouse, and it’s also the general vibe of the whole movie.
We had fun talking about this ocean-drenched misery fest!

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

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Episode 61 – The Chair (2021)

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We watched the Netflix series The Chair and of course had some strong feelings, especially given Joe’s own experiences of late in English departments of higher education institutions. We found a lot to like and a lot to completely shit on. (PS – there’s a little something special if you keep listening past the end…..).

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 Spotify.

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