Episode 73 – Don’t Look Up (2021)

Primarily a Ron Perlman vehicle.

Years 2020-2021 must have really done a number on us because we found Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up kinda sweet (and dark and funny and incisive and tragic too). May 2022 bring us the opposite of a comet hurtling towards the Earth.

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

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Episode 72 – Succession Season 3 (2021)

It’s a race to the bottom! After the season 3 finale of Succession, we talk psychosexual drama, morality mental exercises, critiques of the ruling class, assistant labor, Cousin Greg’s ethical collapse, tragedy, comedy, squishy sympathies, and which Roy family member we’d be (Joe = Kendall/Shiv; Cheryl = Marcia).

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 71 – The Power of the Dog (2021)

In one jarring scene of Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, cattle rancher Phil Burbank, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, roughly castrates a bull with a knife, then with his bare hands. This is maybe a representative scene for much of the tense hypermasculinity/repressed sexuality at play in the movie, or maybe it’s a way of showing the violence that Phil is capable of. It’s a taut, tight, suspenseful Western — with a twist ending (that we very helpfully spoil!).

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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.