Episode 42 – Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)

Making it work.

We’ve been on a run of excellent movies and Harlan County, U.S.A. is no exception. This 1976 documentary about a yearlong strike of coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky is riveting, powerful, and one of the best depictions of collective organizing we’ve seen. A must-watch for every person out there who has to work to survive (i.e., most of us) and time to must-watch. (Also, we say to heck w/the both-sides-ism of later labor docs like the Obama produced American Factory. To heck!)

Also making it work.

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 41 – Bacurau (2019)

All we have to say is WATCH THIS MOVIE!


Actually, here’s a little more:


Bacurau is one of the best movies we’ve seen in years. This 2019 Brazilian film is strange, funny, dark, and galvanizing, and it’s impossible to adequately capture its brilliance with a few choice adjectives. At first blush, it’s the story of a small village in Brazil (set sometime in the near future) grappling with things like lack of access to water and a corrupt and annoyingly unhelpful mayor. Not a lot of surprises there. But about halfway through the movie, the story starts to swerve off the rails in a direction that we just did not see coming, and the ending is a first-rate lesson on crafting the perfect cinematic third act.
There are a lot of surprises that we completely spoil in our conversation, so if you have any intention of watching this movie, wait to listen to this episode until after you watch.

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 40 – First Cow (2019)

There Will Be Oily Cakes

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow is a Western like no other, an immigrant story like no other, and a moving, funny, tragic tale of friendship born out of the need to survive and some stolen milk. It was just the movie to watch as we huddled up in a snow-covered cabin and turned the calendar page to 2021. 

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

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Episode 39 – They Live (1988)

We took a sharp left turn and watched John Carpenter‘s 1988 action/sci-fi flick, They Live
The movie’s IMDB description is all you really need by way of introduction:


“They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They live.”


And by “they,” we mean…media savvy aliens with fancy watches that look like Skeletor. It was a wild ride!!

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.

What are other critics saying? “No offense, but They Live is probably the stupidest film ever to take ideology as its explicit subject. It’s also probably the most fun.” –Jonathan Lethem

Now, a GIF dump.

ACT 1

ACT 2
ACT 3. The back half of the movie is not memorable. No GIFs.

Episode 38 – Residue (2020)

We were long overdue to watch a truly good movie, and Merawi Gerima‘s poetic, quietly moving Residue, about a young filmmaker who returns home to DC to write a script about his neighborhood after being away for years, is a truly good movie. It’s an ode to childhood, an elegy for a city, and the best examination of gentrification we’ve seen yet.

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 37 – Hillbilly Elegy

Everything Is Fine!

Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy, based on the 2016 memoir of the same name by J.D. Vance, is bullshit, and we take a little time to talk about why. 


Referenced:

 Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Of special note:Amy Adams and Glenn Close have been nominated 13 times for an Academy Award between them, but neither have won yet.

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 36 – The Social Dilemma (2020)

These dudes are dramatizing an algorithm.

Do we think in Twitter? Can we truly opt out of social media? Have we become machines of our machines? The Social Dilemma has us tackling these questions and so much more. Boot up your brains for a big honking episode. PS – we both shut down our Facebook accounts!!!

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 34 – My Octopus Teacher

We dive deep into Craig Foster’s man-octopus love story/documentary My Octopus Teacher. Polysemousness! Anthropocentrist narrative arcs! The leftovers of transcendentalism! Learning from the animal other! Cool octopus pics!

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 33 – I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Laughs all around.

WHY CAN’T ANYONE ELSE TAKE A MENTAL DUMP AND/OR LET THEIR FORMAL FREAK FLAG FLY ON FILM?! we ask in our conversation about Charlie Kaufman’s 2020 I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

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.