Episode 57 – Space Jam: A New Legacy aka Two For Space Jam 2 Please

LeBron is great. The new Space Jam made us mad.

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In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.
Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author’s phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.

Episode 56 – The Atrocity Paradigm (2002)

We decided to take a break from movies to talk about the heaviest of heavy subjects — evil. Using Claudia Card’s 2002 treatise, The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil as our jumping off point, we did our best to think through the present-day utility of this very loaded word. It’s complicated.


Topics covered: capitalism, climate change, radical feminism, the relationship between language and political action, Kant, Joe’s philosophy of everything.

Episode 55 – Zola (2021)

“Ya’ll want to hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out???????? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.”

And so Zola begins. Based on an epic, viral 2015 Twitter thread written by A’Ziah King and dubbed by fans as #TheStory, Zola is INTENSE. We talk through the movie’s representation of sex work, its multiple tonal registers, the stellar performances, and this new era (?) of social media-sourced movie making.

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 54 – Reality Bites (1994)

Reality fucking BITES. It did in 1994, and it does in 2021 (maybe? That’s debatable). We took a stroll down memory lane to watch the definitive Gen X movie and discussed the waning appeal of Troy Dyer, the enduring charm of Winona Ryder. and the cynicism of the post-9/11 moviescape.

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 53 – Minari (2020)

We drove an hour out of Buffalo to spend the weekend in Rochester. We walked, we ate, we gawked, we frolicked. We watched Minari, a tender portrait of a Korean family trying their damnedest to start a farm in Arkansas without completely falling apart. An unbelievably cute little boy and a very funny grandma steal the show. Warning: we workshopped the ending (!).

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.

Good Times

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.

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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?
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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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

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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.