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This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss the delightful Pre-Code romantic comedy "Design for Living," directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Miriam Hopkins, Fredric March, and the incomparable Gary Cooper in a hopeless love triangle. Topics include the film's startling candid approach to sex, the contrasting star personas of its actors, and director Lu…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss Cheryl Dunye's nineties lesbian classic "The Watermelon Woman." A fictional film that incorporates elements of documentary, it stars Dunye as a character named Cheryl who, like the real Dunye, embarks on a project investigating Black women in Old Hollywood films. Topics include the movie's engagement with Old Hol…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan finally review "The Batman," the latest film to reinvent the Dark Knight. Directed by Matt Reeves, the film stars Robert Pattinson as an isolated, emo Bruce Wayne, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, and a full cast of character actors in the ensemble. Topics include Pattinson's performance, what this film brings to the Batman cano…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan dive into the internet television sensation-du-jour, "Our Flag Means Death." This pirate comedy stars Rhys Darby as the "Gentleman Pirate" Stede Bonnet, a somewhat hapless newcomer to the scene who's living out his midlife crisis through piracy, and Taika Waititi as Blackbeard, the fearsome rogue who's tired of all that …
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss the classic Star Trek film "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," a.k.a., The One With the Whales. After rescuing Spock in the previous film, the crew is now faced with the task of saving the world — which they can only do with the help of humpback whales, which takes them back in time to 1980s San Francisco. Topics in…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan tackle a horror classic: "Rosemary's Baby," which stars Mia Farrow as a dutiful wife unwittingly carrying the devil's child and John Cassavetes as her self-absorbed husband. Topics discussed in this episode include the film's long influence, its depiction of gaslighting by husbands and doctors, how to talk about a femini…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan celebrate the centennial of F.W. Murnau's masterful adaptation of "Dracula," the 1922 film "Nosferatu." They discuss the collaborative nature of he project, its influence on later vampire films, its transgressive treatment of sex, and more. They also discuss the 2000 film "Shadow of the Vampire," a pulpy reinterpretation…
 
This week, Morgan and Gavia discuss Andrew Dominik's beloved cult western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," starring Brad Pitt as legendary outlaw James and Casey Affleck as the awkward fan who ultimately kills him. Topics include the film's depiction of the American west, its treatment of celebrity and masculinity, care…
 
This week, Morgan and Gavia celebrate the life and work of the late Sidney Poitier by diving into his greatest film, Norman Jewison's Academy Award-winning "In the Heat of the Night." Poitier stars as a Black, northern detective who is waylaid in a small southern town by a homicide investigation in which he becomes entangled; Rod Steiger co-stars a…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss the late Peter Bogdanovich's classic homage to old Hollywood screwball, "What's Up, Doc?," starring Ryan O'Neal as a hapless musicologist and Barbra Streisand as the agent of chaos with whom he reluctantly falls in love. Topics include Bogdanovich's life and career, the film's direct relationship to 1930s and 194…
 
This week, Morgan and Gavia revisit childhood favorite "The Secret Garden" (1993), directed by Agnieszka Holland and adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Topics include the film's refreshingly dark take on its gothic source text, its treatment of Victorian class and imperial politics, Richard Deakins' lustrous cinematography, and much…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan return to the Matrix with "The Matrix Resurrections," Lana Wachowski's long-awaited sequel to the original trilogy. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return along with new faces including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, and Neil Patrick Harris. Topics include the film's self-aware skewering of franc…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan watch one of 2020's most poorly received films, John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his own play "Wild Mountain Thyme." Starring Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan as lifelong neighbors who haven't ever been able to confess their true feelings for each other, the movie is a mystifyingly bad stab at romantic dramedy. Topics in…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan celebrate Christmas by revisiting the first installment of the new "Star Wars" trilogy: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Directed by JJ Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, and John Boyega, the film kicked off a new era for "Star Wars" and Disney. Topics include the film's masterful melding of old and new cast m…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan watch the offbeat fantasy k-drama "The School Nurse Files," based on Chung Serang's award-winning novel. Starring Jung Yu-mi as a high school nurse who has the power to see auras and "jellies" that manifest people's feelings, the show feels like a teen dramedy and a zany fantasy show rolled into one. Topics include the s…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan finally bring you their much-delayed opinions on Andrew Haigh's ultra-bleak but mesmerizing miniseries "The North Water," starring Jack O'Connell and Colin Farrell as shipmates on a doomed Arctic whaling expedition. Topics include the show's sharp depiction of masculinity and sexuality in Victorian England, its uncomprom…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan revisit Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic "Dune," newly interpreted by director Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, and more. Topics include the Villeneuve's passion for the source material, his masterful direction, Chalamet's winning performance as Paul Atreides, the film and nov…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan report back from the London and New York Film Festivals, running down an exciting list of buzzy fall titles that includes Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst; Palme d'Or winner "Titane"; the sequel to Joanna Hogg's autobiographical film "The Souvenir"; a new film by Pedr…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss John Crowley's 2003 debut film "Intermission," an early-aughts blast from the past starring Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Kelly Macdonald, and many more as a group of interconnected characters in Dublin. Topics include the film's relationship with other multi-plot films from the nineties and aughts, its cringey …
 
This week, Morgan and Gavia dive into Todd Haynes' 2002 masterpiece "Far From Heaven," starring Julianne Moore as a 1950s housewife, Dennis Quaid as her closeted husband, and Dennis Haysbert as the gardener with whom she falls in love. They discuss the film's relationship to Douglas Sirk's 1950s women's pictures, its recreation and subversion of pe…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss Baz Luhrmann's directorial debut, the beloved Australian classic "Strictly Ballroom" (1992), starring Paul Mercurio as a would-be champion ballroom dancer and Tara Morice as his unlikely partner. Topics include the development of Luhrmann's distinct aesthetic, the film's successful deployment of tropes and queer …
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss Mike White's buzzy summer hit "The White Lotus," starring Jennifer Coolidge, Murray Bartlett, Steve Zahn, and many more as the guests and staff at a luxury resort in Hawaii. Topics include the show's rushed production due to COVID, its treatment of class and colonialism, its extraordinary cast, and much more.…
 
This week, Morgan and Gavia take a seasonal break to discuss the 2017 Christmas hit "A Bad Moms Christmas," starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as the titular trio of bad moms who have to contend with their own bad moms, played by Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon, showing up for the holiday. Topics include gender…
 
This week, Morgan and Gavia discuss "No Sudden Move," Steven Soderbergh's new neo-noir film now streaming on HBO Max, featuring a dazzling cast that includes Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, Amy Seimetz, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, and many many more. They consider the film in the context of classic noirs as well as Soderbergh's filmography, debate the mer…
 
This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss acclaimed German film "System Crasher," starring Helena Zengel as a traumatized girl living in a series of residential homes for troubled children. Topics include the film's sensitive handling of its young protagonist and the system attempting to help her, director Nora Fingscheidt’s approach to working with a ch…
 
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