We've had odd film review pairings in the past but this one...it's a doozy. First up we talk about the inspiring space program documentary "Apollo 11". From the soaring heights of space we then plunge into the underworld of bad cops and ruthless criminals in the noir thriller "Dragged Across Concrete". Once the reviews wrap we devote the news segment to our recent visit to the RiverRun Film Festival. Last, but not least, we close the episode with recommendations of films you might not have heard of that you should consider seeking out.
Recommendations: "Ode to Joy", "The Breaker Upperers"
Jordan Peele's much anticipated follow-up to "Get Out" has arrived in theaters. Alan & Chris review Peele's sophomore effort "Us" along with a World War I documentary by filmmaker Peter Jackson. In the Silver Screen news section of the show that follows the hosts share their thoughts on the recent passing of Agnes Varda at the age of 90. Rounding out this episode are recommendations of films that are worth checking out that might have slipped in under your cinematic radar.
Recommendations: "Dragged Across Concrete", "Beautiful Boy"
2019's first entry in the Marvel (or is it Mar-vel) cinematic universe has arrived with Brie Larson in "Captain Marvel". Alan & Chris share a review of this new release as well as the biopic "Stan & Ollie" starring Steve Coogan & John C. Reilly. News tidbits & recommendations of films you might have missed round out the episode.
Recommendations: "Incendies", "The Death of Stalin"
The Academy didn't call on Alan & Chris to host the awards this year so they're available to share their reviews of two Oscar nominated films - "The Wife" and "Shoplifters". Rounding out the show are movie news tidbits and each host offers up a film recommendation.
Recommendations: "Hale County This Morning, This Evening", "True Romance"
M. Night Shyamalan has delivered the third installment in his Eastrail 177 trilogy a.k.a. "Glass" to movie theaters across the country. Alan & Chris have their review of this film along with a discussion of the multi-Oscar nominated "Green Book". Speaking of the Oscars, the hosts devote their news segment to discussing the recently released nominations for this year's award ceremony. Each host gives a recommendation of a film you should watch to close out this episode.
Recommendations: "Ralph Breaks the Internet", "Signs"
Reviews: "Glass", "Green Book"
On the last episode when the hosts gave their best of 2018 lists it was mentioned neither had seen the latest by Yorgos Lanthimos - "The Favourite". That oversight has now been remedied and they offer a review of it as well as the social media buzzed movie of the moment Netflix's "Bird Box" starring Sandra Bullock. Afterwards the tried and true segments of movie news and recommendations make their return after an episode hiatus. Recommendations: "Love, Gilda", "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" Reviews: "The Favourite", "Bird Box"
Now that we've entered into the early days of 2019, our show hosts Alan & Chris are all prepared to look back at 2018 and give their Top Five Films. In addition they offer up their biggest cinematic frustrations, biggest cinematic surprises and the films they're most looking forward to in 2019. With so much to cover the usual show segments of movie news & recommendations are on hiatus… but never fear they'll return on the next episode.
Alan & Chris have survived the snowpocalypse that walloped North Carolina and made it in to the MESH studios to discuss Melissa McCarthy's dramatic turn in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?". This is followed by a review of Alfonso Cuaron's latest film that is streaming exclusively on Netflix – "Roma". Alan then shares some movie news items … including what he says is THE biggest movie news item of the year. Rounding out the show, per the tried and true formula, are recommendations of films to check out.
Reviews: "Can You Ever Forgive Me?", "Roma"
Recommendations: "Happy as Lazzaro", "Krampus"
Director Steve McQueen returns to the big screen with a heist film centered around a group of widows left to clean up their criminal husbands' mess. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on "Widows" as well as the straight-to-Netflix Cohen Brothers anthology film "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs". Cinema related news items follow the pair of reviews, with film recommendations closing out the show.
Reviews: "Widows", "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"
Recommendations: "Ozark", "They'll Love Me When I'm Dead"
Two movies that both tell true stories are the focus of this episode. One is a big budget depiction of one of rock music's most flamboyant performers, while the other is a much smaller, quieter film that looks at the career of a lifetime bank robber portrayed by Robert Redford in what is said to be his last big screen performance. The hosts discuss the merits of each and then veer into movie news items. Rounding out the episode, per their tried and true formula, each host picks a film to recommend that you might want to check out.
Recommendations: "The Kindergarten Teacher", "Halloween (2018)"
Reviews: "Bohemian Rhapsody", "The Old Man & the Gun"
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