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61 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
CODA (dir. Sian Heder)
CODA is a film that doesn't take a lot chances, with it's familiar tropes it doesn't stray from the formula. It's a remake of a 2014 French film, it's a coming of age film about a teenage girl breaking away from her family. Audiences get a teen romance or two, an inspiring teacher, and an uplifting ending. And yet ... CODA transcends the ordinary with solid performances, storytelling, and importantly, with its inclusion of amazing deaf actors - an opportunity the original French film missed. The importance of good storytelling is highlighted here. Listen as we discuss the charming film CODA. Featuring host Alex Ago and his guests, Donnajean Ward, Jonathan Schwartz, and Aubrey Hicks
58 minutes | May 6, 2021
Moxie (dir. Amy Poehler)
Netflix's film Moxie brings riot grrrl punk feminism to a whole new generation: music, zines, and voices coming together to make the world a bit better. Is the world ready for riot grrrls to go mainstream?
66 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Student Perspectives: Judas and the Black Messiah (dir. Shaka King)
During our recent episode on Judas and the Black Messiah, Professor Bill Resh spoke about using the film as part of his course on citizenship. We thought it would be great to revisit the film and see how well this worked. So, today we're revisiting Judas and the Black Messiah with students from his course! We'll ask about the different theories of citizenship, how they felt the film portrayed the time, and their thoughts on today's BLM movement. Host Aubrey Hicks is joined by: Michael Nimer (Masters candidate, he/him) Nivea Krishnan (1st year undergraduate, she/her) Riley McMackin (3rd year undergraduate, she/her) Rene Del Bosque (2nd year undergraduate, he/him)
81 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (dir. Shaka King)
Under the threat of prison, Bill O'Neal infiltrated the Black Panther Party in Chicago. Judas and the Black Messiah looks at the last three years of the Black Panther Party Chairman, Fred Hampton's life. While Hampton was falling in love , taking care of his people, and leading the city revolutionaries ... O'Neal was forced to navigate the dilemma of the hold the FBI had over him, all while starting to believe in the movement the Black Panthers represented. Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago, Aubrey Hicks, Bill Resh, and Erroll Southers. Beware of spoilers. Trigger warning: racial violence, gun violence, state violence, murder, death. For links to some of the things we talk about, see our showpage.
77 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Hillbilly Elegy & Between the World and Me
Today we’ll be doing something a bit different. We’re looking at two memoirs made into films in 2020: Between the World and Me, from HBO, based on the book of the same name written by Ta’Nehasi Coates. The film is directed by Kamilah Forbes, and the screenplay adaptation is by David Teague. Hillbilly Elegy is based on a book of the same name by JD Vance, published in 2016. Ron Howard directed the Netflix film, adapted for screen by Vanessa Taylor. Host Aubrey Hicks is joined by Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, William Resh, and Jonathan Schwartz.
65 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
The Queen's Gambit (Netflix, created by Scott Frank and Allan Scott)
Odds are that you know someone raving about the new Netflix coming of age limited series, The Queen's Gambit. Lifted from the novel of the same title, the series is a seven episode tale of a little orphan girl entering the competitive, very masculine, and very adult world of chess. From pawn to queen, what makes The Queen's Gambit irresistible? Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago and Aubrey Hicks in today's episode of Reel Review.
74 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
On the Rocks (dir. Sophia Coppola)
On the Rocks, the latest film from Sophia Coppola, like many of the director's films, relies on dialogue and character interaction. This time the central relationship is between father and daughter, played by Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. How relevant do our panel find this depiction of lives of privilege? Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Aubrey Hicks and William Resh to discuss On The Rocks!
75 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Lovecraft Country (HBO, Created by Misha Green)
Episode one of Lovecraft Country lets viewers know for sure that the question of reality and truth is at the heart of the series. In reality, H. P. Lovecraft was an overt White Supremacist. The series turns this on its head and gives a new generation a ring-side seat to revisiting history from the reality overlooked by textbooks. Reality is slippery. Truth can be hidden. What does it take to uncover the truth, share your reality, and make the world better for the next generation? "It would seem to me that the proposition before the house is a question hideously loaded, and that one's response to that question, or reaction to that question, has to depend on the effect of where you find yourself in the world, what your sense of reality is," James Baldwin spoke during a 1965 debate with William F. Buckley. We're talking about the whole season of Lovecraft Country on this episode of Reel Review. Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, and Aubrey Hicks to discuss the horror, the scifi, the Easter eggs, the way genre can get at the heart of social issues, and more.
72 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Mulan (dir. Niki Caro)
For our September film discussion, we decided on Disney's streaming release of the live-action remake, Mulan. It's a film that is surrounded by controversy both domestically and abroad. Yifei Liu, the actress who plays the titular character, sparked a boycott hashtag last August (2019) with a pro-police post on Weibo. More controversy hit the film as early viewers realized one of the filming locations is Xinjiang, where the Chinese government is holding Uygur (Muslim ethnic minorities) in "re-education" camps. Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, and Aubrey Hicks to discuss the film, its controversies, and the possibilities of theater in the pandemic.
79 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Starship Troopers (1997 - dir. Paul Verhoeven)
The 2020 Presidential Election brings us to an important tipping point in the American experiment. In July 2020, the New Yorker ran a piece called "How “Starship Troopers” Aligns with Our Moment of American Defeat," by David Roth. We thought that it would be a great excuse to revisit the 1997 film directed by Paul Verhoeven and the question of fascism in our time. "The anti-Fascism of 'Starship Troopers' is mordant and merciless, but Verhoeven advances his argument by making its every frame lavishly, overbearingly Fascist." What can the fascism of "Starship Troopers" tell us about autocracy and community? Do we fight for democracy or give over to the Federation? Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago, Aubrey Hicks, and William G. Resh to think about the film and the question of fascism in our time.
86 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
I Am Not Your Negro (2017 - dir. Raoul Peck)
"The story of the Negro in America is the story of America, and it is not a pretty story." - James Baldwin The year is 1979. James Baldwin writes a letter to his agent describing his next novel, "Remember this House." He describes a personal account of the lives of three of Baldwin's close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter is a history of civil rights in America. Baldwin never finished the book. The letter and 30 manuscript pages are all that were left when Baldwin died in 1987. This "masterpiece" documentary is filmmaker Raoul Peck's vision of the possibility of James Baldwin's "Remember this House." Host Erroll Southers is joined by Alex Ago, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, and Aubrey Hicks.
96 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Do the Right Thing (1989 - dir. Spike Lee)
March 25, 2020 George Floyd is murdered by members of the Minneapolis Police department. Floyd's murder is the spark that reignites the continuing call for an end to extrajudicial murders perpetrated by the police. How do we talk about progress made without minimizing how far we need to work toward equity and a stronger democracy? Spike Lee's second film, Do the Right Thing is the perfect vehicle to spark conversation about the past, the present, and a future we can work together to strive toward. Plus ... it is an American classic, a must-watch for every American. Host Erroll Southers is joined by Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro and Aubrey Hicks For links and more, check out the show page.
66 minutes | May 26, 2020
The Platform (dir. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia)
Released on Netflix March 20, 2020 The Platform is one of the more interesting films to discuss amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The film, directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, follows Goreng as he volunteers to spend six months in The Hole, a vertical prison of sorts. His first roommate, Trimagasis tells him, "There are three kinds of people: those on top, those on the bottom, and those who fall." What does this mean within The Hole? This allegorical tale pulls no punches, but leaves no easy answers. What is our responsibility to others? What agency do individuals have within systems? What is a fair distribution of wealth? Host Erroll Southers is joined by Alex Ago, Aubrey Hicks, & Jonathan Schwartz.
80 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
The Hunt (dir. Craig Zobel)
In this month's episode, we're covering a lot of dangerous ground with director Craig Zobel's latest satire, The Hunt. If you've seen the trailer, you likely already get the gist. Right wing conspiracy theories cost the livelihoods of some left wing elites, who decide a fitting punishment is to make the conspiracy come true. Ostensibly, this is a satire addressing conspiracism, partisanship, social media bullying, cancel-culture, and more. Twelve people wake up in a field, they're being hunted ... but why? Does The Hunt hit the bullseye, or does it fall short? Host Erroll Southers is joined by Jonathan Schwartz, Chrysa Perakis, Aubrey Hicks, and Alex Ago for this episode on The Hunt. Beware of ... spoilers!
71 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
I'm Not Okay with This (created by Jonathan Entwistle, Christy Hall)
In this month's episode, we're thinking about the latest adaptation of a graphic novel from Netflix originals: I'm Not Okay with This. Sydney seems like a normal, if awkward teenager. She has a best friend, feels like an outsider, hates the small town she's living in, is annoyed by her (adorable) little brother — but she also has a secret. Perhaps more than one secret. The graphic novel, written by Charles Forsman, who also brought The End of the Fxxxing World to life, steers the coming-of-age story of the everyday struggle between trauma and control. I'm Not Okay with This is brought to screen by Jonathan Entwistle and Christy Hall for Netflix. Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago, and Aubrey Hicks, to discuss another new venture from Netflix. We hope listeners understand that this podcast is full of spoilers, bloody spoilers! Email: email@example.com Twitter: @BedrosianCenter
74 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Birds of Prey (dir. Cathy Yan)
The latest to come out of the DC universe is the story of Harley Quinn. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn ostensibly follows Quinn after her breakup from Puddin' (AKA The Joker) and her struggle to survive as the men she hurt in the past come for revenge. Margot Robbie gleefully leads the show as the notorious trickster, and is joined by a band of amazing women. Do they take "the man" down? Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago, Aubrey Hicks, and Donnajean Ward to discuss the latest comic book movie. We hope listeners understand that this podcast is full of spoilers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @BedrosianCenter
49 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
Galentine's (Parks & Recreation created by Greg Daniels, Michael Schur)
We’re deviating from our normal episode structure today ... we’ll be channeling our inner Leslie Knope to celebrate Parks & Recreation and Galentine's Day. We all re-watched season 2 episode 16 of Parks & Rec to prepare - but we’re public service nerds, so we can't contain ourselves to just one episode. Listen as host Aubrey Hicks is joined by Chrysa Perakis, Donnajean Ward, Jovanna Rosen and Prof Nicole Esparza to share our joy of women’s friendships and Leslie Knope’s love of work for the public good.
87 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
Bombshell (dir. Jay Roach)
The description of Jay Roach's Bombshell on IMDB says simply: "A group of women decide to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network." What a stunning understatement. Bombshell dramatizes the story of Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit against Roger Ailes' repeated harassment and the women who finally told there stories during the ensuing investigation. Listen to our team talk about the pros and cons of the film, and whether we think it's a film of the moment (whitewashed quite a bit) or a testimonial that will live on for future generations. Host Erroll Southers is joined by Alex Ago, Aubrey L. Hicks, and Jonathan Schwartz. While we hope listeners already know this story, this podcast is full of spoilers.
72 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
Watchmen (HBO Series)
Host Erroll Southers is joined by Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Alex Ago, and Aubrey Hicks to discuss the first episode of the new HBO series Watchmen. Starring Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, and an enormously talented ensemble cast, the series picks up beyond the first film and original DC comic series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. We are in an alternate version of the world, one in which the war in Vietnam was won and Vietnam annexed as a state. A world in which reparations of some sort were paid. A world in which the police wear masks and the great masked vigilantes of the past are now legends of a different kind. We discuss the ability of pop culture to delved into deep societal issues, and what the responsibility of the creators is to historical content in a fictional setting. Twitter: @BedrosianCenter @AubreyHi, @AngeMarieH, @esouthersHVE Email: email@example.com
56 minutes | Sep 13, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (dir. Terry Gilliam)
"Just give that man money so he can make his films!" says an ardent fan of Terry Gilliam, director. We were intrigued at the idea of a retelling of the Cervantes classic Don Quixote, and from acclaimed filmmaker Terry Gilliam. With a film within the film, the work could be a tale of the quixotic nature of storytelling and the medium of film. It could be a tale of madness and exile, of hope and illusion. Join host Erroll Southers and guests Alex Ago, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, and Jonathan Schwartz as they try to piece together the end result of Gilliam's 25+ years of work.
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