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The Strange Harbors Podcast
53 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"
The sequel to Ryan Coogler's game-changing, culture-shifting Black Panther is finally here. Reconfiguring an already-written screenplay as a moving tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, Wakanda Forever already gets points for degree of difficulty alone. It’s sprawling, shaggy, and overstuffed, but leave it to Ryan Coogler to pull off the miraculous feat of deftly threading real-life tragedy with cultural acuity and an affecting superhero story on grief, loss, and the cycle of violence. Listen to our thoughts!
50 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
"The Banshees of Inisherin"
Men and their decimated kinships unraveled upon the screen, richly textured and frequently uproarious, Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin explores evaporating bonds, crushing loneliness, and enmity in grotesque escalation. We discuss the playwright's latest and his intimate account of a detonating friendship, starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan, and Kerry Condon. This is The Banshees of Inisherin.
38 minutes | Nov 4, 2022
"Decision to Leave"
“The closer you look, the harder you fall.” Park Chan-wook cross-pollinates a police procedural with a femme fatale romance in his latest film. Swirling around two lost souls navigating a web of murder, deceit, and desire to desperately cling to their perverse affair, Decision to Leave is a sensual puzzle box. We discuss the illustrious director's filmography, the painterly craft behind the movie, and the inscrutable Tang Wei.
48 minutes | Oct 31, 2022
Wrapping up "House of the Dragon"
This week, we're wrapping up our discussion of the first season of House of the Dragon and its final three episodes. Derek is on vacation for one more week, so Jeff and Amir sit down and discuss the home stretch of the inaugural season of this much-hyped Game of Thrones spinoff. Does it stick the landing? Tune in and find out.
45 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
Is the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe really about to change? We review the DCEU's latest, Jaume Collett-Serra's Black Adam, a superhero film almost 20 years in the making. How is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the Shazam-powered antihero? We discuss that, the Justice Society of America, the big cameo, and more.
42 minutes | Oct 15, 2022
"Interview with the Vampire"
This week, we discuss the new AMC series, Interview with the Vampire. A new adaptation of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, we compare the new series - starring Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid - to Neil Jordan's 1994 film and delve into this modernization. How do the new Louis and Lestat stack up against the classic performances from Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise? Tune in and find out.
54 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
"House of the Dragon"
Game of Thrones is back! This week, we discuss the OTHER big-budget fantasy series on the air right now, House of the Dragon. With its first big time jump out of the way, this is the perfect opportunity to discuss and review the series. We talk about the legacy of its parent series, and whether or not it's worth watching, especially if you were burned by the final season of Game of Thrones. Tune in and hear our thoughts.
42 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
Tony Gilroy returns to the Star Wars universe to helm Andor, a new Disney Plus series serving as the origin story for Rogue One’s morally ambiguous rebel spy. A refreshing bottom-up approach eschewing retreads and cameos, Andor breaks new ground detailing the everymen of Star Wars, the oppressive rot of The Empire, and the broiling foment of rebellion. Tune in for our review of the first three episodes.
42 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
Can creepy murder dungeons be included in a house’s square footage on Zillow? We talk everything Barbarian, director Zach Cregger's sleeper horror hit that's taken the country by storm. Surprisingly funny with nasty surprises, gore-hounds and squirm-fiends with appetites for the sick stuff will have a great time. Tune in to hear our thoughts!
44 minutes | Sep 8, 2022
"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power"
Amazon Prime Video's big streaming play and the most expensive series ever made, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, is finally here. Taking place during the murky Second Age of Middle-Earth with dangers known and unknown lurking, does this sprawling fantasy epic live up to its deep pockets? We discuss fantasy television, Peter Jackson, Tolkien purists, and some of the controversy surrounding the show.
42 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
"Three Thousand Years of Longing"
Australian director George Miller returns with his first feature since 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road with Three Thousand Years of Longing. A fable for adults, the film stars Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba in a fateful encounter between a nebbish narratologist and wish-granting Djinn. Join us as we discuss the film's oddly misleading marketing, what the film tells us about the power of stories, and our full thoughts on the movie.
57 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
Nathan Fielder returns to television with his indescribably bizarre new series: The Rehearsal, now streaming on HBO Max. Part social experiment, part docuseries, part meta comedy, and all head trip, The Rehearsal uses Fielder's brand of puppet mastery to help people prepare for the big events and confrontations of their lives. We dive deep into this uproarious new show and the moral implications of Fielder's manipulations.
46 minutes | Aug 18, 2022
This week, we dive into the resident mind-melter from this year's Sundance Film Festival, Andrew Semans' psychological horror film, Resurrection, starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth. A tale about motherhood, hidden pasts, and the limits of control, Resurrection unspools a single mother’s crushing secret in a steely structure that belies its brazen, outrageous horror. And you bet we talk about its doozy of an ending that left us divided.
42 minutes | Aug 11, 2022
This week we're talking about the latest installment of the wildly uneven Predator franchise, Dan Trachtenberg's back-to-basics Prey, which stars Amber Midthunder and Dakota Beavers as 18th Century Comanche hunters squaring off with a deadly alien threat. We discuss the movie's strange release as a streaming-only title and dive deep into Predator history: our favorite entries, the awfulness of 2018's The Predator, and how Prey fares against its predecessors.
45 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
This week we're filling in a lull in programming by discussing THE action musical sensation of the year, S. S. Rajamouli's Tollywood epic, RRR. Available on Netflix in dubbed Hindi or on the ZEE5 streaming platform in its native Telugu, RRR is one of the wildest, most entertaining movies you'll see this year. Do you know...Naatu?
50 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
This week, we're diving deep into Jordan Peele's third feature film after 2017's Get Out and 2019's Us: Nope. Does Peele solidify his horror chops with a hat trick? Or is this UFO mystery his first flop? Stick around and find out!
42 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds"
This week, we're talking about the third - and latest - Star Trek series streaming on Paramount Plus, which just wrapped its first season. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a new approach to this new era of Trek. Following Discovery and Picard, can Strange New Worlds break new ground? Or is it another case of diminishing returns for the franchise? Tune in and find out!
63 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
"Thor: Love and Thunder"
This week, we're discussing the silly - and divisive - Ragnarok redux, Thor: Love and Thunder. The third lowest rated Marvel Cinematic Universe entry on Rotten Tomatoes, the latest Odinson adventure from the mind of Taika Waititi has people wondering: Are we turning on the MCU? We discuss the movie, its critical reception, and our own - perhaps surprising - opinions.
54 minutes | Jul 7, 2022
Can you still squeeze juice out of the musical biopic formula? Baz Luhrmann - madman director of films such as Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby - is sure up to the challenge. Austin Butler gives a tour de force performance as Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, but is the rest of the film up to snuff? We debate in this week's episode.
41 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
"The Black Phone"
This week, we discuss one of the most hyped and anticipated horror movies of the year, Scott Derrickson's The Black Phone. 10 years ago, Derrickson and frequent collaborator C. Robert Cargill terrorized us with snuff films and Bughuul in Sinister, a film that science has deemed "the scariest movie ever." Now, their new film, The Black Phone, aims to recapture that magic with Ethan Hawke once again. Does it succeed? Tune in and find out!
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