Jim, A.Ron, and Cecily are back to round up television for the week! We run silent and run deep on Hulu’s new WW2 submarine drama, Das Boot before viewing the Brazilian political documentary Edge of Democracy, before Cecily pitches Netflix’s Dark to us, and finally Cecily and I talk briefly about our feelings on NBC’s The Good Place.
Jim and I have seen the latest installment in the long running Men in Black franchise, Men in Black: International. And it’s okay. It’s fun and entertaining, largely because Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are fun and entertaining people who have an easy chemistry. The plot is twisty, but not very smart, and the whole thing just struggles to find the big red “hyperspace” button that would get it into orbit where it belongs. But if all you’re looking for is a bit of 90s nostalgia in a forgettable summer flick package, Men in Black: International will do.
To celebrate our recent passing the big 50 millionth podcast downloaded milestone, we take to the mics to answer all the burningest questions our loyal listeners have for us. Our past, Bald Move’s future, our opinions on everything, who we’d cast in movies about ourselves. Thanks to everyone who’s ever downloaded a pod and for…
Jim, A.Ron, and Cecily talk about the latest things that have flashed before their eyes. This week’s topics include the new sci-fi thriller from Netflix, I Am Mother, as well as the belated season five of Black Mirror, before wrapping up the stellar first season of Good Omens and briefly discussing our lack of coverage for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Just your standard early summer Lunch, ya’ll! If you want to see the Face Rig shenanigans we got up to in the original 07/31/2015 Lunch (which is a great early lunch, btw), click here to go straight to the right timestamp!
Jim and I went to see the latest X-Men flick, Dark Phoenix. It’s not as bad as it’s Rotten Tomatoes rating would imply, but it’s certainly not good. And it’s unfortunately because once again a classic X-Men plotline is burnt (refried, in this case) and all-time great Magneto and Professor X performances by Fassbender and MacElvoy are wasted on a script with muddled characters and paper thin villains. Long time fans of the X-Men will enjoy some great stand alone moments with their favorite characters, and the core chemistry of Xavier / Magneto / Mystique work to get the film’s emotional heart a brief jump. But ultimately the film folds underneath the weight of apathy and ugly FX work.
The final episode of HBO’s Chernobyl, “Vichnaya Pamyat” derives it’s title from the traditional prayer said at the end of an Eastern Orthadox funeral; “memory eternal”. Our hope is that everyone who has watched this and will watch this in the years to come takes to heart this encomium, that we need to remember the cost of lies, the cost of taking our eye off our institutions and systems we setup to keep us safe and prosperous, because if you fail to do so the cost only becomes more dear. Thanks for watching along with us, we’ve loved having you all along for the experience.
Jim and I have come to Deadwood at long last, to behold it in movie form. We’ve seen differing amounts, but we have a lot of esteem for David Milch’s western epic, and we thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent this week at the old camp. We talk about our experiences with the show, how Justified informs our thoughts on Deadwood and vice versa, Milch’s thoughts on mortality, and how amazingly the movie gave equal closure and tribute to it’s legion of incredible characters.
Jim, A.Ron and Cecily team up to take on the end of the world as envisioned by Amazon Prime’s Good Omens. Adapted from the novel of the same name by co-author Neil Gaiman himself, it offers a warm, funny, and human take on the Apocalypse, focusing on the unlikely friendship between a demon (David Tennant) and an angel (Michael Sheen) who have decided they like Earth like it is, thankyouverymuch, and team up to keep it that way. Then, Cecily and A.Ron talk about their thoughts on the conclusion of the sophomore season of HBO’s Barry (00:26:45).