Back with another powerhouse show, David Simon and George Pelecanos are giving us a look into the corruption of the Baltimore Police Force. If you’re an alum of The Wire, you’ll find similarities in this show’s structure. If you’re not, this podcast episode has helpful insight for understanding the multiple POVs and how this mechanic is what makes Simon shows’ storytelling unique and powerful. There’s a lot to unpack, and this is just the beginning.
Robert Eggers’ latest project, The Northman, delivers everything you’d expect from a Robert Eggers film; a moody atmosphere, immaculate cinematography, incredible performances, and a smattering of humor, all in a streamlined, easy-to-digest package. Join us for this first-run podcast to hear our spoiler-free review and some trailer talk, then stick around for the spoilers if you’re a Club Bald Move member.
David Simon and George Pelecanos, who brought you The Wire and The Deuce, are soon releasing their newest show: We Own This City. The show is based on the book We Own This City by Justin Fenton. Listen in to our spoiler-free first impressions and hopes for the show. It already looks good!
Requiem for a Dream is one of those movies that leaves marks and thanks to Nicholas’s commission, our wounds have been freshly reopened. Join us for our coverage of the movie that left us with a “not even once” attitude toward heroin.
A big thank you to Dr. DeVito for commissioning Southpaw, the 2015 boxing movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a Raging Bull-type who just can’t get out of his own way while recovering from a traumatic accident. If you’ve seen any boxing movie ever made, you’ve seen some portion of this movie, as it borrows every trope you can think of. It does manage to deliver the emotional punches though, due mostly to the excellent cast.
A.Ron can’t get enough of The Holiday, so he recruits two all-star Christmas rom-com veterans for this important discourse. Kim Renfro from Insider and Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair join the podcast to discuss The Holiday’s place in romantic comedy history, gumption, fantasy kitchens, healthy levels of “scroodily-doo”, and dream of a Nancy Meyers theme park.
The first two episodes of Fargo’s newest season have been a long time coming but now they’re here and they feel like home. Join us for a discussion of this season’s new round of characters, the crazy Fargo setup, and a thematic dissection of the show.
Martin Scorsese’s wild Wall St. ride shares a lot of the energy of his classic gangster film, Goodfellas. In our podcast review, we discuss those similarities, as well as the love/hate relationship we have with a film that might be too much fun for its own good.
It’s the 30th Anniversary of the gangster classic, Goodfellas. Martin Scorsese has a long history making gangster movies. We covered his latest one, The Irishman, already but now we’re going back to cover his most famous one. It’s a wild ride, beginning with the Marty insight into the allure of the criminal underworld that you’ve come to expect and culminating in one of the all-time great scenes of chaos and paranoia. Check out the podcast to hear what we thought about it thirty years later.
This week we take a look at Ryan Coogler’s first feature film, Fruitvale Station, about the 2009 murder of Oscar Grant. It is competently directed by Coogler but the impeccable performances by recognizable names such as Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan, as well as its tragically-evergreen relevance, are what really make the film a must-see.