Episode #296: We Still Need To Talk-isode

September 28th, 2020


Though not an isolated incident, it ended up being an isolated episode as our clock ran out this week.  We have some delectable discussion ready for next time, but there is plenty to chew on for this one.  A brutal mark on our country as we betray our own, this recent film can be difficult as it is believable that this could still happen in nearly the same way. 

Strap in for Matt getting perhaps the most upset he's been on digital tape for this show - 

Links:  Maze Runner, Man on a Ledge, Hurt Locker, Capt America Civil War, Manchurian Candidate, The Hate U Give, Short Term 12, Near Dark, Flatliners, Outbreak, Devil's Advocate, Batman Begins, Dark Knight, The Lookout.

Episode #295: Epic-sode XIII - Black Panther

September 14th, 2020

Photo credit: Chicago Sun Times article.

Matt watched this the day we lost Chadwick Boseman.  There was no way it'd feel good to put it out that weekend, but a postive part of grief paying tribute to those we lose.  Technically part of (& the fulcrum of) the "We Need To Talk" series, it tells a superhero story while scrutinizing the ongoing story of relationships among races and nations.  We think it's actually a good gateway to talking about such things with family & friends, which is why we recommend everyone watch it (again) to maybe gain some empathy toward what others go through.

Note:  The score DID win an Oscar, as did Costume & Design; Kendrick Lamar was nominated.
  Here is the crucial part of Chadwick's Howard speech.  This might be the most inspiring 14 minutes you'll hear this year...

Links:  Boseman: 42 (also has 12 yrs a Slave for Lupita Nyong'o), Message From The King (also Capt Amer Civil War).  Michael B Jordan: Creed.  Angela Bassett:  Boyz in the Hood (Malcolm X link on that post).  Daniel Kaluuya: Widows.  Andy Serkis: LOTR 1/2/3, Planet o' Apes trilogy  Forest Whittaker: Phone Booth, Street Kings, Good Morning Vietnam.  

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