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Movie Times Ep. 19 American Honey

MovieTimes2British director Andrea Arnold’s vision of contemporary middle America is young, fragile, hopeful, precarious, and achingly lovely. American Honey joins the long illustrious list of “American ___” movies (Beauty, Psycho, Gigolo, Pie), and tells the story of Star, an 18-year-old girl with nothing to lose, who joins a ragtag crew of teenagers that roam the country in a white van to sell magazines (of all things) door to door. Shia LaBeouf plays Jake, Star’s love interest and co-dreamer, and — honestly — his performance is so good that you’ll forget he has a foot-long braided rat tail. This movie — and the ways in which it portrays people living in poverty as so much more than bleak cases — moved us.

Joe and Cheryl

Joe and Cheryl

Cheryl and Joe watch movies and talk about them at their kitchen table. Our method: watch a movie, go home, turn on the tape recorder, and get off topic. The conversations cover boy bands, necropolitics, and something in between. Email questions, comments, and movie recommendations to: movietimeswithjoeandcheryl@gmail.com. Make us watch things so you don’t have to.
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