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Episode 25 – Krisha & Pizza & Warfare

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/17524/episode-25-krisha-pizza-warfare.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 1:28:52 | Recorded on September 2, 2017 We watched Krisha, the debut feature from new-on-the-scene director Trey Edward Shults, on the recommendation of John Waters (or, specifically, his Top 10 Films of 2016 list), which honestly is not a bad way to pick out a movie (we’ll get to you next time, Tickled). Krisha takes place over the course of one harrowing Thanksgiving, when the titular character returns home for the holiday after ten years away from her family. The reunion is bittersweet, to say the least, and Krisha’s gradual breakdown — and its cataclysmic...

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Episode 24 – Touch of Sin

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/17343/episode-24-touch-sin.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 1:19:41 | Recorded on July 15, 2017We’re baaack! And after our accidental hiatus, we’ve decided to change things up around here. Rather than focusing on new and recent movie releases, we’re expanding our scope to include older films, movies by directors we love or want to learn more about, more indie, weirdo, and art house stuff, clusters of movies centered around various themes, and generally anything that catches our interest. We’ll still do big, stupid blockbusters sometimes because it’s fun to talk shit and/or heap praise on the latest Planet...

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Movie Times Ep. 23 Maidan

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/16080/movie-times-ep-23-maidan.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 56:39 | Recorded on February 19, 2017Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan is a movie about revolution that, for a large portion of its running time, shows people making sandwiches, milling around a public square, and shoveling debris. These shots are punctuated by scenes of violence, with protesters physically clashing with riot police amid billows of tears gas and flaming barricades. There is no narrator and there are no interviews. It serves as a record of the civil uprising that occurred in the Ukraine’s capital of Kiev the winter of 2013-14 against President...

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Movie Times Ep. 22 Elle

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/15755/movie-times-ep-22-elle.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 44:29 | Recorded on January 15, 2017 Somehow ELLE, the newest film from the gloriously ever-surprising Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall, Showgirls, Starship Troopers) is tagged in IMDB as a comedy, drama, and thriller. Drama and thriller we can understand, yes, but…comedy? Whatever humor there is in ELLE is dark and bleak, the bits of dialogue you chuckle at with your nails dug into the seat as you’re bracing for the next violent blow. Isabelle Huppert, as Michele, gives a heart-stopping performance as a successful businesswoman who is raped by...

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Movie Times Ep. 21 Arrival

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/15601/movie-times-ep-21-arrival.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 39:44 | Recorded on January 1, 2017Who doesn’t love a good ol’ linguist-saves-humanity-from-self-destruction flick??? On the first day of 2017 we watched Arrival, a movie about making utterances, deciphering symbols, and forging understanding with wholly foreign beings when nearly all hope is lost. The good news: it’s possible. Here’s to a brighter year,...

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Movie Times Ep. 20 The Witch

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/15311/movie-times-ep-20-witch.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 44:47 | Recorded on November 5, 2016We watched Robert Eggers’s The Witch a very long time ago but didn’t post our talk because soon after a dangerous, desiccated apricot was elected to the highest office in the land and it felt weird and wrong to be talking about an invented horror while a real one was unfolding. But after a while we (mostly Joe at first) noticed some interesting commonalities between the kind of paranoid, Puritanical hysteria explored in the 1630s New England of The Witch and today’s social climate, so then we thought that is something...

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Movie Times Ep. 19 American Honey

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/15204/movie-times-ep-19-american-honey.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 57:39 | Recorded on October 15, 2016British 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...

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Movie Times Ep. 18 Don’t Breathe

We wanted to shake things up a little so this weekend we went to see Don’t Breathe, the Fede Alvarez horror-thriller flick that’s currently getting butts into movie theater seats across the nation. Cheryl admits to not having seen a horror movie since 1999’s The Blair Witch Project (oh how the time goes, apparently they’re making a second one?) because she gets nightmares like a small, frightened child. Joe is tougher but probably still wouldn’t break into a blind Gulf War veteran’s home on a block of abandoned houses in the middle of the night to steal $300,000. But maybe the opportunity just hasn’t come up yet.

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Movie Times Ep. 17 Hillary’s America

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/14511/movie-times-ep-17-hillarys-america.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 40:39 | Recorded on August 13, 2016Joe and Cheryl made a huge mistake and watched Dinesh D’Souza’s “documentary” Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. Or they watched the first 40 minutes, which was all they could stomach. Cheryl just looked up the movie on IMDB, where the plot keywords include “critically bashed” and “historically inaccurate.” Anyway, if you want to hear their scintillating thoughts on the current political climate — and Joe moaning — listen on. Two poems included at the end as a palate...

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Movie Times Ep. 16 Ghostbusters

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/14455/movie-times-ep-16-ghostbusters.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 52:25 | Recorded on July 24, 2016Joe and Cheryl watched the new Ghostbusters (which passed the Bechdel test with flying colors), and talked reboots, the supernatural, and their personal views on...

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Movie Times Ep. 15 – Swiss Army Man

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/14359/movie-times-ep-15-swiss-army-man.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 52:49 | Recorded on July 2, 2016Paul Dano. Daniel Radcliffe. A farting corpse. Obviously, we’re front and center for this...

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Movie Times Ep. 14 – The Lobster

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/14221/movie-times-ep-14-lobster.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 41:38Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster presents a world in which it is illegal to be single, and if you’re unable to find a partner, you get turned into an animal of your choosing. So — a gritty, hyper-realistic drama, basically. Joe and Cheryl watched Colin Farrell struggle to find love (“love”?) in a weird-ass hotel, and in the woods, and inside their own black, black hearts, then spent some time talking about performing love, human cruelty, and the animals they would choose to be. Joe’s Addendum: Re-listening to this before posting,...

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Movie Times Ep. 13 – Captain America & The Argonauts

Joe and Cheryl watched Captain America: Civil War and discussed that horrorshow of a summer blockbuster, then talked about Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, without any attempts to tie the two together (thankfully). They’re trying a new thing where they talk about other pieces of cultural ephemera in addition to the movie reviews. Warning: wine-induced unwieldiness ahead.

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Movie Times Ep. 12 – Keanu

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/13870/movie-times-ep-12-keanu.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 24:05 | Recorded on May 8, 2016Joe and Cheryl watch Keanu, the first feature film outing from Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and talk kittens, code-switching, and the comedic...

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Movie Times Ep. 11 – Hello, My Name is Doris

https://realpants.com/podcast-player/13419/movie-times-ep-11-hello-name-doris.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 33:01  Hello, my name is Cheryl (and Joe). We watched Hello, My Name is Doris and talked all about older people desire, inter-generational comedy, effectively miming sex acts, and oh so much more....

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Movie Times Ep. 10 – Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday

“The more far-fetched you make something, the more reality-based it is because life is totally like that.” — Paul Reubens

Come along for the ride as Joe and Cheryl talk all about Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, and cover topics as varied as gender, the fantastic, nostalgia, and the word of the day. THE WORD OF THE DAY!!!

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Movie Times Ep. 9: “Carol”

Joe and I and our friend Carra went to see the newest Todd Haynes movie, starring the always impeccable Cate Blanchett and a doe-eyed Rooney Mara. It’s an understated study of two women who fall in love in the 1950s, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, The Price of Salt. We left the theater wrung dry. Isn’t this why we see movies? Isn’t it?????

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Movie Times Ep. 8: “Star Wars”

Joe and Cheryl sojourned to Maryland for Jesus’s birthday and watched the newest Star Wars installment. They talked all about daddy issues, the difficulties of representing impersonal suffering, the bureaucratic face of evil, nostalgia, girl warriors, and just why Stars Wars makes bajilliions of dollars.

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