Perry Jackson returns to the show with his pick for our Guest's Pick miniseries, and boy does he not disappoint. This week, we're talking about William Friedkin's most under-seen film, 1985's To Live and Die in L.A.

In the news: Your friends gather to watch the new Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning - Part 1 trailer, Mike Meyers talks Shrek, France is done with Roman Polanski, and WB's new CEO is sick and tired of wokeness.

Hey friends! It's time to continue our guest's pick series with our pal, Bernadette (from Story Screen Beacon)! She's chosen to go back in time with 1995's 12 Monkeys, starring Bruce Willis and directed by Terry Gilliam. In this episode we talk in-depth about actors/directors whom we'd like to watch their films with, the rules that make or break a time travel film, and which post apocalypse is better; grimey or neon? Pour yourself a tasty drink and join us!

It's time for a new miniseries! Alex Katz joins us to kick off our Guest's Choice series, and boy did he take the premise and run. Is 1983's The Boxer's Omen the grossest movie ever made? I mean, maybe! But is it also a kick-ass Shaw Brothers classic? Well, again. Maybe!

In the news: the next Mission: Impossible has a title, Greta Gerwig and Christopher Nolan's next films release on the same day, and Keanu talks about what to expect with John Wick Chapter 4.

April 30, 2022

#96 Fruitvale Station

[Content warning for abuse and violence against women between 11:30 and 14:33]

For the finale of our first mini-series, Black History Months, we watch 2013's Fruitvale Station for the first time. Beyond the righteous anger we felt by the end, we also discuss the deeply humanist approach to this true story, the debut of Michael B. Jordan, and what we learned from our 11-week journey.

In the news, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are two of the most vile people in the world, Alec Baldwin thinks he got away with it, and Max pitches his story treatment for Fast X.

April 22, 2022

#95 Dope

It's the penultimate episode of Black History Months! After a week off, your friends are digging into 2015's Dope! In a nice change of pace, it turns out Black cinema can be fun and tackle important issues. Who knew! 

In the news, DC wants to consolidate their film universe for maximum engagement, Cuba Gooding Jr. stands trial yet again, and we say goodbye to Liz Sheridan and Gilbert Gottfried.

April 8, 2022

#94 The Watermelon Woman

In our last episode on Black Cinema in the 90s, we're covering 1996's The Watermelon Woman! Come for the deep conversations on blackness and queerness, stay for the discussion on the importance of archiving.

In the news, Disney suddenly wants to help repeal an awful bill it helped fund, Ezra Miller has a time in Hawai'i, Bruce Willis retires, and we say goodbye to Estelle Harris.

On this particularly unhinged episode, we welcome back Cicada Cinema's own Aja Essex for an in-depth ranking of the A24 Twinks and I guess an extended discussion of 1996's Set it Off!

In the news, the Oscars changed up their COVID rules (yet again), Francis Ford Coppola has strong words for Putin, and Amazon is putting their newly acquired Bond license to good use for...a reality series?

Twitter's favorite preacher, Solomon Missouri, joins us to take a deep dive into failing institutions, the plight of urban communities, and what it means to return home after war. That's right, we're talking 1995's Dead Presidents!

In the news, Netflix is cracking down on password sharing, Xzy bums us all out with news of a horrible English reality show, and we say goodbye to Akira Takarada.

March 18, 2022

#91 Juice

This week, we're moving on over to the Beast Coast with 1992's Juice! It's a different coast, but we do continue our discussion of black violence and black police relations. But in between the heavy stuff, you know we're talking about the fashion, the tactility of 90s hip-hop, and just how hot Tupac is.

In the news, we discuss Marvel's new studio town, Disney's CEO donating to bigots, and say goodbye to two incredible talents.

March 10, 2022

#90 Boyz n the Hood

We're continuing on with our deep examination into Black Cinema with 1991's Boyz n the Hood! John Singleton's debut feature provides lots of discussion points, including gentrification, low-income urban living, and how much of a smoke show Laurence Fishburne is.

In the news, Futurama finds their Bender, Disgraced and Jailed Film Producer smuggles candy across state lines, and there's an update on Alamo Drafthouse's unionization efforts.

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