In which we discuss this nearly perfect film about growing up, being awkward, and the simple joy of creativity. We talk over the film’s intimate cinematography, its moments of total euphoria, and its quiet honesty. We get off on a tangent about Whiplash, La La Land, and music movies obsession with excellence, but then wrap it back to how We Are The Best Subverts these things. We also answer a few questions about Star Wars at the end.Read More
*white voice* CINNABON!!!
In which Emma and Jacob get way too deep on Walter Mitty’s depiction of art, labor, its surprisingly inoffensive showing of other cultures, its obnoxious product placement, and its melancholic core. A surprisingly thoughtful episode about a surprisingly thoughtful movie (that probably still doesn’t deserve the amount of time we spent on it tbh).Read More
CW: Brief Discussion of a suicide around 21:15
This month we’re talking about some of our favorite movies that the other host hasn’t seen. For this episode, Jacob introduces Emma to 1987’s Wings of Desire, a movie about angels in Berlin falling in love. We explore the movie’s profound rejoicing in the physical experience of life, its marvelous portrait of urban life, as well as its complex gender politics and moments of warm humor. Next week, we’ll talk 2013’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.Read More
In this episode, named only for convenience and stubbornness, Emma and Jacob talk through their newly formed Star Wars rankings, and their plans for the rest of the year. Just a bite-sized pod until we start talking about our favorite movies later this month. Here is the schedule for the rest of the year. It will be more fully updated soon!
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Emma and Jacob talk over this hot mess of movie that still wins their hearts. We discuss the movies subtle treatment of religious themes, its urge to speak for the voiceless of this universe, its scale and physicality, as well as its uneven structure and confusing character beats. Join us for this last, but definitely not least, entry of the Star Wars canon. (No, we will not watch Solo).Read More
In this episode, Emma and Jacob pick apart the most recent Star Wars episode, finding in it both profound fault and profane brilliance. Emma talks over her mixed feelings, particularly towards the film’s treatment of Rey, while Jacob discusses their interest in the movie’s incomplete subversion of Star Wars’s mythos.Read More
In this very, very late (we’re sorry!) episode, Jacob and Emma discuss their conflicting feelings about a both strange and conventional film. Emma gushes about her favorite character moments, the surprisingly subtle character beats, and Rey’s interesting place in the force, while Jacob grumbles about how how thematically weightless things feel and how much this movie does not need a death star. Just make it about the map!!!Read More
In this highly anticipated and very belated episode, Emma and Jacob spend 30 minutes talking about Luke and Vader’s confrontation and how it acts as a thematic center of the entire saga! Also we talk about Ewoks.Read More
This time, Emma and Jacob dive in to what makes this film a linchpin for the thematic aims of the Star Wars Saga ™, its haunting imagery, insightful politics, misogyny, and ridiculous, glorious cheese. It’s a conflicted and thoughtful companion to a most conflicting and thoughtful movie.Read More
Emma and Jacob have the most fun they’ve had since a New Hope, spend way too much time talking about the ~pear~ scene, gush about Ewan McGregor, and dig into the ways this mixed prequel tries, fails, and succeeds to complicate Star Wars. Lots of feelings spill out into our longest episode yet.
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Emma and Jacob talk about this prologue chapter’s penchant for explaining interesting ideas in the most boring manner possible, its racism, its politics, and their surprisingly positive reaction. It’s an episode filled with half-hearted defenses and back-handed compliments.
The Podrace is still good though.Read More
Jacob and Emma focus on a slew of sassy bois, lament the lack of Leia and media literacy, and unpack the public’s perception of the “best” Star Wars movie. Also, there is no mention of Boba Fett.
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In this episode, Emma and Jacob freak out about how well A New Hope holds up, get on a long detour about the nonsensical and interesting philosophy of the force, sing Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill’s praises, and worry about the films to come.
In this introductory episode, Emma and Jacob introduce themselves, rank each Star War, get in mini fights about The Last Jedi, and discuss why they love and hate these dumb movies.Read More