Seasons: A Year OF Movies
Seasons: A Year Of Movies is a (mostly) weekly podcast where Emma Ramirez and Jacob Benfell talk about a series of films for each season of the year. The movies can be directly connected (a franchise, a director/writer/whatever’s filmography) or loosely connected (a thematic through-line.) We alternate picking the season’s theme, so the movies will be as varied as our thoughts are. We’ll explore why we watch the movies we do when we do, how context changes our understanding of art, geek out, and occasionally get into fights. Accompany us through the changing times of the year.
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.
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!
Theme Music by Jacob Benfell
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).
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.