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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Theme music by Jacob Benfell.