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.
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.
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.