I’m Thinking of Ending Things

September 8, 2020
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Over the past month, we’ve begun to see some new releases open in limited theater capacities while others continue to be held back because of a world that can’t currently create a literal “blockbuster.” Different titles are popping up in different places and different ways and this month we decided to tackle a new release on Netflix, Charlie Kaufman’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.” As with most Kaufman works, it weaves an impressionistic puzzle that benefits from deep conversation and multiple viewings. Multiple other shows from The Next Reel’s family of podcasts have taken swipes at spoiling Kaufman, but this is the first turn for The Film Board.

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2020-08-15 • Saturday Matinée

August 17, 2020
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Pete watches TV. Steve takes umbrage. “Jason and Friends” recalls the halcyon days of murder and cartoons. Physical media is still dying… but it’s not dead yet. Steven’s director’s chair. AMC is back with the cheap seats … for a day. Plus three solid trailers (!), Flickchart re-ranking, and a list of protagonist turncoats!

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2020-07-04 • Saturday Matinée

July 6, 2020
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It’s Hamilton weekend. Unsubscribed: The Zero-Dollar Budget Box-Office Winner. In The Rumor-mill: will 7–9 be removed from canon? Sorkin’s new Netflix thing on the Chicago Seven. Walmart Going Drive-in! Carl Reiner. (1967 Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour bit) Listen: A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).

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Da 5 Bloods

June 16, 2020
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The Corona Virus is still a major threat in the world and even though some businesses are reopening, the film industry continues its holding pattern. Because of that, new releases in the “Theater at Home” paradigm are getting all different kinds of creative digital structures. This past weekend, Netflix released “Da 5 Bloods,” a Spike Lee Joint that quickly jumped to #3 in for selections on the service. Click into this episode as Spike helps us open up and process the wounds of both the past and the present.

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Capone

May 26, 2020
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“Theater at Home” new releases are available and more titles are being announced all the time. The Film Board will continue to gather its thugs and spoil them for you as we find them out there in the streaming universe until we can all get back and see our beloved big screens. “Capone” was released to most major streaming services on May 12th. This film examines a part of life that is rarely discussed, and Capone’s is unique. Unravel it all with us on The Film Board!

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The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

May 19, 2020
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JJ and Steve finish off the first half of 2020 with 2018’s The Kindergarten Teacher. This is an American remake of 2014’s The Kindergarten Teacher from Israel. There is no doubt that this is truly Maggie Gyllenhaall’s film. This adaptation is a more accessible film, but it has lost many of the elements that JJ and Steve enjoyed and appreciated in the original.

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2020-05-16 • Saturday Matinée

May 16, 2020
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Hamilton comes home July 3. New Mutants gets another new release date. Dave Filoni makes a better pitch for the prequels than Lucas ever did. Disney to release six-part making-of behind Frozen 2 … hopefully with more 80s ballads. AMCmazon.

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The Kindergarten Teacher (2014)

May 12, 2020
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JJ and Steve finish the first half of 2020 with a film and its remake. This pairing starts with 2014’s The Kindergarten Teacher from Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid. There is a lot to discuss and analyze in this film. Is it an allegory? Is it a poem? They both agree that this film is a visual treat.

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Vox Lux

April 28, 2020
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Steve and JJ are really split on this one. JJ was disappointed that this was more of a poem than a film and wasn’t happy about the execution of this film. Steve, on the other hand, gives it praise for its ambitiousness and the opening sequence before the titles.

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2020-04-18 • Saturday Matinée

April 18, 2020
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Pete saw The Platform, doesn’t regret it. Perry Mason gets a backstory in the first series trailer drop. Venom 2 marketing? PeacockTV brings the nostalgia this summer. Netflix sneaks past Disney. Plus, recommendations for Avenue 5 and Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet.

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