Under the Cherry Moon

“Yes, Christopher lived for all women, but he died for one."

Prince has always been a flamboyant and eclectic musician, and with the album and film “Purple Rain,” he found a new art form he enjoyed. And one he won an Oscar for — Best Original Song Score. With his next film, he had conflicts with the director so took over and directed it himself. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we wrap up this year’s short guilty pleasure with Pete’s pick — Prince’s 1986 film “Under the Cherry Moon.” We talk about what’s in the film and why, despite its flaws, Pete still gets so much pleasure from this film. And we talk about its flaws and everything that doesn’t work in the film. We chat about the actors — Prince, Jerome Benton, Kristin Scott Thomas, Steven Berkoff, Francesca Annis and more — and look at what each of them brings to the table. We discuss the black-and-white look of the film and ponder the reasoning for it, wondering if perhaps cinematographer Michael Ballhaus may know why Prince opted to show it this way despite having filmed it in color. And we touch on the original director and what the circumstances were under which she left the film. It’s the guiltiest of guilty pleasures and Pete still loves it despite all its flaws. Regardless of what either of us thinks, we have a great conversation about it. Tune in!

Film Sundries

Trailers of the Week

Andy’s Trailer: People Places Things — “Jemaine Clement. Who needs another reason to watch this movie? Not me. This looks really sweet and touching, and of course he’s hilarious."

Pete’s Trailer: Mississippi Grind — “This is just the kind of road movie that lights me up: poker, bad luck, and the open road, baby. Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelssohn look great together — this is one I’m going to catch."