Episode 397 – Sicario: Day of the Soldado / Eating Animals / Sorry to Bother You

Three very different movies to review this week.  Tune in for discussions of:

  

– Sicario: Day of the Soldado

– Eating Animals

– Sorry to Bother You

Our Netflix picks this week are:

  

– Certain Women

– Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

– Blue Jasmine


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Episode 396 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom / Ant-Man and the Wasp

Franchises galore this week with reviews of:

– Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

– Ant-Man and the Wasp

This week’s Netflix picks are:

    

– Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

– Set It up

– King of Peking


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Episode 395 – Hotel Artemis / Disobedience / Incredibles 2

It’s another triple bill review in this episode with discussion of:

  

– Hotel Artemis

– Disobedience

– Incredibles 2

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Episode 394 – Adrift / Ocean’s 8 / Hereditary

Time for another dollop of films reviews and banter.  In this podcast we talk about:

  

– Adrift

– Ocean’s 8

– Hereditary

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Episode 393 – Book Club / Lean on Pete / Tully

It’s another triple-bill review this week.  Join us for discussions of:

– Book Club

– Lean on Pete

– Tully

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Episode 392 – Avengers:Infinity War / Solo: A Star Wars Story / Deadpool 2

Superheroes and sci-fi everywhere this week.  Join us for our thoughts on:

  

– Avengers: Infinity War

– Solo: A Star Wars Story

– Deadpool 2

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Episode 391 – I Feel Pretty / Rampage / Life of the Party

In this episode of Moviewallas we babble on about:

  • I Feel Pretty
  • Rampage
  • Life of the Party

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Full Listing of 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Coverage | #tribeca2018

Every April, the three Moviewallas arrive into New York City with gleaming eyes and smiles that won’t rub off our faces. We arrive to soak our needing bones in the offerings of the Tribeca Film Festival, wanting for good cinema since the end of the awards season earlier in the year.

This year our schedules dictated that we caught the back end of the film festival; we usually attend the festival in the early part. Being based in San Diego, and juggling other jobs, we can make it to New York for about a week every year, even though our hearts ache for more time at the festival. After having watched four, five, six films a day, our bodies start to exhaust, our droopy eyes start to crave for the littlest sleep, and we may start to lose a dash of the spring in our steps. But the greedy mind and the selfish heart wants for more films, but we have to turn around and leave.

Coming into the latter half of the festival, we worried a little this year that we might not be able to catch as many films as in the past. We feared that the best films will have already had their press screenings earlier in the festival. Turns out our worries were in vain; amongst the three of us, we watched 25 films at the festival. Upon returning back to San Diego, we rested our press badges with pride at our recording studio; it was another fulfilling year at Tribeca.

So as in every year, herewith is a full listing of all 29 films we covered at #tribeca2018. All of them were discussed during our four live from New York podcasts. And as always, before the alphabetical listing of all of the films we covered, here are the top festival favourites from each of the three Moviewallas.

Joe’s Top Films from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival 

  1. OBEY
  2. THE ELEPHANT AND THE BUTTERFLY

Joe’s top picks from #Tribeca2018

Rashmi’s Top Films from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

  1. STUDIO 54
  2. DEAD WOMEN WALKING

Rashmi’s top picks from #Tribeca2018

Yazdi’s Top Films from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

  1. DEAD WOMEN WALKING
  2. DIANE
  3. THE ELEPHANT AND THE BUTTERFLY

Yazdi’s top picks from #Tribeca2018

And here is a full alphabetical listing of the films we covered at #tribeca2018 with links to the Tribeca film descriptions as well as to the specific podcast where each film was discussed:

 

  1. BOBBY KENNEDY FOR PRESIDENT, Day 1 podcast at 2:45 minutes
  2. DEAD WOMEN WALKING, Day 4 podcast at 16:20 minutes, Rashmi and Yazdi’s Top Tribeca pick
  3. DIANE, Day 4 podcast at 45:30 minutes, Yazdi’s Top Tribeca pick
  4. EGG, Day 2 podcast at 29:05 minutes
  5. ENHANCED, Day 2 podcast at 23:15 minutes
  6. IN A RELATIONSHIP, Day 2 podcast at 4:05 minutes
  7. IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT, Day 1 podcast at 33:45 minutes
  8. MAPPLETHORPE, Day 4 podcast at 30:55 minutes
  9. MARY SHELLEY, Day 3 podcast at 42:35 minutes
  10. NIGERIAN PRINCE, Day 2 podcast at 40:40 minutes
  11. OBEY, Day 4 podcast at 36:15 minutes, Joe’s Top Tribeca Pick
  12. SATAN & ADAM, Day 3 podcast at 25:35 minutes
  13. SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND, Day 1 podcast at 17:20 minutes
  14. STUDIO 54, Day 3 podcast at 11:15 minutes, Rashmi’s Top Tribeca Pick
  15. THE AMERICAN MEME, Day 3 podcast at 31:45 minutes
  16. THE BLEEDING EDGE, Day 2 podcast at 11:50 minutes
  17. THE DARK, Day 4 podcast at 25:15 minutes
  18. THE ELEPHANT AND THE BUTTERFLY, Day 3 podcast at 17:40 minutes, Joe and Yazdi’s Top Tribeca Pick
  19. THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED, Day 3 podcast at 2:10 minutes
  20. THE FOURTH ESTATE, Day 4 podcast at 5:30 minutes
  21. THE GREAT PRETENDER, Day 1 podcast at 13:45 minutes
  22. THE PARTY’S JUST BEGINNING, Day 1 podcast at 28:20 minutes
  23. TINY SHOULDERS: RETHINKING BARBIE, Day 1 podcast at 8:00 minutes
  24. TO DUST, Day 1 podcast at 23:15 minutes
  25. UNTOGETHER, Day 2 podcast at 51:15 minutes

 

Until the year next, goodbye Tribeca!

 

 

After Auschwitz | Review

As the 70th anniversary of Holocaust Remembrance Day approached earlier this year, Poland passed some controversial legislation criminalizing any mention of Poles “Being responsible or complicit in the Nazi crimes committed by the Third German Reich.” They stated that the harshest penalties would be reserved for those who referred to Nazi-era concentration camps such as Auschwitz as “Polish death camps.”  Many in Israel called this an attempt to whitewash the role that some Poles had in the detention and killing of around three million Polish Jews during World War 2.

Regardless of what you may think about who was complicit or how we refer to the role of Poland specifically, one thing is for certain; the holocaust occurred, it was one of the atrocious cases of mass killing, and we need to do everything we can to make sure such horrors never happen again.  This alone makes AFTER AUSCHWITZ critical and compelling viewing.  Recently I was invited to a sedar dinner where our host explained that one of the last remaining holocaust survivors at their local synagogue had just passed.  As the years move on, so do most of the remaining survivors and our ability to hear directly from them about the atrocities each of them faced for a period of their lives

Jon Kean’s AFTER AUSCHWITZ, is a “Post-Holocaust” documentary that follows six incredible women after their liberation from Nazi concentration camps.  It effectively captures what it means to move from tragedy and trauma towards life although we quickly learn that despite these women surviving and going on to build productive lives in the United States, they never truly find a place to call home.  Well-constructed with appropriate archival footage and in-depth interviews, the documentary examines the question around what happens after surviving an unspeakable horror.

For survivors of the Holocaust, liberation was both an incredible moment and a devastating one. It marked the beginning of a life-long struggle. Most wanted to go home, but home no longer existed in devastated post-war Europe. Many came to America and wanted to tell people about their experiences but were silenced. “You’re in America now, put it behind you” is what they were told. The women Kean follows became mothers and wives with successful careers, but never fully healed from the scars of the past

Their stories not only show the indelible role immigrants and women played in the history of America during the second half of the 20th century, but also how each of them tried to assimilate, some more successfully than others. In all cases however, what strikes the watcher most about these resilient and inspiring women and what is captured perfectly is this incredible will to survive and a sense of duty they feel to live a full life.

Although AFTER AUSCHWITZ deals with a specific group of survivors, it is universal in the questions it ponders about which relate to moving on after tragedy and adapting to a “normal” life. It’s a story we see repeated by survivors of other genocides – a sad recurring reality that haunts the women in AFTER AUSCHWITZ. Their suffering from post-traumatic stress is also unfortunately universal, as seen in the lives of soldiers coming home from war and even in victims of childhood abuse.

“We normally learn about the Holocaust as if it started with Germany invading Poland, and liberation was the end of it,” says Kean. “Allied soldiers triumphantly told Jews in camps, ‘you’re free, go home.’ But what happened to survivors on the day after liberation? And the day after that? That’s the film I wanted to make. By seeing the world through the eyes of these amazing women, we not only hear unique female voices, we witness stories of resiliency and determination that audiences have never heard before.”  Mission accomplished.

This is a rush out and see documentary that is compelling, heart wrenching and inspiring all at the same time.

AFTER AUSCHWITZ opens in Los Angeles on May 4th however for more information about the film, including dates, cities and theaters, visit https://www.AfterAuschwitz.com

Episode 390 – Tribeca Film Festival 2018 (Day 4) – #tribeca2018

 

 

In our final day of the Tribeca Film Festival coverage we provide our thoughts on:

Movie (click thumbnail for details) Timestamp
The Fourth Estate

5:30
Dead Women Walking

16:20
The Dark

25:15
Mapplethorpe

30:55
Obey

36:15
Diane

45:30

 

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