DC Universe's 'Harley Quinn': How to Go From Lackey to Supervillian
Season 1, Ep. 57
DC Universe’s Harley Quinn doesn’t give a f**k about offending people as the first scene demonstrates by showing a yacht full of billionaires robbed and ripped apart. The show is meant to shock audiences. But it also serves as a great example of how R-rated comic book material can allow for an intelligent subversion of tropes and dark humor that reveals why we connect to these broken characters.Harley herself shines in every episode in both success and failure as she strives to go from the Joker’s lackey to the first modern female supervillian. It sounds simple enough but the show reveals an actual truth of comics - female supervillians are non-existent with our only example suffering a face worse than Arkham. A crew for Harley is assembled to help her become noticed by the Legion of Doom, leading to hijnx that are often hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t already seen the show although we try on this episode.The mature content in animated DC films seems like an intentional way to set themselves apart from Marvel’s relatively kid-friendly animation. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, scheduled for release on May 5, 2020, has a R-rated trailer that imagines a worse case scenario for Earth where heroes lose and die to Darkseid’s army. Marvel wins in Hollywood but struggles to reach the high bar set by DC’s animated films and shows. Harley Quinn is another example of DC getting it right. Come find out why for the next 47 minutes and don’t forget to follow us on @thelowkeypod.Episode Breakdown1:33 - Overall impressions6:30 - Best moments in the show13:12 - Talking the show creators16:16 - Subverting classic characterizations of heroes and villians19:44 - Worst comic book movies of all-time24:13 - Is the show entirely in Harley’s head?27:50 - A tangent to Scrooged (1988) courtesy of Carol Kane29:52 - Final thoughts on the show33:20 - Keith and Aaron convince Tim to watch Netflix’s ‘Love Is Blind’39:55 - Keith asks about a neighbor problem
Candyman! Candyman! Candyman! Candyman!
Season 1, Ep. 56
Candymanhas aged very well: The 1992 story of a son of a slave who is murdered for loving a white woman — and reborn as a hook-handed slasher — looks at racism with an unflinching honesty missing from a lot of our racial dialogue today. It skillfully, scarily connects the bigotry of old with the bigotry of what was, at the time of its release, the modern age.Candymanreturns in June with a Jordan Peele-produced reboot, and we here at theLow Key Podcastprepared by watching the original. RevisitingCandymanreminds us how much and how little has changed since 1992 — and, in some ways, since 1892.
High Fidelity: Zoë Kravitz Updates a John Cusack Movie That Featured Her Mom, Lisa Bonet
Zoë Kravitz might be the single best person on earth to star in Hulu's High Fidelity, an update of the John Cusack movie of the same name: Her mom, Lisa Bonet, was one of the stars of that film, based on a Nick Hornby novel, also called High Fidelity.You've probably gathered that High Fidelity lends itself to adaptation. The novel, released in 1995, was set in London, and featured a record store owner named Rob, reeling from a breakup. The movie, released in 2000, was set in Chicago and featured a record store owner named Rob, reeling from a breakup. And now the show, released this past Valentine's Day, is set in New York and features a record store owner named Rob, reeling from a breakup.Except now Rob is a biracial woman, and record stores are more nostalgia dens than thriving Gen X businesses. Unlike the previous Robs, she's dated both women and men. But all three Robs love lists, and obsess over their Top 5 worst breakups to figure out what's wrong with the common denominator in all those relationships: Rob.
Tyler Perry's 'A Fall From Grace' and the Legacy of the Perry-verse
Season 1, Ep. 54
Tyler Perry’s ‘A Fall From Grace’ is the latest film release and his first foray in the profitable Netflix original - did we enjoy it? You’ll have to listen to find out. But it’s fair to spoil that there’s a lot to like - a likable main character with relatable real-world circumstances, an impactful murder sequence, and the impeccable Phylicia Rashad like you’ve never seen her before.Throughout this episode we also cover the legacy of Perry and the new Tyler Perry Studios lot in Atlanta that could change opportunities for minorities working to show off projects that are not receiving due attention.Even if you don’t love the Perry-verse, this is a great episode to understand his legacy in Hollywood and beyond. Please join us again to fill an hour and follow us on @thelowkeypod!
Ava DuVernay v. Stephen King: Our Oscar Episode
Season 1, Ep. 53
Stephen King disappointed Ava DuVernay earlier this month when he tweeted about casting his Oscar ballot: "I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong."On the latestLow Key Podcast, your hosts discuss what followed. Should we consider diversity in matters of art? Do we? We also consider Carey Mulligan's modest proposal that perhaps Oscar voters should somehow prove that they've seen all the films before they vote.It's a far-flung discussion that gets into blind spots, comfort zones, and the general problem of underrepresentation onscreen, years after #OscarsSoWhite.
In Parasite, Who Should You Root For?
Season 1, Ep. 52
Parasite, Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-nominated thriller, challenges our sympathies throughout: Do we sympathize with the destitute Kim family? Or the wealthy Parks?It may seem obvious to you — but it's probably a given that not everyone seesParasitethe way you do. In the latestLow Keypodcast, we talk about how our sympathies shifted, or didn't, throughout the masterful film.Listen above or on your favorite podcasting platform:Here are some highlights, with time stamps (Spoilers galore!):2:05:The interesting Native American references inParasite.5:05:"They do a good job, once they get the jobs."6:10:Is Mr. Park a jerk?7:15:How the Kims screw over other working-class people.8:00:Are we mad at the Kims for letting insecticide get on the pizza boxes?8:50:"The poisonous effect does trickle up."12:00: Ki-woo, the son in the Kim family, is a creep.17:40: Shout-out toAmerican Psycho.18:15:Shout-out to Kurt Vonnegut.23:44:"How thin is the line between the rich and the poor?"27:05: Let's discuss "the line" and "the smell."32:00:What if the Kimsdohave a smell, though?33:10:The biggest crime the Parks commit.37:50:The deal with the rock.42:20:Why didParasitebecome so popular in the U.S.?43:50:"Rich people's worst nightmare"45:10: Thoughts on the Adam McKay adapatation ofParasite.46:30:Is Tyler Perry'sFall From Gracethe "African-AmericanParasite"?
2020 Movies We're Excited for, From Tenet to Black Widow to Saw
Season 1, Ep. 51
2020 movies have a lot to live up to—2019's movies were some of the best in years. On the latest Low Key podcast, my fellow co-hosts and I nerd out on the 2020 movies we hope will live up to 2019's high standards, fromTenettoBirds of Preyto Chris Rock's take onSawto, uh,Sonic the Hedgehog.We like all kinds of movies. But on the Low Key, we especially talk about fan-focused films, with a weakness for comic books and sci-fi. So we're very intrigued by 2020 movies includingBlack Widow,No Time to DieandA Quiet Place 2.We take some side trips to talk aboutStar Wars,Uncut Gems, andParasite, too. And we talk about Memphis roller coaster the Zippin Pippin, God rest its soul.By the way: For some of the indie 2020 movies theMovieMaker Magazineteam is excited about—fromPromising Young WomantoThe 40-Year-Old VersiontoThe ClimbtoNever Rarely Sometimes Always—check out the upcoming issue of MovieMaker magazine.Here are some highlights of our 2020 movies episode, with timestamps:1:15:Sonic the Hedgehog!5:16:A quick aside about Jaleel White.7:15:Morbius!Birds of Prey!11:30:Black Widow!12:00:"Look at us with all this action shit."17:15:Coming to America!23:40:AStar Warsaside: "At least let the threat be something different."29:30:"Everybody knows about the Mid-South Fairgrounds outside of Memphis."30:00:Love for Dollywood and Dolly Parton34:20:"2019 was my favorite movie year in like 20 years."36:30: Go watch the trailer for Christopher Nolan'sTenet.39:57:No Time to Dieand James Bond vs.Mission: Impossible's Ethan Hunt.46:00:Breaking news, to Aaron: Chris Rock is joining theSawfranchise.49:30:AQuiet Place 2!52:30: ABloodshotdisagreement.56:"I like theJohn Wickfranchise more thanThe Matrixfranchise."57:45:"I can't believe we're mentioning Keanu Reeves without mentioningBill & Ted."58:30:Top Gun 2!Follow us on @thelowkeypod.