Season 1, Ep. 92
Concrete Cowboy is a coming of age story with cowboys but also with Black people in Philly; maybe not the combination you were expecting. The film pulls off most of what it intends to do, including one of the better story arcs for estranged parents seeking to help their child through a difficult time of their life. And surprisingly, there are a ton of parallels in narrative structure to the award-winning movie Nomadland that we discuss in detail.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Confederate
Season 1, Ep. 91
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, from showrunner Malcolm Spellman, builds on our nostalgia for buddy movies like Lethal Weapon 2. But it also offers a glimpse at what might have been if HBO had moved forward with Confederate, a proposed show from the creator of Game of Thrones that Spellman was to have worked on. Spellman and his team have managed to include real-world racial struggles and nuance in a show about super soldiers.
Coming 2 America, Low-Key Feminism, and Wesley Snipes' Most Underrated Films
Season 1, Ep. 90
When you think of garbage, don't think of Coming 2 America: We very much enjoyed the Coming to America sequel, despite the debate around the film and quibbles with the Zamundan system of succession. If you miss this episode you'll also miss out on some solid recommendations for underrated Wesley Snipes films.
Nomadland and Characters With No Destination
Season 1, Ep. 89
In awards-season darling Nomadland, Frances McDormand plays a woman named Fern who takes to the open road when her husband — and town — dies. We talk about what Fern wants, whether the movie should be harder on American businesses, and some interesting similarities between Nomadland and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
I Care a Lot and Despicable Protagonists
Season 1, Ep. 88
I Care a Lot is about a crooked legal guardian (Rosamund Pike) who makes a living stripping seniors of all their worldly possessions. Things go great (or terribly, if we're talking about morality) until she targets Jennifer Peterson (Diane Wiest), who is connected to the worst person you could ever cross (Peter Dinklage). The film has gotten good reviews, but criticism from viewers who don't like movies about people they don't like. We also talk about double standards around bad onscreen men like Walter White and bad onscreen women like the protagonist of I Care a Lot.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Season 1, Ep. 87
Keith, Aaron and special guest Sam from the Sam Said It podcast discuss Judas and the Black Messiah, starring Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield.Believe the marketing — the protagonist is federal informant William O’Neal and not the groundbreaking leader he got assassinated, Fred Hampton.
Malcolm and Marie
Season 1, Ep. 86
Malcolm and Marie is a movie about a tense, revealing argument between a budding filmmaker and an aspiring actress after his critically acclaimed directorial debut. The premise sounds tame on the surface but the film goes in unexpected directions and features an acting masterclass between people in front of the camera - John David Washington and Zendaya. Check out this episode for a spoiler filled review and hilarious discussions on poor judgment during relationship spats.
WandaVision So Far
Season 1, Ep. 85
Three episodes into WandaVision, the guys discuss what seems to be happening so far, and share some theories. Is Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) controlling everything?it seems like we get some explanations in the fourth episode, out this weekend, so we're eager to see if our guesses prove correct.
Pieces of a Woman
Season 1, Ep. 84
Now that everyone has had time to see Pieces of a Woman — or at least find out what the astonishing Kornél Mundruczófilm is about — we can discuss Vanessa Kirby's Oscar-calibre turn as a woman whose pregnancy ends tragically. Please rate, review and subscribe, follow us on IG @thelowkeypod, and check out our interview with Mundruczó over at the MovieMaker podcast.