A podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.
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PREVIEW - #289 - For Pete's Sake (w/ Josh Olson and Dave Anthony)
PATREON EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/289-for-petes-w-59307399
In a jumbo-sized crossover with The West Wing Thing podcast, Luke discusses Amazon's new Pete Buttigieg documentary MAYOR PETE (2021) with Josh Olson and Dave Anthony. Relive the magic and fun of those early primaries with Pete, Chasten, Lis Smith, and the whole gang! And fall in love with the sitting United States secretary of transportation all over again! (NOTE: cohost Will is off this episode because, sadly, he has fallen down a well. Rescue teams are at the scene, and we all pray for his speedy recovery)
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#288 - Team Avengers: World Police
Before there was Elon Musk, there was Tony Stark. We travelled back to 2008 to look at IRON MAN, the first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and were excited to find that it serves its ideology on a big platter and with minimal ornamentation.
A video on the filming of Iron Man 2 at Edwards Air Force Base - https://vimeo.com/191818335?embedded=true&source=video_title&owner=4293012
PREVIEW - #287 - Malcolm McDowell, Do Better
PATREON EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/287-malcolm-do-59024249
Sometimes it's fun to reach for the low-hanging fruit. On this episode, we tackle the right-wing anti-Bernie Sanders comedy FREE LUNCH EXPRESS (2021) - co-starring Kevin Sorbo, Eric Roberts, and (*deep, heavy sigh*) Malcolm McDowell - and actually learn a few things about how the right views the left.
#286 - The Outsider
With its story of an idealistic political outsider who arrives in Washington to shake things up, Frank Capra's MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) helped codify what is perhaps the quintessential archetype of American politics. But... what does the movie actually say? To find out, we sat down and actually watched it. This one has been a long time coming, folks!
PREVIEW - #285 - The Michael & Us Film Festival
PATREON EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/58734680
In this very special episode, the boys have a riff session about a range of movies of wildly varying quality, from the McDonald's biopic THE FOUNDER (2016) to Edgar Wright's quasi-quasi-feminist horror film LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021) to BERGMAN ISLAND (2021) to the hilarious Christian oddity BILL WALLACE OF CHINA (1967)
#284 - The Gnome in the Garden Part II: The Dialectic of Cool Britannia
THE QUEEN (2006) brings together a mismatched-buddy duo — one a symbol of stiff-upper-lipped British tradition (Liz Windsor), the other a radical left-wing politician (uh... Tony Blair?) — who both slowly realize that they might be able to learn from each other. We discuss why this is the ultimate film of the New Labour era.
It is good. Quite good.
The right kind of progressive movie takes
Will and Luke are fond of saying that culture is downstream from politics, not the other way around. That’s what makes them different from so much liberal art and culture criticism. They can acknowledge the complex and often problematic politics of a movie without feeling the need to cancel it or strike it from the canon (if there is such a thing). Two cases in point: their episodes on You’ve Got Mail and On the Waterfront, two movies with disturbing politics but great movies nonetheless. It’s the only film podcast I know of that lets me keep my thinking, political brain turned on while fully appreciating a movie on its own aesthetic merits.
I love what Michael Moore has to say.