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A diverse, LGBTQ+ film club for everybody. New discussion every other week. We are really smart. Watch along with us, not a spoiler free experience!

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A diverse, LGBTQ+ film club for everybody. New discussion every other week. We are really smart. Watch along with us, not a spoiler free experience!

    19: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

    19: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

    Boggis and Bunce and Bean,

    One fat, one short, one lean.

    These horrible crooks, so different in looks.

    Were nonetheless equally mean.

    In a valley somewhere in the anglophone world, a community of animals exists parallel to humans. These wild animals attend science class, publish newspapers, and pay mortgages.

    In this episode of Motion Picture Pals, we discuss Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, Director Wes Anderson brings his iconic auteur vision to stop-motion animation. The story follows Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) as he disrupts the delicate domestic life of his animal friends by stealing from Boggis, Bunce, and Bean — the meanest farmers the world has ever seen.

    We enjoyed the light silliness of the film and the visual gags. This is undoubtedly a children’s film but it remains delightful.

    Motion Picture Pals is co-hosted by Cam Call, Rebekah Markillie, Joel Aleman, and producer Travis Lien.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    18: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

    18: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

    In Bad City, a skateboarding vampire roams the streets preying on anyone and everyone - until she meets a very handsome boy who is seemingly too handsome to kill. Director Ana Lily Amirpour pays tribute to her multinational background with a cultural mashup combining churning Iranian oil drills with sprawling American suburbs, all bathed in high contrast monochrome evoking Nosferatu. The result is a dreamy mood piece on loneliness, attraction, and the surprisingly positive virtues of being a Himbo.

    Travis’s soundtrack playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2zwhb1lyMmdlW7yMNALrb6

    Motion Picture Pals is co-hosted by Cam Call, Rebekah Markillie, Joel Aleman, and producer Travis Lien.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    17: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

    17: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

    To survive in the wastes of a post-apocalyptic Australian desert you need to be mad, borderline feral — or at least have a kitted out War Rig, a cab full of guns, and your hopes set on the idyllic “green place” from your childhood memories.

    Mad Max Fury Road (2015) is the fourth installment of George Miller’s action film franchise, Mad Max, starring Tom Hardy as Max and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in an unlikely partnership and epic car chase across the desert.

    In this episode of Motion Picture Pals, we talk about what makes this film one of the best action movies (ever): the rich and detailed visual storytelling, the gripping weight of stunts and practical effects, and the feminist themes that spawned internet controversy.

    Our favorite moments include:


    The Doof Warrior’s flame guitar
    The Pole Cats on Chinese Poles
    Driving into a sandstorm (with lightning)
    *Chrome spray paint* “WITNESS ME”

    Motion Picture Pals is co-hosted by Cam Call, Rebekah Markillie, Joel Aleman, and producer Travis Lien.

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    • 1 hr 36 min
    16: First Cow (2019)

    16: First Cow (2019)

    As usual, complete spoilers for the film in this discussion.

    Imagine frontier life in the early days of the Oregon Territory, not a cow in sight and thus not a drop of milk to put in your bread. Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow centers on an unlikely duo aiming to solve this issue: Cookie, an aspiring baker sick of cooking for ungrateful fur trappers, and King-Lu, an entrepreneur from China who maybe(?) killed someone and is on the run from Russians. Together they devise a heist, plotting to steal milk from the only cow in town and building an empire of irresistible oily cakes.

    A slow burn of a film that’s light on plot and heavy on feelings, First Cow is at its best when the dynamic between Cookie and King-Lu is front and center. The ambiguous nature of their relationship and the tension present between them prods the audience to speculate whether they’re just really good friends, or wanting something more. But what’s not ambiguous is Reichardt’s ideals about masculinity - perhaps we could all do with a bit more cottagecore.

    Motion Picture Pals is co-hosted by Cam Call, Rebekah Markillie, Joel Aleman, and producer Travis Lien.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    15: Blood Quantum (2019)

    15: Blood Quantum (2019)

    An interesting spin on the Zombie Apocalypse, Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum confronts an oft-neglected yet central question within the genre: would you ethnically cleanse a refugee camp if you got your dick bitten off?

    Blood Quantum flips the racial animus of the zombie apocalypse on its head: white people become zombies and First Nations people based on the Mi'kmaq are immune. The film doesn’t stray too far into the Noble Savage stereotype, likely due to its predominantly indigenous cast and crew, and instead provides a grounded look into the realities of life on a reservation and their reverberations into the apocalypse.

    The movie isn’t without its issues, especially when it comes to tone, but we mostly enjoyed it. Blood Quantum’s high points are excellent, and most of those are centered around characters mowing down hordes of zombies.

    At a tight 90 minutes, Blood Quantum is worth a watch for fans of the genre or if you just want to check out a First Nations-led film project (available on Shudder).

    Motion Picture Pals is co-hosted by Cam Call, Rebekah Markillie, Joel Aleman, and producer Travis Lien.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    14: The First Short Film Bonanza

    14: The First Short Film Bonanza

    A film podcast, talking about… short films? That’s right, because we’re the smartest and best movies podcast on the internet. We wanted to acknowledge and signal boost that there are other types of films besides theatrical features that are worth watching and discussing, that often go overlooked in the mainstream film part of the internet. Here for your listening pleasure are four individual conversations on short films we tracked down and hand selected.

    Before you listen to the first ever Motion Picture Pals Short Film Bonanza™ you might wish to watch the lineup of short films we viewed for this installment.

    The shorts we watched:


    Lazy Susan (YouTube) (5:16)

    World of Tomorrow (Rent or Buy) (17:27)

    Real Gone (YouTube) [Content warning: Suicide is a theme] (45:20)

    The Above (Criterion Channel) (59:26)


    Send us some short film picks for the next time we do this, and get in on the discussion yourself. Join the podcast Discord for all the good stuff.

    Additional Viewing (Honorable Mentions) (1:13:00):


    The Acquaintances of a Lonely John (Criterion Channel)

    INCIDENT BY A BANK (Vimeo)

    “Sleeping Dogs” Fight Film (YouTube)


    Follow us on Twitter: @MotionPicPals

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    Motion Picture Pals is co-hosted by Cam Call, Rebekah Markillie, Joel Aleman, and producer Travis Lien.

    Motion Picture Pals is part of the @HitpointPals network.

    • 1 hr 25 min

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