110 episodes

Movies that Matter is the podcast going beyond basic film criticism to boldly explore a social issue affecting people's lives.

Movies That Matter Nicole Funari

    • TV & Film
    • 4.4 • 21 Ratings

Movies that Matter is the podcast going beyond basic film criticism to boldly explore a social issue affecting people's lives.

    Triangle of Sadness and Anti-Capitalism

    Triangle of Sadness and Anti-Capitalism

    Garret and Nicole discuss Triangle of Sadness. We disagree on the value of the movie and about anti-capitalism. We get into a generational debate about what it means to eat the rich.
    Nicole recommends The Exterminating Angel and Garret recommends The Square, After the Dark, and Anne Frank's poetry.
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    • 44 min
    Till and Civil Rights Activism

    Till and Civil Rights Activism

    Justin and Nicole discuss Till and the many paths people take to activism. We appreciated the colorful pallette and rich interiors and the decision not to show violence. We cover Mamie's grief journey and how standing up for her son naturally led to standing up for civil rights.
    Justin recommends Netflix movie The Harder They Fall, and Nicole recommends the podcast Sentimental Garbage.
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    • 46 min
    Nope and Voyeurism

    Nope and Voyeurism

    Justin and Nicole discuss Nope and when it's ok to gawk at the spectacle and when we should look away. We appreciate the cinematography and the carefully crafted details Jordan Peele adds to his films. We discuss the line between voyeurism that leads to negative societal impact and the things we need to look at in order to create social change.
    Justin recommends Lovecraft Country on HBO and Nicole recommends Dopesick on Hulu.
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    • 46 min
    Elvis and Shady Music Managers

    Elvis and Shady Music Managers

    Adam and Nicole discuss Elvis and how the music industry is plagued by shady managers and unfair contracts even to this day. We both appreciated Austin Butler’s performance as Elvis but found the early part of the movie technically problematic. We delve into how prevalent shady managers and unfair contracts still are in the music industry.
    Adam recommends Lapvona by Otessa Moshfegh and Nicole recommends American Scandal's series on payola.
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    • 43 min
    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande and Sex Work

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande and Sex Work

    Stacy and Nicole discuss Good Luck to You, Leo Grande and the complications of sex work. We were both disarmed by Daryl McCormack's performance and appreciated the lighting and art direction. We discuss sex tourism for women and the how sex work fits into caring professions in general.
    Stacy recommends The Girlfriend Experience and Nicole recommends The Sessions.

    • 45 min
    Fire Island and Gay Hierarchy

    Fire Island and Gay Hierarchy

    Garret and Nicole discuss Fire Island, how well the #Pride and Prejudice adaptation worked and how gay hierarchies work in real life. We enjoyed the comedy and soundtrack, but not the romance and found the writing weak in places. We talk throught the racial and money divide in the gay community, and how oppressed groups create their own systems of oppression.
    Garret recommends Pride and the Disney shorts for Pride. Nicole recommends 4th Man Out.
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

livimeikle ,

Smart, fun, entertaining and unique

There are way too many "two dudes rambling on about movies they like" podcasts in the world. This is not that pdocast. The hosts are smart, witty, and well-informed and their conversations are thought-provoking, "high-level," and super-smart, but never snobby or long-winded. They make me think harder about the movies I've seen and the "work" those movies are doing in our society, and they make me want to see the movies they discuss that I haven's seen. Which is, I think, the highest compliment someone can give a movie pod. Highly recommended.

Cindymom5 ,

Waste of time!

Very immature ideas expressed. Too much giggling. Will not return.

Wonder Woman (Courtney) ,

Love it.

This podcast totally helps me choose which movies are worth my time and money. It feels like a chat over coffee with friends about life, culture, and cinema. Smart, funny, and entertaining.

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