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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 • 20 Ratings

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

    AwesomeCon: Who You Calling A Villain

    AwesomeCon: Who You Calling A Villain

    What does it mean to be a villain? Movie villains have gone from supporting characters in classic hero’s tales to protagonists in their own movies and franchises. Join the Movies That Matter podcast team in a discussion about the rise of villain-centered movies. The panel will dive into the trend, discussing the values and morals reflected in the sub-genre and how it relates to society today.
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    AwesomeCon Planning 1

    AwesomeCon Planning 1

    A departure from the usual fare, listen to the AwesomeCon panel participants plan for the presentation. Nicole, Christopher, Stacy, Lexy and Garret discuss villain-centered movies and what the core coverage should be for the panel.  Come see us live at AwesomeCon on Saturday 8/21! https://awesome-con.com/tickets/
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    AUDIO ONLY: Impact 10 Barrier-Breaking Sports Movies

    AUDIO ONLY: Impact 10 Barrier-Breaking Sports Movies

    Watch the video: https://youtu.be/V0fO410Tcco
    The entire Impact 10 team presents sports movies that feature someone breaking into a sport. Lexy discusses Cool Runnings, Christopher covers Chariots of Fire, Garret tackles Million Dollar Baby, Stacy takes on Bend It Like Beckham, and Nicole talks A League of Their Own. The team discusses why we like sports movies and the Olympics, what it means to break barriers in sports now and in the future, and reconciling an unconventional identity with being an athlete.

    • 55 min
    AUDIO ONLY: Impact 10 Movies That Gave Us Hope

    AUDIO ONLY: Impact 10 Movies That Gave Us Hope

    Impact 10 episode featuring Nicole, Christopher, and Garret discussing movies that gave us hope. Nicole covers Stand and Deliver and the hope that potential is never truly lost. Christopher covers Slumdog Millionaire and the hope that personal struggle will lead to positive outcomes. Garret covers Erin Brockovich and the hope that corporations can be held accountable. The discussion covers how perseverance, community, and defying expectations lead to change.
    Garret recommends The Shawshank Redemption, Nicole recommends the It Gets Better Project, and Christopher recommends Die Hard.
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    Sound of Metal and Being Deaf

    Sound of Metal and Being Deaf

    Garret and Nicole discuss Sound of Metal, how the beautiful cinematography balanced strong themes, how well the movie captures addiction, and how much the movie showcases deaf individuals in their normal lives. We get into some information about cochlear implants and the controversy among deaf people. Read how Riz Ahmed describes his experience learning about Deaf culture.
    Garret recommends learning how to spell your name in ASL. Nicole recommends Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.
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    • 47 min
    Impact 10: Indigenous Cinema I AUDIO ONLY

    Impact 10: Indigenous Cinema I AUDIO ONLY

    Impact 10 with Stacy, Nicole, Christopher, and Lexy discusses indigenous cinema. Stacy covers westerns and The Searchers, Nicole gives a short retrospective on American Indian cinema and Smoke Signals, Christopher talks Maori culture and Whale Rider, and Lexy discusses Disney and Moana. We are joined by documentary filmmaker Suree Towfighnia in the discussion.
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    Suree's recommended links
    Website: http://www.sureetowfighnia.com/
    Standing Silent Nation 2007 -- a Lakota family asserts their sovereignty by growing industrial hemp. (screened on PBS POV): https://search.alexanderstreet.com/view/work/bibliographic_entity%7Cvideo_work%7C3922902/standing-silent-nation
    Crying Earth Rise Up, 2015--this is about water protection and the Lakota fight to stop uranium mining in the Great Plains and Black Hills. (screens on PBS): https://www.der.org/crying-earth-rise-up/
    The Lakota Media Project is the organization Suree mentors and co-founded. They have a page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakotamediaproject
    Other recommendations:
    Reel Injun: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/reel-injun/
    Thunderheart: https://www.amazon.com/Thunderheart-Val-Kilmer/dp/B001AR96BG
    Incident at Oglala: https://www.amazon.com/Incident-Oglala-Leonard-Peltier-Story/dp/B0001FVDI2

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 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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