Reel Review features engaging conversations about film and television with interesting folks and USC experts from across disciplines (public policy, governance, theatre, and cinema) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good.
Hosted by Erroll Southers, PPR reminds us that film and TV are powerful and passionate mediums that not only entertain, but reflect and comment on our society. Culture, policy, and politics affect our everyday lives, ideas about how we live, and how we live together. It also influences what we watch, as well as what we take away from those programs.
We want to be smarter about the images and stories we see, and how we can be better together.
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CODA (dir. Sian Heder)
CODA is a film that doesn't take a lot chances, it's familiar tropes don't stray from tested formula. A remake of a 2014 French film, it's a coming of age film about a teenage girl breaking away from her family. Audiences get a teen romance or two, an inspiring teacher, & an uplifting ending.
Yet ... CODA transcends the ordinary with solid performances, storytelling, and importantly, with its inclusion of fantastic deaf actors - an opportunity the original French film missed.
Moxie (dir. Amy Poehler)
Netflix's film Moxie brings riot grrrl punk feminism to a whole new generation: music, zines, and voices coming together to make the world a bit better.
Is the world ready for riot grrrls to go mainstream?
Student Perspectives: Judas and the Black Messiah (dir. Shaka King)
During our recent episode on Judas and the Black Messiah, Professor Bill Resh spoke about using the film as part of his course on citizenship.
We thought it would be great to revisit the film and see how well this worked. So, today we're revisiting Judas and the Black Messiah with students from his course!
Host Aubrey Hicks is joined by:
Michael Nimer (Masters candidate, he/him)
Nivea Krishnan (1st year, she/her)
Riley McMackin (3rd year, she/her)
Rene Del Bosque (2nd year, he/him)
Judas and the Black Messiah (dir. Shaka King)
Under the threat of prison, Bill O'Neal infiltrated the Black Panther Party in Chicago.
Judas and the Black Messiah looks at the last three years of the Black Panther Party Chairman, Fred Hampton's life. While Hampton was falling in love , taking care of his people, and leading the city revolutionaries ... O'Neal was forced to navigate the dilemma of the hold the FBI had over him, all while starting to believe in the movement the Black Panthers represented.
Hillbilly Elegy & Between the World and Me
We’re looking at two memoirs made into films in 2020:
Between the World and Me, from HBO, based on the book of the same name written by Ta’Nehasi Coates. The film is directed by Kamilah Forbes, and the screenplay adaptation is by David Teague.
Hillbilly Elegy is based on a book of the same name by JD Vance, published in 2016. Ron Howard directed the Netflix film, adapted for screen by Vanessa Taylor.
Host Aubrey Hicks is joined by Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, William Resh, and Jonathan Schwartz.
The Queen's Gambit (Netflix, created by Scott Frank, and Allan Scott)
Odds are that you know someone raving about the new Netflix coming of age limited series, The Queen's Gambit. Lifted from the novel of the same title, the series is a seven episode tale of a little orphan girl entering the competitive, very masculine, and very adult world of chess.
From pawn to queen, what makes The Queen's Gambit irresistible?
Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago and Aubrey Hicks in today's episode of Reel Review.
The creators of this podcast are geniuses! I'm tired of hearing the same stale movie review shows. It's refreshing hearing a show that features a variety of guests that come from different backgrounds.
When are they going to discuss the movie "Face Off?"
Thoughtful discussions - in a world too often shallow
Erroll Southers is a thoughtful host, bringing together interesting folks from different disciplines to discuss films. It's a thoughtful, engaging, insightful look at the form of entertainment that we spend so much time and money on. It's a way to hear from different perspectives in a fun way. It's a great listen, even if you have seen the film - topics of conversation are deep and multi-layered.
Fun. Intelligent. Compassionate. Love this podcast!
Poignant Commentary especially today
Insightful commentary on today's films that is both fun and relevant. It makes you re-examine what you watched. Highly recommend!