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Imagine a world where the Star Wars prequels never existed. If instead of Episodes I-III, we got Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there would be a lot fewer adults disenchanted with the world of Star Wars today (not that the franchise is currently wanting for fans). Rogue One does so much right when it comes to filling in the gaps before Episode IV that it’s easy to overlook some of its flaws. It’s that rare prequel that actually makes the film that follows it more impactful and emotionally resonant. It is a thrilling, ambitious, and occasionally spectacular experience that takes the Star Wars franchise in exciting new directions.

That’s not to say the film doesn’t have its flaws though, which include a bit too much ambition when it comes to introducing side characters. But fans of Star Wars will find that this movie not only honors their memories of the original films, it also has enough memorable moments, characters, and ideas to make the journey worthwhile. Hit the jump to see my full video review of Rogue One and see the rest of our coverage here.
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Let’s Talk About the Ending of ‘La La Land’

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Damien Chazelle’s La La Land  dazzled me when I first saw it. Its deftly choreographed musical numbers had me pining for the film musicals of yesteryear. And the deeply felt performances by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (who play aspiring artists Sebastian and Mia) helped me find a deeper level of respect for those who give everything in pursuit of their creative dreams.

The soundtrack for La La Land was recently released, and I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past few days listening to it. But the more I listen, the more bothered I am by the film’s ending and how it seems to betray a lot of what came before it. Let’s talk about the ending of La La Land. Note that this article will contain SPOILERS for the film.
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The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – Moonlight

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Devindra chats with Angie Han about Barry Jenkins’ moving film, Moonlight. Be sure to also check out The Next Picture Show discussion about the film.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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Announcing Gen Pop – A New Pop Culture Podcast

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David Chen and Joanna have a new podcast! You can check it out the first episode below and support our Patreon campaign at patreon.com/genpopshow.

In our first episode, we speak with James Poniewozik about fan theorizing and whether or not it’s ruining television shows like Westworld. Read James’ thoughts on this topic here.

You can also subscribe to it below.
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/Filmcast Ep. 395 – Manchester By The Sea

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DavidDevindra and Jeff discuss Netflix’s new offline capabilities, the genre thrills of Train to Busan, and what happens when people follow you to your car after a movie.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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Decoding Westworld S1E10 – The Bicameral Mind

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Joanna and David recap the season finale of the 1st season of Westworld, “The Bicameral Mind.”

Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. David and Joanna a new year-round podcast! Check it out at genpopshow.com, and support it at patreon.com/genpopshow.

Check out Joanna’s recap of the episode,  Jacob Hall’s review of the episode, and James Poniewozik’s article about Westworld.
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/Filmcast Ep. 394 – Moana

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DavidDevindra and Jeff discuss what to do when you’re assaulted with nacho cheese at the movie theater, and why Brad Pitt’s latest might be worthy of your attention. Be sure to read up about The Handmaiden and its subversive nature.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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Joanna and David recap the eighth episode of the first season of Westworld, “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” Learn more about why William is a terrible person.

Be sure to check out Joanna’s recap and also check out Jacob’s recap of the episode. 

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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DavidDevindra and Jeff discuss new films by Paul Verhoeven, Tom Ford, and Kenneth Longergan. Also, Angie Han joins us to discuss Park Chan-Wook’s newest film, The Handmaiden.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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Joanna and David recap the eighth episode of the first season of Westworld, “Trace Decay.” Also: episode co-writer Charles Yu joins us to discuss his thoughts on AI, breaking the story for this episode, and the state of Westworld fandom on the internet.

Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson’s recap of the episode and also check out Jacob Hall’s recap.

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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