David Chen and Joanna Robinson are launching a new podcast about the HBO original series WestWorld! In this episode, they review the series premiere and discuss their favorite theories.
In this episode, David, Jeff, and Devindra reunite to discuss what happens when you break a blood oath to watch The Force Awakens with a loved one, praise the brilliance of OJ Simpson: Made in America, and get moderately excited about the debuts of High Maintenance and Easy.
In this episode, David and Devindra are joined by Matt Singer from ScreenCrush to discuss Matt’s favorite (and least favorite) films of the Toronto International Film Festival. Also, Devindra shares thoughts on Snowden and Atlanta. Be sure to read Britt Hayes’ interview with Adam Wingard and Matt’s review of Blair Witch.
Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by David Chen
Clint Eastwood’s Sully has one of the most tense, nail-biting plane-landing sequences ever put to film. Based on the real-life story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sully features Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckart as pilots flying US Airways Flight 1549 on the morning both of its engines failed shortly after takeoff. As the plane begins its descent into the Hudson River, we see diverse groups of New York civil servants galvanized into action, all of them attempting to save innocent passengers’ lives. It’s riveting and inspiring, even as we already know how this particular story will end.
Unfortunately, the rest of the film is not as compelling, featuring a few interesting ideas about the events of that day that are never fully explored. See my full video review of Sully below.
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Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by David Chen
Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine blew me away when it debuted at Sundance in 2011, with its evocative style and its powerful performances. Thus, I was excited to learn Cianfrance would be applying his skills to a period drama starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in The Light Between Oceans.
Oceans is grander on every level — in its setting, its scope, its ambition, and the emotional heights of its performances. And while its latter half does give way to some overwrought moments and dialogue, I never lost sight of the central, compelling connection that the two protagonists had with each other. Hit the jump to see my full video review of the film.
Posted on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 by David Chen
In this special bonus episode, David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the first season of HBO’s compelling procedural drama, The Night Of. Thanks to all the listeners who called in to our live broadcast to present your opinions and questions.