Spy stories, be they told on the big screen, the small, or in books, have intrigued people for decades. One of the masters of the genre is John Le Carre, and "Red Sparrow," which is currently out on Blu-ray and based on book by Jason Matthews, definitely has the feel of a Le Carre Cold War tale.
The question, then, is how well does the updating of such a story work. Listen as we explore the issue.
On this week's podcast, Josh focuses on "Annihilation," the latest sci-fi epic from "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland. Josh may not know everything that's going on in the movie, he may not have all the answers, but he loves it anyway. Listen to him explain his adoration of the film.
Josh speaks quickly today during the podcast and that's because he has not one, not two, but three movies to discuss. And, despite all that fast-talking, he still goes a little longer than usual.
But forget that, "Black Panther" is out on Blu-ray this week and both "Gladiator" and "Braveheart" are on 4K UHD. It is therefore time to explore the similarities and differences between the films. And, there are indeed things worth comparing.
Is "Black Panther" the best of the lot? It just might be.
Are some lives intrinsically more valuable than others? That is one of the big questions at the heart of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," which is home video shelves this week in a 20th anniversary edition.
The movie is big and beautiful and small and awful. It is an incredible creation and worthy of all the accolades it has ever received and more.
Featuring a character going back to his hometown and meeting up with his high school friends, Dan Gregor & Doug Mand's "Most Likely to Murder" is steeped in nostalgia.
The two men, who wrote the movie (Gregor also directs & Mand appears in the film), are on the podcast this week to talk about the old days. What from the past must be left behind? What can be kept? What reminds them of their high school years?
Ashley Bell has directed a new documentary called "Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story." The film documents her traveling on an elephant rescue. But, it goes deeper as well, telling us about the plight of the Asian Elephant in general.
Today, we have her on the podcast to tell us what she learned, why it's important to her, and what everyone out there can do to save this species.