The Pod Bay Door – A Movie Podcast | Song of the South (1946)

The Pod Bay Door – A Movie Podcast | Song of the South (1946)

This week, Jerry and Doug talk a little controversy with Walt Disney’s 1946 film Song of the South. Decried as racist when it opened (by black people…white people were surprisingly okay with it) and eventually buried by Disney. Is the reputation earned or is it hysterical misremembering? Jerry and Doug watched it (at least twice […]

| September 7, 2020
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Mulan (2020)

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Mulan (2020)

I get a cold shudder every time I hear that Disney is refitting one of their animated classics to live action.  I am not averse to the practice per se but the results have not been stellar.  The studio seems persistent to wrench a few million off of a practice in which the output is […]

| September 4, 2020
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Get Duked! (2020)

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Get Duked! (2020)

Oh!  How I wanted to love Get Duked!  How I wanted this to be the next great Scottish comedy, to rise to the ranks of those that have come before, like Whiskey Galore!, Local Hero, Gregory’s Girl, Comfort and Joy, Restless Native and Trainspotting.  I wanted to love it like I loved Bill Forsythe’s That […]

| August 26, 2020
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Rising Phoenix (2020)

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Rising Phoenix (2020)

Netflix’s new Paralympics documentary Rising Phoenix is a movie that humbled me.  From now on, when I find myself griping that something is too difficult, I will remember the sight of Matt Stutzman, an armless Paralympic athlete shooting a bow and arrow with his feet.  What makes it even more humbling is that he scores […]

| August 25, 2020
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Chemical Hearts (2020)

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Chemical Hearts (2020)

Half an hour into Chemical Hearts I got very impatient.  The movie’s opening scenes seemed so dreamy and so slow-going and so full of themselves that it reminded my of what I hated about the work of John Greene whose adaptations of Paper Town and The Fault in Our Stars were aggravating exercises in pop-teen angst without substance or even […]

| August 24, 2020
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The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | In This Corner of the World (2016)

The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | In This Corner of the World (2016)

This episode, Doug and Jerry take another look at the Hiroshima bombing, which took place this month 75 years ago, with In This Corner of the World (2016). This is a wonderful film that follows a young bride in the months before the bomb is dropped and the months after. It’s sad and brutal in […]

| August 24, 2020
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Hoops (2020)

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Hoops (2020)

Let me be blunt.  Netflix’s raunchy new animated series “Hoops” is not funny.  Not even a little bit.  I generously sat through five of the first ten episodes of this show with a look on my face that I can only describe as baleful indifference.  The experience is like an endless dirty joke without a […]

| August 23, 2020
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High Score (2020)

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High Score (2020)

Three years ago, at Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival, I got to see an intriguing documentary called The Lost Arcade, the story of how New York City’s last remaining video arcade, Chinatown Fair, created a sense of community among a group of young people passionate for old school video games.  It was not the most Earth-shattering […]

| August 19, 2020
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