Space Rhinos, disintegrations, Joseph Campbell, and more! Episode 2 of The Mandalorian had plenty to celebrate and to criticize. Like always, I manage to make my episode explanation even longer than the episode itself. That’s my commitment to the listeners – high volume content.
Simply put, this is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Highly recommend you check it out for yourself. Don’t let the fact that it is a documentary scare you off. It views more like a traditional narrative then some heavy handed doc where the director is working to persuade you towards a their viewpoint.
Amazing coming of age story of young men who struggling to cope with physically abusive homes, in a hard knock rustbelt town. Many congratulations to the debut director Bing Liu. His ability to build a powerfully intimate story with a seemingly light directorial touch is remarkable. Skateboarding is what initially connects the characters, and it also serves as a narrative tool Liu wields masterfully.
Check out my podcast itself for my more detailed review. Again, this movie is wonderful and now one of my favorite all time films.
Minding the Gap is out in theaters in limited release and available to stream on Hulu
I hate ‘The Last Jedi’. I hate it so so much. Less than 5 minutes into seeing it in theaters at the midnight premier I knew the movie was garbage, and it didn’t do much to change my opinion throughout its bloated 2 hour 32 minute runtime. When the film mercifully concluded and my nerd friends gathered in an awkward circle to debrief one of us put it best saying, “remember when you first learned that Santa Claus wasn’t real?”
Begrudgingly I saw the movie in theaters a second time with my family with the goal of refreshing my memory and writing an essay about my hatred for the film afterwards. But whenever I sat at my computer I became too upset, and didn’t make any progress. But then I started taking baths… long and frequent baths.
The bath proved to be a vessel for infamously random “shower thoughts”, but in the bath you have the time to really flesh them out. So what would normally be a passing brain fart, could grow into a full fledged Alex Jones InfoWars-esk rant. But instead of Sandy Hook Elementary and gay toad conspiracy theories, I continued to think about Star Wars.
And from all this ‘Bath Time’ was born. The internets premier podcast recorded exclusively from my bathtub. In episode one I spend about 45 minutes splashing around and ranting about my hatred for The Last Jedi.