This week, we're kicking off a series of back-to-back feature episodes focusing on the work of writer/director Ryan Coogler, whose most recent work was the superlative Marvel Cinematic Universe entry Black Panther. That megahit from earlier this year is next on our list, but first up, we're discussing Coogler's debut feature, 2013's Fruitvale Station -- a character-driven drama based on the true story of police shooting victim Oscar Grant (played in the film by Coogler's frequent collaborator, Michael B. Jordan). Our in-depth look at the movie touches on everything from its up-close-and-personal shooting style to its handling of key dramatic sequences to its several stunning performances. Along with that, we've got a solid crop of movie recommendations to kick off your summer viewing, a few thoughts on post-credits scenes, and an embarrassing admission from one of your hosts who hasn't seen 6 out of 7 entries in one of Hollywood's most enduring franchises.
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival may be over, but the cold shoulder that the fest showed streaming giant Netflix this year is bound to be discussed for a long time to come -- so, we thought, why not jump into the fray? This week, Nick and Brian consider the Cannes/Netflix controversy over what is allowed to compete at the festival, which brings up a much larger issue: in the era of streaming films on mobile devices and the waning importance of theatrical film-viewing, how do we define a "movie"? The guys consider that question, and in the process, take a look at everything from the VHS era to film distribution to the (justly?) forgotten acting career of NFL QB/commentator Howie Long. Check it out, and weigh in on the discussion on Twitter (@LongTakePodcast) or on our Facebook page, facebook.com/TheLongTakePodcast... we'd love to hear your thoughts!
This week, the guys take a look at director David Bruckner's The Ritual, a Netflix Original movie that's earned some solid buzz from horror fans and comes highly recommended from co-host Chris. We discuss Bruckner's impressive chops as a director of suspense sequences and the film's uncommonly character-centric approach to horror -- which, for Nick and Brian, doesn't quite carry through the entire movie. We do spoil the film's third act a bit, starting around the 39-minute mark to about 55 minutes in, so if you haven't checked The Ritual out for yourself yet, now's a great time to cross it off your Netflix queue! Plus, Chris revisits a largely forgotten Stephen King adaptation, Brian dips back into Sylvester Stallone's ill-advised early-90s comedy phase, and Nick dishes on some recent releases, including the critically acclaimed Revenge.
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