Starting with December 2018, all of the Movie Club episodes for the theme of the month will be in one post. This will be the trend moving forward keeping the month streamlined in one easy to find the post.
If you’re new to the podcast, Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) both realized they had a ton of movies they’d never seen, but really wanted to knock off their gap list. In an effort to work through their respective lists, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week.
Thus, for a film to qualify for Movie Club one or both of them have to have never seen it or at least not seen it for a long time. They also thought it would be more fun to create themes from which they can choose their movies for each episode.
December 2018: Through the cracks
With the year coming to a close, it made sense for Jonathan and Corey to try and catch up on any movies released in 2018 that they missed but wanted to see. As per usual, they take turns choosing the movies each week.
Week 1: You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Even though Jonathan had recently watched and disliked Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Corey picked it anyways. They are both fans of Joaquin Phoenix so it makes sense that she wouldn’t want to end the year without seeing it. The film follows Joe (Phoenix) as he uses his special set of skills to rescue kidnapped girls and punish those who took them. The movie is included with an Amazon Prime Instant subscription to stream.
Week 2: Three Identical Strangers (2018)
Jonathan missed Three Identical Strangers (2018) at this years Florida Film Festival and has been trying to not have the film spoiled ever since. For the most part, that goal has been unsuccessful, but he figures it is better late than never. Corey also hadn’t seen this film so it’ll be a check on both of their lists. The documentary is directed by Tim Wardle and the plot summary from IMDb.com reads, “In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they’re triplets who were separated at birth. Then they discover why.”
Week 3: American Animals (2018)
American Animals is a film that Corey has been wanting to watch for a while. Jonathan was actually able to see it with the cast in the audience at SXSW this year. It was one of his favorites of the festival so he’s all in on watching it again. It is directed by Bart Layton and stars Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, and Jared Abrahamson in a true story that you probably know nothing about. This film features the actual people involved in that story through interviews and embedded reenactments. Read Jonathan’s full review here.
Week 4: Leave No Trace (2018)
For the last film of the theme, Jonathan selected Leave No Trace. It is directed by Debra Granik and stars Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, and Jeffery Rifflard. This is one that both Jonathan and Corey are looking forward to watching after hearing nothing but good things about it. This was a blind buy for both and they look forward to ending the year’s episodes with it.