Berkreviews.com Movie Club: April 2020 – Small Screen

Partly because the country is on lockdown and partly because Jonathan (@Berkreviews) and Corey (@coreyrstarr) were not feeling like the previously planned theme was that compelling, April 2020 features Small Screen movies. These are films that are currently streaming on one service or another.

As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they’ve seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.

Week 1 – Wild Rose (2018) via Hulu

Jonathan selected Wild Rose after hearing nothing but good things. Directed by Tom Harper and starring Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, and Jane Patterson is about “A troubled young Glaswegian woman dreams of becoming a Nashville country star.” This subject often works for Jonathan and Corey so it made sense to start the month off on a potentially strong note.

Week 2: Horse Girl (2020) via Netflix

For Week 2, Corey selected the Netflix original film Horse Girl (2020). Directed by Jeff Baena and starring Alison Brie, Molly Shannon, and Goldenite, Horse Girl shows “Sarah, a socially isolated woman with a fondness for arts and crafts, horses, and supernatural crime shows finds her increasingly lucid dreams trickling into her waking life.” Both Corey and Jonathan are fans of Brie, she starred in the TV series Community (now on Netflix) and Mad Men.

Week 3: The Ritual (2017) via Netflix

Jonathan went to a horror selection that has been recommended to him several times, but he’d been putting off. The Ritual is directed by David Bruckner and stars Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, and Robert James-Collier. The IMDb.com synopsis reads “A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that’s stalking them.”

Week 4: The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) via Shudder

Corey loves horror and has been subscribed to Shudder for a while. They were offering a special so she decided to take the last pick of the month from there. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) is directed by Adam Robitel and stars Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, and Michelle Ang. This film is about “An elderly woman battling Alzheimer’s disease agrees to let a film crew document her condition, but what they discover is something far more sinister going on.”

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