Berkreviews.com Movie Club May 2020 – Mint in Box

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for two people who buy too many movies and are currently on quarantine…Mint in Box. Jonathan (@Berkreviews) and Corey (@coreyrstarr) have selected movies to watch this month that one of them own and have never seen…thus the DVD/Bluray…or digital file is still in the box left in mint condition. May seemed like the right time to do this even before the world was ravaged by a virus.

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 – The Sting (1973)

After a recent episode of Movie Astrology Podcast, Jonathan realized he really need to see The Sting. Directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw, plus an iconic score just made sense to check it off the gap list. IMDb.com understates this complicated plot by simply saying, “Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.”

Week 2 – Stop Making Sense (1984)

Corey is a big fan of the Talking Heads, but has never seen Stop Making Sense (1984) despite owning it. Jonathan watched it a few months back and was very hyped about seeing it again. Considered by many to be the best concert film of all time largely in part to the deft hands in the director’s chair, Jonathan Demme.

Week 3 – The Host (2006)

Jonathan bought The Host (2006) a few years back not realizing who directed. Now, after Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar win and Jonathan loving both Snowpiercer (2013) and Parasite (2019), it makes sense to watch this film that stars Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, and Hae-il Park. In this film, “A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and begins attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.”

Week 4 – Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Both Jonathan and Corey bought Midnight Cowboy (1969) on Criterion Blu-ray after it was highly recommended to them during an interview way back when. Jonathan actually watched his, but Corey has not and thus it finds its way into this list. Directed by John Schlesinger and starring Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, and Sylvia Miles the film is about “A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.”

Week 5 – To Catch a Thief (1955)

Jonathan owns a lot of Hitchcock movies, and has seen the majority of the major ones. However, skipping To Catch a Thief (1955) just seems crazy as it stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. IN this film “A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.”

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