September 2021 has lead Jonathan (@berkreviews) and Corey (@coreyrstarr) to look outside the majority of the Hollywood system. This month, all of the movies are featuring more diverse casts, stories, or directors. Following the normal guidelines for the selection of the movies, the two looked for films they hadn’t seen but for some reason piqued their interest.
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: Before Sunrise (1995)
Jonathan picked Before Sunrise (1995) because it is one of the big gaps in Richard Linklater’s filmography. The first film in the trilogy stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and Andrea Eckert. In it, A young man, Jesse, and woman, Céline, meet on a train in Europe. They wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Week 2: Before Sunset (2004)
Jonathan forced Corey to pick the second film in Linklater’s Before Trilogy. Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour. A lot of questions need to be addressed from the first film.
Week 3: Before Midnight (2013)
Jonathan, in a predictable twist, picked the third film of the trilogy for week 3. We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. Inherent spoilers in the details, but how has their relationship evolved.
Week 4: Revolutionary Road (2008)
Corey picked the spiritual sequel to Titanic for her second film in Love Stinks month, Revolutionary Road (2008). Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The film synopsis on IMDb.com states “A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.”