Episode 71 has Anderson Cowan and I discussing July films we’re itching to see. Cowan chimes in on Okja (currently streaming on Netflix) and I offer up my reviews of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Person to Person,’ and ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ (this review is mini-embargoed – details below!).
Before we get to the movies Anderson discussed his Chat with Andy service which you can find on his official site and he gave a state of the state on Groupers (this segment starts at 4:00 into the show) . Since I have zilch going on with my life (except being a full-time nanny to my niece, which btw is great), my only “value added” piece was my continuing obsession to get Cowan to watch The Accountant!!!
I recently checked out ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ (review starts at 48:12) and ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ (review starts at 1:02:30) and highly recommend both on the big screen. There’s a print/online review embargo on Valerian, but I did get clearance to briefly discuss the movie on the episode sans going into too much depth into the flick. I’m not a huge fan of the 3D experience, but it definitely works for this immersive feature (it’s one of director Luc Besson’s finest films – right up there with Leon imo).
Anderson was a bit frustrated that I still haven’t seen Okja but it’s a definitely on my list, and since my nanny duties have dramatically decreased (my bro-in-law, who’s a teacher, is on summer break) I’ll be watching a ton more movies and posting on this site on a more regular basis. Cowan starts his review of Okja at 17:53.
Last but not least is director Dustin Guy Defa’s love letter to New York. Person to Person is a 16mm shot ensemble driven piece that, although just 84 minutes, has a ton of story. My Person to Person review starts at 1:22:50, and check out the trailer below as it definitely gives an accurate taste of the film’s vibe (Bene Coopersmith, as a passionate vinyl collector, steals the show):
***Other films discussed on the show include The Big Sick, Upstream Color, Primer, The Fifth Element, and My Journey Through French Cinema.
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