Beirut: Action Thriller, Social Commentary, Both?
Erroll Southers discusses the movie & the controversy (#boycottbeirutmovie) that went with it, featuring veteran guests David Warshofsky, Lt. Col Olivia Nelson, & Jonathan Schwartz.
Ava DuVernay’s spectacular film A Wrinkle in Time has met with mixed reviews. The book the film adapts is both classic and beloved and also one of the most banned books in American schools and libraries.
Chronicling The Washington Post’s publishing of the Pentagon Papers during the tail end of the Vietnam War and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep – does The Post accurately portray this important time in American History where the very nature of the First Amendment and National Security seemed in direct contrast?
Our nerd quotient is rising with the discussion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Listen now to our nerdy discussion of the continuing saga of Luke, Leia, Kylo, Rey, Poe, Finn, and new characters we meet along the way.
Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in the new WWII film, Darkest Hour.
The first month of Churchill’s historic time as Prime Minister, he faced a great decision; one that would lead either to war or to a negotiated peace with Hitler. The compressed timeline of the film drops the viewer in the midst of the “darkest hour” of British history. The decisions made during these days could have changed the course of history.
Is Blade Runner 2049 the sequel we didn’t know we needed? Set in a dystopian future Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling’s K is a replicant who hunts down dis-loyal replicants: a Blade Runner. When a secret is uncovered, he sets out on a quest. The journey becomes one to not only find the secret but to answer some of the fundamental questions. What does it mean to be alive, to be human?
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Hulu has adapted The Handmaid’s Tale, the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, into a 10 episode saga of life in the dystopia of Gilead. Gilead is a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States, ruled by a twisted Protestant fundamentalism in its ‘return to traditional values’. Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by three fierce women of USC to discuss the series’ timeliness, its narrative of motherhood, the fear of religious fundamentalism, feminism, and the absence of a discussion on race.
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Peter Berg’s The Kingdom is an action procedural which tries also to be a lesson in cross-cultural tolerance. Released in 2007, we wonder if this film makes the same amount of sense after ten years. The film follows an FBI team which travels to infiltrate and find a terrorist cell in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia following an attack killing many American citizens (as well as fellow FBI agent). If art is an imitation of life, have we moved on in the last ten years, or does this remain salient?
Wonder Woman is finally on the big screen!
After dozens of superhero films, has director Patty Jenkins revitalized the DC universe with this superheroine? Amid all the “rep-sweats,” did the film do justice to this classic comic heroine? Why is this film so important? What do we think of the women-only showings at Alamo Drafthouse? Did we enjoy this film?
This episode of the Price Projection Room features a conversation on the popular film, Hidden Figures directed by Theodore Melfi and starring the dream team of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, among many others.
We discuss how the film both illustrated the racial divide in America while showcasing the work & struggle of African American women. Though we all have some criticism of the work, in the end it may be the representation of strong, smart black women that matters the most.
Our third episode of the Price Projection Room features a discussion of the sci-fi film Ghost in the Shell directed by Rupert Sanders, based on the famous Japanese Manga written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.
The film has also sparked controversy on its casting choices, with many critics claiming another instance of Hollywood whitewashing due to film’s Japanese origin. We discuss the nature of remakes, the whitewashing controversy, whether the film adds to the Ghost world, and Scarlett Johansson – is Ghost in the Shell the perfect conversation starter for the cultural moment?
Get Out follows a young African-American photographer on a visit to his white girlfriend’s parents’ home. The tag line sums up the deep horror of the film, “Just because you’re invited, doesn’t mean you’re welcome.” The film is funny, scary, and has sparked conversations (and even a viral challenge) throughout the country.
Find out what we think …
Our inaugural episode of the Price Projection Room podcast features a lively discussion of the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences, directed by Denzel Washington. Our guests include Gregg T. Daniel, Ange-Marie Hancock, and Jonathan Schwartz with moderator Erroll Southers.
by Jeremy Loudenback December 2014 Worst in Governance The end of the year is usually a prosperous and celebratory time for Hollywood. That’s when studios unveil eagerly awaited blockbusters and critically…
by Raphael Bostic Originally posted, Forbes.com October 1, 2013 @ 2:05PM Did you see the recent New York Times article on the outrageous questioning of an alleged rape victim during a military trial? The scene…
by Donnajean Ward
Steven Spielberg’s latest film, “Lincoln” may sound like a biopic tracing the life of our 16th president from boyhood to assassination, but instead, it is a film about governance and policy implementation – specifically, the race to pass the 13th amendment to the Constitution which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. Director Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner (of “Angels in America” fame) dig deep into the minutiae of lawmaking, vote chasing, and diplomacy that went into the passage of the amendment and there is no lack of drama. Because the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order issued under the war powers act without the consent of Congress, Lincoln had serious doubt that it would survive legal challenges after the war ended –and he wanted the war to end and the union restored. Lincoln held out the 13th amendment to Congress as the straw to break the back of the Confederacy even while hiding the fact that surrender was in the works. So with the clock ticking, the race to pass the amendment was on and the film does a masterful job showing the complex, mundane, and suspect processes that get you to a 2/3 majority. Lincoln began his push for the 13th amendment soon after his re-election and you can’t help but think about President Obama’s re-election and the challenges he faces with his own recalcitrant congress. The Economist magazine sums up nicely the film and the lessons for our own newly re-elected president:
“Sometimes the mundane and messy bits of politics cannot be transcended and instead must be mastered. If Mr Obama missed this lesson during his first term in office, he can sit through it again in Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Lincoln.”