We’ve officially been around for 1 year, thank you all for listening through it all! But here at PFB, we don’t look back, we only move forward. So, rather than celebrating our anniversary, we decided to keep on movin’! On this week’s episode, we reviewed Netflix’s The Old Guard starring the incomparable Charlize Theron and Chiwetel Ejiofor. In addition to our movie review, we have two whole weeks of movie news to catch you up on in What’s Poppin’. This week we cover, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s recent relationship revelations, the new Star Wars show “The Bad Batch,” Black Widow, Fast 9, Tom Holland’s Uncharted movie, and much more. Finally, we wrap the show by paying homage to the great signature weapons of film history with our Schoolyard Pick of Signature Movie Weapons. Thanks for listening and be sure to subscribe, download, rate, review, like, comment, share, and follow!
In just a few days, our living rooms will become “The Room Where it Happens,” so the PFB guys took this opportunity to pay homage to their favorite musical with their brand new song parody, “It’s Almost Time for Hamilfilm.” Cam and Kirk then keep the musical energy flowing with their movie review of ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.’ Finally, the boys wrap the show with their Schoolyard Pick of 4th of July stuff. You won’t want to miss this American musical masterpiece!
We are back and coming your way with a right-left combo of two of the most interesting directors in the biz. This episode features our film review of the latest Spike Lee joint ‘Da 5 Bloods’ AND Judd Apatow’s latest ‘The King of Staten Island.’ We also get you prepped for theater (theatre?) reopenings with the latest on Warner Bros. new release dates. Finally, and as always, we wrap the show with our Schoolyard Pick which this week is “Things You Could Be Declared the King of.”
The following blog does not contain spoilers for HBO’s “Watchmen.” So, feel free to read and enjoy whether you’ve seen it or not.
Flashing red and blue lights.
A short siren chirp.
A routine traffic stop.
One man white, the other black.
One man armed, the other not.
If you’re like most people in our country right now, you’re probably sick to your stomach because you know exactly where I’m going with this. But what if I said you didn’t? What if, this time, the suspect was white and the cop was black? What if, this time, it was the cop who was unarmed? What would you think? And then, what if I went on to tell you that, despite those facts, the altercation ended the same way as you originally thought, with an unarmed black man dead at the hands of a racist white man? Would it discourage you? Would it make you feel hopeless? Like nothing we do will keep black people from being senselessly murdered in this country? I’m not sure. I can’t say. What I can say for certain is that the scenario presented above made you think. It may have even caused you to self-reflect.
Thankfully, the scenario above is not a news story that you missed. It’s not even a story from our reality. It’s a scenario presented in the first episode of HBO’s “Watchmen,” from showrunner Damon Lindelof (“Lost,” “The Leftovers”). Watchmen is a sequel to Alan Moore’s 1986 comic masterpiece of the same name and, much like its predecessor, it acts as a stark social commentary on the time in which it was created. Though instead of criticizing the war-happy U.S. of the 70s and 80s, it focuses on racial inequality. HBO’s “Watchmen” aired in 2019, the same year in which the show takes place albeit in a reality both similar and unfamiliar in comparison to ours. If you’ve listened to our podcast, you’ve undoubtedly heard me sing the praises of this show for the better part of the last 6 months. But I am watching it through for a second time and not just because of its exquisite narrative, inspiring performances by Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Tim Blake Nelson, and pulse-pounding score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. No, this time I watching for the scenes just like the one outlined above. The scenes that make me think.
Thinking is good because thinking inspires action. And if there is one thing we are in desperate need of right now, it is action. Because we must eliminate wide-spread racism AND systemic racism in our country. To be clear, I’m not talking about just the confederate flag-waving, n-word saying, George Zimmerman brand of racism. I’m also talking about the subconscious, passive racism. The kind that causes white people like me to walk on the other side of the street when we see a black man walking toward us, to move into less diverse neighborhoods, and to mostly hang out with people who look like us. It takes deep, introspective thoughts to eliminate that kind of racism. And it takes a show like “Watchmen” to inspire those thoughts.
See, movies like ‘Selma,’ ‘Malcolm X,’ and ‘The Help’ (which are all good by their own merit and please don’t think I am knocking them at all) while they are excellent representations of the harsh realities of the Civil Rights Movement, they do not require us to think or reflect. We are taught about those events in school. We are even taught how to feel about those events. So, they act as unconditioned stimuli, eliciting a response but not one that requires any real thought or genuine feeling. It may make the more flamboyant racists living among us to cringe but for the passive, subconscious type that I talked about earlier, we need a different kind of stimulus. Something like a whistle or a dog clicker, something that makes us snap out of it or think “how do I feel about that? and what does that say about me?” “Watchmen” has an unending supply of those dog clicker moments.
For that reason, “Watchmen” is exactly the show we need right now. I’d love to go deeper into my analysis of the rich themes and immaculate storytelling, but I can’t risk spoiling the show and its effect. So, I’ll leave you with this. Watch “Watchmen.” You’ll be better for it.
On this week’s episode, Kirk and Cam honor the contributions of Black artists to the film industry. The guys took advantage of the free VOD rental of ‘Just Mercy’ and have all of their thoughts and critiques. Additionally, Cam and Kirk square off in Schoolyard Pick of Black Acting Performances. As always, you’ll get all of the latest movie news in What’s Poppin’ and Cam brings his new game, Cinephile, to try out!
For the first time in PFB history, an episode without a movie review! That’s right, this is the Streaming Special! So, in lieu of a film review, the guys take time to provide their streaming recommendations. Also, DC is on the verge of a big announcement so Cam and Kirk speculate wildly as to what it might be. Not to mention, Mandalorian news, #Hamilfilm and much much more. Be sure to listen, download, rate, review and SHARE!
Chris Hemsworth beats out all other Chris’s this week in PFB’s movie review of “Extraction.”We’ll give you our Quarantine Binge Strategy with a recap of What We Watched, debrief on all movie-related news in What’s Poppin’, band together as we discuss the film, then execute our Schoolyard Pick of Places and Situations we’d like to be “Extracted” from.
TROLLS! That’s right, the PFB boys sang and danced their way through Trolls World Tour for this week’s movie review. Cam’s also got the full story of how he became BFFs with an Avenger. Kirk and Cam provide their picks of their favorite Chrises (Hemsworth, Pine, Pratt, or Evans) before talking Venom, Animal Crossing, and The Saint in What’s Poppin’. As always, the show wraps up with Schoolyard Pick which this week is “Life After Quarantine.”
On this week’s episode of PFB, we’re reviewing The Way Back. Also, Gamemaster Kirk surprises Cam with another game called “Ben, Bin, Been.” The guys talk about their live streaming adventure with PFB Movie Night as well as Tiger King (of course). Finally, there’s actually real movie news in What’s and the guys wrap the show with their Schoolyard pick of sports.