2013’s SHORT TERM 12 is a film student’s dream come true. It started life as a 21-minute short film in 2008 – available on Itunes for $2.99 – and became an indie feature with a cast that immediately blew up like crazy. The feature’s got Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Stephanie Beatriz, and LaKeith Stanfield (who was also in the short film) – all of whom were relative unknowns at the time.
So let’s give a shoutout to the casting department, because you should never underestimate their importance: Kerry Barden, Rich Delia, and Paul Schnee. Casting is always important, but in a film where the story is carried not by a MacGuffin or some attainable goal, it’s absolutely vital to have the best actors possible on board, since their choices will carry a lot of the weight of your film. These casting agents nailed it.
Emily Blake writes screenplays with lots of fight scenes. She is a vocal advocate for feminism, polyamory, kink, and sex positivity. She makes most of her money as a script supervisor for film and television, but she also makes cosplays for clients out of her little apartment in Los Angeles.
This week on the podcast we go back in time to the 90s to talk about Captain Marvel, the MCU film that sits between Infinity War and Endgame and brings us the much-hyped character of Carol Danvers. Is it good? Yes. We explain why we think so.
NOTE: There were some issues with one of the mics, making Chewie hard to hear. Apologies in advance!
To fully review a movie like Captain Marvel you need to spoil some things. It’s inevitable and necessary. For those of you who wish to go in as blind as I did, I’ll keep this first part spoiler free. My version of spoiler free, which means ZERO plot and character details.
Anyone who has ever listened to my podcast or read any of my work knows I’m very critical of Marvel. I feel that too many people grant them a pass on all their problems and grade on a curve. When movies like “Ant-Man and the Wasp” are getting 7s and 8s out of 10, I feel like I missed a round of kool-aid. Not saying that it was a bad film at all; it was a blast. Was it Captain Marvel? Absolutely not. Captain Marvel is exactly the movie I wanted and avoids nearly all the pitfalls I was afraid of. I haven’t been this impressed with a Marvel outing since the first Avengers.
What do Skullcrawlers, King Kong, and Vietnam have in common? This podcast! That’s right, folks. We’ve got ourselves a monster movie masquerading as a war film, and it’s quite the glorious ride. Join us and our special guest Justine Gendron as we talk about what worked and what worked REALLY well.
This week it’s just the four of us talking about Ben Wheatley’s under-seen and (in some of our opinions) underrated FREE FIRE. Get your guns at the ready because this is going to be a podcast episode that just won’t die!