In Episode 45 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob reviews a pair of recent Emma Watson releases in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake and techno-thriller The Circle, co-starring Tom Hanks, Patton Oswalt and John Boyega. Then, he addresses the controversy surrounding the new Netflix series Dear White People, based on the 2014 film of the same name. Is this series adaptation of Justin Simien’s film an exercise in racism or a satire intended to open up a larger conversation? Let’s chat it out.
In Episode 44 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob takes a glimpse at the impressive filmography of production and distribution house A24, the company behind some of the most fascinating films in recent years. Then he looks at A24’s latest release, director Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor.
In Episode 43 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob lives his life one-quarter mile at a time. To prepare for director F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious, he peeks into the rearview mirror of cinema history to rank the previous Fast and Furious films in a new edition of Let’s Talk About Six. Then, he checks his disbelief at the door to review The Fate of the Furious starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron. Get your Coronas ready, and drink up. Here’s to “family”!
In Episode 42 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob sets the movie reviews aside to discuss how being a first-time father has affected the way he watches films, from sharpening his emotional core to shaping the stories he wants to share with his infant daughter. Those of you more interested in conversations about the latest movies, stay tuned: next week is The Fate of the Furious!