The kindly old caravan guard, with a heart of gold…
As we find it more and more difficult to establish Bugs’ position on his own timeline at any given point on ours, things heat up for Porky III in an increasingly unstable Porkytopia. Expect espionage, alliances and assassination attempts in this weeks thrilling episode.
Spike Lee Month continues with his 1989 classic DO THE RIGHT THING. We’re both (spoiler alert) very positive about the film, before getting into discussions of right and wrong, racial tension, and police brutality (keeping it light!), as well as EMPIRE RECORDS, DIE HARD 3, and the very sad continued relevance of Lee’s film.
As Willoughby’s darker side manifests, the ghoulish nature of his spirit is called into question. Meanwhile, Bugs inadvertently makes his nemesis more powerful than he could possibly imagined, and we meet a beloved, fat-headed, yellow bird.
Our next director is a Goliath of American film: Spike Lee. We start with his 1986 ‘joint’ SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT: reviews, tentative thoughts on African-American cinema, and why this film was ahead of its time.
In the first of a marathon recording session, the boys get a glimpse into the way Daffy sees the world, see the last of “fat” Elmer as he joins the mounties, and find out just who the hell The Dover Boys are.
Our last Iñárritu film is 2014’s BIRDMAN, OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) (don’t worry: that’s the last time we’ll use the subtitle). We offer fairly similar reviews, before talking about style over substance and the director’s views on the superhero genre — and we end with some concluding thoughts on Iñárritu’s oeuvre.