Lesson 30: The Birth of a Nation – Review

Sep 28, 2016 | Movies, Podcasts, The Filmlosophers

The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva and Chad Riley, discuss the film that everyone has been talking about since its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Birth of a Nation (2016). Directed by and starring Nate Parker, the film hosts an incredible ensemble of actors, including Gabrielle Union and Armie Hammer. The Filmlosophers discuss the merits of the film, which chronicles the journey of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, who orchestrates an uprising. How do The Filmlosophers view this period film whose director and star has been shrouded in recent controversy?

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Lesson 184: Back to the Future Trilogy – Spencer Takes the Wheel!

The Filmlosophers swap roles as Spencer jumps in the driver’s seat to discuss the franchise that redefined time travel films, the Back to the Future Trilogy. The DeLorean Dynamos, joined by friend and longtime listener to the show, Marcus, buckle up and reminisce on...

Lesson 183: Rambo: Last Blood – Bleeding Out (Non-Spoiler)

The Filmlosophers leave a bloody trail behind them as they discuss the last film in the 37-year Action franchise, Rambo: Last Blood. The Strapping Cinephiles pull up their bootstraps and take a stab at sifting their thoughts from the rubble of the film that caps a 37...

Lesson 182: First Blood (1982) – The War Never Ends

The Filmlosophers take a nose dive headfirst into the world of veterans and vagrancy with a deeper look at Sylvester Stallone’s 1982 action film, First Blood. The guys dissect the work of author David Morrell and his novel adapted into the cinematic work that started...