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?

News items include our reaction to the first trailer for Passengers (2016), starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt; first impressions of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest, Split (2016); and an early look at Denzel Washington’s next turn as director and star in Fences (2016), a film adaptation of the famous August Wilson play also starring Viola Davis. All that, and we count down some of our top 5 Oscar winning films.

Lesson 132: A Simple Favor – Please Don’t Watch This Movie

The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, run without scissors for this week’s review of A Simple Favor (2018). The film centers on Connecticut mommy vlogger Stephanie, played by Anna Kendrick, and her unusual friendship with a crass,...
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Lesson 131: Nothing But Netflix – Double Feature

The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, prepare for the worst with this week’s double feature review of two recent Netflix-distributed films: How It Ends (2018) and Extinction (2018). Both films explore themes of connection and loss...
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Lesson 130: The Predator – What’s So Funny?

The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, work on ways to disappear into their surroundings with this week’s review of The Predator (2018). The latest film in the 31-year franchise is directed by Shane Black and leans heavily on comedic...
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