Lesson 121: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Yes, Please

Jul 11, 2018 | Chad Riley, Eddie Villanueva, Movies, Podcasts, The Filmlosophers

The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, hop on the Neighborhood Trolley for a trip down memory lane with this week’s review of the feature length documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018). Directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville, the film chronicles the career of Fred Rogers, creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS. Utilizing a collection of archival footage and in-depth interviews with family and friends, Neville weaves a winsome tapestry of the motivation and mission of one of American television’s pioneering voices.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? offers a heartfelt glimpse of the behind-the-scenes humor, sincerity and passion that went into Rogers’ often-countercultural phenomenon, including insights into his critical view of most entertainment programming. The film takes a candid look at how Mister Rogers Neighborhood tackled heavy subjects and serious psychological topics with curiosity and dignity, and it may come as some surprise to hear that some members of the audience may appreciate having tissues handy.

Lesson 207: Sonic the Hedgehog – Rapid Redux

The Filmlosophers lace up their cross trainers and go for a run on the latest video game film to make its way to the big screen, Sonic the Hedgehog. The Rapid Romeos take on the task of critiquing what started out as a Hollywood CG mess. Did the dumpster fire of a...

Lesson 206: Birds of Prey – Emancipation Proclamation

The Filmlosophers don their high-heeled boots and break out their mallets for the latest film coming out of WB and DC, Birds of Prey. The Salacious Sparrows discuss the cinematic endeavors of continuing the creation of the DCEU, and showcasing the female side of their...

Lesson 205: Gretel & Hansel – Girl Power (Spoilers)

The Filmlosophers are left restless and stay awake all night after watching one of the first horror films of 2020, Gretel & Hansel. The Ferocious Fellas embark on a journey of discovery as they dissect the latest offering of fear and intelligence. Does Gretel...