Lesson 126: Blindspotting – Worth the Re-View

Aug 15, 2018 | Chad Riley, Eddie Villanueva, Movies, Podcasts, Spencer Williams, The Filmlosophers

The Filmlosophers, Eddie Villanueva, Chad Riley and Spencer Williams, take a fresh tour of Oakland, California, with this week’s review of Blindspotting (2018). Filmed in 2017 in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhoods of West Oakland, Blindspotting stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal as lifelong friends who wrestle with personal challenges and societal ills as they try to come to grips with the changes that are transforming their home turf. Bursting with angst at a variety of levels, the film manages to blend timeless themes and traditional pacing with contemporary spurts of spoken word verse, rap and vivid cinematography.

Directed by Carlos López Estrada, the film delivers a series of emotional moments by synthesizing “ripped from the headlines” elements of racially motivated police brutality with a beautifully balanced, almost Shakespearean plot progression. The film also stars Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Ethan Embry.

Lesson 199: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Spoiler)

The Filmlosophers spare no expense and bring back Travis and the gift of our unfiltered spoiler-filled thoughts on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The Glad Tiding Trio break out the joy of their opinions on the latest installment of the sci-fi franchise that’s...

Lesson 198: The Star Wars Holiday Special

The Filmlosophers brave new and uncharted territory, and come out more confused than ever after a conversation over The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). The Cinematic Kringles don their holiday thinking caps to decipher one of the Star Wars franchise best kept...

Lesson 197: Star Wars Crash Course (feat. Travis Cook)

The Filmlosophers are joined by Travis Cook to traverse the galaxy in the education of a galaxy far, far away, talking about the Star Wars franchise. In preparation of the upcoming film, the Twilekian Trio careen down the Kessel Run to present their Crash Course in...