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 215: Dirty Dancing – Nobody Puts Spencer in a Corner

The Filmlosophers clean up nicely in celebration as they review Lionsgate’s incredible movie livestream event this week, Dirty Dancing. The Dougie Duo is so excited about this Friday’s YouTube live "cinematic-soiree" that they watched the movie already, in preparation...

Lesson 214: Cinephiles in the Time of Quarantine (w/ Jeff Fong)

The Filmlosophers adjust their face masks and mics as they welcome writer/director Jeffrey Fong to discuss the impact of the quarantine on the film industry. Maintaining the “six-foot rule” at all times, the Tenacious Trio delves into how social isolation has impacted...

Lesson 213: Parasite – Germaphobia (Spoilers)

The Filmlosophers don their scrubs and hand sanitizer to brave the outside world and dig a little deeper into Bong Joon Ho’s award-winning film, Parasite. The Scholarly Studs keep six feet apart as they dissect the polarizing Korean film that took the world by storm....