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 192: The Shining (1980) – Spencer’s Not Here, Mrs. Torrance

The Filmlosophers ghoulishly prepare for next week’s film Dr. Sleep by watching it’s prequel, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980’s Horror classic, The Shining. The film that has been widely regarded as Stephen King’s most hated adaptation takes over the show today, bringing a...

Lesson 191: Extra Credit – “Insidious” Intentions and Fun

The Filmlosophers take a break from their coffee's to come to the stark reality that Spencer may ACTUALLY like Horror films now! Spencer's journey has been a whirlwind of a ride, and the train ain't stopping yet the Horrific Homies discuss their latest ghoulish...

Lesson 190: Itsy Bitsy – Arachnophobia Redux

The Filmlosophers crawl creepily as they discuss the unique arachnophobic nightmare of Micah Gallo’s Itsy Bitsy. The Webbing Wonders gather their wits and face their fears as they discuss the independent film that just dropped. The film creates a strong sense of...