Podcast: The 2023 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance 2023

Greetings programs!  You’ve all been good so here’s a bonus episode of the podcast in which Rachel Ho and Matthew break down a few great titles from this year Sundance Film Festival.

This was Matthew’s first year attending the festival and Rachel’s second, and it was a pretty good year if these six films are any indication.

Join us as we take a look at Still, Fair Play, The Pod Generation, Eileen, Magazine Dreams, and Infinity Pool.

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Podcast: RRR & The Northman

RRR & The Northman

This week on the Awesome Friday Podcast, we’re talking about two big 2022 historical epic films. First up is the Tollywood breakout RRR from director S. S. Rajamouli and stars Ram Charam and N. T. Rama Rao Jr. Second, the latest from The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers, The Northman.

You can listen to this episode right here on this page (after the jump) or wherever you listen to podcasts, and there are links to both titles wherever they are streaming powered by JustWatch.

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Review: ‘Passing’; Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut is a heart-rending film with two exceptional performances


Passing feels like it might be the most appropriate to the format in a year full of exceptionally shot black and white films. Chronicling the story of two black women in the 1920s –one of whom is passing for white, and all the complications that entail, it’s a heartbreaking story elevated by the central performances from Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga.

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Trailer: Disconnect


What’s that you say? A movie about how are interconnectedness is anctually disconnecting us from people?

Oh wait, maybe not so much. This looks promising to me, but it also looks like a film that will spend the first two acts or so convincing you it will have something big to say and then in the third act everything will come to a head but we won’t actually learn anything.

Trailer: What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew

Have you had your heartstrings tuggeed recently? No? Well watch this trailer then.

I haven’t read _What Maisie Knew_ but I am aware of the plot. Updating it from it’s 1890s context to now is makes a lot of sense. At the time of it’s writing the book was a reflection on society in which the story was somewhat scandalous whereas now it’s story is the new normal for a lot of people. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the original criticism comes through.