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Three DC-based journalists (Sonny Bunch, Alyssa Rosenberg, Peter Suderman) who met each other at the movies and forged a friendship despite their ideological differences chat about what’s new at the movies each week, keeping audiences apprised of the latest controversies—and nontroversies—roiling so…

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    92: The Golden Globes Happened. Did Anyone Know or Care?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 37:45

    This week, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discuss the complete absence of buzz about The Golden Globes and what that means for the state of moviegoing in general. Then the gang reviews Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, Licorice Pizza. And on a sad bonus episode, they pay tribute to a quartet of major talents who have recently passed: Sidney Poitier, Peter Bogdanovich, Betty White, and Bob Saget. If you enjoyed the show, share it with a friend! 

    91: Is Norman Mailer Too Offensive to Be Read Today?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 36:03

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discuss consolidation in the book industry and whether that contributed to the potential cancellation of a book celebrating Norman Mailer's centennial. Then the gang reviews Don't Look Up, Netflix and Adam McKay's messy satire. And on the bonus episode, our three hosts pick their favorite satires—and there's a surprising thread running through them. Make sure to share this episode with a friend if you found it entertaining!

    90: Should 'The Matrix' Have Been Resurrected?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 44:02

    This week Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) unveil their five favorite movies of the year. A surprising amount of unanimity in this year's lists! The gang reviews The Matrix Resurrections, Warner Bros. and Lana Wachowski's super-meta reboot of the beloved franchise. And on the bonus episode, our hosts pick their favorite non-Matrix Wachowski movie. If you enjoyed this episode, share it with a friend! 

    89: Should You See Spider-Man: No Way Home?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 38:13

    On this week's episode, Sonny, Alyssa, and Peter talk about the biggest movie of the year: Spider-Man: No Way Home. Before that, in cons and nons, they ask why Disney released three pickups from Fox—West Side Story, Nightmare Alley, and The King's Man—in such close proximity not only to each other but also what was likely to be, again, the biggest movie of the year. And on the special bonus episode, the gang tries something a little different: A Spider-Man movie draft! Make sure to listen to that and vote on the winner. If you enjoyed this episode, share it with a friend!

    88: Was the New Yorker Too Mean to Jeremy Strong?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 40:08

    On this week's episode, Alyssa Rosenberg of the Washington Post returns from maternity leave to join Peter Suderman (Reason) and Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark) to discuss whether or not the New Yorker was too mean to Succession star Jeremy Strong in their profile of the actor. And the gang reviews Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake: even the notoriously musical-averse Sonny is wowed by it. Make sure to check out the special bonus episode on Steven Spielberg's greatest collaborators. And please share this episode with a friend if you enjoyed it!

    87: 'The Power of the Dog,' Netflix's Awards-Minded Western

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 33:06

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch, Peter Suderman, and Chris Orr tackle Jane Campion's western (or maybe not quite western?) The Power of the Dog. Is this a basic attack on toxic masculinity, or something a little more interesting? On cons and nons, the guys bid a not-so-fond farewell to Chris Cuomo, who has finally been fired from CNN. And the show ends on a slightly sad note, as Sonny pays tribute to Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor at the Washington Post. Make sure to check out the bonus episode on another Netflix western, The Harder They Fall. And if you enjoyed this episode, share it with a friend!

    86: The Fall of the 'House of Gucci'

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 39:49

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch, Peter Suderman, and Chris Orr look at the transition of power at Twitter and muse over how to fix the service that has an outsized—and potentially ill—effect on society. And the gang reviews House of Gucci, Ridley Scott and Lady Gaga's overlong and over-accented look at one absurd Italian family. And on the bonus episode, the guys fete the career of Adam Driver, who has worked with a dozen or so A-list directors during his brief Hollywood career. If you love the show and want access to that bonus episode, make sure to sign up for Bulwark+!

    85: 'King Richard' Kicks Off the Oscar Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 34:18

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch, Peter Suderman, and Chris Orr highlight the first genuine, nominations-guaranteed piece of Oscar bait of the season: Will Smith's King Richard, a look at the man behind the women who would go on to become the greatest female tennis players of all time. And in controversies and nontroversies, the guys debate whether or not Sean Baker, director of Tangerine and The Florida Project, deserves to have his new film, Red Rocket, destroyed pre-release because he liked a tweet by Tulsi Gabbard—and the danger of ideological uniformity in the critical corps. Make sure to check out our members-only bonus episode on Will Smith's body of work, and share this episode with a friend if you enjoyed it!

    84: Are NFTs a Scam, the Future, or Both? Plus: 'Belfast' Reviewed!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 38:11

    On this week's episode Sonny Bunch, Peter Suderman, and Chris Orr talk about non-fungible tokens, and the scarcity and value of art. They also review Belfast, Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical look at growing up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. And on the bonus episode they consider the most disposable—and, possibly, most-watched—movie of the year, Red Notice. If you enjoyed the episode share it with a friend! 

    83: Is Big Bird a Government Propagandist?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 38:00

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch, Peter Suderman, and Chris Orr ask whether it's a controversy or a nontroversy that Big Bird is reassuring kids that getting shots won't hurt them. And they review Eternals: Is it Marvel's first DC movie? And on the bonus episode and in honor of Eternals earning the MCU its first splat on Rotten Tomatoes, the gang discusses their favorite rotten movies from beloved franchises. If you enjoyed the episode, share it with a friend! 

    82: Art, Fussiness, and 'The French Dispatch'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 36:41

    This week, Sonny Bunch, Peter Suderman, and Chris Orr review The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson's love letter to the New Yorker and art of all kinds. And we discuss the disastrous state of affairs in world cinema, where rising authoritarianism threatens the cinematic arts from Hong Kong to Kabul. What can the U.S. do to help? And on a special members-only episode, Sonny, Peter, and Chris discuss their favorite performances in Wes Anderson movies.

    81: 'Dune' Reviewed

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 36:35

    On this week's episode of Across the Movie Aisle, Sonny is joined by Peter Suderman and Chris Orr, who will be filling in for Alyssa while she's on maternity leave. We discussed the tragedy on the set of Rust, a film that was in production until Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and wounded director Joel Souza. What are some of the things that went wrong here, who, ultimately, is to blame, and how bad has the discourse gotten around it? Sonny and co also reviewed Dune, the new epic in theaters and on HBO Max. And in the bonus episode, the three discussed which of the movies by director Denis Villeneuve is their favorite, and why. If you haven't already, subscribe now to listen to that one today!

    80: Is Netflix's Handling of Dave Chappelle a Controversy or a Nontroversy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 42:12

    On this episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) ask whether Dave Chappelle, his new special, and the way Netflix has handled internal and external fallout from its airing, are controversies, or nontroversies. Then the gang reviews The Last Duel, a/k/a Medieval Me Too. (For more on The Last Duel, you can read Sonny here, Alyssa here, and Peter here.) Make sure to listen all the way to end for a special programming note! And check out our bonus episode on our favorite Ridley Scott movies. There are so many to choose from!

    79: 'No Time to Die'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 38:08

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) highlight the IATSE union work stoppage that seems pretty inevitable at this point. What do Hollywood's trade unions want, in terms of money and work-life balance? Then the gang sets their sights on Bond, James Bond. Did they enjoy Daniel Craig's final turn as 007? And, in the bonus episode, they discuss whether Craig is their favorite Bond or a mere also-ran. If you enjoyed the show share it with a friend! If they don't want to sign up via Substack they can get it a day later on Apple.

    78: Does 'The Many Saints of Newark' Do 'The Sopranos' Right?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 34:37

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) break down the strange story of Ozy Media, the various scams of which have been chronicled by the NYT's Ben Smith in recent weeks, and the overall state of media accountability. Then they review The Many Saints of Newark, David Chase and HBO's new prequel to The Sopranos currently in theaters and on HBO Max. And in the members-only bonus episode, the gang debates the biggest question in the history of prestige TV: What, exactly, happened to Tony Soprano at the end of the series? Sign up now to listen today!

    77: 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 41:22

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discuss the legal back and forth between Disney and the estates of Marvel's most famous creators, including those of Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, as well as fan reactions to the (very slight!) possibility that copyright termination notices will be the death of the MCU as we know it. Is legal wrangling the kryptonite (sorry, mixing universes) that will slay the biggest film franchise in movie history? The gang also reviews The Eyes of Tammy Faye, asking why it feels so slight given the overtly theatrical nature of the subject in question. And make sure to check out our members-only bonus episode on musical biopics and why the genre feels fairly moribund; if you aren't a member yet, you have five days left to take advantage of our 30-day free trial offer. 

    76: Why Shouldn't Activists Have to Compete?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 35:14

    This week Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post, and Peter Suderman (Reason) take a look at the controversy swirling about CBS's instantly canceled show, The Activist. What's so bad about making activists compete for attention dollars? And the gang reviews Cry Macho, the latest from director-star Clint Eastwood. Is he too old for this movie, or is Sonny a despicable ageist. Make sure to check out our bonus episode on our favorite Eastwood-directed movies.  If you're a Bulwark+ member you can listen to the show on your preferred podcast app today via a personalized RSS feed; this episode will drop on Apple et al. tomorrow if you don't want to help keep the show sustainable and you can find your preferred service here. If you're not a Bulwark+ member, sign up today for a 30-day trial that will get you the personalized RSS feed, unlock the bonus episode above, and grant you access to the comments section of this episode.

    75: 'The Card Counter'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 38:20

    This week Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), Peter Suderman (Reason), and Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark) discuss the pros and cons of advice columns and whether or not it's okay—or, frankly, just plain hilarious—to lie to advice columnists. And the gang reviews Paul Schrader's The Card Counter (Sonny's review here; Peter's here). Make sure to check out our bonus episode on Oscar Isaac's great decade of work, and share this episode with friends if you dug it! Our survival depends on listeners like you.

    74: Did 'Shang-Chi' Save Movie Theaters?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 39:52

    Alyssa (The Washington Post), Peter Suderman (Reason), and Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark) know folks are a little tired of MCU-centric episodes, but this week demonstrates why it's a constant topic of conversation: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings grossed $75 million over its first three-day weekend and almost $95 million once Labor Day was included. Does this prove Disney was correct to keep the film off of home video for at least 45 days? Or are the people complaining about not getting to see the movie at home right? And we review the latest MCU outing. Don't worry: next week we'll get to something that fewer people will watch, we promise. And make sure to check out our bonus episode on the tragic death of Michael K. Williams (The Wire). If you enjoyed Shang-Chi or just liked listening to us talk about it, please share the episode with your friends! We'd greatly appreciate it if you did. 

    73: Do the Movies Have a Conspiracy Theory Problem? Plus: "What If...?"

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 41:43

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discuss the controversy (or possibly the nontroversy?) surrounding Spike Lee's inclusion of 9/11 Truthers in his new documentary about New York City's last 20 years. (To get a full sense of the issue, make sure to read this Slate piece by Jeremy Stahl on what Lee included.) Do filmmakers have a conspiracy theory problem? Are they poisoning the minds of their vulnerable listenership? And the gang also discusses Disney+'s What If … ?, the new animated series highlighting alternate universes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spoiler: It's not great, Bob. And make sure to check out our members-only bonus episode on Candyman, a movie Alyssa was too scared to watch but which Sonny and Peter found fascinating; you can sign up here to listen now if you haven't already.

    72: Why Did Jeopardy Lose Its New Host in Record Time? And 'Reminiscence' Reviewed!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 37:39

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) argue about whether or not the controversy swirling around Jeopardy's hosting post is a controversy or a nontroversy. Why didn't Sony do a better job of vetting their host? In the back half of the show, the gang reviews Reminiscence, the neo-noir from Westworld mastermind Lisa Joy starring Hugh Jackman. Is it worth making a trip to the theater or checking out on HBO Max? And make sure to check out the special bonus episode on taking kids to the theater. As one of us mentioned after we wrapped taping, this episode is like the Rosetta Stone to Across the Movie Aisle and its hosts: if you want to understand who we are, you have to understand the cinematic forces that shaped us.

    71: Why Is Shang Chi Going to War with Disney's Chief?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 37:21

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) address whether it's a controversy or a nontroversy that the star of Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is calling out the head of Disney for saying the film's release—a 45-day theatrical run followed by the film's release on streaming—is an “experiment.” Is this all a ploy to turn the movie into a righteous cause rather than a popcorn-consumption excuse? Then the gang reviews Free Guy, the new Ryan Reynolds action-romcom. It too is only in theaters: is it worth checking out? And make sure to check out our members-only bonus episode on Vietnam movies and the ways in which film can serve as a lens for national trauma, a subject that certainly has absolutely nothing to do with the current news cycle.

    70: 'The Suicide Squad'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 38:42

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason Magazine) all agree that James Gunn's The Suicide Squad is, basically, a nine-figure descendant of The Toxic Avenger. But does that make it good, or expensive, overbearing schlock? And they debate whether or not Johnny Depp should be given the lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian Film Festival … but they're not debating the thing you think they might be debating. And make sure to check out the special bonus episode on spoilers and spoiler theory. Unless, of course, you want to watch The Green Knight first. It'll still be there when you get back from the theater.

    69: Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney: Can She Win?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 44:03

    This week Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) take a hard look at Scarlett Johansson's suit against Disney alleging that the Mouse House's dual VOD/theatrical strategy will cost her upwards of $50 million. Is this is a game-changing moment in the relationships between movie stars and studios? Or is she going to get steamrolled? Plus: the gang reviews The Green Knight, an amusingly weird indie flick of the sort that critics love and audiences generally do not. And make sure to check out our special bonus episode, in which Alyssa tries to convince Sonny and Peter to go see Stillwater. If you enjoy the show, please pass it on to a friend! They'll thank you, and so will we.

    68: 'Pig': The Best Movie of 2021 (So Far!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 40:11

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discuss the new Nicolas Cage movie, Pig. Why do all three concur that it's probably the best movie they've seen in theaters this year? Plus, Netflix is getting into gaming! What does that mean for the movie streaming service and its customers? Make sure to check out our special bonus episode on our favorite Nic Cage movies. We've got a ton to choose from: five distinct decades of Cage! And please, if you love what you're listening to, share this show with people. They'll thank you for it, I swear.

    67: Anthony Bourdain Documentary 'Roadrunner' Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 43:46

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) go deep on the controversies swirling about the new documentary about Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner. Is it a big deal that the director used an AI program to have Bourdain narrate some of his emails? Is it a much bigger deal that the documentary excludes the point of view of his ex, Asia Argento, despite casting her as the villain of his final few years? And on the back half of the show, the gang discusses Loki, the latest TV show from the MCU which just wrapped up its first season on Disney+. Have they solved the multiverse problem? What *is* the multiverse problem?  Make sure to check out the bonus episode on the Tokyo Olympics and how we're living with COVID in a post-vaccine age. And if you enjoy this show, please share it with a friend! Sharing this podcast with a friend not only brings them joy, it helps increase our fantastic power over the world of entertainment.

    66: 'Black Widow'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 42:54

    This week Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) assembled for a rare in-person show to discuss the biggest movie of the year (so far!), Black Widow. Is it fine? Okay? Acceptable? Perfectly competent? Listen to find out! Plus, the gang discusses the ethics of using personal histories of non-famous people in response to revelations that parts of the viral New Yorker short story, “Cat Person,” were cribbed from a real person. And on the special bonus episode, we highlight Marvel's villain problem.  If you enjoy this show, please share it with a friend! It's the best way to grow podcast audiences: a recommendation from a friend.

    65: 'The Tomorrow War'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 35:27

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discuss the great Richard Donner, who died on Monday at the age of 91. They also discuss the new Prime Video offering The Tomorrow War. Is it a modern sci-fi masterpiece or a bit of a mess? Listen to find out! And make sure to check out our bonus members-only episode on the greatest movie presidents. 

    64: 'F9' Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 40:15

    This week Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) tackle the first big blockbuster of the post-COVID era: F9: The Fast Saga. Noted fun-hater Sonny did not care for it. But did Alyssa and Peter? You'll have to listen to find out. And in controversies and nontroversies, we take a look at a growing problem for Hollywood: China's increasing influence on which projects get off the ground. Make sure to listen to our special members-only episode on car movies that are actually good, unlike, well, you know. Some other car movies.

    63: 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard's' Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 35:18

    On this week's episode of Across the Movie Aisle, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discuss whether or not Focus Features is correct in their effort to silence outspoken writer-director and social media gadfly Paul Schrader. Plus, they review the remarkably bad The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard. And make sure to check out our special bonus episode on dad movies as a belated Father's Day treat.

    62: In the Heights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 38:09

    On this week's episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark) takes a back set to let Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) review the new Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, In the Heights. Did it make our panel's toes tap with joy? Or did it make them check their watches? (Spoiler: the answer is yes.) And in controversies and nontroversies, we discuss a new documentary about the film Kids making waves on the festival circuit. Is enough being done to protect younger and non-professional actors? Also, make sure to a.) subscribe to Bulwark+ and then b.) check out our special bonus members-only episode on our favorite movies adapted from plays. 

    61: 'The Woman in the Window' Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 35:56

    This week, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason Magazine) discuss Netflix's The Woman in the Window, a fantastic mess of a movie. But is it more fantastic, or more mess? And we wonder about AMC's decision to play nice with the memesters who are driving up AMC's share prices by offering them free popcorn for investing. Will this all end in tears? And make sure to check out our special bonus episode for members of Bulwark+ (subscribe now!), in which we pick some of our favorite movies tied to very specific cities.

    60: 'Cruella': Cruelty to Critics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 39:27

    Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (the Washington Post) and Peter Suderman (Reason Magazine) were all underwhelmed by Cruella, Disney’s latest IP-mining cash grab. Plus, they debated about the end of mask mandates in theaters for the fully vaccinated and what it means for our shifting social norms. And if you want to comment or listen to our special members-only episode on long movies we love, make sure to subscribe to Bulwark+ today! 

    59: 'Army of the Dead'; MGM & Amazon

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 43:20

    This week on the show, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discussed Netflix’s long-awaited Zack Snyder zombie heist opus, Army of the Dead. Meanwhile, in cons and nons, the gang discussed the MGM/Amazon deal and if it’s a break from the past—or a continuation of it. Meanwhile, on the special bonus episode, the trio picked which indie directors they’d give free rein to for a big franchise movie. The comments are open on both posts for Bulwark+ members, so sign up now if you want to chime in!

    58: 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' Review

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 38:51

    This week Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) review Taylor Sheridan’s new fire jumping flick, Those Who Wish Me Dead. Is this ’90s throwback a hit or a miss? Or just kind of generic and lumpy? Plus, we ask whether or not the once-canceled, now-revived biography of Philip Roth by Blake Bailey should see the light of day, given sexual assault accusations leveled against Bailey. And make sure to check out our members-only episode on the Warner Media/Discovery merger: we have many thoughts about the increasingly costly nature of unbundling! 

    57: 'Wrath of Man' Escapes ATMA's Wrath

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 42:12

    This week, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason Magazine) discuss NBC’s decision to pull the plug on next year’s Golden Globes following a series of controversies surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. And the gang debates the merits of the new Guy Ritchie/Jason Statham action heist thriller, Wrath of Man. Make sure to check out the bonus members-only episode in which we debate which Jason Statham movie is best! And if you enjoy the show, make sure to share it with a friend. It’s as easy as clicking that button down there and forwarding it along.

    56: 'Without Remorse' Inspires Viewer Remorse

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 35:27

    Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman are all experiencing buyer’s remorse this week after sitting through the not-quite mediocre Without Remorse. Plus, the gang talks about the Rosenberg-edited op-ed by Lucy Liu in the Washington Post about what it means to achieve progress in representation onscreen—and why young progressive critics are wrong to cast a negative eye on some of Liu’s previous work. And make sure to check out our bonus episode on all things MCU. Can the Avengers Assemble in time to save theaters? Or has COVID killed cinemas for good? If you enjoyed this episode, share it with a friend! (As long as that friend isn’t Michael B. Jordan, as two of the three of us were … not blown away by his Without Remorse performance, and the third of us, Peter Suderman, was wrong.)

    55: Is 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' As Interesting as It Thinks It Is?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 42:21

    Sonny (The Bulwark), Alyssa (The Washington Post), and Peter (Reason) have a lot of thoughts about the Oscars, both the show and the winners. And we have a lot of thoughts about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a TV show that thinks it has a lot of thoughts, but none of them really go anywhere. Leaving that aside, though: was it any good and is it worth six hours of your time! All that and more discussed on this week’s episode of Across the Movie Aisle!

    54: Should the Oscars Ditch Political Speeches?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 46:03

    On this week’s episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark) asks Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Peter Suderman (Reason Magazine) if a recent report in the New York Times proves once and for all that celebs should ditch the politics if they want the Oscars to be watchable. (Spoiler: It’s complicated!) And the gang makes their Oscar picks. Who SHOULD win? Who WILL win? Plus, on our special bonus episode, we pick the best best picture nominees of the last decade. 

    53: Is Will Smith Right to Bail on Georgia? Plus: 'The Father,' Reviewed!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 39:52

    Sonny (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason Magazine) ask whether or not Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua were right to pull Emancipation out of Georgie over its voting rights law—or whether Georgia should be the go-to spot for film production at all. And then the gang reviews The Father, a devastating portrait of dementia that maybe, just maybe, is the best of the best picture-nominated films. And make sure to check out our members-only bonus episode in which we ask whether or not Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson should run for president. (Alyssa, it should be noted, was his earliest booster on this front.)

    52: 'Godzilla vs. Kong' vs. ATMA

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 42:51

    What did Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Peter Suderman (Reason Magazine) think of Godzilla vs. Kong? And in cons-and-nons, the gang discusses the fact that basically nobody has heard of the best picture nominees as this year’s Oscars. Note: That’s heard of, not seen. How will this impact the show’s appeal to the regular public? (Spoiler: negatively!) Make sure to check out our bonus episode about Godzilla vs. Kong's box office success and how it’ll effect movie theater stocks! (Spoiler: positively!)

    51: 'Nobody' Reviewed! Plus, Plus: Are depictions of Asian-Americans in media a controversy—or a nontroversy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 41:26

    This week Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason Magazine) review the new Bob Odenkirk action movie, Nobody. Does the Mr. Show with Bob and David and Better Call Saul actor have action chops to go with comedic range and a surprising dramatic depth? Plus, we discuss how Asian representation onscreen may or may not have contributed to the shooting in Atlanta in Controversies and Nontroversies. And make sure to check out our bonus members-only episode in which the gang ranks their favorite character actors.

    50: The Snyder Cut, Reviewed

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 41:39

    Finally, it’s here: Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) talk about Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a/k/a, “The Snyder Cut.” Is it everything they hoped it could be? At the very least: is it better than the abominable Whedon Cut? Plus: Why is Borat 2 winning awards for its screenplay? Isn’t it largely improvised? All that and more on this week’s episode of Across the Movie Aisle! And make sure to check out our special members-only episode on COVID’s lasting impact on films and filmmaking. 

    49: 'Raya and the Last Dragon' Reviewed!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 41:25

    On this week’s episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason Magazine) review the really-not-great Raya and the Last Dragon. Is it worth your $30 on Disney+’s premium tier? Maybe you should see it in a theater instead? But can you even do that? That’s the subject of controversies and nontroversies, which tackles D.C.’s slowness to reopen its movie theaters. And make sure to check out our special bonus episode on the Oscar nominations. Who was snubbed? Who was surprised? Will anyone tune in?

    48: 'Coming 2 America' Reviewed! Plus: What's the Deal with the Royals?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 42:04

    On this week’s episode, Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) fills in Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark) and Peter Suderman (Reason) about the whole to-do over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s and their interview with Oprah. And the gang reviews Coming 2 America! Is it an exciting new adventure or a stale old rehash? You’ll never guess just by looking at the image at the top of this post … or will you? Also, make sure to check out our special bonus episode (https://atma.thebulwark.com/p/womens-day-bonus) on what to watch for International Women’s Day! (Which was yesterday, yes, we know, but if it makes you feel any better, it’s Women’s History Month, so you have a whole month to celebrate Alyssa and watch the movies we recommend, okay?)

    47: The Golden Globes Stank. Plus: 'Minari' Reviewed!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 36:22

    On this week’s episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) talked about the incredibly, spectacularly, dreadfully awful (and historically poorly watched (https://deadline.com/2021/03/golden-globes-ratings-fall-nbc-hfpa-tina-fey-amy-poehler-1234704025/) ) Golden Globes. The gang also reviewed awards-season darling Minari, a family drama about immigrants trying to achieve the American dream in the middle of Arkansas. And make sure to check out our special members-only episode (https://atma.thebulwark.com/p/peak-tv-bonus) about the end of Peak TV!

    46: 'Nomadland' Reviewed! Plus: Are the Golden Globes (and Critics More Generally) Corrupt?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 42:20

    On this week’s episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discuss the corruption at the Golden Globes—and the world of awards-season film criticism more generally. And the gang reviews Nomadland, a movie about the natural beauty of the American west that doesn’t beat viewers over the head with its implied message about the vicissitudes of capitalism. And make sure to check out this week’s special bonus episode (https://atma.thebulwark.com/p/brett-ratner-bonus) in which we discuss whether or not it’s too soon for disgraced director Brett Ratner to go back to work.

    45: 'Judas and the Black Messiah' and Gina Carano

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 39:47

    This week, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman tackle a surprisingly tricky cons and nons: Gina Carano, who was canceled and un-canceled over the course of last week. And they review the new film on HBO Max and in theaters, Judas and the Black Messiah, about the life and death of Fred Hampton and the man who betrayed him, Bill O’Neal. And make sure to check out our bonus, members-only episode (https://atma.thebulwark.com/p/snyder-cut-bonus) on the greatest artistic achievement of this, or any other, decade: the Snyder Cut of Justice League, the first trailer for which dropped this weekend. Only at https://atma.thebulwark.com!

    44: Trump v. SAG: Who Ya Got? Plus: 'Malcolm & Marie,' Reviewed!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 43:38

    On this episode of Across the Movie Aisle, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) get into the day’s two most pressing rivalries. No, not the Bucs versus Chiefs and hedge funds versus Reddit. First up: Donald Trump vs. the Screen Actors Guild. The president petulantly resigned from the actors union when word began circulating in the trades that Trump was going to be kicked out. But (gulp) … did he have half-a-point? Then we move to the main event: Malcolm & Marie v. film critics. Filmmaker Sam Levinson has issues with movie reviewers and has been given an enormous platform by Netflix to air them. But (gulp) … does he have a whole point, plus some? And make sure to check out our bonus, members-only episode on the Super Bowl’s slate of super-sad movie ads (https://atma.thebulwark.com/p/superbowl-bonus) . We live in the darkest timeline, folks!

    43: 'The Little Things,' Reviewed. Plus: 'Variety' Betrays Its Critic—and Its Audience

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 46:01

    On this week’s episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) review the new thriller The Little Things. Are three Oscar-winners (Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, and Rami Malek) enough to put this one over the top? In controversies and nontroversies, the gang tries to suss out why industry rag Variety threw one of its freelance critics under the bus by appending a correction to his review of Promising Young Women. His mistake? Offending a movie star in the midst of an Oscar campaign. And on our special members-only bonus episode (sign up today! (https://plus.thebulwark.com/subscribe) ), the trio talks about the biggest movie business of the week: Reddit’s accidental salvation of AMC (https://atma.thebulwark.com/p/amc-reddit-bonus) .

    42: 'Promising Young Woman' Reviewed! Plus: Seth Rogen v. Ted Cruz.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 47:34

    On this week’s episode, Sonny Bunch (The Bulwark), Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post), and Peter Suderman (Reason) discuss the provocative new movie Promising Young Woman. Meanwhile, in controversies and nontroversies, the gang weighs in on the Ted Cruz/Seth Rogen spat. And make sure to sign up for Bulwark+ (https://plus.thebulwark.com/subscribe) so you can listen to a members-only bonus episode (https://atma.thebulwark.com/p/biden-bonus) on Joe Biden’s watch and the aesthetics of politics.

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