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Movies that Matter is the podcast about films going above and beyond the call of box office returns to boldly explore a social issue affecting people's lives.

Nov 7, 2019

Jen and Nicole discuss Harriet, how the movie fell flat despite excellent performances by the cast, the serious problem with the black slave catcher character who was a grotesque stereotype, and how badly the supernatural element undercut the true heroism of Harriet Tubman. Ultimately, we're let down by the portrayal of...


Featured in the Washington City Paper

Oct 29, 2019

Nicole Funari was interviewed in the Washington City Paper on making Movies That Matter. Read the article here.


Oct 24, 2019

Nicole and Garrett discuss Bad Times at the El Royale, how the quality of the cinematic elements don’t match the poor plot, the fact that the horror genre is making the highest quality films these days, and how genre films get snubbed by the Oscars. Read how The Guardian coined the sub-genre “post-horror” to...


Oct 10, 2019

Garret and Nicole discuss Judy, our differing opinions on how much we liked it, how well we think Renee Zellweger captured Judy Garland,  how and why Judy Garland became a gay icon, and how camp is attracting more people. Read J. Bryan Lowder's meditation on whether gay culture is leaving camp behind. Nicole's research...


Sep 26, 2019

Lexy and Nicole discuss Hustlers, the problem of not being willing to make the main character a calculating criminal, the portrayal of the dancers as athletes-- not sex objects, and how we think about exploitation in terms of crime and sex work. Read the article from The Cut that inspired the movie. We hearken back to...