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Movies that Matter is the podcast going beyond basic film criticism to boldly explore a social issue affecting people's lives.

Jan 31, 2019

Garret S and Nicole discuss Serenity, how thoroughly we disliked the movie, the lack of anything to recommend it as a film (really, nothing), the false portrayal of domestic violence, and whether it’s ok to kill an abuser.

Garret recommends Ex Machina and Westworld. Nicole recommends Moon.

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Jan 17, 2019

Garret S and Nicole discuss Escape Room, the cinematic failings of the movie in creating tension, the problem of survivor’s guilt, and trauma and post traumatic-stress disorder. We commend the set design and light touch with CGI. We also think about how the movie plays into gender stereotypes of the different ways men...

Jan 3, 2019

Nicole and Garrett discuss Vice, differing opinions on the quality of the movie, the incredible transformation by Christian Bale and the rest of the cast’s ability to capture real figures, and our experiences of the Bush administration. Follow our wide-ranging discussion on politics and how Bush and 9/11 got us...