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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.

Nov 17, 2022

Garret and Nicole discuss Triangle of Sadness. We disagree on the value of the movie and about anti-capitalism. We get into a generational debate about what it means to eat the rich.

Nicole recommends The Exterminating Angel and Garret recommends The Square, After the Dark, and Anne Frank's poetry.

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Nov 3, 2022

Justin and Nicole discuss Till and the many paths people take to activism. We appreciated the colorful pallette and rich interiors and the decision not to show violence. We cover Mamie's grief journey and how standing up for her son naturally led to standing up for civil rights.

Justin recommends Netflix movie The


Aug 11, 2022

Justin and Nicole discuss Nope and when it's ok to gawk at the spectacle and when we should look away. We appreciate the cinematography and the carefully crafted details Jordan Peele adds to his films. We discuss the line between voyeurism that leads to negative societal impact and the things we need to look at in...


Jul 27, 2022

Adam and Nicole discuss Elvis and how the music industry is plagued by shady managers and unfair contracts even to this day. We both appreciated Austin Butler’s performance as Elvis but found the early part of the movie technically problematic. We delve into how prevalent shady managers and unfair contracts still are...


Jul 7, 2022

Stacy and Nicole discuss Good Luck to You, Leo Grande and the complications of sex work. We were both disarmed by Daryl McCormack's performance and appreciated the lighting and art direction. We discuss sex tourism for women and the how sex work fits into caring professions in general.

Stacy recommends The Girlfriend...