Wade and Kevin welcome guest critic Lauren Wilford onto the show this week as they tackle one of the most controversial films to come out this year: Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation. The trio discuss the myriad complexities both of the film itself and of the checkered past of the filmmaker who created it. Then the guys delve into another work that explores issues of race in America (while also being a crowd-pleasing superhero story): the new Marvel/Netflix series Luke Cage.

More from Episode 81: The Birth of a Nation and Luke Cage:

Lauren Wilford on Bright Wall / Dark Room
Emmanuel from Eman’s Movie Reviews

Music interlude by Inspired & the Sleep, “Sweet Company.” Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.