Ava Duvernay and Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time has people all over the place wondering how the beloved novel does on the big screen. Wade and Kevin intend to find out. Then they plumb events a little closer to Earth with their review of The Death of Stalin, the latest black-humored political satire from writer/director Armando Iannucci. What happens when a despot with a cult of personality and a coterie of sycophants dies suddenly, leaving a power vacuum behind?

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  1. Hey guys, I have been only an occasional listener to the podcast, and was randomly listening to the Top 10 episode for 2017 when I was thrilled to hear Kore-eda’s AFTER THE STORM pop up as Wade’s #3. He is my second favorite director after Miyazaki, and woefully under seen and underappreciated. It’s strange to me that STILL WALKING is his only Criterion film, and I certainly hope it doesn’t take as long for him to be recognized as one of cinema’s great directors as it did for Ozu. If ever a movie needs a full remastering and a blu-ray/4k release, it’s MABOROSI. The DVD I got from the library was a rather poor transfer, and did not do enough justice to the amazing photography. I plan to re-watch it on Fandor and see if the quality is any better. I appreciate you guys highlighting his work, and look forward to listening to more of you in the future.
    By the way, I live in Cypress just outside Houston- so I guess it is indeed a small world, after all. :-)

    P.S.- It was on the special features of STILL WALKING that Kore-eda himself turned me on to Mikio Naruse. The only legal way to see any real amount of his films are on Filmstruck. YEARNING is my favorite of his, while REPAST, SCATTERED CLOUDS, SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN, and WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS are not far behind. If you like Ozu & Kore-eda, he’s a director worth checking out. I can’t recommend him highly enough!

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