Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews: What to Stream in June

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

The state might be reopening a bit, and we at Whiskey and Popcorn are emerging from our home theaters a bit bleary-eyed. It will still be some time before movie theaters choose to reopen, despite getting the green light from the governor. But not to worry! We have your June must-stream list ready!

Netflix

“Documentary Now!”
Series, Season 3

If you’re a fan of documentaries but need a bit of a laugh, look no further than “Documentary Now!” Entering its third season, this documentary parody series continues to poke fun at the various styles of doc-making. The crowning jewel of this season is the spoof on a 1970s doc by the name of “Original Cast Album: Company.”  It documents the recording of the cast album for the Sondheim musical “Company.” It’s a cult favorite among true musical theater aficionados. The “Documentary Now!” version stars John Mulaney, Taran Killam, and Richard Kind.

Lady Bird
Movie

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird originally premiered in 2017 at the Telluride Film Festival. The film broke the Rotten Tomatoes record with 164 Fresh reviews and sat at “100% fresh” for months. If you didn’t have the fortune of seeing Lady Bird during its release to select theaters, now is your chance. The film follows Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), an artistically-inclined Sacramento, CA native as she navigates late adolescence in Catholic high school. Despite the family’s financial woes, Christine applies to East Coast colleges in hopes of going far from her home and her family.

Amazon 

The Spy Who Dumped Me
Movie

Half comedy, half spy-thriller and full throttle sexy, The Spy Who Dumped Me is one of our surprising favorites from 2018. Starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two best-friends, the women quickly find themselves in over their heads when Kunis’ boyfriend turns out to be a spy on the run. Fearing that the same baddies who are after him will come after them, the duo fly to Europe to deliver a thumb drive filled with state secrets. Part Mission: Impossible and part The Man Who Knew Too Little, this film is surprisingly smart and just downright fun. And fans of “Outlander” will enjoy seeing the titular Sam Heughan in a slick black suit.

The Disaster Artist
Movie

Can you make a decent movie about the worst movie ever made? You certainly can. The Disaster Artist explores how the now cult-classic The Room got off the ground. Directed by and starring James Franco as Tommy Wiseau, The Disaster Artist yields more laughs than its source material (unless you are a diehard fan of The Room.) But if you haven’t seen Wiseau’s train-wreck of a film, save yourself the headache and watch The Disaster Artist instead. At least you won’t feel like you’ve wasted two hours of your life.

Hulu

“Solar Opposites”
Series, Season 1

From the creators of “Rick and Morty” comes a new adult cartoon about a family of aliens stranded on Earth. Alien patriarch, Korvo, voiced by Justin Roiland, is more disgruntled at being stuck on a “sub-par” planet. He’s joined by his carefree partner Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and two high-school aged youths, Yumulack (Sean Giambrone) and Jesse (Mary Mack), and a slug looking pseudo-pet called the pupa. Together they try to carve out life in middle America, dealing with HOA problems, school bullying, all while trying to fix their spaceship. “Solar Opposites” has the same tone as its predecessor with plenty of irreverent jokes and visual gags. Fans of “Futurama” and “Invader Zim” will find “Solar Opposites” a worthy addition to ridiculous adult animation.

“The Great”
Season 1

For fans of history and/or costume drama check out “The Great.” Starring Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great in a new series that is reminiscent of the 2019 Oscar-winner “The Favourite.” Humorous and delightfully frivolous, the series starts with Catherine’s journey from Germany as a young, naive girl all the way to Russia to marry the Czar. But the Russian court is unlike anything the young Catherine has ever known. Sexy, wild and sometimes downright bizarre, she not only grows up but grows up great.

Disney+

“Artemis Fowl”

This science fantasy adventure is based on an eight-book series by the same name. Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius born into a long line of criminal masterminds. Artemis must navigate through an ancient, underground civilization inhabited by fairies to save his kidnapped father and find a coveted magical device. But these are not typical fairies; they are clever, advanced, and all powerful. Artemis must wage war with this civilization if he hopes to make it out alive.


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews: Netflix Snapped up ‘The 40-Year-Old Version’ at Sundance 2020

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

Radha, a once-promising playwright, is facing the “Big 4-0” with little, in her mind, to show for it. Caught questioning her abilities as an artist and frustrated with being pigeon-holed as a black artist, she breaks away from it all to become a rapper.

The 40-Year-Old Version is by far the funniest film we saw at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Radha Blank appears in The 40-Year-Old Version by Radha Blank, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Jeong Park.

Witty without being too on-the-nose, director, writer and lead actress, Radha Blank neatly captured the real struggles of creative fatigue and fears of aging that’s all too relatable. For a debut feature film, Blank delivers an authentic story about facing ourselves as we are now.

Watch out for this film on Netflix.  


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews: What to Watch Before the Oscars

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

The Oscar nominations are out and with them come questions, confusion and snubs. For the second year in a row, no women were nominated for the Achievement in Directing — aka “best director” category. And while many film critics and industry watchers bemoan the fact that Greta Gerwig was left off the list, we on Whiskey and Popcorn are wondering why Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) and Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) were also ignored. But we have your back on which films to watch before the big night, Feb. 9.

Joker — Could this be the year a superhero genre film wins best picture? We’re not so sure. But with 11 nominations, Joker is an Academy favorite. Joaquin Phoenix gives a devastating performance as Batman’s nemesis. We’re putting our money on him for the Best Actor win.

(Keon-kyo (Yeo-jeong Jo) in Parasite. Courtesy of NEON and CJ Entertainment)

Parasite — One of our top three films of 2019. The Korean film is hilarious, dark, spicy and so worth watching again and again. Director Bong Joon-ho is known for his strong social commentaries and Parasite is no exception. But we were also mesmerized by the cinematography.

Jojo Rabbit — A WWII satire is nothing new, but director Taika Waititi’s take on a little boy who “wants to be part of a club” is both adorable and heartfelt. We recommend watching this film twice as the jokes will hit you first. On the second watch, you’ll appreciate the serious undertones and beautiful character development.

1917 — This is our favorite to win Best Picture. Two WWI soldiers battle their way across No Man’s to deliver a life-saving message to their comrades. What makes the film so spectacular is the seemingly single shot it was filmed in. If you see any film in theaters this month, make it 1917.


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews… ‘1917’ Immerses You Into the Battlefield Unlike Any Other War Movie

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

(center) George MacKay as Schofield in “1917,” co-written and directed by Sam Mendes.

When it comes to the world wars, the Second World War seems to capture much of the imagination and romance of Hollywood. World War I not so much. And perhaps that’s due to there being a “less clear” enemy. There aren’t Nazis in WWI. But the First World War has plenty to offer when it comes to storytelling. Writer/director Sam Mendes proves this in his film 1917.

A truly immersive experience, 1917 follows two British soldiers as they set out on a ride-or-die mission across No-Man’s land. What makes 1917 truly spectacular is the one-shot technique, which makes the film feel like it’s all one continuous shot.

The film 1917 is Rated R. It opens Jan. 10.

George MacKay as Schofield in “1917,” the new epic from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes.

(Photos courtesy of Universal Studios)

Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews… Shia LaBeouf’s HONEY BOY is a Cathartic Journey for the Troubled Actor

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

Shia LaBeouf explores his own childhood in the highly meta and cathartic film Honey Boy. In this film, the child star is 12-year-old Otis. His father is an ex-rodeo clown and convict who now acts as his guardian. We come to discover that Otis, and by extension LaBeouf, experiences intense trauma, resulting in the star coming to his lowest point.
Emotional, humorous and very intense, Honey Boy is one of the highlights of the year.

Listen to Whiskey and Popcorn’s full Honey Boy review online now.


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews… Sensational! PARASITE is Why We Go See Movies

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

Courtesy of Neon

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

Darkly humorous with a biting edge, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite is a masterpiece of cinematic storytelling. Greed, classism and horror are wrapped in a hysterical package that will leave you in stitches. The poor Kim family finds a way to easy street only to find out the high life is not what they expected. Make sure you don’t miss this movie.

We recommend pairing this film with your favorite soju-cocktail.

Parasite is Rated R and is now playing exclusively at Harkins Camelview.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Scottsdale International Film Festival Nov. 1–10.

Listen to Whiskey and Popcorn’s full Parasite review online now.


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews… ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Keeps the Spirit of the Show

DOWNTON ABBEY

Michelle Dockery stars as Lady Mary Talbot and Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot in DOWNTON ABBEY, a Focus Features release. Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Focus Features

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

Nearly four years after the final episode of “Downton Abbey” aired, we return to the home of the Crawley’s. Fans of the show will be delighted to know that the creator Julian Fellowes helmed the movie. It fits seamlessly into the Downton narrative.

For the film, the Crawley’s are faced with what the future of Downton will look like. Add to that a surprise visit by the king and queen. The old world clashes with the modern in an elegant and engaging story that is well worth watching.

We recommend pairing a vintage gin-based cocktail such as a Gin Ricky to get into the mood for this movie.

“Downton Abbey” is rated PG and is now playing.

Listen to Whiskey and Popcorn’s full “Downton Abbey” review online now.


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

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