ALNM Rating: 5/5
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Available to watch: In theaters now
Review: I’m going to be straight forward. This is one of the best movies Marvel has ever come out with and one of the best movies I have seen in a while. I’m sure we will be talking about this on the podcast in the near future, and I’ll try to be spoiler free, but this film was able to successfully combine a strong self-contained story, charismatic characters, and (finally) a complex memorable villain in a way Marvel often isn’t able to do. I could devote an entire episode of the podcast to Michael B. Jordan, his portrayal of Erik Killmonger, and how he and Chadwick Boseman stand shoulder to shoulder as compelling leading men. The women of the film are complicated and badass and deserve all the movies, short films, and comics Marvel can devote to them. What really drew me in was the way this fantasy film was able to tie itself into our real world and its real issues in order to make it feel grounded and to make us feel emotionally invested. On a superficial level, the movie is gorgeous. The special effects, hair, makeup, costumes, and sets all deserve praise for their depth and beauty. We could go on for days about how this is a movement beyond just another superhero movie. But we can’t forget that this is also on its own a great movie. This helps upend the misguided Hollywood belief that a film needs a straight white cis male protagonist in order to be successful. This is a movie you have to see.
Official Summary: The lives of the other 17 American black athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
ALNM rec: I watched this documentary last year, but it’s definitely a suitable watch during the Olympics. The film profiles the other African American athletes who competed alongside Jesse Owens in Nazi Germany, giving them a long overdue spotlight and showing all the suffered through both abroad at at home. Next time someone argues to keep politics and social issues out of sports, this is a movie you can point them towards.
I know it is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes, but it could also be available for free from your local cable provider. I watched it on Comcast OnDemand.
Olympics 2018 Primetime: Closing Ceremony
Airtime: 5PM PST/8PM EST
Airdate: February 25, 2018
The Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.
by Kelly Lee & Christina
Episode 054 - “May the Odds Be Ever in Our Favor”
Episode Length: 27:45
We're discussing everything we know about the Winter Olympics being held in Pyeongchang! While Christina is a little more well-versed on the actual Olympic Games, all Kelly cares about is The Bachelor Winter Games. Make sure you check it out!
by Kelly Lee & Christina
Episode 053 - “This Year On ALNM”
Episode Length: 9:19
We're discussing everything coming up on A Little Nerd Music this year! Find out about what to expect weekly on the website, on the podcast, and what events to look forward to.
It's coming up on that time of year again everyone! Send in your nominations for the 2018 ALNM Ship Bracket below and you could see your OTP when the first round opens up for voting on March 1st!
Official Summary: Intrigued by legendary mysteries and driven by curiosity, Josh Gates is on a mission for answers. "Exhibition Unknown" chronicles his global adventures as he investigates iconic unsolved events, lost cities, buried treasures and other puzzling stories. Armed with a degree in archaeology, a quick wit and a thirst for action, Gates investigates recent developments before embarking on a detailed exploration. Whether he's trekking through Fiji in search of Amelia Earhart's remains or diving the deep seas of Panama to locate Captain Morgan's pirate ship, Gates' roughshod expeditions lead him one step closer to the truth.
ALNM rec: This is actually one of my favorite shows on TV today. While the episodes where he makes a breakthrough are exciting, it's really Josh Gates' adventures around the world that draw you in. You'll learn a lot about both places you've been and places you'll never get to visit. Each adventure is always filled with exciting and funny moments that leave you wondering how the past hour went by so fast.
Airs on Travel Channel on Wednesdays at 9PM.