Favorite Movie Moments of 2016 – IP 57

In this special year-end episode we take a look at our favorite moments from some of our favorite movies of 2016. And we’re joined by film critic Dave Karger, who not only shares his top 3 movie moments, but also gives us a list of his favorite films of the year that fell under almost everyone else’s radar.

This is THE podcast episode to listen to if you’re a) looking for recommendations of new films to check out, and b) want to revisit a film you loved and see it in a new light!

We have a diverse roster of films for our discussion including:

  • Moonlight (hands down – Sean’s favorite film of the year)
  • Lion
  • Manchester By the Sea
  • Patriots Day
  • La La Land
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Hidden Figures
  • The Witch
  • 13th
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Julieta
  • Jackie

Those are the films  – but you’ll have to listen to see which moments gave us the feels, the chills, the laughter and the thrills.

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Make sure to check out our other year-end episodes:

Top TV Shows of 2016

Essential Music of 2016


This scene from Moonlight features Mahershala Ali and Alex Hibbert and depicts the main character, Little, learning how to swim.

Dave Karger and Amita Patel want you to pack the kleenex and enjoy Lion’s heart tugging story and gorgeous cinematography. Check out the trailer.

Big Sell 30 Day 7: A.O. Scott reviews The Birth of a Nation

#BigSell30 is one week old! Say it with me – one new piece of pop culture, once a day for 30 days!
Sean David Johnson aka @therealseanjohn here with our Day 7 Big Sell.
birthEarlier this week Amita and I saw a screening of The Birth of a Nation. After the screening and the cast & crew Q &A she and I stood outside the theater and wrestled with our feelings about the film. My conclusion – the film was solid, but not great. Well made, but not extraordinary. Moving and glorious in parts, but also flawed throughout.
If I’m going to sit through a film that assaults me with scenes of emotional and physical horror, that film better be transcendent (like 12 Years a Slave, for example). Unfortunately, The Birth of a Nation does not transcend its limitations or the news surrounding the former sexual assault trial of director Nate Parker.
My big sell for today is the A.O. Scott review of the film. It’s a superb essay on the considerations we make before we see a film and the baggage we bring into the theater.
You can read the his NY Times review: here
Finally, even though I’m not recommending The Birth of a Nation,  I have to say this is still a great weekend to support Black Creators and subject matter. Ava DuVernay’s documentary, 13th, is essential viewing. Issa Rae’s Insecure premieres on HBO this Sunday and contains some of the biggest laugh out loud moments I’ve experienced all Fall.  And if you haven’t binged the entire season yet – Luke Cage on Netflix provides you the opportunity to revel in the fantasy of a bullet proof Black man who fights crime and reads Walter Mosley novels.

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The Week in Black Excellence – IP 47

13thThis week, we are reveling in the gifts of Black Excellence bestowed upon us by the pop culture Gods in film, television and music! We had the exclusive opportunity to watch visionary director Ava DuVernay’s latest documentary, 13th, and discuss why we were so extremely moved by this powerful film.

luke-cageThen, it’s hoodies up as we geek out over our immediate (and spoiler free) reaction to the premiere of Marvel’s Luke Cage.



Plus, Solange drops her latest album, A Seat at the Table, and we immediately put it on repeat!

All that and Sean gives his first Big Sell in the #BigSell30 Day Challenge!

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