Episode 349 – Fifty Shades Darker / John Wick: Chapter 2 / Logan

Sex and violence abound in this Podcast!  We do our best to keep it PG-13 as we discuss:

  

  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Logan
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Episode 348 – Gold / A Dog’s Purpose / A Cure for Wellness

It’s time for Moviewallas and we continue coverage of the early 2017 releases in this week’s podcast:

  • Gold
  • A Dog’s Purpose
  • A Cure for Wellness
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Episode 347 – Silence / The Founder / Split

In our first review Podcast of 2017, we discuss:

  

  • Silence
  • The Founder
  • Split
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Episode 346 – Our Top Movies of 2016

It’s time for our 2016 Best Of Round Up.  Listen in to this week’s special extended Podcast where we are joined by San Diego CityBeat film critic Glenn Heath Jr. (@MatchCuts) to talk about our favorite releases from 2016.

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Strike A Pose | Review

There are few pop songs that are as memorable as Madonna’s1990 hit VOGUE and along with it the iconic video that brought Voguing as a dance form into the mainstream conscience.  Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Extravaganza were the vogue dancers and choreographers from the Harlem “House Ball” community who introduced “Vogueing” to Madonna and who later would become her main choreographers for the video and the Truth or Dare tour.
 
If you grew up in the era of MTV, not only will the words STRIKE A POSE make you wave your arms in the air and perhaps stick out your butt but this is also the name of the acclaimed documentary directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaag abut seven young male dancers  (including Jose and Luis) – six gay, one straight who joined Madonna on her most controversial tour.  On stage and in the iconic film TRUTH OR DARE – one of the highest-grossing documentaries ever – they showed the world how to “Express yourself”, now, twenty-five years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. 
 
STRIKE A POSE is a fabulously candid documentary that reunites these sleek and effervescent dancers, exploring their lives after the tour and legal battles with Madonna, their glamorous and largely inspirational impact upon society, the horrific effects of HIV/AIDS during and since the 90’s and what it meant to participate in one of the most iconic and controversial tours of pop history. The film also explores what it’s like to overcome shame and find the courage to be who you are.
 
Watching people age over time is always a luxury and so this movie does a wonderful job of showing the promise that was and where these incredible dancers ended up.  As important as the story of the star is the story of those who get to bask in the fairy dust for a short period of time; It is clear that Madonna made a huge difference in these men’s lives and the short intense formative period of time that they spent with her was extremely meaningful for these men that left a long lasting effect.
 
The movie isn’t just a “Where are they now”, at times, it manages to go deep and uncovers the realities of youth, disease and even what the dark aftermath of fame (by association) can feel like.  Watching the genuine love and respect that remains between this group of talent after all of these years is beautifully captured and of course THAT song in the background will have you tapping your toes and clicking your fingers if not striking your own pose.
Following critical acclaim and successful premieres in Berlin and Tribeca, STRIKE A POSE comes to New York for its theatrical release at IFC on January 18, 2017, followed by its broadcast premier, an exclusive VOD release, and a home video release later in June to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month.  Check local listings: http://madonnadancers.com/req.php?req=static.php&page=where-to-see
 
 

Episode 345 – Passengers / Assassin’s Creed

In our final Podcast of 2016 we discuss:

  • Passengers
  • Assassin’s Creed

 

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Episode 344 – A Monster Calls / Hidden Figures

Happy Holidays!  In this podcast we talk about the December 2016 releases:

– Hidden Figures

– A Monster Calls

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Episode 343 – Miss Sloane / Collateral Beauty / Allied

It’s time for another round-up as we head toward the end of the year.  In this week’s Podcast we talk about:

 

– Miss Sloane

– Allied

– Collateral Beauty

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Episode 342 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In this Episode of Moviewallas we review:

– Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Episode 341 – La La Land / 20th Century Women / Jackie

The 2016 Awards season is in full swing and we review three of the major contenders in this Podcast.

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– La La Land

– 20th Century Women

– Jackie

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