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The Lovebirds just hit Netflix, so Jon and Will are hitting the mic to talk about it. Does this new action rom-com starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, which was originally planned for a theatrical release, scratch our itch for a studio comedy hitting the early ebbs of summer? Also, stay tuned for some extra reviews this week, including The Vast of Night, an indie sci-fi movie that just hit Amazon Prime Video and drive-in theaters. Jon gets a chance to express his love for The Painter and the Thief, a recent Sundance documentary that’s now available via VOD. And the Cinemaholics finish the episode with a more topical discussion about black and white films, tied in with a review of To the Stars, another VOD release.

This week’s theme music: “Just Wanna Chill” by Dominant.

Show Notes:

  • 00:00:00 – The Jon & Will Cut
  • 00:04:05 – Off-Topics
  • 00:08:25 – The Lovebirds
  • 00:24:45 – The Vast of Night
  • 00:29:55 – The Painter and the Thief
  • 00:40:25 – To the Stars

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Jon Negroni

Jon is one of the co-founders of InBetweenDrafts and our resident film editor. He also hosts the podcasts Cinemaholics, Mad Men Men, and Rookie Pirate Radio. He doesn't sleep, essentially.


  • Vawn says:

    I checked out THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF off your recommendation and it doesn’t disappoint! I haven’t seen as many films as you guys in 2020 so far, but it’s probably my favorite of the year right now.

  • BookBoy says:

    Lovebird was all right. I have to agree with Will though that is such a netflix movie, I’m kinda surprised they originally planned for it to be theatrical. but I guess they were hoping this would be another Big Sick.

  • Cory W says:

    I watched To the Stars in color and it was extremely flat like Jon said. The B&W version is much better for sure, but I really wish I could have seen it on a big screen. Also, you guys didn’t mention Roma for your B&W films of recent.

    • Will Ashton says:

      Yeah, that one slipped my mind until after we finished recording. Definitely a huge overlook on our part. I also remembered a few others like The Artist, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Ida, Frances Ha, and Frankenweenie, among others.

      • Cory W says:

        Yeah there’s weirdly been a lot recently. Funny how some movies are so banal with the format (Artist) while others couldn’t be quite as good without it (Ed Wood).

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