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It’s been a while since we did a “counter programming” episode, covering the three movies released this weekend outside of theaters. We opened the show with a topical discussion about Lightyear‘s weak box office weekend and the overall direction of streaming releases as alternatives to theatrical event movies. Then we slide into our discussion of Spiderhead, a sci-fi thriller starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller, which is now streaming on Netflix. After that, we head over to Apple TV+ for our full review of Cha Cha Real Smooth, which stars Cooper Raiff and Dakota Johnson. And we finish things out with Good Luck to You Leo Grande, which is now on Hulu and stars Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack.

Intro Music: “Inner Sparkle” by Lenny B & Second Harbor

Show Notes:

  • 00:00:00 – Ligthyear‘s weak opening weekend
  • 00:12:10 – Spiderhead review
  • 00:44:00 – Cha Cha Real Smooth review
  • 01:10:00 – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande review

Synopsis for Spiderhead

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO FIX HUMAN NATURE? A prisoner in a state-of-the-art penitentiary begins to question the purpose of the emotion-controlling drugs he’s testing for a pharmaceutical genius. [Source: Letterboxd]

Synopsis for Cha Cha Real Smooth

Fresh out of college and stuck at his New Jersey home without a clear path forward, 22-year-old Andrew begins working as a party starter for bar/bat mitzvahs—where he strikes up a unique friendship with a young mom and her teenage daughter. [Source: Letterboxd]

Synopsis for Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. Nancy Stokes doesn’t know good sex. Whatever it may be, Nancy, a retired schoolteacher, is pretty sure she has never had it, but she is determined to finally do something about that. She even has a plan: It involves an anonymous hotel room, and a young sex worker who calls himself Leo Grande. [Source: Letterboxd]

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