Podcast: Go See 12 Years a Slave, All is Lost, and Avoid CBGB

On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson disagree on Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave -- a beautifully shot film, contrasting the all-too-visible evil of mankind.

They endorse All is Lost, a genuine nail-biter, scrupulously made and fully involving, elemental in its simplicity.

Voice music editor Brian McManus joins Alan to discuss CBGB, a movie about the NYC rock club that should probably be avoided.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave.
Photo by Jaap Buitendijk
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave.

Recommendations:

Amy has five new Netflix recommendations, Brian encourages us to check out A Band Called Death, out on Netflix now, and Alan suggests the 316-minute Eight Deadly Shots.

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Jack Hanley
Jack Hanley

Listening to the dim and infantile tripe of Amy Nicholson's disparaging review of 12 Years a Slave (mostly because it got a little too "real" for her) makes me yearn for a return to intellectualism in American criticism. Can we formulate a plan to trade her for the ghost of Pauline Kael?

 

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