Booksmart + Moonlight

Booksmart + Moonlight
Podcast: Double Feature
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Mainstream films with the stomach for sexuality identity discourse. Booksmart makes an appeal to both blockbuster and niche audiences. Rewat...

Posted April 29, 2021
Hosted by Eric Thirteen & Michael Koester
Tags:All PodcastsYear 13

Episode Notes

Mainstream films with the stomach for sexuality identity discourse. Booksmart makes an appeal to both blockbuster and niche audiences. Rewatchability – how editing and pace and reward an audiences many times over. Challenging the far too common trope of sexual identity and experimentation in the college years. Other ways Booksmart pushes narrative to be just a bit more sophisticated. Moonlight is a surprising breakthrough. Why Moonlight should garner attention even before any discussion on its themes or narrative. Dissecting the relatability of a film you don’t see yourself in. Double minorities and the fracturing of networks of support.

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Booksmart

Booksmart


Released: May 24, 2019
Runtime: 102 min | IMDB | Wikipedia

Director: Olivia Wilde
Writer: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman
Starring: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jessica Williams

Two academic teenage superstars realize, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

Moonlight

Moonlight


Released: October 21, 2016
Runtime: 111 min | IMDB | Wikipedia

Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe

The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

 
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