Pop Style Opinionfest: Movie Talk: “Being the Ricardos,” “Belfast,” “The Power of the Dog”

Posted on December 03, 2021

Okay, kittens. We kept this one really simple for you because we’ve found that our most straightforward podcasts are our best ones. And also because we’re dying to talk about these movies. That’s right. We flipped on our mics and went all in on three films; one’s about to drop, one doesn’t premiere for another month and one just came out this week.

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve had plenty to say about the casting of Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos. Here’s where you find out if we were right to be worried, with a full breakdown of Nicole’s take on Ball, as well as reviews of Javier Bardem’s Desi, and J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda as William Frawley and Vivian Vance. Plus: Does Sorkin understand  I Love Lucy? 

Then we’re off to Belfast, cinematically speaking.

 

 

 

 

Find out why it left us in tears, what films it could reasonably be compared to, and whether nostalgia has artistic value. Plus: Tom has a minor identity crisis!

And finally, we have MUCH to say about Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, starring Kirsten Dunst and Benedict Cumberbatch.

 

 

 

We saved this one for last because it’s out now on Netflix so we went deep on some of the spoilers and unpacked just what that ending meant for all of the characters and whether or not it really counts as a twist. Is it weird to suggest that Campion’s femaleness determined the film’s nature and aesthetic point of view?

 

 

 

It’s all there, darlings. Dive in with us! The water’s fine.

 

[Photo Credit: Glen Wilson/Amazon Content Services LLC, Courtesy of Netflix, Rob Youngson/Focus Features – Video Credit: Netflix/Youtube, Focus Features/YouTube, Amazon Prime Video/YouTube]

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