The Principal (Feat.Vick Damone Jr. & Shawn Pryor)

2Dec

What a crazy movie...

With Cameron out on his acting grind, Jordan is joined by returning guest Shawn Pryor and from the #allpodsmatter podcast the hilarious Vick Damone Jr. to discuss a favorite of the wrap around sunglasses crowd, 1987's The Principal. 

Jim Belushi basically beats up Black and brown kids for 109 minutes and we have questions. Like how, and why? Also, is Michael Wright the greatest example of Black don't crack? And Vick hits us with some great Oakland trivia and history. 

Check out #Allpodcastsmatter wherever you get your podcast. Vick is out here reviewing the latest movies as well as talking pop culture and politics. And follow Vick at @itsdamone

Also Shawn is currently running a Kickstarter for the 3rd part of his comic series Ignition! "Struggling to make ends meet & fighting for custody of her son, Jemele Reid accepts a transporter job, taking Spencer & his "cargo" from Dayton, OH to Las Vegas in a little over a day. And that leads to TROUBLE."

Movie's recommended: Lean on Me 

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The Last Samurai (Feat. Barathan Vidhyapathy)

25Nov

On this episode, we travel back to 19th century Japan to answer one of the burning questions of our time: Tom Cruise is really the last samurai? We're joined by the our very first international guest, the super talented Barathan Vidhyapathy of the FOCAL channel on Youtube to discuss Edward Zwick's historical drama The Last Samurai (2003). 

So much to get into. Was Kevin Costner looking at this movie like Soulja Boy was looking at Drake? What was the point of Taka's character? Who was the last samurai, and does it even matter if the film is only concerned with if Algren can overcome his past and not...you know, Japan as a country. 

We also talk about how this movie is nowhere close to historically accurate, how we could remake it without Algren, and Cameron embraces the void! 

Movies to watch: Yojimbo, Seven Samurai, Mifune: The Last Samurai

Barathan is very cool and has so many cool things going on. Check out his YouTube channel here for great video essays on stuff like Temple of Doom and Mad Max. Also support the Patreon here.

As always, follow us on Twitter at @white_pod, subscribe, rate and review! Also, if you can spare anything, donate to the First Nations COVID relief fund to help aid Native people in need. 

 

Django Unchained Pt. 2 (Feat. Fiq the Signifier)

18Nov

Part two with our special guest, Fiq the Signifier finds us getting into this research and ranking Django on our Caucacity Meter. Did Tarintino make the greatest slavery film ever? He certainly thinks so. Also Fiq shares a behind the scenes story about Leo and Sam Jackson, and we think about how to remake this movie in a way that keeps the exploration but loses the white savior. 

 

You absolutely need to subscribe to Fiq's channel to catch up on all the amazing work he's putting out. He's got videos on everything from allyship, to Bo Burnham's latest special, to the gender politics of Love and Basketball. If you like us, you'll love what he's got going on. Check out his Patreon and follow him on Twitter @fdsignifier 

As always, you can follow us @white_pod and write to us at whitepeoplewontsaveyoupod@gmail.com 

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Django Unchained Pt.1(Feat. Fiq the Signifier)

18Nov

We got another two parter! This week we saddle up and head to Candyland with Fiq the Signifier to talk Quentin Tarintino's 2012 spaghetti western slavery revenge mash-up, Django Unchained

In this first part we discuss what if this movie was made for Black people, the difference between Tarintino and Paul Wall, and the differences between Django and Inglorious Bastards. Also, Fiq learns that a white man directed The Wiz

You absolutely need to subscribe to Fiq's channel to catch up on all the amazing work he's putting out. He's got videos on everything from allyship, to Bo Burnham's latest special, to the gender politics of Love and Basketball. If you like us, you'll love what he's got going on. Check out his Patreon and follow him on Twitter @fdsignifier 

As always, you can follow us @white_pod and write to us at whitepeoplewontsaveyoupod@gmail.com 

Rate us, review us, and subscribe! We love you! 

 

Dune (Feat Cate Young)

10Nov

For the first time ever, we've got a fresh one! Dune is one of the most hotly debated movies of the year and the question everyone has been asking us is: Is Paul a white savior? Here to help us make sense of the newest film iteration of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi epic is film critic Cate Young. 

We get into the central question of Paul and Jordan does his best to play resident Dune expert by providing the evidence for and against. We also talk about the ways to go about adapting stories for a modern era, and try to figure out what the hell was up with the bagpipes?

You truly need to follow everything Cate is doing, so check her out on Twitter @battymamzelle as well as her phenomenal Insecure coverage for Vulture, and her awesome newsletter on Substack, 30 Flirty Film

Films recommended: Eternals, Spencer, Rat Film

Please, please, check us out at @white_pod because we will be dropping all of our research for this episode on our timeline, so if you want to read any of these articles and others we didn't have time to mention you can read them there. Also if you have anything we missed our if you think we got this all wrong, hit us up at whitepeoplewontsaveyoupod@gmail.com

We love y'all, see you next week!  

Temple of Doom (Feat. Marcus Kwame Anderson and Jamie Noguchi)

3Nov

"It's me and Steve!" 

Talk about killing nostalgia, we look back on a movie we all were fond of (except understandably Jamie) and realize it's one of the most racist blockbusters ever made. 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is just a wild ride of racism and misogyny from start to finish.

We discuss the infamous dinner scene, how bad breakups fueled the dark tone of the movie, and what the hell is going with Short Round. Plus, we reimagine what a movie starring Short Round would be like (and if he had a real name) and also add a new level to our caucacity meter!  

If you're not already familiar you absolutely need to check out Marcus and Jamie's work. Both are fantastic creators and are doing some stand out work. 

Find Marcus at @marcuskwame on Twitter and @Marcus_kwame on IG. His book with David F. Walker, The Black Panther Party, a Graphic Novel History is a must have. He is also one of the hosts of the Black Comics Chat podcast. 

Jamie Noguchi can be found at @angryzenmaster and has plenty of great work out on Thenib.com and is co-creator of The School for Extraterrestrial Girls series.

As always, you can keep up with us at @white_pod and reach out to us at whitepeoplewontsaveyoupod@gmail.com to suggest movies for us to watch or give us your own reimagining's of these movies.

Love y'all, till next week!

Dances With Wolves (Feat. Shea Vasser

28Oct

They should have never given Kevin Costner money. This week we take a look at a movie so boring and tedious that we struggle to tell the difference between the 3 hour theatrical cut and damn near 4 hour directors cut. Yes, it's time for 1990's Best Picture winner and the highest grossing western of all time, Dances With Wolves. 

We're joined by the incredible Shea Vasser to discuss how this movie is so long yet nothing happens. Also what was up with Mary McDonnell's hair, several wild behind the scenes stories, and marvel at how this movie won so many damn awards. 

Movies recommended: One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Reservation Dogs. 

Please do yourself a favor and read Shea's excellent Through a Native Lens column at Film School Rejects where she breaks down some of the best and worst of indigenous representation in film. 

And as always, check us out at @white_pod on Twitter, and feel free to write us at whitepeoplewontsaveyoupod@gmail.com 

We love you, see you next week! 

Stargate (Feat. Craig Hale)

20Oct

Open your Third Eye's brothers and sisters( and beautiful people between and outside genders), we're traveling back to The Motherland! Craig Hale (of the I Want You To Watch This podcast) joins us as we traverse the Stargate to talk...Stargate. 

Roland Emerich's 1994 blockbuster is as messy as it wants to be, playing fast and loose with history and all of our ancestors. We discuss how a white woman is somehow the main love interest, Jaye Davidson flexing to get the bag, and how effortlessly James Spader is able to decipher the Ancient Egyptian language (maybe it's the hair?). 

Movies recommended: Space is the Place, The Mummy (1999)

Listen to I Want You To Watch This to catch their take on Stargate and follow Craig on Twitter for more takes @Catharticus

As always, subscribe, tell a friend, give us all the stars that circle the moons of Abydos. You can write to us at whitepeoplewontsaveyoupod@gmail.com and you can follow us on Twitter at @white_pod.  

Avatar (Feat Raafi Rivero)

13Oct

Oooof. This weeks movie is the highest grossing film of all time but at what cost...at what cost? We're discussing James Cameron's 2009 epic, Avatar. 

We're joined for the first time by a guest who actually enjoys the movie, Filmmaker and founder of Unarmed, Raafi Rivero. We discuss if Avatar has had any lasting cultural impact, James Cameron's white savior inspirations for the film, and the Jake Sully of it all. Also, what's up with those ponytails?

Recommended Films: The New World, Get Out, 

Please, ,please, ,please follow Raafi at @raafirivero on all social media and visit https://unarmed.co/ and support this amazing project! Also check out his website: http://raafirivero.com/ .Very, very cool stuff. 

As always, hit us up at @white_pod on the Twitter and feel free to write us at whitepeoplewontsaveyou@gmail.com 

Peace! 

 

 

Hardball (feat Black Girl Film Club)

6Oct

This week we're stepping up to the plate with the wonderful hosts of Black Girl Film Club! Ashley and Britney almost chose violence and made us watch Soul Man, but thankfully opted for 2001's Hardball instead. That's right, our boy Keanu is back to save us again. 

We talk about everything from Keanu just being a terrible adult in these kids lives, G-Baby's adorable and well proportioned bullet hole, and how this movie is basically all lies (who would have thought?)

We also discuss this being Michael B. Jordan's film debut, that wild DMX needle drop, and of course the infamous Hardball music video with all the "lil's". 

Movies to watch instead: A League of Their Own, The Mighty Ducks, Hoop Dreams

Please do yourself a favor and follow Britney and Ashley at @blkgirlfilmclub and find the podcast wherever you get your podcasts. You can find more at blackgirlfilmclub.tumblr.com

And as always, subscribe, rate, review, and tell a friend to check us out. We love y'all and we'll be back next week with Avatar!

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