Focusing on the media, "Lass is More" sits down with the individuals who make the movies and shows that people are, or will be, talking about. The things we watch are not created in a vacuum, but rather as responses to far larger thoughts and issues. From why someone took a role to what it means to them to where they’re going next, we put the pieces of the puzzle together. The "Lass is More" podcast gets to the core of the issue, offering perspective on both the people involved in a project, and the project itself.
Writer/director/star Noël Wells ("Master of None," "SNL") drops by the podcast today to talk to us about her new movie, "Mr. Roosevelt." The wide-ranging chat touches on everything from the origin of the characters to takeaway messages for the audience to Wells' favorite responses from those watching.
One of the questions that regularly occupies Josh's mind is that of how we become who we are. That is, what is there in that vast hodgepodge of our history that blends together to create each of us individually and our worldview. What better way to explore that question than with two movies hitting blu-ray this week -- "Cars 3" and "The Glass Castle."
Maggie Betts joins the podcast this week to talk about her film, "Novitiate," which is currently out in select theaters. The film focuses on nuns, and those studying to be nuns, as the Vatican II talks take place. Betts, the writer and director of the film, was at Sundance this year with "Novitiate," where she won the Director Breakthrough Award, and it later screened at TIFF as well. Here she tells us what went into crafting the story and how much changed when she was on set.
The filmic adaptation of "Dreamgirls" is getting a swell new Blu-ray release this week, but watching it Josh couldn't help but think that the sort of fame and power offered up in the movie is fame and power Josh just doesn't want. Then again, he doesn't want the fame and power afforded Peter Parker in "Spider-Man: Homecoming," so maybe he just doesn't want fame and power at all.
Ah, lighting. It sets the stage. It adds flair. It lets the audience know in ways that are not always subtle whether they should be laughing or crying, scared or amused. As with anything though, moderation may be the key. It is possible to push mood lighting far enough to destroy the mood.
In this lightly spoiler-y episode (you have been warned) of the podcast we talk about some of the major problems with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales." Does this once great franchise have anything left to give or is it time for Johnny Depp to hang up his pirate boots and move on to dry land?
There are some things which just are not done. One does not, for instance, eat pastrami on white bread with mayonnaise, one does not yell "fire" in a crowded theater, and one most definitely does not avoid the crust when eating a pie. On this podcast we talk "A Ghost Story," pie etiquette, and more.
Sometimes gifs of minions and bananas get sent to those we love. This can happen for any number of reasons from a query about purchasing them (bananas, not minions), to suggesting a snack (again, bananas, not minions), to a simple method of greeting. On this episode we look at a little at (romantic) relationships and how they play out in two films from this year -- "The Big Sick" and "The Hero."
This week we revisit the question of recommending movies. What, for instance, do you do when the choice is between two movies--in this case "The Mummy" (2017) and "First Kill" (2017)--neither of which is very good. How do you go about picking them apart and making that choice?
Anthropomorphizing animals can work either to the benefit of a film or it can detract from it... or maybe it isn't necessary at all. As with so many things, this depends on the story being told. Today we have two distinctly different takes on the depiction of animals -- "Born in China" and "Megan Leavey." Listen and find out how they do.