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Creed Gold Standard of Franchise Revivals
March 8, 2023
The successful re-invention of the Rocky franchise via the Creed films is fairly unprecedented in cinematic history: Creed III is […]
LOKI Time Keepers
June 22, 2021
Sometime last week, everyone watching Loki agreed at about the same time that the Time Keepers are just a lie. We’ve been down this road before.
Those Who Wish Me Dead Angelina Jolie
May 22, 2021
Those Who Wish Me Dead finds Angelina Jolie trying to rescue a boy with a secret — a MacGuffin of a secret that propels the entire film forward.
May 22, 2021
With Invincible, Amazon Prime may have managed to produce a superhero story that is even more brutal than its live-action series The Boys.
Concrete Cowboy horse philadelphia idris elba
April 9, 2021
Concrete Cowboy, a new Idris Elba film about teenager who falls in love with the cowboy life, is the subject of our latest Low Key Podcast.
The Sound of Metal Darius Marder Nicolas Becker Riz Ahmed
December 17, 2020
The Sound of Metal begins with an idea that may sound impossible to film: Heavy metal drummer Ruben begins to lose his hearing during his band’s tour.
His House
October 31, 2020
His House, by Remi Weekes, starring Wunmi Mosaku and Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, is an immigration horror story where the characters are truly trapped in a haunted house.
Lovecraft Country Jurnee Smollett
October 26, 2020
Lovecraft Country, subject of the latest Low Key podcast, blends many genres together, mostly successfully. We talk about its achievments and imperfections.
Merawi Gerima Residue, Gentrification, and Trying to Go Home Again (Low Key Podcast)
September 25, 2020
A young Black filmmaker named Jay tries to go home again in Residue, the new debut film from Merawi Gerima. But home may not want him back.
Woke Low Key podcast
September 18, 2020
Woke follows Keef Knight, played by Lamorne Morris, whose efforts to live a lighthearted life are undermined by police brutality.
1BR Movie News Extraction Chris hemsworth Save the Cat
September 14, 2020
1BR, which became the top film on Netflix recently, goes beyond the normal horror-movie takes on violence. We discuss in the new Low Key podcast.
Red sand Black Panther Chadwick Boseman
September 4, 2020
On Sunday, my wife and I spoke to our toddler about what happened to Chadwick Boseman, the actor who plays the hero in his favorite movie, Black Panther.
Project Power
August 27, 2020
Project Power, like recent Netflix action hits, doesn’t just feel like a movie: It feels like the setup for future sequels and spinoffs.
Shirley Shirley Jackson Elisabeth Moss Odessa Young Josephine Decker
August 21, 2020
The latest Low Key podcast covers Shirley, a film about the brilliant American Gothic author Shirley Jackson, played by Elisabeth Moss.
Robert Pattinson Batman COVID-19
August 14, 2020
Robert Pattinson told GQ recently that he wasn’t working out hard for The Batman, which begs the question: Does Batman have to be buff? We discuss.
Beyonce Jay-Z Black Is King
August 7, 2020
Our latest episode of the Low Key podcast covers the Beyonce visual album Black Is King and the importance of its pan-African tapestry.
Amaryllis Fox Business of Drugs
July 30, 2020
The Business of Drugs host Amaryllis Fox says she ‘can’t help wonder whether legalization and regulation is the only real option.” We discuss.
Charlize Theron Kiki Layne The Old Guard
July 18, 2020
Are The Old Guard more like the X-Men? Or a team where everyone is Blade? That’s among our points of discussion on the new Low Key podcast.
Do the Right Thing Low Key podcast
July 2, 2020
Do the Right Thing still feels sharply relevant after 31 years: Every group feels aggrieved, lashing out with both words […]
June 26, 2020
I live in Tennessee. Keith Dennie, one of my Low Key Podcast co-hosts, lives in Texas. And another, Tim Molloy, […]
Da 5 Bloods Spike Lee
June 18, 2020
The new Spike Lee joint Da 5 Bloods shows how generations of people are impacted by wars they never wanted to fight or be near in the first place.
What is the Snyder Cut
June 1, 2020
The Justice League Snyder Cut will be released as an HBO Max exclusive sometime in 2021. In the latest Low Key Podcast, we talk about what it all means.
Murder to Mercy Cyntoia Brown podcast
May 27, 2020
Murder to Mercy shares the story of Cyntoia Brown, a woman sentenced to life in prison at 16 for killing a man while she was being sex trafficked.
Uncorked Niecy Nash Mamoudou Athie Memphis
April 18, 2020
How well does Uncorked capture the feel of Memphis? On this week’s Low Key podcast, two guys from Memphis help answer that question.