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Houselights: A Film Director Podcast

  • House of Lee - 181 - Malcolm X

    23 MAY 2024 · Join us on this episode of Houselights as we delve into Spike Lee's film Malcolm X. Our hosts explore Denzel Washington's riveting performance, historical accuracy, and its lasting impact on American cinema and culture. 
    1h 4m 46s
  • House of Lee - 180 - Do the Right Thing

    17 MAY 2024 · "Do the Right Thing" is a cultural touchstone that remains as relevant today as it was upon its release. Its portrayal of racial tensions, systemic injustice, and the power of community is both a reflection of its time and a prescient commentary on contemporary issues. Spike Lee’s ability to provoke thought and conversation through his art makes "Do the Right Thing" a vital piece of American cinema.
    59m 11s
  • House of Baird - 179 - Star Trek: Nemesis

    2 MAY 2024 · Director Stuart Baird attempts to navigate the complex waters of Star Trek lore, bringing a darker tone to the franchise. The thematic exploration of identity, through the lens of Picard and his clone, offers a compelling study of nature versus nurture. However, the execution falls short of its ambitious premise.  *This episode contains discussions of fictional sexual assault.*
    1h 7m 19s
  • House of Baird - 178 - US Marshals

    25 APR 2024 · “U.S. Marshals” may not surpass its predecessor, but it still offers solid entertainment, especially for fans of action thrillers. While it lacks Harrison Ford’s star power, Tommy Lee Jones holds the film together with his compelling portrayal of Sam Gerard
    56m 49s
  • House of Baird - 177 - Executive Decision

    18 APR 2024 · Stuart Baird's "Executive Decision" may have its quirks, but it's an adrenaline-fueled thriller that keeps viewers hooked from takeoff to landing. Baird's directorial debut showcases his talent for suspense, making this a memorable addition to the action genre. 
    1h 2m 29s
  • House of Gerwig - 176 - Barbie

    11 APR 2024 · With its heartfelt message of self-acceptance and dazzling visuals, Barbie is sure to capture the hearts of audiences of all ages. Greta Gerwig has once again proven herself a fantastic storyteller, and the film further evidences her talent and vision.
    59m 57s
  • House of Gerwig - 175 - Little Women

    4 APR 2024 · Greta Gerwig's "Little Women": A cinematic marvel that delicately stitches together the threads of sisterhood, ambition, and love. Gerwig's adaptation dances between past and present, breathing life into Louisa May Alcott's beloved characters. Saoirse Ronan's portrayal of Jo March is a symphony of passion and vulnerability. With its bold choices and luminous storytelling, "Little Women" invites us to ponder our own dreams against the backdrop of history. 
    54m 28s
  • House of Gerwig - 174 - Lady Bird

    29 MAR 2024 · Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical script captures the essence of adolescence—the yearning for independence, the clash with parental expectations, and the search for identity. Lady Bird’s journey feels real, raw, and deeply personal. Exceptional performances, hyperrealism, quirky characters, and a nostalgic soundtrack make this film a must-watch. It’s a reminder that even in the ordinary moments, there’s extraordinary beauty waiting to be discovered
    55m 46s
  • House of Zwick - 173 - Pawn Sacrifice

    21 MAR 2024 · ​Pawn Sacrifice raises questions about obsession, genius, and the sacrifices made in pursuit of excellence. Whether you’re a chess enthusiast or a curious filmgoer, this movie offers a glimpse into a battle that transcended the chessboard—a battle of ideologies during a tumultuous era.
    49m 55s
  • House of Zwick - 172 - The Last Samurai

    14 MAR 2024 · Set against the backdrop of Japan’s Meiji Restoration, the film follows the journey of Captain Nathan Algren (played brilliantly by Tom Cruise), a disillusioned American Civil War veteran. Algren is hired by the Japanese government to train their newly formed army in Western warfare techniques. However, fate leads him to the samurai, a group fiercely resisting modernization.
    56m 59s

The show started with revisiting all of David Fincher's directorial works but we just had to keep going. Listen week by week, film by flim, as we review every movie...

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The show started with revisiting all of David Fincher's directorial works but we just had to keep going. Listen week by week, film by flim, as we review every movie from our favorite directors.
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