Thursday, May 30, 2024

Podcast: The Whale / Empire of Light – Episode 512

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This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we discuss Darren Aronofsky’s polarizing new film The Whale and the latest from Sam Mendes in Empire of Light! Plus, a few thoughts on Blonde and The Menu.

This week’s episode was a little bit of a doozy. The Whale is a challenging film to talk about given how polarizing it is. Some people love it and others hate it with passionate conviction. We did our best to be open-minded about it and hopefully that comes through in our conversation. Same thing with Blonde during the break segment, as many have come to despite that film as well. Regardless, it was fun to talk about Brendan Fraser once again and we are rooting hard for the guy.

On that note, check out this week’s show and let us know what you think in the comment section. Thanks for listening and for supporting the InSession Film Podcast!

– Review: The Whale (5:38)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Samuel D. Hunter
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau

– Notes / Discussion (59:04)

This week for our break segment, we talk about a few movies that we’ve recently caught up with, including Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, Cartoon Saloon’s My Father’s Dragon and the fun social satire The Menu!


RELATED: Listen to Episode 475 of the InSession Film Podcast where we discussed Everything Everywhere All At Once!


– Review: Empire of Light (1:27:52)
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Sam Mendes
Stars: Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward

Show Sponsor: First Time Watchers Podcast

– Music

Midnight Storm – Rob Simonsen
Empire of Light – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
The Return of the Eagle – Atli Örvarsson

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JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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