Episode 7: Exit Through the Gift Shop

This is a fascinating documentary, seen before by Mike but not Max, that is . . . initially about street art, focusing in particular on the legendary street artist Banksy but it’s also about how the focus of a narrative can change in unexpected ways.

Episode 6: To Kill a Mockingbird

In Episode 6, we discuss the classic adaptation of the Harper Lee novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which Max had seen but Mike had not.  Starring Gregory Peck, this movie is a remarkable depiction of both a children’s coming-of-age story and the racial tensions that plague a small town . . . something disturbingly relevant to this country today.

Episode 5: The Wolf of Wall Street

Here we have a (not) family-friendly little flick that Mike had seen but Max had not.  “The Wolf of Wall Street” tells the tale of the Big Bad Wolf after he decided to stop going after pigs and decided to try his paw at investment banking.  Ok, not really; this movie is based on the life of a REAL person; Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a man who truly embodied the notion that success can bring excess.  Fascinating story; not for the young ‘uns.

Episode 4: Raising Arizona

This week’s movie is “Raising Arizona,” the early Coen Brothers classic that Max had seen and Mike had not.  Starring Nicholas Cage, Holly Hunter, and the Warthog From Hell (hey, that’s what Holly Hunter calls him) this is one of most Coen-esque of Coen Brothers movies ever to Coen it’s way into your Coen.