film critic Amy Nicholson
found out first-hand that Michael Shannon is a pretty stern Monopoly player during a recent game with the actor, who portrays a tortured Orlando real-estate baron in the upcoming 99 Homes
. Nicholson and Village Voice
film editor Alan Scherstuhl
open this week's Voice Film Club podcast
with that movie before moving onto Crimson Peak
, the dreamy and dark ghost story from director Guillermo del Toro.
Also this week:
• After wishing her small roles in movies this year were bigger, we finally get Judy Greer fulfillment with Addicted to Fresno
is a movie about the Mexican drug war that struggles to find a story in its bleakness.
film critic Stephanie Zacharek
calls in from the Venice Film Festival in Italy, which felt a lot like Boston because of two films: Black Mass
, the Whitey Bulger biopic in which Johnny Depp plays the nasty Boston gangster. (Oh, and those Boston accents? They're OK.)
• Staying in Boston, Zacharek praises Spotlight
, the movie about how reporters at the Boston Globe
exposed a system of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. "I really loved it and I'm really excited for people to see it," she says.
• Also on this week's pod, the trio talk about the return of Dakota Johnson, whose character wreaks havoc in Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash.
The movie also features a rock-star Tilda Swinton, who wears a sequined jumpsuit straight out of Bowie's closet.
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