Seeing the Fellini in Cuarón and the Kubrick in Lanthimos.
Adam and Josh break out the high praise for their reviews of Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA and Yorgos Lanthimos's THE FAVOURITE – both films in the conversation for the best of 2018, and both departures of sorts for the directors. For "Roma," Cuarón returns to his native Mexico for the first time since 2001's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," while taking on writing, directing, shooting and co-editing jobs to tell the personal story of his middle class upbringing in early '70s Mexico City. Lanthimos, who has spent his career so far making chilly and darkly funny contemporary fables, time travels to early 18th century England and the reign of Queen Anne for his latest, a costume drama that proves to be a perfect playground for the director's bleak wit and gimlet-eyed view of humanity. Those reviews, plus Josh on Golden Brick contender HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING and the Best of 2018 listener poll.
0:00-1:10 - Billboard
1:10-20:14 - Review: "The Favourite"
Nino Rota, "Roma" (Theme)
20:53-21:37 - Donations
21:37-24:26 - Next Week / Notes
24:26-35:26 - Golden Brickspotting: "Hale County This Morning..."
35:26-39:47 - Polls [Best of 2018, Cuaron's Best]
39:47-1:00:40 - Review: "Roma"
1:00:40-1:03:43 - Close
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