BFG Week In Review Podcast #040: Sundance, ‘Yellowjackets,’ and ‘Peacemaker’

Our editor and writers break down the week in culture

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In this week’s (40th!) Book and Film Globe Week In Review podcast, editor Neal Pollack welcomes not one, but two film critics who are attending the virtual Sundance film festival. Stephen Garrett misses the crowds and the fanfare, but enjoyed holing up with a friend in upstate New York and watching 27 movies in five days. Sara Stewart doesn’t miss the real festival at all and says that despite its reputation as a downer this year, Sundance actually is the same celebration of indie film that it always is.

The conversation turns to documentaries, like W. Kamau Bell’s four-hour exploration of the sinister legacy of Bill Cosby, and Evan Rachel Wood’s exploration of her abuse at the hands of Marilyn Manson. Those docs got most of the buzz at Sundance, but don’t sleep on cool, innovative features, say Sara and Stephen, like ‘Emergency’ and ‘Blood.’ There’s also a film where Sebastian Stan is a cannibal who only eats women.

Speaking of eating women, Paula Shaffer stops by the wheelhouse to talk about the hit Showtime series ‘Yellowjackets’, which remembers a time when teenage girls turned into cannibals after plane crashes because they didn’t have cell phones. Paula says Yellowjackets deserves all the hype, and praises the performances both of the adult performers and the teenager performers. It’s ‘Lost’ for a new generation, combined with ‘It,’ and hopefully they’ll wrap it all up smoothly.

Rob Kutner appears to talk about the John Cena superhero comedy series ‘Peacemaker,’ and has mostly good things to say about the series’ rapid-fire humor and mostly good-natured shaggy dog attitude. Plus, Neal cannot stop talking about the show’s theme song, as performed by the Swedish band Wig Wam. Do you really wanna taste this podcast? You know you do.

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