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On the morning after an historic election in Northern Ireland, we discuss Kenneth Branagh's childhood remembrance of the start of The Troubles - with filmmaker and professor Cahal McLaughlin of Queen's University, Belfast. As a child, Dr. McLaughlin lived only a few streets away from the street portrayed in the film. As an adult he works to bridge the divide between Northern Ireland's communities as Director of the Prisons Memory Archive."Belfast" challenges us to consider a number of themes: from intimate concerns about debts, secrets and safety within the home, to larger issues of tolerance and understanding across tribal lines. Rich, Blake and Kofi ponder a variety of questions - drawing on Cahal's childhood observations and his experience as a lifelong activist working for social justice. We encourage you to check out Cahal's work with the Prisons Memory Archive and his portrayals of violence at the hands of UN Peacekeepers in Haiti and Police and Army personnel in Brazil.#belfast #kennethbranagh #fatherhood #family #fathersandsons #love #belfastmovie #searchingforatticus #parenting #buzzsprout 
The Father

The Father

2022-04-2201:10:24

Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman star in Florian Zeller's masterful drama about the struggles of a man suffering from Alzheimer's disease and the daughter who cares for him. The film earned five Oscar nominations and two awards - including Best Actor for Hopkins and Best Adapted Screenplay for Zeller and Christopher Hampton).Blake, Kofi & Rich wrestle with the film's many difficult issues: How do we best understand those suffering from brain disease and dementia? How do we  balance our obligations as care givers with our responsibility to care for ourselves? How do we broach conversations about planning for incapacity and end-of-life care with our loved ones?RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT:Canada:If you have Alzheimer's and wish to support family and friends:ResourcesHelp guide for those caring for someone with Alzheimer'sHelp for Family CaregiversI'm Caring for a Person Living with DementiaSupport Groups TorontoDementia Support ServicesOntario Caregiver OrganizationVancouverBC Support Groups through Alzheimer's.caMontrealCareDoveUS:Support for those with Alzheimer'sCaregiver SupportNational Institute on Aging: Help with Alzheimer's Caregiving #alzheimers #dementia #alzheimersawareness #caregiver #endoflifecare#fatherhood #motherhood #parenting #dadlife #parenthood #family #dad #love #father #fathersday  #kids #fatherandson #searchingforatticus #buzzsprout
For this conversation about the latest big-screen take on the Dark Knight, we've called in a bit of an expert. Dr. Brandon Bosch teaches in the Sociology and Political Science Departments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He's published scholarly works looking at authoritarianism and the role of women in the Batman films. Blake, Kofi & Rich talk with Brandon about the enduring appeal of the Batman character, the similarities between Paul Dano's portrayal of the Riddler and the QAnon and Incel crowds, and the lack of trust of authority on both sides of the political spectrum.  We also look at how Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) struggles with his family's legacy in this movie - and consider what sorts of legacies each of us deals with in our own lives.If you want to read some of Brandon Bosch's articles on Batman, follow these links:"Why so serious?" Threat, Authoritarianism and Depictions of Crime, Law and Order in Batman Filmshttps://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1296&context=sociologyfacpubBat Meets Girl: Adapting the Dark Knight's Love Life to the Big Screenhttps://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1644&context=sociologyfacpubThe Batman Trailer is ©Warner Bros. Pictures
The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

2022-03-2501:05:54

Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee star in Jane Campion's much-lauded slow-burn thriller set in the American West. Kofi, Blake & Rich wade through the story's themes of loneliness, isolation, toxic masculinity and damage. We talk about bullying and being bullied, about the savage criticism levelled at both the film and the filmmaker, and we have a little fun with the Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator.Clips in this podcast are ©Netflix#powerofthedog #netflix #Oscars2022 #benedictcumberbatch #toxicmasculinity 
It's Spring Break, so we're taking a little respite from our full-length episodes and sharing two smaller conversations this week. In the first, Kofi poses a provocative question.While discussing the Oscar-nominated "King Richard," Kofi asked Rich  and Blake if race had ever factored into a decision they've made while parenting. The answers are both simple and complicated. We'll return next week with a look at another Oscar nominee: The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven

2022-03-0401:12:04

George Clooney and Brad Pitt head up a band of lovable rogues in Steven Soderburgh's master class in "cool." Blake, Kofi & Rich talk about what makes this movie so rewatchable, why law-abiding citizens such as us love a good heist movie and why George Clooney is such an icon of modern manhood. Rich also shares a bunch of trivia and inside info surrounding the film. After all, he's seen it more than a hundred times. And Blake looks into whether the "pinch" portrayed in the movie would really set off the temporary blackout the gang needs to pull off the heist. For a more detailed answer on that, check out this article from American Physical Society:https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/200203/oceans-eleven.cfm Clips contained in this podcast are ©Warner Bros. Pictures
King Richard

King Richard

2022-02-1856:44

Will Smith turns in a sensitive and nuanced performance as the ambitious and complicated Richard Williams - father to not one, but two of the greatest players in the history of women's tennis. The movie follows the remarkable rise of Venus and Serena Williams from the gang-infested hard courts of Compton, California to Venus's debut on the pro tour. But the focus is on Richard  and the challenges he both overcomes and creates with his 78-page plan for his girls' success. Rich, Kofi & Blake discuss the ambitions we envision for our kids and whether audiences will see this movie as a source of inspiration, a cautionary tale - or perhaps, a bit of both.Clips contained in this podcast are ©Warner Bros. Pictures#kingrichard #venuswilliams #serenawilliams #raisingyoungathletes #coachingyoungathletes #parenting #parenthood #fatherhood #motherhood #fatherdaughter #sports #tennis
Miracle

Miracle

2022-02-0401:05:53

With the Winter Olympics underway, Blake, Kofi & Rich take a look at Miracle - the story of the greatest upset in sports history, when an unsung team of American college hockey players beat the mighty Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY on their way to winning the gold medal.The movie features the best hockey cinematography ever. It also does a superb job of capturing both the malaise of the late 70's and the thrill of the Miracle on Ice. As inspiring as the story itself is, the idea of modern coaches (and bosses) taking inspiration from head coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell) is not as cut-and-dry.  We discuss how Brooks is haunted the fact that he was a late cut from the 1960 gold medal USA hockey team. We take a hard look at the way he disciplines - or even bullies - his players. We also ask whether his technique of casting himself as a villain can actually work as a means of bringing his players together. (The answer: yes, for a short time, anyway.)Clips in this podcast are ©Walt Disney Pictures#miracle #miracleonice #olympics #winterolympics #beijing2022 #parenthood #fatherhood #dadmovies #searchingforatticus #doyoubelieveinmiracles #usahockey #growingup #safesport #parenting #coachingyoungathletes 
In the Heat of The Night

In the Heat of The Night

2022-01-2101:15:45

Kofi, Blake & Rich pay tribute to the late Sidney Poitier with a look at one of his most iconic roles: homicide detective Virgil Tibbs in Norman Jewison's "In the Heat of the Night."The film is a murder mystery laced with the racial intensity of the Deep South, featuring some crackling exchanges between Tibbs and the good ol' boy police chief played by Rod Steiger. In his work both on-screen and off, Sidney Poitier's strength of character pushed white audiences to reconsider their notions of black men and provided people of colour (like a young Kofi) with a dignified role model. In that sense, his life provides a road map for anyone. Clips contained in this podcast ©MGM Studios.#sidneypoitier #racism #growingup #growingupblack #rolemodels #intheheatofthenight #mrtibbs #theycallmemrtibbs
Training Day

Training Day

2022-01-0751:16

Denzel Washington wins the Best Actor Oscar and Ethan Hawke earns a Supporting Actor nomination in the portrayal of what has to be the worst "first day on the new job" of all time. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Ayer, Training Day is a tense thriller that tells the story of a young cop (Hawke) eager to earn a spot on the LAPD narcotics squad and the corrupt detective (Washington) who manipulates him through a day filled with drug use, conspiracy and eventually, murder.Blake, Kofi & Rich dive in - discussing the simultaneous appeal and revulsion of this film, the power of intimidation and how Training Day serves as an extreme but relevant cautionary tale for anyone eager to achieve their ambitions. #manhood #growingup #trainingdaymovie #denzel #mentalhealth #worklifebalance 
Die Hard

Die Hard

2021-12-2401:03:08

New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) ruins a perfectly good Christmas Eve in Los Angeles for Hans Gruber and his friends (Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov & Al Leong among others) - at least that's how director John McTiernan is said to have approached this Christmas classic.Rich, Blake & Kofi discuss why Die Hard IS a Christmas movie; how intense experiences can engender quick bonds between men; and how we cast people as villains or allies in our own lives. Happy Holidays!
Elf

Elf

2021-12-1047:40

Will Ferrell's infectious enthusiasm delights in Jon Favreau's Christmas classic about a fully-grown man - raised as one of Santa's elves - who heads to New York in search of his birth father.Elf  treads through some familiar Christmas tropes, but as Blake points out, the themes at the heart of this movie would be relevant at any time of year. Buddy the Elf (Ferrell) is a man-boy searching for his own identity, and his father Walter (James Caan) is a man who has lost perspective on how to balance the priorities of work and family. More than anything, though, Elf is one of a handful of Christmas movies that Blake, Kofi & Rich can watch many times over the holiday season. Join us to laugh and marvel at Ferrell, Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen and Peter Dinklage - all working under Favreau's magical touch. 
No Time to Die

No Time to Die

2021-11-2601:01:40

Even if we weren't enormous James Bond fans, we'd be talking about Daniel Craig's last turn in the role. No Time to Die presents a very different Bond from even the man we talked about a few episodes ago in Skyfall. This is a James Bond who's in and out of love, betrayed and hurt - maybe even disposable.How does that reflect our times? Does it make Bond more heroic, or simply more mortal?SPOILER ALERT: Don't worry. If you haven't seen the film, you're good for the first half of the pod - and we give fair warning before we spoil the heck out of this one. 
Whale Rider

Whale Rider

2021-11-1201:00:52

Niki Caro's heartfelt story of love, tradition and inspiration is one of our favourites. Whale Rider follows the complicated relationship between village elder Koro (Rawiri Paretene) and his granddaughter Paikea (Keisha Castle-Hughes). Despairing over the decline of the Maori people he leads, Koro seeks a successor among the village's first-born sons - all the while ignoring and even chastising Paikea for the leadership qualities she can't help but express.Rich, Kofi & Blake discuss the remarkable performances and filmmaking on display, as well as the ways in which traditions and expectations can complicated even the most loving relationships. 
Get Out

Get Out

2021-10-2901:03:57

It's Hallowe'en - so we HAVE to talk about a scary movie. But Jordan Peele's 2017 masterpiece is no run-of-the-mill horror flick. Get Out takes the casual racism and stereotyping that people of colour experience every day and turns it into a provocative "social thriller."Blake and Rich are full of questions for Kofi about how we interact about race within our own friendship. We discuss how black people are objectified, how they are made to feel invisible, and how Jordan Peele and an outstanding cast - led by Daniel Kaluuya - created such a profound and thrilling film.
The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

2021-10-1501:11:15

Blake, Kofi & Rich set out to tackle Wes Anderson's offbeat comedic tale of a disbarred, disgraced and despicable father who sets out to con his way back into the lives of his grown-up genius children - and somehow ends up connecting with them. Along the way, Blake shares some very personal details of his childhood that some listeners may find disturbing. This is a conversation that starts with us discussing about quirky comedy and leads to a deep dive into the challenges and rewards of forgiveness.#childabuse #mentalhealth #forgiveness #survivingabuse
Skyfall

Skyfall

2021-10-0157:54

There's no hiding our excitement at the upcoming release of the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die. But as we anticipate the next appearance of 007, Rich, Kofi & Blake are  talking about Skyfall - the movie that reset the Bond franchise. Well, Skyfall is where we start... More than anything, this is a conversation about who Bond is, what he represents and why on earth we love this man who lies and kills, and in whose story so many women appear to be completely disposable. #007 #notimetodie #skyfall #james bond #manhood #growing up
Stillwater

Stillwater

2021-09-1748:38

Matt Damon's latest film is the thought-provoking story of Bill Baker, an Oklahoma oil rig worker who travels to France to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who's been convicted of killing her girlfriend. When she passes him a note with new information that might exonerate her, Bill begins to seek out the real killer. Along the way, he enlists the help of a French woman (Camille Cottin). Befriending the woman  and her young daughter (Lilou Siauvaud) gives Bill a new lease on life, love and fatherhood. But old habits die hard.The movie prompts Blake, Kofi & Rich to talk about the demons they fear in their own relationships, how their worries compare to dads of previous generations and the ways in which Bill Baker compares to another dad we've discussed - Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in Taken. #stillwater #stillwaterfilm #mattdamon #tommccarthy #fatherhood #parenting #fatherdaughter 
Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer and Tom Skerritt star in Robert Redford's masterful screen adaptation of Norman Maclean's beloved short story about two brothers growing up in Montana in the early 20th century. A River Runs Through It poses some challenging questions, namely: How do we help those who don't want our help? And how do we love those whom we do not understand?Join Blake, Kofi & Rich as they discuss a movie we think of as essential viewing for all men.
Date Night

Date Night

2021-08-2053:33

Steve Carell & Tina Fey play suburban couple Phil & Claire Foster, whose special night out in New York City goes completely sideways when they impersonate another couple in order to snag a prized reservation at an exclusive restaurant.The film's a crazy romp, but its underpinnings are good fodder for discussion. Kofi, Blake and Rich talk about the dangers of routines, the challenges of keeping things fresh and what qualifies as a "date night." 
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