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More Movies Please!

Apr 27, 2020

On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are taking matters into their own hands with the tense Nick Cassavetes film, John Q.

In a movie that could probably only happen in the U.S., Denzel Washington holds up an entire hospital emergency room because their kid is dying and they’re not wealthy enough to be cared for by insurance companies. How is any of that okay?

Answer: it’s not.

Podcast-wise, Sean starts things off by inquiring from Steven what this movie means to him. This one is a Steven suggestion, and a particularly heavy one, so Sean wanted to know what sort of role this movie played in his dear co-host’s life. This leads into an impassioned discussion about the real world parallels that this movie displays, and also poking some fun at some of the more ridiculous hostages in the film. Speaking of those hostages, it’s a good time to remind everyone that abuse of any kind isn’t good and should really lead to a macing in the face. Every single time.

Sean has some opposing feelings about the movie. Folks, he’s got some thoughts about this one before remembering that this is just a movie and maybe there are better things to feel upset about. Like the sorry reality of healthcare in the U.S. or how much of a jerk face Ray Liotta is in this one. Man, what a jerk face!

But what a committed performance by Denzel Washington! Is it any wonder why he’s one of the all-time greats? He helped give this movie the gravitas it needed. His performance alone is reason enough to watch John Q. Hats off to him.

(Recorded on March 3, 2020)

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