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Jan 11, 2021

On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are ruining our damn lives by not knowing when to just freaking stop with our good friend and special guest, the inimitable Landon Coats! This week, we’re talking about the 2019 film from the Safdie Brothers, Uncut Gems.

Ugh, I need to take a shower. This movie isn’t going to leave you feeling bright, chipper, and clean by the end of it. I mean, content warning: if you or someone you know suffers from a debilitating addiction issue, then this film may not be for you. That is, unless watching someone spiral all the way down the bottomest of rock bottoms is an effective deterrent for you. If that’s what you need, then this one could be your saving grace.

It sure is something to watch another human being do everything they can to ruin their life. All shown over an agonizing two hours and fifteen minutes. Except it’s more tragic than that—Howard Ratner clearly isn’t able to control himself. It’s obvious he doesn’t like getting beat up, pissing off his family, or losing more money in a matter of hours than most people will make in an entire year. Who would enjoy that? Yet, he continues to throw away whatever life-saving breaks he’s given.

The guy has a serious gambling addiction, and it’s everyone around him who has to suffer the most. He gets a quick (albeit dreadful) out at the end of the film.

This is a tough watch, and yet, it’s one of the most rewarding films of the year. It’s a complex depiction of a side of humanity that none of us want to ever witness. We turn away and hide from addiction because it’s uncomfortable to deal with. Unless you turn this film off, there’s no turning away from Adam Sandler’s character.

The Safdie brothers deserve every good thing that happens to them for their work in crafting this gruesome masterwork. However, it’s clear that Sandler is the star of this film, no doubt about it. There should be no end to the praise he receives for his exhausting, complex, deep performance. It’s a damn shame that he wasn’t given even an Oscar nomination for his performance because it was the best of the entire year. Our hats are off to him.

This is a difficult film to watch, but if you can stomach it, you’re going to witness something special. This is an experience.

(Recorded on November 16, 2020)

Links to Stuff We Mentioned:

Uncut Gems - IMDb

Uncut Gems trailer - YouTube

Can’t Lie on the Internet | State Farm - YouTube

Adam Sandler - IMDb

Daniel Day-Lewis - IMDb

Steven Soderbergh - IMDb

Let Them All Talk - IMDb

Punch-Drunk Love - IMDb

Hubie Halloween - IMDb

Billy Madison - IMDb

That's My Boy - IMDb

Murder Mystery - IMDb

The Ridiculous 6 - IMDb

Sandy Wexler - IMDb

Taylor Lautner - IMDb

Pixels - IMDb

100% Fresh - Netflix

Little Women - IMDb

Josh Safdie - IMDb

Benny Safdie - IMDb

Greta Gerwig - IMDb

Songbird - IMDb

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - IMDb

Will Ferrell - IMDb

Gal Gadot Leads a Star-Studded Cover of John Lennon's “Imagine” - YouTube

Darius Khondji - IMDb

Good Time - IMDb

Midnight in Paris - IMDb

Se7en - IMDb

Amour - IMDb

The high-tech secret behind the stunning cinematography of “Uncut Gems” - Input

Kevin Garnett - IMDb

Dick Grayson | Batman Wiki - Fandom

Frozen - IMDb

The Lord Of The Rings' Fellowship Actors All Got The Same Tattoo - Screen Rant

Paul Thomas Anderson - IMDb

Philip Seymour Hoffman - IMDb

Lando Calrissian’s amazing yellow top in Rise of Skywalker

Spanglish - IMDb

Reign Over Me - IMDb

Funny People - IMDb

Jesse Eisenberg - IMDb

The Social Network - IMDb

The Master - IMDb



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