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    • I love film discussion podcasts, so I’ve been enjoying the energy you bring to the films you analyze - for example, disagreeing about Philip Glass’ soundtrack in CANDYMAN! How do you define what’s up for discussion? 

    • Vince: I'm a big fan of some of the more serious episodes; Moonlight, Daughters of the Dust, Nothing But A Man, etc. because it really shows how passionate we are about the subject matter...but the Tyler Perry episodes (Why Did I Get Married?, Acrimony, Tyler Perry's Temptation) are magnificent spectacles of hilarity!

    • Len - Everyone loves our Driving Miss Daisy debate and it was fun. But I most enjoyed talking Dolomite with Dorian Missick and Omar Dorsey; just fun energy. Same for our recent conversation with Tia Whitfield on The Best Man. Honestly though, my favorites are ones when Vince hates a movie but says 'it's interesting'. That means we're in for some real good BS, folks. Wear your boots.

    • Some questions from a colleague: “A perhaps obvious question that’s been on my mind a lot this year, with GREEN BOOK and all, is…to what extent should white people be making movies about black stories? It seems complicated. On the one hand, it would be good to see more movies about black people and their stories. On the other, if white people are telling those stories, aren’t they telling them from a white perspective? Is that more harmful than helpful? Also what is Quentin Tarantino’s best film and why is it JACKIE BROWN?”

    • Vince: It is complicated. Obviously, I think people telling their own stories have a heft that, oftentimes, gets lost when others try to speak for them but, to paraphrase Maya Angelou-who thought Shakespeare must have been a Black woman to understand her so well-good stories are universal. In a skilled craftperson's hands, I have no problem with white people telling the stories of Black people even though, again, I wish Black artists had more opportunities to tell their own stories. The problem is, and Green Book is a good example, so many white creators don't have the respect of Black culture and Black humanity to do a proper job. And, yes, Jackie Brown is Tarantino's best film...but Django Unchained is the greatest Black cinematic love story of the last two decades. I said what I said.

    • Len - personally, I just look for a good story with well defined characters so I think anyone can write stories of anybody. But if the film is about the 'Black experience', I'd prefer for the creatives crafting the story to have skin in the game, so to speak. That could be writer, producer, director, or what have you.

      And Jackie Brown is the best because it's the most accessible.

    • Last night was the 91st Annual Academy Awards (and I know you did an episode a few weeks ago on the The Binge Lounge on “If Beale Street Could Really Talk”). Did you tune in? What were your thoughts?

    • Len talking so hear me - I was very happy for Spike Lee and Regina King and Ruth Carter. I enjoyed the lead actress speech immensely. Otherwise I didn't care.

      Props to Mahershala for Into the Spider Verse, too 😁

    • Vince: Sigh. Big, big, big sigh. My thoughts are there were no suprises. I think the Oscars have shown themselves to be out of touch and reflective of a specific type of old, stagnant taste and last night was no exception. Just pragmatically, I'm happy for Regina King and Mahershala Ali and the opportunities that, hopefully, the win give them and I'm big, big happy for Ruth Carter but, otherwise, eh. Also, Spiderverse!

    • Vince: Spock Adjacent is really a labor of love that grew out of the conversations that Len and I tend to have before we go, "live." The proto-episode was our, uh, vibrant back and forth about Star Trek Into Darkness and the great response we got because there are a lot of Trek fans among the Missionaries! It's a lot of fun!

    • Len - The Binge Lounge is just an opportunity to take off our critics' hat and be the pop culture geeks we really are. We also get to marinate in nostalgia and be more self indulgent. And silly. Really silly.

    • Len, you’re also a part of the Black Tribbles, an “Award-Winning geeky radio show & podcast of the 5-headed hairy hoard” - and it looks like you collaborate quite often on podcasts and projects. What’s that been like?

    • It's insane but crazy fun. My Tribbles are like herding cats. I'm definitely the Dad of that group where as with Vince, I get to lay back more. My Tribbles are very jealous of Vince because they sense he's my escape from their madness. 😉 And they're not wrong.

    • Vince: Support Black art! We're in the midst of such a great renaissance, whether it's Marlon James and Colson Whitehead churning out actual masterpieces, Ava Duvernay and Lena Waithe working in television or, yes, the fantastic array of Black filmmaking that's going on right now! Get on in and enjoy!