When people learn what I do, they think it must be a great job, watching movies for a living. But here’s a secret: The perk of the job isn’t seeing movies. It’s being able to talk about them.
Take the film Nomadland, which just cleaned up at the Oscars April 25. It took home three of the evening’s biggest awards: Best Actress (Francis McDormand), Best Director (Chloe Zhao) and Best Picture. And in some respects, it looks just like the sort of movie that gets Oscars: artsy, pensive, some might even say a little slow. And yet dig a little deeper, and it’s not typical at all.
Our team has engaged in hundreds of conversations over movies that, like Nomadland, require a little digging. Sometimes we can passionately disagree with each other over the movie’s merits or message. Sometimes we come to the table with unexpected insights or fresh thoughts, and sometimes these conversations wind up being about more than the movie itself. Because, after all, good conversations about film are never just about the film: They’re about us, too.
For this latest episode of The Plugged In Show, Plugged In Director Adam Holz and I tried to give you a taste of one of those over-the-cubicle-wall conversations, using one of Oscar’s buzziest pics. We tackle the cultural and surprisingly spiritual themes of Nomadland, discussing where the movie succeeds—and where it fails.
Listen in, why don’t you? If you have a third of the fun listening to it as I did participating, the show will be well worth your time. Oh, and check out links to everything else we talk about, too.
- Gift of Any Amount Offer: Burning Bush 2.0 by Paul Asay
- Plugged In Review: Nomadland
- Plugged In Blog: “The Oscar Noms are Out, and Some Are Surprisingly Clean”
- Plugged In Blog: “Was That the Weirdest Oscars Ever?”
- Plugged In Review: Minari
- Plugged In Review: The Father
- Focus on the Family: Setting Media Standards
- Focus on the Family: Making Wise Entertainment Choices
- Plugged In: Tech Guide
- Focus on the Family: How to Develop Media Intelligence in Your Home
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