Tag Archives: Changing Reels

newton-w-text February 12

Changing Reels EP. 12 – A Huey P. Newton Story

Spike Lee has been one of the most prolific directors ever since he burst onto the scene with 1986 She’s Gotta Have It. Effortlessly moving from features to shorts to documentaries to television, there is little he cannot do. However, many still question whether or not Lee deserves to be on the top ten list […]

the-red-turtle January 28

Changing Reels Ep. 11 – The Red Turtle

Studio Ghibli is revered all over the world for their films that feature lush animation and inventive stories with universal themes. As the studio’s latest film, The Red Turtle, hits theaters, we decided to take a closer look at the companies’ first international production. Directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit (highly recommend you read our interview […]

sita-sings-the-blues-with-text January 14

Changing Reels Ep. 10 – Sita Sing the Blues

  It is often said that nothing in life comes for free. Well in the case of artist Nina Paley, that is not entirely true. Paley decided to give her animated film Sita Sings the Blues to the masses free of charge. Using the epic Hindu poem as a catalyst for exploring the crumbling nature […]

fireworks-wednesday-w-text December 30

Changing Reels Ep. 9 – Fireworks Wednesday

It is a celebration of Iranian cinema on this episode of the show. First up we seem to have Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night on the brain as Courtney’s short film, Kevin Hamedani’s In Her Place, stars Shelia Vand, who famously played the lead in Amirpour’s breakthrough film. Andrew opts […]

Changing Reels December 16

Changing Reels Ep. 8 – Last Holiday & Millions

As Christmas quickly approaches, we decided to break from our usual format and keep things loose and fun. So instead of discussing our short films selections we are taking a look at two underappreciated Christmas-ish films. First Courtney praises the diversity in the Queen Latifah vehicle Last Holiday, and then Andrew dives into his deep […]

Changing Reels December 03

Changing Reels Ep. 7 – The Midnight Swim

Sarah Adina Smith’s The Midnight Swim is not a film that can easily be summarized. At its core it is a family drama about the connection between three half-sisters and their mother who has mysteriously gone missing. However, it also features elements from the found footage genre, a wonderful musical number, a shawl that is […]

Changing Reels November 05

Changing Reels Ep. 5 – The Bling Ring

In the latest episode of the Changing Reels Andrew and Courtney find themselves on opposite sides as they debate Sofia Coppola’s 2013 film, The Bling Ring. Inspired by real life events, the film follows a group celebrity obsessed teens whose love of fame leads them to start stealing from the very stars they adore. As […]

Changing Reels October 24

Changing Reels Ep. 4 – Love Jones

Due to all the festival coverage last week, I forgot to mention that the latest episode of Changing Reels was released. In this episode we share our thoughts on the 1997 romantic comedy Love Jone, which was recently turned into a musical. The film looks at the ups and downs of relationships through the eyes […]

Changing Reels October 07

Changing Reels Ep. 3 – After Hours

The latest episode of Changing Reels finds Andrew and I revisiting Martin Scorsese’s dark comedy After Hours. The film follows an office worker named Paul (Griffin Dunne) who, in an attempt to woo a woman (Rosanna Arquette) he meets in a coffee shop, encounters the worst night of his life in SoHo. We also discuss […]

Changing Reels September 20

Changing Reels: Episode 2 – The Caveman’s Valentine

In episode 2 of Changing Reels, Andrew Hathaway and I take a look at Kasi Lemmons’ thriller The Caveman’s Valentine. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson as Romulus, a schizophrenic homeless man living in a cave in a New York City park. When a frozen body appears outside his cave, Romulus turns amateur detective in […]

Changing Reels September 07

Introducing the Changing Reels Podcast

After spending three months this past summer working on the Denis Villeneuve retrospective for Can’t Stop the Movies, Andrew Hathaway and I decided to take the leap on another project we had been discussing behind the scenes. The result is Changing Reels! A new bi-weekly podcast that revisits underappreciated films, explores their pop culture significance […]