THE POD GENERATRION – Review by Lois Alter Mark

I get that The Pod Generation, Sophie Barthes’ new film about pregnancy in the age of technology, is supposed to be satire; I really do. Yet, instead of laughing, I found myself growing increasingly sad as I watched it. Which doesn’t mean it isn’t good. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s so good, I’m worried it could actually be a foreshadowing of our future. More than a satire, The Pod Generation is a cautionary tale. I wonder what ChatGPT would have to say about it.

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THE POD GENERATION (Sundance FF2023) – Review by Nadine Whitney

Near future dystopia/science fiction narratives are not a new concept. Black Mirror created by Charlie Booker capitalised on our collective anxiety about technology and was often prescient about how contemporary society is shaping itself in the Western World. Sophie Barthes’ The Pod Generation is so adjacent to our future that she incorporates technology from now almost seamlessly. Current generation iPads abound as well as phones that are recognisably the ones most people use at the moment. The “nowness” of Barthes’ vision makes it all the more immediate.

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THE OLD GUARD – Review by Loren King

Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood brings human drama to the superhero characters of The Old Guard, staging many action and fight scenes with lightening-quick finesse while getting dynamic performances from her e cast. But the heart and soul of the movie is Charlize Theron, gleefully believable as a 6,000-year-old warrior who’s saddled with a ghost that will no doubt figure in the next installment of this franchise.

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THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND – Review by Diane Carson

Some rare, remarkable stories are the kind I wish were true, and fortunately The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor knew its inspirational uniqueness as soon as he read William Kamkwamba’s 2016 book of the film’s title, chronicling the true story of thirteen-year-old William, loving school and science.

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DVD Review: “Talk To Me”

“Talk to Me” is a biopic about real life Washington DC-based radio DJ and talk show host Ralph ‘Petey’ Greene (played by Don Cheadle) who ruled the airways during the turbulent 1960s. It was a time of protest and social unrest. When Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, the city’s furious and frustrated black population broke into riots and widespread looting. It was Green’s no nonsense talk–often rife with his own rage–that actually restored order to the city.

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