I’m glad to hear that this film marked a tick back up for the crew, although I did appreciate the long-tail trends that you can see from film-to-film that folks pointed out (like the cultivation of seeds that Election Year gestured towards). I’d heard good things about The First Purge (I’ve plugged Kermode before and will do so again, where he called the film ‘solid’, although I think this YouTube clip cuts out some further comments he makes that focus more on the subtext of the film in listener correspondence). I’m definitely tempted to give it a go.
I don’t have a ton of opinions about where, ahem, BGARI should go next, although I would quite like to see something that hops out of B-movie/horror, although I appreciate that might just be what fits into everyone’s interests and counts as ‘rewatch’ material. I’d definitely be keen to get a few recommendations from Zacny if there’s any particularly good historical/war films that he wants to pull out from his archive, as it’s an area I’m mostly unfamiliar with.
(P.S. If there’s any space in the future, would love to get some concise definitions for terms like ‘B-movie’/‘blaxploitations’. I’ve listened to and read enough film discussion to have a general idea about what these terms mean, but an opportunity to nail them down where relevant would be great in future episodes. I appreciate that film crit isn’t necessarily y’all’s wheelhouse, though!)
e: Actually, since this marks a good point, I just wanted to say that I really like the place BGARI has settled into with the balance between recap and discussion.
For me, I think a recap or rewatch show has to balance out for its audience, most of whom probably haven’t watched the work, able to coherently follow the conversation. While a casual conversation will often flit through a film chaotically, I think y’all have shaped how you summarise and then progress through the plot, helping to keep the podcast grounded. A subplot recapped here or there is fine, as it makes more sense to introduce it & summarise it when it makes sense rather than at the beginning.
The discussion is (generally) kept in a sufficiently followable chronological ordering without getting bogged down in the minutia or jumping off the film entirely. This is definitely the kind of recap style I enjoy, so would love to see this keep going on whatever you decided to do next.