Movies 101 Roundtable reviews on movies from Spokane reviewers Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart, Nathan Weinbender, and guests.
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Roundtable reviews on movies from Spokane reviewers Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart, Nathan Weinbender, and guests.

Most Recent Episodes

"The Taste of Things" & Oscar Nominated Live Action and Animated Short Films

The Bee Gees sang about "Night Fever," but this time of year the main feeling among movie fans is "Oscar fever." On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss still more Oscar nominees, specifically the Live Action and Animated Short Film programs. But before that, they talk about the sumptuous French blend of cuisine and amour titled "The Taste of Things."

"The Taste of Things" & Oscar Nominated Live Action and Animated Short Films

"The Teachers' Lounge" & "The Greatest Night in Pop"

We're still a month away from the Super Bowl for movie fans, which is how Movies 101 typically views the annual Oscars broadcast, so there's still plenty of time to catch up with the various nominees. On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss one of those nominees, the German film "The Teachers' Lounge," which is up for Best International Feature Film, and then shift direction to talk about the Netflix documentary "The Greatest Night in Pop."

"The Zone of Interest" & 25th Annual SpIFF

It's been over two decades now and the Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF), despite a number of obstacles, continues to thrive. On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss what to expect from the 2024 Spokane International Film Festival, which begins its eight-day run this weekend. Prior to that, though, they discuss "The Zone of Interest," a German-language film—written and directed by British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer—that has been nominated for five Academy Awards.

"Origin," "Self Reliance" & SpIFF Preview

On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss a big-screen feature titled "Origin" and a Hulu streamer titled "Self Reliance," and also give a quick preview of the coming Spokane International Film Festival.

"All of Us Strangers," "Society of the Snow" & "Remembering Gene Wilder"

One of the most admirable human characteristics is that of endurance—the ability to forge on despite dire circumstances. On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss three movies, each of which tackles some variation on that theme. "All of Us Strangers" stars Andrew Scott as a man haunted by a tragedy he suffered as a pre-teen, "Society of the Snow" is another retelling of the 1972 Andes airplane crash, and "Remembering Gene Wilder" is an exploration of the late comic actor's life—which at one point involved the loss of a beloved partner and at another was challenged by a crippling disease.

"All of Us Strangers," "Society of the Snow" & "Remembering Gene Wilder"

"American Fiction," "The Iron Claw" & "Four Daughters"

More than halfway through the month of January, and we at Movies 101 are still catching up with the movie releases from 2023. On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss three films from last year: the social commentary "American Fiction," the study of dysfunctional family and professional wrestling titled "The Iron Claw" and the Tunisian documentary "Four Daughters."

"Poor Things," "Ferrari" & "Fallen Leaves"

It's already a new year, and yet we here at Movies 101 central are still catching up with the gaggle of late releases from 2023. On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss three of those releases. First up is "Poor Things," a bizarre blend of feminism and—as Leslie Kelly terms it—"arty soft-core porn." Next, the biopic of the late carmaker Enzo Ferrari, titled succinctly "Ferrari," and then a Finnish study of an off-again, on-again would-be love affair called "Fallen Leaves."

2023 Retrospective

It's that time again—when along with looking ahead to a new year, we look back at the one we just lived through. And for movie fans, that means recalling what wonders we saw on screens both big and little. On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart run down their picks for what each of them thought were the best films of the last year. They also list some of the rest of what they thought made 2023 the year that it was, for good and bad.

"Maestro" & "Leave the World Behind"

We're deep into the Oscar calendar now, what with film producers releasing the projects that they hope, if not expect, will garner them those consummate, golden movie awards. On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss one of those projects, the Bradley Cooper film "Maestro," which Cooper didn't just direct and co-write, but which he also stars in the title role as the late Leonard Bernstein. They discuss, too, a Netflix release, "Leave the World Behind," that stars not just one, but two past Oscar winners, Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali.

"The Boy and the Heron" & "May December"

As we all know, winning an Oscar is Hollywood gold, literally and figuratively. On this week's show, Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender, and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two films that represent Oscar status in a number of ways. The first film is "The Boy and the Heron," the latest animated feature from Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, winner of a Best Animated Feature Oscar for his 2001 film "Spirited Away." The second is "May December," which was directed by Oscar Nominee Todd Haynes and stars not one but two Best Actress alumnae: Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman.