CinemAddicts Ep. 85: ‘The Wife,’ ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ And ‘The Little Stranger’

Left to right: Glenn Close as Joan and Jonathan Pryce as Joe Photo by Graeme Hunter, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Can’t believe it’s August already, and Anderson and I have a ton of movies and other things to cover. For extra information about episode 85, please read below!

We start off the program once again with the continuing filmmaking journey of Anderson Cowan. He recaps his latest stops at in Denver and Colorado Springs (shout out to CinemAddicts supporter Boston who’s mentioned on the program), and his next Groupers private screening is on Saturday, August 4 at San Francisco’s PianoFight. For info, go to or you can purchase tickets over at Eventbrite. I know a whole bunch of you who are reading this post have already seen Groupers, and feel free to comment below and offer up your honest thoughts on Anderson’s flick!

After some Groupers discussion, we spend a couple of minutes, thx to Anderson’s cool segue, to discuss Matt And Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars, a podcast which focuses on the press junkets that Matt Levitz and I covered during the 1990s (9 out of 10 of these junkets were covered by at least one of us). Each episode features some uncut interviews with the stars and filmmakers of the various films. My personal favorite (we’re a bunch of episodes in) is True Romance (fyi TR is one of Anderson’s top films).

Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher on the set of EIGHTH GRADE. Photo by Linda Kallerus; , courtesy of A24

In our July recap, Anderson cites Eighth Grade as his top movie of the month and I, in predictable fashion, praise the heck out of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Anderson also gives the thumbs up (at least when it comes to streaming) to the documentary Generation Wealth. I also wanted to throw out a bit of love to Hot Summer Nights, which a lot of people are saying is a Goodfellas knockoff. It sure is, but I actually dug it. Here’s video from my interview with Hot Summer Nights actors Maika Monroe and Alex Roe discussing the visual stylings of Hot Summer Nights:

As Anderson stated, August is a huge month for movies, and one film to put on your radar, especially if you’re a Glenn Close fan, is The Wife. Opening August 17th, this flick should net Close an Oscar nomination and, since she’s never received an Academy Award, this may be her time (her performance is the best part of the film which, in general, is a solid drama). The coming of age drama Never Goin’ Back, which features excellent work from actresses Maia Mitchell (fyi her favorite movie is Once) and Camila Morrone, is another indie film you should look up. It opened August 3 in select theaters, and although it seems like a lightweight romp about two young Texas waitresses who continue to screw up, it actually has a bit of grit to the proceedings (which I briefly discuss on the podcast). Anderson’s humorous dig at my love for young women was obviously facetious and I was a party to that humor, but more importantly what I forgot to mention is that Mitchell and Morrone have great chemistry. It would be great to seem them work together in another film, as their dynamic simply pops off the screen.

Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone – Photo by Clay Grier, courtesy of A24

Other topics discussed on the show is Anderson’s take on the possible downfall of Moviepass, whether or not Spike Lee is an awesome filmmaker (me and Anderson are on opposite sides), and the creative viability of Crazy Rich Asians and The Meg. I was really mean to Crazy Rich Asians on the episode, and hopefully the film proves me wrong and I’ll be eating crow during September’s episode. Films that Anderson is also marking down to see for August include Alpha, The Happytime Murders, and The Little Stranger.

My biggest recommendation is A Prayer Before Dawn, the true story of a British boxer (Joe Cole) who must fight to survive in a Thai prison. It’s definitely one of the most intense films I’ve seen – flick comes out August 10th and I’d love to hear your feedback on this movie!

Lastly, Anderson and I will be discussing films that are important to us in a new section called Spoiled Cinema. We’ve already taped our first segment (Harold and Maude) and I’ll have that audio up by the end of the weekend! Here’s the latest episode of CinemAddicts below . . . and if you have comments on this installment or anything else, please share your insights or email me! Thx again for your support!

****Oh wait, Anderson was right – Pick of the Litter is a documentary that may be worth checking out. Apologies for scoffing at that choice Anderson! Here’s the trailer:

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