Find Your Film Podcast Praises “Profound Moments” In ‘Stray’ Documentary



This week on Find Your Film we review Stray, a Turkey set documentary that centers on the life of several dogs. The award winning film is directed by Elizabeth Lo, and all three of us had high praise for the doc. Other movies covered include the new Shudder release Lucky (I dug it, Bruce didn’t) and the Disney Plus release Raya and the Last Dragon!

Directed, shot and edited by Elizabeth Lo, Stray centers on three strays as they attempt to navigate through Turkish society. The dogs’ relationships between the humans (most notably several young Syrians) are also spotlighted in this immersive documentary, and one of its many strengths centers on Lo’s cinematic approach to the material (which she briefly touches on during our interview).

A scene from STRAY, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Co-hosts Bruce Purkey and Eric Holmes have a ton of eloquent things to say about Stray, and most importantly you can learn more about the project by going to its official website and/or renting it on here (Find Your Film gets a small commission as an Amazon Associates member).

I’m not the biggest animation fan, but Raya and the Last Dragon is a film I can watch over and over again. It’s a highly recommended feature. Lucky, now streaming on Shudder, is another film I dug, but please listen to Bruce’s take on the film for a more well rounded picture of the feature!

Eric Holmes’ recommendations are Apple TV+’s Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds and Freaky. Bruce Purkey’s picks are Martha Marcy May Marlene, Taipei Suicide Story, and the What’s in the Box pick My Winnipeg (thank you Jeff Bassin for the recommendation).

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:53 – Eric Holmes does one of many stabs at a Werner Herzog impersonation!
1:14 – Bruce is a purkeydog!!!
2:40 – Main reviews include Raya and the Last Dragon, Stray and Lucky.
4:00 – Movie Rewind: Bruce was not a fan of Cherry!! He actually flipped the screen!!
9:00 – Eric Holmes did not recommend Willy’s Wonderland but I really dug it!
12:51 – Our main review is Stray, a documentary directed, edited and shot by Elizabeth Lo.
14:56 – Bruce Purkey found some “profound moments” in the documentary.
16:05 – Eric compares Elizabeth Lo’s Stray to the Maya Deren short The Private Lives of a Cat
20:23 – Bruce also links the movie to Nomadland.
21:38 – Bruce stayed for the end credits saying “it was so beautiful” and “so awesome”
24:58 – This is “what documentaries should be” – Eric Holmes
27:46 – Bruce and I review the Shudder release Lucky.
37:50 – I love when all three of us have different opinions on a movie!
40:16 – Eric Holmes’ first recommendation is Freaky. “This is a pretty fun movie” – Holmes.
44:46 – Bruce’s first recommendation is Taipei Suicide Story which he saw as part of the Slamdance Film Festival.
49:35 – My recommendation this week is Raya and the Last Dragon.
60:00 – Eric starts an interesting conversation about supporting independent film.
65:42 – Luz: The Flower of Evil shout out!!
66:47 – Bruce’s second recommendation is Martha Marcy May Marlene.
74:30 – Eric recommends Werner Herzog’s latest doc Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds.
78:59– Eric Holmes and Bruce Purkey do more Werner Herzog impressions!
79:40 – Our next director’s spotlight will be Ronald Neame – we are reviewing the moviefs Hopscotch and The Poseidon Adventure!
80:15 – Thanks to Jeff Bassin for this week’s What’s in the Box segment – his choice, reviewed by Bruce Purkey is My Winnipeg. Bruce calls it “super awesome and super fun.”
87:34 – Thank you Jezpur Quinn for your What’s in the Box selection of Dream Demon!!

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