Da 5 Bloods and The King of Staten Island

Episode 178 · June 16th, 2020 · 56 mins 33 secs

About this Episode

They've been saying that the summer movie season is canceled for at least a couple months now, but that's not stopping some heavy hitters from putting new work out there. This week has seen big releases from both Spike Lee and Judd Apatow.

First up, Da 5 Bloods (available on Netflix) follows a squad of black soldiers from Vietnam who return to the country decades after the war. That's all we'll say about the plot, but you know Spike Lee's got some themes on his mind, and this release comes right in the middle of a time when a lot of people are ready to discusss them.

Next up, Pete Davidson's partial autobiography, The King of Staten Island (available for on-demand rental). Judd Apatow has really dialed in his ability to maintain solid humor while serving up emotion over his past few films, so a story that covers loss in 9/11 and some of Davidson's not-so-secret personal struggles should make for a good watch, but things can always go sideways. Is this a hit or a miss?

And why not throw in a Top 3 for the fun of it, eh? Inspired by Spike, why not talk about our favorite movies with digits in the title? Seems like a little more fertile ground for discussion than "movies with an NYC burrough in the title", at least.

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