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Aaron Lanton, Keith Dennie, and Tim Molloy look at pop culture through a racial lens, focusing on the low-key things some people might miss to discuss their deeper meanings. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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In by far our favorite episode, we take a break from talking about movies other people made and talk about "The Moment" — a thoughtful and moving romance written and directed by your very own Low Key co-host, Keith Dennie! Joining us is "The Moment" producer Charles W. Bush, who helped bring the film to life. Charles and Keith talk about every elem…
 
The newish Netflix action film Kate stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as an assassin in Japan, working for a mentor played by Woody Harrelson. It's full of tropes — the last job, the assassin who bonds with a young woman — but they worked for us. It's got bright lights, rampant anime influences, and great music. We just wish there was a little less bac…
 
We start this episode by talking about why we love Disney+'s What If, which scrambles and tweaks our favorite Marvel stories to imagine how they might have gone a little differently. The, inspired by What If, we think about the many directions into which the MCU could go — how will the X-Men come into play? What's up with the Spideyverse? And which…
 
James Gunn's The Suicide Squad doesn't give its characters much plot armor — that enchanted substance, created by corporations and screenwriters, that protects bankable characters from dying, no matter what. Will Bloodsport (Idris Elba) make it through the mission alive? Will Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)? Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnamon)? Nothing is guar…
 
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in The Last Mercenary, a new Netflix French film about a master-of-disguise mercenary named The Mist (Van Damme) who comes out of hiding when a bureaucratic error threatens the safety of his long-lost son. There's also a race to keep something called The Big Mac from falling into the wrong hands. But it's so much more ne…
 
A bold decision by Kevin Smith in the new Netflix series Masters of the Universe: Revelations has angered some fans of the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. We talk about how the decision actually solves a big problem with He-Man — and share a personal theory about why Adam has been less than honest with Teela for the last 40 years o…
 
Summer of Soul, the directorial debut from Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, takes us back to Harlem in 1969 for a series of concerts that included a who's who of brilliant Black artists, from Stevie Wonder to Nina Simone to Sly and the Family Stone to Mahalia Jackson, among many, many more. Tim, Aaron and Keith had pretty different reactions to the film…
 
In this episode, dads Aaron and Tim and non-dad Keith discuss the Kevin Hart Netflix comedy Fatherhood, about a dad struggling to raise his very young daughter alone. We talk about diapers, dumb preschools, what the first steps look like, and lots of other dad stuff, and what we love and fear about raising kids. Also: Shoutout to a notorious Memphi…
 
Sweet Tooth is your typical coming of age tale about a post-apocalyptic, pandemic scorched Earth with a human-deer hybrid kid searching for his lost mother in the (mostly) lawless Western United States - average Netflix stuff, right? The story from the show differs greatly in some aspects from the Vertigo comic book of the same name. The changes ar…
 
M.O.D.O.K. stands for Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing. Is he also designed to be good subject for a Hulu stop-motion comedy? We talk this episode about whether the brainchild of Patton Oswalt and friends can sustain a show. We agree on at least one thing: the look of M.O.D.O.K. is absolutely great. See acast.com/privacy for privacy an…
 
Those Who Wish Me Dead, the awesomely titled new thriller from Taylor Sheridan, stars Angelina Jolie as a smokejumper who must protect a boy with valuable secrets from a pair of assassins. Does it work? We're divided this week, in large part because we aren't sure if the MacGuffin at the center of the film works. (A MacGuffin, of course, is a plot …
 
The Outside Story, directed by Casimir Nozkowski, defies the rule that films need to be high-stakes. It's the tale of an introverted editor (Brian Tyree Henry) who gets locked out of his apartment and is forced to spend a few hours... outdoors. We liked it. Some critics are mad at this small, kind-hearted movie for not being about police brutality …
 
Invincible, from Amazon Prime, is the work of a super team. Created by The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman, produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (who have developed a spectacular track record), and voiced by A-listers led by JK Simmons and recent Oscar nominee Steven Yeun, it's the most impressive cartoon we've seen in a damn long time. …
 
In the Oscar-nominated short film Two Distant Strangers, a young Black man (Joey Bada$$) finds himself trapped in a hellish time loop, relentlessly targeted by a racist white cop. The film is written by Emmy winner Travon Free, who directs with Martin Desmond Roe. Free says the film is meant to illustrate the exhausting, horrific repetition of poli…
 
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, from showrunner Malcolm Spellman, builds on our nostalgia for buddy movies like Lethal Weapon 2. But it also offers a glimpse at what might have been if HBO had moved forward with Confederate, a proposed show from the creator of Game of Thrones that Spellman was to have worked on. Spellman and his team have manage…
 
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