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Poor Things and The Zone of Interest

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This week on Cinemaholics, Jon Negroni and Will Ashton discuss the films Poor Things and The Zone of Interest. Both movies have been expanding in theaters nationwide, with many people debating and analyzing the themes of sexuality and feminism in Poor Things, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, and Mark Ruffalo. As well as the controversial depiction of Aushwitz during the Holocaust in The Zone of Interest, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Christian Friedel and Sandra Hüller. And as always, the show finishes out with the Rotten Tomatoes game.

Show Notes:

(Might be about 30 seconds ahead due to ads!)

  • 00:00 – Introduction and Catching Up
  • 02:15 – Will we review Argylle? (yes)
  • 06:00 – Poor Things review
  • 40:35 – The Zone of Interest review
  • 1:03:40 – Rotten Tomatoes Game

Our intro music this week is “Marco Polo” by Glimlip, 9ICK & azayaka


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Discussion Points:

  • Background on the filmography of Yorgos Lanthimos (comparing his newer and earlier films)
  • Some of the initial reactions to Poor Things and how it handles sexuality and feminism
  • Criticism of the film's feminist themes
  • Background on The Zone of Interest and how it depicts Auschwitz
  • The length of the film and its impact
  • The movie's message about complicity and desensitization
  • Some of the mixed reactions to the film and general audience reception
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