Roger Ebert once wrote in his review of the romantic comedy Love Jones that the film makes us “realize how painfully limited the media vision of urban black life is. Why do the movies give us so many homeboys and gangstas and druggies and so few photographers, poets and teachers?” In this episode we revisit Theodore Witcher’s Love Jones and discuss its portrayal of black artists, weathering the storm in relationships, and how the film is being revived this month as a musical.

We also share our short film picks: Miguel Arteta’s Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? and Danny Sangra’s Odile et Michel.

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Show notes:

  • 1:18 – Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? by Miguel Arteta
  • 8:37 – Odile et Michel by Danny Sangra
  • 14:31 – Love Jones by Theodore Witcher

Cohost of Changing Reels, Courtney Small from Cinema Axis, consumes everything cinema from big budget spectacles to small foreign fare. He has contributed pieces to various publications and has been a guest on several film related podcasts. Courtney is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society as well as the Canadian Association of Online Film Critics.

Cohost and Editor of Changing Reels, Andrew Hathaway from Can’t Stop the Movies, is more of a hermit than his charming cohost. He spends what may be seen as an unhealthy amount of time analyzing cinematic fare as light as Magic Mike XXL and as enigmatic as The Midnight Swim. When he’s not taking a deep dive into cinema he’s contributed to books like Thoughts on The Thin Man. The partnership between Andrew and Courtney started through their podcast series on the movies of Denis Villeneuve and blossomed into Changing Reels.

The art for Changing Reels comes commissioned from Seth Gorden, Andrew’s frequent collaborator on Why Video Games and one of the creative minds behind Earnest and Purcell.

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