What do male strippers and diversity in cinema have in common? It turns out a whole lot. This week we kick off the summer by taking a joyous road trip with the boys from Magic Mike XXL. In diving into Gregory Jacobs’ film, we touch on topics such as female empowerment, racial and gender depictions, and how this film ties into the recent Wonder Woman controversy at the Alamo Drafthouse. We also take a moment to discuss our short film picks: David Fried’s Return to High Chaparral and Justin Dec’s Boats.
- 3:31 Return to High Chaparral by David Fried
- 12:24 Boats by Justin Dec
- 21:29 Magic Mike XXL by Gregory Jacobs
- Courtney talking Inside Out Film Festival on Frameline
- Andrew’s deep dive into the queer lessons of Magic Mike XXL
- Support Andrew’s editing and production work on Patreon
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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.