Link to the show: Young Adult Movie Ministry Vol. 2, Episode 16 on Substack

Release date: April 11, 2022

Movie of the Week

Drive My Car (2021), directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
[On HBO Max | Amazon | iTunes]

Who the Hosts Are This Week

Sam is reporter-at-large, editor of Forever Wars, critic for hire, and cherished automobile. Alissa is the film critic at Vox, author of the upcoming book Salty, and Uncle Vanya.

Other Mentions

  • “Everyone needs a good vice” - Alissa’s is a good cocktail - she says Sam’s is Twitter, he adds plastic robot toys and comic books
  • Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami - collection of short stories that Drive My Car is loosely based on
  • Burning - Korean film also based on a Murakami short story
  • Chekhov’s play Uncle Vanya, which is central to the movie
  • The Batman, several Avengers movies - also with a 3-hour runtime
  • Cold Souls - movie where Paul Giamatti plays Paul Giamatti playing Uncle Vanya on stage, directed by Sophie Barthes
  • Happy Hour - another Hamaguchi film that has a 5 hour(!) run time
  • Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite - the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars
  • Iron Cross - Roy Scheider’s last film, and, per Sam, a real turkey
  • Shakespeare In Love - movie that beat Saving Private Ryan for best picture, and which Sam says deserved the win

What we learned today

Alissa: If you want your own spouse to be an actor in your production, you shouldn’t tell anyone that you’re married until a couple weeks in, and then invite them over for dinner for spicy Korean food.

Sam: Invite me over for spicy Korean food. Secondarily: “women drivers, am I right?”