“Crazy Rich Asians” (feat. Vivian Lee)
In this pseudo-mini pod (oops, it’s long!) Chance and Noah watch and discuss the end of summer’s biggest hit, “Crazy Rich Asians.” It’s the first major Hollywood movie to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years, and your hosts are on hand to unpack its romantic comedy tropes, its visions of excess and cultural specificity, and to pick out some favorite players from this giant cast. While attempting not to get distracted by just how beautiful Henry Golding is, the guys analyze the difficult pedestal this movie is on (and the future of non-Marvel films that target new film-going demographics). Then, writer and editor Vivian Lee helps explain mahjong allegories, the resonance of the film’s soundtrack, and the importance of the satay plaza scene. Let’s go!
our favorite movies
Be Reel is a movie reviewing & reappraising podcast hosted by Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard.
Each time out, we select three movies based around a genre and call up guests ranging from submarine captains to Oscar winners. Then, we rate the movies, weighing both technical quality and entertainment.
Noah and Chance are old friends who mostly respect each other’s opinions. Even though Chance is a fool and a traitor. Find their show presented at ThePlaylist.Net and follow them on Twitter for the latest on Noah’s literary agenting and Chance’s work in the Portland arts scene.