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TFR Ep. 348: Paterson, Fences, Great Debate: Denzel’s Best Film

The First Run Podcast

TFR Ep. 348: Paterson, Fences, Great Debate: Denzel’s Best Film

Chris Scalzo

On this week’s program, Chris and Matt double up on some films they missed in 2016.  First it’s Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson’, starring Adam Driver.  What does a mild-mannered city bus driver/amateur poet have to teach us about the banality and beauty of life?  Does Jarmusch have the answers?  Later Matt & Chris discuss the big screen adaptation of August Wells’ play, ‘Fences’.  Denzel Washington directs and stars as Troy Maxson a husband/Dad in 1950’s Pittsburgh, struggling with his responsibilities, his family, job and place in the world.  But how does the turmoil within Denzel affect the rest of his family?  Viola Davis won an Oscar for her performance as Rose Maxson, his wife and the mother of their son.  Does Fences succeed on silver screen or was it better off on a stage?  As always there’s a review of the big releases on Blu-Ray & DVD, featuring the Straight To DVD and Streaming Picks Of The Week.  Then the show wraps up with the return of the long lost final segment: The Great Debate.  Who’s on trial this time?  It’s Mr. Washington himself as Matt & Chris present their arguments to determine once in for all what is Denzel’s best film.

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  • 00:00-12:02: Intro/Paterson
  • 12:03-21:46: Blu-Ray & DVD Picks
  • 21:47-33:13: Fences
  • 33:14-46:07: The Great Debate: Denzel’s Best Film
  • 46:08-48:26: Wrap Up

Theme music provided by Jamal Malachi Ford-Bey