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Original Content podcast: Netflixs Roma might be the best movie of the year

A number of critics have declared that Roma is the best movie of the year. Naturally, we had to weigh in on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast.
Director Alfonso Cuarons recent (and excellent) films were all fantasy and science fiction films (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men and Gravity), but with Roma, he returns to the realist mode of his breakthrough Y Tu Mama Tambien.
Here, Cuaron tells the story of his childhood in Mexico City but through the eyes of Cleo (played by Yalitza Aparicio), based on the real maid who played a crucial role in raising Cuaron and his siblings. Its a largely plotless film, particularly in its the first half, but its beautifully shot in black-and-white, capturing the rhythms and subtle power dynamics of everyday life in this family.
To discuss Roma, were joined by Brian Heater, who said he was hard-pressed to think of a better movie released this year. We had a few reservations about the films pace, about some of the plotting and about whether Cleo is depicted as a fully three-dimensional person but none of us denied that Cuaron has staged scenes here that are suspenseful as anything in Gravity. And as the credits rolled, at least one of your hosts was in tears.
Also this week: Brian used the recording to test out the Rodecaster Pro, which is why were accompanied by random sound effects.There wasnt much streaming news to recap, but we did discuss Netflixs tease for a long, possibly interactive episode of Black Mirror, as well as Anthonys review of the new Aquaman movie.
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