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On Netflix this week, there’s a new docu-series called Murder Among The Mormons. It’s about a series of murders in Salt Lake City in the 80s, so in some ways it’s your standard true crime in some ways. But it’s also set deep within the Mormon community, and follows this guy Mark Hofmann, a rare documents dealer and prolific documents forger. It’s full of all these eccentric characters, and it was directed by Tyler Measom, a doc director who has worked a lot for TV, and Jared Hess, the director of Napoleon Dynamite — the latter of which comes to make a lot of sense, since Hofmann is basically a Gentleman Broncos or Masterminds character come to life. Through this show you come to understand a lot of the kinds of characters that have inspired Hess throughout his career.
This was initially a conversation we had for a print interview on Uproxx, but not everything can fit in a print interview and I thought it was a fun conversation, so might as well share with you here. Check out Murder Among The Mormons on Netflix, and for more Frotcast content subscribe to our premium feed at Patreon.com/Frotcast, and check out our other podcast about The Sopranos, Pod Yourself A Gun.
Time for your weekly feeding and this time we got more than enough content to keep you fat and happy. This week Jessica Sele joins Matt and Vince to talk about Joe Rogan, the Reply All apology fiasco, Nomadland, and how Sex and the City is the weirdest television show ever made. They literally just don’t mention that 9/11 happened. Also, Vince gives us a Steven Seagal update. Enjoy!
Howdy, Frotcast. If you’re a FilmDrunk reader as well as a listener, you may have caught my article on Fact and Fiction in Judas In The Black Messiah. The film is beautiful and intriguing but also slightly disappointing, but mostly it made me want to delve into the history of the time and events it depicts — specifically the conflict between the Chicago Police and Black Chicago in the late 60s, as well as COINTELPRO and J. Edgar Hoover’s war against Civil Rights leaders in general and the Black Panthers in particular (did you know they tried to blackmail Martin Luther King into killing himself using evidence of his extramarital affairs? wild).
Much of this culminated in the raid on Chicago Panthers chair Fred Hampton, which was basically a coordinated assassination. It was found that Hampton had been drugged, and that the FBI had an informant close to Hampton, and on the night they shot up the Panthers house and executed Hampton in his bed. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton (the “Black Messiah”) and Lakeith Stanfield as FBI informant Bill O’Neal (Judas). Other characters include Roy Mitchell, O’Neal’s FBI handler, played by Jesse Plemons, and J. Edgar Hoover, played by Martin Sheen.
I was curious about the general history and the way certain events were depicted in the film, so I sought out an expert — Simon Balto, assistant professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Iowa and the author of Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power. He’s also working on a biography of Fred Hampton. Obviously he had a lot more to say than I could fit into my article, so I thought I’d share the full conversation here. As always, we have lots more content available to our Patreon subscribers at Patreon.com/Frotcast, and on our totally free Sopranos podcast, Pod Yourself A Gun.
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Frotcast x White Slavery, the collab! On this week’s crossover episode of the Frotcast and the White Slavery podcast, Kaseem Bentley and Murahd Shawki join Matt and Vince for a lively conversation about the latest peliculas and noticias celebridad. Oops, I seem to have slipped into my native tongue there. You’ll have to pardon me, it’s just that my parents retired in Ethpaña.
That’s right, we’re discussing this week’s funniest story: that Alec Baldwin’s wife has been calling herself “Hilaria” and telling people she was born in Spain when apparently she was actually born in Massachusetts with dubious claims to any Spanish ancestry and was named Hilary Hayword-Thomas (ALLEGEDLY). But as Alec Baldwin says… …. … … consider the source … … … consider the source …
After that we talk Wonder Woman 1984, and whether it’s Zionist propaganda or just kind of lazy. What are Wonder Woman’s actual powers? Does she have to move every few years when people notice she isn’t aging? Did she really save herself for Chris Pine for 66 years? Why does he know how to fly a jet? And why is this movie set in 1984? Ponder all this and more while smoking your favorite new strain of weed, Magic Oprah.
It’s the most lumderful time of the year and we are so happy that you are spending some of that time with the Frotcast. This week we are joined by comedian and Frotcast favorite Jessica Sele, live from an undisclosed quarantine location in Los Angeles, where she joins Matt and Vince in discussing Tom Cruise’s COVID rant, HBO’s The Undoing, and an update on Matt’s hatred of the FX/Hulu series A Teacher.
Plus, Matt brings back Royalty Freestyle just in time for the holidays.
Merry Christmas from the whole frot family!
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By now you’ve noticed the internet’s recent obsession with dank Mank memes and this week Vince and Matt have decided to see what the hubbub is all about with David Fincher’s new Netflix feature Mank. Mank is the story of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, widely known as the guy who co-wrote Citizen Kane. The movie is 2+ hours of Gary Oldman pretending to be his arch nemesis, a Hollywood socialist Jew. Despite being in black and white and trying very hard to do an art, the movie was a solid B+.
Also, the boys discuss that drunk “Stop the Steal” girl Mellissa Carone and her recent legal troubles and sordid past as a dancer at the Bada Bing. Seriously. She worked the Bing. I’m not even fucking joking. Jokes are officially dead. Enjoy!
This week, me and Vince invited Jason Webb to the frotquarters to have him play the token hillbilly during our discussion of Netflix’s Hillbilly Elegy, a Ron Howard adaptation of JD Vance’s 2016 memoir of the same name. Having actually read the book, Vince was able to give some key insights into where the film and book diverge. And having been a hill person, Jason Webb was able to give some key insights into living life as someone who regularly gets in fist fights with his family. Also, I was there just talmbout lumming.
We also discuss Jeffrey Toobin’s firing, Four Seasons Total Landscaping, Dean Brownings gay black alt twitter account, and much more! It’s a great episode and I can’t wait for you to listen.