In an episode sure to make a supersonic person of you, The Mandate is back with its second two-parter in a row, one with the theme of nostalgia. First up, we take a trip back to my middle school and high school days in the directorial debut for Jonah Hill, Mid90s. Joining me on this journey is the creator of The Mandate intro himself, Mr. Josh Derr. You may have also heard or seen Josh on the InEffectHardcore webpage or, if you work in a local bar, you’ve had him try to sell you Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co products for your establishment. Like myself, Josh picked up skateboarding at a young age and appropriately during the mid ’90s, when this film takes place. Unlike myself, Josh is still entrenched in skate culture, serving as the perfect guest to bring on for a movie of this nature.
We started off talking about experiences with skateboarding, landing our first tricks, getting chased out of Love Park, and the general freeing feeling, which cannot be explained, that skateboarding provides. Josh filled me in that this is actually a passion project for Hill as he worked in a skate shop during this time and just adored the culture that came with it. As always, we discussed what we hoped the movie would be and that Jonah Hill wasn’t going to poser up our beloved memories.
After the films conclusion we discussed in depth what we liked and didn’t like about the film, the comparisons and differences from KIDS, and what resonated with our own individual stories compared to the scenes within the movie. We also have a very unique mandate on how you should view this movie.
For Part 2 of this episode, I’ve allowed my friend Melanie Tunaitis to return to the podcast in hopes to make up for forcing her to sit through 50 Shades Freed, for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. To start things off, we get into what Queen and Freddie meant to us. Melanie shares how Queen was a constant in the background of her house on most weekends and I explain that I didn’t really start to appreciate Queen until my teens, thanks for my aunt and uncle introducing me to them. We briefly discuss what we knew about Freddie’s life aside from the obvious and cover what we hope we get to learn from this movie.
When the film concluded, it was hard not to be very high on it. Without spoiling it, it’s a lot of fun and if you love Queen, you’ll have found yourself singing along throughout the two-hour run time. So while we were obviously feeling good, both Melanie and I tried our best to be objective about the film and give constructive criticism. While the film was ultimately a good time, there were a few complaints about the time line and that, while it definitely covered that he wasn’t a saint, it didn’t dive into the dirty details to give a unfiltered look at Mercury. On the flipside, it did cover how certain songs came to be, where they were in their life, and it gave a new level of appreciation for not only those songs, but the band as songwriters in general. While the film showed some of Freddie’s more human qualities, especially in those “in between moments” referenced in the film, I’m still not 100% sure he was of this world.
So, four films in two weeks. That does it for us for a minute and I won’t be back with you for another two weeks. Thanks for continuing to support not only The Mandate but the entire Cinepunx crew. Be sure to check out the other writings and podcasts. Don’t be selfish either, share them with your friends….because sharing is caring. I’ll see you when I see you.