Episode 31 – Children of Men (w. Patrick Hill)

We come off a Die Hard high by watching the equally exciting but exceedingly dark 2006 film Children of Men with return guest Patrick Hill. We contemplate what defines a “dystopian” movie and name some of our favorites. Then, we marvel over the masterful long-takes but probably spend too much time talking about animals. And does the movie have a hopeful ending, or does it reveal more about the viewer than the characters?


I think we only once mention director Alfonso Cuarón during the episode, but he is one of the self-proclaimed “Three Amigos” of Mexican film directing, which also includes Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro G. Iñárritu. They’ve all won Best Director Oscars in the last 5 years, and we’ve also reviewed a film from each on our show (check out our Birdman and The Shape of Water episodes)!

Although we do spend quite a bit of time discussing animals in this film, it’s because they demand quite a bit of screen time (and this is not a coincidence). And hey, everybody loves supercuts!

Yes, these Photoshop monstrosities are at our fingertips, and now they’re at yours too!

Here is the underwhelming cameo by Rick Moranis on The Goldbergs (merely a voiceover). Hopefully this isn’t the extent of his return!

Things We Reference:

Minority Report (2002)

The Lobster (2015)

Blade Runner (1982)

Watchmen (2009)

District 9 (2009)

Altered Carbon (2018)

Serenity (2005)

The Handmaid’s Tale (2017-Present)

Spaceballs (1987)