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A relatively frosty reception for the complex ‘May December’

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

Watching a movie is all about comfort — a comfortable chair, sitting the right distance away from the screen, the perfect snack, a refreshing beverage, etc. You don’t want anything to distract from what you’re watching.

Curiously, that is the one area of the experience where discomfort isn’t just tolerated; it’s welcomed. Yes, many of us seek out the film version of comfort food, particularly around this time of year (Hallmark movies being perhaps the perfected version of the form). But many of us like to be challenged, to be made uncomfortable.

If that’s you, this episode of Cinebuds should be an enjoyable listen.

Of course, every episode of Cinebuds is an enjoyable listen. It’s not in Kpolly’s or Dori’s DNA to make people feel ill at ease. So they just might be the perfect people to discuss May December, the latest film from director Todd Haynes streaming right now on Netflix.

The plot of this “ripped from the headlines” movie starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore will ring more than a few bells for anyone familiar with the Mary Kay Letourneau story that unfolded in the mid-1990s. Both of our Cinebuds had those bells rung as they watched, and the reverberations led to a complex viewing experience.

You can hear their thoughts by listening to the full episode, either via the player at the top of the page or your preferred podcast platform. While you’re there, leave a review to let us know what you think of the podcast, then be sure to visit Cinebuds on Instagram for more chances to share your feedback and enjoy Photoshopping shenanigans.