Criticism Is Dead

The 40-Year-Old Version, Lingua Franca, and video rental stores

We discuss The 40-Year-Old Version and Lingua Franca, two films by multi-hyphenate talents with personal stories to tell.

04:14 The 40-Year-Old Version, streaming on Netflix, is about a Black playwright who was once considered a rising star, but is now struggling to create the art that she wants as she approaches her 40s.

24:26 Lingua Franca, also on Netflix, is about an undocumented trans Filipina caretaker whose attempts to fix her immigration status gets muddied once her client's adult grandson moves in.

42:15 Plus, culture notes about a TikTok of a video rental store replica that a couple built in their basement.


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