Kaveh J.'s Screening Room
By Kaveh Jalinous
Join host and film critic Kaveh Jalinous as he explores the world of cinema, the current state of the industry and film culture, and what we can expect from movies in the future. New episodes every other Thursday at 12PM.
'Moonage Daydream' and the Best Modern Music Docs
A new documentary about David Bowie, "Moonage Daydream," is finally in theaters now after lots of anticipation and acclaim. To celebrate the release of this wild, beautiful and enchanting documentary, host Kaveh Jalinous recruits two music aficionados – music journalist Lily Moayeri and musician Laurence Schroeder – to discuss the film. After that, the three pivot into talking all things music documentaries, highlighting what makes a music doc successful and mentioning their five favorite films (each) in the process. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Lily Moayeri, Laurence Schroeder.
September 29, 2022
The Venice/Telluride Recap
This week in the Screening Room, host Kaveh Jalinous does more than just recap his experiences at the Venice Film Festival. Instead, he is joined by Cortlyn Kelly, who attended this year's Telluride Film Festival, to discuss the energies, lineups, and audiences of the two infamous fall film festivals. Then, the two go through their festival rankings, highlighting films they expected to love, films they were surprised to adore, and films they were saddened to dislike in the process. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Cortlyn Kelly.
September 15, 2022
The Modern Movie Couple Rankings
George Miller's first film in seven years, 'Three Thousand Years of Longing,' is here. Host Kaveh Jalinous first spends a few minutes highlighting his thoughts on the film. Then, he is joined by special guest Natalia Trejo-Bax to discuss their favorite movie couples since 2010, highlighting characters from both small independent films and giant blockbusters in the process. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Natalia Trejo-Bax.
August 25, 2022
'Bullet Train' and Seven Train-Set Action Films to Watch Instead
In the season four premiere, host Kaveh Jalinous and special guest Keyvan Jalinous discuss David Leitch's 'Bullet Train,' the newest release in the slow second-half of this summer's blockbuster season. The two discuss the film's action sequences, (attempted) humor, and giant actor ensemble. The two then pivot to discussing their favorite action films that take place on the train tracks! Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
August 11, 2022
Thor: Little Love, Mostly Thunder. Plus: The MCU's Phase Four Films, Ranked!
The season three finale is here, as well as the first episode recorded in-person with host Kaveh Jalinous and special guest Keyvan Jalinous. To celebrate, the two discuss the newest Marvel movie to hit theaters, Taika Waititi's 'Thor: Love and Thunder.' The two discuss what works and what doesn't, highlighting the film's humor, action sequences, and visual effects along the way. They then pivot to talking about Marvel Studios' Phase Four as a whole, ranking the six films that have been released from this era of the MCU. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
July 14, 2022
The 12 Essential Film Scores of the Last 12 Years
Host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guest Keyvan Jalinous to explore an element of film that hasn't been deeply explored on the podcast yet: music for film. The two run through the scores (Keyvan picking the even-numbered years and Kaveh picking the odd-numbered years) they deem to be the "most essential" of the last 12 years. In the process, they highlight some of the best blockbuster film scores, independent film scores, and practically everything in between. There's a catch, though: the two don't know which scores the other is picking until they're on air... Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous
June 30, 2022
The Best Films of 2022 (So Far)
We're midway through 2022, and to celebrate, host Kaveh Jalinous looks back at the films that have released throughout the first six months of the year. He highlights his top five favorite films – highlighting both incredible blockbusters and unforgettable indies – and talks briefly about some honorable mentions that capture the wide range of films that have graced cinemas (and streaming services) this year. Host: Kaveh Jalinous.
June 16, 2022
Take Two! Four Movies That Should Have Been Redone
After a month-long hiatus, the Screening Room has re-opened! To celebrate, host Kaveh Jalinous discusses the past month in cinema, briefly talking about 'Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' and 'The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.' He then pivots to discussing four movies that he thinks should have been be redone, from a variety of perspectives – highlighting films with misplaced tones, the wrong format, or even botched release dates. He emphasizes what he enjoys about the films in their present state first, before pivoting to some suggestions on what could make them even better. Host: Kaveh Jalinous.
May 19, 2022
The Beyoncé Setlist Competition
It's been four years since the cultural reset that was Beyoncé's Homecoming Coachella performance, and three years since the documentary covering the concert released on Netflix. To celebrate, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guests Sasha and Leily Jalinous to play a new variation of their typical competition. After discussing 'Homecoming' for a bit, the three three are tasked with each picking five Beyoncé songs from her entire discography, hoping to craft the perfect setlist that captures the various facets of both her career and her artistic talent. Make sure to stay tuned to @kavehjalinous on Instagram, because this Sunday, there will be a poll for you to pick who came up with the best setlist! Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Leily Jalinous, Sasha Jalinous.
April 21, 2022
The Wonderful Chaos of 'Everything Everywhere All at Once,' and Eight Other Chaotic Movies to Watch
The best film of the year (so far) has arrived! To celebrate the nationwide release of Daniels' newest film, 'Everything Everywhere All at Once,' host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guest Keyvan Jalinous to discuss the multiverse-spanning action-comedy. Among many other things, the two talk about the film's intricate set pieces, excellent performances, and well-communicated themes (without spoilers!). The two then pivot to highlighting eight movies that are chaotic yet good, spotlighting both well-known and less-known flicks to watch. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
April 07, 2022
Reckless Oscar Predictions – The 2022 Edition
The 94th Academy Awards are upon us, so naturally, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guest Keyvan Jalinous to make some predictions. The two name their guesses for the winners of all of the show's most prominent categories and discuss their thoughts on the planned ceremony as a whole (spoiler alert: they aren't fans). Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
March 24, 2022
'The Batman' Is Here. Plus: The Batmen, Ranked!
One of the most anticipated films of 2022, Matt Reeves' 'The Batman,' has finally arrived in movie theatres worldwide. To celebrate, host Kaveh Jalinous teams up with Laurence Schroeder to discuss practically everything related to the film – including the film's direction, cinematography, music and performances, among many other things. The two then veer into spoiler territory to discuss the future of DC Films presented by Reeves' film (with a spoiler warning tag right before in the episode). Then, they discuss the IP of 'Batman' as a whole, tracing the character's history through film and ranking the six most recent 'Batman' performances. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Laurence Schroeder.
March 10, 2022
Picking Teams: Drafting Actors Under 35
In a spin-off of their "film festival" episodes of Season One and Two, host Kaveh Jalinous teams up with special guests Sasha and Leily Jalinous for a new game. In "Picking Teams," they go back and forth, choosing actors under 35 years of age and explaining the reasoning behind their decisions. Make sure to follow @kavehjalinous on Instagram, where a poll will be released this Sunday (February 20th, 2022) to determine who picked the best team. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Sasha Jalinous, Leily Jalinous.
February 17, 2022
The 'Sundance 2022' Recap and Ranked List
The first major film festival of 2022, the Sundance Film Festival, has come and gone. Host Kaveh Jalinous discusses the 19 films that he saw at the festival, ranking them from worst to best. The list includes mini-reviews of some of the festival's most hyped films, like Kogonada's "After Yang," to some of the festival's smaller films, such as Alika Maikau's "Every Day in Kaimukī." Host: Kaveh Jalinous
February 03, 2022
Diving Deep Into 'Scream 5.' Plus: The 'Scream' Franchise Ranked! (Contains Spoilers)
A new 'Scream' film is upon us, and to celebrate, host Kaveh Jalinous has gathered special guests Laurence Schroeder and Keyvan Jalinous to discuss. They first talk all about the new film (with spoilers), covering everything from the film's reveals to the meta nature of the storytelling. They then pivot to coming up with a unanimous ranking all five 'Scream' films from best to worst, discussing each film's strengths and weaknesses along the way. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Laurence Schroeder, Keyvan Jalinous.
January 20, 2022
Musicals, Musicals, Musicals
In the premiere episode of Season 3, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guest Natalia Trejo-Bax as the two discuss all things musicals. The two first discuss the new Spielberg adaptation of 'West Side Story' before exploring the different connotations of the musical genre and how the genre has changed through time. They then venture through their top five favorite musicals (each), discussing why they love each of these films so much. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Natalia Trejo-Bax.
December 16, 2021
A Quick Review of 'Licorice Pizza' and Three Streaming Services Worth Subscribing To
In the chaotic fall film season of 2021, the latest entrant has arrived: Paul Thomas Anderson's newest film 'Licorice Pizza!' Since the film is only playing in a few theaters at the moment, host Kaveh Jalinous first discusses his (spoilerish-free) thoughts on the film [with a more detailed discussion to follow in a later episode]. Then, he pivots to highlighting three underrated streaming services – MUBI, Shudder, and The Criterion Channel – and what makes them so great and worth the subscription price. This episode is the season finale of Season Two, so a special thanks to everyone who has listened and joined the screening room thus far! Host: Kaveh Jalinous.
December 02, 2021
'Spencer' and Six Other Biopics Worth Checking Out
At long last, Pablo Larraín's highly anticipated 'Spencer' has arrived. Host Kaveh Jalinous first discusses the film, highlighting its horror film-reminiscent elements, Kristen Stewart's powerful performance as Princess Diana, and Jonny Greenwood's beautiful and unsettling score. He then pivots to recommending six biopics that transcend the limitations of the subgenre, using a variety of different film techniques to stand out and crafting stories that are as unforgettable as they are incredible. Host: Kaveh Jalinous.
November 11, 2021
'Dune' Has Arrived. Plus: The Films of Villeneuve Ranked!
After almost a year of delays, the long-awaited and much-anticipated 'Dune' adaptation from Denis Villeneuve is here! To discuss, host Kaveh Jalinous enlists the help of special guests Cortlyn Kelly and Keyvan Jalinous to unpack everything about the film, including but not limited to: the ensemble's performances, Hans Zimmer's electric score, the faithfulness to Herbert's source material, and the experience watching the film in IMAX's 1.43 aspect ratio. After, the three discuss and rank Villeneuve's seven most popular films (per Letterboxd), discussing his extraordinary skill as a director as well as his extensive career. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Cortlyn Kelly, Keyvan Jalinous.
October 28, 2021
The Ultimate Guide to This Year's New York Film Festival
The screening room has reopened! While it's been a while since the last episode released, host Kaveh Jalinous is back to discuss the 21 movies he saw at this year's New York Film Festival, which ran from September 24th to October 10th. He highlights a variety of films, including those he watched to review for Under The Radar Magazine and those he went to for fun. He runs through the list from his least favorite film to his favorite, highlighting some of the year's biggest and most anticipated films including Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch" and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Memoria," among many others. Host: Kaveh Jalinous.
October 14, 2021
'Malignant' and 10 Movies to Look For This Fall
The fall movie season is upon us!! To celebrate what is looking to be an absolutely incredible slate of films, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guest Keyvan Jalinous. Firstly, they discuss the new James Wan horror film, "Malignant," in cinemas and streaming on HBO Max right now. They keep the discussion relatively spoiler-free, and try to refrain from discussing the film's wild final act (0:14). Then, the two pivot to sharing the lists they made (five films each) of movies that they can't wait to see this fall. The movies included range from small, independent films to big blockbusters, all hopefully coming our way within the next few months (14:45). Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
September 16, 2021
An Ode To Film Editing
In this very special episode, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guest Jude Nelson, a film student specializing in editing and post-production. The two talk all things editing, with Jude first answering some of Kaveh's questions to the two discussing three movies each that they think have incredible editing (and explaining why). The two cover a variety of different topics, including the recent Oscar winners for Best Editing, the impact of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in both editing and filmmaking, and some of Jude's work so far. For people looking to learn more about how a movie transitions from a collection of shots to the final product we see in theaters today, this is an episode you won't want to miss. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Jude Nelson.
September 02, 2021
The 'Twilight' Episode!
Queue up Muse, get out those baseball bats, and pick a team! Since all five films of 'The Twilight Saga' have recently been added to Netflix, 'KJSR' is here to dive deep into all things vampires and werewolves. In a very special episode, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by guest Keyvan Jalinous as the two discuss the chaotic madness that is the 'Twilight' series. They talk about each of the films, discuss the franchise's unexpected significance, and power rank some of the most prominent characters in the series. They may not be able to come up with one-liners as incredible as the ones in the series, but they sure do try. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
August 19, 2021
'The Green Knight' and the A24 Olympics
With the release of the much-anticipated A24 film, 'The Green Knight,' host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guest Keyvan Jalinous to discuss the film (0:14). Then, the two participate in the A24 Olympics, assigning gold, silver, and bronze medals to A24 movies in six different categories (15:33). Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
August 05, 2021
The 'Coming-Of-Age' Film Festival
In honor of the just-finished Cannes Film Festival and the recent Toronto International Film Festival lineup release, the Screening Room is throwing another film festival of its own! In this episode, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by Sasha Jalinous and Leily Jalinous, where the three discuss the 'coming-of-age' sub-genre in cinema. The three each construct a film festival lineup consisting of four coming-of-age films – including classic films, underrated gems, and everything in between. Make sure to tune into the episode by this Sunday (7/25), where a poll on the KavehJReviews Instagram account, @kavehjalinous, will task you with deciding who has the best lineup of 'coming-of-age' films! Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Leily Jalinous, Sasha Jalinous.
July 22, 2021
Action! 'F9' and Six Movies You Should Stream Instead
Family is back! In this episode, host Kaveh Jalinous first breaks down the chaotic yet entertaining mess that is F9, the newest film in the ever-growing Fast & Furious franchise (0:12). After, he discusses six different action movies – some old and some new, some big-budgeted and some underrated – that are much better than the new box office hit and 100% worth a stream (12:57). Host: Kaveh Jalinous.
July 08, 2021
'Luca' and The Pixar Tier Chart
In a special new episode, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by Natalia Trejo-Bax to talk about all things Pixar! Firstly, the two discuss the newest and slightly underwhelming film from the hit animation studio, Luca (0:12). They then pivot to discussing the studio as a whole, with the help of a tier chart. Following the classic tier chart structure, they each place two movies from the studio in the 'S' (or Super) tier, 'A' tier, and 'B' tier; and one movie each in the 'C' and 'D' tiers (24:04). Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Natalia Trejo-Bax.
June 24, 2021
The Top Movies and TV Series of 2021 (So Far)
We're back! In the Season Two premiere episode of Kaveh J.'s Screening Room, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guest Keyvan Jalinous. The two first discuss the newest movie to hit theaters and HBO Max this weekend, "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" (0:14). Later, they pivot to talking about their favorite movies (and television show) of the year so far, highlighting both movies that have already mentioned in previous episodes and new movies that are definitely worth a watch (12:00). Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
June 10, 2021
The 'Guilty Pleasure' Comedy Film Festival
The season finale is here! In this episode, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by sisters Leily Jalinous and Sasha Jalinous in the podcast's first on-air competition. The goal: to each assemble a film festival lineup of five different films that are both "guilty pleasure films" – movies that are liked and rewatched constantly without shame – and comedies (from 2000 and beyond). While the parameters may seem broad initially, that is definitely not the case, as the three clash over all sorts of different movies trying to truly craft the best lineup. Make sure to tune into the episode by this Sunday, where a poll on the KavehJReviews Instagram account, @kavehjalinous, will task you with deciding who has the best lineup of 'guilty pleasure' comedy films! Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Leily Jalinous, Sasha Jalinous.
May 20, 2021
Radar, Racecar, 'Tenet'
With Christopher Nolan's newest film Tenet now available to stream on HBO Max, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guests Cortlyn Kelly and Keyvan Jalinous to discuss and analyze the confusing piece of work. The discussion is almost as oddly structured as the film itself, as the three try to comprehend the plot of the movie even after seeing the film multiple times. Some topics discussed include outtakes on the film's characters and villain, Nolan's screenwriting skills, the film's incredible visual effects, what the film should have been called ('Run It Back'), and what might be next for Christopher Nolan. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Cortlyn Kelly, Keyvan Jalinous. | .suonilaJ navyeK ,ylleK nyltroC :stseuG laicepS .suonilaJ hevaK :tsoH .naloN rehpotsirhC rof txen eb thgim tahw dna ,)'kcaB tI nuR'( dellac neeb evah dluohs mlif eht tahw ,stceffe lausiv elbidercni s'mlif eht ,slliks gnitirwneercs s'naloN ,nialliv dna sretcarahc s'mlif eht no sekattuo edulcni dessucsid scipot emoS .semit elpitlum mlif eht gniees retfa neve eivom eht fo tolp eht dneherpmoc ot yrt eerht eht sa ,flesti mlif eht sa derutcurts ylddo sa tsomla si noissucsid ehT .krow fo eceip gnisufnoc eht ezylana dna ssucsid ot suonilaJ navyeK dna ylleK nyltroC stseug laiceps yb denioj si suonilaJ hevaK tsoh ,xaM OBH no maerts ot elbaliava won teneT mlif tsewen s'naloN rehpotsirhC htiW
May 13, 2021
Springtime With Studio Ghibli
In this special episode, host Kaveh Jalinous explores the complex world of Studio Ghibli. Starting with the history of the studio, he goes through some of their hit films, including six of his (many) favorite Ghibli films. To conclude, he discusses the importance of the studio in the modernizing animation world and explains why the films of Ghibli – in particular, the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata – are the perfect films to watch and enjoy in the spring and summer seasons. Host: Kaveh Jalinous.
May 06, 2021
Pure Chaos: Analyzing This Year's Oscars Ceremony
In this emergency episode, host Kaveh Jalinous is first joined by special guest Natalia Trejo-Bax as the two discuss the chaotic ceremony, and results, of this year's Academy Awards, which aired last Sunday (0:11). After that, Kaveh is joined by another special guest, Keyvan Jalinous, as the two discuss their predictions from last week's episode and talk about where they (and where the ceremony) went so incredibly wrong (23:33). This is part two of KJSR's two-part Academy Award coverage. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Natalia Trejo-Bax, Keyvan Jalinous.
April 29, 2021
Predicting This Year's Oscar Winners
Host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by Keyvan Jalinous as the two run through 17 of the 23 categories for this year's Academy Awards, happening on April 25th. The two spell out their predictions for each of these categories, highlighting which films have a strong chance of taking home gold on Sunday night and which films might have more of a struggle. This is part one of KJSR's two-part Academy Award coverage, with a post-ceremony show planned to release in one week – so stay tuned! Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
April 22, 2021
Celebrating Two Years of Beyoncé's 'Homecoming'
In a very special episode, host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by three special guests – Leily Jalinous, Sasha Jalinous, and Natalia Trejo-Bax – as the three discuss one of the most incredible concert films of the 21st Century: Beyoncé's 'Homecoming.' The four discuss aspects of both the performance itself and the documentary in general, highlighting just how influential Beyoncé's work has been over time and how 'Homecoming' truly represents just how incredible the artist's career has been, among other things. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guests: Leily Jalinous, Sasha Jalinous, Natalia Trejo-Bax.
April 15, 2021
Streaming Service Gems: 15 Underrated Films or Series You Can Stream Right Now
Get your queues ready, because in this episode, host Kaveh Jalinous recommends 13 movies and two limited series that are super underrated and definitely worth a stream. Firstly, he highlights three movies and two series that are available to stream right now on HBO Max (3:25). Then, he jumps over to Hulu to highlight five movies from the service, including a film that has two nominations at this year's Academy Awards (13:21). Finally, he ends his journey by highlighting five films from the Netflix slate (22:51). Host: Kaveh Jalinous.
April 08, 2021
Kaveh J.'s Screening Room: A Podcast Centered Around Cinema, The Industry, and The Future
Welcome to Kaveh J.'s Screening Room, a podcast covering the film industry from all angles. With all types of episodes ranging from reviews of new releases to exploring the future of the cinema industry, join host and film critic Kaveh Jalinous as he covers it all – with the help of some special guests. Weekly episodes at 12P.M. E.S.T. on Thursdays, unless otherwise noted.
April 05, 2021
The Wonderful Chaos of 'Shiva Baby,' and Analyzing 'Godzilla vs. Kong'
In this two-part episode, host Kaveh Jalinous first spends a bit of time discussing the newest, and freshest, movie to hit Video-On-Demand: the wonderful, hilarious, anxiety-ridden ride that is Shiva Baby (1:18). Later in the episode, he is joined by special guest (and regular) Keyvan Jalinous as the two discuss the newest Godzilla film and the newest film to hit HBO Max: Godzilla vs. Kong (10:57). Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
April 01, 2021
'Zack Snyder's Justice League' and This Year's Oscar Noms
Host Kaveh Jalinous is joined by special guest Keyvan Jalinous as the two discuss the Oscar nominations, talking about snubs and surprises and highlighting some early predictions. But first, they spend time discussing what worked and what didn't in the 242 minute film 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' (also known as the #SnyderCut), which landed on HBO Max on March 18th with much anticipation and hype. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
March 25, 2021
This Year's SXSW: How It Worked, If It Worked, and What's Worth Watching
Host Kaveh Jalinous discusses the thirteen films he watched at this year's South By Southwest film festival, which ran online from March 16th to March 20th. He first talks about the five movies he covered for Under The Radar Magazine, and then pivots to discuss the eight movies he watched as a casual attendee. The films aren't ranked, but he makes sure to highlight what they're about, if they're good, and if you should see or skip them when they eventually release. Host: Kaveh Jalinous.
March 25, 2021
Discussing 2020's Most Underrated TV Series, 'Betty'
Kaveh Jalinous is joined by his cousin – writer, teacher, and critic Lily Moayeri – to discuss a show that she reviewed at length and that they both loved, HBO's 'Betty'. The two discuss and analyze practically everything about the series, including but not limited to: Crystal Moselle's impeccable direction, the smartly written script, and the incredible cast of characters. Lily's coverage on the series for Variety can be found here, and her review of the show for Under The Radar Magazine is available here. Follow both Kaveh and Lily on Instagram and Twitter at @kavehjalinous and @lilymoayeri. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Lily Moayeri.
March 25, 2021
Introduction, Bad Movies We Love
In the premiere episode of Kaveh J.'s Screening Room, join film critic Kaveh Jalinous as he explains what exactly the new podcast is about, how it is going to be structured, and what to expect in the future. After that, he is joined by special guest Keyvan Jalinous as the two highlight six movies that they find underrated, looked over by critics, or surprisingly not as bad as they may seem. Follow Kaveh Jalinous and KavehJReviews on Twitter and Instagram: @kavehjalinous. Host: Kaveh Jalinous. Special Guest: Keyvan Jalinous.
March 21, 2021