Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato is a writer for the LA Times.

Guest Appearances

April 11, 2018

Film critics Amy Nicholson & Jen Yamato join Matt to talk about what it’s like to be a critic in today’s film climate. They discuss everything from their approaches to criticism to the hardest movies to review. Plus, we’ll hear about how they manage relationships and conflicts of interest, the problem with review aggregators, and the weirdness of Walmart’s film festival before they get into their film critic diets.

March 25, 2018

LA Times writer Jen Yamato joins Amy this week to discuss the 1964 French-German romantic musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.” They talk about the background of director Jacques Demy, the film’s focus on youthful romantic optimism, and how “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” went against the tone of French cinema on its release. Plus, we’ll hear about the film’s use of color to reflect emotion and feeling as well as how it frames the ultimate tragedy of dreams that are destined to die. Should “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” enter The Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums now to cast your vote!

This episode is sponsored by FilmStruck.