‘Point Break’ with Bennett Campbell Ferguson

Episode 12

A cop and robber touch souls on the penultimate episode of our sports-romance kick. It’s “Point Break” week, baby. Bennett Campbell Ferguson is here to dig into everyone’s favorite surfing-skydiving-beach football spectacular. We break down good vs. goofy Keanu, assess how Kathryn Bigelow’s first big hit epitomized her directing style, and try to figure out what to call Swayze’s take on the femme fatale.

By the way, as of this episode’s publishing, our friend Ben has moved on from Willamette Week, where he rose from intern to arts editor over the course of 8 years. I’m damn happy for that guy and very grateful he was my immediate editor for two years. At the end of the episode, BCF mentions his favorite piece he ever wrote for the paper was this feature with Chris Nolan biography Tom Shone. Nobody knows Nolan like Ben (and Tom Shone). Give it a read.

About “The Kick”

“The Kick” is a theme-obsessed movie podcast where new releases are the ultimate excuse to fill blindspots and let that completist flag fly.

Part of the Now Playing Network, the show runs in multi-episode arcs—or kicks—that explore a particular sub-genre or filmography, and then culminate in a relevant new film. As in, “I’m on a sports-romance kick, and it won’t be over until I see Challengers.

Every week, host Chance Solem-Pfeifer is joined by a fellow writer, filmmaker, or movie appreciator. You can contact him at chancesolempfeifer [at] gmail [dot] com and read his film writings in the Willamette Week.