Thu, 15 December 2016
In preparing for new release NOCTURNAL ANIMALS we take the threats of authors very seriously by looking back at Jack Nicholson terrorizing his family in THE SHINING and Emma Thompson picking on Will Ferrell for being a dork who needs to die in STRANGER THAN FICTION. To do that we welcome back returning guest Margo from the podcast Book vs. Movie, and the world's biggest Tom Ford fan, Ben Zuk.
Direct download: Ep._276_-_Nocturnal_Animals_The_Shining_vs._Stranger_than_Fiction.mp3
Category:The Threat of an Author -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT
Tue, 6 December 2016
On this episode we discuss vulnerability in male sexuality with David Hart of Pop Culture Case Study. To do so, we reveal our own hopes, dreams, and desires such as the goal line stand of Jack Nicholson's hairline in CARNAL KNOWLEDGE. Or our innermost fears such as an inability to speak Spanish on a road trip with friends in Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. All of that and a look at a frontrunner in 2016's Best Picture race with MOONLIGHT.
Also: Our Oscars expert Ben Zuk blindly predicts the Academy Awards, and our host Mike struggles to name ten good movies.
Direct download: Ep._275_-_Moonlight_Carnal_Knowledge_vs._Y_Tu_Mama_Tambien.mp3
Category:Vulnerability in Male Sexuality -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT
Wed, 30 November 2016
New release LOVING has us IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, albeit of a particular scandalous variety. For that we of course turn to Judi Dench in NOTES ON A SCANDAL as that relatively forgotten Oscar contender goes up against Wong Kar-wai's modern classic. But first, is the latest from Jeff Nichols going to be perceived as a new classic come Oscar time? All of that and a battle between MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES in our latest episode.
Direct download: Ep._274_-_Loving_In_the_Mood_for_Love_vs._Notes_on_a_Scandal.mp3
Category:In the Mood for Scandalous Love -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT
Mon, 21 November 2016
On this episode we present an anthology of New York anthology films. Starting with new documentary TRUE NEW YORK, listen as your favorite Arizona and Kentucky residents explore this city of numerous romantic comedies through the eyes of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen (NEW YORK STORIES) and Brett Ratner (NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU).
Also: we concoct a new electoral path to the Presidency with friend of the show Michael Shannon, by drawing a big red dildo over the country.
Direct download: Ep._273_-_True_New_York_New_York_Stories_vs._New_York_I_Love_You.mp3
Category:A True-ish New York Anthology Podcast -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT
Fri, 18 November 2016
Returning guest Ben Zuk joins the show to help us translate the glowing critical response to new release ARRIVAL. Being less than enthusiastic on that film we hang out with the jaded and bored Scarlett Johansson & Bill Murray in Sofia Coppola's LOST IN TRANSLATION. That modern classic battles it out with Brad Pitt and the rest of the INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS in Quentin Tarantino's tribute to international cooperation.
Also: Ben refuses to come back to discuss Sofia Coppola's SOMEWHERE, even with the promise of WE BOUGHT A ZOO.
Direct download: Ep._272_-_Arrival_Lost_in_Translation_vs._Inglourious_Basterds.mp3
Category:Communication with Bastardized Translations -- posted at: 12:54am EDT
Thu, 17 November 2016
For an episode that confronts the domestic terror that is Dakota Fanning we need three guests. Ben Zuk and David Hart of Pop Culture Case Study discuss new release AMERICAN PASTORAL which inspires a look back at Steven Spielberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS and Kelly Reichardt's NIGHT MOVES with Andrew Pierce of AB Film Review and The Last New Wave. Do we prefer Dakota young, innocent, and running from an alien invasion with expert runner Tom Cruise OR plotting with Jesse Eisenberg on nefarious uses for fertilizer? Find out in this episode and also...
Andrew speaks with great authority on the DVD black market in Thailand.
Direct download: Ep._271_-_American_Pastoral_War_of_the_Worlds_vs._Night_Moves.mp3
Category:Dakota Fanning and Domestic Terror -- posted at: 12:01am EDT
Tue, 15 November 2016
For new release CERTAIN WOMEN guest Ben Zuk helps us present our own anthology of Kelly Reichardt and Michelle Williams film collaborations. In WENDY AND LUCY a young woman becomes financially stranded in Oregon during a trip cross country with her dog, while in MEEK'S CUTOFF a group of settlers' wives are unable to participate in the decision making when their guide gets them lost on the Oregon Trail. Which place from these films proves the biggest roadblock for their respective characters? For that we bring in Andrew from AB Film Review and The Last New Wave as he is the self-proclaimed most isolated podcaster on Earth.
Also: two of the three voices on this show verify that they did not record naked.
Direct download: Ep._270_-_Certain_Women_Wendy_and_Lucy_vs._Meeks_Cutoff.mp3
Category:The Cinematic Place of Wendy Reichardt and Michelle Williams -- posted at: 9:05pm EDT
Fri, 11 November 2016
We continue to reflect back on the presidential election, though this time we do so with the help of Philip Baker Hall as Richard Nixon in SECRET HONOR. That 1984 Robert Altman film is up against J.C. Chandor's 2013 movie ALL IS LOST. This episode has been inspired by the election of Donald Trump which has hosts Chris and Mike considering a life of isolation with new release PETER AND THE FARM.
Also in this darkest timeline episode: Alfred Hitchcock is accused of being the James Cameron of his time, Hugh Jackman is anointed the hero of CHAPPIE, and James Cromwell's character from L.A. CONFIDENTIAL shoots BABE.
Direct download: Ep._269_-_Peter_and_the_Farm_Secret_Honor_vs._All_Is_Lost.mp3
Category:One Man Reflections -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT
Thu, 10 November 2016
The episode that everyone has been waiting for, our Holocaust Denial Super Fun Happy Hour inspired by the new film starring Rachel Weisz, DENIAL. Listen to the insane ramblings of your two hosts Chris and Mike, along with some other far more harmful ramblers found in the 1999 Errol Morris documentary MR. DEATH: THE RISE AND FALL OF FRED A. LEUCHTER, JR. and the 2014 German film LABYRINTH OF LIES.
Also: we discuss the merits of moving to Canada post 2016 Presidential Election and decide that America is the It from IT FOLLOWS.
Direct download: Ep._268_-_Denial_Mr._Death_vs._Labyrinth_of_Lies.mp3
Category:The Holocaust Denial Episode That Can't Be Denied -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT
Thu, 3 November 2016
We go off the grid with guest Ben Zuk and Viggo Mortensen for new to video CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. Our travels and limited supplies do include copies of previous situation this actor has found himself in with A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and THE ROAD. Along the way we discuss David Cronenberg's portrayal of baseball and sex (one of which bothers our host a great deal more) and eating canned fruit with Robert Duvall as the best way to spend the end days.
Join us for Mike and Ben's murder-suicide pact in our latest episode!
Direct download: Ep._267_-_Captain_Fantastic_A_History_of_Violence_vs._The_Road.mp3
Category:Off the Grid with Viggo Mortensen -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT