About This Show
In every episode, Sean McGovern and Brian Mullin introduce one another to a film that the other has not seen, featuring some of the great actresses of recent movie history. Our current series: Actresses of the 1990s.
Revisit titles to see if they hold up or discover new ones - you can watch the films in advance or just listen in to hear our reactions.
A new episode will post every two weeks.
Most Recent Episode
The Bridges of Madison County - BA040
The time has come: 12 books. 12 films. All of them read (by Brian). We conclude our magnum opus with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, the insufferable little book by Robert James Waller that became the sensitive work of bleeding-heart conservative Clint Eastwood.
Meryl Streep is Francesca Johnson: The Italian war-bride who traded Bari for Iowa, and fiery Italian passion for steadfast, cornfed, mundanity. Then enter photographer Robert Kincaid (Eastwood) and four days that change her life forever.
Like all true fans, here at Broad Appeal we have equal parts ire and admiration for the most overrated actress in the world. But there is just something about Meryl in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY that even Pauline Kael would have praised her for. Could this be the film where Brian learned what love was, all those years ago in Quincy, Mass? Is it as he remembers? And will Seán be sucker-punched by the inescapability of melodramatic love? In a word, yes.
To all our listeners: thanks for coming on this journey with us! We'll be back in the autumn for a new series with absolutely no required reading. Peace + Love, Brian & Seán.
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Rated 5 out of
everyone hearts shazza
insightful and really funny. it's a cool concept for a show and well executed. there is something very satisfying in having two far more intelligent people than myself rip something like Basic Instinct a new one! even when one of them professes to 'still kinda love it' at the end. hooray for more!
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 5 out of
This podcast has what it takes: sharp film criticism; deep reservoirs of knowledge on film and film history; and a witty, irreverent tone - all as an excuse to revisit great actresses and (sometimes) good films from the 90s! Can't wait to see where this series leads - perhaps, in the not-too-distant future, Brian and Séan might turn their attention to actresses of the contemporary moment? (e.g.: Jennifer Lawrence? Taraji P Henson?) Regardless, I'm enjoying each and every episode - bravo!
Date published: 2015-11-21
Rated 5 out of
Hilarious, smart, and well produced
These two are wonderful hosts with skills and editing that are astonishing for a (at the moment anyway) lesser known Podcast. This is a gem!
Date published: 2016-04-16