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69 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 91: Coming to America/Coming 2 America
Nate and Ryan discuss the 1988 Eddie Murphy classic Coming to America and its 2021 sequel, Coming 2 America. The original is held in high regard, but the sequel has received mixed reviews, even by ardent fans of the 1988 smash hit that cemented Eddie Murphy’s place as a comedy superstar. Eddie Murphy brings back as many of those in the original cast as he could, but does he bring the magic of the original back? What does Coming to America mean to you? Is Coming 2 America a worthy sequel? What’s your favorite Eddie Murphy movie? Let us know! Sources Clown Princes: Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall on Coming 2 America. New York Times. How Coming to America Flipped the Script on Eddie Murphy’s Career. Vulture. Coming 2 America review by Odie Henderson. Rogerebert.com. Coming 2 America review by Eric Kohn. IndieWire. The post Ep. 91: Coming to America/Coming 2 America appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
58 minutes | a month ago
Bonus Episode: Hidden Gems on Kanopy and Hoopla
Nate and Ryan presented an hour-long talk on the best movies available on the free streaming services Kanopy and Hoopla, which many people can access through their public libraries. The presentation was hosted virtually by Wauconda Area Library in Wauconda, IL. It was an honor to be asked to present and we wanted to share it (the audio at least) with all of you. Enjoy! The post Bonus Episode: Hidden Gems on Kanopy and Hoopla appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
82 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 90: Small Axe
Nate and Ryan discuss Steve McQueen’s ground-breaking anthology series Small Axe. In a Can We Still Be Friends first, we watch and discuss 5 movies as one, and only a masterpiece like Steve McQueen’s Golden Globe nominated series could compel us to attempt something so monumental. Listen in as we break down each movie and discuss the impact of the anthology as a whole. What are your thoughts on Small Axe? What is your favorite Steve McQueen film? Which of the 5 episodes stands out for you? Let us know! 14:22 – Mangrove 23:47 –Lover’s Rock 38:08 – Red, White, and Blue 46:15 – Alex Wheatle 56:50 – Education Watch – Esquire interview with Steve McQueen on Small Axe, racist inequality in the UK, and the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests The Music of Steve McQueens Small Axe Series – American Songwriter interview with music supervisor Ed Bailie The post Ep. 90: Small Axe appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
97 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 89: Favorites of 2020 / I’m Thinking of Ending Things / Time
Nate and Ryan pick out their 5 favorite movies of 2020 and take time to dig deeper into I’m Thinking of Ending Things written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and Time, a moving documentary directed by Garrett Bradley. For this episode, Nate and Ryan each picked a movie from 2020 that they wanted to talk more about. Listen in as they discuss the striking ways the movies explore the capacity of people to continue on (or give up). What are your favorite movies of 2020? What’s up with that dance scene? Let us know! 13:23 – Our top 5 Movies of 2020 27:55 – I’m Thinking of Ending Things 1:01:55 – Time Charlie Kaufman explains I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Indiewire) Director Garret Bradley talks about Time (Time Magazine) The post Ep. 89: Favorites of 2020 / I’m Thinking of Ending Things / Time appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
69 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep. 88: The Holiday (2006)
The holiday season winds down as Nate and Ryan discuss The Holiday, the 2006 romantic-comedy from writer/director Nancy Meyers. Listen in as we discuss the highs and lows of all that star power, what this movie gets right, and how much we’ve missed Jude Law. Is The Holiday in your holiday movie rotation? How much do you love Jack Black, romantic-comedy leading man? Mansion or English cottage? Let us know! Read Further Nancy Meyers reveals the secrets of her successful writing and directing process. Maybe Nancy Meyers doesn’t want you to stop focusing on her beautiful movie kitchens Um, Actually, The Holiday is a Good Movie by Fran Hoepfner – Bright Wall/Dark Room The post Ep. 88: The Holiday (2006) appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
67 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 87: A League of Their Own
For the second annual T. Hanksgiving, a celebration of all things Tom Hanks, Nate and Ryan are watching A League of Their Own, the 1992 hit directed by the late, great Penny Marshall. Listen in as we discuss Hanks as not quite leading man, praise the strength and brilliance of Geena Davis, and really knock it out of the park with our baseball knowledge. Why do you love Tom Hanks? Where does A League of Their Own rank among his performances? How long was your recovery after you tried to recreate the classic catch-the-foul-ball-while-doing-the-splits thing? Let us know! The post Ep 87: A League of Their Own appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
65 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 86: The Babadook
Nate and Ryan celebrate the most wonderful fright of the year by re-watching The Babadook, written and directed by Jennifer Kent. We wish you and yours a very merry (and scary) 7th annual Holiday Spooktacular! As usual, we’re celebrating by watching a horror movie, and this year’s choice might be a little bit too on-the-nose for 2020 and the time of quarantine. The fear is in full effect this year, though the fears might be more familial than top-hatted-monster based. So don you now your spookiest Holiday cheer, join in the fun of another Holiday Spooktacular, and make sure you don’t let him in! The Babadook Is a Frightening, Fabulous New Gay Icon by Eren Orbey – The New Yorker (2017) The post Ep 86: The Babadook appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
69 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 85: Da 5 Bloods
For the first time, Nate and Ryan review a movie from this year, breaking our routine for the one and only Spike Lee and his 2020 film Da 5 Bloods streaming on Netflix. Nate and Ryan chose this movie before the heartbreaking news of Chadwick Boseman’s death, but as anyone who has watched Da 5 Bloods knows, his death puts his performance as Stormin’ Norman in a poignant new light. As for Spike Lee’s filmmaking, few people deny the impressive scope of what he is seeking to accomplish with this movie, but not everyone agrees on whether he stuck the landing. Nate and Ryan take their best shot at discussing everything going on. Have you seen Da 5 Bloods? What are your thoughts? Let us know! Please read Odie Henderson’s review of Da 5 Bloods over on RogerEbert.com Spike Lee and the Battlefield of American History (New York Times) For more Spike Lee discussion from Nate and Ryan, check out our Do The Right Thing episode. The post Ep 85: Da 5 Bloods appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
77 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 84: American History X
Reflecting on their own history with learning about racism, Nate and Ryan re-watch American History X. As it was for so many people (especially white men) their age, American History X served as one of the first visceral looks at racism in modern America. However, the rhetoric of Edward Norton’s Derek Vineyard which seemed so shocking 22 years ago is no longer relegated to the fringes of polite society. Listen to Nate and Ryan break down the movie’s legacy, its current role in the lives of white men, and the film’s unsettling depiction of Derek Vineyard as a charming, muscle-bound genius. What’s your history with this movie? How much do you remember beyond the most shocking scenes? Where does this rank among Edward Norton’s performances? Let us know! CITED IN THE EPISODE The Alt-Right’s Relationship with American History X by Michael Fraiman American History X, Cinematic Manipulation, and Moral Conversion by Christopher Grau RECOMMENDED READING The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi The post Ep 84: American History X appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
62 minutes | a year ago
Ep 83: Quarantine Check-In
Nate and Ryan talk about what they’ve been watching with all this time on their hands. Listen in as they share recommendations and explore what makes them gravitate to a certain sort of movie during these uncertain times. We apologize for the change in our plans to watch Bend it Like Beckham, but we hope to be back on some sort of schedule soon. What have you been watching? What is your go-to for comfort viewing? Let us know! Movies Discussed in this Episode Dogtooth Death Race 2000 Police Story The Housemaid Playtime Cinema Paradiso The Harder They Come Portrait of a Lady on Fire Good Morning Le Plaisir A Room With A View Murder on the Orient Express Eyes of Laura Mars Three Days of the Condor What’s Up Doc? Paper Moon The Lady Vanishes E.T. The post Ep 83: Quarantine Check-In appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
61 minutes | a year ago
Ep 82: Mikey and Nicky
Nate and Ryan watch an under-seen gem in Elaine May’s curve ball of a gangster movie, Mikey and Nicky. The story of the making of the movie is almost as quietly legendary as the film itself, as May shot an unbelievable 1 million feet of film and took 3 years editing the movie while her studio waited impatiently. The resulting movie is unlike anything before or since: a tense, funny, sad night spent with tense, funny, unlikable, deep, and enduring characters. Listen in as Nate and Ryan discuss the highs and lows of a movie that should be more widely known. Have you seen Mikey and Nicky? Where does it rank among gangster movies for you? Would you even call this a gangster movie? Where does Ned Beatty rank among movie assassins? Let us know! Also, if you’re stuck at home (as you should be) check out our Quarantine Stay at Home/Stream at Home page where you can see what movies from our archives are available on popular streaming services. Let’s watch some movies together! The post Ep 82: Mikey and Nicky appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
55 minutes | a year ago
Ep 81: Bridget Jones’s Diary
Nate and Ryan watch Bridget Jones’s Diary and discuss their feelings about it, until they turn their critical eyes on themselves. The episode ends up being quite a departure for CWSBF as we realize just how problematic it is that we feel the need to weigh in on movies that aren’t for us. For many people, Bridget Jones’s Diary teaches them to like themselves just the way they are, but what happens when the way we are makes us unbearable f*ckwits? What are your thoughts on Bridget Jones’s Diary? Let us know! For perhaps some more informed thoughts on the movie: Read Caroline Siede’s AV Club article Like the best romantic comedies, Bridget Jones’s Diary is about more than just falling in love Listen to Samantha Powell share why Bridget Jones’s Diary was so important to her on the This Movie Changed Me podcast The post Ep 81: Bridget Jones’s Diary appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
64 minutes | a year ago
Ep 80: American Psycho
Nate and Ryan rewatch Mary Harron’s 2000 horror satire American Psycho and discuss how frighteningly timeless her vision of greedy late ’80s masculinity is. Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman has become iconic, but is he iconic for the right reasons? Listen in as Nate and Ryan talk about the humor and the horror of Patrick Bateman and the interchangeable men in the field of mergers and acquisitions. Share your thoughts on American Psycho. Where does Patrick Bateman rank among Christian Bale performances? Is the early work of Huey Lewis and the News a little too new wave for your taste? Let us know! Read The reality of American Psycho isn’t as compelling as the conversation by Tasha Robinson Make sure to visit our archives to hear previous episodes. The post Ep 80: American Psycho appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
101 minutes | a year ago
Ep 79: Decade in Review
In a CWSBF first, Nate and Ryan talk about their favorite ten movies of the last decade. On top of the list of movies, listen in as Nate and Ryan reflect on the last ten years in movies and make new-decade resolutions for the next ten years of movie watching. Settle in for a wide-ranging discussion of the last ten years and stick around for some input from listeners like you! Let us know your top ten (or so) of the last decade! What did we get right? What did we miss? Nate’s list on Letterboxd Ryan’s list on Letterboxd The post Ep 79: Decade in Review appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
57 minutes | a year ago
Ep 78: Cast Away
This month, Nate and Ryan celebrate T. Hanksgiving by re-watching Cast Away. In what may be a new tradition, this November Nate and Ryan give thanks for Tom Hanks by discussing his performance as Chuck Noland in Robert Zemeckis’ 2000 film about a man lost on a deserted island with nothing but a makeshift loincloth and a volleyball that apparently shows some sass. Listen in as Nate and Ryan discuss what it is about Tom Hanks that makes him so likable, where his career is headed, and whether Cast Away is a good movie to throw on this upcoming holiday season. Where does Cast Away rank among Tom Hanks performances? Where does Wilson rank among Tom Hanks’ costars? What was in that FedEx package? Let us know! Listen to our archives! Read this New York Times profile to find out that Tom Hanks is exactly as nice as you’d hope. The post Ep 78: Cast Away appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
62 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 77: Ed Wood
Nate and Ryan re-watch Tim Burton’s 1994 homage to the world’s worst director, Ed Wood, to celebrate the 6th annual Holiday Spooktacular! Tim Burton and Johnny Depp teamed up to bring the life and work of Ed Wood to new audiences, and in the process, offered a celebration of underdogs and outsiders and earned Martin Landau an Oscar for best-supporting actor. 1994 saw Burton and Depp still establishing their identities in Hollywood. In the 25 years since its release, Burton has found a wheelhouse in family movies that offer a “dark-lite” version of his early edginess, while Johnny Depp seems to be happy being Johnny Depp in recent roles. What are your thoughts on Ed Wood? When were Johnny Depp and/or Tim Burton at their best? Do you believe that movies can be so bad they’re good? Let us know! Enjoy a Holiday Spooktacular Marathon and listen to all our past October episodes! Visit our archives to listen to old episodes The post Ep 77: Ed Wood appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
59 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 76: Roger & Me
Nate and Ryan watch Roger & Me (1989), Michael Moore’s groundbreaking documentary about the rapid decline of Flint, MI after the shuttering of several GM plants. 30 years later, the plight of Flint and the struggles of the United Auto Workers continue to be in the news. Listen in as Nate and Ryan discuss the relevance and reliability of Michael Moore, a man who, depending on your point of view, is always one necessary step ahead of the zeitgeist, or is an irritating, irresponsible blowhard. What are your thoughts on Michael Moore? Does Roger & Me deserve to be listed among the best documentaries of all time? Has Michael Moore ruined or saved (it can only be one or the other!) documentary film? Let us know! The post Ep 76: Roger & Me appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
79 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 75: Do The Right Thing
Nate and Ryan are back from a brief break to discuss Spike Lee’s masterpiece Do the Right Thing. In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, Nate and Ryan are doing an appreciation episode to give a much deserved re-watch to a movie that has proven to be more timely and prescient with each passing year. Listen as they discuss what they think makes the movie work so well and how the movie has impacted the way they see the world. A word of caution: this episode contains clips from the movie that contain racial slurs. If such content typically is a trigger for you, you may want to skip over any clips we use. Share your thoughts on Spike Lee: genius? provocateur? both? Does Do the Right Thing belong in the conversation of all-time great films ever? Let us know! Read Wesley Morris’ terrific analysis in the New York Times of what makes Do the Right Thing stand out from other Hollywood movies about race. Listen to past episodes. The post Ep. 75: Do The Right Thing appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
75 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 74: All That Jazz
Nate and Ryan discuss Bob Fosse’s 1979 semi-autobiographical fever dream, All That Jazz. Listen in as they plumb the depths of their knowledge of dance, compare Bob Fosse with Kanye West, and try to figure out what’s going on in those damn hospital scenes. What are your thoughts on All That Jazz? Is this Roy Scheider’s best role? How are your jazz hands? Let us know! Also, do yourself a favor and check out Matt Zoller Seitz’s fantastic deep dive into “Fosse Time” The post Ep. 74: All That Jazz appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 73: 10 Things I Hate About You
Nate and Ryan put on their Sketchers and Prada backpacks and roam the halls of Padua High School as they rewatch 10 Things I Hate About You, the ’90s teen rom-com to end all ’90s teen rom-coms. Join in as they reminisce on nights at Blockbuster video, gush over the eternally charming coolness of Heath Ledger, and ruminate on how that poem scene works 20 years later. What are your memories of 10 Things I Hate About You? Heath Ledger: the coolest person of the decade or the coolest person of all time? How does Julia Styles rank among teen rom-com leading women? Will more adaptations like this make teens love Shakespeare? Let us know! Here are a couple articles that we discuss in the episode: “10 Things I Hate About You”: When Heath Ledger Was Just Breaking Through by Ilana Kaplan, New York Times. 20 Years Later, 10 Things I Hate About You remains a model for how to do the teen rom-com right by Caroline Siede, The AV Club. The post Ep. 73: 10 Things I Hate About You appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends? Podcast.
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