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In Reel Deep Podcast
84 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
Episode 107: The Best Movie of 2021
We're back! Now that the 2022 Oscars and The Slap are history, we thought there was no better time to reanimate the In Reel Deep Podcast and highlight our own choices for the finest films of 2021. Join us as we discuss the state of cinema now that theaters have reopened and go through our top 10 lists to choose a movie of the year. The Power of the Dog, The Last Duel, West Side Story: Which one will be No. 1? The only way to find out is to listen!
66 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Episode 106: The Best Movie of 2020
Bacurau. Da 5 Bloods. Mank. First Cow. Which of those four 2020 releases was the finest film of the year? As has become tradition on the In Reel Deep Podcast, we gather to discuss our recent best of 2020 list and choose a favorite from the year that was. Also, we share a big announcement concerning the future of the podcast and of InReelDeep.com.
48 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Episode 105: It's a Wonderful Life
We're wrapping up our 2020 journey through Christmas movies with a bang: It's a Wonderful Life, the 1946 masterpiece that's both a holiday classic and an all-time wonderful film. In a slight twist for our December episodes, we get in real (reel) deep and speculate about director Frank Capra's message, star Jimmy Stewart's acting prowess, and whether a light Christmas touch makes for better films overall.
40 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Episode 104: Anna and the Apocalypse
What exactly is a "British Christmas zombie musical film"? Why, Anna and the Apocalypse, of course! This little-seen 2017 genre mash-up is next on our journey through December-centric movies; is it a new holiday classic, or just a weird, fun departure from the usual Christmas fare?
54 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Episode 103: A Christmas Story
It's a Christmas classic that came out in 1983, lovingly depicted 1940s pre-war holiday magic, and as of 2020 still airs for 24 hours straight in late December. It's A Christmas Story, and it's as good as you remember. We discuss which member of the Parker family is the MVP, our top 5 favorite scenes, and how this movie somehow defies being remade.
52 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Episode 102: The Princess Switch: Switched Again
I've heard of one Vanessa Hudgens, even two Vanessa Hudgenses, but THREE Vanessa Hudgenses?! That's the premise of The Princess Switch: Switched Again, the 2020 sequel to the possibly beloved Netflix movie about...princesses who switch. The original was certainly a Christmas movie; what about this one? Does it feel you with holiday cheer, or is it yet another cash-grab mess that lazily equates Christmas with love? Join us and find out.
33 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Episode 101: Christmas (Movies) in the Time of Covid
It's the holiday season! And we're back to talk holly jolly Christmas movies. Our December to Remember guru Sam Johnson returns as well to assign us several options for this month of wintry mayhem; some are classics and some, well, are nightmares. What are the flicks we'll be enjoying during this Covid Christmas? You've got to listen to find out.
46 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Episode 100: Citizen Kane
For our very special 100th episode, there was only one film we wanted to cover: Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Widely regarded as the best movie ever made, Kane is a masterpiece, and timelier than ever in the era of President Donald Trump. We break down its origins, its impact, and why Welles' work stands the test of time when so many other movies from that era do not.
43 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Episode 99: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
We've reached the end of our journey through the selected filmography of Tom Hanks: 2019's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, also known as The Mr. Rogers Movie. It's Tom's first true supporting role in quite a while, and it earned him an Oscar nomination for his trouble. What does this film's success mean for the future of Hanks? And what was our favorite Tom film to revisit? Join us for a podcasting farewell to America's last great movie star.
41 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Episode 98: Alien(s)
There may not be a better one-two cinematic combo than 1979's Alien and 1986's Aliens. Ridley Scott's masterpiece melded sci-fi and horror like peanut butter and jelly, and James Cameron's follow-up is a fantastic action film that cemented Sigourney Weaver as a star among stars. To celebrate October, that classic month of horror, we're revisiting those magic moments when the xenomorph burst into our pop-culture consciousness.
38 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
Episode 97: The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code came out to great fanfare in 2006, followed by two relatively successful sequels, yet we still have no idea why Tom Hanks decided to play Robert Langdon. Best-case scenario is "nerdy Indiana Jones," and this is far from the best case. As we near the end of our jaunt through Tom's filmography, we examine the reasons why this bland, useless, 149-minute monstrosity not only made it to the silver screen but grossed $760 million worldwide.
32 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Episode 96: The Terminal
Medicine for goat! Our trip through the Tom Hanks filmography has led us to 2004's The Terminal, without a doubt the oddest Hanks/Steven Spielberg team-up. Tom's beyond charming as Krakozhia's Viktor Navorski, but in retrospect this was the beginning of the end of his run as a no-doubt box office superstar. Join us as we dissect why the two Hollywood titans made this film and then cringe at the idea of watching a Robert Langdon movie next.
89 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Episode 95: Inside Job, Margin Call, and the 2008 Financial Crisis
The last time the world's economy tanked, back in 2008, it wasn't because of a global pandemic. It was because a handful of billionaires, mostly Americans, decided to rig our financial system for their benefit. As a result, trillions of dollars were lost, the planet spun into economic ruin, and few — if any — people stood trial for their crimes. Those crimes were captured in the documentary Inside Job and the drama Margin Call; we've brought self-taught financial crisis whiz Dr. Chris back on the pod to dissect how those two films depicted what might be the greatest crime humans have ever committed.
37 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Episode 94: Cast Away
Next up in our Tom Hanks miniseries? 2000's Cast Away, also known as the apex of his storied acting career. At the turn of the century, there was no one bigger than Hanks, which is why a movie where his costars are Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy and a volleyball made $420 million worldwide and got him an Oscar nomination. Join us as we break down what makes this Robert Zemeckis survival film so special.
52 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Episode 93: No Country for Old Men
We've reached the end of our crime miniseries, and we're going out with a bang: 2007's No Country for Old Men, perhaps the shiniest gem in the Coen brothers' catalog. Beyond a life-changing performance from Javier Bardem and some of the tensest scenes you'll ever see, this film has plenty to say about crimes and the people who commit them. Join as we break down one of the rare Best Picture winners that the Oscars got right.
41 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Episode 92: The Green Mile / You've Got Mail
Our journey through the Tom Hanks filmography originally led us down The Green Mile, but over the course of 189 minutes of supposed movie magic we realized that it...wasn't very good. So we called an audible; not only are you getting some Frank Darabont banter but we're also returning to Nora Ephron and Meg Ryan to discuss You've Got Mail as well. Did we like it more than the much-maligned Sleepless in Seattle? You'll have to join us to find out.
59 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Episode 91: Seven
Our journey through crime films continues with David Fincher's Seven, the 1995 thriller that still holds up despite [REDACTED] as the surprise villain. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt remain a dynamic duo, and the script has much to say about the sins of society, messages that still ring true 25 years later. Join us as we dissect this crime classic while wondering if Pitt deserved his subsequent MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male.
61 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Episode 90: The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight is one of the most successful comic book movies of all time, financially and critically. But as a crime film that was clearly inspired by Michael Mann's Heat, does it hold up? Our very special guest Dr. Chris joins us once again to watch this 152-minute Batman feature and discuss why Nolan asks big questions but doesn't answer them.
41 minutes | Jun 6, 2020
Episode 89: Saving Private Ryan
On the 76th anniversary of D-Day, our journey through the Tom Hanks filmography brings us to Saving Private Ryan. Everyone remembers Steven Spielberg's war epic for its incredible 25-minute Omaha Beach scene, but the rest of the film is just as terrific. Join us as we discuss this eclectic cast — Vin Diesel, Edward Burns, Dennis Farina, Ted Danson! — and what might be the finest Hanks performance of all time.
49 minutes | May 22, 2020
Episode 88: Heat, Revisited
Does crime pay? Maybe at the box office! We're embarking on a new miniseries (sorry, Griffin and David) on modern crime films, featuring frequent special guest Dr. Chris. We'll be delving into some of the most influential and well-made crime classics of the past few decades, starting with Michael Mann's Heat. Join us as we go beyond Pacino and De Niro to discuss what makes this 172-minute epic so rewatchable and enduring.
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