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107 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Cry Macho, Alliterative Character Names, and a Series of Jort Films
Cry Macho has us talking about characters with alliterative names, from Eli Roth’s dreadful Donny Donowitz in Inglorious Basterds to Michael Rooker granting Grant Grant unexpected pathos in Slither.
109 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Those Who Wish Me Dead, Targeted Witnesses, and the Mafia Gangster Guy
Those Who Wish Me Dead has us talking crime witnesses pursued by the mob, from the miscasting of Jack Nicholson in The Departed to the miscasting of Tom Hanks in Road to Perdition.
94 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Kajillionaire, Titular Money, and Marty’s Deuce
Kajillionaire has us talking movies with money referenced in the title, from the stretched thin plot of Casino to the nonsensical plot of Money Train.
108 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Promising Young Woman, Memorable Wigs, and the Aaron Sorkin Fan Club
Promising Young Woman has us talking memorable wigs with special guest Carolyn Rennie, from Jim Carrey’s wild hair and wacky characters in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events to Laura Harring’s blonde starlet disguise as she opens a Pandora’s Box in Mulholland Dr.
97 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Nomadland, Road Trips, and Vagabond Cosplay
Nomadland has us talking road trips, from donuts and dirtbags in Breakdown to cancer and green screens in The Bucket List.
108 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Minari, Sick Kids, and the Race Against Logic
Minari has us talking about sick kids, from the over-the-top cartoon psychopath in We Need to Talk About Kevin to the unbearably precocious genius in The Book of Henry.
105 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
The Little Things, Cereal, and the Guy Who’s Good at Playing the Guy Who’s Good at Things
The Little Things has us talking about cereal and movies, from Jeremy Renner staring at the most bizarre grocery aisle ever stocked to the arrow shaped cereal based on the apparent archery skills of Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
88 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Mank, Alcoholics, and the Worst Character Name Ever
Mank has us talking alcoholic protagonists, from Sam Jackson’s luck in Changing Lanes to Will Smith’s allergies in Hancock.
90 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
More Video Games… And a Hulking of a Man
Kevin and Brad keep talking video game movies in this bonus episode, specifically about the inconsistencies in the premise of Wreck-It Ralph, the lack of intellectual property rights in Rampage, the leafblower shooting money at the cast of Assassin’s Creed, and the trance music of the clubbing tail… https://ia801409.us.archive.org/30/items/morevideogames2/Video%20Game%20Remastered%20Bonus%20%28final%20edit%29.mp3
134 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog, Video Games Remastered, and Halliday’s 17th Favorite Watersports Movie…
Sonic the Hedgehog has us racing to its defense, before moving on to discuss how quickly Scott Pilgrim can put on a hat, how many egregious name-checks Ready Player One has per second, and how to literally and figuratively turn on the gaming system in eXistenZ. Does Scott Pilgrim vs. the World get too clever […]
111 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Uncut Gems, Gambling, and the Lord of the Rings of Basketball Movies…
Uncut Gems has us doubling down on the Safdie brothers, before moving on to discuss Ryan Reynolds’ liquor of choice, Nicolas Cage’s crooked gait, and Jessica Chastain’s ski injury. Should Ben Mendelsohn be in every movie after Mississippi Grind? Is Port of Call New Orleans the last great bonkers Nic Cage movie? And does Aaron […]
80 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
From the Vault – August 2005 or: Cartoons, Michael Jordan, Whatever…
To discuss the films of August 2005, hosts Brad and Kevin have forced each other to rewatch The 40 Year-Old Virgin, The Constant Gardener, Broken Flowers, and 2046. Is The 40 Year-Old Virgin even better today than it was 13 years ago? Did Rachel Weisz deserve the Oscar for The Constant Gardener? Does Broken Flowers […]
25 minutes | Jan 25, 2020
Preview: Uncut Gems
Kevin and Brad preview their picks for the next episode, on which they’ll discuss Uncut Gems, and other movies prominently featuring gambling. https://ia601405.us.archive.org/22/items/uncutgemspreview/Uncut%20Gems%20-%20Preview%20%28final%20edit%29.mp3
66 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
More Recurring Collaborations… And Dreams of More Coherent Conversations
Brad and Kevin keep talking frequent collaborators in this bonus episode, specifically about the pitfalls of Silver Linings Playbook’s happy ending, the inadvertent product placement in Little Nicky, the bafflingly unnecessary Dark Shadows, and our need to go to bed earlier… https://ia601508.us.archive.org/9/items/collaborationsbonus/Collaborations%20Bonus%20%28final%20edit%29.mp3
141 minutes | Jan 5, 2020
The Irishman, Recurring Collaborations, and a Constant State of Climax…
The Irishman has us hitting on the finer points of Scorsese crime sagas, before moving on to discuss Julianne Moore and Tom Cruise breaking down, Michael Shannon melting down, and Viggo Mortensen stepping up. Can the de-aging be taken seriously for 3.5 hours in The Irishman? Can we list fewer than ten scenes we could […]
33 minutes | Dec 26, 2019
Preview: The Irishman
Kevin and Brad preview their picks for the next episode, on which they’ll discuss The Irishman, and other films featuring directors and actors who work together frequently. https://ia801406.us.archive.org/13/items/irishmanpreview/Irishman%20Preview%20%28final%20edit%29.mp3
72 minutes | Dec 20, 2019
More Isolation… And the Dream Weaver Needle Drop
Brad and Kevin keep talking isolation movies in this bonus episode, specifically about the late-night cable cache of Cube, the limitations of the conceit of Exam, the naked fist-fighting chops of Tom Hardy in Bronson, and our hatred for the phrase “tour de force performance”… https://ia801405.us.archive.org/34/items/isolationbonus/Isolation%20Bonus%20%28final%20edit%29.mp3
132 minutes | Dec 10, 2019
The Lighthouse, Isolation, and Full-Time Job Brad…
(We had some technical difficulties on this episode, so portions of the audio are a lower quality than we normally produce. So our apologies for that.) The Lighthouse has us rambling on about on about art movies before moving on to discuss The Hack’s big, fat recording, The Hank’s volleyball pal, and Ryan Reynolds’ cell […]
109 minutes | Dec 1, 2019
From the Vault – July 2003 or: Horse of the Year
Here’s the thing… We weren’t able to record on time in November due to conflicting holiday schedules, so we’re opening up the Mandatory Movies Vault, and releasing the first episode we ever recorded, when the format was a little different, focusing on revisiting the films of a particular month/year rather than a theme. To discuss […]
24 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
Preview: The Lighthouse
Brad and Kevin preview their picks for the next episode, on which they’ll discuss The Lighthouse, and other movies featuring characters who are isolated. https://ia801503.us.archive.org/7/items/lighthousepreview/Lighthouse%20Preview%20%28full%20edit%29.mp3
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