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The Best Pictures Podcast
76 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
65th Academy Awards - Unforgiven
Join Maggie and Ian as they cover 1992's winner, Unforgiven. Despite mixed opinions going into this episode, Ian and Maggie found they both appreciated the top-notch visuals, complex characters, and ultimately the completely satisfying (if sometimes difficult to watch) story arcs. Trigger warning for violence against women.
95 minutes | May 24, 2022
64th Academy Awards - The Silence of the Lambs
Join Ian and Maggie as they finally cover the only horror movie to ever win Best Picture. Now that they're all out of delay tactics, will they be able to make it through one of the most intense movies they've covered to date?
112 minutes | May 5, 2022
Special Episode - Silverado
Our hosts take a break between best picture winners to break down this underrated 1980s western.
113 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
63rd Academy Awards - Dances with Wolves
Join our hosts for the 63rd best picture winner and western epic, Dances with Wolves. Despite having all the trappings of a great western, Dances with Wolves managed to dissappoint. The expansive score and top-notch visuals just couldn't make up for the flat writing of our main character's arc and the heavy reliance on the white savior trope.
89 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Special Episode - Clue
We're back with another cult classic and a new special guest to celebrate our 4th podcast-iversary! We discuss costuming, performances, and which character we'd least like to investigate a spooky old mansion with. Big thank you to everyone who's stuck with us these past four years, and to newer listeners, welcome!
71 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Special Episode - List Reordering Part II
Once again Maggie and Ian have ranked themselves into a corner and it's time to fix that! They cover which films moved up and down their lists the most, which decade of winners is their favorite (and which is their least favorite), and answer listener questions about what movies they may have been a little too harsh on and which upcoming films they're most looking forward to.
97 minutes | Mar 13, 2022
62nd Academy Awards - Driving Miss Daisy
Come listen to Ian and Maggie's takes on the 1989 Best Picture, Driving Miss Daisy. Though the main charcters' performances deserve the praise they garnered, even the contemporaneous critiques still ring true. Despite the poorly-aged material, Ian and Maggie both found parts of the films they enjoyed; listen to find out where it ranked!
72 minutes | Feb 27, 2022
61st Academy Awards - Rain Man
Join Maggie and Ian for the 1988 Best Picture, Rain Man. While the film proved to be well written and tidily constructed, our hosts took major issue with its basic premise. Listen to find out where Rain Man ranks!
86 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Special Episode - Roman Holiday
Join us as we welcome special guest Lola back to talk about this classic romantic comedy for a Valentine's Day/Birthday special! Special Guest: Lola.
126 minutes | Jan 23, 2022
60th Academy Awards - The Last Emperor
Join us for 1987's The Last Emperor. With it's impeccable visuals, the film is a feast for the eyes, but some huge narrative pitfalls left Ian and Maggie wanting more. Where does that leave The Last Emperor? Listen to find out!
91 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
59th Academy Awards - Platoon
We're kicking off 2022 with the sad but incredibly good Platoon! We talk character arcs, cinematography, and why this movie is a master class in building tension. We also discuss how it compares to the many other war films that have one best picture and where it ranks among them. Massive trigger warning for this episode! The movies is very rough and we discuss some difficult topics and scenes. Please listen with caution!
66 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Special Episode - A Christmas Carol (1938)
Maggie and Ian are back with an earlier retelling of Charles Dickens' classic.
67 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Special Episode - The Muppets Christmas Carol
Welcome back to our special guest, Jade, for another holiday episode of the Best Pictures Podcast. Join us as we talk through the delight that is 1992's The Muppet Christmas Carol. Between the impressive live-action performance of Michael Caine and the next level puppeteering (who's actually surprised there?), this movie is sure to delight.
196 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Special Episode - Miracle on 34th Street
We decided to take a left turn out of nowhere and start the holiday lineup early with Miracle on 34th Street. Between the rich and lovable characters, the tight writing, and a heartwarming message of holiday cheer, both Maggie and Ian can't say enough good things about this classic.
80 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Special Episode - Rocky Horror Picture Show
We're back with a Halloween (and let's be honest every other time of year) classic: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We laugh. We cry (mostly cause we're laughing too hard), and we discuss how every element of this movie creates not only the perfect allusion to the sci-fi and horror B-movies of old, but also just a good time. So sit back, relax, do the Time Warp, and join us as we welcome back special guest Emma (A Christmas Story, Labyrinth) for another fabulous episode.
65 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Special Episode - Arsenic and Old Lace
In the first of our 2021 Halloween Specials, we cover the classic spooky comedy Arsenic and Old Lace! As a heads up, we had some minor audio issues, but we've cleaned them up the best we could. It was too good an episode to lose! Special Guest: Sangita.
95 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
58th Academy Awards - Out of Africa
On this episode, we cover the 58th Best Picture winner: Out of Africa. We talk performances, cinematography, and our mixed feelings around character in pacing. Take a listen to find out if we fall for this sweeping romantic epic in the end.
81 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
57th Academy Awards - Amadeus
Join Ian and Maggie as they discuss the 57th winner, Amadeus. From the art and music, to the acting and editing, Amadeus proved to be a treat, too many notes and all.
73 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Special Episode - Raiders of the Lost Ark
Join Maggie, Ian, and their special guest, Myke from CineMusts, for our long-teased special episode on this 1981 action adventure gem. If it wasn't clear before, the group's discussion leaves no doubt that Raiders should have bested the 54th Best Picture winner, Chariots of Fire.
86 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
56th Academy Awards - Terms of Endearment
Our hosts cry their way through the 56th Best Picture winner: Terms of Endearment. They talk amazing performances, how the film perfectly blends comedy and drama, and just how many tissues they went through during the film's last 20 minutes.
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