#535 : Favorite Winter Films

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Winter is here, so Michael, Jared, and Joe share their five favorite films that evoke the feeling of the season. Jared’s #2 and Michael’s #1 draw criticism from the other hosts. At the end, the guys regret omitting a big contender.

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#534 : DARKEST HOUR

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Joe, Michael, and Jared review Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk earns another discussion. Jared and Michael disagree on the Spielberg HBO documentary but find common ground on Munich, which almost gets a mini-review. Michael suggests Joe compile a good-bad movies list for an upcoming episode. Jared makes a case for Andy Serkis in light of the Oscar buzz for Gary Oldman’s Churchill. The guys dissect a listener’s Best Films of the 1990s list.

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Jared’s Best Films of 2017

As usual, there was talk of it being a bad year for movies. And, as always, I say you just need to know where to look. Continue reading “Jared’s Best Films of 2017” »

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#533 : STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

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The hosts are joined by friend and filmmaker Alec Siegel to discuss the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise and speculate about Episode IX. Be warned: this podcast is full of spoilers!

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#532 : THE DISASTER ARTIST / COCO

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Michael assesses the merits of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist and the cult of bad cinema, while Jared and Joe supply a mini-review of Pixar’s Coco. Jared stresses the continued necessity of the DVD arm of Netflix. Joe recommends an overlooked 1990s Wesley Snipes movie.

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#531 : THE SHAPE OF WATER

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A packed episode! The main focus is Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, but Jared and Joe also discuss Mudbound from Dee Rees. Some digressions: All the Money in the World reshoots, The Babadook as a gay icon, killing Nazis in video games, TV overload, and Ken Burns’ reaction to Kubrick’s work.

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#530 : LADY BIRD

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Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed Lady Bird is the primary topic of this episode, but Michael, Jared, and Joe also address Hollywood’s overdue reckoning with sexual harassment and assault and what it means for the future. The guys officially switch to a 5-star scale for RF ratings.

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#529 : THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

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The guys review likely Oscar contender Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and a mini Movies on Trial-like debate unfolds over a particular plot element. Michael and Joe describe an awkward moment at a recent film festival Q&A. Jared gushes about a montage sequence in a new Netflix series.

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#528 : MEYEROWITZ STORIES OF A SACRED FLORIDA PROJECT

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This episode is an arthouse roundup in which Jared and Joe review The Florida Project, The Meyerowitz Stories, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The guys discuss the Netflix distribution model, and Michael expresses concern about the future of the movie theater experience.

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#527 : BLADE RUNNER 2049

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Blade Runner 2049, among Joe and Jared’s most anticipated films of the year, is reviewed in this episode. The guys also talk horror cinema and Ken Burns documentaries. Michael recalls meeting Roger Deakins.

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