Grierson & Leitch

Grierson & Leitch

Film critics Tim Grierson and Will Leitch's weekly show on the movies.
Grierson & Leitch

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Film critics Tim Grierson and Will Leitch discuss the week’s latest movies, as well as classic films and directors that deserve a second look.

Episodes

"It, Chapter Two," "Vampire's Kiss"

Sep 8, 2019 4137

Description:

Hello! Grierson still is not back from the Toronto Film Festival, so our fill-in guest with Will is the great Bilge Ebiri, film critic for Vulture and New York Magazine. He is the best. Together, Will and Bilge discuss the horror sequel/part two "It, Chapter Two," with bigger actors this time.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we look at the 1988 Nicolas Cage cult "classic," "Vampire's Kiss."

Apologies, by the way: The podcast was recorded in mono for reasons we don't entirely understand. We think it still sounds OK, but just to warn.

Timestamps (approximate):
10:50 "It, Chapter Two"
35:39 "Vampire's Kiss"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

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Grierson and Leitch Conversations: Jessica Pressler

Sep 5, 2019 2663

Description:

New concept alert! We proudly introduce "Grierson and Leitch Conversations," in which we sit down with someone OTHER than each other to talk movie stuff, or culture stuff, or sports stuff, or whatever stuff! It'll be fun. We can't just talk to each other FOREVER.

We introduce the occasional, sporadic series with Jessica Pressler, a longtime writer for New York Magazine whose 2015 story "The Hustlers at Scores" was adapted into the upcoming film "Hustlers," starring Jennifer Lopez. Jessica talks about the process of the film, working with Adam McKay, whether she's met J-Lo and what it's like to be played by Julia Stiles in the film. (Which she is!)

We're excited about this interview, and we hope you are too.

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

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2019 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals Preview, "Ready Or Not," "The Fifth Element"

Aug 25, 2019 4402

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Grierson is about to head to Venice and then Toronto for the biggest film festivals of the fall, so we preview both of 'em: There's some good stuff coming out. Then we talk about the Evil 1 Percenter movie "Ready Or Not."

And none of that prepares us for the insanity of returning to 1997 and watching Luc Besson's unhinged "The Fifth Element." That movie is nuts.

Timestamps (approximate):
9:03 Film Festival Previews
36:15 "Ready Or Not"
52:10 "The Fifth Element"
Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

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"Where'd You Go Bernadette," "Blinded by the Light," "The Lost Boys"

Aug 20, 2019 3923

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Richard Linklater having a new movie coming out is usually cause for celebration in Grierson & Leitch land, but "Where'd You Go Bernadette" is a major disappointment. We also discuss "Blinded by the Light," which is about Bruce Springsteen, kind of.

Also, in our Reboot, we dig into Joel Schumaker's 1987 teen vampire flick "The Lost Boys."

Timestamps (approximate):
9:39 "Where'd You Go Bernadette"
28:04 "Blinded by the Light"
45:16 "The Lost Boys"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

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"The Kitchen," "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," "Beyond the Black Rainbow"

Aug 12, 2019 4192

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Strange week! Hard week. Relax with us with some movie talk. First, it's the odd Women Gangster movie "The Kitchen." Then the Guillermo Del Toro-produced "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," or, as Grierson puts it, "Tonka's My First Horror Movie."

Then it's Reboot time, with Panos Cosmatos' wild 2012 head trip "Beyond the Black Rainbow."

Timestamps (approximate):
10:50 "The Kitchen"
30:12 "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"
44:41 "Beyond the Black Rainbow"
Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

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"Hobbs and Shaw," "About Time," "Perfect Blue"

Aug 5, 2019 4358

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Yep, there's another Fast and the Furious movie. This now makes nine. This one has The Rock and Jason Statham, and it's "Hobbs & Shaw." It's directed by a man named Leitch, but not our co-host.

We also have two reboots: The 2013 rom-com (kinda) "About Time," and the 1997 Japanese animation classic "Perfect Blue."

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Timestamps (approximate):
10:33 "Hobbs & Shaw"
29:16 "About Time"
50:44 "Perfect Blue"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

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"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," Updated Tarantino Rankings, "The Shining"

Jul 27, 2019 5068

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Yep, here's our big Tarantino episode. First, we go long on Quentin Tarantino's fascinating "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." Honestly, we could have talked even longer. Then we, because it's the law, each give our Top 10 Tarantino Movies. They're different, but not as different as we thought.

And if that weren't enough ... then, in our Reboot segment, we talk about a little movie called "The Shining." Kubrick! It's, uh, a packed show.

Timestamps (approximate):
8:38 "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
59:11 "The Shining"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

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"The Lion King," "The Princess Bride," "Cache"

Jul 21, 2019 5245

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It has been a long time since critics were as actively divided about a big movie as they are "The Lion King." We are no different: One of us is down, and one is definitely not.

Also, some fun, very different Reboots this week. We look at Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride" and Michael Haneke's "Cache." As we said: Different.

Timestamps:
10:06 "The Lion King"
34:30 "The Princess Bride"
55:25 "Cache"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.



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"The Farewell," "Stuber," "Crawl," "Poetry"

Jul 15, 2019 4477

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There was only one new movie we could get Will and Tim to even agree on watching this week: Lulu Wang's heralded "The Farewell." Grierson saw "Stuber," and Leitch saw "Crawl." Eh!

Much better business in the Reboot, when we discussed Lee Chang-Dong's "Poetry" from 2012.

Timestamps:
7:52 "The Farewell"
27:00 "Stuber"
35:18 "Crawl"
49:10 "Poetry"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.



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"Spider-Man: Far From Home," "Midsommar," "Ocean's 11"

Jul 8, 2019 4853

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Hey, hope you had a great Fourth! We've got two really big new movies for you this week. First, it's the next Marvel movie -- and last for a while, maybe? -- with "Spider-Man: Far From Home." Then we look at Ari Aster's, uh, polarizing new horror film "Midsommar."

Then, in our Reboot segment, we go back to 2001, and Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's 11."

Timestamps (approximate):
6:45 "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
32:00 "Midsommar"
57:09 "Ocean's 11"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.




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Best Movies of the First Half of 2019, "Yesterday," "That Thing You Do!"

Jul 1, 2019 5645

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We're halfway through 2019! Can you believe that? That's crazy. That means it's time for our annual Best Movies of the First Half of the Year show. We only have one crossover.

We also discuss one new movie, the Danny Boyle Beatles fantasy "Yesterday." Our Reboot is another musical movie, Tom Hanks' directorial debut "That Thing You Do!"

Timestamps (approximate):
48:41 "Yesterday"
1:09:24 "That Thing You Do!"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.



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"Toy Story 4," "Child's Play," "The Hunt for Red October"

Jun 24, 2019 5811

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It's the Pixar movie you've been waiting nine years for, another one that'll make you cry: It's "Toy Story 4." Don't worry: It doesn't kill your childhood.

We also look at the new version of the '80s horror "classic" "Child's Play." And then there's a big fun Reboot, John McTiernan's thriller "The Hunt for Red October."

Timestamps (approximate):
10:12 "Toy Story 4"
39:00 "Child's Play"
1:00:53 "The Hunt for Red October"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.



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"Men In Black: International," "The Dead Don't Die," "Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story," "Shaft"

Jun 17, 2019 5286

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No Reboot this week, because we've got four spanking new movies for us both to discuss. There's the "Men in Black" branding exercise, Jim Jarmusch's new film "The Dead Don't Die," Martin Scorsese's Netflix documentary (sort of) about Bob Dylan "Rolling Thunder Revue" and ... another Shaft movie.

(This has not been the best summer.)

Timestamps (approximate):
7:23 "Men In Black: International"
24:28 "The Dead Don't Die"
45:33 "Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story"
1:08:15 "Shaft"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.



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"Dark Phoenix," "Late Night," "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," "Pontypool"

Jun 9, 2019 4554

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Congratulations, America: You are finally done with the "X-Men" movies. OK, not really, but "Dark Phoenix" is a lackluster end to a once-excellent franchise. We discuss. We also get into Mindy Kaling's "Late Night." (We're split on that one.)

Grierson solos on "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," and then, in our Reboot segment, we check out the 2008 pseudo-zombie Canadian thriller "Pontypool."

Timestamps (approximate):
8:00 "Dark Phoenix"
23:50 "Late Night"
44:15 "The Last Black Man in San Francisco"
50:00 "Pontypool"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.




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"Godzilla: King of the Monsters," "Rocketman," "Animal House"

Jun 3, 2019 4915

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Wait, there's another Godzilla movie? There is! It's "Godzilla: King of the Monsters." It's ... another Godzilla movie. Also, there is another movie about a classic rock star. This time Elton John gets the biopic treatment in "Rocketman." We disagree on that one.

Also, in our Reboot segment, we have another "Will and Tim soil the favorite movies of your youth" entry, as we talk about 1978's "Animal House."

Timestamps (approximate):
9:52 "Godzilla: King of the Monsters"
29:10 "Rocketman"
54:00 "Animal House"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.




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2019 Cannes Wrapup, "Aladdin," "Booksmart," "Mad Max"

May 27, 2019 4832

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Grierson is back from Cannes! He tells us about his favorite movie from Cannes, as well as a brief scoop on Quentin Tarantino's movie and that movie with all the butts.

Then it's time for the two big movies of the weekend, the "Aladdin" remake with Will Smith and Olivia Wilde's "Booksmart." And hey, it's Reboot time, with the original "Mad Max" from 1979.

Timestamps (approximate):
6:55 2019 Cannes Film Festival Wrapup
24:55 "Aladdin"
43:55 "Booksmart"
54:49 "Mad Max"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.



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"John Wick Chapter Three," "The Souvenir," "No Country For Old Men"

May 19, 2019 4642

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Grierson is in Cannes! But he takes a break from all the Cannes business to talk with Will about "John Wick Chapter Three" and "The Souvenir."

Then, an Oscar-winning Reboot: The Coen brothers' "No Country For Old Men." How does it hold up?

Timestamps (approximate)

9:15 "John Wick: Chapter Three"
33:10 "The Souvenir"
40:49 "No Country For Old Men"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.




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"Wine Country," "Pokemon Detective Pikachu," 2019 Cannes Preview

May 13, 2019 4473

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Grierson is about to head to the Cannes Film Festival, so he's got plenty to preview with that whole business. But first: Two new movies.

We kick it off with Amy Poehler's "Wine Country," which is ... sort of a bummer. Then, oh man, are we REALLY talking about "Pokemon Detective Pikachu?" Well, at least there's a Cannes Film Festival preview after that.

Timestamps (approximate)
7:45 "Wine Country"
28:00 "Pokemon Detective Pikachu"
43:08 2019 Cannes Preview

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.



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"Long Shot," "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," Summer Movie Preview

May 6, 2019 5022

Description:

We're still living in a post-"Avengers: Endgame" world, but there are in fact other movies out there. We discuss two! First, the Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen romantic comedy "Long Shot." And then: Zac Efron as Ted Bundy in Joe Berlinger's "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

Then it's time for our moderately sized Summer Movie Preview.

Timestamps (approximate):
9:32 "Long Shot"
31:04 "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.



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"Avengers: Endgame," "Goldfinger"

Apr 29, 2019 5021

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It's probably going to the highest-grossing movie of all time, and you all saw it this weekend. So let's get to it: Let's dig into "Avengers: Endgame."

We still have time for a Reboot: It's 1966's "Goldfinger," the third-ever James Bond movie. Busy week!

Timestamps:
 6:49 "Avengers: Endgame"
 53:27 "Goldfinger"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.




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"Under the Silver Lake," "Boogie Nights," "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"

Apr 22, 2019 5734

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We have a little announcement to make at the beginning of the show, but don't worry, it's a good one. Then we discuss the cult-film-in-the-making "Under the Silver Lake," with Andrew Garfield.

The real fun comes from the Reboots, with Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" and Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover."

Timestamps:
10:44 "Under the Silver Lake"
36:20 "Boogie Nights"
1:06:12 "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.




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"Hellboy," "Her Smell," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

Apr 15, 2019 4782

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They made a new "Hellboy" movie? They did. And it is bad. Much better is Alex Ross Perry's "Her Smell," with Elizabeth Moss.

But whatever your thoughts about either movie, neither is going to stand the test of time like Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." (In that order.)

Timestamps:
 9:27 "Hellboy"
 29:44 "Her Smell"
 46:50 "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.






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"Shazam!" "Pet Semetary," "High Life," "Amazing Grace"

Apr 7, 2019 01:00:34

Description:

New movies, and they're both hits. First, it's the DC Comics "light" version with "Shazam!" Then there's a remake of the Stephen King novel "Pet Semetary."

Then Grierson solos on two art-house hits: Claire Denis' "High Life" and the long-thought-lost Aretha Franklin documentary "Amazing Grace."

Timestamps:
6:35 "Shazam!"
30:20 "Pete Semetary"
47:48 "High Life"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Dumbo," "The Highwaymen," "The Beach Bum"

Apr 1, 2019 01:08:09

Description:

First off, we apologize for the slightly worse audio mixing on this episode: It's Leitch's fault, he thought his mic was plugged in but wasn't, so you're hearing his computer's built-in mic. Sorry.

Three new movies this week: Tim Burton's "Dumbo," John Lee Hancock's "The Highwaymen" and whatever the hell Harmony Korine is doing with "The Beach Bum." Also, Grierson talks briefly about "Diane."

Timestamps:
7:30 "Dumbo"
25:30 "The Highwaymen"
45:17 "The Beach Bum"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Us," "Dragged Across Concrete," "Roll Red Roll," "Rumble Fish"

Mar 25, 2019 01:32:02

Description:

There isn't much of a bigger story in movies right now than the release of a new Jordan Peele movie, and "Us" looks like it might be even a bigger hit than "Get Out." How does it compare to that movie, and how does it stand on its own? We have an extended conversation, and then we discuss, with spoilers, the ending.

Then we look at the Mel Gibson-Vince Vaughn cop thriller "Dragged Across Concrete," and the Steubenville documentary "Roll Red Roll." Then, in our Reboot segment, we look at Francis Ford Coppola's odd "Rumble Fish."

Timestamps:
7:50 "Us"
42:40 "Dragged Across Concrete"
1:05:40 "Rumble Fish"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Triple Frontier," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Haute Tension"

Mar 18, 2019 01:25:43

Description:

There's one new movie this week, from Netflix: J.C. Chandor's "Triple Frontier." Ben Affleck! Oscar Isaac! It is ... not that inspired.

What IS inspired is "Zero Dark Thirty," which we discuss in our Reboot segment. What a movie. Also: The French horror film "Haute Tension."

Timestamps:
10:53 "Triple Frontier"
31:15 "Zero Dark Thirty"
55:54 "Haute Tension"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Captain Marvel," "Gloria Bell," "Apollo 11," "The Apartment"

Mar 11, 2019 01:09:54

Description:

"Captain Marvel" might not be the most ambitious or original Marvel movie, but it's still a historic one, and not just because of the box office receipts. We dig into the origin story, and how it leads into the next (and final?) "Avengers" movie.

Grierson solos on "Gloria Bell" and "Apollo 11," and then we dig into our Reboot movie, the Best Picture-winning Billy Wilder film "The Apartment."

Timestamps:
7:56 "Captain Marvel"
33:22 "Gloria Bell"
38:30 "Apollo 11"
43:58 "The Apartment"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Leaving Neverland," "Climax," 'Greta"

Mar 3, 2019 01:13:29

Description:

The movie everyone's talking about this weekend didn't get a theatrical release at all, but we felt it had to be discussed: HBO's shattering documentary "Leaving Neverland." It's quite an experience.

It's strange that a Gaspar Noe movie could be "lighter" fare, but his "Climax" has received his best reviews in years. Also, we dig into Neil Jordan's weird, tonally off "Greta,"

Timestamps:
12:35 "Leaving Neverland"
38:00. "Climax"
51:30 "Greta"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

2019 Oscars Recap, "Fighting With My Family," "Paddleton," "Badlands"

Feb 25, 2019 01:38:22

Description:

The Oscars were last night! We made Grierson get up SUPER early in Los Angeles to recap the evening, which was surprisingly excellent ... until the very end. Argh.

Then we discuss the WWE fantasy "Fighting With My Family" and Netflix's "Paddleton." And in our Reboot section, we dig into Terrence Malick's "Badlands."

Timestamps:
31:15 "Fighting With My Family"
50:10 "Paddleton"
1:11:17 "Badlands"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

2019 Oscars Preview, "Alita: Battle Angel," "Interview With The Vampire"

Feb 18, 2019 01:40:50

Description:

It's Oscars Week! And boy oh boy are these Oscars going to be a fiasco. Tim and Will talk about the slow-motion disaster this award season has been, and then they make their predictions for the major categories. Then they look at the Robert Rodriguez-James Cameron collaboration "Alita: Battle Angel."

Then we've got quite the Reboot: 1994's "Interview With The Vampire." Hoo boy, this movie.

Timestamps:
58:38 "Alita: Battle Angel"
1:12:40 "Interview With The Vampire"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part," "High Flying Bird," "What Men Want"

Feb 11, 2019 01:13:56

Description:

There's another Lego movie! Man, there have been a lot of those recently. This one, a sequel to the surprise hit, isn't nearly as much fun ... and honestly, what has happened to Chris Pratt? Then we climb Mount Soderbergh with his NBA heist movie "High Flying Bird." Then we close with the gender-flipped "What Men Want."

And we also try to figure out what the hell just happened with Liam Neeson.

Timestamps:
10:55 "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part"
30:42 "High Flying Bird"
51:38 "What Men Want"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Velvet Buzzsaw," The Films of Steven Soderbergh, "Inherit the Wind"

Feb 3, 2019 01:05:56

Description:

It's another weekend in which the only interesting movie is a Netflix release. THAT has been happening a lot. We discuss Dan Gilroy's art horror satire "Velvet Buzzsaw." Then we try out a new feature, in which we analyze the career of a director before he/she has a major new release: Our test case is Steven Soderbergh. Let us know if you like the idea.

Then, in our Reboot section, we look at 1960's "Inherit the Wind." Lots of courtroom shouting!

Timestamps:
9:03 "Velvet Buzzsaw"
26:30 The Career of Steven Soderberg
45:37 "Inherit the Wind"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Serenity," "25th Hour," "Galaxy Quest"

Jan 27, 2019 01:05:33

Description:

Grierson is in Sundance, hittin' the slopes and hanging out in hot tubs with models and dogs in sunglasses, but he still has time for the show! Unfortunately, he hasn't seen Matthew McConaughey's and Anne Hathaway's "Serenity," but, also unfortunately, Leitch has. So they discuss that crazy-ass movie.

The real fun is in the Reboots. First, we look at Spike Lee's 2002 masterpiece "25th Hour," which we both love even more than we did when we initially saw it. And then the 1999 cult comedy "Galaxy Quest." That's the last time we'll ever use the word "cult" with Tim Allen.

Timestamps:
7:56 "Serenity"
24:25 "25th Hour"
45:39 "Galaxy Quest"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Glass," "Fyre," 2019 Sundance Preview, "What We Do in the Shadows"

Jan 21, 2019 01:26:49

Description:

M. Night Shyamalan is back! The old one! The one you didn't like. His "Glass" is the third film of a supposed trilogy, and it is by FAR the worst of the three. We discuss exactly what went wrong and, after a spoiler warning, that crazy ending.

Also, we talk about the Netflix documentary "Fyre," though we didn't talk about the Hulu one about the Fyre Festival. (It's not as good as the Netflix one.) We also preview the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and, then, in our Reboot section, we discuss the 2014 comedy "What We Do in the Shadows."

Timestamps:
7:09 "Glass"
33:09 "Fyre"
1:08:20 "What We Do in the Shadows"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"The Upside," 2019 Oscar Predictions, "Idiocracy"

Jan 14, 2019 01:33:16

Description:

We're back! We're back! It's our first show of 2019. We missed you, like, a ton: More than you could possibly know! We kick off 2019 with our first review of the year, the Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston-Nicole Kidman dramedy "The Upside." It's not as bad as it could have been!

Then we give our Oscar nomination predictions. Weird year. Also: Who's hosting? We finish up with our Reboot movie, 2006's "Idiocracy," from Mike Judge.

Timestamps:
10:20 "The Upside"
1:07:47 "Idiocracy"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Dorkfest 2018: The Best Movies of 2018

Dec 20, 2018 02:25:22

Description:

It's here! It's here! It's our annual extravaganza, both of our lists of the best movies of 2018. It's our favorite show every year. Let it get you through the holiday season.

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Vice"

Dec 17, 2018 32:22

Description:

They wouldn't let us post our review of "Vice" until noon ET on December 17. So here it is, getting its own episode. We are very much in agreement on our thoughts about "Vice."

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"The Mule," "If Beale Street Could Talk," "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

Dec 17, 2018 01:09:14

Description:

We've come to nearly the end of this movie year, and we've got three huge releases to discuss ... and that doesn't even include "Vice," which we can't get to until tomorrow.

First, it's Clint Eastwood directing himself for the first time in a decade -- with Bradley Cooper! -- in "The Mule." Then, Barry Jenkins follows up "Moonlight" with the James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk." And then there's the animated, wild spinoff "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." We're so close now.

Timestamps:
8:16 "The Mule"
30:14 "If Beale Street Could Talk"
49:44 "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Roma," "Vox Lux," "Ben Is Back"

Dec 10, 2018 01:14:49

Description:

Time for the dead sprint toward the end of the year, with three big releases with just a couple of weeks left until our end of the year event, Dorkfest, the release of our top 10 films of the year. So let's get to it.

First, it's Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma," which won Best Picture from both the New York and Los Angeles Critics Associations. Then it's Brady Corbet's and Natalie Portman's wildly ambitious "Vox Lux." We end with Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges' drug addiction drama "Ben Is Back."

Timestamps:
7:29 "Roma"
31:50 "Vox Lux"
51:08 "Ben Is Back"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Post-Thanksgiving Leftovers Mailbag, "The House That Jack Built," "The Player"

Dec 3, 2018 01:38:49

Description:

Mailbag time! We take advantage of a quick down week in the movie release schedule to answer all sorts of questions from you, our amazing listeners. You are the best. We could talk to you all day. Dig in: It's one of our favorite shows of the year.

We didn't forget movies, though. There's one new release, the one-night-only shock cinema freakshow that is Lars Von Trier's "The House That Jack Built." Frankly, we're mostly just worried about him. Then, in our Reboot, our final Reboot of 2018, it's, somehow, our first Robert Altman movie: 1992's "The Player."

Timestamps:
1:03:23 "The House That Jack Built"
1:18:29 "The Player"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Creed II," "The Favourite," "Ralph Breaks the Internet"

Nov 26, 2018 01:00:08

Description:

It's late in the movie year: It's when the bodies hit the floor! Well, they do in "Creed II," the eighth Rocky movie, though Grierson thinks it should just be called "Rocky IV II." Then we revisit our old pal Yorgos Lanthimos and his acidic comedy "The Favourite." Also, Grierson solos on the animated sequel "Ralph Breaks the Internet." If only something would.

Timestamps:
"Creed II"
"The Favourite"
"Ralph Breaks the Internet"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Widows," "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," "Green Book"

Nov 19, 2018 01:17:59

Description:

We've got all sorts of fun for you this week, with two big huge movies from two of our favorite Oscar-winning directors. First, it's Steve McQueen's heist thriller "Widows." Then the Coen brothers have some fun with the Western with Netflix's "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs."

There's a much more boring movie after that, the next wizard world flick "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." And then there's early Oscar favorite, if you can believe that, "Green Book."

Timestamps:
6:20 "Widows"
28:12 "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"
44:40 "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"
1:01:10 "Green Book"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"The Grinch," "Overlord," "The Girl in the Spider's Web," "Outlaw King"

Nov 12, 2018 01:02:24

Description:

Lots of uninspiring movies this week, we're sad to say. But hopefully you won't find the show itself uninspired. First, Grierson hammers "The Grinch" for a while, and then we both dig into the J.J. Abrams-produced "Overlord," the reboot/sequel "The Girl in the Spider's Web," and Netflix's "Outlaw King."

No Reboot this week: Too many mediocre new releases to get to!

Timestamps:
10:35 "Overlord"
26:008 "The Girl in the Spider's Web"
39:41 "Outlaw King"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Bohemian Rhapsody," "The Other Side of the Wind," "Thunder Road," "Boy Erased," "Freeway"

Nov 4, 2018 01:06:31

Description:

This is real life, and this is just a fantasy. It's the Queen musical biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," and one of us really likes it, and one of us very much does not. Then it's into the depths of film history with a look at Orson Welles' final "film," "The Other Side of the Wind," salvaged by Netflix.

We chat briefly about "Thunder Road" and "Boy Erased" before going to Reboot land with 1996's "Freeway" with Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland.

Timestamps:
7:13 "Bohemian Rhapsody"
26:22 "The Other Side of the Wind"
51:45 "Freeway"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Burning," "Suspiria," "Primer"

Oct 29, 2018 01:24:38

Description:

One of the best reviewed movies of the year, currently only available for New Yorkers but hitting theaters nationwide soon, is Lee Chang-Dong's "Burning," based on a Haruki Murakami short story. We dig into what makes it so great. Then Grierson solos on "Suspiria," as well as a few good documentaries.

And people are still talking about Shane Carruth's "Primer" 14 years after it came out. We try to make heads or tails of it ourselves in our Reboot segment.

Timestamps:
10:27 "Burning"
32:00 "Suspiria"
46:01 "Primer"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Halloween," "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" "Wildlife," "mid-90s," "Memories of Murder"

Oct 22, 2018 01:18:23

Description:

We've got the biggest October opening of all-time this week with "Halloween," both a sequel and homage to the classic John Carpenter film. But then Grierson has to go solo on three new movies, all of which are fascinating in their own way.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we look at Bong Joon-ho's "Memories of Murder," from all the way back in 2003.

Timestamps:
11:55 "Halloween"
34:52 "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
40:24 "Wildlife"
45:02 "mid-90s"
51:12 "Memories of Murder"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"First Man," "22 July," "Bad Times at the El Royale,"Sara "The Kindergarten Teacher," "Beautiful Boy"

Oct 15, 2018 01:30:47

Description:

We are jam-packed with movies this week: It is clearly that time of the year. The big release of the weekend is Damien Chazelle's "First Man," a look at Neil Armstrong and the moon landing. Grierson likes it, but Leitch LOVE it. We also dig into Paul Greengrass' "22 July," the Drew Goddard genre-hopper "Bad Times at the El Royale" and Maggie Gyllenhaal in "The Kindergarten Teacher." And Grierson solos on "Beautiful Boy," starring Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell.

Timestamps:
8:37 "First Man"
28:05 "22 July"
44:00 "Bad Times at the El Royale"
56:55 "The Kindergarten Teacher"
1:06:32 "Beautiful Boy"


Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"A Star Is Born," "Venom," "Private Life," "The Hate U Give," "Major League"

Oct 7, 2018 01:29:12

Description:

It's a "Star Is Born" world: The rest of us just get to live here occasionally. Bradley Cooper's and Lady Gaga's big musical melodrama dominates the screens this week, but we've got tons of other releases, from the comic book oddity "Venom" to Tamara Jenkins' great "Private Life" to the YA adaptation "The Hate U Give."

And with the baseball playoffs going on, we look at 1989's "Major League" in our reboot section. It's a long one, but a good one.

Timestamps:
6:05 "A Star Is Born"
27:05 "Venom"
43:10 "Private Life"
59:38 "The Hate U Give"
1:06:30 "Major League"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"The Old Man and the Gun," "Hold the Dark," "Night School"

Oct 1, 2018 01:06:27

Description:

We've got a David Lowery film that also might be Robert Redford's cinematic swan song, a Netflix thriller from the guy who gave you "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room" and a Kevin Hart comedy with this month's co-star Tiffany Haddish. No time for Reboots. This is serious, people!

Timestamps:
8:30 "The Old Man and the Gun"
24:00 "Hold the Dark"
40:30 "Night School"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Fahrenheit 11/9," "The Land of Steady Habits," "Life Itself," "The Sisters Brothers," "Student Bodies"

Sep 24, 2018 01:30:48

Description:

We have so many new movies to talk about this week that we have no time for an intro! The weirdest thing about all of these movies is that hardly any of you saw any of them. But somehow a ton of you watched Eli Roth do a kids movie.

Also, we have a reboot of a very strange 1981 movie called "Student Bodies." It's an odd show!

Timestamps:
8:18 "Fahrenheit 11/9"
31:06 "The Land of Steady Habits"
49:25 "Life Itself"
1:03:51 "The Sisters Brothers"
1:14:46 "Student Bodies"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"The Predator," "White Boy Rick," "A Simple Favor," "Mandy"

Sep 16, 2018 01:15:23

Description:

We're back, baby! We took a week off, but don't you worry: We're back flooring it with four new releases this week. There's a Predator reboot/sequel, a true life crime drama with Matthew McConaughey has a crappy dad, a Paul Feig would-be noir and, perhaps most thrillingly, a crazy-ass Nicolas Cage movie called "Mandy." We also talk about the best films that Grierson saw at the Toronto Film Festival.

We hate taking weeks off. Thank you for indulging this brief one. We're shot out of a cannon this week!

Timestamps:
15:51 "The Predator"
30:35 "White Boy Rick"
42:08 "A Simple Favor"
45:17b"Mandy"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

2018 Toronto Film Festival Preview, "The Thin Red Line"

Aug 31, 2018 01:01:03

Description:

Happy Labor Day weekend! Grierson is about to head up north for the Toronto Film Festival, so we sit down and preview the big event, with each of us picking the films we're most looking forward to.

Then, in our Reboot section, we look at 1998's "The Thin Red Line," Terrence Malick's big return after 20 years away. And then we tell you that we're taking a week off. So enjoy your holiday, and we'll be back for "Predator."

Timestamps:
29:00 "The Thin Red Line"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"The Happytime Murders," Summer Movie Recap, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

Aug 26, 2018 01:03:44

Description:

The summer is almost over, which means two things in our movie world. One is that we to recap our summer movie season. The other? That a bad movie is buried at the end of August. That would be "The Happytime Murders," which is bad and also upsetting.

Fortunately, there is enough greatness to go around with our Reboot: 2004's breathtaking "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." That movie still kills us 14 years later.

Timestamps:
8:14 "The Happytime Murders"
31:38 "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Crazy Rich Asians," "Mile 22," "Juliet, Naked," "Back to the Future"

Aug 20, 2018 01:20:57

Description:

The big smash of the weekend was "Crazy Rich Asians," the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best seller, and one of us likes it a lot more than the other. But boy, "Mile 22," that's quite a dumb little movie. Then Grierson schools Leitch on "Juliet, Naked."

Then, in our Reboot section, we go BACK in time to discuss 1985's "Back to the Future." 1.21 Gigawatts!

Timestamps:
7:07 "Crazy Rich Asians"
27:13 "Mile 22"
46:42 "Juliet, Naked"
58:00 "Back to the Future"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"BlacKkKlansman," "The Meg," "Four Lions"

Aug 13, 2018 01:26:44

Description:

We are not going to let the ridiculousness of "Best Popular Film" at the Oscars distract us from the excitement of a new Spike Lee movie ... but we can't ignore that inanity either. So we kick off this week's show with the Academy's dumb new category, before getting down to business with Spike Lee's electric new film "BlacKkKlansman." That's a much more meaty topic than the big hit of the weekend, the Jason Statham snorer "The Meg."

Then, in our Reboot section, we look at the 2010 terrorist comedy "Four Lions." We totally forgot Riz Ahmed and Benedict Cumberbatch were in that.

Stick around for the very end of the episode for a super special musical interlude.

Timestamps:
10:10 "BlacKkKlansman"
38:31 "The Meg"
55:40 "Four Lions"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Christopher Robin," "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," "Zodiac"

Aug 6, 2018 01:16:34

Description:

It's a quiet movie week in the theaters, which is why we spend the first 10 minutes talking about the great "Better Call Saul." But then we get down to business with "Christopher Robin" and "The Miseducation of Cameron Post."

But the real work this week involves pulling up our sleeves and digging into David Fincher's 2007 masterwork "Zodiac." Mentions of Ted Cruz are fleeting.

Timestamps:
11:32 "Christopher Robin"
25:44 "The Miseducation of Cameron Post"
39:13 "Zodiac"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Mission Impossible: Fallout," "Friday Night Lights," "Please Give"

Jul 30, 2018 01:15:13

Description:

It's going to be a slow August, folks, and the main reason: "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout" is going to dominate the rest of the month. We look at the sixth installment of Tom Cruise's signature franchise, and we agree: It's one of the best ones.

Then in our Reboot segment, we look at Peter Berg's "Friday Night Lights" and Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give."

Timestamps:
6:53 "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout"
28:54 "Friday Night Lights"
50:15 "Please Give"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Equalizer 2," "Mon Oncle," "Timecrimes"

Jul 23, 2018 01:07:16

Description:

Denzel Washington has finally done a sequel -- seriously, it's the first time in his career -- and it's "Equalizer 2." Does it have the oomph of the first one? We discuss!

Also, we have two foreign language films for our Reboots. First, Jacques Tati's "Mon Oncle" from 1958, and Nacho Vigalondo's "Timecrimes" from 2007.

Timestamps:
6:45 "Equalizer 2"
26:18 "Mon Oncle"
41:02 "Timecrimes"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Skyscraper," "Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot," "Eighth Grade," "Shock and Awe," "Donnie Darko"

Jul 16, 2018 01:05:02

Description:

Are you getting tired of The Rock yet? Audiences might be: His "Skyscraper" was one of his weakest openings yet. But are Tim and Will? Discussion time! Then Grierson goes solo on three new releases from Gus Van Sant, Rob Reiner and ... Bo Burnham.

Then it's off to the Reboot, and boy, did lots of dudes like "Donnie Darko" back in the day. How does it play in 2018 to two people who haven't seen it? Not well, we're afraid.

Timestamps:
5:20 "Skyscraper"
26:10."Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot"
31:23 "Eighth Grade"
36:52 "Shock and Awe"
42:15 "Donnie Darko"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp," "Sorry to Bother You," "Ikiru"

Jul 9, 2018 01:10:20

Description:

The second half of the movie year (also the actual year) begins with some meaty movies worthy of real discussion. First, it's the first Marvel movie of the post-"Infinity War" universe, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," which we have a solid disagreement about! Then it's Boots Riley's much-feted "Sorry to Bother You," which we both like ... but less than everyone else seems to.

Then we go way back to 1952 in our Reboot segment this week, looking at Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece "Ikiru."

Timestamps:
5:02 "Ant-Man and the Wasp"
24:08 "Sorry to Bother You"
41:57 "Ikiru"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Best Films of the First Half of 2018, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," "Leave No Trace"

Jun 29, 2018 01:08:24

Description:

It's time for one of our special shows of the year: Each of our six best films of the first of 2018. (Yes, the year is half over.) Think of it like half our annual Dorkfest. We have four films on both of our lists, a much-higher number than usual. See if you can guess which ones.

We also get into sequel "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," which only Grierson had seen at taping time, and Debra Granik's new film "Leave No Trace."

Timestamps:
46:05 "Sicario: Day of the Soldado"
50:55 "Leave No Trace"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," "A Serious Man," "The Ringer"

Jun 25, 2018 01:30:05

Description:

At this point, you could put a couple of drama students in a "Jurassic Park" movie and people would watch them ... but that doesn't mean they're any good. This week, we discuss how "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is a little better than the last version, but still not very good. There will still be 50 more coming.

Then, in our Reboot section, we look at the Coen brothers' masterpiece "A Serious Man." Then, something that is definitively not a masterpiece: 2005's "The Ringer."

Timestamps:
7:19 "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:
36:02 "A Serious Man"
1:03:11 "The Ringer"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Incredibles 2," "Tag," "Before Midnight"

Jun 18, 2018 01:19:40

Description:

You waited 14 years for the sequel and now it's here: It's Brad Bird's "Incredibles 2," the newest Pixar film. The world has a lot more superhero movies than it did when we last saw The Incredibles: How does it hold up? Then we look at the male bros comedy "Tag."

Then we finish up our three-part series of looking back at Richard Linklater's staggering trilogy -- with maybe another one coming in 2022? -- with 2013's "Before Midnight."

Timestamps:
4:54 "Incredibles 2"
25:48 "Tag"
40:32 "Before Midnight"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Ocean's 8," "Hereditary," "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" "Before Sunset"

Jun 9, 2018 01:29:12

Description:

After a down week after some blockbusters, it's a doozy of a weekend at the box office, with three major releases, all of them fascinating in their own way. First there's "Ocean's 8," an attempt to reboot Steven Soderbergh's heist with an all-female cast. Then there's the Sundance smash horror film "Hereditary" with Toni Collette. And then, take off your sweater and remove your shoes to sit down with "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" about Mr. Rogers.

Then we do Part Two of our three-week discussion of Richard Linklater's own trilogy, 2004's "Before Sunset."

Timestamps:
4:26 "Ocean's 8"
24:20 "Hereditary"
44:11 "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
1:04:09 "Before Sunset"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Summer 2018 Mailbag, "Before Sunrise," "Kindergarten Cop"

Jun 4, 2018 01:40:01

Description:

With a slow release schedule this week, we chose this week to do one of our twice-a-year mailbag episodes, in which we tackle your questions about the "Star Wars" franchise, reclining seats in theaters and all-time top 10 lists. It's always one of our favorite shows.

Then, in our Reboot section, we look at the first of Richard Linklater's amazing trilogy with "Before Sunrise," as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger's magnus opus from 1990 "Kindergarten Cop.

Timestamps:

58:45 "Before Sunrise"
1:20:35 "Kindergarten Cop"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story," "The Prestige"

May 24, 2018 01:09:48

Description:

New "Star Wars" movie! The standalone origin story "Solo: A Star Wars Story" was certainly a tumultuous shoot, with Ron Howard filling in for Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but how does the movie play now? One of us likes it considerably more than the other.

Then, from that galaxy far far away, we zip back to the land of Nikola Tesla in the early 1900s to discuss Christopher Nolan's much-debated "The Prestige."

Timestamps:
6:10 "Solo: A Star Wars Story"
43:25 "The Prestige"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Deadpool 2," 2018 Cannes Film Festival Recap, "Amadeus"

May 21, 2018 01:29:05

Description:

Grierson is back from the Cannes Film Festival, and just in time for "Deadpool 2," the sequel to Ryan Reynolds' raunchy self-referential comic book movie. Is it better than the first one? We discuss. Then Grierson talks about this year's film festival, and definitely hits on Spike Lee's successes and Lars Von Trier's excesses.

Speaking of excesses: Mozart! Our Reboot harkens back to 1984's Best Picture-winning "Amadeus," by the late Milos Forman.

Timestamps:

6:25 "Deadpool 2"
54:55 "Amadeus"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Life of the Party," "JFK," "Grosse Pointe Blank"

May 13, 2018 01:04:50

Description:

Grierson is in Cannes, but that's not going to stop us from our appointed rounds. This week, Grierson asks Leitch about "Life of the Party," and Leitch enjoyed the theater he was in more than the movie itself.

The fun stuff comes from the Reboots. First, G&L go over their long history with "JFK," and how well it holds up today. Then they discuss the John Cusack contract-killer-class-reunion comedy "Grosse Pointe Blank."

Timestamps:

5:47 "Life of the Party"
21:53 "JFK"
50:10 "Grosse Pointe Blank"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

 

"Tully," Summer Movie Preview, "American History X"

May 5, 2018 01:09:44

Description:

We know you're all still in a post-"Infinity War" movie coma -- that movie makes you need a nap -- but the movie world slows down for no one. So this week, we look at the newest Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody joint, "Tully," about Charlize Theron as an exhausted new mom.

We haven't forgotten the blockbusters, though: Now that Marvel has kicked off the season, we give you our Summer Movie Preview by giving you the blockbuster we're most looking forward to, the indie movie we're most looking forward to and the crazy could-be-great-or-could-be-a-disaster movie of the season.

We finish with a Reboot, looking at 1998's "American History X," which somehow garnered Edward Norton an Oscar nomination.

Timestamps:
5:15 "Tully"
25:21 Summer Movie Preview
42:26 "American History X"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Avengers: Infinity War," "True Romance"

Apr 30, 2018 01:19:30

Description:

It's the biggest movie of the year -- it at times feels like the biggest movie of all time -- so, as you'd expect, "Avengers: Infinity War" takes up most of our discussion this week. We are careful with spoilers, or as careful as one can be, until (with appropriate warning for the spoiler-averse) we deal with That Big Ending. And one of us likes the movie a lot more than the other one.

Then, in our Reboot section, we go back 25 years to discuss 1993's "True Romance." Quentin Tarantino ... way back when.

Timestamps:
8:14 "Avengers: Infinity War"
52:54 "True Romance"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"I Feel Pretty," "Super Troopers 2," "Kodachrome," "Lost in Translation"

Apr 23, 2018 01:20:15

Description:

Amy Schumer has only starred in two movies -- not counting her small turn in "Thank You For Your Service" -- since her breakthrough in "Trainwreck," and "I Feel Pretty" almost seems more notorious for the reaction to its trailer than its actual existence. But now that the movie is here, we look at what it really has to say ... and we're on opposite sides.

We ask each other about "Super Troopers 2" (which Leitch hasn't seen) and Netflix's "Kodachrome" (which Grierson hasn't seen), and then we look back at 2003's "Lost in Translation." It's Santory Time.

Timestamps:
6:56 "I Feel Pretty"
29:24 "Super Troopers 2"
39:41 "Kodachrome"
53:55 "Lost in Translation"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Rampage," "Come Sunday," "The Rider," "Borg vs. McEnroe," "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence"

Apr 15, 2018 01:38:35

Description:

If you're stuck in inside during this unusually rainy, cold April, we've gone though all the trouble of watching a bunch of movies for you. First, it is The Rock's world, and we're all just living in it, wondering why "Rampage" isn't better. Then we have yet another Netflix conversation and also dig into the new Netflix film "Come Sunday."

Grierson goes solo on "The Rider" and "Borg vs. McEnroe," and we've got enough left for a meaty discussion of Steven Spielberg's "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence." The show is longer than usual, but plenty meaty.

Timestamps:
5:20 "Rampage"
25:33 "Come Sunday"
58:45 "The Rider"
1:05:12 "Borg vs. McEnroe"
1:10:15 "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"A Quiet Place," "Blockers," "You Were Never Really Here," "Lean On Pete"

Apr 9, 2018 01:20:32

Description:

Sorry: No Reboot section again this week. But that's a good thing, because that means there are four relevant new movies to talk about. First, it's the surprise horror hit "A Quiet Place," starring Emily Blunt and director John Krasinski. Then we dig into the teen-parents comedy "Blockers," which does not have a rooster in its title.

Grierson goes solo on Joaquin Phoenix's "You Were Never Really Here," and then both Will and Tim praise "Lean On Pete."

Timestamps:
5:26 "A Quiet Place"
29:00 "Blockers"
48:16 "You Were Never Really Here"
57:00 "Lean On Pete"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Ready Player One," "Real Genius," "Labyrinth"

Mar 31, 2018 01:02:43

Description:

Steven Spielberg remains, improbably, one of the most energetic and fascinating directors still working, even at the age of 71. He might be slumming it with "Ready Player One," but what slumming it is. And don't miss the section with "The Shining."

We also have two reboots this week, fittingly, both from the '80s. First is 1985's "Real Genius," with Val Kilmer as the head of a group of geniuses. Then a look at Jim Henson's "Labyrinth," from 1986. David Bowie and Muppets.

Timestamps:
6:00 "Ready Player One"
28:57 "Real Genius"
42:40 "Labyrinth"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Isle of Dogs," "Unsane," "Pacific Rim: Uprising"

Mar 26, 2018 01:22:46

Description:

Two of the most important American filmmakers working today had movies released this weekend, and even though neither one of them made "Black Panther," they're worth digging into.

First, Wes Anderson releases his "Isle of Dogs," which has taken some heat for supposed cultural appropriation but is still a film one of our critics thinks is his best. And then Steven Soderbergh, who turns out isn't retired, brings his "Unsane" to theaters.

Also, we talk about the "Pacific Rim" sequel, though, honestly, not for very long.

Timestamps:
5:45 "Isle of Dogs"
41:13 "Unsane"
59:42 "Pacific Rim: Uprising"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Tomb Raider," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Street Smart"

Mar 19, 2018 01:25:24

Description:

We concentrate on new movies on this podcast, but we'll confess: This week, we're more into a particularly fascinating set of Reboots. That might be because we weren't able to get to the best-reviewed film of the weekend, "Love, Simon." We apologize. Alas: We do discuss Alicia Vikander's action vehicle "Tomb Raider."

But the Reboots are where the real action is. First, the big one: 1999's "Eyes Wide Shut," the final film from Stanley Kubrick. Can it possibly be almost 20 years old? Then we look at 1987's "Street Smart," with Christopher Reeve and an Oscar-nominated Morgan Freeman as street pimp "Fast Black."

Timestamps:
7:58 "Tomb Raider"
22:40 "Eyes Wide Shut"
55:24 "Street Smart"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"A Wrinkle in Time," "Gringo," "The Death of Stalin," "The Boondock Saints"

Mar 12, 2018 01:12:02

Description:

The Oscars are over, "Black Panther" is still dominating everything and the NCAA Tournament is about to begin. It's clearly March, and the first major release of March is Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time." The movie comes with many good vibes, but Will and Tim are split on it.

They're also split on Nash Edgerton's "Gringo." Grierson also tells Leitch all about "The Death of Stalin."

Then, in our Reboot section, we try to make some sense of 1999's "The Boondock Saints." Yikes.

Timestamps:
7:08 "A Wrinkle in Time"
27:45 "Gringo"
40:05 "The Death of Stalin"
48:01 "The Boondock Saints"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Oscars 2018 Morning After Recap

Mar 6, 2018 30:11

Description:

The Oscars were last night, and we stayed up and watched them. For you! The dirty secret about us is that we actually like the Oscars and think they have value. So how did last night's show measure up? We dig into the highlights, into Jimmy Kimmel, into the moments of MeToo solidarity, and all the rest. It's a short show, but if you watched the Oscars, we think you'll enjoy it.

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Red Sparrow," "Death Wish," "Defending Your Life"

Mar 3, 2018 01:04:09

Description:

Yep, fine, you're still talking solely about "Black Panther." But two weeks later, there are still new movies being released.

One even has Jennifer Lawrence! Her new spy vehicle "Red Sparrow" is out; we dig into it. Also, Eli Roth and Bruce Willis try to remake "Death Wish," with pretty terrible results.

The real fun comes from our Reboot movie, the 1991 life-after-death comedy "Defending Your Life," written by, directed by and starring Albert Brooks, alongside an extremely winning Meryl Streep.

Timestamps:
6:57 "Red Sparrow"
23:17 "Death Wish"
31:10 "Defending Your Life"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Annihilation," "Mute," "Game Night," 2018 Oscar Winner Predictions

Feb 26, 2018 01:14:24

Description:

It seems a little strange to be talking about a movie that isn't "Black Panther," but there are three new releases this week. One of them is great, one of them is good and one of them is terrible. We'll let you guess which is which.

First, we look at Alex Garland's sci-fi mind-bender "Annihilation," starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac. Then we dig into the Netflix well with Duncan Jones' "Mute." Then it's comedy time, with the Jason Bateman-Rachel McAdams vehicle "Game Night."

We also make our Oscar predictions for the big night this coming Sunday.

Timestamps:
5:30 2018 Oscar Predictions
19:00 "Annihilation"
37:14 "Mute"
52:53 "Game Night"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Black Panther," "Early Man," "The Wanderers"

Feb 19, 2018 01:15:04

Description:

It's one of the most successful openings of all time, in just about every major category. Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther" seems destined to be talked about for decades to come. So we add our voices to the chorus, digging into one of Marvel's most fascinating movies.

Lost in the shuffle this weekend was Nick Park's return to his stop-motion animation with "Early Man," with the voices of Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.

Then in our Reboot section, we look at 1979's "The Wanderers."

Timestamps:
8:25 "Black Panther"
37:24 "Early Man"
49:50 "The Wanderers"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"The Cloverfield Paradox," "Fifty Shades Freed," "15:17 To Paris," "Baby Doll"

Feb 12, 2018 01:29:09

Description:

There were two fascinating wide theatrical releases this weekend -- and we're not even counting "Peter Rabbit!" -- but before we get into those, we have a long discussion about Netflix and what makes a movie a "movie" and, at last, the film that inspired that discussion, "The Cloverfield Paradox."

Then we're off to the two new releases, which couldn't be any more different. First, it's the final chapter of the bewilderingly odd and occasionally amusing "Fifty Shades" franchise, "Fifty Shades Freed." Then, an even stranger movie: Clint Eastwood's real-life heroes drama, "15:17 to Paris."

Also, a reboot! It's the 1956 Elia Kazan-Tennessee Williams collaboration "Baby Doll."

Timestamps:
18:39 "The Cloverfield Paradox"
31:02 "Fifty Shades Freed"
45:01 "15:17 to Paris"
1:04:13 "Baby Doll"

Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"A Fantastic Woman," "Winchester," "The Big Lebowski," "Legally Blonde"

Feb 5, 2018 01:18:07

Description:

Sundance is over, the Oscar nominations are out and we're ready to start the regular 2018 movie schedule. Unfortunately: Still not much! After the wasteland of January, February at least brings us a little, with the Oscar-nominated "A Fantastic Woman," which Grierson praises. Less praise-worthy: Helen Mirren's dull, pointless "Winchester."

Lots of excitement with the Reboots, though. First, the Coen brothers' cult hit "The Big Lebowski." Does it stand up as a movie, or just as a quip delivery device? Then we look at "Legally Blonde," the movie that elevated Reese Witherspoon to the massive movie star she is today.

Timestamps:
6:50 "A Fantastic Woman"
13:56 "Winchester"
28:25 "The Big Lebowski"
54:03 "Legally Blonde"

Oh, and we have new music! Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

2018 Sundance Recap, Most Anticipated Movies of 2018, "City of God"

Jan 29, 2018 01:13:58

Description:

Grierson is back from Sundance, and he's ready to give us his best and worst films from this year's festival. The best movie he saw may in fact never play in a theater at all.

Because there are no worthwhile movies released in January, we look forward as well, previewing the 10 movies we're most looking forward to in 2018. Then, in our Reboot segment, we look back at 2002's "City of God." How does it hold up 16 years later?

Timestamps:
5:45 2018 Sundance Review
20:22 2018 Movie Preview
49:33 "City of God"

Oh, and we have new music! Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Housekeeping Non-Canon Interstitial and a Reminder to Buy a T-Shirt

Jan 23, 2018 05:18

Description:

We interrupt your Monday with a brief interlude to remind you to:

a: Watch the Oscar nominations Tuesday;
b: Listen to our show before you do so;
c: Buy a T-shirt.

Oh, and we have new music! Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

2018 Oscar Nomination Predictions, "12 Strong," "Gremlins 2: The New Batch"

Jan 19, 2018 01:08:00

Description:

The Oscar nominations come out THIS TUESDAY, so we've got you prepared and ready with our annual predictions in each of the major six categories. (Sorry, screenwriters.) Is it a "Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri" year? Can "Get Out" or "Lady Bird" crash the party? Has everybody forgotten about "The Post" and "Dunkirk?" We dig into all the prospects.

We also look at the Afghan War drama "12 Strong," with Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon. Then, in our Reboot section, we travel to 1990 and wonder how Joe Dante's "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" ever got made.

Timestamps:
6:03 Oscar Predictions
40:20 "12 Strong"
52:12 "Gremlins 2: The New Batch"

Oh, and we have new music! Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"The Commuter," "Paddington 2," "World of Tomorrow, Episode Two," "The Thing"

Jan 15, 2018 01:13:54

Description:

Like "Sister Act 2," we're back in the habit this week, with two new releases and a reboot. Back to work, America! First, we use our specific talents to look at Liam Neeson's next vengeful dad in "The Commuter." Then we head to London for the warm-hearted adventures of that friendly bear in "Paddington 2." Then, in a bonus, we encourage you to rent "World of Tomorrow, Episode Two," Don Hertzfeldt's incredible animated short.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we do our THIRD John Carpenter movie, looking at 1982's "The Thing." We like Carpenter movies more each time we do one.

Oh, and we have new music! Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

2018 Mailbag Show, "Cloverfield"

Jan 8, 2018 01:47:48

Description:

Welcome back! It's 2018! Somehow, we are all still alive.

It is time for our annual Mailbag show, in which we answer your questions about movies, our process, our limitations and anything that might pop into your mind. It has been a fascinating year in movies: Your questions, and hopefully our answers, reflect that.

Also, for the first time in more than a month, we have a Reboot movie. It's 2008's "Cloverfield," which was released 10 years ago this week. How does it hold up? We dig into it.

Oh, and we have new music! Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Dorkfest 2017: Our Ten Best Movies of the Year

Dec 29, 2017 02:29:54

Description:

It's here! Just in time for the end of the year, it's our annual massive Dorkfest podcast, in which we reveal our best 10 movies of 2017. Grierson doesn't know Leitch's list; Leitch doesn't know Grierson's. They reveal their lists to each other, and you, live on the podcast. They've been doing this for more than 20 years. But now they tape it.

We'll be back next week with our annual Mailbag show: Send your questions to griersonleitch@gmail.com or Tweet us @griersonleitch. But for now: Just enjoy our favorite show of the year.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Dec 15, 2017 56:21

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The show is here! It's Opening Night for the new "Star Wars" movie, "The Last Jedi," and we are extremely here for that. Does Rian Johnson breathe new life into the franchise? It's our annual Star Wars show: It's just Star Wars. That's all: Our big spoiler-iffic review of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

We're serious about the spoilers: Do NOT listen until you have seen the movie. And then listen, and listen good.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Random Name Generator," Wilco
Closing Song: "Cantina Song," Scott Aukerman and Paul F. Tompkins

"The Post," "Phantom Thread," "Molly's Game"

Dec 11, 2017 01:06:08

Description:

There are only three shows left in the 2017 movie season, ending with our annual Dorkfest 2017 wrapup of our top 10 films of the year. And we've got three biggies to dig into down the stretch. First, Steven Spielberg's stirring ode to journalism and democracy, "The Post," starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Then Daniel Day-Lewis' last performance (sure, Daniel) in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread." And we finish with Aaron Sorkin's poker drama "Molly's Game."

Timestamps:
5:45 "The Post"
28:00 "Phantom Thread"
48:07 "Molly's Game"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Newspapermen Meet Such Interesting People," Pete Seeger
Closing Song: "Molly's Lips," Nirvana

"The Disaster Artist," "The Shape of Water," "Wonder Wheel"

Dec 6, 2017 01:18:44

Description:

We're down to the final days of the 2017 movie season, and we've got three big ones to discuss. In fact, we only have three more shows left -- counting this one -- until our big Dorkfest Top 10 Movies of 2017 podcast. It's getting serious.

This week, we dig into three new movies, no Reboot. First, we look at James Franco's "The Disaster Artist." Then we dig into Guillermo del Toro's much-heralded "The Shape of Water." We finish with America's Sweetheart Woody Allen and his new Kate Winslet movie "Wonder Wheel."

No timestamps this week: We're in a hurry. Sorry.

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "It's a Disaster," OK Go
Closing Song: "Pete's Acoustic Idea," R.E.M.

"Coco," "Call Me By Your Name," "The Darkest Hour," "Spaceballs"

Nov 27, 2017 01:25:22

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Pixar has a new movie out, "Coco," and it's one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. But one of us is not into it at all. We dig into the animated hit. Then, we sing the praises of the wondrous summer romance "Call Me By Your Name" before touching, briefly, on "The Darkest Hour."

The goofiness comes in our Reboot segment, the last Reboot of 2017. (It's a busy last month in the theaters.) No better way to finish it out than with Mel Brooks' 1987 comedy "Spaceballs." Funny, she doesn't look Druish.

Timestamps:
7:16 "Coco"
28:20 "Call Me By Your Name"
50:42 "The Darkest Hour"
59:15 "Spaceballs"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Remember Me," Anthony Gonzalez and Ana Ofelia Murguia
Closing Song: "Spaceballs," The Spinners

"Justice League," "Mudbound," "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond," "Slap Shot"

Nov 20, 2017 01:27:08

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They may have tried to hide "Justice League"'s Rotten Tomatoes score, but they can't hide the movie from us. This week, we did into the latest DC Comics movie fiasco, which is better than "Batman v. Superman" ... which is a far cry from the movie actually being good. Then we dig into two big Netflix releases this weekend, both of which are worth watching. Dee Rees' "Mudbound," and the fascinating "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond," about Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman, but mostly Jim Carrey.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we look back at one of the most beloved sports movies of all time: 1977's "Slap Shot."

Timestamps:
3:23 "Justice League"
25:15 "Mudbound"
41:41 "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond"
1:06:08 "Slap Shot"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Waiting for Superman," The Flaming Lips
Closing Song: "Andy Kaufman Theory," The Audible Doctor

 

"Murder on the Orient Express," "I Love You, Daddy," "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," "Thelma," "Cabaret"

Nov 13, 2017 01:26:00

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The big release this weekend is Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express," but the most fascinating movie of the weekend might be one that didn't get a release at all: Louis CK's "I Love You, Daddy," which might end up never being seen by anyone who hasn't already seen it. Our Tim Grierson is one of those people. We attempt to grapple with it.

Also on the agenda: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Thelma." Then, in our Reboot segment, we look at 1972's "Cabaret," a movie that suddenly feels much more urgent than it did 10 years ago.

Timestamps:
9:02 "Murder on the Orient Express"
22:22 "I Love You, Daddy"
49:06 "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
55:07 "Thelma"
1:00:26 "Cabaret"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Murder, He Says," Betty Hutton
Closing Song: "Money," Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey

"Thor: Ragnarok," "Last Flag Flying," "Lady Bird," "LBJ," "Punch Drunk Love"

Nov 6, 2017 01:32:45

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The biggest story in entertainment is the increasingly horrific stories involving Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others, and before we get into this week's movies, we discuss how we talk about movies, and off-screen scandals, and whether we can truly ever separate the two. It's a searching conversation in which neither of us quite come up with the answers, but we do try.

Then it's time for the big hit of the weekend, "Thor: Ragnarok." Grierson solos on "Last Flag Flying," "Lady Bird" and "LBJ," and then it's the centerpiece, a discussion of the wonderful, still-breathtaking "Punch Drunk Love" from Paul Thomas Anderson.

Timestamps:
17:05 "Thor: Ragnarok"
36:44 "Last Flag Flying"
43:55 "Lady Bird"
50:28 "LBJ"
59:55 "Punch Drunk Love"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Thorn in My Pride," The Black Crowes
Closing Song: "He Really Needs Me," Jon Brion

"Suburbicon," "Thank You For Your Service," "The Manchurian Candidate"

Oct 30, 2017 01:14:02

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All right, so we'll be honest with you: Hardly anyone went to see either of the two new movies we're talking about this week. They are still (sort of) worthy of discussion! So this week, we dig into George Clooney's Coen fanfic "Suburbicon," and Jason Hall's "American Sniper" followup "Thank You For Your Service." One is good. One is not.

Then we head all the way back to 1962 for our Reboot segment, and discuss John Frankenheimer's notorious (and pretty brilliant) "The Manchurian Candidate." It's Frank Sinatra as you've never seen him before. (Actually trying.)

Timestamps:
4:40 "Suburbicon"
21:24 "Thank You For Your Service"
39:45 "The Manchurian Candidate"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Rockin' the Suburbs," Ben Folds
Closing Song: "Bat Out of Hell," Meat Loaf

"The Killing of a Sacred Deer," "Wonderstruck," "Only the Brave," "The Snowman," "The Fugitive"

Oct 23, 2017 01:24:54

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Yorgos Lanthimos had one of the indie hits of last year with "The Lobster," and now he's back with "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," starring "Lobster" star Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and "Dunkirk" star Barry Keoghan. Does it work as well as "The Lobster," or even "Dogtooth?" We discuss!

Also, Grierson goes solo on Todd Haynes' "Wonderstruck" and Joseph Kosinski's "Only the Brave," and then Leitch tries, and fails spectacularly, to make sense of the insane fiasco that is "The Snowman."

Then, in our Reboot segment, we travel back to 1993, and Andrew Davis' "The Fugitive." But, to quote Tommy Lee Jones, "you don't care!"

Timestamps:
4:35 "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"
31:02 "Wonderstruck"
36:12 "Only the Brave"
43:02 "The Snowman"
58:20 "The Fugitive"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Deer Dance," System of a Down
Closing Song: "Find the River," R.E.M.

"The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)," "Marshall," "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women," "Heathers"

Oct 16, 2017 01:27:05

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Netflix's newest venture into the world of movies is, of all things, Noah Baumbach's new movie, "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)," with Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman. It's good, but how good? Also, we dig into the sort-of biopic "Marshall" and the warm-hearted true story "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women."

Then, in our Reboot segment, well, download us gently with a chainsaw, because we're heading back to 1988 and "Heathers."

Timestamps:
6:33 "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
31:39 "Marshall"
45:15 "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women"
59:33 "Heathers"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Stories for Boys," U2
Closing Song: "Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)," Big Fun

"Blade Runner 2049," "The Mountain Between Us," "The Florida Project," "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"

Oct 9, 2017 01:21:38

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Diehard fans waited more than 30 years for it, and now it's here: The sequel to "Blade Runner," "Blade Runner 2049," a long, thoughtful, gorgeous film that both nods to and exceeds the original. Director Denis Villeneuve's film is challenging, thoughtful and ambitious, but it's also far from perfect. We dig into it, and there's plenty to dig into.

Also, we look at the plane-crash romance "The Mountain Between Us" and the much-praised indie "The Florida Project." Then, in our Reboot segment, we look back to 1988 and the beloved teenage classic "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." Whoa.

Timestamps:
7:40 "Blade Runner 2049"
33:54 "The Mountain Between Us"
48:05 "The Florida Project"
54:50 "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Are Friends Electric?" The Dead Weather
Closing Song: "God Gave Rock and Roll To You," KISS

"American Made," "Bull Durham," "Halloween"

Oct 2, 2017 01:13:15

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Tom Cruise. Some people love him, some people hate him, but he is always, always here. This week on the Grierson & Leitch podcast, our two hosts -- admittedly on the positive side on the Cruise ledger -- break down Cruise's "American Made," a fascinating spin on the Cruise persona that's another interesting spin from director Doug Liman. Even if you don't like Cruise, you might like this one.

Then, in our Reboot section, we get seasonal. In honor of the start of the baseball playoffs, we look at the 1988 classic "Bull Durham." Then, to get you in the spooky October mood, we reach back for John Carpenter's seminal classic "Halloween."

Timestamps:
6:10 "American Made"
26:30 "Bull Durham"
49:45 "Halloween"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Centerfield," John Fogerty
Closing Song: "Halloween Theme," John Carpenter

"Battle of the Sexes," "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," "Me and Orson Welles," "Holy Motors"

Sep 25, 2017 01:24:36

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This week in the Grierson & Leitch podcast, we dig into the new Emma Stone-Steve Carell docudrama "Battle of the Sexes," which is unquestionably the best tennis movie of all time unless you're counting "Strangers on a Train" and maybe "Match Point." Then we tackle the sequel "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," which adds Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Halle Berry to the cast, but only barely.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we discuss the oft-forgotten Richard Linklater film "Me and Orson Welles," as well as the crazy 2012 French film "Holy Motors."

Timestamps:
8:25 "Battle of the Sexes"
15:58 "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"
39:15 "Me and Orson Welles"
58:48 "Holy Motors"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Anyone For Tennis," Cream
Closing Song: "Accordion," Denis Levant and the Holy Motors crew

"mother!" "Brad's Status," "The Hudsucker Proxy"

Sep 19, 2017 01:18:20

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Audiences hate it, critics are divided (but mostly like it) and everyone's sort of scandalized now that it exists ... but what do Grierson & Leitch think of Darren Aronofsky's "mother!"? This week's episode, taped live in Grierson's dining room in Los Angeles, digs into it. It's the movie everyone is talking about, for better or worse.

Also, Grierson praises Ben Stiller's new film "Brad's Status." (Leitch hasn't seen it, thanks to a faulty print.)

Then, in our Reboot segment, we head back to 1994 and the Coen brothers' first big Hollywood movie, "The Hudsucker Proxy."

Timestamps:
7:25 Toronto Film Festival roundup
13:45 "mother!
40:37 "Brad's Status"
50:49 "The Hudsucker Proxy"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Mother," Danzig
Closing Song: "That Was Your Mother," Paul Simon

"It," "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"

Sep 11, 2017 01:13:35

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The biggest hit in months -- and one of the biggest horror openings of all time -- is Stephen King's "It." This week in the Grierson & Leitch podcast, we discuss the adaptation. One of us loves it, the other not so much. Either way: It's definitely worth poring over.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we look at Sidney Lumet's last film, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," and then reflect on Shane Black's Robert Downey Jr.-Val Kilmer buddy comedy "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."

6:58 "It"
28:30 "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
51:05 "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Epic," Faith No More"
Closing Song: "Love & Luck," The Haraway Brothers

 

2017 Toronto Film Festival Preview, "Good Will Hunting," "11:14"

Sep 4, 2017 01:22:46

Description:

No film festival sets the stage for the big Oscar push at the end of the year -- the prestige movie season -- than the Toronto Film Festival. Our own Tim Grierson is heading out there this week, so we preview the festival, discussing its importance and picking the films we're most excited for. There's a new Louis CK film, a new Alexander Payne film and a crazy documentary about a cannibal. Get excited.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we look back at 1997's "Good Will Hunting," which launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, but don't worry, guys: It's not your fault. We also look at 2003's "11:14," which has gained a cult following, for reasons we do not understand.

Timestamps:
7:27 Toronto Film Festival Preview
38:20 "Good Will Hunting"
1:02:55 "11:14"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "The Anthem," Kardinal Offishall
Closing Song: "Pull Out," Death From Above 1979

2017 Summer Review, "After Hours," "Starship Troopers"

Aug 28, 2017 01:31:12

Description:

With no major releases on the schedule, it's time for the annual Grierson & Leitch look back at the summer movie season. Nothing released could match the power and scope of "Dunkirk," but your hosts disagree on the overall impact of the summer. Leitch thinks it was an excellent movie summer; Grierson, much less so. They recap the summer in six different categories.

Then, in our Reboot segment, they look back at Martin Scorsese's "After Hours" and then get giant-buggy with 1997's "Starship Troopers." Would you like to know more?

Timestamps:
6:35 Summer Movie Wrapup
48:05 "After Hours"
1:07:00 "Starship Troopers"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Summer Heat," The Whigs
Closing Song: "The Way You Used to Do," Queens of the Stone Age

"Logan Lucky," "The Hitman's Bodyguard," "Marjorie Prime," "V For Vendetta"

Aug 21, 2017 01:19:05

Description:

Like everybody else, we never believed Steven Soderbergh was really retired, but we're nonetheless ecstatic to have him back. In this week's episode of the Grierson & Leitch podcast, we dig into Soderbergh's new film "Logan Lucky," which we both like, and then place it in the context of his whole career.

In other new releases, G&L are exhausted by "The Hitman's Bodyguard," but Grierson loves "Marjorie Prime." Then, in our Reboot segment, we look back to 2005's "V for Vendetta."

Timestamps:
4:23 "Logan Lucky"
34:07 "The Hitman's Bodyguard"
47:10 "Marjorie Prime"
54:10 "V for Vendetta"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Lucky Star," Madonna
Closing Song: "The Heat Is On," Glenn Frey

"The Glass Castle," "Ingrid Goes West," "Good Time," "Persona"

Aug 14, 2017 01:17:13

Description:

We're reaching the end of the summer, which means theaters are full of indie comedies, "edgy" movies stars festival doing festival pictures and big studio flicks sent to the dumping grounds. Grierson & Leitch are here as always to guide you through the morass.

So, in this week's show, they tackle Brie Larsen as Jeanette Walls in "The Glass Castle," then assess Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen in "Ingrid Goes West." Then Grierson praises "Good Time," with Robert Pattinson.

That's all warm up, though, for the monumental task of tackling Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" in this week's Reboot segment.

Timestamps:
6:51: "The Glass Castle"
30:18 "Ingrid Goes West"
45:10 "Good Time"
51:32 "Persona"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Castles Made of Sand," Jimi Hendrix
Closing Song: "The Studio Commissary," Sparks

"The Dark Tower," "Superbad," "Anything Else"

Aug 7, 2017 01:21:11

Description:

This week in the Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Stephen King fans have been waiting decades to see "The Dark Tower" made into a movie, and suffice it to say, the finished product turned out to be a disappointment for most of them. But we'll confess, while the movie doesn't work, it's not the fiasco early reports suggested. But it's still not good.

Grierson also discusses "Kidnap" and "Columbus," neither of which is half bad. But the real fun comes from our Reboot segment. First, we talk about "Superbad," which, amazingly, is 10 years old this month. And then, because you made them, Grierson & Leitch talk for a very long time about Woody Allen's "Anything Else."

Timestamps:
5:25 "The Dark Tower"
22:52 "Kidnap"
25:55 "Columbus"
29:22 "Superbad"
47:40 "Anything Else"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Buildings in the Sky," Izzy Stradlin
Closing Song: "In the Meantime," Helmet

"Detroit," "Atomic Blonde," "Brigsby Bear," "The Last Face," "The Emoji Movie," "Delicatessen"

Jul 31, 2017 01:28:36

Description:

Lots of new movies to get to this week, including two of the worst-reviewed movies of the year. But we start on a better note, looking at Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit," a look at the tragic Algiers Motel incident in 1967. Then they dig into the new Charlize Theron action vehicle "Atomic Blonde."

After touching on Kyle Mooney's "Brigsby Bear," they get into the two movies that have made critics' collective skins crawl, and the movies couldn't be any different. Sean Penn's war romance "The Last Face" and the animated kids' movie "The Emoji Movie." Both will make you unhappy. Then we dig into this week's Reboot movie, 1991's "Delicatessen."

Timestamps:
4:30 "Detroit"
25:00 "Atomic Blonde"
43:24 "Brigsby Bear"
53:30 "The Last Face"
1:02:30 "The Emoji Movie"
1:07:05 "Delicatessen"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Detroit Rock City," KISS
Closing Song: "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It," Bob Dylan

"Dunkirk," "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," "Girls Trip," "24 Hour Party People"

Jul 24, 2017 01:15:26

Description:

We've got four movies to discuss this week, but to be honest, there's only one we REALLY want to talk about: It's of course Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk," one of the best films of the year. Grierson calls it one of the best moviegoing experiences of his lifetime, and all told, Leitch isn't that far behind him. Listen to them rave about Nolan's achievement.

OK, fine, there were other movies too. Luc Besson's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is a noble failure, and "Girls Trip" is a noble success. Then, in our Reboot segment, we head back to 2002 for Michael Winterbottom's "24 Hour Party People."

Timestamps:
5:15: "Dunkirk"
32:20 "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"
45:05 "Girls Trip"
56:56 "24 Hour Party People"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "I'm Gonna Get Lit Up (When The Lights Go On In London)," BBC Concert Orchestra, Carl Davis & Richard Suart
Closing Song: "Transmission," Joy Division

"War for the Planet of the Apes," "Mulholland Drive," "Kicking and Screaming"

Jul 17, 2017 01:12:34

Description:

Podcast strong. Ape proud. This week in the Grierson & Leitch podcast, we discuss the final film in the much-lauded "Planet of the Apes" trilogy, "War for the Planet of the Apes." Grierson is a huge fan of the first two films, especially the second one, but they left Leitch cold. So it's a little surprising where they both land here.


Then we have two Reboot movies. First, it's 2001's "Mulholland Drive," David Lynch's masterwork that is considered by some to be the best movie so far this century. We're not quite willing to go that far, but it's still great. Then, they tackle 1995's "Kicking and Screaming," which is not the Will Ferrell soccer movie: It's Noah Baumbach's first feature. It's the '90s again!


Timestamps:

5:55 "War the Planet of the Apes"

24:15 "Mulholland Drive"

46:52 "Kicking and Screaming"



We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Very Ape," Nirvana

Closing Song: "In the Mouth a Desert," Pavement

"Spider-Man: Homecoming," "A Ghost Story," "Magnolia"

Jul 10, 2017 01:13:12

Description:

We are delighted to come at you with nothing but happiness this week. We've got three movies this week, and we like all three of them. But there is shading in our praise. Will loves the new "Spider-Man" reboot, while Tim likes it, but finds it a little bit too familiar to his taste. They both love "A Ghost Story," though, David Lowery's strange, gorgeous glimpse into the abyss of death and the cosmos.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we dig into Paul Thomas Anderson's three-plus-hour 1999 epic "Magnolia." Honestly, we could talk about that movie for hours.

Timestamps:
3:10 "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
28:25 "A Ghost Story"
42:44 "Magnolia"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Spider-Man," The Ramones
Closing Song: "Save Me," Aimee Mann

Best Movies of the First Half of 2017, "Okja," "The House"

Jul 3, 2017 01:32:54

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We have reached the midway point of 2017, which means it's time to look back at our favorite movies from the first half the year. So Will and Tim each give their picks for the best six movies so far. There is only one crossover on both lists. Sorry: We're going to make you listen to find out what the films are.

We also have two new reviews this week. First, Bong Joon-Ho's "Okja," a Netflix original that's the most ambitious and unwieldy movie the streaming service has made yet. Then a movie that is much, much worse than not only that, but almost any movie you will see this year: The airless, laugh-free "The House." No Reboot segment this week: Those will return next week.

Timestamps:
6:40 Top Movies of the First Half of 2017
48:30 "Okja"
1:08:20 "The House"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Countdown to the Countdown," Electric Six
Closing Song: "Know How," Young MC

"Baby Driver," "The Beguiled," "The Big Sick," "Transformers," "Nobody Speak," "Inside Moves"

Jun 26, 2017 01:41:24

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This is an insanely busy movie week, so: No chit-chat! Time to get down to business. Will and Tim first dig into Edgar Wright's unique vision that is "Baby Driver." (His name is Baby. He is not in fact a baby.) Will hasn't seen "The Beguiled" or "The Big Sick" yet, so Tim monologues on those, but they return to lament their lost souls after sitting through "Transformers: The Last Knight."

But there's more! They both have a personal connection to the Netflix documentary "Nobody Speak," but they (mostly) put that aside to judge the movie on its merits. And then in their Reboot segment, they try to figure out why everyone liked Richard Donner's 1980 comedy-drama "Inside Moves."

Timestamps:
5:30 "Baby Driver"
27:10 "The Beguiled"
31:45 "The Big Sick"
36:35 "Transformers: The Last Knight"
54:10 "Nobody Speak"
1:16:30 "Inside Moves"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Passenger Side," Wilco
Closing Song: "Moral Majority," The Circle Jerks

"Cars 3," "All Eyez On Me," "Rough Night," "The Book of Henry"

Jun 19, 2017 01:18:19

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A busy weekend means we have no time for a Reboot segment this week, but we've got plenty to discuss on this week's Grierson & Leitch podcast. First, we dig into "Cars 3," which Grierson believes is not only worse than "Cars 2" but in fact the worst movie Pixar has made. Leitch disagrees.

There is much more agreement on the bewilderingly bad "All Eyez On Me," which is safe and dull in a way its subject Tupac Shakur never, ever was, and the limp comedy "Rough Night," which is one missed opportunity after another. Then Grierson tries to explain what in the world went wrong with Colin Trevorrow's "The Book of Henry," and whether we should worry about his impending "Star Wars" installment.

Timestamps:
4:02 "Cars 3"
22:48 "All Eyez On Me"
41:00 "Rough Night"
1:00:10 "The Book of Henry"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Killer Cars," Radiohead
Closing Song: "Violent Killuminati," 2Pac

"It Comes At Night," "The Mummy," "Shadow of a Doubt"

Jun 13, 2017 01:02:30

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Listeners of the Grierson & Leitch podcast are often a little bummed out that Tim and Will don't disagree that often, which makes sense, considering they've known each other since they were in middle school. But we've got some real disagreement this week. Grierson is a big fan of Trey Edward Schults' "It Comes At Night." Leitch is quite a bit less so. They dig into that this week, as well as their shared tendency to want to lightly, very carefully defend Tom Cruise's "The Mummy," which is not good, but is not as defiantly bad as some have argued.

Then, in their Reboot segment, they discuss their third Alfred Hitchcock movie. This week, it's 1943's "Shadow of a Doubt," a film that Hitchcock believed was his best. Grierson is not so sure.

Timestamps:
4:30 "It Comes At Night"
22:35 "The Mummy"
38:55 "Shadow of a Doubt"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Night Fever," The Bee Gees
Closing Song: "We Only Come Out at Night," Smashing Pumpkins

Cameo appearance from William Leitch and Wynn Leitch.

"Wonder Woman," "The English Patient," "In Bruges"

Jun 5, 2017 01:04:38

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"Wonder Woman" has already become one of the biggest hits of the year, something that probably shouldn't have been as much of a surprise to people as it is, but we're mostly just relieved by how different it is from "Batman v. Superman." We dig into the most enjoyable DC Comics movie since Christopher Nolan moved on with his life.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we head into fierce battle with Elaine Benes by discussing the virtues of 1996's "The English Patient." Then, we head to Belgium, where we will sightsee and lament our hitman lifestyle with 2008's "In Bruges."

Timestamps:
5:18 "Wonder Woman"
26:52 "The English Patient"
45:30 "In Bruges"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Rebel Girl," Bikini Kill
Closing Song: "Wonder Woman," Lion Babe

2017 Cannes, "War Machine," "Baywatch," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "George Washington"

May 30, 2017 01:42:37

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Welcome back from your Memorial Day weekend, everyone: We return with a piping hot show, and man, do we ever have a lot to fit in. Grierson just got back from Cannes, so we talk about the major takeaways from the festival. Then we dig into the Netflix original film "War Machine," directed by "Animal Kingdom"'s David Michod and starring Brad Pitt, based off a book by the late journalist Michael Hastings.

But that's just getting warmed up. We also have to wrap our minds around "Baywatch," and then Will has to explain what exactly a FIFTH "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel might have to offer.

It's smoother sailing, so to speak, in our Reboot section, in which we discuss David Gordon Green's 2000 debut film "George Washington."

Timestamps:
5:55 2017 Cannes Film Festival recap
18:25 "War Machine"
52:35 "Baywatch"
1:07:05 "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"
1:20:30 "George Washington"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Shock and Awe," Neil Young
Closing Song: "Let Them Eat War," Bad Religion

"Alien: Covenant," "The Big Chill," "Game 6"

May 23, 2017 01:05:09

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Grierson is in Cannes, but that will not stop him from his appointed podcast rounds. So he takes a break from his constant partying in France to ask Leitch about "Alien: Covenant," which Will thinks is a lot better than it is being given credit for.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we tackled Lawrence Kasdan's smash 1983 hit "The Big Chill," which your parents (and our parents) have many thoughts about. And then we look at 2005's "Game 6," the one Don DeLillo screenplay on record and a film that's almost a dry run for "Birdman."

Timestamps:
4:30 "Alien: Covenant"
20:55 "The Big Chill"
41:40 "Game 6"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Sigourney Weaver," The Smith Street Band
Closing Song: "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," "The Langley Schools Music Project"

"Snatched," "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," "Billy Madison"

May 15, 2017 01:02:50

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We come to you with announcements! This is our first show of the rest of our lives! Grierson & Leitch are leaving our friends at The New Republic and heading to Paste Magazine! We have details and warm memories, and also much excitement.

But don't worry, we don't talk TOO much about it: We have movies to get to. We discuss Amy Schumer's new film "Snatched," which brings back Goldie Hawn about 15 years away ... to no positive result. Also, we discuss Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," which is basically King Arthur v. Young Pope. Then, in our Reboot section, we try to gleam something positive from 1995's Billy Madison.

Timestamps:
6:20 "Snatched"
21:12 "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"
36:35 "Billy Madison"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Roll With the Changes," REO Speedwagon
Closing Song: "Call to Arms," Sturgill Simpson

"Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2," "Cast Away," "Streets of Fire"

May 9, 2017 01:07:23

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It's not really a summer movie season until the new Marvel movie is released, which means, well, now it's summer movie season: Here comes "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2," the sequel to the smash James Gunn hit that redefined what a Marvel movie could be. Turns out: Tim and Will actually like the second one even better. Find out why.

Then, in our Reboot segment, we look at Robert Zemeckis' 2000 hit "Cast Away," which features an incredibly shrinking Tom Hanks and a volleyball named Wilson. We also dig into Walter Hill's incredibly strange but admirably driven "rock and roll fable" from 1984, "Streets of Fire."

Timestamps:
5:00 "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2"
22:45 "Cast Away"
44:15 "Streets of Fire"

We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Opening Song: "Fox on the Run," Sweet
Closing Song: "Nowhere Fast," Meat Loaf

"The Circle," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "A History of Violence"

May 2, 2017 01:04:56

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Tom Hanks. Emma Watson. John Boyega. Dave Eggers. Patton Oswalt. Bill Paxton, in his last film. The kid from "Boyhood." The guy who directed "The End of the Tour" and "The Spectacular Now." Yes, "The Circle" is a movie with nearly unparalleled pedigree, based off a well-regarded book by one of America's most beloved authors. So how in the world did "The Circle" end up being so jaw-droppingly horrible? We try to dig into what happened. Then, in our Reboot segment, we look back at 1951's "A Streetcar Named Desire," with Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden and, of course, a feral, animalistic Marlon Brandon in a performance that changed screen acting forever. And we wrap up with 2005's "A History of Violence," David Cronenberg's adaptation of a famous graphic novel that features Viggo Mortensen, Mario Bello, Ed Harris and William Hurt grappling with, well, violence, and its history. Timestamps: 6:05 "The Circle" 27:40 "A Streetcar Named Desire" 46:02 "A History of Violence" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Nitty Gritty Dirty Band Closing Song: "Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brandon and I," R.E.M.

"Free Fire," "Network," "The Royal Tenenbaums"

Apr 25, 2017 01:04:28

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A slow week for new releases -- it's apparently all "Boss Baby" all the time these days -- gives us only one major new release this week, Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire," starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer. We disagree on it: One of our critics thinks it's a fun experiment, but the other found it mostly tiresome. Then, in our Reboot segment, we discuss how that Sidney Lumet's "Network" doesn't hold up nearly as well as you might remember, and Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums" was a step forward for the filmmaker ... but just a peek at what he'd be able to do even better more than a decade later. Timestamps: 4:30 "Free Fire" 17:40 "Network" 38:58 "The Royal Tenenbaums" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Firestarter," The Prodigy Closing Song: "Judy Is a Punk," The Ramones

"The Fate of the Furious," "The Lost City of Z," "Zero Effect," "Man of the West"

Apr 18, 2017 01:08:11

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This week, our critics can neither agree nor disagree: Tim is blissfully ignorant of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise -- he's only see the Tokyo Drift one -- and Will hasn't seen James Gray's "The Lost City of Z" yet. So they ask each other about each film, spoiler-free, so you can make your own decision. (But they're positive on both.) In their weekly Reboot segment, they head back to the late '90s to discuss Jake Kasden's "Zero Effect" and then go WAY back, all the way back to Gary Cooper, for 1958's "Man of the West." Timestamps: 4:00 "The Fate of the Furious" 21:25 "The Lost City of Z" 31:30 "Zero Effect" 48:12 "Man of the West" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Fast Car," Wyclef Jean (featuring Paul Simon) Closing Song: "Two States," Pavement

"Graduation," "Colossal," "The Last of the Mohicans"

Apr 10, 2017 01:01:27

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Two new releases highlight the podcast this week which, last week's show notwithstanding, will not in fact turn into a weekly podcast about "The Room." First, Will and Tim did into the Romanian moral drama "Graduation," which feels like '90s "Crimes and Misdemeanors"-era Woody Allen, but even more spare and despairing. Then they discuss Nacho Vigalondo's "Colossal," which features Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis as two Americans who have the strange, unwitting ability to control monsters attacking downtown Seoul. In this week's Reboot segment, we dig into Michael Mann's "The Last of the Mohicans," which features a brawny Daniel Day-Lewis being hyper intense. There's even a fun skit from the old "Ben Stiller Show" that we added. Stay alive, no matter what occurs! We will find you! Timestamps: 4:06 "Graduation" 18:50 "Colossal" 36:41 "The Last of the Mohicans" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Graduation Day," The Beach Boys Closing Song: "Got A Woman," Eagles of Death Metal

"Ghost in the Shell," "The Last Picture Show," "The Room"

Apr 4, 2017 01:06:19

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The big new release of the week was "Ghost in the Shell," and Tim and Will actively disagree on it, though neither can arguing that critics of its "whitewashing" have a point. But you should probably just watch "Under the Skin" instead. But that's all fine and dandy, but the REAL fun of this week's show comes in the Reboots. Our first Reboot is Peter Bogdanovich's masterpiece "The Last Picture Show," which feels even more urgent today. But that movie may still not live as long as our second Reboot, Tommy Wiseau's infamous "The Room." Neither Tim nor Will had never seen it. It is fair to say now that they will never forget it. Timestamps: 3:40 "Ghost in the Shell" 21:12 "The Last Picture Show" 38:55 "The Room" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Ghost," Neutral Milk Hotel Closing Song: "Song From A Room," Rachel Glassberg

"Life," "CHIPs," "Power Rangers," "The Trouble With Harry," "Big Business"

Mar 28, 2017 01:21:08

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Grierson is back! Grierson is back! After two weeks away resting his voice after surgery to remove a polyp/nodule from his throat, our beloved co-host returns this week, and man, did we miss him. We dig right into the "Alien" homage/ripoff "Life," starring Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal, and Grierson also answers Leitch's questions about "CHIPs" and "Power Rangers," which he didn't see because, hey, life's too short. Also, we have two Reboots, both taped pre-surgery, in case you're wondering why Grierson sounds rougher. First, we tackled Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry," which featured the first on-screen appearance of Shirley MacLaine. Then we delve into the 1988 twins comedy "Big Business," with Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. Timestamps: 6:35 "Life" 22:26 "CHIPs" 31:27 "Power Rangers" 43:40 "The Trouble With Harry" 56:50 "Big Business" But yes: The real story here is that Grierson is back. We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Lust For Life," Iggy Pop Closing Song: "Dead Ringer For Love," Meat Loaf and Cher

"Beauty and the Beast," "T2 Trainspotting," "Easy Rider," "Repo Man"

Mar 21, 2017 01:21:06

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Grierson is out for a second consecutive week after having a polyp removed, so we are delighted to welcome the incomparable Christy Lemire, of RogerEbert.com and "What the Flick?" and so many other places to be our guest host this week. She is one of the best film critics on the planet, and without question the nicest. She is also so much smarter than either Grierson or Leitch. So Christy and Will dig into the remake/reboot/rewhatever of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," and then Will asks Christy about "T2: Trainspotting," and whether it will mess with one's affections for the original. But don't fret: We still have some Grierson, with our previously taped Reboot segments. In those, we discuss cultural touchstone "Easy Rider," man, and we tackle '80s cult hit "Repo Man." Timestamps: 7:30 "Beauty and the Beast" 28:40 "T2: Trainspotting" 42:10 "Easy Rider" 1:01:36 "Repo Man" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Beauty and the Beast," David Bowie Closing Song: "Feel the Pain," Dinosaur Jr. Also: Grierson *should* be back next week. Fingers crossed!

"Kong: Skull Island," "Personal Shopper," "A Fish Called Wanda"

Mar 14, 2017 58:34

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Our beloved Tim is out recovering from minor surgery, so we have our first fill-in host to play around with Will: It's Mark Lisanti, of MTV News and formerly of Grantland and Defamer. He is one of our favorite people in the world, and as much as we miss Tim, we are delighted to have him. Mark and Will dig into the new, dull King Kong flick "Kong: Skull Island," and then wrestle with Olivier Assayas' mysterious Kristen Stewart ghost drama "Personal Shopper." You don't have to go without Tim's voice, though. Because we knew Tim was going to miss a few shows, we pretaped a bunch of Reboots. This week, we try to solve our '80s comedies conundrum with "A Fish Called Wanda." Timestamps: 4:30 "Kong: Skull Island" 21:20 "Personal Shopper" 36:20 "A Fish Called Wanda" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "King Kong," The Kinks Closing Song: "Wicked Wanda," Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

"Logan," "Waking Ned Devine," "The 'Burbs"

Mar 7, 2017 56:38

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We've all settled down from the Oscars and are back into the grind of regular releases, and we've had two universally beloved in two weeks: Last week's "Get Out" and this week's "Logan." But maybe we shouldn't consider it that universally beloved, because, well, we're the low men on the totem pole for "Logan." Listen to us explain why. Then, in our Reboot section, we look back at two well-regarded comedies of the past: 1998's "Waking Ned Devine" and 1989's "The Burbs." We also start the show off with a special announcement. It involves polyps. Timestamps: 7:30 "Logan" 28:40 "Waking Ned Devine" 40:25 "The 'Burbs" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "I Wipe My Ass With Wolverine Fur," The Dead Schembechlers Closing Song: "Let Me Clear My Throat," DJ Kool We miss Grierson already!

2017 Oscars Recap, "Get Out," "Se7en," "The Deer Hunter"

Feb 28, 2017 01:37:39

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So ... those Oscars sure were something! We recap the 2017 Oscars, including the crazy-pants, WHAT? moment in which "La La Land" was briefly and erroneously awarded the Best Picture Oscar before it was rightly given to "Moonlight." For all the Monday morning quarterbacking, though, we find that the moment isn't just a WTF one ... it was actually downright inspiration. Jordan Horowitz for President. The Oscars did not stop us from our regular appointed rounds, though, and we dug into the big new release of the weekend, "Get Out," the Jordan Peele horror-comedy. Then, in our Reboot section, we got very dark: 1995's "Se7en" and 1978's "The Deer Hunter." Neither will make you feel positive about humanity. But hopefully this podcast will! Timestamps: 0:15 The Oscar Moment That Will Never Be Forgotten 26:28 "Get Out" 47:10 "Se7en" 1:09:35 "The Deer Hunter" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Everybody Makes a Mistake," Marvin Gaye Closing Song: "Russian Roulette," Rhianna We apologize for some minor audio issues on this one. It's nothing major, but we're cleaning it up for the next show.

2017 Oscars Preview, "The Great Wall," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"

Feb 21, 2017 01:21:34

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The Oscars are less than a week away, and if you want to win your office Oscar pool, we have you covered. We go through every category and predict winners, and then argue who SHOULD have won. We don't even require a commission. OK, only a small one. Then we dig into the Chinese production "The Great Wall," in which Matt Damon has insane hair and there are dragons, sort of. Then, in our Reboot segment, we unpack all that 1984's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" has to offer us in the year 2017. Timestamps: 4:32 Oscar Preview 39:55 "The Great Wall" 53:15 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Music: "City of Stars," Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Closing Music: "Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones," Phil Pritchett

"The LEGO Batman Movie," "John Wick Chapter Two," "Fifty Shades Darker"

Feb 14, 2017 53:10

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After a meager first month of the movie release calendar, we finally have a full slate of three new releases this week. Sure, all three of them are sequels, but new movies are new movies: At least we don't have to pretend to care about "The Bye Bye Man." So! New movies! First, we discuss "The LEGO Batman Movie," technically a spinoff of the most popular character from "The LEGO Movie" and, oh yeah, one of the most popular characters in all of American popular culture. Then we dig into Keanu Reeves' blast of an action franchise, "John Wick Chapter Two." And then we slap on our handcuffs and blindfolds for "Fifty Shades Darker." There are so many new releases we didn't even have time for our Reboot section. It'll be back next week. Timestamps: 2:35 "The LEGO Batman Movie" 18:05 "John Wick Chapter Two" 32:10 "Fifty Shades Darker" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Batman," Mark Mothersbaugh Closing Song: "Pretty Tied Up (The Perils of Rock & Roll Decadence)," Guns N' Roses

Movies for the Trump Age, "Michael Clayton," "Other People"

Feb 7, 2017 01:14:21

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There are no major releases this week -- sorry, "The Comedian" and "Rings" -- so we decided on a special show. Inspired by an email from a reader asking why our show had taken on more a political tone of late, we are steering into the curve, talking about movies that particularly inform our understanding of this specific political moment. Tim's picks: "Singin' in the Rain," "JFK" and "Dogville." Will's picks: "The Siege," "Being There" and "Death Proof." Find out why. Then, in our Reboot section, we discuss Tony Gilroy's 2007 dark thriller "Michael Clayton" and last year's Sundance hit "Other People." Timestamps: 8:20 "Singin' in the Rain" 12:00 "The Siege" 16:50 "JFK" 23:00 "Being There" 29:00 "Dogville" 34:25 "Death Proof" 40:55 "Michael Clayton" 57:00 "Other People" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Can't You Tell," Aimee Mann Closing Song: "Chick Habit," April March

"Gold," Sundance 2017 Wrap, "Memento," "Trading Places"

Jan 31, 2017 01:05:12

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America may be in turmoil and chaos, but there's one thing you can always count on: Beautiful actors trying to make themselves look ugly on screen. Thus, this week, we discuss Matthew McConaughey's "Gold," in which Wooderson is bald and has a gut. Good for him. Then, in our reboot section, we dig into Christopher Nolan's breakthrough "Memento," a movie that is obsessively rewatchable. Also, in our quest to find a 1980s comedy that hasn't aged terribly, we give 1983's "Trading Places" a shot. We'll say this: It's better than "Fletch." We also wrap up Grierson's experiences at Sundance 2017. Timestamps: 12:39 "Gold" 25:30 "Memento" 41:10 "Trading Places" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Split," Sundance 2017 So Far, "The Third Man"

Jan 24, 2017 56:26

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The surprise twist ending of this podcast is that there is no twist ending: It turns out everything happened in Philadelphia and there was some sort of supernatural element and M. Night Shyamalan makes a cameo. Yep, this week, Tim and Will discuss Shayamalan's "Split," which is probably his best movie in 15 years and, undeniably, his first big hit in a while. Then Grierson talks about his time in Sundance so far. It is sort of cold. Then, in our Reboot section, we head all the way back to 1949 to discuss Carol Reed's "The Third Man." Don't be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell us: Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? (Orson Welles rules.) Timestamps: 5:34 Sundance 2017 Update 13:50 "Split" 33:50 "The Third Man" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, when he's in Sundance, Grierson cries every time he sees a pair of skis.

2017 Oscar Nomination Predictions, "Gangs of New York," "To Die For"

Jan 17, 2017 01:16:02

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Hello, fellow humans! The Oscar nominations come out on Tuesday, January 24, so this week, we decided to make our predictions for the six major categories (sorry, screenwriters) and mention films we wish would be nominated even though they have no chance. Tuesday should be a good day for "La La Land," "Manchester by the Sea," "Moonlight" ... and maybe even Mel Gibson? We also have two Reboots. We begin with Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," and then dig into Gus Van Sant's "To Die For." Timestamps: 6:15 Oscar picks 49:00 "Gangs of New York" 1:00:20 "To Die For" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson now wants you to call him "Mahershala."

Big Mailbag Show 2017, "Heat"

Jan 10, 2017 01:29:31

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Welcome! It's our first show of 2017, and our very special 50th episode. So once a year, we answer a ton of questions from you, our lovely, wonderful listeners, because there are no interesting new movies being released (sorry, "Monster Trucks") and because it's not time for Oscar nominations yet. Thus! We answer your questions about what's acceptable to snack on in a movie theater, what we'll remember Tom Cruise for, what we think really happened at the end of The Lobster, what bad movie we would remake, how we saw indie movies in Mattoon, and much more. It's a very fun show, and a pleasant way to begin the new year. We also have a Reboot this week, Michael Mann's "Heat," in which we try to come to terms with the new information that Al Pacino claims his character was on cocaine throughout the events of the film. That explains a lot! Timestamps: Mailbag: 3:55 Heat: 1:06:45 We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

Dorkfest 2016: Our 10 Best Movies of the Year

Dec 30, 2016 01:38:52

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It was quite the year, 2016, and now that it's (almost) over, it's time, at last, for our Top Ten Movies of 2016. This is the podcast version of Dorkfest, an annual discussion (and revealing) of both Will's and Tim's top-10 lists, which they've been doing since 1991. Though for the first time, you can listen. Our lists have a surprising amount of crossover, and far more than last year's. One thing we definitely agree on: It was a fantastic movie year. We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Dec 16, 2016 35:55

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Special Star Wars show alert! Special Star Wars show alert! Usually we look at several movies on each show, but the week that a Star Wars movie comes out, we focus just on that Star Wars movie. Thus: Rogue One discussion! Of all the episodes of this podcast, this might be the most contentious, because Grierson and Leitch are on opposite sides on Rogue One: One of them thinks it's "magnificent," the other thinks a complete mess. Which one is right? Listen and find out. You're seeing Rogue One. We're talking Rogue One. We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"La La Land," "The Usual Suspects" and "The Five Heartbeats"

Dec 14, 2016 53:04

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It's down to the nit and the grit, folks: We have only three shows left in 2016, and we have a LOT of movies to get to. So we kick off our show this week with a deep-dive discussion of early Oscar favorite "La La Land," the new musical from "Whiplash" director Damien Chazelle starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. We both think it's great and, yes, it reminds us of vintage Woody Allen. In our Reboot section -- our final Reboot section of 2016 -- we look at Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects" from 1995, and Robert Townsend's "The Five Heartbeats" from 1991. Timestamps: 7:01: "La La Land" 24:45 "The Usual Suspects" 38:25 "The Five Heartbeats" We will back on Friday with a special "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" episode. We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Jackie," "Things to Come," "Double Indemnity" and "Hudson Hawk"

Dec 6, 2016 01:11:46

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We are hitting the home stretch of the 2016 movie year, with the year-end critics awards coming out and Oscar predictions all over the place. We have just three shows left in 2016, which we'll finish off with our Top 10 movies of 2016. But there's plenty to dig through until then. So, we kick off this week with Pablo Larrain's haunting, intense "Jackie," which shows that American tragedy in a whole new light. Then, we look at Isabelle Huppert, who is having an amazing year, in the moving French drama "Things To Come." We keep the good vibes going in our Reboot section with 1944's "Double Indemnity," before sending everything crashing down with 1991's "Hudson Hawk," which might be the worst movie we've discussed on this podcast. This DOES, however, get us talking about an eighth-grade school play we were both in. It's that kind of show. Timestamps: 8:35 "Jackie" 24:50 "Things to Come" 37:04 "Double Indemnity" 50:30 "Hudson Hawk" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Allied," "Rules Don't Apply," "The Truman Show" and "Hancock"

Nov 30, 2016 01:15:20

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We hope you all had a grand Thanksgiving! May your harvests be bountiful! We are back looking at a rather uninspired couple of new releases. First, it's Robert Zemeckis' World War II drama "Allied," with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. And it's old directors week here, apparently, with Warren Beatty's long-awaited, and nearly entirely ignored, "Rules Don't Apply." At least he finally got to play Howard Hughes. We have a lot more fun with our Reboot section. We tackle one of our favorite movies from the '90s, Peter Weir's visionary "The Truman Show" from 1998. And for a long time, Grierson has loved 2008's "Hancock." Does he feel the same way today? Only one way to find out. Timestamps: 5:30 "Allied" 22:55 "Rules Don't Apply" 34:20 "The Truman Show" 53:15 "Hancock" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Fantastic Beasts," "Nocturnal Animals," "Manchester by the Sea," "Children of Men"

Nov 21, 2016 01:10:09

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Hey, early show this week! It's Thanksgiving Week, so we wanted to get the show to you as quickly as possible so you've got plenty of time before you go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house you go. We do this because we love you. So, this week, we discuss two major new releases. First, it's the new Harry Potter spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which launches yet another franchise you have to keep track of. Also, Tom Ford takes another break from his day job to direct another movie, "Nocturnal Animals" with Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon. Then, Grierson breaks down Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea;" Leitch hasn't seen it yet. Then, in our Reboot section, we revisit Alfonso Cuaron's brilliant "Children of Men." Timestamps: 4:50 "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" 22:35 "Nocturnal Animals" 39:45 "Manchester by the Sea" 47:45 "Children of Men" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.

"Arrival," "Loving," "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" and "Short Term 12"

Nov 15, 2016 01:07:30

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Like many of you, we're still trying to process everything that has happened since we last did a podcast. Movies work best when they are a distraction from life that can also help illuminate life: When you write about movies, you are really writing about life. That's all sorts of Super Serious Pablum that ultimately just adds up to: We're not going to let the horror that Tuesday night has conjured stop us from babbling like idiots about movies. We hope you don't mind. Thus! This week we dig into the surprise science-fiction hit "Arrival" starring Amy Adams, the Jeff Nichols drama "Loving" and Ang Lee's 120-fps war drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." Then, in our Reboot segment, we look at the foster care drama "Short Term 12," starring Brie Larsen right before she won her Oscar. Timestamps: 6:15 "Arrival" 21:38 "Loving" 38:50 "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" 49:45 "Short Term 12" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson is our first American President who has starred in multiple soft-core pornographic films.

"Doctor Strange," "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Snatch"

Nov 8, 2016 57:52

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Hey, look, check it out: Another Marvel movie! We dig into the 14th MCU movie, "Doctor Strange," but then go in the total opposite direction and try to figure out just how much Mel Gibson understands basic story structure with "Hacksaw Ridge." Vince Vaughn plays a drill sergeant. Ten. Hut. Then, in our Reboot section, we try to figure out the Guy Ritchie conundrum with 2000's "Snatch." If you can figure out what Brad Pitt is saying in this movie, you win the kewpie doll. Timestamps: 4:05 "Doctor Strange" 18:30 "Hacksaw Ridge" 37:00 "Snatch" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson thinks you should vote today.

"Inferno," "Jackie Brown" and "Bottle Rocket"

Nov 1, 2016 01:07:13

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There's only one major release this week, and frankly, that's being kind: Ron Howard's and Tom Hanks' "Inferno" is dumb, even aggressively so. It's kind of amazing that Tyler Perry's new movie has outgrossed Tom Cruise's and Tom Hanks' new movies in consecutive weeks. Anyway, we spend more time thinking about "Inferno" than we suspect anyone involved with working on it did. Then, in our Reboot section, we head to the '90s with two major releases from major American filmmakers. First, we look at Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," and how it's a pivotal movie in his career (and maybe his best). Then we dig into Wes Anderson's debut feature "Bottle Rocket." It's very different from what you think of when you think of Wes Anderson now. Timestamps: 5:05 "Inferno" 20:05 "Jackie Brown" 47:06 "Bottle Rocket" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson has always wanted to shave his eyebrows but just can't work up the gumption.

"Moonlight," "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," "American Pastoral" and "Weekend at Bernie's"

Oct 25, 2016 01:15:56

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Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" is one of the best movies of the year, and we have a fantastic time discussing it this week. We also try to figure out what Tom Cruise is trying to do with his "Jack Reacher" franchise and break down the sisyphean task Ewan McGregor gave himself by trying to adapt a Philip Roth novel. But mostly we talk about "Moonlight." Then, in our reboot section, we discuss a movie that might be the polar opposite of "Moonlight:" It's 1989's "Weekend at Bernie's." He's dead ... but nobody seems to know it! Also, Leitch makes Grierson guess what the plot of the sequel is. Timestamps: 4:00 "Moonlight" 24:15 "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" 38:05 "American Pastoral" 47:50 "Weekend at Bernie's" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson is dressing up as Bernie for Halloween this year.

"The Accountant," "Certain Women," "Christine" and "Pink Floyd: The Wall"

Oct 18, 2016 01:06:34

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Your accountant might not have "high-functioning autism," he might not be able to take out cantaloupes with anti-aircraft weaponry from a mile out and he might not be able to take out an entire squadron of assassins while never dropping his pocket protector. (Your accountant also might not look like Ben Affleck.) This is why they don't make movies about your accountant. They do make movies about "The Accountant," and that's our primary review this week. Grierson also talks about Kelly Reichardt's "Certain Women" and Antonio Campos' "Christine," both of which are terrific. Then, in our reboot section, we zoom back to 1982, when those teachers wouldn't leave those kids alone with Alan Parker's "Pink Floyd: The Wall." Mind-altering substances not included, unless you count Twizzlers. (We will not in fact be providing Twizzlers.) Timestamps: 5:12 "The Accountant" 25:16 "Certain Women" 30:50 "Christine" 39:15 "Pink Floyd: The Wall" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson was bullied into doing this podcast by Billy Bush.

"The Birth of a Nation," "The Girl on the Train," "Newtown" and "L.A. Confidential"

Oct 11, 2016 01:22:25

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One of the most controversial, and widely discussed (for a wide variety of reasons), movies of 2016 is Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation," so we dig in deep into that one. Then, we try to make heads or tails of Tate Taylor's "The Girl on the Train." Grierson hasn't seen "Newtown," but Leitch has, so he gives us the lowdown on the Sandy Hook documentary. Then, in our Reboot section, we discuss "L.A. Confidential." Director Curtis Hanson passed away away last month, so revisit and reflect upon his masterwork. Timestamps: 7:30 "The Birth of a Nation" 34:17 "The Girl on the Train" 47:02 "Newtown" 57:56 "L.A. Confidential" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson's the one that says just grab 'em in the biscuits.

"American Honey," "Deepwater Horizon," "Crisis in Six Scenes" and "Barry Lyndon"

Oct 4, 2016 01:14:29

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It's a busy movie week, and we're just getting warmed up: The Fall Movie Season is upon us, and there are big releases one right after another. And we kick off our podcast with "American Honey," which Tim says is one of the best movies of the year. (Will hasn't seen it, embarrassingly.) Then we dig into Peter Berg's "Deepwater Horizon," and, dabbling briefly in TV land, Woody Allen's "Crisis in Six Scenes." Then, in our reboot section, we talk in depth about one of Tim's favorite movies of all time: Stanley Kubrick's underappreciated masterpiece "Barry Lyndon." Suffice it to say, it's a step up from last week's "Shakes the Clown." Timestamps: 6:55 "American Honey" 13:50 "Deepwater Horizon" 29:30 "Crisis in Six Scenes" 50:55 "Barry Lyndon" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson wears water wings when he takes a bath.

"The Magnificent Seven," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Shakes the Clown"

Sep 27, 2016 01:03:25

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Denzel Washington is one of the most charismatic actors on the planet. But in the new "Magnificent Seven" remake, he looks extremely bored. It's a problem! Our keynote review this week is Antoine Fuqua's uninspired "The Magnificent Seven." Then, in our reboot section, we look at two movies about alcoholic children's performers. Exciting, right? First, we look at Robert Zemeckis' "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" Then, to double down, we explore Bobcat Goldthwait's "Shakes the Clown." Anything to serve our readers. Timestamps: 4:25 "The Magnificent Seven" 21:15 "Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 38:50 "Shakes the Clown" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson wears a helmet when he goes to the bathroom.

"Snowden," "Blair Witch" and "Bullitt"

Sep 20, 2016 01:04:04

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Hey, look, Oliver Stone has a movie about nefarious deeds from the American government, and there's a found footage horror film about the Blair Witch. It’s a very ‘90s episode of the Grierson & Leitch podcast as Will and Tim discuss the two big releases of the week: “Snowden,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, and “Blair Witch,” Adam Wingard’s sequel to the 1999 film. They also discuss what Grierson thought of the Toronto Film Festival. Then, in our Reboot section, Will and Tim chase each other down the streets of San Francisco as they delve into 1968’s “Bullitt.” Like every other human being who has seen that movie, they’ve been walking around pretending they’re Steve McQueen all week. Timestamps: 8:15 “Snowden” 27:35 “Blair Witch” 44:45 “Bullitt” We liked this one, and we even got some Drive-By Truckers in this one. We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson regularly milks farm animals but never uses his hands.

"Sully," "Body Heat" and "Teen Witch"

Sep 13, 2016 01:09:47

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"Sully" is not an "Angry Birds" sequel. It is about Sully Sullenberger: Airport Pilot. This week on the Grierson & Leitch podcast, Will and Tim discuss Clint Eastwood's "Sully," and whether you can make a movie about a flight that lasts 208 seconds. Then, in our Reboot section, we take a look at two hits from the '80s. First, from 1981, Lawrence Kasdan's "Body Heat," starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Mickey Rourke and a fantastic Ted Danson. Then we dig deep into '80s teen comedies by discussing 1989's "Teen Witch." A certain family member of Will's will be made very happy, or angry, by this one. Top that. Timestamps: 5:50 "Sully" 26:33 "Body Heat" 45:00 "Teen Witch" This is super fun show. We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson is a world champion competitive eater. His specialty is the turducken.

Toronto Film Festival Preview, "12 Monkeys" and "Escape From New York"

Sep 6, 2016 01:19:20

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The surest sign that the summer movie season is over and that Movies Are About To Get Serious is the Toronto Film Festival, the biggest American film festival and the unofficial start of the Oscar season. Grierson is about to leave for his ninth straight festival, so he talks to Will about the festival's strengths and weaknesses, the best films he's seen at the festival and what he's looking forward to this year. But that's not all! In their Reboot section, they look at sci-fi futuristic thrillers, 1995's "Twelve Monkeys" and 1981's "Escape From New York." Terry Gilliam and John Carpenter, two men who have never been in either of our kitchens. Timestamps: 6:30 Toronto Film Festival Preview 36:45 "12 Monkeys" 56:50 "Escape From New York" Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson is a never nude.

Summer Movie Wrapup, "Almost Famous" and "Garden State"

Aug 30, 2016 01:22:24

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Was this the worst summer movie season of the last decade, or longer? Signs point to yes! Will and Tim attempt to make sense of a dreary few months of movies with their End of Summer podcast, talking about their most and least favorite movies, their favorite performances, their biggest surprises and the great indies you missed. They also look forward to next summer, which ... might be better? Then, in their Reboot section, they look at two movies you loved when you were young: 2000's "Almost Famous" and 2004's "Garden State." Do they hold up? Listen to find out! Or listen just because silence is terrifying. Movie timestamps: 4:45 Summer Movie Wrapup 42:22 "Almost Famous" 58:25 "Garden State" Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson has no idea who Harambe even is.

"War Dogs," "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World" and "Breaking Away"

Aug 23, 2016 01:10:54

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After last week's mad dash of seven movies, we settle down a bit with just three. Will and Tim discuss Todd Phillips' "War Dogs" and debate Werner Herzog's "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World." Turns out: They disagree on both! Then, in their Reboot section, they dig into 1979 Midwestern cycling movie "Breaking Away." And they end up having an oddly incisive conversation about their shared hometown of Mattoon, Illinois. Movie Timestamps: 4:55 "War Dogs" 24:25 "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World" 38:17 "Ben-Hur" 47:07 "Breaking Away" Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson has a tattoo across his chest that says, "SECRETLY TERRIFIED." It's pretty badass!

"Pete's Dragon," "Sausage Party," "Hell or High Water," "Rear Window" and a Bunch of Other Movies

Aug 16, 2016 01:11:53

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Hey, it's Will and Tim! They are from Mattoon, Illinois, but only originally. Holy cow there were a LOT of noteworthy releases this past weekend: Six, in fact. There are only two, actually, that both Grierson and Leitch have seen, so they discuss "Pete's Dragon" and "Sausage Party." Grierson goes solo on Meryl Streep's "Florence Foster Jenkins," Jeff Bridges' "Hell or High Water" and Mel Gibson's "Blood Father," and Leitch does the same on baseball movie "Spaceman" but insists on pronouncing it like they do on "30 Rock." Then, in the Reboot section, they discuss a little-known indie from an unheralded upstart filmmaker when they dig into Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window." That's a lot of movies to cram into one podcast, and they fly through them. We hope there's still enough meat on the bones to make it worth your while. Movie Timestamps: 4:13 "Pete's Dragon" 17:23 "Sausage Party" 27:55 "Florence Foster Jenkins" 34:40 "Hell or High Water" 39:44 "Blood Father" 48:06 "Spaceman" 55:20 "Rear Window" Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson once killed a drifter. This probably isn't the best place to talk about this, but it feels good now that we've said it out loud.

"Suicide Squad," "Shallow Grave" and "Brick"

Aug 9, 2016 01:10:07

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Hey, it's Will and Tim! They write and talk about movies! This week: Are Will and Tim among those evil, paid-off-by-Marvel critics who think "Suicide Squad" is terrible? What'd they think when they revisited Danny Boyle's "Shallow Grave?" And if you're excited about the next "Star Wars" movie, it's the perfect time to revisit writer-director's Rian Johnson's first film "Brick." Movie Timestamps: 4:50 "Suicide Squad" 32:00 "Shallow Grave" 45:50 "Brick" Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Dirty secret: Grierson did this podcast dressed up like Harley Quinn. Again.

"Jason Bourne," "Quiz Show" and "Fletch"

Aug 2, 2016 59:27

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This week, Tim and Will tackle Paul Greengrass' and Matt Damon's return to the world of Jason Bourne with, well, "Jason Bourne." Also, in their Reboot section, they discuss Robert Redford's "Quiz Show" and both watch Chevy Chase's "Fletch" for the first time since its release 31 (!) years ago. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Now, let's all do a happy dance together.

"Star Trek Beyond," "Don't Think Twice" and "The Proposition"

Jul 26, 2016 53:28

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Will Leitch and Tim Grierson discuss "Star Trek Beyond," Justin Lin's take on the Trekkie universe, as well as Mike Birbiglia's improv comedy "Don't Think Twice." Also, in our reboot segment, we discuss John Hillcoat's "The Proposition," where Grierson finally comes to terms with his Danny Huston anger. Leitch got a little creative with the production of this one, which means both Lonely Island and Modest Mouse make cameos. Email us griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. We love you.

"Ghostbusters," "Cafe Society" and "Gattaca"

Jul 22, 2016 01:05:29

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Tim Grierson and Will Leitch discuss the big "Ghostbusters" movie everyone is talking about, as well as Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" and, in their Reboot section, Andrew Niccol's 1997 film "Gattaca." Also, Will makes an adjustment to his "best six films of the first half of 2016" list. Also, Will produced this podcast himself, so bear with him.

"The Secret Life of Pets" and "The BFG"

Jul 13, 2016 46:52

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This week, Grierson and Leitch discuss two family-friendly new releases: "The BFG" and "The Secret Life of Pets." For the Reboot: the early Coen brothers' "Miller’s Crossing," John Woo’s "Face/Off," and the baffling martial arts (and gymnastics?) cult hit, "Gymkata."

The Best Movies of 2016, So Far

Jul 6, 2016 42:48

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2016 is already halfway over, and chances are, you didn’t get to see all the movies you wanted. Tim and Will discuss their favorite 6 movies from the first 6 months of this year, so you know what to go searching for later on. The guys will be back next week with their regular slate of new movie reviews and Reboot discussions of old film classics.

"Independence Day," "The Neon Demon, "The Shallows," and More

Jun 29, 2016 48:16

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This week is chock full of new releases, including "Independence Day: Resurgence," "The Neon Demon," "The Shallows," "Free State of Jones," and "Swiss Army Man." For the Reboot: "The Rocketeer," a 1991 superhero film from Disney that recreates the Hollywood of the 1930’s.

"Finding Dory,” “Armageddon,” and "Road to Perdition”

Jun 22, 2016 43:39

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Pixar's sequel to its 2003 hit "Finding Nemo," starring Ellen DeGeneres as the eponymous blue tang. For the week Reboot: the 1998 Michael Bay blockbuster starring Ben Affleck as Oil Driller #2, Liv Tyler as Worry, and Murderous Asteroid as Itself; plus a 2002 crime drama starring Tom Hanks as Dark Tom Hanks.

“Warcraft," "Menace II Society," and "Being John Malkovich”

Jun 15, 2016 45:11

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The new summer movie inspired by a popular video game (spoiler: Will calls it “utter nonsense”), plus two Reboot reviews: the 1993 Hughes brothers story of the L.A. streets, and the 1999 surrealist comedy written by Charlie Kaufman.

"O.J.: Made in America,” “Popstar," and "John Wick”

Jun 8, 2016 50:18

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Ezra Edelman’s masterful 30 for 30 documentary on O.J. Simpson, The Lonely Island’s pop music mockumentary, and, for the weekly Reboot, a 2014 neo-noir cult action film starring Keanu Reeves.

"X-Men: Apocalypse," "Alice Through the Looking Glass," and "Midnight Run"

Jun 2, 2016 44:37

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Tim Grierson and Will Leitch battle it out over the latest X-Men installment, but they both agree that "Alice Through the Looking Glass" is truly a sequel that nobody asked for. The classic movie Reboot segment is back this week with Robert De Niro's comedic turn in "Midnight Run."

Cannes Recap, "Nice Guys,” and "Neighbors 2”

May 25, 2016 40:58

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Tim Grierson shares his best-and-worst list from the Cannes Film Festival; discussion of a feminist-y but ultimately uninspiring new Seth Rogen/Rose Byrne sequel, and a buddy cop film starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. The classic movie Reboot segment will be back in action next week.

"The Lobster," "Weiner," "Money Monster," and "The King of Comedy"

May 18, 2016 42:20

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An indie starring Colin Farrell as a man who must find a mate within 45 days or be transformed into an animal; a documentary on disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s run for the New York City mayorship; and a thriller directed by Jodie Foster and featuring a packed cast, including George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Weekly Reboot: one listener calls it "Scorsese’s most underrated film,” but the guys say they’ll be the judge of that. To hear your name on the show, leave a review on iTunes and include the name of a favorite movie at the end.

Cannes Film Festival, “Married to the Mob,” and “Casino Royale”

May 11, 2016 48:29

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Tim Grierson—along with a bevy of directors, models, movie stars, and critics—heads to the Cannes Film Festival in France this week. He and Will discuss the movies and roles they’re most excited to see, and what might win this year's Palme d’Or. Weekly Reboot: a 1988 gangster flick with a young Alec Baldwin, and the 2006 Bond movie starring Daniel Craig in his first turn as 007. If you want a movie you love to be selected for a reboot, leave a review on iTunes and include the name of that movie—it just might get picked.

"Captain America: Civil War," "Keanu," and a Summer Movie Preview

May 4, 2016 49:48

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The new Marvel movie starring Chris Evans as the eponymous captain; the affable action-comedy from Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and talk of the summer's big films. Highlights include: Donald Trump’s opposition to the all-women remake of Ghostbusters, Woody Allen’s movie-naming strategy, and a certain fish-finding flick that both kids and adults won’t want to miss.

“Elvis & Nixon,” “A Hologram for the King” "The Huntsman: Winter's War" and More

Apr 27, 2016 43:02

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A new release based on the famous 1970 meeting of Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley; Tom Hanks in the film adaptation of a Dave Eggers novel; and a Snow White sequel/prequel with Chris Hemsworth. In the weekly Reboot segment: a 1974 thriller starring Warren Beatty, and a 2011 hit directed by the nearly-flawless David Fincher.

"The Jungle Book," "Sing Street," "Green Room," and "Shawshank Redemption”

Apr 20, 2016 45:12

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A new take on Disney’s animated classic, an homage to British ‘80s music from the director of “Once,” and a punks v. neo-Nazis thriller. Then, for the weekly reboot: the 1994 “macho man-cry” that is “Shawshank Redemption."

"The Boss," "Hardcore Henry," "Louder Than Bombs," and "Stranger Than Paradise"

Apr 13, 2016 44:31

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Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy, a movie shot like a first-person video game, and an intimate drama from director Joachim Trier. Plus, for the weekly reboot, it's a 1984 absurdist film that's a perfect introduction to the world of independent cinema.

"Everybody Wants Some," "Shotgun Stories," and "Shattered Glass"

Apr 6, 2016 52:04

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Tim Grierson goes solo this week and reviews Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some." Plus, the guys look back at 2007's "Shotgun Stories," and an old favorite, "Shattered Glass."

"Batman v Superman," "Election," and "Field of Dreams"

Mar 29, 2016 42:58

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The guys review the new Batman/Superman movie, a.k.a. the "joyless slog," as Tim Grierson calls it. Plus, a special look back at Reese Witherspoon and Ferris Bueller—er, Matthew Broderick—in 1999's "Election," and Kevin Costner in one of the most beloved sports movies of all time (just in time for baseball season).

“Midnight Special,” Batman/Superman Rankings, and “Frank”

Mar 23, 2016 57:18

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A review of director Jeff Nichols' new movie starring Michael Shannon, a semi-definitive ranking of all the Batman and Superman movies, and a look at "Frank," the 2014 indie flick about a troubled musician wearing an enormous fake head.

"10 Cloverfield Lane" and "The Brothers Grimsby”

Mar 15, 2016 38:50

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The claustrophobia-inducing thriller starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s new action-comedy. Plus, a trip back to 1991, and the strange career of Kenneth Branagh.

"Knight of Cups," "Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot," "London Has Fallen," and Film Fest Favorites

Mar 9, 2016 39:20

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A dispatch from Missouri's True/False Film Fest, and discussion of Terrence Malick’s latest, the new Tina Fey movie, and a thriller/sequel starring Gerard Butler. Plus, a revisit to listener-suggested horror flick "Goodnight Mommy."

Oscars Recap, "Triple 9," and "Gods of Egypt”

Mar 2, 2016 36:19

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The highs and lows of the Academy Awards, reviews of Casey Affleck's new action movie and the comically awful "Gods of Egypt," and listener-suggested revisits to two classic films: "Goodfellas" and "Mean Girls."

'The Witch' and the Oscars

Feb 24, 2016 36:30

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A debate about the new horror film directed by Robert Eggers, and a conversation on the upcoming Academy Awards. Who will win? Will there be an upset for Best Picture? How will everyone address #OscarsSoWhite? And why do the Oscars still matter so much to us?

'Deadpool,' 'Zoolander 2,' and 'Where to Invade Next'

Feb 18, 2016 40:30

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The not-your-grandpa’s-comic-book-film starring Ryan Reynolds; the much-anticipated comedy sequel; and Michael Moore’s new take on the U.S.’s shortcomings.

'Hail Caesar!' and 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Feb 11, 2016 41:37

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The guys discuss the Coen brothers' new movie, as well as the film adaptation of a popular zombie fiction book.

The Best of Sundance

Feb 4, 2016 43:17

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The best movies from Sundance, the big project everyone is talking about, and why two films about the same tragedy are coming out this year.

The Importance of Being Michael Bay

Jan 20, 2016 01:05:06

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The premiere episode looks at the merits of “13 Hours” and the fallout from the Oscar nominations.

A Preview

Jan 16, 2016 01:58

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Tim Grierson and Will Leitch introduce their new film podcast from the New Republic. Come for the movie reviews, stay for the banter.