REPO MAN (1984)

The life of a repo man is intense, which is why we invited friend Toby Levers to join us to talk about Alex Cox’s punk rock satire Repo Man! We discuss the film’s influence and influences, as well as how it manages to mash together genres in a style all of its own, fashioning theContinue reading “REPO MAN (1984)”

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)

It is with clear eyes and love in our hearts that we dive into this classic football parable from the aughts with friend and returning guest Edward Lewis. We discuss the role of suffering in achievement, the paradox of youth, and the cycles that shackle us to our communities. We think about regret and expectation,Continue reading “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)”

TOP GUN (1986)

We stuff into a tiny F14 cockpit with Sean Burns (WBUR’s The ARTery) and fly into the danger zone to discuss why Top Gun is a sports film that forges a new American myth with dazzling imagery and zero subtlety. We consider the view that Tom Cruise is America’s son and get into the trenches with KellyContinue reading “TOP GUN (1986)”

IT FOLLOWS (2012)

Not to be downers, but, everything alive must die. This is something the kids from David Robert Mitchell’s devastating horror film must come to terms with, as they are stalked by a demonic entity that, no matter where they are, is constantly walking towards them. We sit down with Alison Willmore (Vulture / New YorkContinue reading “IT FOLLOWS (2012)”

NATIONAL TREASURE (2004)

We sit down with Nicolas Cage expert Keith Phipps (author of The Age of Cage) to discuss the second highest grossing film of Cage’s career (second only to its sequel). We consider the point at which this film lands in the arc of Cage’s career, and how he draws on his well of acting experienceContinue reading “NATIONAL TREASURE (2004)”

THE DA VINCI CODE (2003)

Have you ever wondered whether a famous painting contained a clue to a mystery that, once revealed, would upend the world as we know it? Well, you’re in luck because in this episode we dive into The Da Vinci Code with museum expert and curator Andrea Rosen! We explore the tough questions of whether toContinue reading “THE DA VINCI CODE (2003)”

COLLATERAL (2004)

Join us and Katie Walsh (LA Times, Miami Nice) for one night in L.A. as we journey through deserted streets with a meek cabbie dreamer (Jamie Foxx) and his assassin fare (Tom Cruise). We discuss cities and alienation, indecision and action, order and chaos, psychopaths and empaths, coyotes and subways. We gush about Cruise andContinue reading “COLLATERAL (2004)”

THE FIRST ANNUAL BLOBSCARS

Join us for a spoiler-free celebration of the very best films of 2021. We discuss our nominees and winners in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (non-gendered, pick 2), Best Supporting Actor (same thing), Best Score, Best Scene, and Most Overrated. Each film can win in only one category, so the stakesContinue reading “THE FIRST ANNUAL BLOBSCARS”

BASIC INSTINCT (1992)

Join us and Matt Belenky (Movie Talk Podcast) to dive headfirst into Paul Verhoven’s classic 90s erotic thriller! We try to figure out what happened and why, and then explore how the film dissolves boundaries between Sharon Stone / Catherine Trammell and Nick Curran / audience member. We consider the possibility that the film isContinue reading “BASIC INSTINCT (1992)”

TWILIGHT (2008)

What does it mean to say that a movie is so bad it’s good? Is Twilight (2008) such a movie? We sit down with Matt Strohl (Philosophy, University of Montana), author of the new book “Why It’s OK To Love Bad Movies”, to talk about what it means to love and appreciate the beauty ofContinue reading “TWILIGHT (2008)”

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