Episode 47: Alien: Covenant

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss Alien: Covenant, the latest installment in Ridley Scott's ever-growing Alien franchise. Topics discussed include how blockbusters have changed in the last forty years, practical vs. digital effects, and the indelible pairing of Fassbender and Fassbender.

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Episode 45: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss the cult classic Romy and Michele's High School Reunion in honor of its twentieth anniversary. Topics include the film's refreshing narrative structure, its surreal costume design, and its celebration of ditziness.

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Episode 43: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

This week, Morgan and Gavia discuss Frank Capra's 1939 classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Topics include, but are not limited to, how the film's message reads today, that filibuster sequence, The Power of Jimmy Stewart, and why Jean Arthur can't catch a break.

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Episode 39: 2017 (2016?) Oscar Pod

Morgan and Gavia return to discuss the most important cultural event of the year... the Academy Awards. First, they run through likely winners (and deserving losers) in every category, from sound editing to best picture; then, they take reader questions. Happy Oscar watching!

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Episode 38: Jackie

In this week's episode, Morgan and Gavia discuss Pablo Larraín's new film Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy. Topics include the film's deviation from standard biopic structure, its relationship with history (and what it says about history), Natalie Portman's performance, Mica Levi's score, and why female-led films don't do better at the Oscars.

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Episode 37: Yuri on Ice

This week, Gavia and Morgan finally discuss what is truly Gavia's pop culture obsession of the moment: the figure skating anime that has taken the world by storm, Yuri on Ice. Topics include the show's relationship to real-life figure skating culture and technique, its thoughtful depiction of anxiety, its multiple narrators, and more.

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Episode 36: Sherlock, Series 4

This week, Gavia and Morgan dive into the latest (and last?) season of the BBC's tarnished crown jewel, Sherlock. When did the show go south, and how? Is a text affair a real affair or not (answer: yes)? And, most pressingly, will Steven Moffat ever write a plausible female character again (answer: no)?

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Episode 35: Assassin's Creed

Morgan and Gavia start 2017 off with a bang with a full-throated endorsement of the Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard vehicle Assassin's Creed. Topics discussed include: sensible office-wear, Patsy Cline, Google Maps inside your brain, Jeremy Irons doing his Jeremy Irons thing, and, of course, parkour.

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Episode 34: Passengers

In their last episode of the year, Morgan and Gavia ruminate on Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence's sci-fi romance Passengers, the best-worst film of the year. Questions include: How did this happen? Does Chris Pratt know he's playing a psychopath? Why does Jennifer Lawrence's skin look like that? Has Morten Tyldum ever watched a movie set in space before? And so on, and so forth.

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Episode 32: American Psycho

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss Mary Harron's 2000 cult classic American Psycho. Topics discussed include the book's checkered history, the film's depiction of violence, Christian Bale's beautiful shiny face, the film's relationship with Fight Club, and why having a woman director really does matter.

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Episode 30: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss the enjoyable but flawed first installment in the new Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Topics include the movie's worldbuilding, its problems with race, Colin Farrell's suits, and the future of the franchise.

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Episode 29: Arrival

In this week's episode, Gavia and Morgan discuss the new sci-fi hit Arrival, a rare non-franchise entry into 2016's blockbuster lineup. Topics discussed include how the film steers clear of alien invasion cliches, the pleasures of a brainy female protagonist, and the effect of the election on pop culture.

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