Episode 101: Maniac

This week, Gavia and Morgan go down the rabbit hole of Maniac, the new genre-bending Netflix series from director Cary Fukunaga. They puzzle over the strange casting of Jonah Hill opposite Emma Watson, discuss the success (or failure) of the show's genre pastiches, and bask in the comic genius of Sonoya Mizuno and Justin Theroux.

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Episode 100: A Star Is Born

This week, Morgan and Gavia go deep on the internet meme-turned-critical sensation-turned box office hit A Star Is Born. Topics discussed include the film's use of music, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's sterling performances, and how nice it is to just watch a movie about feelings for a change.

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Episode 95: Mission: Impossible - Fallout

This week, Morgan and Gavia dive into the summer's best action movie, the gloriously high-octane Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Questions posed include: How is Tom Cruise still living and breathing? Is this really the best action flick since Mad Max: Fury Road? And was Henry Cavill's mustache worth it in the end?

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Episode 91: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

This week, Gavia and Morgan continue their epic rewatch of the Star Wars prequel trilogy with the decidedly underwhelming Attack of the Clones. They discuss the film's thin plot, its outdated visual effects, and most of all... that bad romance.

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Episode 87: The Terror

This week... a fight! Gavia and Morgan go in on AMC's limited series The Terror, an Arctic exploration horror-drama show designed to make Gav happy and Morgan annoyed. They discuss how the show compares to other explorer fiction, the insanity of the Victorians, whether or not horror can work on television, and all those old white men.

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Episode 85: The Social Network

This week, Morgan and Gavia travel back in time to revisit David Fincher's 2010 biopic of Mark Zuckerberg, "The Social Network." They assess how the film has aged, its near-total divergence from the actual history of Facebook's early years, and Andrew Garfield's Bambi eyes.

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Episode 84: The Phantom Menace

At long last... Gavia and Morgan revisit the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, courtesy of a very generous Patreon subscriber. Topics discussed include: the greatness of Liam Neeson, the terribleness of George Lucas' dialogue, and what on earth is going on with Jar Jar Binks.

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Episode 82: Pacific Rim

This week, Gavia and Morgan are joined by culture writer Sulagna Misra for a discussion of Guillermo del Toro's fan favorite blockbuster Pacific Rim. They reflect on the film's success as a smart-dumb blockbuster, its elaborate world building, the mesmerizing woodenness of Charlie Hunnam, and how sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising stacks up to the original.

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Episode 81: Elementary

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss CBS's long-running Sherlock Holmes procedural Elementary, a topic chosen by Patreon subscribers. They compare the show to other Holmes adaptations, express their admiration for its central cast, and bemoan the state of mainstream Hollywood. [This episode focuses on the finale of Elementary's first season.]

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Episode 80: Annihilation

This week, Gavia and Morgan dive into the mesmerizing world of Annihilation, the trippy new science fiction film from director Alex Garland. They discuss the film's frustrating distribution (or lack thereof), how it stacks up against Garland's other work and other science fiction classics, and What It All Means.

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Episode 79, Black Sails, Part I

This week, Gav is joined by guest hosts Elizabeth Minkel and Natasha Simonova for a very special episode about the pirate drama Black Sails. We explore the historical and literary themes of the show, including its similarities to 17th century Revenge Tragedy, and what "historical fiction" actually means. Spoiler warning: We cover all four seasons, so this is mostly aimed at Black Sails fans rather than new viewers!

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Episode 77: Black Panther

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss Marvel's latest hit, the record-breaking Black Panther. Topics include the film's thrilling visuals, its departure from traditional superhero storytelling, its excellent women, and... The Lion King?

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