Episode 118: Captain Marvel

This week, Morgan and Gavia weigh the merits (or lack thereof?) of Marvel Studios' first woman-led film, Captain Marvel. They evaluate it against other Marvel origin stories, critique its use of amnesia as a plot device, appreciate performances from Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, and more.

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Episode 116: 2019 Oscars Recap

This week, Morgan and Gavia recap the 2019 Oscar ceremony, first reviewing the telecast itself, then breaking down frustrating wins for Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, and finally celebrating some ceremony highlights including Spike Lee and Olivia Colman.

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Episode 115: Russian Doll

This week, Gavia and Morgan dive into Netflix's new hit show Russian Doll, starring co-creator Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett. They discuss the show's many allegorical interpretations, its superlative depiction of New York, the different ways we watch television today, and the novelty of Lyonne's exceptional performance.

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Episode 114: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss Marielle Heller's Oscar-nominated film Can You Ever Forgive Me? Topics include the rare book world, Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant's marvelous performances, the film's depiction of nineties New York, and its depiction of queer friendship.

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Episode 113: Velvet Buzzsaw

This week, Morgan and Gavia consider Netflix's new art world satire/horror flick Velvet Buzzsaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Toni Collette (among others) and directed by Dan Gilroy. They evaluate its success as satire of the art world, critique its use of horror tropes, and compare it to other recent entries in the art satire genre.

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Episode 112: Velvet Goldmine

This week, Morgan and Gavia go deep on one of their favorite films of all time: Todd Haynes' glam rock cult classic Velvet Goldmine. They reflect on their personal history with the film, contextualize its many historical and artistic references, discuss the role that fandom plays in the film, and sing the praises of all four central performances, including Christian Bale and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

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Episode 111: Our Top 10 Films of 2018

This week, Morgan and Gavia reflect on the year in film and share their personal lists for the top 10 movies of 2018, and look forward to the year to come. Films include The Favourite, Roma, A Star Is Born, and many more.

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Episode 110: Muppet Treasure Island

This week, in a special Patreon-sponsored episode, Gavia and Morgan revisit a popular childhood favorite, Muppet Treasure Island. They discuss the film's close adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, its relationship to other Muppet media, the evolution of children's movies, and the genius of Tim Curry.

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Episode 109: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This week, Morgan and Gav effuse over the best superhero movie in recent memory, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. They consider its position in the superhero canon, its relationship to comicbook structure and aesthetics, its remarkable visual style, and exciting voice performances by Shameik Moore and Jake Johnson.

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Episode 108: Twilight

This week, Gavia and Morgan watch the (sort of) iconic vampire film Twilight (2008) for the first time. They discuss the film as a cultural phenomenon, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's questionable performances and subsequent career success, suburban vampire mythology, sparkles, and more.

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Episode 107: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

This week, Morgan and Gavia discuss the long-running cult sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which just wrapped up its record-setting thirteenth season. They consider the show as a whole, pick favorite episodes, and effuse over its stellar thirteenth season finale.

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Episode 103: Halloween Special: Interview with the Vampire

To celebrate Halloween, Gavia and Morgan take a trip to the nineties to watch Neil Jordan's classic vampire flick Interview with the Vampire. They discuss Brad Pitt's wig, Tom Cruise's commitment to the cause, all that sexual tension, and much more.

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Episode 102: NYFF/LFF 2018: The Favourite and More

Here is the first installment of a two-part conversation about this year’s New York and London Film Festivals. Morgan and Gavia highlight some of the best (and worst) films they saw at this year’s festival, including Yorgos Lanthimos’ Oscar-bound The Favourite, Cannes sensation Burning, the Coen Brothers’ new film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and more. Part two (featuring an in-depth look at Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma) to follow.

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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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