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 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 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 98: 13 Going on 30 and 2018's Rom-Com Renaissance

This week, Morgan and Gavia take a trip down memory lane by discussing the seminal classic 13 Going on 30 before assessing the current state of the rom-com. Films covered include Set It Up, Crazy Rich Asians, and To All The Boys I've Loved Before.

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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 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 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 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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Episode 75: Phantom Thread

This week, Morgan and Gavia dig into Paul Thomas Anderson's sumptuous masterpiece Phantom Thread. They discuss the film's magnificent costumes, its delectable use of food, how it compares to PTA's recent work, the wondrous Vicky Krieps, and the hungry boy.

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Episode 71: The Shape of Water

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss Gavia's favorite film of the year, Guillermo del Toro's new creature feature The Shape of Water. They consider its topical political resonances, its mishmash of genres, how it fits into del Toro's filmography, and Sally Hawkins' luminous performance.

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Episode 70: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This week, Morgan and Gavia duke it out over Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest, divisive installment in the Star Wars universe. Gavia is a fan; Morgan is frustrated. A disturbance in the Force!

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