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 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 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 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 51: Spider-Man: Homecoming

This week, Gavia and Morgan discuss the latest reboot of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Topics discussed include, but are not limited to, the film's refreshing teen spirit, Peter's similarities to Miles Morales, Tom Holland's boundless charm, and how it fits into the greater MCU and the superhero landscape as a whole.

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Episode 49: Wonder Woman

Morgan and Gavia return from a hiatus to discuss the blockbuster of the summer, Patty Jenkins' extended universe-saving Wonder Woman. Topics discussed include: how the film compares to other superhero origin stories, its refreshing earnestness, the pluses and minuses of the WWI setting, Gal Gadot and Chris Pine's winning charm, and the glorious sight of Robin Wright murdering a bunch of dudes.

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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 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 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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