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Podcast: 22 Jump... Streep

The gangs all back to talk new releases. We ride along with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson as they drive through post-apocalyptic Australian in The Rover, laugh with the abortion romcom Obvious Child, and share thoughts on two huge sequels to movies that all four of us loved a couple of years ago  (How To Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street). Is the love still strong?

Naturally we also talk Meryl Streep since we recorded on her birthday. Expect the usual tangents... somehow Kerry Washington and Maleficent show up (among other weird intrusions).

53 minutes
00:01 Intro & Meryl Streep's Birthday
02:20 David Michôd's The Rover
09:00 How To Train Your Dragon 2
18:15 Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill and "The Ice Cube" in 22 Jump Street
31:30 Obvious Child
41:35 Katey's 2004 List (shout-out to last week)
45:55 Our Favorite Meryl's

You can listen at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes (though sometimes it takes a day to show up there). Continue the conversation in the comments because, you know, we're allowed to have different opinions and the more the merrier.


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Reader Comments (18)

nathaniel. my dear. i love you more than anything. but why give a specific date for oscar chart updates when you *never* (literally never) actually manage to complete them by that date? i say this with love: maybe don't make promises anymore? just say updates are coming eventually rather than building up excitement in your readers just for said excitement to inevitably come crumbling down.

June 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercarlton

Another great podcast! This one was really funny to me.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Yay, you guys are great, but I was missing Katey.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpaco.

Yes, this was an especially funny podcast. I loved Nick's breakdown…and all that for The Rover!
My favorite Streep's performance is not on film, but it is her quadruple work in Angels in America. When she played the mother, she was simple, unfussy and then she could let all her technique play a larger role in the angel, ghost and male characters. I think every Meryl Streep movie should have her play more than one role, so she could balance it out a little more. How much better of a movie Julie and Julia would have been if Meryl had played both parts? Or in August: OC, she could have played Violet AND Barbara! Or the mother AND the dingo. These movies would have been so much more interesting!

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Goodbar

I'll never understand how people can find even two minutes worth of good, palatable acting in Julie and Julia. Nor can I understand how, after forgiving/praising years and years of cartoons and gorgons, a lot of these same people suddenly decided to turn on Streep when she finally turned in a multi-layered (and sure, theatrical, but for once, justifiably so) performance in August Osage County.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergoran

@Mr. Goodbar--Lol at "the mother and the dingo"

My favorite Meryl is Postcards From The Edge, both my favorite performance from her and maybe my favorite movie? But I love Silkwood too. Also loved the Obvious Child talk--it's just as nice to listen when you all disagree as it is when you do agree.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTB

As for favorite Streep performance, my brain says Sophie's Choice but my heart says Death Becomes Her.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

22 Jump Streep!

I love that! *lol*
Having seen Sophie's Choice just yesterday to honor her majesty my three thoughts about it still remain the same:
1. unbelievable haunting performance->still my No.1 of what I've seen of BA winners so far
2. unbelievable depressing movie I'm only able to watch every five years, but I've just discovered german legend actress Katharina Thalbach played one of Sophie's fellow polish friends!
3. unbelievable that Kevin Kline was not nominated for his smashing turn as Nathan *ugh*

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

I can't choose between Out of Africa and The Devil Wears Prada.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

On Obvious Child, I like all the points the team made in defending the movie, or rather, justifying its specialness. However, I'm with Nathaniel on this one. I like it that it got made and the fact Slate was given an opportunity to showcase her unique brand of humor (I think her Mona Lisa in Parks & Rec is a hilarious creation, not to mention Marcel). With all the positives the movies has, I just couldn't help but think it has a very similar tone to what Louis CK is doing with his show, which loses points in originality for me. I think Joe is right that is not a "wow" kind of movie, but I would have respected it more if it had aimed for "wow". Also, my audience at the Angelika suffered from a severe case of COTTRS (Collective Over-the-Top Reaction Syndrome). I didn't realize there was going to be a Q&A with Slate and the director. I guess the audience thought they were in the room and wanted to please them - or maybe they were family members. it was so distracting.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Goodbar

Lovely podcast.
And Nick, you never have to watch The Rover again! Isn't that lovely? I mean, it's not like it'll get a supporting actress nod and you'll have to watch it in the future for a smackdown. :p

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

The brief turn into Monty Python by Nathaniel and Nick had my crying with laughter. So good.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianZ


1 - Silkwood
2 - The bridges of Madison county
3 - The devil wears prada
4 - Kramer vs Kramer
5 - Sophie's Choice


1 - Marvin's Room
2 - August Osage County
3 - Death Becomes Her
4 - Plenty
5 - One True Thing

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

I have The Seduction of Joe Tynan,and Harris who really is unsung in the 70's but she should have had at least a Maggie Gyllenhall type nod for this film and I'm not saying she is bad in her film but it woulda been a nice nod to say sorry we forgot you.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

I rally agree with MArk's two top 5's

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrick

Oh, I love a good Iron Lady joke...
My favorite Meryl include Silkwood, Prairie Home and Adaptation - and part of that is that the movies themselves are so good, so I revisit them.
I have a soft spot for her in Postcards, though, which isn't such a good movie, and I don't think many actresses could have made that part work as well.

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

I do love the podcasts, but just wish that there was less use of the word 'like.'

June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobMiles

I lost it when Nick lost it. "I hated it. Hated it. I HAAATEDDDD ITTTTT SO MUUUUUUCH."

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercaroline

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