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Sunday
Nov252018

10 - The Favourite, Creed 2, and Shoplifters

Three new films in theaters for Thanskgiving. Nathaniel, Murtada, and Nick Davis discuss

The Favourite, Shoplifters, Creed 2

Sunday
Nov182018

9 - Widows, Green Book, and Best Supporting Actor

A rave for Widows, mixed feelings about Green Book, and Oscar's up in the air Supporting Actor category

Widows and Green Book

Tuesday
Nov132018

8 - El Angel, The Front Runner, Best Screenplay Oscar Race 

Nathaniel & Murtada go to the movies (and Broadway) and talk Oscar appeal for the writer's branch

The Front Runner, El Angel

Sunday
Nov042018

7 - Bohemian Rhapsody, Boy Erased, Best Actor Race

Nathaniel, Murtada, and Chris discuss the best actor race and two new films 

Bohemian Erasure

Tuesday
Oct302018

6 - The Hate U Give, Burning, Border, Suspiria

Nathaniel & Murtada want you to see every movie basically. 

The Hate U Give, Border, Burning

Tuesday
Oct232018

5 -Can You Ever Forgive Me, Beautiful Boy?

Nathaniel & Murtada catch up on a ton of Oscar contenders this week 

Can You Forgive Beautiful Boys?

Tuesday
Oct162018

4 - Colette, First Man, A Star is Born

Nathaniel and Murtada discuss three new films

Colette is Born

Monday
Aug202018

3 - Crazy Rich Asians, Glenn Close, and I Feel Pretty

Crazy Rich Asians discussed at length. Plus a bit on Glenn Close's Oscar campaign, I Feel Pretty, and Madeline's Madeline. Plus a few notes on older films: Your NameTravels With My Aunt, and The Damned. With Nathaniel R, Nick Davis, and Murtada Elfadl.

Crazy Rich Podcast

Friday
Aug172018

2 - BlacKkKlansman. Plus Oscar's "Popular Achievement" Shenanigans

Spike Lee's new joint BlacKkKlansman is discussed. Also: Oscar's recent "Popular Achievement" prize news and The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

BlacKkKlansman and Oscar News

Monday
Aug062018

1 - Eighth Grade and M: I - Fallout

Nathaniel and Murtada discuss Bo Burnham's delightful Eighth Grade and the blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Eighth Grade

Sunday
Jul292018

Smackdown '43 Companion

WW II flick So Proudly We Hail and Best Picture nominees The Song of Bernadette, Watch on the Rhine and For Whom the Bell Tolls discussed by our panel:  Yaseen Ali (cinephile), Kristen Lopez (critic), Rebecca Pahle (critic), Kieran Scarlett (screenwriter) and Nathaniel R (your host).

Smackdown 1943

Monday
Jun252018

Smackdown '94 Vol 2: Pulp Fiction's Seismic Splash. "Ha!"

In the Smackdown finale the panel discusses Jennifer Tilly in Bullets Over Broadway and the cultural impact of Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction Over Broadway

Sunday
Jun242018

Smackdown '94 Vol 1: Miramax Moviemaking and Split Actress Opinions

The Madness of King George and Tom and Viv are discussed by our 1994 panel in the first half of the companion podcast for the 1994 Supporting Actress Smackdown 

The Madness of King George, Tom & Viv

Thursday
Jun212018

2018 Catch-Up: Disobedience and Tully

The Podcast will be back to weekly soon. Until then here's Nick and Nathaniel catching up two 2018 films they loved and a few they didn't. 

Disobedience, Tully

Monday
May142018

Smackdown '70 Pt 1: MASH and Airport 

Nathaniel welcomes Bobby Rivers, Lena Houst, Denise Grayson, Dan Callahan and Mark Blankenship to discuss the Supporting Actress nominees of 1970 and their hit films. In part one we talk the mega-hit disaster epic Airport and Robert Altman's war comedy MASH. They were both so popular they inspired franchises, one with sequels, the other with a long-running TV series. 

SAS 70 - MASH and Airport

Sunday
May132018

Smackdown '70 Part 2: The Landlord and Five Easy Pieces

The panel discusses the forgotten Hal Ashby gem The Landlord and its rich cast and Karen Black and other actresses in the Jack Nicholson drama Five Easy Pieces

SAS 70 - Landlord and Five Easy Pieces

Tuesday
Mar132018

9.18 Oscar Afterglow with First Hand Witness!

On the final podcast of the season, Nick shares his adventure at the Oscar ceremony with Katey and Nathaniel. 

Nick's Oscar Adventure

Tuesday
Feb272018

9.17 Smackdown Companion: The Shape of Phantom Billboards

For this month's Smackdown (read here) we looked at the supporting actress nominees: Octavia, Mary, Lesley, Laurie and Allison. For the companion podcast, special guests Candice Frederick, Erica Mann, Kevin P O'Keefe, Andrew Carden and Chris Feil joined Nathaniel to talk about the Best Picture nominees and supporting performances that weren't nominated. 

Smackdown 17 Best Picture and Supporting Actresses

Tuesday
Feb202018

9.16 Oscar Potpourri: Animation, Foreign, Best Director, and Fun With Stats

Katey, Joe, Nick and Nathaniel have a very loose conversation about what they've been watching lately to prepare for Hollywood's big night. 

Preferential Ballots and Last Minute Screenings

Sunday
Feb182018

9.15 Black Panther (plus under the radar gems)

It's a two-act podcast. First Black Panther with Nick, Katey and Nathaniel. Then a deleted scene from the last podcast as Nick, Teo Bugbee and Nathaniel discuss under loved gems from last year that they hope people will check out on streaming. 

Black Panther and Streaming Gems