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4 - Colette, First Man, A Star is Born

Nathaniel and Murtada discuss three new films

Colette is Born


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


9.14 The Lost Podcast / The Last Jedi

Nick Davis and Nathaniel R welcome their friend and fellow cinephile Teo Bugbee to the podcast. This podcast was lost in Nathaniel's recent move but was recorded right around Christmas. We're talking Star Wars The Last Jedi as well as the SAG Ensemble nominations (still appropriate to this weekend!)

The Last Jedi and SAG Casts


9.13 Oscar Race Check-In (Pre Globe/SAG Nominations)

Nathaniel, Katey, Nick and Joe reunite to worry about SAG & Globe nominations and share random thoughts on various Oscar races. 

Awards Season Kick Off


9.12 Lady Bird, The Shape of Water

Nick and Nathaniel meet to discuss two Best Picture hopefuls in all their humane glory

Shape of Lady Bird


Smackdown 1944 Gaslight, Since You Went Away, More...

a new smackdown covering the 1944 film year featuring Gaslight, Since You Went Away, Dragon Seed, and more...

Smackdown 44: Dragon Seed, Gaslight, etcetera



Nathaniel welcomes regular contributors Jose Solis and Murtada E to talk NYFF movies like Wonderstruck, Wonder Wheel, Last Flag Flying, BPM, Thelma and more... 

NYFF Highlights


9.9 Battle of the Sexes, Beach Rats, mother!

Nathaniel, Nick, Joe, and Chris discuss two movies heading out of theaters (Beach Rats and mother!) that you should catch while you can, and the new Battle of the Sexes film 

Battle of the Sexes