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Spread the Wealth, Worship the Leg, End the War

I couldn't let the postmortem on Oscar's 84th close without inviting my ol' podcast pals Katey, Nick and Joe to join me for one last conversation of the season. We ended up talking for over an hour. See we all share this "can't stop talking Oscar!" addiction and none of us will ever go to rehab. So you get the podcast in two parts. Part two tomorrow night.

Here's part one where we start goofy with Octavia Spencer's ubiquity and end all serious like (well, mostly) with Viola and Meryl. Join the conversation in the comments.

Topics include but are not limited to...

  • Octavia Spencer, Angelina Jolie
  • "Cut To Camera 3. No, Camera 4. Wait, Back to 2!"
  • Spreading the Wealth. What Did They Actually Love?
  • Billy Crystal's 9th Go-Round
  • Emma Stone vs. Anne Hathaway with a side of Jonah Hill
  • Red Carpet Reveals and Lead Actor Presentations
  • CLIPS! Commercial Breaks
  • Meryl & Viola and the Narrative vs. Performance Problem

You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the bottom of the post.

Post Oscar 84 Part 1


Podcast: Instant Reactions. Oscar Nomination Morning

Oscar Nomination Morning has always been like Christmas day to me. I sleep restlessly. I wake up early. I tear open my presence. When I first met Nick Davis ten years ago, we knew we were kindred spirits. It's also like that for him. In some ways it can be ever more exciting than Oscar Night since there's more to celebrate / complain about.

You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the bottom of the post.

Here's our instant reaction to the nominations! 

Nomination Morning


Podcast: One Last Golden Globe Gala!

You thought the Golden Globe festivities were over didn't you? Nope. There's one more left. It's time for the Film Experience Golden Globe Podcast. Katey, Nick, Joe and Nathaniel all met up for one last pre-nomination chat. We still don't agree on the movies but we all love the Globes unironically. It's always such a party. We're sad it's over!

You can download the podcast on iTunes or listen right here at the bottom of the post.

Topics include but are not limited to...

  • Crowd shots and nominee closeups.
  • The unintentional eroticism of the DeMille Award
  • Leonardo DiCaprio's tipping point.
  • Johnny Depp, Original Song and other Unnecessaries
  • Seating charts, surprise marriages
  • Calista and Harrison... and Harrison's earrings. 
  • No sloppy Globe seconds for Oscar.
  • Uggie up to his old tricks
  • What will happen with The Help at SAG?
  • Viola Davis vs. Meryl Streep, the problematic narrative
  • Octavia Spencer and David Fincher
  • Brad vs. George and Mr CrankyPants Joe Reid
  • Goodbyes

We'd love to hear your takes on any of the issues discussed in the comments.


One Last Golden Globe Gala


A Raggedy Oscar Podcast Reunion


The old team is back together momentarily. Clearly we need more time than 40 minutes to get into everything that's going on in the Oscar race so this one is a totally raggedy conversation... a la Margaret and Rampart, two films that are discussed.

So welcome back to Katey, Joe, Nick from Nathaniel, your host here at The Film Experience.

Topics include but are not limited to:
• Cooking tips from The Help
The Iron Lady and Streep's hard sell for the third Oscar
• Team Margaret and Team Rampart, two wildly underseen movies that share some intuitive storytelling and vivid ensemble work.
• Critical advocacy in the age of consensus
• The silly battle lines drawn between Hugo & The Artist
• Shailene Woodley and Nick's Descendants agnosticism.


Listen right here (works best with Firefox) or download from iTunes

Good Help, Bad Cops, Sudden Reunions


Nathaniel & Nick Circa 1986

Since Nathaniel has been gagging on Aliens and Peggy Sue Got Married for their 25th anniversary year and Nick has been revisiting Cannes 1986 in all its sidebar and competitive glory we opted to join forces for a special edition of the podcast, spinning off from the 1986 film year.

We're also discussing Robert Altman's Fool For Love (1985), why Aliens (1986) is superior to both Alien (1979) and the 1986 "Best Picture" Platoon (1986). We also dig into Oscar's Best Actress Lineup: Sigourney Weaver, Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek, Jane Fonda and the winner Marlee Matlin. And share our choices for best film of 1986. We both wimp out and go with ties. 

Revisiting 1986