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Saturday
Aug032019

32 - Once Upon a Time ... in Listener Questions

Murtada and Nathaniel talk Quentin Tarantino's new picture Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and answer listener questions about "the next Nicole Kidman," Brad Pitt's best, Sharon Tate's legacy, and more. 

Once Upon a Time...

Sunday
Jul212019

31 - Smackdown of 1960: Psycho, Elmer Gantry, etc...

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and four other movies competing in the Best Supporting Actress race of 1960 are discussed by this month's panel which features writer/director Leslye Headland, book writer Peter Duchan, and critics Kyle Turner, Murtada Elfadl, and Nathaniel R.

Smackdown 1960 - Psycho and more

Sunday
Jul072019

30 - MidSommar and Wild Rose

Nathaniel, Murtada, and Chris discuss Ari Aster's new Swedish pagan horror film MidSommar and the actressy music drama Wild Rose

MidSommar & Wild Rose

Tuesday
Jun252019

29 - Late Night, American Woman, Toy Story 4, and Last Black Man In...

Nathaniel and Murtada discuss four new movies

Late Night in San Francisco with an American Woman

Thursday
Jun202019

28 - 'Smackdown 2001, the conversation

A lively discussion of the 2001 Oscar race and the performances of Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly, and Kate Winslet in Gosford Park, In the Bedroom, A Beautiful Mind, and Iris. Nathaniel welcomes special guest panelists for the discussion: Valerie Complex, Shane Slater, Erik Anderson, and Joe Reid. 

Smackdown 2001

Wednesday
Jun052019

27 - Rocketman, Booksmart, Ma, Diamantino, Drama Desk Awards 

Nathaniel and Murtada on four new films and the Tony precursors, the Drama Desk Awards. 

Rocketman, Booksmart, Ma

Sunday
May192019

26 - The Hustle, Poms, Souvenir, and Under the Silver Lake

An old lady cheering squad, an affair gone wrong, a sunny noir, and a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels this week on the podcat

Poms and The Hustle

Sunday
Apr282019

25 - 'Smackdown '72, the conversation

Nathaniel welcomes special guests Donna Lynne Champlin, Kathy Deitch, Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke and Eric Blume to discuss the 1972 Best Supporting Actress Oscar race and the wacky movies attached to it. 

Smackdown Companion 1972

Sunday
Apr212019

24 - Listener Questions: Cannes, Oscar, and Summer Movies

Nathaniel and Murtada answer a round of reader questions and talk Best Actress 1962, favourite Cannes winners, all-time great stars, and fond summer movie memories.

LIstener Questions: Cannes and More

Monday
Apr152019

23 - Diane, Sauvage/Wild, and High Life

Claire Denis new film High Life discussed as well as Mary Kay Place as Diane and a new french film Sauvage/Wild. We also talk about the current Broadway season. 

Sauvage Diane

Tuesday
Apr092019

22 - Us, Dumbo, Beach Bum, and Gloria Bell

Four new films discussed with Murtada, Chris, and Nathaniel.

Gloria Bell, Dumbo, Us

Sunday
Mar032019

21 - The Oscar Afterglow? Plus: Isabelle Huppert in "Greta"

Nathaniel, Murtada, and Nick wonder what history will make of the 91st Academy Awards where Green Book took Best Picture, Olivia Colman bested Glenn Close, and there was no host. 

The Oscar aftermath

Thursday
Feb212019

20 - Oscar Winner Prediction Finale

With just a few days until the Oscars, Nathaniel, Murtada, and Nick debate who might win in each category. 

Oscar Predictions Finale

Tuesday
Feb192019

19 - Smackdown 2018 Companion

Nathaniel welcomes a guest panel to talk about Oscar's current Best Supporting Actress race and how they fared in their roles and might have fared in each others. We also name our Best Picture preferences. 

Smackdown: Amy, Marina, Regina, Emma & Rachel

Wednesday
Feb062019

18 - Sundance, Guilds, and Oscar's Self-Destructive Season

Murtada and Nathaniel talk Sundance winners, recent guild awards, and the utterly idiotic self-hating moves that the Academy has been making as we head to Oscar night. 

Sundance Glory and Oscar Doom

Friday
Jan252019

17 - Special Episode: Fresh Oscar Noms Discussion

Murtada, Nick, and Nathaniel discuss this week's Oscar nominations. 

Oscar Nomination Discussion

Sunday
Jan202019

16 - Special Episode: All Reader Questions!

Murtada and Nathaniel answer your questions about the Oscar race, and other cinematic adventures 

Reader Questions January 20th, 2019

Monday
Jan142019

15 - What we've been watching and Oscar's fifth spot

Nathaniel, Murtada, and Nick talk movies they're catching up with or rewatching and a lot of confusing Oscar races where the fifth spot is up for grabs.

Sorry to Bother You With These Confusing Oscar Races

Wednesday
Jan022019

14 - Destroyer, On the Basis of Sex, and the Oscar Shortlists

Nathaniel, Chris, and Murtada discuss Oscar finalist and the last few contenders of the year. 

On the Basis of Sex, Destroyer

Monday
Dec242018

13 - Aquaman, Cold War, Mary Poppins, The Spider-Verse

Four new films discussed by Nathaniel, Murtada, and Chris

Into the Poppins Verse