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Welcome to the podcast where I force my mom to watch the movies I like. Who hasn't always dreamed of stealing the remote? Write in at, find us on Facebook or tweet us at @RemoteStealing!

Welcome to the podcast where I force my mom to watch the movies I like. Who hasn't always dreamed of stealing the remote? Write in at, find us on Facebook or tweet us at @RemoteStealing!
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Welcome to the podcast where I force my mom to watch the movies I like. Who hasn't always dreamed of stealing the remote? Write in at, find us on Facebook or tweet us at @RemoteStealing!






Episode 25 - Girl (2018)

After an unplanned hiatus, we return with a movie nobody has heard of: Lukas Dhont’s Girl! We discuss the casting controversy while I’m breathing heavily from running up and down a single flight of stairs before recording, Mom remembers the music video for Wrabel’s “The Village”, I start ranting about the writer-director in a monologue that will go down in this podcast’s history as the longest time I’ve gone on uninterrupted, and we go through every problematic scene, as well as the ones we...


Episode 24 - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Back for another comic book movie, I lure Mom in with promises of Colin Firth without spoiling/warning that he violently kills dozens of people! In our episode on Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service we talk for a bit about my mom’s legs, she confuses the first scene for the second scene and vice versa, and I rely completely on what she tells me about Pygmalion; the Shaw play, not the myth, as there are decidedly fewer statues to fall in love with. Somehow, we briefly mention Donald...


Episode 23 - X-Men (2000)

We make our triumphant return to form with a superhero film that requires me to explain the history of the genre in order to make Mom understand this wasn’t actually that mediocre for the time it was released: Bryan Singer’s X-Men! Having been on vacation to Israel, where we visited Yad Vashem, we get into our happiest episode yet, as we extensively discuss the Holocaust and when it is appropriate to use that as character motivation, especially in the case of a Jewish villain. We also...


Episode 22 - Trainspotting (1996)

We’re back with a movie that’s my own age! We explain where we’ve been for a month – the answers are disappointing, I assure you – and dive into Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. We earned the Explicit rating on this one. Mom brags about her memory and recalls her high school students watching this wholly appropriate film about heroin, while I mistake the amount of boys in my elementary school for the amount of girls (trust me, it was relevant in the context of the episode) and forget everything...


Episode 21 - The Avengers (2012)

Welcome back to your regularly scheduled episode where Effie is in charge! (Well, almost regularly scheduled.) Mom talks about our recording time for a bit, as well as those other Avengers you may have heard about, and her childhood Halloween dreams from before Halloween was a thing here. The word coiffure gets thrown around, so on behalf of Mom: please excuse her French. More apologies are also issued about her English – feel free to let her know she’s doing fine, by the way – as well as a...


Episode 20 - Doctor Zhivago (1965)

It’s Mom’s turn again in this episode! We know she promised a funnier film, but what you got is David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago. After joking around about Mom’s new boyfriend wrecking our recording schedule, we get into the credits, the music, and the general handsomeness of Omar Sharif. We discuss some Russian history, Boris Pasternak, and whatever a Stadtpalais is in German. Also included is a short reminder on what a stepsister actually is and whether or not you should fuck, marry or kill...


Episode 19 - Children of Men (2006)

This time we discuss Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, yet another dystopian vision of the future, because the ultimate goal of this podcast, as it turns out, is to depress Mom. She shares some childhood memories and we conclude I am a likeable person. Mom drags in Son of Man, Soylent Green, and Sophie's Choice and I try to understand how films I've never heard of are related to the subject matter at hand. She gushes over some of the actors she loves that are in this film, albeit for a short...


Episode 18 - Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

This week we get around to Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the most expensive arthouse sequel ever! I was suffering from a sore throat and had no voice after a night out; don’t worry, I edited out most of the painful coughing I had to deal with. We try to remember what the Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner was about (something something what is humanity), talk about whether or not Harrison Ford is a replicant (it’s probably just his character), and trail off to a Dutch play about...


Episode 17 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Welcome back for our episode about Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri! If in your culture it’s still acceptable to wish you a happy New Year in February, happy New Year; if not, have a nice Tuesday, I guess. After putting our New Year’s resolution out there to upload more consistently from now on, we venture into remembering what our target audience even was. Don’t worry, we still spoil basically everything, so figured we’re not suddenly aiming at people who haven’t...


Episode 16 - Thor (2011) & Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Today mom and I discuss Kenneth Branagh’s Thor and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger! After the shortest coming out I’ve ever done, given how there’s no room for asking questions immediately in this one-way street of a medium, we dive into the local weather. In our end segment What Did We See Without Being Forced?, we talk about A Ghost Story, Suburbicon, Bordertown, The Punisher, and Murder on the Orient Express. Mom confuses a friend’s cat named Floki for Loki and I assume...


Episode 15 - Justice League (2017)

Right on time for our latest episode, Zack Snyder’s (or let’s be real, Joss Whedon’s) Justice League is finally here! I took my mom along for my third viewing and we’re here to give our opinions: mom was glad that she liked one of my comic book movies again, but didn’t know what she signed up for, as I have a lot of issues to work through with this film. In a truly legendary role reversal of our usual good cop-bad cop, I ask mom about her overall thoughts before explaining the troubled...


Episode 14 - Batman Begins (2005)

In this episode we finally get to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins! That is to say, after we talk about protecting your children from scary movies, my little brother’s school trip, and our own future traveling. We also confuse Mr. Bean and Johnny English, try to make sense of Batman’s “no killing” rule, mom insults Cillian Murphy’s face for a bit, we review Morgan Freeman’s beer commercial, and look forward to the guy from Brokeback Mountain in the next installment. I try to explain the...


Episode 13 - The Incredible Hulk (2008) & Iron Man 2 (2010)

We continue the MCU with Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, and as if mom didn’t have a hard enough time trying to remember two films she slept through parts of, she’s also getting sick. To cheer her up, I try to explain comic connections and tell her trivia about the productions of the just-okay part of Marvel’s Phase One, before we delve into Andrés Muschietti’s It, Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, Stephen Frears’ Victoria and Abdul, and Matthew Vaughn’s...


Episode 12 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) (2001)

We get started on The Lord of the Rings epic with Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring! First I had to say sorry for misrepresenting the movie I showed Mom, then we recap all our experiences with The Hobbit trilogy and the Harry Potter octology for some reason. A friend of mine is with us in spirit, even if she didn’t want to actually be on the show to profess her love for the books in English. Mom recommends Edgar Allan Poe to me, mentions Predator out of nowhere, we argue about...


Episode 11 - Iron Man (2008)

We finally tackle a Marvel movie, starting off with the MCU and therefore Jon Favreau’s Iron Man! As we discuss the film that kicked off the cinematic universe craze, I struggle to keep mom from switching to other films she happens to have seen before the end of the episode and ultimately fail, we discuss ancient technology from the eighties and of course the whining of Pepper Potts. Part of the recording started to skip part of every sentence, so you’re missing out on our opinions on the...


Episode 10 - Stand By Me (1986)

As mom gets to host her first episode, she steals the remote to make me watch Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me! She also assumes “an Android” is just as clear of a description as “an iPhone” for listeners who want to know what kind of phone she has, doesn’t appreciate my synopsis of the film, calls me negative for calling something the film doesn’t even do “bad writing”, and together we confuse some scenes. I plead guilty on charges of misandry, mom still isn’t sure if issues of representation just...


Episode 9 - Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)

In our episode on George Lucas’ Star Wars, mom explains how much it made her laugh, she confuses Peter Cushing with Christopher Lee without even knowing the latter ended up in the franchise as well, we speculate on the history of hologram invention without any knowledge on the topic, mom relates the production design to the Cold War, I try to avoid spoilers everyone on the planet knows already but she might not, we extensively discuss Princess Leia’s breasts, recap her introduction to MCU...


Episode 8 - Batman (1966) & Batman (1989)

In our first double feature, we delve into Leslie H. Martinson's Batman: the Movie and Tim Burton's Batman! Mom doesn't hold back in her varying descriptions of being unable to fathom anyone could take either movie seriously - yes, either - while I try to explain the remaining history of Batman movies. We get sidetracked by various celebrities I've never heard of and Mom wonders if she should show me a film from 1927. There are some more prejudices against Americans, but we also cover...


Episode 7 - Wonder Woman (2017)

As we inevitably return to the DCEU, we discuss Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman! This is therefore the first episode that requires a SPOILER WARNING as it's about a movie that's still in theaters. In it, mom complains about being dragged into a 3D screening, tries not to swear despite being the cause of this podcast being explicit in the first place, wins an impromptu spelling bee, proceeds to swear, school me on history, and reprimand me for both getting too political and swearing. Send in any...


Episode 6 - Léon: The Professional (1994)

Returning from our unplanned sabbatical, we have our long overdue talk about Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional! We survive a troubled production that would’ve suited the Suicide Squad episode better, remember a surprising amount of names and years we totally didn’t look up, discover how French people are a lot weirder than, yes, even Americans, and Mom confesses she thinks things used to be better back in her day. Send in any questions or feedback you want us to discuss! All our social...