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Can We Still Be Friends? is a podcast that tests the limits of the friendship between Ryan Ebling and Nate Gass, two people who mistake movie taste for personal morality. Each episode is devoted to one piece of pop culture that they can’t agree on. As a way of preserving the friendship and reaching common ground, Ryan and Nate revisit the work, discuss/argue the merits or shortcomings, and decide whether their friendship can survive. Whether you’re a film buff or a casual viewer, Can We Still Be Friends? is a great place to hear impassioned and entertaining discussion between two people who know each other too well and hold their opinions too dear.

Can We Still Be Friends? is a podcast that tests the limits of the friendship between Ryan Ebling and Nate Gass, two people who mistake movie taste for personal morality. Each episode is devoted to one piece of pop culture that they can’t agree on. As a way of preserving the friendship and reaching common ground, Ryan and Nate revisit the work, discuss/argue the merits or shortcomings, and decide whether their friendship can survive. Whether you’re a film buff or a casual viewer, Can We Still Be Friends? is a great place to hear impassioned and entertaining discussion between two people who know each other too well and hold their opinions too dear.
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Chicago, IL

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Can We Still Be Friends? is a podcast that tests the limits of the friendship between Ryan Ebling and Nate Gass, two people who mistake movie taste for personal morality. Each episode is devoted to one piece of pop culture that they can’t agree on. As a way of preserving the friendship and reaching common ground, Ryan and Nate revisit the work, discuss/argue the merits or shortcomings, and decide whether their friendship can survive. Whether you’re a film buff or a casual viewer, Can We Still Be Friends? is a great place to hear impassioned and entertaining discussion between two people who know each other too well and hold their opinions too dear.

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English


Episodes

Ep 68: Love Actually

12/12/2018
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It’s a romantic Christmas for Nate and Ryan as they discuss Love Actually, the 2003 holiday rom-com starring Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, and most of the other British movie stars you can think of in the pre-Benedict-Cumberbatch era of British movie stars. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Love Actually has become an annual … Continue reading The post Ep 68: Love Actually appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:07:43

Ep 67: The Social Network

11/26/2018
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In 2010, the conversation around Facebook was mainly something like, “Holy crap, my parents are on Facebook. Should I delete my account?” Eight years later, the conversation is more like, “Holy crap, an enemy power hijacked our democracy and nationalism has a very visible platform and white supremacists have a … Continue reading The post Ep 67: The Social Network appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:00:59:40

Ep 66: Halloween (1978)

10/19/2018
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For the 5th Annual Holiday Spooktacular, Nate and Ryan discuss another bona fide classic, John Carpenters’ Halloween. John Carpenter’s cheap, fast horror flick defied the odds and set a new standard for the genre, and as it’s celebrating its 40th anniversary, it seemed like the perfect time to relive “the night HE … Continue reading The post Ep 66: Halloween (1978) appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:03:24

Ep 65: Vertigo

9/12/2018
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Nate and Ryan discuss their first Alfred Hitchcock classic, 1958’s Vertigo. As the film has gained more and more respect over the years, Nate and Ryan decided that it was time for them to really examine this beloved psychological mind-bender. Like so many hallmarks of cinema before and since, Vertigo befuddled critics and … Continue reading The post Ep 65: Vertigo appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:02:28

Ep. 64: Bull Durham

6/30/2018
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Nate and Ryan escape the summer heat by watching Bull Durham, a sports classic from 1988 that helped catapult Kevin Costner into Hollywood super-stardom. Bull Durham is often hailed as the best sports movie of all time, so Nate and Ryan decided to weigh in for themselves. After 30 years, how does this … Continue reading The post Ep. 64: Bull Durham appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:00:59:41

Ep. 63: Can’t Hardly Wait

5/30/2018
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As the school year winds down and summer brings life-long change (or so teen comedies would have us believe), Nate and Ryan discuss Can’t Hardly Wait. Released 20 years ago, some of the hallmarks of late ’90s and early ’00s teen comedies can be traced back to Can’t Hardly Wait, yet it doesn’t quite … Continue reading The post Ep. 63: Can’t Hardly Wait appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:09:19

Ep. 62: The Big Lebowski

4/29/2018
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Nate and Ryan talk about The Big Lebowski (one of their favorites), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. They welcome back their good friend Tim Yoder to discuss what is so special about this movie and what the expansive cult fan base indicates about its appeal. Grab a white … Continue reading The post Ep. 62: The Big Lebowski appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:09:56

Ep. 61: The Departed

3/26/2018
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Nate and Ryan invite special guest Anne Singleton back to talk about The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s violent, vulgar crime thriller. Like most film fans, Nate and Ryan are big fans of Scorsese, but The Departed is the first of his films on this podcast. Although many of Scorsese’s films have been important … Continue reading The post Ep. 61: The Departed appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:00:22

Ep. 60: Moonstruck

2/21/2018
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Nate and Ryan watch Moonstruck, the perfect movie to either keep the romance of a successful Valentine’s Day going, or the perfect movie to make up for a lackluster holiday. This 1987 hit won Best Actress and Supporting Actress Oscars for stars Cher and Olympia Dukakis as well as Best Original … Continue reading The post Ep. 60: Moonstruck appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:04:59

Ep. 59: All the President’s Men

1/18/2018
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In a year that has everyone talking about presidential scandals, corruption, and collusion, Nate and Ryan felt it only appropriate to revisit the 1976 classic All the President’s Men. Listen as Nate and Ryan discuss what makes this film brilliant, and how it feels to watch this movie in light of … Continue reading The post Ep. 59: All the President’s Men appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:23:56

Ep. 58: Elf

12/14/2017
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For our fourth annual Holiday Extravaganza, we’re re-watching Elf, the 2003 Will Farrell comedy hit that has become a must-see for many people each year. Our feelings for Elf have deteriorated over the years, so we wanted to watch it again to see if there’s something we’re missing. This is the first … Continue reading The post Ep. 58: Elf appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:00:58:15

Ep. 57: Willow

11/22/2017
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For some reason, something about November makes us want to watch movies with wizards. As per a listener suggestion, we’re watching Willow, the 1988 George Lucas-conceived, Ron Howard-directed fantasy epic. For many people, Willow was a special part of their childhood, but in the pantheon of classic children’s movies, Willow rarely seems to … Continue reading The post Ep. 57: Willow appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:00:54:30

Ep. 56: The Thing (1982)

10/19/2017
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Welcome to our 4th Annual Holiday Spooktacular. This year, Nate and Ryan discuss John Carpenter’s The Thing, a 1982 horror flop that has become a bona fide classic. Listen as they discuss what has made The Thing into such a beloved film and how it has aged over the past 35 years. … Continue reading The post Ep. 56: The Thing (1982) appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:05:29

Ep. 55: Starship Troopers

9/23/2017
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Nate and Ryan continue their unofficial tour through 1997 by watching director Paul Verhoeven’s divisive sci-fi cult classic, Starship Troopers. Joined by guest (and Starship Troopers fan) Dan Wartsbaugh, Nate and Ryan try to find out if this is a scathing, brilliant satire, skewering the tropes of violence-worshiping blockbuster action flicks, or … Continue reading The post Ep. 55: Starship Troopers appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:18:24

Ep. 54: Wayne’s World and Austin Powers

8/25/2017
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For most of the ’90s, Mike Meyers’ catchphrases were repeated ad nauseam everywhere from dorm rooms to boardrooms (We’re guessing. We weren’t in a single boardroom in the ’90s, but you get it). With Wayne’s World celebrating its 25th anniversary and Austin Powers celebrating its 20th, Nate and Ryan decided to watch both … Continue reading The post Ep. 54: Wayne’s World and Austin Powers appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:13:17

Ep. 53: Marie Antoinette

7/20/2017
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In 2006, Sofia Coppola’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning smash Lost In Translation was the hotly anticipated, but tepidly received Marie Antoinette. She recently returned to the spotlight as she won Best Director at Cannes with her most recent film The Beguiled. With the middle of summer bringing the celebration of Bastille Day, Nate … Continue reading The post Ep. 53: Marie Antoinette appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:06:31

Ep. 52: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

6/7/2017
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Nate and Ryan rewatch Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the other sci-fi classic released 40 years ago. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters solidified Spielberg’s aesthetic and helped bring hard(ish) sci-fi into the mainstream. With all the hallmarks of great Spielberg movies wrapped up nicely in one movie, Nate and Ryan … Continue reading The post Ep. 52: Close Encounters of the Third Kind appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:05:05

Ep. 51: The Fast and the Furious

5/10/2017
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Not ones to be left out, Nate and Ryan decide to see what all the fuss is about with this The Fast and the Furious franchise. With The Fate of the Furious setting records at the box office, it seemed high time that they give the original a shot. For help, they brought in … Continue reading The post Ep. 51: The Fast and the Furious appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:00:56:07

Ep. 50: Network

4/6/2017
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Note: This episode and its clips contain language not suitable for all audiences. Also, as might be expected, this episode is pretty politically charged. We welcome your comments (and your anger), but please keep it civil. For their 50th episode, Nate and Ryan take a look at how Network (1976) and … Continue reading The post Ep. 50: Network appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:01:17

Ep. 49: Titanic

3/1/2017
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Nate and Ryan invite special guest Anne Singleton to revisit their high school days and watch Titanic, released 20 years ago. Titanic cemented its legacy when it won a record-tying 11 Oscars and became one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Nate, Ryan, and Anne discuss how the film has held … Continue reading The post Ep. 49: Titanic appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration:01:12:52