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Carina Magyar grabs a friend and makes them watch a random Best Picture winner until she's finally seen all 90 (and counting). The podcast began when Carina realized she had only seen 12 Best Picture winners ever, and most of those were the obvious blockbuster recent ones, despite being a lifelong cinephile. Each episode has a different guest trying to guess what the movie will be like ahead of time, watching the flick with Carina, then breaking down what they just saw from a first-timers' perspective. We're all comedians, so expect irreverent takes on film history's most "important" pictures. And thanks a lot, Academy.

Carina Magyar grabs a friend and makes them watch a random Best Picture winner until she's finally seen all 90 (and counting). The podcast began when Carina realized she had only seen 12 Best Picture winners ever, and most of those were the obvious blockbuster recent ones, despite being a lifelong cinephile. Each episode has a different guest trying to guess what the movie will be like ahead of time, watching the flick with Carina, then breaking down what they just saw from a first-timers' perspective. We're all comedians, so expect irreverent takes on film history's most "important" pictures. And thanks a lot, Academy.

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United States

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Carina Magyar grabs a friend and makes them watch a random Best Picture winner until she's finally seen all 90 (and counting). The podcast began when Carina realized she had only seen 12 Best Picture winners ever, and most of those were the obvious blockbuster recent ones, despite being a lifelong cinephile. Each episode has a different guest trying to guess what the movie will be like ahead of time, watching the flick with Carina, then breaking down what they just saw from a first-timers' perspective. We're all comedians, so expect irreverent takes on film history's most "important" pictures. And thanks a lot, Academy.

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English

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512-576-1530


Episodes

Dances with Wolves with Trish Herrmann

3/17/2020
We skipped out on the 4-hour director's cut and opted for Kevin Costner's 3-hour theatrical juggernaut, the movie that launched a thousand bloated Kevin Costner epics and put a hard stop on Hollywood's one-sided treatment of Native Americans. While Trish and I weren't qualified to really examine the racial politics of the story, as a movie, it holds up better than many Best Picture winners of that era (or this one) and does provide some real drama, mainly thanks to the animal actors. It's...

Duration:00:47:19

Forrest Gump with the Murphys

6/18/2019
I'm joined by 2019's Funniest Person in Austin Andrew Murphy and his brother Alex for a family tag team fresh look at this notoriously sappy gloss through the Baby Boom generation's childhood. The movie surprises us with how dark it is when you peer just beneath Robert Zemeckis's thick layer of Vaseline. But our darkest revelation is that Forrest Gump himself is The Problem with modern America -- his obliviousness standing in for white America's fantasy of a Great Again America that clearly...

Duration:01:00:41

The Best Years of Our Lives with Mason Pitluk

6/11/2019
This movie did not play into our worst fears -- it's not war propaganda, it has redeeming and surprisingly strong female roles, and it contains more than a few genuinely entertaining scenes with good acting -- but it's still way too long for the extremely thin plot it's hung on. Basically a slice-of-life for three types of World War II veterans dealing with PTSD, we get yet another terrible protagonist, long and dull scenes of people not growing and changing, and ... I ran out of things. See...

Duration:00:52:59

Wings with Asaf Ronen

5/28/2019
At one point, Asaf calls this the 1920's version of Fast & the Furious, and he's absolutely right. Despite being a 2-and-a-half hour silent movie, there's plenty to watch: real airplane dog fights, male nudity (really), female nudity (really!), lesbians on a date (really!!!), men kissing each other (REALLY!!!!!!), and brutally realistic trench warfare filmed on the actual battlegrounds of World War I. But don't rush out too quickly to watch it, because it also features the least heroic...

Duration:00:37:29

Gigi with Hunter Duncan

5/21/2019
Hunter and I had less than zero idea what we were in for, which turns out to be easily the most misogynist musical we've ever seen. Even allowing for the '50s, and allowing for the setting of France, and allowing for the conventions of musicals, this film goes out of its way to reiterate, in every way possible, that women are objects with no complex emotions or agency over their lives. Nice hats and dresses, though. I didn't think it would be possible to be 110% furious at a movie just one...

Duration:01:06:47

Green Book with Chris Cubas

5/14/2019
This is an excellent example of how to be tone deaf in 2019. In a year when African-American filmmakers and actors dominated both the box office and the awards shows, this white-bread corn muffin of a throwback warms over a '90s approach to race relations and passes it off as drama. Not only are the racial politics of the movie incredibly obtuse, the story itself is an inert slog of a literal road trip through a neutered Deep South. Pair this up with "In the Heat of the Night" and the...

Duration:00:45:31

The Godfather with Adam Hrabik

5/7/2019
One of the most celebrated films of all time ... only works if you're inherently interested in the Italian mafia. That's the conclusion we came to in this blockbuster episode that also covers ninja moves, Trump's posture, Christmas, and other junk. Sometimes the magic of two people watching a famous movie for the first time is ... not a magical response. Still, there's hope for the sequel, I guess. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:01:01:29

Hamlet with Erica Shultz

4/30/2019
It feels weird to be surprised by this, but what a good movie! Turns out the most celebrated play of all time, when handled with straightforward care and interpretation, is a pretty damn good tale. There is the requisite amount of stilted 1940s acting, but all-in-all, it delivers what a Hamlet version has to -- you can follow the dialogue and plot -- and there's some pretty spicy meatballs thrown at us -- incestuous kisses, actually scary ghosts, unexpected comic relief. Erica takes a break...

Duration:00:42:21

Amadeus with Mike Wiebe

4/16/2019
Mike Wiebe drops by to watch a 3-hour+ movie about opera, but we had a great time because the movie's themes of jealousy, mediocrity, petty revenge, and sex / drugs / rock-n-roll struck a deep chord inside both of us. Definitely one to tune into if you've ever dwelt in that uncanny valley between talented and hack-like (in other words, every comedian ever), or seen someone younger than you achieve and exceed you through no visible effort whatsoever. Also, lots of Star Wars references...

Duration:00:54:28

An American in Paris with Weird Brunch

4/9/2019
Gene Kelly should have won for "Singin' in the Rain," probably the greatest movie musical of all time, but the Academy blew its wad the year before on this outing, which was pretentious enough to be Best Picture material, but not nearly as entertaining and full of, dare we say it, problematic relationships. By "we" I mean my fellow ladies of Weird Brunch (a storytelling podcast about odd shit, subscribe to it), who lend the more professional recording setup to the first episode recorded...

Duration:00:45:18

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with JJ Summers

4/2/2019
For our halfway point, I searched high and low for someone who would be able to watch this movie with NO knowledge of what's going on, either from the reading the books or seeing other adaptations. JJ fit the bill perfectly, and with a rule in place that he could ask a maximum of 5 questions about what's going on, we set sail on an endless journey to get to damn end. For this epic episode, I included the entire 30-minute slow motion ending sequence uncut, so you can hear us slowly go insane...

Duration:00:58:27

Schindler's List with Roxy Castillo

3/26/2019
This is easily the most intense episode of the podcast to date, matching the tone of this relentlessly graphic movie. Roxy and I are both sensitive, but we share a defense mechanism of humor that we use to keep each other from falling apart during the more excruciating sequences. We laugh a lot out of sheer desperation, but at times, the movie's overwhelming power kills even our spirits. It's a great, great film, and one I hope I never have to watch again. Tune in for the avowedly...

Duration:00:50:47

The French Connection with Enzo Priesnitz

3/19/2019
This is easily the most action-packed Best Picture we've watched yet, with car chases, shootouts, stakeouts, and all the primal elements of a cops-and-robbers movie. There's a freshness to it, though, a sense that the genre was being invented before our eyes with no conventions yet in place, no holds barred, no squeamishness from the ugly truths about either side. Gene Hackman is simply fantastic as the mostly-loathsome Popeye Doyle, and the direction by William Friedkin is unforgettable. Is...

Duration:00:48:38

Driving Miss Daisy with Zac Brooks

3/12/2019
Join me and Zac Brooks for the first-ever drunk episode, as we stumble through this cheesy '80s movie about race that's also somehow not at all about race. "Driving Miss Daisy" is a pleasant enough confection, and miles less offensive than other more recent confections (like "Shakespeare in Love" or "The Artist"), but lacks any deeper heft than emotional manipulation. We spend most of our time just trying to figure out why Dan Aykroyd was in this, how the fact that he is in this didn't tank...

Duration:00:57:22

Terms of Endearment with Mac Blake

3/5/2019
This is a movie that now feels like a fairly mediocre network television drama. There must have been something positively sparkling about it in 1983 when it won practically every award out there, but aside from one or two iconic Jack Nicholson scenes and a handful of good lines, this is a plain old ramble of a movie through a standard divorces-and-dates plot. It does end with cancer, which must account for its reputation as a tear-jerker, but Mac and I were not moved to much beyond...

Duration:01:00:12

Going My Way with Brett VerVoort

2/26/2019
This Bing Crosby vehicle shoehorns in several chances for the crooner to croon, but in a neutered way since he plays an oh-so-saintly progressive priest sent to save an old New York parish from the crotchety ministrations of its elderly founder. Bing proves he's better at everything than everyone, winning competitions at such things as checkers, golf, singing, piano playing, priesting, baseballing, slang talking, and $10 giving. The plot is essentially "Sister Act" but without women. Some...

Duration:00:49:39

Gentleman's Agreement with JT Kelley

2/19/2019
Another '40s drama, another barn-burning polemic on societal ills. This time, it's Gregory "Atticus Finch" Peck in his younger days solving anti-Semitism by posing as a Jewish journalist. While JT and I find and express every possible way in which that is an uncool thing to do, the movie still succeeds as an emotional gut punch to the American dream as a restrictive clause for WASPs only. This time, the endless moral debates were fascinatingly relevant. It's impressive just how 2019 some of...

Duration:00:51:57

A Man for All Seasons with Joe Hafkey

2/12/2019
Oh boy, oh boy, a movie about a lawyer having a dumb argument with an idiot. The story of Thomas More vs Henry VIII is not without its charms and intrigues, but you wouldn't know it from this dull plodding Kodachrome movie that feels like a cheap community theater edition. The acting is mostly dull, the script is nigh unintelligible, and the visuals are ponderous and unhelpful. That just leaves the debates. Lots and lots of debates. On the one hand, there's a bit of a Mueller vs Trump vibe...

Duration:00:46:57

Oliver! with Melody Shifflet

2/5/2019
What a strange movie. It combines truly delightful cheesy Broadway song-and-dance numbers with some of the darkest human misery and bleakest human behavior possible. The movie feels aimed at kids sometimes, with the chipper children engaging in Bednobs & Broomsticks-style hijinks, and at other times ... well, we're not sure who the audience is for domestic abuse being justified by the abuse victim, but that's in there, too. Melody returns and we sip some tea and practice our bad cockney...

Duration:00:56:58

Spotlight with Lea'h Sampson

1/29/2019
We were supposed to watch 3-hour Mozart marathon "Amadeus," but couldn't find a legal copy to stream, so we quickly rolled the dice again and landed on this recent winner about the Boston Globe's expose of the Catholic church's worldwide conspiracy to aid and abet child abuse. As a former newspaper reporter (and ex-Catholic, thanks to this very Globe series), this was like candy, watching a team of journalists slowly and methodically uncover one of the biggest news stories of all time. For a...

Duration:00:46:01