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The First Run is a weekly podcast featuring lively, spirited talk about film. We'll be discussing a wide variety of films including new releases, lost classics and perhaps a controversial opinion or two. So come join us for some animated conversation, that only occasionally devolves into rudimentary chimp-like poop throwing.

The First Run is a weekly podcast featuring lively, spirited talk about film. We'll be discussing a wide variety of films including new releases, lost classics and perhaps a controversial opinion or two. So come join us for some animated conversation, that only occasionally devolves into rudimentary chimp-like poop throwing.

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The First Run is a weekly podcast featuring lively, spirited talk about film. We'll be discussing a wide variety of films including new releases, lost classics and perhaps a controversial opinion or two. So come join us for some animated conversation, that only occasionally devolves into rudimentary chimp-like poop throwing.

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@TheFirstRun

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Episodes

TFR Ep. 520: The Devil All The Time, The Handmaiden, What Are The Odds?

9/25/2020
This week on The First Run, we’re discussing the Netflix original, ‘The Devil All The Time’, featuring an all-star cast of Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Haley Bennet, Riley Keough, Mia Wasikowska, Bill Skarsgård, and more! Does this rural thriller about intertwining lives linked by disaster and violence live up to its epic aspirations? Then our Neo-Noir Marathon continues with Park Chan-wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’, a story of love and betrayal in Japanese occupied Korea. With a career of truly...

Duration:00:46:39

TFR Ep. 519: I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, Cape Fear, Who Dat?!?

9/18/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt embark on a double feature centering around loss. So prepare for some good times! First up, Charlie Kaufman of ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Adaptation’, ‘Synecdoche, New York’, returns with the Netflix original, ‘I’m Thinking Of Ending Things’. A film that confounds and…entertains…? Then our Neo-Noir Marathon continues with Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of ‘The Executioners’, or more precisely, a remake of J. Lee Thompson’s original version from 1962....

Duration:00:52:03

TFR Ep. 518: Tenet, The Grifters, 5 Best Christopher Nolan Scenes

9/11/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt make a potentially catastrophic decision to go back to the theaters and watch Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’. Nolan’s not quite time travel, sci-fi spy film is finally here after numerous delays due to Covid and his potentially reckless insistence that it be released in theaters. Granted our hosts did both go see it. So was it worth Matt and Chris potentially risking their lives? (Of course not.). But was it good? Then the Neo-Noir Marathon kicks off...

Duration:03:38:13

TFR Ep. 517: Bill & Ted Face The Music, The New Mutants, TFR Libs

9/4/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt are joined by the Crooked Table podcast’s Robert Yaniz Jr. and catch up with old friends with the return of Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan in ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’. It’s been almost 30 years since we last saw our intrepid heroes. Have the finally united the universe in song? Then it’s on to a film many thought would never be released…and after all of this, should it have been? That’s right, it’s the long-delayed ‘The New...

Duration:00:57:40

TFR Ep. 516: Sputnik, The Assistant, DC Fandrome, Top 5 Whistleblower Films

8/28/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt travel back in time in preparation of next week’s ‘Bill and Ted Face The Music’ episode and accidently end up in Soviet Kazakhstan in 1983. Turns out a couple of cosmonauts crash landed there with a third, unidentified passenger and things are NOT going well. We’re discussing the Russian import, ‘Sputnik’. Then it’s quantum leap 2019 as Julia Garner portrays Jane. An assistant at a film production company dreaming of being a producer. Unfortunately,...

Duration:00:58:44

TFR Ep. 515: The Beach House, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga, Call It!

8/21/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt take a little time for themselves, kick back, and head to ‘The Beach House’. But what fresh horror awaits them there from the dark depths of the ocean? Then it’s on to ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’. Will Farrell and Rachel McAdams play an Icelandic musical duo that finally have their big chance to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Will hilarity ensue? There’s the always sometimes entertaining review of the big releases...

Duration:00:44:40

TFR Ep. 514: Palm Springs, Big Man Japan, International Sci-Fi Marathon Awards

8/14/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt decide to take it easy and watch the latest time loop comedy, ‘Palm Springs’. If any genre of comedy is in danger of repeating itself… Is ‘Palm Springs’ able to provide a fresh take, or are we stuck with the same repetitive jokes? Then the International Sci-Fi Marathon wraps with the Japanese import, ‘Big Man Japan’. With the most unsettling kaiju we’ve seen, does this mockumentary deliver the thrills and the laughs? The show rolls on with the big...

Duration:00:49:14

TFR Focus Ep. 22: ScreenFix & The Rise Of Skywalker

8/7/2020
This week on The First Run, it’s not quite a clip show! Matt has been stuck with no power and no way to record, so Chris brings you a treat! A while back before everything went to hell, he guested on the ScreenFix podcast, featuring frequent TFR guests The Lady Wan and JC! So we’re bringing you the super special discussion of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. Because you can never get enough Star Wars talk! ScreenFix is a great show where they discuss a film and then share how to improve it....

Duration:07:19:37

TFR Ep. 513: The Old Guard, Time Crimes, 5 Best Sci-Fi Films (2000-2009)

7/31/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt review the Netflix original, ‘The Old Guard’, starring Charlize Theron. What happens when you get a group of nigh immortal folks together? Well, you fight bad guys of course! So does Netflix have a brand spanking new franchise on its hands? Then the International Sci-Fi Marathon continues with the Spanish import, ‘Timecrimes’. What possible trouble could you get into if you were able to travel back in time 90 minutes? Apparently a lot. There’s the...

Duration:04:10:11

TFR Ep. 512: Greyhound, Solaris, 5 Best Sci-Fi Films (1990-1999)

7/24/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the Tom Hanks vehicle, ‘Greyhound’. Hanks plays a destroyer captain navigating potential Nazi submarine infested waters as he and his crew attempt to escort supply ships to the Allies during World War II. Then the international science fiction marathon continues with our second Tarkovsky film, ‘Solaris’. A widowed psychologist ventures to a space station orbiting an ocean world to strange goings on and deteriorating mental health of the...

Duration:00:52:16

TFR Ep. 511: Relic, World On A Wire, 5 Best Sci-Fi Films (1980-1989)

7/17/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the dementia-based horror film, ‘Relic’. Emily Mortimer stars as a woman dealing with her mother’s dementia, and the impact it has on her and her own daughter. Oh, and there’s something super creepy happening too! The International Sci-Fi Marathon continues with the German miniseries, ‘World On A Wire’. A film that answers the question: “What if we’re all just part of a computer program, man…?!?”. But in German. And long. Then there’s the...

Duration:03:49:18

TFR Ep. 510: Becky, Stalker, 5 Best Sci-Fi Films (1970-1979)

7/10/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt watch Kevin James transform into a very fine person, as a he and a few of his other very fine people assault a family struggling with recent lost. But what they didn’t count on, was the young lady with some serious issues. Then the International Science Fiction Film-athon begins with Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’. What would you do if there was a place that granted her deepest desire? Would you just talk about it for what appeared to be forever? There’s the...

Duration:04:04:49

TFR Ep. 509: The Wretched, Shadow, Who Dat?!?

7/3/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the recent box office leader for weeks, ‘The Wretched’. What happens when a forest witch sneaks into town in the carcass of a hunted deer? Nothing good, let me tell you. Then acclaimed director Zhang Yimou returns with the martial arts adjacent political thriller, ‘Shadow’. Can a film this gorgeous have too dense a narrative? There’s the terribly exciting rundown of the big releases on physical media featuring the Streaming and Straight to...

Duration:01:12:30

TFR Ep. 508: Da 5 Bloods, Extraction, 5 Best MCU Stars Non-MCU Movies

6/26/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt are joined by David Rosen of the Piecing It Together podcast to discuss Spike Lee’s latest, ‘Da 5 Bloods’, featuring Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Jonathan Majors feature in a tale of five war buddies that venture back to Vietnam to recover their fallen friend’s body, and millions of dollars’ worth of hidden gold. And everything that can go wrong. Then, it’s on to ‘Extraction’. Chris Hemsworth plays Tyler Rake (seriously), an extraction expert hired...

Duration:05:20:37

TFR Ep. 507: Never Rarely Sometimes Always, The Last Thing He Wanted, 5 Best Films With A Message (2010-2019)

6/19/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt are joined by The Film Bee herself, Bee Garner of the In Their Own League network for our first international episode! First up is Eliza Hitmann’s ‘Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always’ starring Sidney Flanagan as a young woman navigating numerous infuriating, scary, and sad obstacles in her attempt to obtain an abortion. One of Chris’ most anticipated films of 2020 is finally here. Does the indie drama live up to its expectations, or is it a...

Duration:04:52:59

TFR Ep. 506: Just Mercy, Les Misérables, What Are The Odds

6/12/2020
This week on The First Run, it’s a double bill of law enforcement misanthropy as Chris and Matt discuss Destin Daniel Cretton’s Just Mercy, featuring Michael B Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson. The director of this show’s much adored ‘Short Term 12’ returns with a film based on the true-life story of Bryan Stevenson. After delivering what may be a perfect sophomore effort, how do things fare this time out with a film practically made this this moment? Then our sadly topical show continues...

Duration:00:56:07

TFR Ep. 505: Capone, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, 80’s Sex Comedy Marathon Awards

6/5/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss Josh Trank’s Capone. Tom Hardy plays the infamous gangster in the final year of his life. Trank has a well-received debut with the found-footage super-hero thriller ‘Chronicle’. Then his Fantastic Four reboot ran into production issues, studio interference, and ultimately poor performance and reception. ‘Capone’ is Trank’s first film since that debacle. With total creative control, are we finally able to enjoy his true cinematic vision? Then...

Duration:01:03:33

TFR Ep. 504: A Hidden Life, Zapped, Top 5 Movies With Nazis

5/29/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss Terrence Malick’s latest film, ‘A Hidden Life’. Based on the true story of an Austrian peasant farmer who refuses to swear an oath of loyalty Hitler and the Nazi party and its ultimate impact to him and his family. Malick has been criticized for what could be called a meander pace and just a dusting of self-indulgence. But when you’re one of the few directors that live up to the term auteur, does that matter? Then the 80’s Sex Comedy...

Duration:00:49:51

TFR Ep. 503: VFW, Screwballs, Top 5 80’s Comedies

5/22/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the latest from director Joe Begos, ‘VFW’. After recently discussing his prior film ‘Bliss’, a horror film about drug enhanced vampirism that we found, okay. So how does this Fangoria produced entry about a group of veterans fending off an attack by a drug dealer’s crew in a collapsing society. Does Begos out Carpenter John Carpenter? Then our 80’s Sex Comedy Marathon continues with the Porky’s inspired Canadian import, ‘Screwballs’. A bit...

Duration:00:48:51

TFR Ep. 502: First Love, Bachelor Party (1984), Call It!

5/15/2020
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt check in on one of their favorite, crazy sumbitch directors, Takashi Miike with his latest, ‘First Love’. What’s the craziest story of two young people falling in love? I assure you it’s not as crazy as this. Then our Raunchy 80’s Comedy Marathon continues with America’s sweetheart, Adrian Zmed. And also Tom Hanks. There’s the regularly entertaining rundown of the big physical media releases, featuring the Straight to DVD and Streaming Picks of the...

Duration:03:38:52