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Episode 49: Disney, Netflix, MoviePass, and the Future of Film

With Disney properties like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating at the box office, and with Netflix and Amazon gobbling up smaller movies left and right, the film industry is changing before our eyes. But for better or for worse? That's the subject of Andrew's latest longform piece, and of our latest podcast. We discuss the rise (and eventual fall) of MoviePass, the ho-hum response to Solo, and what a blockbusters-only theater experience might look like.


And Justice for Al: Paterno

The role of Joe Paterno might be Al Pacino's biggest in years, which means it's time for And Justice for Al. The three of us reconvene for a special Paterno episode, where we examine Barry Levinson's biopic and marvel at Al's ability to slip back into the understated style he once mastered. Is Paterno a worthy successor to HBO's other "story of an old white guy" films like Phil Spector and You Don't Know Jack? And could this be the beginning of one more great run for Pacino? As always,...


And Justice for Al: The Recruit

The only Al Pacino-centric podcast on the Internet welcomes its first very special guest to discuss the 2003 spy thriller The Recruit. It's Pacino on the decline and Colin Farrell on the rise, for sure, but it's also a surprisingly understated Al performance in the aftermath of 9/11. Our special guest adds some academic gravitas to the proceedings as we discuss Al's role as Walter Burke and what makes the great Pacino tick.


Episode 48: 2018 Oscar Nominations and Predictions

With the 90th Academy Awards right around the corner, it's time for the In Reel Deep Podcast to examine all of 2018's snubs and flubs. What will win Best Picture: Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, or Three Billboards? Big questions like that and smaller questions like "What in the world is going on with Best Adapted Screenplay?" will all be answered as Andrew and Steve go through the screenplay, directing, and acting nominations to determine the best of the bunch.


Episode 47: The Best Movies of 2017

You've read our top 10 lists on; now find out why those movies made the cut. From Lady Bird to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the In Reel Deep Guys discuss the best films of 2017 and even choose the In Reel Deep Movie of the Year. Dunkirk or Get Out? Only one of those two 2017 cinematic gems can win the gold...


Episode 46: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Is Star Wars: The Last Jedi the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back? Is it the worst? All we know for sure is that it's the franchise's most divisive movie ever, and it's sparking debate among Skywalker and Solo fans everywhere. Have the In Reel Deep guys bought into the hype? Do they think Rian Johnson's entry in the saga is a stud or a dud? Join us as we dissect all things Episode VIII.


Episode 45: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Merry Christmas! The boys brave the elements to bring Christmas Month to a close with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, the beloved 1989 holiday comedy that has become a seasonal classic. Everyone remembers Chevy Chase's peak performance as Xmas-loving Clark Griswold, the "last true family man," but where does the movie as a whole rank on the Christmas scale of excellence? And is it beloved by our special guest, yuletide enthusiast Sam Johnson? Grab some 'nog and join us as we send...


Episode 44: Love Actually

Love Actually is considered a beloved holiday classic, but is it even a Christmas movie? And, more importantly, is it actually god awful? It's still Christmas Month and our special guest Sam Johnson is still with us to pick apart this 2003 romantic comedy, one that sparked a half-dozen other holiday-themed films with star-studded casts of their own. We talk about the joys of Bill Nighy and Emma Thompson, the utter waste of Laura Linney, and if everyone misremembers this movie as good. Join...


Episode 43: Arthur Christmas

Christmas Month continues on the In Reel Deep Podcast with Arthur Christmas, the unfortunately titled 2011 animated Christmas comedy that somehow made $147 million and was barely heard from again. Our Christmas movie expert loves Arthur Christmas with all his heart, though; we break down where it sits in the Christmas rankings, why it needed a signature song, and how this movie might help kids better understand Santa Claus.


Episode 42: The True Meaning of Christmas Movies

On the heels of Horror Month, the In Reel Deep Podcast's buildup to Halloween, we're back with Christmas Month! This will be a look at all things Christmas movies; it starts with the introduction of our guest, Andrew's brother Sam Johnson. Sam is a Christmas fanatic, and he goes into excruciating detail on what makes a great Christmas movie, along with choosing the three movies we'll be watching throughout December. Join us, won't you, for this overview of Christmas movies and our march...


Episode 41: It Follows

October is just about over, which means the end of Horror Month on the In Reel Deep Podcast. But before we go, we're talking about the 2014 supernatural horror film It Follows, one of the genre's most acclaimed recent gems. With a no-name cast and a brilliant conceit, it nods to decades of horror classics without winking at its audience; it also makes slowly plodding, murderous creatures scary again. Join us, won't you, for the rare horror movie that encourages its characters to have more...


Episode 40: The Thing

"Mac wants the flamethrower!" Very rarely does a quote sum up a movie quite like that line and The Thing, John Carpenter's 1982 science-fiction/horror classic. You've got bearded Kurt Russell with beautiful flowing hair; you've got Keith David, Wilford Brimley, and a terrific cast of character actors; and you've got a gore-filled, paranoia-centric monster story that still holds up today. For our latest entry in Horror Month, we travel to Antarctica with MacReady and prepare for battle with...


Episode 39: Rosemary's Baby

Horror Month continues on the In Reel Deep Podcast with Rosemary's Baby, the 1968 psychological horror classic from writer/director Roman Polanski. At almost 50 years old, it's horror from what feels like another world, before big scares and gore became a necessity. Mia Farrow's brilliant performance as pregnant housewife Rosemary conveys all the dread you need, yet you can also see how future directors added some blood and some makeup to its methodical build to craft their own cinematic...


Episode 38: Intro to Horror

Welcome to Horror Month on the In Reel Deep Podcast! Every Monday in October, we'll be dropping new episodes that break down horror classics from three different eras. But before we get too deep into specifics, Andrew and Steve are here to discuss their horror backgrounds and where they stand on this extremely popular genre. What makes a horror movie? What are their favorite horror movies? And what makes this one of the more flexible, versatile movie classifications out there? This is...


And Justice for Al: ...And Justice for All

We've finally made it to this podcast's namesake: the 1979 courtroom drama ...And Justice for All. It earned Al Pacino an Oscar nomination and made "You're out of order!" one of the more famous movie quotes of all time; it's also a film that feels very much of the late 1970s yet focuses on progressive themes along the way. Transgender rights, wrongful imprisonment, the inequities of the criminal justice system: Pacino's Arthur Kirkland tackles them all, when he's not dodging plates or...


Episode 37: Sully and The Accountant

Let the In Reel Deep Podcast take you back to the glory days of September and October of 2016, when directors Clint Eastwood and Gavin O'Connor brought us Sully and The Accountant, respectively. Why are we revisiting a Tom Hanks pilot biopic and Ben Affleck's autistic math whiz/killing machine? Because we love slightly bad, slightly good movies, and it doesn't get more bad/good than these two. So join us, friends, as we talk Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Christian Wolff until we're blue...


Episode 36: Casablanca

Casablanca is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time. One of our hosts has seen it; the other has not. So of course Andrew and Steve decided to do a before-and-after podcast, sharing pre- and post-viewing thoughts on Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, and a smorgasbord of quotable lines that make both committed fans and newcomers squeal with delight. Welcome to World War II-era Morocco.


Episode 35: Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant or Prometheus 2? Ridley Scott is back with what's essentially a sequel to his polarizing 2012 Alien semi-prequel; if you think that's confusing, wait until you see the movie. Steve welcomes a special guest and Alien lover to the podcast to chat about Michael Fassbender's dual performance, Scott's uneven filmography and late-career recommitment to the Alien cinematic universe, and if anyone out there actually wants all this Xenomorph backstory.


Episode 34: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The world embraced Guardians of the Galaxy more than any other Marvel movie not named The Avengers; how does everyone feel about Vol. 2? Steve brings on famed television producer Walt Schwenk as a special guest to examine where this space adventure ranks among the Marvel Cinematic Universe pantheon, and if Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana and company have succeeded in recapturing the magic of the original.


Episode 33: The Fate of the Furious

The eighth entry in the Fast & Furious franchise is here, and the In Reel Deep Podcast is back to cover it in detail. To celebrate and analyze every bicep and explosion that The Fate of the Furious offers up, superfan Holc has returned to provide his expert opinion on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's giant muscles, Jason Statham's magnetic charm, the movie's deep stable of ass-kicking bald men, and whether Vin Diesel remains fully invested in the Furious franchise he's built. The theme music...