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The In Reel Deep Podcast is for cinema fans interested in hot takes, great debate and smart reviews. Hosted by Andrew Johnson and Steve Cimino, it provides the best in cinematic ramblings from two movie fans and clever critics.

The In Reel Deep Podcast is for cinema fans interested in hot takes, great debate and smart reviews. Hosted by Andrew Johnson and Steve Cimino, it provides the best in cinematic ramblings from two movie fans and clever critics.


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The In Reel Deep Podcast is for cinema fans interested in hot takes, great debate and smart reviews. Hosted by Andrew Johnson and Steve Cimino, it provides the best in cinematic ramblings from two movie fans and clever critics.






Episode 96: The Terminal

Medicine for goat! Our trip through the Tom Hanks filmography has led us to 2004's The Terminal, without a doubt the oddest Hanks/Steven Spielberg team-up. Tom's beyond charming as Krakozhia's Viktor Navorski, but in retrospect this was the beginning of the end of his run as a no-doubt box office superstar. Join us as we dissect why the two Hollywood titans made this film and then cringe at the idea of watching a Robert Langdon movie next.


Episode 95: Inside Job, Margin Call, and the 2008 Financial Crisis

The last time the world's economy tanked, back in 2008, it wasn't because of a global pandemic. It was because a handful of billionaires, mostly Americans, decided to rig our financial system for their benefit. As a result, trillions of dollars were lost, the planet spun into economic ruin, and few — if any — people stood trial for their crimes. Those crimes were captured in the documentary Inside Job and the drama Margin Call; we've brought self-taught financial crisis whiz Dr. Chris back...


Episode 94: Cast Away

Next up in our Tom Hanks miniseries? 2000's Cast Away, also known as the apex of his storied acting career. At the turn of the century, there was no one bigger than Hanks, which is why a movie where his costars are Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy and a volleyball made $420 million worldwide and got him an Oscar nomination. Join us as we break down what makes this Robert Zemeckis survival film so special.


Episode 93: No Country for Old Men

We've reached the end of our crime miniseries, and we're going out with a bang: 2007's No Country for Old Men, perhaps the shiniest gem in the Coen brothers' catalog. Beyond a life-changing performance from Javier Bardem and some of the tensest scenes you'll ever see, this film has plenty to say about crimes and the people who commit them. Join as we break down one of the rare Best Picture winners that the Oscars got right.


Episode 92: The Green Mile / You've Got Mail

Our journey through the Tom Hanks filmography originally led us down The Green Mile, but over the course of 189 minutes of supposed movie magic we realized that it...wasn't very good. So we called an audible; not only are you getting some Frank Darabont banter but we're also returning to Nora Ephron and Meg Ryan to discuss You've Got Mail as well. Did we like it more than the much-maligned Sleepless in Seattle? You'll have to join us to find out.


Episode 91: Seven

Our journey through crime films continues with David Fincher's Seven, the 1995 thriller that still holds up despite [REDACTED] as the surprise villain. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt remain a dynamic duo, and the script has much to say about the sins of society, messages that still ring true 25 years later. Join us as we dissect this crime classic while wondering if Pitt deserved his subsequent MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male.


Episode 90: The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight is one of the most successful comic book movies of all time, financially and critically. But as a crime film that was clearly inspired by Michael Mann's Heat, does it hold up? Our very special guest Dr. Chris joins us once again to watch this 152-minute Batman feature and discuss why Nolan asks big questions but doesn't answer them.


Episode 89: Saving Private Ryan

On the 76th anniversary of D-Day, our journey through the Tom Hanks filmography brings us to Saving Private Ryan. Everyone remembers Steven Spielberg's war epic for its incredible 25-minute Omaha Beach scene, but the rest of the film is just as terrific. Join us as we discuss this eclectic cast — Vin Diesel, Edward Burns, Dennis Farina, Ted Danson! — and what might be the finest Hanks performance of all time.


Episode 88: Heat, Revisited

Does crime pay? Maybe at the box office! We're embarking on a new miniseries (sorry, Griffin and David) on modern crime films, featuring frequent special guest Dr. Chris. We'll be delving into some of the most influential and well-made crime classics of the past few decades, starting with Michael Mann's Heat. Join us as we go beyond Pacino and De Niro to discuss what makes this 172-minute epic so rewatchable and enduring.


Episode 87: Apollo 13

Our journey through the Tom Hanks filmography has brought us to outer space! We break down America's Dad and his quest to walk on the moon in 1995's Apollo 13, another very solid film from director Ron Howard. It's also a terrific ensemble cast, with Gary Sinise, Bill Paxton, Kathleen Quinlan, Kevin Bacon and the Oscar-nominated Ed Harris catapulting Hanks to $355 million worldwide and an almost unprecedented leading-man run to come.


Episode 86: Sleepless in Seattle

Our journey through the films of Tom Hanks takes us to 1993's Sleepless in Seattle, a 1993 romcom that proves way too beloved. What's up with Meg Ryan's Annie Reed? Why is Bill Pullman's allergic wuss the most likable character in the whole movie? And is Jonah Baldwin the most insufferable, annoying child in the history of cinema? We break down this celebrated genre "masterpiece" that's actually 90 minutes of glaring flaws and a great 5-minute ending.


Episode 85: A League of Their Own

We resume our journey through the career of Tom Hanks with 1992's A League of Their Own, where our rising star takes a backseat to Geena Davis and Madonna with memorable results. We discuss this stepping stone on the path to Tom Hanks becoming a true legend, the joys of watching a female-directed sports movie, how weird it is to recast all your stars with random old people for the opening and closing, and if Dottie actually dropped the ball on purpose to let Kit score.


Episode 84: Turner & Hooch

It's time to talk Tom Hanks! This is the first installment a 10-episode (maybe more) deep dive into the filmography of America's Dad, starting with the 1989 cop/dog team-up Turner & Hooch. If you want to see Hanks shirtless and yelling at a real jerk of a canine, this one is for you. We also compare Tom to Harrison Ford and discuss what has made the man so damn affable for more than 30 years.


Episode 83: Dune (1984)

Pending an interruption from COVID-19, Denis Villeneuve's Dune remake will hit theaters in late 2020. But before you absorb the redo, you have to debate the original; that's why we invited back friend of the show Chris (a medical doctor on the front lines) who took time from his busy schedule to discuss the differences between Frank Herbert's book and David Lynch's 1984 feature film in great detail. If you live in the Los Angeles area and can donate personal protective equipment, please...


Episode 82: The Hateful Eight

We've reached the end of Quentin Tarantino's filmography, which for us means 2015's The Hateful Eight. With Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Walton Goggins in the cast, you'd expect another masterpiece. Unfortunately, your expectations would be incorrect. Join as we determine where Tarantino went wrong here, along with our rankings of the top QT movies, from No. 10 (or 9, depending on your Kill Bill preference) to No. 1.


Episode 81: Django Unchained

We're back with more Tarantino! Saddle up your horse for this near-final ride through QT's filmography, one that features Christoph Waltz's second Oscar working with Quentin, plus a shockingly evil performance from Leonardo DiCaprio and one of Jamie Foxx's breakout lead roles. We're talking, of course, about Django Unchained, Tarantino's 2012 revisionist Western and a film we were more than happy to revisit.


Episode 80: Armageddon

After 79 episodes, it's finally time to talk Armageddon. Michael Bay's 1998 masterpiece has been both acclaimed and reviled over the years; it's one of the rare big-budget films to get a Criterion Collection release, and one of the true gems in Bay's otherwise-shaky filmography. Does this ridiculous, America-loving movie hold up? Do we still love Bruce Willis as world-saver Harry Stamper? And is Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" the greatest movie theme of all time? Spoiler alert:...


Episode 79: The Best Movie of 2019

The day is finally here; In Reel Deep is ready to crown its top movie of 2019. Will it be Parasite? Little Women? The Irishman? Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? Or The Farewell? Visit to view our list of 2019's finest films, and then join us as we decide on a true No. 1 of the year.


And Justice for Al: The Irishman

It's finally time to discuss The Irishman, and for once in a good long while there's "solidarity!" on And Justice for Al. Beyond all the Oscar-nominated Pacino chatter, we break down what might be Martin Scorsese's last mobster movie, De Niro's creepy piercing green eyes, and maybe the best performance of Joe Pesci's career. It's what it is: it's the preeminent Al Pacino podcast.


Episode 78: 2020 Oscar Nominations

Joker, 1917, The Irishman, Little Women, Parasite: Which of these movies is the front-runner for 2020 Best Picture? And, perhaps more importantly, did the Academy Award nominations bring additional shame upon this increasingly outdated process? If you've listened before, you know the drill: join us as we dissect the 2020 Oscar nominations and determine where the Academy went right or (more likely) wrong.