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A depressing nostalgic journey through the life and art of Michael Moore. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.

A depressing nostalgic journey through the life and art of Michael Moore. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.
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A depressing nostalgic journey through the life and art of Michael Moore. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.




#137 - Oh Boy, Another Politics Movie...

Yes folks, it's another "Politics - what a concept!" movie, so strap in. When did America's news media lose its way? According to Jason Reitman's THE FRONT RUNNER (2018), it happened when Gary Hart exited the 1988 Democrat primary over a "personal indiscretion." Luke and Will explore why this movie was uniquely suited to land like a thud in a post-Trump, post-MeToo world. PLUS: Luke and Will reflect on the Golden Age of Toronto Twitter (circa the Rob Ford era), and Luke reports on Matt...


PREVIEW - #136 - Good Knight and Good Luck

PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33038713 A benevolent patrician fights a vulgar populist in Tim Burton's game-changing comic-book adaptation BATMAN (1989). We discuss the film's distinctly Reagan-era vision of an urban hellscape, and theorize how Michael Keaton's Batman and Jack Nicholson's Joker symbolize two different style of corporate branding.


#135 - The Y20K New Year Spectacular

It was the best of decades, it was the worst of decades. Mostly the worst. We say goodbye to 2019 by discussing the year's most acclaimed film, Bong Joon Ho's PARASITE, asking: Why has such a rabidly anti-capitalist thriller been approved by Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and The Economist? PLUS: We reflect on what the 2010s meant to film and politics.


PREVIEW - #134 - Star War Is Over (If You Want It)

PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32631287 We descend into madness discussing STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, a movie that symbolizes just about everything wrong with culture today.


#133 - The Moral Majority

It's the annual Michael & Us Christmas Spectacular, and have we got a holiday turkey for you! A Vietnam vet tackles his deadliest battle yet - the War on Christmas - in the hilarious right-wing drama LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE (2012). Watch a disgruntled Christian reclaim Christmas and fight the ACLU in this, the first film we've ever watched that is officially Chuck Norris Approved®. PLUS: we measure the state of the #NeverTrump movement. "What's Left of Liberalism" by Sam Adler-Bell -...


PREVIEW - #132 - I Read The News Today, Oh Boy...

PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32296799Pumped after our deep-dive into The West Wing, we decide to tackle Aaron Sorkin's less-successful attempt to capture the zeitgeist, THE NEWSROOM. We revisit its pilot episode, in which Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) epically owns a college girl by telling her that America is not great. In the process, we explore why the show is both an embarrassing relic of 2012, and also an ominous foreshadowing of the current-day Extremely Online...


#131 - The Worst Wing

You know it. You love. You hate it. You love to hate it, and vice versa. It's THE WEST WING, the show that helped set the limits of the liberal imagination for a generation. Luke works through his long and complicated relationship to Aaron Sorkin's world by subjecting Will to three seminal Season 4 episodes: "Debate Camp," "Game On," and "Election Night." PLUS: Will considers the life and legacy of the late film critic John Simon, and Luke tells horrifying tales of seeing David Brooks at a...


PREVIEW - #130 - The Right Side of Life

PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31947728 To atone for antagonizing comedy legend Eric Idle on Twitter, Luke and Will have a good time revisiting MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN (1979), the most overtly political film from Britain's most famous comedy troupe. They analyze the film's skeptical view of religious and political groups, and its thesis that "You don't need to follow anyone. You are all individuals." PLUS: What's the deal with all those "How To Argue With Your...


#129 - The Will Sloan Innocence Project

Luke visits his friend and cohost Will in Twitter Jail, where he has been consigned after tweeting a death threat against a Disney character. They take aim at the Disney Company and watch SAVING MR. BANKS (2013), the touching and inspiring story of how wealthy oligarch Walt Disney wrestled humble author P.L. Travers' intellectual property away from her when she was financially desperate. The boys also discuss their distaste for Tom Hanks and the Fraser Institute's interpretation of MARY...


PREVIEW - #128 - Cretin's Corner

PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/31616652 With the downfall of Don Cherry, the Michael & Us boys ascend to the position of Canada's Top Public Intellectuals. They celebrate by watching ALAN PARTRIDGE'S SCISSORED ISLE (2016), a very funny mockumentary starring comic genius/Labour supporter Steve Coogan as his signature character, the reactionary talk-show host Alan Partridge. PLUS: Who's better - Hillary or Obama? The answer may surprise you!


#127 - Satellite of Love

On this episode, Luke and Will explore one of their shared passions - a show that blew their young minds with the revelation that art could be appropriated; that the institution of a "movie" did not automatically deserve respect; and that opened up whole worlds of strange and offbeat cinema. We watch MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE (1996) and discuss the politics of "bad," the Cold War ideas of THIS ISLAND EARTH, and the changing way that concepts like MST3K are distributed. PLUS:...


PREVIEW - #126 - Extremely Online Guys

PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31263114 The internet - what a concept! On this special Extremely Online episode, we look back on the cyberspace of our youth, and also consider how the modern-day internet has fostered celebrity within niches within niches within subcultures. To illustrate the latter point, we watch a new feature film by some of our favourite YouTubers. PLUS: reflections on such peculiar web-based phenomena as the Nostalgia Critic and the Space Jam...


#125 - The Ministry of Nostalgia

Luke's recent trip to the U.K. has us pondering British politics. We watch the 2011 BBC documentary HEATH VS WILSON: THE 10 YEAR DUEL, which contrasts two British Prime Ministers: Labour's Harold Wilson and the Tories' Edward Heath, and consider a time when the working class could bring a Tory government to its knees. PLUS: we hash over the Canadian federal election, the Disney Company, the Kinks, Monty Python, and Judge Judy's big 2020 endorsement. Check out Luke on Novara Media:...


PREVIEW - #124 - FahrenHitch 9/11

PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/124-fahrenhitch-30842827 Left-wing voices in the mainstream media were hard to come by in the mid-2000s, which may be why so many of us settled for leftist-turned-Iraq-War-defender Christopher Hitchens. TEXAS: AMERICA SUPERSIZED (2004) sees "Hitch" doing his best Louis Theroux impersonation as he wanders through Texas -- a state he admiringly views as a synecdoche for America. We discuss Hitchens' path from obscure columnist to famous...


#123 - King for a Night

As the Joker discourse rages on, we pay a visit to the original Joker, Rupert Pupkin. We look at Martin Scorsese's dark media satire THE KING OF COMEDY (1982) and consider what it tells us about fame, class, and thwarted ambitions. "Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan" by Robin Wood - https://cup.columbia.edu/book/hollywood-from-vietnam-to-reaganand-beyond/9780231129664


PREVIEW - #122 - The Magic Lantern

PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/30505364 We discuss art, religion, and Grand Societal Narratives through THE MAGICIAN (1958), a film by Luke's favourite filmmaker, Ingmar Bergman (well, he's no Morgan Spurlock...). PLUS: anti- and anti-anti-theism on the left, the Canadian election, and more from our favourite YouTube vloggers.


#121 - Handbags and Gladrags

We spend most of our waking hours at work... and we're also expected to like it. But what if you have to work a soul-crushing job at a mid-sized paper merchant in Slough, Great Britain under the management of David Brent? Will and Luke consider the compromises and humiliations that come with working for a living by watching one of their very favourite pieces of pop culture: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's THE OFFICE. Plus: hair-raising tales from jobs past, and another discussion about...


PREVIEW - #120 - Because It's 2019

PATREON EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/30110073 As a blackface scandal threatens to derail his re-election campaign, we look back at Canadian Prime Minister and international media brand Justin Trudeau - the "progressive" leader who wasn't. We watched GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU (2014), a documentary about Trudeau's 2014 boxing match with Conservative senator Patrick Brazeau, which struggles to depict Pierre Elliott Trudeau's son as a political outsider.


#119 - The Klobuchar Supremacy (Instant Democratic Party Debate Reaction!)

The top 10 Democratic Party 2020 contenders met in Texas on September 12, 2019... and mere hours later, we have our fiery hot response! Biden, Bernie, Beto, Booker, Warren, Klobuchar, and several others we're already fogetting... Who won??? Who lost??? Who's surging??? Who had the best zinger??? These are the questions we don't answer, but we DO hash out some thoughts about other things.


PREVIEW - #118 - Super Predator

PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/29765571 What causes crime? The bad people. How do we deal with it? With a big honkin' machine gun. That's the thesis behind Michael Winner's mind-bogglingly reactionary cult classic DEATH WISH 3 (1985), the most ridiculous of the Charles Bronson-led vigilante action series. Luke, Will, and their good pal Branko Marcetic kick back and have a boys' night with this disgusting but hilarious piece of trash. PLUS: chaos in the U.K., movie...