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Two working film industry professionals talk the ins and outs of movies and the best and worst of cinema.

Two working film industry professionals talk the ins and outs of movies and the best and worst of cinema.


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Two working film industry professionals talk the ins and outs of movies and the best and worst of cinema.






Episode: 67 Ozark Season 4 Part 2

On this episode, Barry and Mike launder their thoughts on the final seven episodes of the Netflix drug drama Ozark. Topics discussed include the harmonious sounds of Covid coughing, the foundational failings of an unsatisfying finale and the brilliance of Jason Bateman.


Episode 66: Windfall

On this episode, Barry and Mike get taken hostage for 90 minutes by Jason Segel, Lily Collins and Jesse Plemons in the Netflix drama Windfall. Topics discussed include not hating a movie but not liking it either, missed opportunities when a project is rushed, and the disappointing state of cinema in the age of Netflix and socio-political pandering.


Episode 65: Pig

On this episode, Barry and Mike dig through the dirt to discover the truffle-like gem that is Pig, starring Nicholas Cage. Topics discussed include the strange career arcs of Nic Cage and director Michael Sarnoski, Matthew McConaughey as used-care salesman, defying audience expectations, and the shameful paucity of competently made movies in our cinematically troubled times.


Episode 64: Deep Water

On this episode, Barry and Mike put on snail costumes and slowly slither into the slime that is 'Deep Water', Adriane Lyne's unintentionally hysterical "erotic thriller" starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, that is neither erotic nor thrilling. Topics discussed include snails, the snail room, the sexiness of snails and why the hell are there snails in this movie?


Episode 63: The Power of the Dog

On this episode, Barry and Mike put on their ten gallon hats, chaps and cowboy boots to discuss director Jane Campion's Oscar front-running anti-Western, The Power of the Dog. Topics discussed include toxic masculinity, Benedict Cumberbatch's lack of masculinity, and the state of the CODA v The Power of the Dog Oscar race.


Episode 62: The Lost Daughter

On this episode Barry and Mike head to the Greek Isles to take an unsatisfying vacation with The Lost Daughter, the Netflix movie starring Olivia Colman, written and directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Topics discussed include bad parenting, bad people, bad movies and what the hell is Ed Harris doing here?


Episode 61: The Batman

On this special episode, Barry and Mike don their bat capes and cowls and do battle over all things Batman, first and foremost Matt Reeves' new movie The Batman. The boys have a heated debate about the new Bat-film and rank their all-time top Batmans, Batman villains and Batman movies, with some shocking results.


Episode 60: Oscar Preview 2022

On this episode, Barry and Mike pontificate on the upcoming Oscars and this week's premier of The Batman. Topics discussed include the sorry state of cinema, the thankless job of hosting the Oscars, and cautious optimism over The Batman.


Episode 59: Nightmare Alley

On this episode Barry and Mike talk about Guillermo del Toro's noir remake Nightmare Alley. Topics discussed include the sorry state of cinema, the public's minuscule attention span and the underwhelming appeal of Bradley Cooper.


Episode 58: The Tender Bar

On this episode, Barry and Mike belly up to the bar and down a few beverages as they wax poetic about George Clooney's latest directorial effort, The Tender Bar. Topics discussed include Clooney's dismal directing filmography and his illusory popularity, as well as Ben Affleck's long and winding road back to normal.


Episode 57: Spiderman No Way Home

Barry and Mike show off their new technical and audio prowess in this scintillating episode that is the season three premiere of everybody's favorite cinema podcast. The film discussed on this glorious episode is blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home. The wide ranging discussion touches upon such diverse topics as the Sony-Disney soon to be not-so-civil war, good guy Andrew Garfield, stealing from the Dennis Hopper film Colors, and dreams of The Flash and Jack Nicholson's price to reprise the...


Episode 56: Don't Look Up

On this episode, Barry and Mike brace for impact as they critique Adam McKay's polarizing, darkly comedic, climate change satire Don't Look Up starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. Topics discussed include the trouble with satirizing the already absurd, the genius of Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove and Barry's continuing obsession with Timothee Chalamet. Make sure to stay tuned for a post-credit nude scene!


Episode 55 - West Side Story

On this episode, Barry and Mike don their dance belts, flash their jazz hands and dance/fight over Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story. Topics discussed include pondering why on earth Spielberg would make this movie, Barry's resistance to Janusz Kaminski's cinematography and Mike's brush with greatness starring Rita Moreno.


Episode 54: Dopesick

On this combustible episode, Barry and Mike talk about the Barry Levinson produced Hulu mini-series Dopesick, which examines the opioid epidemic sparked by Purdue Pharma's alleged wonder drug Oxycontin. Topics discussed include Michael Keaton's brilliance, Purdue Pharma's villainy, the scourge of government and corporate corruption and the hell that is addiction. Love him or loathe him, if you ever wanted a brief glimpse into who co-host Mike truly is...listen to this episode.


Episode 53 - King Richard

On this episode Barry and Mike volley back and forth over the new Will Smith movie King Richard, which tells the story of Richard Williams, the father of tennis prodigies Venus and Serena Williams. Topics discussed include the sorry state of cinema in the age of mediocrity, the perils of the biopic and the problem of Will Smith. Included is a brief bonus chat about the upcoming Spielberg movie West Side Story.


Episode 52 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Who you gonna call? Well, Barry and Mike of course! On this episode our intrepid hosts bust some ghosts as they grapple with Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Topics discussed include lessons on how not to restart a franchise, the magic of Paul Rudd and mini Stay-Puff Marshmellow Men, and the sheer genius of Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.


Episode 51: Finch

On this episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike head to the post-apocalyptic world of Finch, the new Apple TV + movie starring Tom Hanks. Topics discussed include a Tom Hanks holiday, a list of his best movies, yearning for a Mel Gibson cameo, and lessons learned taking care of sick dogs.


Episode 50: Marvels Eternals

On this episode, newly crowned B-listers Barry and Mike examine the Marvel monstrosity, Eternals, directed by Chloe Zhao. Topics discussed include Ms. Zhao's shortcomings, Marvel's misfires and its murky future going forward, as well as Mike lamenting "what happened to Harry Styles?"


Episode 49: Dune

On this episode, Barry and Mike head to Arrakis to ponder Denis Villaneuve's sprawling space epic Dune. Topics touched upon include Villaneuve's appealing style but curious lack of brand, Jason Mamoa as a force of nature, and Barry's highly erotic and inappropriate man-crush on Timothee Chalamet.


Episode 48: Ted Lasso Season 2

On this episode, Barry and Mike have a bizarre Freaky Friday transformation while they debate season 2 of the Apple TV + series Ted Lasso. Tune in to witness Barry's anger management problem, Mike's kind, gentle and forgiving heart, and to hear a celebration of the genius at NBC/Universal who came up with the marketing idea of Peacocktober.