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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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United States

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

Language:

English

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6123967100


Episodes

Episode 33: Sound of Metal

3/22/2021
In this episode of Looking California and Feeling Minnesota, Barry and Mike talk the accessible art house gem The Sound of Metal. Topics discussed include the subtle brilliance of actors Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci as well as the testicular fortitude of first time feature director Darius Marder.

Duration:00:46:27

Episode 32: Coming 2 America

3/11/2021
On this episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike return to Zamunda for Coming 2 America, the Eddie Murphy led sequel to his 1988 classic Coming to America. Discussion topics include backyard skunks, Eddie Murphy's faded star and the trouble with today's comedy. As an added bonus this episode features a return of the insanely popular segment - "Let's Pretend We're Studio Execs", where Barry and Mike play Hollywood bigwigs and recast the movie!

Duration:00:53:02

Episode 31: Nomadland

3/10/2021
On this weeks episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Looking California and Feeling Minnesota, Barry and Mike hop in a van and hit the road with Chloe Zhao's film Nomadland starring Frances McDormand. This episode contains discussions on grief and the meditative nature of the film, the required arthouse mindset, and the power of non-actors on-screen. Also featured are scintillating conversations about Jeff Bridges' Snicker bar diet, Chocolatey Chocolate Balls, Amazon's nefariousness...

Duration:00:58:49

Episode 30: Ted Lasso

2/26/2021
On this episode of Looking California and Feeling Minnesota, Barry and Mike cross the pond to bask in the warm glow of Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ sitcom starring Jason Sudeikis. This episode gets surprisingly philosophical as it asks the Ted Lasso-esque question...can relentless optimism survive and thrive in a deeply cynical world? Also featured are discussions on Sudeikis' brilliance, navigating the tortuous road to use Apple TV+, tales of swimming in cultural septic tanks, and the glorious...

Duration:00:49:18

Episode 29: One Night in Miami

2/5/2021
In this week's episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike take a look at director Regina King's One Night in Miami. This episode includes a discussion on the difficulty of turning plays into movies, Barry's bold recasting of the movie Airplane and Mike melting down over the current state of film criticism.

Duration:00:56:16

Episode 28: Soul

2/2/2021
This week on everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike dive into Pixar's latest animated venture Soul. This unique film stars Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey as two entities trying to navigate life, death and New York City. Topics discussed on this episode include diversity in animation, Mike's allergy to Pixar movies and Barry's tales of bad investment advice.

Duration:00:41:22

Episode 27: Wonder Woman 1984

1/1/2021
In this tension-filled episode Barry and Mike discuss the much anticipated Wonder Woman 1984. Highlights include shared frustrations over the movie‘s missed opportunities, multiple mispronunciations of Gal Gadot’s name and an enraged Mike viciously assaulting Barry over a misunderstanding.

Duration:01:08:43

Episode 26: Mank

12/29/2020
In this episode of everybody’s favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike debate David Fincher’s polarizing new film Mank. Topics discussed include Gary Oldman’s brilliance, Fincher’s frustratingly complex brilliance and an obscure old movie named Citizen Kane.

Duration:01:02:38

Episode 25: Recipe for Seduction- the Lifetime Kentucky Fried Chicken mini-movie

12/24/2020
In this very special Christmas episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike examine the gloriously absurd pop culture phenomenon Recipe for Seduction, the Lifetime Kentucky Fried Chicken mini-movie starring Mario Lopez that tells the steamy tale of KFC founder Harland Sanders. Topics touched upon include Mario Lopez on Mount Rushmore, Shakes the Clown as a Ronald McDonald origin story and Tom Cruise visiting for the holidays.

Duration:00:36:15

Episode 24: The Queens Gambit

12/21/2020
The bad boys of cinema podcasting kick off their 2021 season early by taking their first dive into the waters of television. This episode Barry and Michael discuss The Queen’s Gambit, the hugely popular Netflix miniseries that is the talk of the town. The topics tackled include Anya Taylor Joy’s beguiling screen presence, the artistic albatross of bad endings and Barry’s unsavory history hustling little kids at chess.

Duration:00:47:25

Episode 22: The Old Guard

8/18/2020
This week Barry berates me for trying to stay current by choosing the new Netflix sci-fi action movie The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron, for us to discuss. In the episode we break down the movie and consider what worked (not much), what didn’t (a lot), and why. We also dive into the unending mystery of who actually shot this movie.

Duration:00:54:43

Episode 23: Richard Jewell

8/18/2020
On today’s podcast Barry and I take a look at the 2019 Clint Eastwood film, Richard Jewell. On the episode we discuss the hopefully soon-to-be discovered, glorious genius of the film's star Paul Walter Hauser as well as the reliable acting brilliance of Kathy Bates and Sam Rockwell. In addition we wrestle with the often-times frustrating nature of Clint Eastwood’s directing approach and the never ending mystery of Jon Hamm.

Duration:00:52:24

Episode 21: The Vast of Night (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #5)

8/2/2020
On this episode of everybody’s favorite cinema podcast we discuss the The Vast of Night, a sneaky good little sci-fi film currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Come join us as we take the Looking California and Feeling Minnesota Starship back to 1950’s New Mexico where we grapple with over-active imaginations and possibly UFO’s!! And we also marvel at the formidable skill of up and coming director Andrew Patterson, who makes his impressive feature film debut with The Vast of Night.

Duration:00:35:26

Episode 20: The Last Samurai (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #4)

6/3/2020
This week things get combative on the pod as Barry and I do battle over his newest choice for a quarantine watch, 2003’s The Last Samurai, which stars Tom Cruise and is directed by Edward Zwick. We also play another round of everybody’s favorite games - Hollywood Mogul. The stakes are high as the loser of the game and the debate must commit seppuku at the end of the podcast!

Duration:00:52:11

Episode 19: The Social Network (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #3)

5/13/2020
This week Barry's choice for a must see (rewatch) movie while on quarantine is the nearly decade old The Social Network directed by David Fincher (currently playing on Netflix). This film is extraordinarily written by Aaron Sorkin, filled with incredible performances and directed to a pace that makes 2 hours fly by. Come join us in breaking down this underrated movie that now is interesting to look back on and realize the creation of Facebook is playing during our quarantine.

Duration:00:56:17

Episode 18: Inception

5/5/2020
This week we dive into the decades old Christopher Nolan's modern classic Inception. This movie flies in the face of conventional Hollywood blockbusters and succeeds wildly. Come hear us dig into the many layers of s film.

Duration:01:11:25

Episode 17: John McTiernan (Barry & Mike's Quarantine List Pick #4)

4/24/2020
This week we are doing a directors "showcase" and we are diving into the career of John McTiernan. His films include Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Thomas Crown affair and many more. We discuss this dying breed of non-auteur but skilled director and what makes directors like him rare and wonderful to revisit their work.

Duration:01:12:29

Episode 16: There Will Be Blood (Barry & Mike's Quarantine List Pick #3)

4/14/2020
This week we dive into the overlooked 2007 modern classic There Will Be Blood. This movie is an actor and director at the top of their games that have created a museum worthy movie you can watch over and over again and study the mastery they had while making the film. That is precisely why we want you to check this movie out. If you are a cinema fan you can watch the movie, listen to the podcast and rewatch the movie or if you maybe are a little worried the movie might be a bit slow or...

Duration:01:15:05

Episode 15: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Mike's Quarantine List Pick #2)

4/9/2020
This week we dive into the overlooked 2011 British movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This movie is one of the best crafted movies of the last 10-20 years but is a little bit of in a traditional story structure for a spy movie. This movie makes you think, doesn't spoon feed you nor does it lay everything out with a nice bow on it. That is precisely why we want you to check this movie out. It's a slow burn so don't turn it on late at night when your eyelids are heavy. If you are a cinema fan...

Duration:01:13:07

Episode 14: Hell or High Water (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #2)

4/7/2020
This week Barry's choice for a must see (rewatch) movie while on quarantine is the incredible Hell or High Water (currently playing on Netflix). This film is extraordinarily written, filled with incredible performances and directed to near perfection. Come join us in breaking down this modern masterpiece.

Duration:01:08:38