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38: WALL-E

For Future Classics this round, Nicole chose the 2008 film, WALL-E. Pixar pulled off two major feats with this movie: making mountains of garbage look beautiful, and making audiences empathize with a mobile trash compactor within a few minutes of the opening music. We picked through topics such as the influence of past sci-fi characters like E.T. and R2-D2, homage paid to major classic movies, and the old chestnut of what it means to be human and the question of if humanity is even necessary...


37: Memoir of a Murderer

This round's "Netflix Roulette" yielded an unexpected hidden gem: Memoir of a Murderer. In this movie, Byung-Soo grapples with the confusion of encroaching Alzheimer's, memories of his past as a Dexter-style serial murderer, and the threat of a newly emerged serial killer who's after Byung-soo's daughter. David, Brett, and Nicole had a good time dissecting this puzzle, discussing the symbolism of a bamboo grove, the anatomy of the human skull, and the crime-drama tropes this story...


36: Ingrid Goes West

For this round’s New to Two pick, David chose a rather oddball film that came out just last year, Ingrid Goes West. Ingrid is ragingly insecure, tying her self-worth to how close she can get to people with “perfect” lives and how much of their approval she can earn. She does not take rejection well. While Nicole and Brett weren’t sure how much they liked the film, there was a lot of meat to dig into here, and we had some good, deep discussion about mental illness, the role of social media...


35: What We Do in the Shadows

What happens when you put an ancient monster, a ruthless impaler, an 18th-century dandy, and a 19th-century bad boy together in the same apartment? People stop being polite, and start getting real. You also get our “You Did This to Us” pick for this round, What We Do in the Shadows. You guys were sooooo good to us this week! Nicole, David, and Brett had a ball talking about this supernatural takeoff on the house-sharing reality show genre. Come join us! Head on over to...


34: The Raid

David has been using his “Around the World” picks to introduce Brett to quality martial arts films and prepare him for this week’s choice. But really, is there any way to prepare for The Raid? This 2011 movie, made in Indonesia by a Welsh writer/director, took the action and martial arts genres and dialed them up to 11 and beyond. David, Brett, and Nicole had a very excitable time digging into this movie, and hope you guys will be just as excited to listen to our episode. Next week is You...


33: Skyfall

“Future Classics” week is back, and Brett’s proposed film this time was the big 50th anniversary film in the James Bond franchise, "Skyfall." Featuring themes of past sins, death, rebirth, and redemption, this was the emotionally heaviest of the Bond films. Join us as Brett, Nicole, and David dig in to topics such as the return to classic tropes, Javier Bardem’s entrance (with its flirtation and flair for drama), the gorgeous Oscar-nominated cinematography, fortunate casting and disastrous...


32: Lucky Them

This round’s “Netflix Roulette” reminds us that this theme provides more just-missed-it movies than big hits or entertaining dreck. An indie rock journalist (played by a slumming-it Toni Collette) is tasked with finding her ex, an elusive musician who released a massively influential album and then disappeared. Join Brett, David, and Nicole as they try to figure out which storyline is supposed to be most important, how Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt got talked into showing up, and...


31: Jackie Brown

Our new rounds always begin with “New to Two,” and this week Nicole introduced Brett and David to Quentin Tarantino’s third feature film, "Jackie Brown." Featuring some of Tarantino’s signature elements (clever dialogue, loving shots of a woman’s feet, killer music choices) and deviating in equally significant ways (much less blood, a mature romantic element), "Jackie Brown" was only a modest success and one that a lot of fans have missed seeing. Join us as we dig into this low-profile...


30: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Aw, guys, why? Whyyyyyy? You Did This to Us. You made us watch "Paul Blart: Mall Cop." What did we do wrong? In this Happy Madison production (there’s the first clue this won’t go well), a schlubby single dad who takes his low-end security job too seriously gets caught up in a holiday season heist and has to find a way to save the day. Brett, David, and Nicole had to watch this alleged comedy and found themselves asking questions like, Does the predictable script make this endearing or...


29: RAW

Hoo, boy. This movie. For this week’s “Around the World,” Nicole chose the French-Belgian horror and coming-of-age film, "Raw" (“Grave” in the original French). David knew to brace himself, but poor Brett had no idea what he was in for. Young Justine arrives at veterinary college, where her sister Alexia is already a student. Alexia encourages Justine to awaken one of her appetites during a hazing ritual, and all the rest, unfortunately, follow suit. We tried not to bite off more than we...


28: The Grand Budapest Hotel

For Future Classics this week, David asked Nicole and Brett to watch "The Grand Budapest Hotel." This elaborately constructed, nested diorama of a film is populated with some of the best character actors working today, a couple of up-and-comers, and a few just past their leading-role prime. Lobby boy Zero Moustafa, a foreigner to the fictional country of Zubrowka, becomes the apprentice and friend of Gustave H., the fastidious, refined, yet startlingly profane concierge of the Grand...


27: The Gift

We spun the virtual wheel for “Netflix Roulette” and wound up with a movie we had trouble approaching: 2015’s "The Gift." What at first seems like a “creepy guy starts getting too close to the nice couple” thriller begins to take unexpected turns as the wife starts digging into the creepy guy’s past. The tone of the film is odd, and gets darker and more unsettling as it goes along. Join David, Brett, and Nicole as they ponder things like, Is this the most horrifying movie we’ve watched?...


26: Gran Torino

In this round’s New to Two, Brett introduced David and Nicole to Clint Eastwood’s last good (possibly great) movie, "Gran Torino," a variation on the “crusty old guy teaches young punk lessons about life and manhood while learning a few things himself” story. We took an admiring look at the film’s craftsmanship, and a harder look at its portrayal of the Hmong culture. Does this movie include the “white savior” trope? What if the protagonist is the one who makes the situation bad in the...


25: Jupiter Ascending

We finish this round, as always, with You Did This to Us, in which our audience chooses (translated: punishes us with) a film for us to watch and discuss. This week, winning handily in the poll, was the Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending.” This sci-fi soap opera, which bombed in the US and juuuust made its budget back overseas, has eye-boggling visuals, a brain-boggling script, and the odd stomach-boggling performance. What did our crew make of it? (Spoilers: One of them loves this movie....


24: A Hard Day's Night

We're back! So sorry for the delay the last two weeks. We'll stick around regularly here on out. Enjoy a marathon of three make-up / "sorry we're so late" episodes, beginning with this show! We so appreciate all of our listeners' support; we hope you enjoy this marathon before a return to Monday afternoon releases. We went Around the World again for this episode, stopping just the other side of “the pond” for the fictionalized day in the life of the Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night.” Join...


23: Drive

It’s Future Classics week, and Nicole brought 2011’s “Drive” in for evaluation. The story is straightforward: Ryan Gosling’s “Driver” works as a mechanic and stuntman by day, and getaway driver by night; his life starts to get complicated when he falls for the pretty young mother in his apartment building. All of us agree on the visual merits of the movie, but do Brett and David share Nicole’s opinion of the content? Is there any substance underneath all the style? Why does Driver do what...


22: Clown

Episode 22 was a “Netflix Roulette” pick, and the luck of the draw brought us “Clown,” a 2014 horror movie about clowns, demons, and why you shouldn’t bully that real estate agent’s kid. There are some typical horror movie tropes, like poor decision-making and doing exactly what you’ve been told not to do, and some surprisingly inventive bits like a whacked-out suicide machine and the look of the demon. Did we like it? Did we hate it? Is it worth watching? Did any of Brett, David, and...


21: Power Rangers

New rotations always begin with “New to Two,” and for Episode 21, David had Brett and Nicole watch (Saban’s) "Power Rangers" (2017) for the first time! Spoiler warning: They didn’t hate it! Listen to us discuss the high points (the slapping, the character of Billy, most of the special effects) and the low points (the “bull milking” gag, clumsy callbacks, “Goldar”) and everything in between! Next week we keep the rotation moving with a Netflix Roulette week. We spun the wheel and ended up...


20: Gremlins 2

For this round of “You Did This to Us,” our audience made a pick that could be considered less cruel than usual, and chose “Gremlins 2.” Gizmo, a small furry monkey elf known as a “Mogwai,” is kidnapped and brought to the Clamp (Trump) building where his human friend Billy coincidentally works. Unfortunately, he accidentally gets wet, evil Mogwai are spawned and metamorphose into nasty Gremlins. Chaos ensues for the next 70 minutes or so. There is inexplicable fourth wall breaking and a...


19: Fences

For our next Future Classics pick, Brett has brought us “Fences,” Denzel Washington’s adaptation of the August Wilson play about fathers and sons, husbands and wives, people of color and the white institutions they have to deal with. Join us as we discuss things like, Does this make a good (and one day classic) movie in its own right? Is Denzel’s character, Troy, a bad man, or a man trying to be a good husband and father and failing at both? And is Viola Davis’ runny nose a distraction...