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Talking good movies like they're bad movies






Talking about Mission Impossible 3 (2006), featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and co-hosted by Jose Rodriguez!

On this impossible episode of Oeuvre Busters, George and Liam welcome guest host Jose Rodriguez to discuss 2006's Mission Impossible Three, starring Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, and, of course, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Topics covered: fulcrums vs. pendulums; Tom Cruise's thetan count; Liam's recent religious conversion; spy franchises, ranked! Plus: Ethan Hunt fucks the flag. Topics not covered: The biographical masterpieces of the one and only Hermione Lee. As the Guardian...


Talking about Capote (2005), starring Philip Seymour Hoffman

On this week’s capotesque episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss 2005’s Capote, starring (no, really) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Clifton Collins Jr., and directed by Bennett Miller. Topics covered: our favorite communist novels; Gore Vidal’s Wildean wit; the origin of Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie; trips to Spain. And Weekend at Bernie’s relationship to the American avant-garde. Topics not covered? How Stendhal’s experiences during the Napoleonic...


BONUS: Philip Seymour Hoffman on Arthur, with special guest Michael Caroll

On this A is for aardvark episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and special guest Michael Carroll chat about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s appearance on the animated series, Arthur! Topics discuss: What kind of animal, exactly, is Fern; cringeworthy cartoons; the embrace of lukewarm showers; real people existing, making art. Finally, Liam watches PSH eat a hot dog! Topics not covered: Voltaire’s very famous claim that the Holy Roman Empire was neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. Discuss,...


Talking about Along Came Polly (2004), with guest host Mark Pagan!

On this pollyannaish episode of Oeuvre Busters, George and Liam welcome guest host Mark Pagán to discuss 2004’s Along Came Polly, starring Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston and, yes, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Topics discussed? Hunk Azaria; manic pixie dream girls; student-film versions of Fight Club; the philological history of sharting. Also, Jennifer Aniston: indie-film muse. Topics not discussed: How Franz Kafka’s parables are allegorical reflections about the decline of the Austro-Hungarian...


Talking about Red Dragon (2002), barely featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman!

On this reddish episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George invite Brett Ratner expert Paul Molinari on to discuss 2002’s disastrous Red Dragon, starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, and featuring, of course, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Topics discussed: the aesthetics of scrapbooking; the orgy of evidence; Edward Norton’s terrible dye job; the amazing anti-aging technology used on Anthony Hopkins; also, Bela Tarr has some thoughts! Topics not discussed: the sublime beauty of Arundhati Roy’s...


Talking about Love Liza (2002), starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman

On this Liza-esque (?) episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss 2002's Love Liza, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates and directed by Todd Louiso. Topics discussed: American consumption of petrol in all its varied forms; Magic: The Gathering; hobby enthusiasts; sad white guys and the people who love their stories. Also, we find out that George is a Pasolini poser. Quelle surprise. Finally, please listen to the very end for a special message from our good friend Adam...


Match That Hoff, Man! A new game show from Oeuvre Busters!

Welcome to Match That Hoff, Man! Match That Hoff, Man! is a new game show where we match characters played by celebrated American actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman to his lesser-known films! Our first contestant is George, an educator from Queens, New York! Welcome to the show, George! Descriptions for the films starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman came from this article by Nathan Rabin. SFX: freesound.org Happy Happy Game Show Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By...


Talking about The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman AND with special guest hosts Kel Karpinski and Lars von Trier!

On this talent-filled episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam, George, and guest hosts Kel Karpinski and Lars von Trier discuss 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Jude Law, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman. Topics discussed: the literary works of Patricia Highsmith; one-hour photo stores; Jude Law’s glorious, glorious ass cheeks; Matt Damon's sultry voice; also, listen to Lars von Trier say terrible things about Apple Paltrow! He is such an enfant terrible,...


Talking about Twister with Kat Rodriguez!

On this twisted episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George (but mostly Liam) welcome special guest Kat Rodriguez to discuss 1996’s Twister, starring Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, and featuring, of course, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Dusty. Topics covered: what everyone had for breakfast; the hotness of Bill Paxton; Philip Seymour Hoffman’s testicles; and is PSH a human golden retriever? Ya know, like Mr. Peanutbutter? Also, divorce! It’s painful. Topics not covered: Gertrude Stein’s a rose is a...


Talking about Happiness (1998), featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman

On this not-so-happy episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss Todd Solondz's Happiness (1998), starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker, Jane Adams and Lara Flynn Boyle. Topics discussed? The End of History! The effervescent and joyous Jane Adams; the sucky Jay Leno; also, attractive people! They're the worst, aren't they? And George's dog makes a subtle cameo, can you figure out when, exactly? Topics not discussed? The rediscovery of Lucretius's poem On the Nature of Things...


NO-STAGRAM! Episode 1

Here's the deal. George doesn't have Instagram. Liam does. So Liam sat George down and caught him up on all things OBIG. Hilarity (?) ensued! Plus, Schartoff Rises. We're @OeuvreBusters on Instagram and Twitter. Get at us. Shahir Daud's amazing short film La Loteria. "Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


Talking about The Big Lebowski (1998), featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman

On this Lebowskiesque episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski, from the Clinton-era year of 1998, and starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, and, of course, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Topics discussed: the failures of the New Left; Manifest Destiny; the first, and surprisingly not the worst, Gulf War; and, of course, bowling. Topics not discussed? The feminist ethos of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels. They are great! Read them! But...


BONUS: Talking about Barbara Loden's Wanda (1970) and her appearance on Dick Cavett!

On this wanderful (groan) episode of Oeuvre Busters, George and Liam discuss Barbara Loden's foundational film, Wanda, from the so-so year of 1970. Your podcast hosts also take a look at Loden's appearance on the Dick Cavett show of the same year and what turns out to be a rather awkward interview. Topics discussed in this episode: George's creaking chair; genre hopping; the necessary drug that is coffee; the proper way to eat pasta; and class politics in America. Also, we beg the Criterion...


Talking and Drafting Phillip Seymour Hoffman!

On this drafty episode, the very first of Season Two, Liam and George talk (and select) Philip Seymour Hoffman movies for the upcoming season of Oeuvre Busters! Listen to Liam groan and groan and groan as George selects movies he can't stand! Listen to George try, and fail, to do a Keith Richards impersonation! Also, please stay tuned to the very end for a very important message from friend of the podcast, Adam Schartoff of Filmwax Radio. Topics not covered in this episode of Oeuvre Busters?...


Talking About All the Cassavetes!

In the season one finale of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George take a drip down (very recent) memory lane and spend some time reconsidering the entire John Cassavetes oeuvre. Topics discussed: Keith Richards's cockney (?) accent; the glorious taste of pistachios; the discography of Sarah McLachlan; and the proper order in which one should watch these films. Also, our first fan mail! Topics not discussed? Hegelian dialectics. No, wait, actually, that's discussed, but only in a superficial...


Talking About John Cassavetes's Big Trouble (1986)

On this big episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George welcome guest host Kel Karpinski to discuss John Cassavetes's final film, Big Trouble, starring Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, and Beverly D'Angelo. Topics discussed: safari Columbo; why the American dream is actually an American nightmare; why Yale is terrible; how Big Trouble is both a Die Hard prequel and a Face/Off prequel; and why you can't imagine a world without The Simpsons. Topics not discussed: string theory! Will it or will it not...


Talking about John Cassavetes's Love Streams (1984)

On this streamy (you thought we were gonna say lovely, didn’t you?) episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss John Cassavetes’s Love Streams, starring Gena Rowlands and Cassavetes himself, from the Orwellian year 1984. A few of the topics discussed on this episode: Adorno/Benjamin 2020; John McLane is Christ; we rank the Lethal Weapon films (and the Hamlet films as well); also, where does one go, exactly, when looking for the sex? Topics not covered: How the 1848 revolutions that...


Talking about John Cassavetes's Gloria (1980)

On this glorious episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss 1980’s Gloria, starring Gena Rowlands, John Adames, and Julie Carmen. Things you’ll learn listening to this podcast: how truly majestic doughnuts are; that a $100 dollars in 1980 is $33,000 dollars in 2019, when adjusted for inflation; how utterly cheap human life truly is, to Gloria that is; how the rise of enclosure laws fucked the peasantry. Also, George meets Hip-Hop royalty! Finally, an important public service...


Talking about John Cassavetes' Opening Night (1977)

On this theatrical episode of Oeuvre Busters, George and Liam discuss John Cassavetes’s Opening Night, starring Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, and Ben Gazzara, from the blockbuster-studded year 1977. Listen to the guys break out some terrible impersonations! Bono for Liam, Arnold for George. Other topics covered? Eugene O’Neill’s KFC addiction. (Ironically, this episode is brought to you by Popeyes! Looking to punish your colon?! Eat Popeyes!) Is this a film about alcoholism or the grim...


Talking about John Cassavetes's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

On this killer episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George discuss John Cassavetes’s The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, starring Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, Timothy Carey and Aziz Johari, from the long-forgotten year of 1976. Topics covered: the nature of Aristotelian tragedy; the ennui of being a mobster; American imperialism. Also, the guys chime in on the long-standing controversy that has plagued Britney Spears’s fandom for over a decade now: which, exactly, is the best Britney song of...