In the second part of our comprehensive discussion of Steven Spielberg's career, we talk about Spielberg movies we recently saw for the first time, picks for overrated and underrated Spielberg projects, and make some varying cases for the Indiana Jones sequels.
Whether you're a fan of Steven Spielberg or not, his work looms large and moonlike over the cinematic landscape. On the occasion of his new movie Ready Player One (his fourth in the span of 2.5 years!), we got together to talk about both his newest foray into the world of sci-fi and his career as a whole. This wide-ranging discussion has been split into two episodes; this one, the first, covers Ready Player One as well as some of his trademarks as a filmmaker.
In conjunction with the release of the new They Might Be Giants album I Like Fun and our list of the best They Might Be Giants songs of all time, TMBG superfans Jesse and Marisa were joined by fellow TMBG superfans Alan Scherstuhl and Karen Han for an in-depth discussion of this cultishly beloved indie rock band. We talk about how we got into the band, how the new record stacks up, and our listmaking methodology, among many other TMBG-centric topics. A must for any and all equally...
With Phantom Thread performing surprisingly well in the recent Oscar nominations, we figured it was about time to go back and talk about the full eight-film oeuvre of writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. PTA fans Marisa, Sara, Jesse, Jon, and Nathaniel discuss every phase of his career, our personal favorites, and what he might do next.
We don't have any inside dope on who's gonna win the Oscars this year, but that hasn't stopped Marisa, Jesse, Nathaniel, Sara, and Jon from chatting about who might win in the big six categories, plus, of course, our personal favorites. Who's delighted by Denzel's surprise nomination? Who's rooting for Willem Dafoe? Who's surprised to love Meryl Streep's obligatory nom? Who loves Lady Bird? (Well, to that last one: All of us.) Listen and then somehow win your Oscar pool!
In the third of our business/sci-fi double feature series, Ben and Jesse are joined by Nathaniel for a post-viewing discussion of 1987's The Secret of My Success, a business movie suggested by Ben (which Jesse and Nathaniel had not seen) and Mars Attacks!, a sci-fi movie suggested by Jesse and beloved by Nathaniel (and which Ben had not seen). Both movies feature Michael J. Fox, at opposite ends of his big-screen career. Join us as we hash out whether we were foolish to have missed these...
A lot of the editorial core at SportsAlcohol.com watches Saturday Night Live every week, so we like to periodically sit down and check in to see how the season is progressing. This year's edition covers our favorite new cast members (what's up Heidi Gardner!), how the show's political humor is working (watch out, Alec Baldwin!), and our favorite weird sketches that nobody (sometimes including other members of our panel) seemed to like.
It was a good year for movies (FOR MOVIES) that gave us a lot to talk about, so this super-sized episode gets right into the SportsAlcohol.com list of the 20 best movies of 2017, as voted by our quartet of film enthusiasts. We talk about what made the list and didn't, what we all loved and what made us disagree, with discussions of Three Billboards, Dunkirk, The Florida Project, The Shape of Water, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and many more!
Following on the heels of our episodes about The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and our December mixtape for The Last Jedi, a few SportsAlcohol.com mainstays got together over the holidays to talk about Rian Johnson's newest entry in the Star Wars saga. This is definitely a fan conversation intended for people who have seen the movie; spoilers and nerdiness abound. What did we love? What gave us pause? How were the porgs? And what does any of this have to do with Watto?
There was a hell of a lot of TV in 2017, but your SportsAlcohol.com pals managed to narrow it down to a 12-series list for your enjoyment. That list is detailed on the site, but we also recorded a podcast where Nathaniel, Marisa, Jesse, and Sara discussed all twelve shows -- plus others that didn't make the list! Curious what we thought about recent episodes of Riverdale or what we loved/hated about the second season of Master of None or who loved Twin Peaks the most? LISTEN IN!
It's the end of the year, and you know what that means: music publications published their year-end coverage approximately one to three months ago. We here at SportsAlcohol.com do not have a list of our 200 Favorite Albums That Came Out Between January and Mid-October. For our best music of 2017 wrap-up, we decided instead to take a different tactic and take a roughly chronological trip through the various live shows we all attended, together and apart, throughout the year, and let the...
We'll have a proper podcast about Star Wars: The Last Jedi soon enough, but in the meantime, here: we made you a mixtape.
Here are the instructions:
1. Figure out when you will be arriving at your theater of choice to see The Last Jedi.
2. Approximately 35 minutes before that time, hit "play" on the mp3 of our mixtape on your music-playing device of choice.
3. Get psyched.
There is also a trivia component:
The songs and samples on this mix (EXCEPT those that are from a Star Wars...
Superhero movies are still dominating the blockbuster landscape these days, and plenty of your pals at SportsAlcohol.com see most or all of these things. So after a bunch of us saw Justice League, we sat down to talk about the state of DC-based cinema, plus where Thor: Ragnarok leaves us with the MCU, and how they both fit into the year of superhero cinema.
Following a movie swap where Pretty Woman was exchanged for Starship Troopers, Ben and Jesse leap forward one year in time and make another business/sci-fi trade: The 1991 Danny DeVito dramedy Other People's Money swapped for the 1998 cult classic Dark City. We watched 'em both and then talked it out, touching upon Penelope Ann Miller, The Matrix, subverting expectations, and possible reasons that both of these movies flopped in their original releases.
Jesse had never seen Pretty Woman.
Ben had never seen Starship Troopers.
So they sat each other down and watched two beloved Films of the '90s, then had a little chat about it.
This is that little chat.
While what makes us laugh, cry, or scared can vary greatly, what we want out of a romantic comedy is often even more nebulous, especially as romantic comedies appear to be in something of a mainstream slump at the movies. In a state-of-the-genre conversation, Marisa, Nathaniel, Jesse, and two different Saras chat about what makes a romantic comedy, what our favorites are, and how they (maybe) work or (sometimes) don't. This is a must-listen for rom-com fans and also for people who want to...
Summer may be winding down, but there are probably still some cool non-blockbuster movies you need to catch up with. For the third year in a row, Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse got together to discuss over a dozen of the summer's most notable indie movie releases, which in 2017 includes The Big Sick, The Beguiled, Detroit, Ingrid Goes West, It Comes At Night, A Ghost Story, Atomic Blonde (it's an indie!), Columbus, and a whole lot more recommendations for your local arthouse -- or to...
While the Steven Soderbergh oeuvre isn't universally beloved by The SportsAlcohol crew, it is well studied. We talk about his return to filmmaking in Logan Lucky as well as his whole career. If you're worried we only cover his films, don't worry: we talk more about K Street than anyone has since K Street aired. Other topics include:
Do The Right Thing
As we did for 1994, 1995, and 1996, we look 20 years back at the top films of the summer of 1997. Things were much different 20 years ago and we tackle some of the bug changes including:
Watching trailers without a broadband connection
Bookstores, existence of
Nicolas Cage was respected, dammit
John Travolta too, for that matter.
Girls wanted to hang out with us
Earlier this year, a meme was going around Twitter, Facebook, and presumably other soc-meds, too: People were listing their favorite movies for every year that they had been alive. This struck the SportsAlcohol.com core cinema team as a fun exercise, so Marisa, Nathaniel, Sara, and Jesse each produced one such list, sent it to each other, and discussed the results. Which years wound up with universal consensus? Which years were wildly divergent? Which directors turned up again and again...