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Can We Still Be Friends? is a podcast that tests the limits of the friendship between Ryan Ebling and Nate Gass, two people who mistake movie taste for personal morality. Each episode is devoted to one piece of pop culture that they can’t agree on. As a way of preserving the friendship and reaching common ground, Ryan and Nate revisit the work, discuss/argue the merits or shortcomings, and decide whether their friendship can survive. Whether you’re a film buff or a casual viewer, Can We Still Be Friends? is a great place to hear impassioned and entertaining discussion between two people who know each other too well and hold their opinions too dear.

Can We Still Be Friends? is a podcast that tests the limits of the friendship between Ryan Ebling and Nate Gass, two people who mistake movie taste for personal morality. Each episode is devoted to one piece of pop culture that they can’t agree on. As a way of preserving the friendship and reaching common ground, Ryan and Nate revisit the work, discuss/argue the merits or shortcomings, and decide whether their friendship can survive. Whether you’re a film buff or a casual viewer, Can We Still Be Friends? is a great place to hear impassioned and entertaining discussion between two people who know each other too well and hold their opinions too dear.
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Chicago, IL

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Can We Still Be Friends? is a podcast that tests the limits of the friendship between Ryan Ebling and Nate Gass, two people who mistake movie taste for personal morality. Each episode is devoted to one piece of pop culture that they can’t agree on. As a way of preserving the friendship and reaching common ground, Ryan and Nate revisit the work, discuss/argue the merits or shortcomings, and decide whether their friendship can survive. Whether you’re a film buff or a casual viewer, Can We Still Be Friends? is a great place to hear impassioned and entertaining discussion between two people who know each other too well and hold their opinions too dear.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 56: The Thing (1982)

10/19/2017
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Welcome to our 4th Annual Holiday Spooktacular. This year, Nate and Ryan discuss John Carpenter’s The Thing, a 1982 horror flop that has become a bona fide classic. Listen as they discuss what has made The Thing into such a beloved film and how it has aged over the past 35 years. … Continue reading The post Ep. 56: The Thing (1982) appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:05:29


Ep. 55: Starship Troopers

9/23/2017
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Nate and Ryan continue their unofficial tour through 1997 by watching director Paul Verhoeven’s divisive sci-fi cult classic, Starship Troopers. Joined by guest (and Starship Troopers fan) Dan Wartsbaugh, Nate and Ryan try to find out if this is a scathing, brilliant satire, skewering the tropes of violence-worshiping blockbuster action flicks, or … Continue reading The post Ep. 55: Starship Troopers appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:18:24


Ep. 54: Wayne’s World and Austin Powers

8/25/2017
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For most of the ’90s, Mike Meyers’ catchphrases were repeated ad nauseam everywhere from dorm rooms to boardrooms (We’re guessing. We weren’t in a single boardroom in the ’90s, but you get it). With Wayne’s World celebrating its 25th anniversary and Austin Powers celebrating its 20th, Nate and Ryan decided to watch both … Continue reading The post Ep. 54: Wayne’s World and Austin Powers appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:13:17


Ep. 53: Marie Antoinette

7/20/2017
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In 2006, Sofia Coppola’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning smash Lost In Translation was the hotly anticipated, but tepidly received Marie Antoinette. She recently returned to the spotlight as she won Best Director at Cannes with her most recent film The Beguiled. With the middle of summer bringing the celebration of Bastille Day, Nate … Continue reading The post Ep. 53: Marie Antoinette appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:06:31


Ep. 52: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

6/7/2017
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Nate and Ryan rewatch Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the other sci-fi classic released 40 years ago. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters solidified Spielberg’s aesthetic and helped bring hard(ish) sci-fi into the mainstream. With all the hallmarks of great Spielberg movies wrapped up nicely in one movie, Nate and Ryan … Continue reading The post Ep. 52: Close Encounters of the Third Kind appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:05:05


Ep. 51: The Fast and the Furious

5/10/2017
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Not ones to be left out, Nate and Ryan decide to see what all the fuss is about with this The Fast and the Furious franchise. With The Fate of the Furious setting records at the box office, it seemed high time that they give the original a shot. For help, they brought in … Continue reading The post Ep. 51: The Fast and the Furious appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 00:56:07


Ep. 50: Network

4/6/2017
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Note: This episode and its clips contain language not suitable for all audiences. Also, as might be expected, this episode is pretty politically charged. We welcome your comments (and your anger), but please keep it civil. For their 50th episode, Nate and Ryan take a look at how Network (1976) and … Continue reading The post Ep. 50: Network appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:01:17


Ep. 49: Titanic

3/1/2017
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Nate and Ryan invite special guest Anne Singleton to revisit their high school days and watch Titanic, released 20 years ago. Titanic cemented its legacy when it won a record-tying 11 Oscars and became one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Nate, Ryan, and Anne discuss how the film has held … Continue reading The post Ep. 49: Titanic appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:12:52


Ep. 48: Singin’ in the Rain

1/26/2017
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As La La Land continues to be an Oscar favorite (14 nominations), Nate and Ryan explore what might be the most revered of all movie musicals: Singin’ in the Rain. Though Singin’ in the Rain didn’t garner any Oscar wins (and only 2 nominations), it has lived on to be adored by fans, … Continue reading The post Ep. 48: Singin’ in the Rain appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:35:49


Ep. 47: Die Hard

12/15/2016
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It’s our 3rd Holiday Spectacular, and this year, Nate and Ryan are watching a more contentious entry into the Holiday Movie Canon: 1988’s Die Hard. For a Holiday Spectacular this outside the box, Nate and Ryan called in some back up. Friend of the program and most frequent guest Evan Mather … Continue reading The post Ep. 47: Die Hard appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:28:11


Ep. 46: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

11/29/2016
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Nate and Ryan revisit the launching of a cinematic empire by watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Additionally, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released to enormous box office success nearly 15 years to the day that the first Harry Potter movie was … Continue reading The post Ep. 46: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:27:57


Ep. 45: The Wicker Man (1973)

10/17/2016
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It’s our 3rd Halloween episode, and Nate and Ryan are taking the opportunity to watch The Wicker Man, another classic horror movie that’s always been on their list. Though it had an inauspicious release in 1973, The Wicker Man has become the epitome of a cult classic, with various versions making the … Continue reading The post Ep. 45: The Wicker Man (1973) appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 00:54:41


Ep. 44: The Magnificent Seven (1960)

10/5/2016
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Nate and Ryan talk about their first western, The Magnificent Seven, starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen and directed by John Sturges. With Antoine Fuqua’s remake still in theaters, Nate and Ryan discuss how the original (itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai) holds up today. While The Magnificent Seven isn’t … Continue reading The post Ep. 44: The Magnificent Seven (1960) appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 00:54:16


Ep. 43: Stand by Me

9/7/2016
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With Labor Day just behind us, and summer more or less over, Nate and Ryan watch and discuss Rob Reiner’s much loved coming-of-age movie Stand by Me. Based on a short story by Stephen King, Stand by Me was released 30 years ago, meaning many of its original fans have 10-year-olds of … Continue reading The post Ep. 43: Stand by Me appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:33:56


Ep. 42: JFK

8/4/2016
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Nate and Ryan revisit Oliver Stone’s controversial classic from 1991: JFK. Inspired by the incredible light-shedding documentary OJ: Made in America, Nate and Ryan wanted to rewatch another film that explores the details of one of the most famous events in history. The film follows New Orleans attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) … Continue reading The post Ep. 42: JFK appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:42:15


Ep. 41: Ghostbusters

6/30/2016
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Nate and Ryan invite their friend Tim along to rewatch the 1984 hit comedy Ghostbusters, in anticipation of the new reboot. Many people have cried out against this new film, saying that changing it will “ruin their childhood.” Since this movie wasn’t really a part of Nate or Ryan’s childhoods, they … Continue reading The post Ep. 41: Ghostbusters appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:27:22


Ep. 39: Moulin Rouge!

5/14/2016
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Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 musical Moulin Rouge! became a bit of a slow burn hit. Its unfiltered story of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love struck a chord with some movie goers, but the unique and frenetic visual style left some viewers exhausted and annoyed. Spurred on by the popularity of Hamilton, another … Continue reading The post Ep. 39: Moulin Rouge! appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:27:12


Ep. 38: Borat

4/1/2016
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For this episode, Nate and Ryan go back to their college years to re-watch Borat, a movie they haven’t seen since they were undergrads 10 years ago. Sacha Baron Cohen has a new movie, The Brothers Grimsby, in theaters, and a recent illuminating interview on WTF with Marc Maron made Nate and Ryan wonder … Continue reading The post Ep. 38: Borat appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:19:59


Ep. 37: Barton Fink

3/12/2016
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Inspired by the recent release of the latest Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!, Nate and Ryan revisit Barton Fink. Despite winning three major awards at Cannes in 1991, the film is usually one of the underseen, if not forgotten film in the Coen Brothers Canon. Though both Nate and Ryan had seen this … Continue reading The post Ep. 37: Barton Fink appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:30:33


Ep. 36: Boyz N the Hood

2/17/2016
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With the Academy failing to nominate a single non-white actor in any acting category for the second year in a row, Nate and Ryan watch John Singleton’s breakout 1991 film Boyz N the Hood. The film earned the first-time writer/director nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, making him not … Continue reading The post Ep. 36: Boyz N the Hood appeared first on Can We Still Be Friends?.

Duration: 01:24:37

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