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046: The Winter Games Are Here

2/22/2018
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John and Max are talking about the Winter Olympics! They start by talking about the crazy flu season and the results of the Superbowl. Then they make their way into the new M:I - Fallout trailer. Then is the topic of the week where they talk about sports films to watch if you've been enjoying the Winter Olympics including Cool Runnings, Eddie the Eagle, James Bond, Mighty Ducks, and Miracle. Trailer of the week: Mission Impossible: Fallout What We've Been Watching: John: The Cloverfield...

Duration:01:02:33

045: Phantom Thread, Lady Bird, and the Oscar Nominations

2/7/2018
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It's before the Super Bowl, and John and Max discuss how they'll remain friends after the Patriots and the Eagles go head to head for football supremacy. Then, they share their thoughts about the 2018 Oscar nominations, including Phantom Thread's surprise Best Picture and Best Director nods and Lady Bird's chances to take home gold. What We've Been Watching: John: Harry Potter series Max: Paddington 2 Download the episode today and tweet at John and Max (@itsthepicpod). Like the...

Duration:01:05:14

044: 2018 Movie Preview

1/16/2018
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John and Max are talking about some of our most anticipated films of 2018. They start by talking about Mark Wahlberg and All the Money in the World. The trailer of the week is Tully, but they also talk about a trailer that came out over the holidays. Then they list off some of their anticipated films of 2017 before jumping into the 2018 films. What We've Been Watching: John: The Last Jedi Max: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, All the Money in the World Download the episode today and...

Duration:01:19:34

043: The Best Films of 2017

1/1/2018
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John and Max are closing out 2017 by sharing their respective top 10 lists, including films like Get Out, The Shape of Water, The Post, and more! Max also shares some thoughts about the new Star Wars film and the online backlash associated with it. They close by discussing their favorite holiday movies. Note: This podcast includes *very* mild plot spoilers about some of the films on their year-end lists.

Duration:01:17:26

042: Fall Movie Catch-up

12/12/2017
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John and Max are talking about some of the big movies currently playing in theaters and on Netflix They start by talking about a big merger between Disney and Fox that might be happening and then talk about how they're eager for The Last Jedi. The trailer of the week is Avengers: Infinity War and then they go into the main topic talking about some of the biggest films of the Fall in Molly's Game, I, Tonya, Mudbound, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Download the episode...

Duration:01:07:09

041: The Funky Films of A24

11/22/2017
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With The Florida Project, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Lady Bird all in theaters, John and Max take some time to discuss the films of A24 and how the studio went from nothing to Best Picture in just four years. They're also discussing Get Out Golden Globe drama (literally), Criterion news, the trailer for Spielberg's The Post, Murder on the Orient Express, and the 25th anniversary of Malcolm X. Intro Music: "Love" from the original motion picture score for Under the Skin by Mica Levi.

Duration:01:10:04

40: Halloween 2K17

11/2/2017
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John and Max are talking about Criterion Horror movie selections this week. They start by talking about Halloween costumes and they talk about the highly anticipated trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread. John has also finally watched Young Frankenstein for the first time! Finishing off with a What You've Been Watching Lately: John (Young Frankenstein) Max (Three Billboards, Thor Ragnarok) Download the episode today and tweet at John and Max (@itsthepicpod). Like the show?...

Duration:00:58:00

039: The Cinematography Episode

10/12/2017
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In honor of Roger Deakins' remarkable work on Blade Runner 2049, we're discussing his overall filmography, as well as those of other top cinematographers working today, including Emmanuel Lubezki, Hoyte Van Hoytema, and Maryse Alberti. Max also shares his thoughts on 2049, and both guys discuss the original Blade Runner, in addition to the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer and Creed 2 news.

Duration:01:04:53

038: So, mother! Is Crazy...

9/22/2017
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Darren Aronofsky's filmography is filled with controversial and confounding movies, but his latest, mother!, might take the cake. This week, John and Max dive in to all of them, including a spoiler-filled chat about the most polarizing film of the year. They're also talking about the new Downsizing trailer, another Star Wars director change, and the life and work of Harry Dean Stanton. Download the latest episode today, and follow the podcast on Twitter (@itsthepicpod) for more! PLUS:...

Duration:01:12:04

Bonus: TIFF 2017 Wrap-Up

9/20/2017
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John and Max are wrapping up the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 this week. Max talks about all the films he saw at TIFF and what were some of the most talked about and buzziest films of the festival! This is a bonus episode that runs a little shorter than normal, but we wanted to share Max's thoughts from the fest. Enjoy. Download the episode today and tweet at John and Max (@itsthepicpod). Like the show? Review us on iTunes! We are also available on Stitcher. John:...

Duration:00:37:24

037: TIFF 2017 Extravaganza

9/3/2017
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Max and Chris are talking about the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 this week. That's right. This week John was not able to make it, but we have a guest! Chris Evangelista from Cut Print Film joined us for this episode. His work has appeared at /Film, Mashable, The Film Stage and more. They start by talking about the other film festivals currently going on including Venice and Telluride. They also discuss that Martin Scorsese's latest film, The Irishman, has begun...

Duration:00:53:16

036: Dog Days

8/26/2017
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It's the calm before the storm for cinephiles, but John and Max found a lot to talk about on the news front between Criterion announcements, release date shuffling, and the recent Movie Pass price change. For their trailer of the week, they split on expectations for George Clooney's Suburbicon, and they've got a super-sized review section with thoughts on Detroit, Logan Lucky, HBO's The Leftovers, and more. Download the latest episode today, and follow the podcast on Twitter...

Duration:01:11:56

035: "The Suck Zone"

8/8/2017
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2nd Annual Disaster movie podcast! John and Max are talking about disaster movies this week! This is their second annual attempt at watching some really bad disaster movies and well they are still horrible! This year they are tackling Twister, Volcano, and Dante's Peak. They start by talking about the end of the Summer Box Office Contest. Then they follow it up with the trailer of the week with Call Me By Your Name. Then they start talking about the topic of the week. Aunt Ruth would...

Duration:01:02:52

034: Directing Long Enough to Become the Villain

7/24/2017
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This week, John and Max are discussing memory loss, wormholes, spinning tops, and magic tricks by diving into the filmography of Christopher Nolan. In honor of his latest, Dunkirk, we run down the popular director's highs and lows. Is he overrated? Or has the backlash gone too far? They're also discussing all the news out of Disney's D23 convention, including a first look at Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time. The trailer for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water went online right before...

Duration:01:05:44

033: "Your name's Baby? B-A-B-Y Baby?"

7/6/2017
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John and Max are talking about the many films of Edgar Wright. Wright's new film Baby Driver has just taken the box office by surprise and we have our thoughts on that and his others films as well. They start by talking about the news of a rumored Bond cinematic universe and MTV News pivot to video. Then they follow it up with the trailer of the week with The Greatest Showman. An update of the box office contest and then they are on to the topic of the week. Finishing off with a What...

Duration:01:08:17

032: The 80s Took My Breath Away

6/20/2017
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John and Max are talking with film critic Evan Crean this week about his book Your 80's Guide to Better Living. We discuss some of the breakout titles of the 80s and hear Evan's thoughts on many of them. They start by talking about the news of NYT Top 25 Films of the 21st Century List. Trailer of the week is Marvel's Black Panther and Brigsby Bear. Then they go in depth into the 80s with Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Indiana Jones. Finishing off with a What You've Been...

Duration:01:11:45

031: Closing the Door on Cannes

6/1/2017
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This week, John and Max run down this year's Cannes awards ceremony and other highlights, including The Beguiled, The Square, and Twin Peaks, from the 70th anniversary of the prestigious festival. They also discuss the passing of Sir Roger Moore, madness at the Alamo Drafthouse, and the trailer for Steven Soderbergh's first post-retirement film, Logan Lucky. What We've Been Watching: Max (Baywatch), John (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) Download the episode...

Duration:00:58:08

030: The Guardians of the Galaxy Have Arrived

5/15/2017
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Max and John talking about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and the MCU this week. Things get started with a discussion of the current peak TV season and then quickly go into the trailers of the week with Blade Runner 2049 and Thor: Ragnarok They also discuss what they've been watching, whether or not Baby Groot is Bad, and who exactly the villains are of the MCU. What We've Been Watching: Max (Key Largo), John (Manchurian Candidate) Download the episode today and tweet at John and Max...

Duration:01:09:28

029: Summer Box Office Draft Game: The Sequel

5/4/2017
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For the second summer in a row, Max and John are competing against each other in a box office competition to find out who knows blockbusters best. John has a Disney-heavy slate, while Max takes a few chances on auteurs. The winner will get to choose a film for the loser to review on the show ... assuming he gets around to watching it. They also discuss the passing of director Jonathan Demme, new additions to Cannes, David Fincher's World War Z 2, and the new trailer for the Kingsmen...

Duration:01:10:05

028: Cannes 2017 Preview

4/13/2017
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John and Max are talking about the Cannes Film Festival lineup for 2017! It is the festival's 70th anniversary and they have a great lineup. We start the show talking about some movie news including Star Wars Celebration and some upcoming films. We follow it up with our trailer of the week Detroit. Then we go deep into the films of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. What We've Been Watching: John (Fast and Furious Series / Survivor), Max (Goodbye Mr. Chips '39) Fandor Article:...

Duration:00:50:16

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