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Film critics Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) have a weekly conversation about a movie-- is it "canon" or not? They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show and then the legacy of each film will be officially decided forevermore.

Film critics Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) have a weekly conversation about a movie-- is it "canon" or not? They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show and then the legacy of each film will be officially decided forevermore.
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Film critics Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) have a weekly conversation about a movie-- is it "canon" or not? They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show and then the legacy of each film will be officially decided forevermore.




145 The Lost Boys (w/ Dallas Sonnier)

Producer Dallas Sonnier joins Amy this week to discuss the 1987 Joel Schumacher film “The Lost Boys.” Amy and Dallas talk about the otherworldly portrayal of California, the look and fashion of the film, and the acting contributions of Jason Patric and Dianne Wiest. Plus, they note how attention to tiny details and the unusual structure of the film work in its favor. Should “The Lost Boys” find a place in The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now! This epispode is sponsored by...


144 Fat Girl (w/ Ruben Östlund)

Ruben Östlund, director of Best Foreign Language Film nominee “The Square” joins Amy this week to discuss the 2001 French drama “Fat Girl.” They talk about the controversy surrounding the film’s title and its sexual themes, the relationship between the characters of Anais and Elena, and shocking ending before making their final cases. Does “Fat Girl” belong in The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now!


143 Gladiator vs. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (w/ Russ Fischer)

Amy and Russ close out Oscar Movie Month this week with the 2001 Best Picture winner and nominee respectively, Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” vs. Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” They break down the spectacle of “Gladiator,” noting the formula that brought it the Best Picture award plus Joaquin Phoenix’s stellar performance. Then, they discuss the game-changing action sequences of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” as well as its main character’s imperfections and how it brought...


142 Driving Miss Daisy vs. Field of Dreams (w/ Russ Fischer)

Amy and Russ continue Oscars Month this week with the 1990 Best Picture winner “Driving Miss Daisy” versus runner-up “Field of Dreams.” First, they take on “Driving Miss Daisy,” discussing Morgan Freeman’s breakout role as Moke Colburn, Jessica Tandy’s sublime unlikeability, and Hans Zimmer’s polarizing score. Then, they talk about “Field of Dreams” and its use of nostalgia, conflicting themes, and prime Kevin Costner. Which 1989 film deserves a spot in The Canon? Cast your vote on the...


141 Midnight Cowboy vs. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (w/ Russ Fischer)

Film critic Russ Fischer joins Amy for the second week of Oscars Month with a showdown from the 1970 Academy Awards: “Midnight Cowboy” vs. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” First, they discuss the Texas cowboy identity, X-rating, and treatment of homosexuality in “Midnight Cowboy.” Then they tackle “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” noting what it pulls from Greek myth, its combined star power of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and how it set the blockbuster paradigm. Should...


140 My Fair Lady vs. Mary Poppins (w/ Russ Fischer)

Film critic Russ Fischer joins Amy to kick off Oscar Movie Month with a musical showdown from 1965. First, Amy and Russ talk Best Picture winner “My Fair Lady,” noting Audrey Hepburn’s physical expressiveness, director George Cukor’s use of freeze, and standout songs. Then, they break down “Mary Poppins,” touching on its technical achievement, its depiction of the suffragette movement, and the exuberance Julie Andrews brought to the titular role. Should “My Fair Lady” or “Mary Poppins”...


139 The NeverEnding Story (w/ Dave Nadelberg)

This week, creator of Mortified Dave Nadelberg joins Amy to discuss the 1984 fantasy film “The NeverEnding Story.” They seek out the movie’s deeper subtexts and Dave explains what makes him hate one character in particular before they consider the film’s ambitious production design. Then, they talk about the film’s focus on imagination and how it embodies communal storytelling before making their final cases. Does “The NeverEnding Story” belong in The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf...


138 Harold and Maude vs. Being There (w/ Nate DiMeo)

This week, podcaster Nate DiMeo (The Memory Palace) joins Amy for a Hal Ashby versus: 1971’s “Harold and Maude” against 1979’s “Being There.” First, they discuss “Harold and Maude,” touching on its message of embracing life, what it says about dealing with your problems, and how the titular relationship defies the bounds of normalcy to feel totally natural. Then, Amy and Nate tackle the treatment of simplicity and limited information in “Being There,” with its theme of finding logic in the...


137 The Hustler (w/ David Scarpa)

Screenwriter David Scarpa (All the Money in the World) joins Amy this week to talk about the 1961 Paul Newman film “The Hustler.” David and Amy discuss how “The Hustler” subverts the underdog paradigm and questions what it means to be a winner or loser. Plus, they find meaning in Fast Eddie’s search for success and what it reveals about the nature of excellence before contrasting the acting of Paul Newman with costars Jackie Gleason and Piper Laurie. Does “The Hustler” belong in The Canon?...


136 The Best of 2017

Amy is joined by Engineer Sam to take listener calls as they discuss which film will enter The Canon as the Best of 2017! Will "The Florida Project" find its place? Does "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" have a hope? Will "Lady Bird" make the cut? Can "Get Out" get in? Or will "mother!" take the cake? Cast your vote for the Best of 2017 on the Earwolf forums now!


135 Monty Python and the Holy Grail vs. Monty Python's Life of Brian (w/ Graham Skipper)

This week, filmmaker Graham Skipper joins Amy to pit Monty Python’s two greatest comedies against one another: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” vs. “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.” Graham details a brief history of the sketch group before they get into “Holy Grail,” nothing its hilarious teardown of the Arthur legend and how it frames its own subversions within the movie. Then, they tackle “Life of Brian,” discussing its relevant social politics and how it nails religious satire. Finally,...


134 Love Actually (w/ Michael H. Weber)

Screenwriter Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Disaster Artist) joins Amy this week to discuss the 2003 romantic comedy “Love Actually.” They discuss how the film succeeds as a mosaic of interlocking stories and why it adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Plus, Michael shares some of the moments on his “Yikes” list before they assess the movie’s charm and take a deep dive into the many plot threads of “Love Actually.” Does “Love Actually” belong in The Canon? Cast your vote...


133 American Psycho (w/ April Wolfe)

Film critic and host of the podcast Switchblade Sisters April Wolfe joins Amy this week to discuss Mary Harron’s 2000 film “American Psycho.” They discuss the movie as a dissection of the American male psychosis and consider the equally-weighted feminine reactions throughout. Plus, they talk its initial reception, what the film did for Christian Bale’s career, and its continued relevance as a satire of American culture. Should "American Psycho" enter The Canon? Cast your vote on the...


132 Carnal Knowledge (w/ Molly Lambert)

Writer Molly Lambert joins Amy this week to discuss the 1971 drama “Carnal Knowledge.” They break down the contrast between Art Garfunkel and Jack Nicholson’s characters, the contemptuous directing of Mike Nichols, and Candice Bergen’s complex performance. Plus, they assess how the film contributed to the socialization of the genders and where it took advantage of the repeal of the Motion Picture Production Code. Does “Carnal Knowledge” belong in The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf...


131 His Girl Friday vs. The Philadelphia Story (w/ Chris Klimek)

NPR film critic Chris Klimek joins Amy this week to pit two 1940 Cary Grant screwball classics against one another: “His Girl Friday” vs. “The Philadelphia Story.” They discuss the underlying cynicism of “His Girl Friday” and why it isn’t a true romance upon deeper inspection. Then they break down the themes of class and wealth in “The Philadelphia Story” as well as the way Katherine Hepburn plays with the audience perception of actress as goddess followed by an assessment of the portrayal...


130 The Room (w/ Paul Scheer)

Paul Scheer returns this week to discuss the best worst movie of all time, “The Room.” He and Amy talk about the inscrutable details throughout the film, what it reveals about the gap between intention and fulfillment, and whether the characters represent facets of Tommy Wiseau’s unknowable brain. Plus, they discuss the true meaning behind the title and Paul shares his awe at working on a recreation of the set in “The Disaster Artist” before they dive into the questions “The Room” prompts...


129 Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (w/ Brett Morgen)

Filmmaker Brett Morgen (Jane) joins Amy this week to discuss the 1997 documentary “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control.” They touch on how the film changed the landscape of cinema, the power trifecta of director Errol Morris, cinematographer Robert Richardson, and editor Hank Corwin, and where the film’s subjects are now. Plus, Brett explains his take on how the documentary excels at externalizing the interior landscape of its characters. Should “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control” enter The Canon?...


128 Starship Troopers (w/ Jordan Hoffman)

Host of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast Jordan Hoffman joins Amy this week to discuss the 1997 sci-fi action film “Starship Troopers.” They break down the multiple interpretations of fascism the film presents and how the most likely one was influenced by director Paul Verhoeven’s wartime upbringing. Then, they discuss the film’s concentration on the human body, why what it doesn’t show is as important as what it does, and how it fits into our cultural narrative twenty years later....


127 Back to the Future Trilogy (w/ Evan Dickson)

Writer Evan Dickson joins Amy this week to discuss the complete Back to the Future trilogy! They pose the entire selection of films for entry into The Canon, touching on the deceptively deep themes, director Robert Zemeckis’s pioneering camerawork, and the unique middle-classiness of the BttF universe. Later, we find out why Biff Tannen is the most vile movie bully in cinematic history before Amy and Evan make their cases for which entries are Canon-worthy. Which Back to the Future films,...


126 The Brood (w/ Kier-La Janisse)

Author Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) joins Amy this week to discuss David Cronenberg’s 1979 film “The Brood.” They touch on the film’s treatment of trauma as theatre, the attachment of power to femininity, and how Cronenberg used his actors to play out a real-life personal tragedy. Plus, they get into what the rage monsters represent, and Kier-La shares some surprising information about human experimentation and the Satanic Panic. Does “The Brood” deserve a spot in The Canon?...


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