Matthew Balz




In this episode your hosts discuss director Kenneth Longergan’s directorial career, Casey Affleck’s career and controversy, and compassionate characters. The Episode Theme is home invasions, inspired by our review of Elle. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 73: Manchester by the Sea


In this episode your hosts discuss director Paul Verhoeven’s directorial career, “Eurotrash” tone, and David Fincher’s Gone Girl. The Episode Theme is assassinations, inspired by our review of Assassin’s Creed. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 72: Elle



In this episode your hosts discuss director Justin Kurzel’s filmography, video game adaptations, and “Greek Weird Wave” films. The Episode Theme is stage concerts, inspired by our review of La La Land. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 72: Assassin’s Creed


In this episode your hosts discuss director Damien Chazelle’s previous film Whiplash, Modern nostalghia-farming, trends in Academy Award Best Picture winners, the portrayal of jazz in film, and real life experiences in Los Angeles. The Episode Theme is story-within-a-story, inspired by our review of Nocturnal Animals. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, […]

Episode 70: La La Land


  Director: Gore Verbinski Starring: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth Synopsis: An aspiring executive ventures out to the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO from a health facility, but discovers that there are unsettling secrets within the facility’s operations. Notes: Gore Verbinski has always impressed me with the […]

“A Cure for the Wellness” trailer


In this episode your hosts discuss director Tom Ford’s career outside of filmmaking, film characters’ perception of reality, and revenge. The Episode Theme is farm animals, inspired by our review of Peter and the Farm. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 69: Nocturnal Animals



In this episode your hosts discuss documentary films’ presentation of reality, tone, structure, and character studies. The Episode Theme is court rooms, inspired by our review of Loving. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 68: Peter and the Farm


In this episode your hosts discuss Jeff Nichol’s career, Gothic America, Nick Kroll, and spoiling historical biopics. The Episode Theme is volcanoes, inspired by our review of Into the Inferno. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 67: Loving


In this episode your hosts discuss Werner Herzog’s career and documentary storytelling technique. The Episode Theme is language, inspired by our review of Arrival. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 66: Into the Inferno


In this episode your hosts discuss Denis Villeneuve’s directorial career, time paradoxes, and popular music used in soundtracks. The Episode Theme is service person, inspired by our review of Hacksaw Ridge. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 65: Arrival



In this episode your hosts discuss Mel Gibson’s personal life and professional career, the documentary The Conscientious Objector, and historical accuracy in film. The Episode Theme is journalism, inspired by our review of Christine. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 64: Hacksaw Ridge


In this episode your hosts discuss Antonio Campos’ filmography, subdued violence, and Michael Shannon’s acting career. The Episode Theme is rural America, inspired by our review of Certain Women. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 63: Christine


In this episode your hosts discuss Kelly Reichardt’s filmography, this film’s presence in social media, and “Observational Cinema.” The Episode Theme is salesperson, inspired by our review of American Honey. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 62: Certain Women