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  • Special Episode: Best and Worst of 2016 February 17, 2017

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    In this episode your hosst discuss the new releases of 2016, their favorite selections, their least favorite selections, and a number of honorary mentions.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 73: Manchester by the Sea January 12, 2017

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    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.

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  • Episode 72: Elle January 5, 2017

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    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.

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  • Episode 72: Assassin’s Creed December 29, 2016

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    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.

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  • Episode 70: La La Land December 22, 2016

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    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, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 69: Nocturnal Animals December 14, 2016

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    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.

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  • Episode 68: Peter and the Farm December 7, 2016

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    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.

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  • Episode 67: Loving December 2, 2016

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    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.

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  • Episode 66: Into the Inferno November 29, 2016

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    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.

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  • Episode 65: Arrival November 20, 2016

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    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.

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  • Episode 64: Hacksaw Ridge November 17, 2016

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    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.

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  • Episode 63: Christine November 2, 2016

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    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.

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  • Episode 62: Certain Women October 26, 2016

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    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.

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  • Episode 61: American Honey October 19, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Andrea Arnold’s award-winning streak, Realism films, baptism imagery, and Bildungsroman. The Episode Theme is rebellion, inspired by our review of The Birth of a Nation.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 60: The Birth of a Nation October 18, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss films involving rebel uprisings and the controversy surrounding director Nate Parker. The Episode Theme is boxing, inspired by our review of The Fits.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 59: The Fits October 5, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss the Milwaukee Film Festival, director Anna Rose Holmer, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s films. The Episode Theme is fandom, inspired by our review of Sully.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 58: Sully September 14, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Clint Eastwood’s career, disputed portrayal of real life events, flashback necessity, and Sully‘s sound design. The Episode Theme is coastlines, inspired by our review of The Light Between Oceans.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 57: The Light Between Oceans September 6, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Derek Cianfrance’s filmography, the portrayal of time-lapses, and Cianfrance’s cinematographers. The Episode Theme is poverty, inspired by our review of Hell or High Water.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 56: Hell or High Water August 31, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Taylor Sheridan, Ben Foster, and civilized society in classic Western films. The Episode Theme is curses, inspired by our review of Kubo and the Two Strings.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 55: Kubo and the Two Strings August 26, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss feature-length films from LAIKA studios and homosexual characters in animation. The Episode Theme is legends, inspired by our review of Pete’s Dragon.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 54: Pete’s Dragon August 17, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss child attendance in movie theatres, David Lowery’s ties to Milwaukee, and Disney’s Peter Pan brand. The Episode Theme is uninhabited cities, inspired by our review of Suicide Squad.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 53: Suicide Squad August 11, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss fandom backlash, Rotten Tomatoes, and the process of rating a movie. The Episode Theme is extramarital affairs, inspired by our review of Cafe Society.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 52: Cafe Society August 7, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss the purpose of narration, Corey Stoll, escapism through film-going, and character introductions. The Episode Theme is spaceships, inspired by our review of Star Trek Beyond.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 51: Star Trek Beyond August 1, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss the reaction to LGBT representation, the Star Trek franchise, and blockbuster trends. The Episode Theme is pet owners, inspired by our review of Wiener Dog.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 50: Wiener-Dog July 21, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss director Todd Solondz’ shocking film sequences, armchair activism, and Linklater vs Solondz. The Episode Theme is rescues, inspired by our review of The Secret Life of Pets.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 49: The Secret Life of Pets July 15, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Dr. Seuss adaptations, Chris Meledandri, and Alexandre Desplat. The Episode Theme is isolation, inspired by our review of Swiss Army Man.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 48: Swiss Army Man July 7, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss filmmakers’ self promotion, movie theatre walkouts, and death throes. The Episode Theme is dream sequences, inspired by our review of The Neon Demon.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 47: The Neon Demon July 5, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Nicolas Winding Refn’s interest in a Batgirl movie, Cannes film festival audience reactions, and Amazon Studio productions. The Episode Theme is kidnappings, inspired by our review of Finding Dory.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 46: Finding Dory June 29, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Pixar’s “co-director” film credit, box office records, and hyper-realistic animation. The Episode Theme is kingdoms, inspired by our review of Warcraft.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 45: Warcraft June 17, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss fandom of a film’s source material, Uwe Boll’s courtship of the Warcraft film rights, comparing fantasy films, and motion capturing actors. The Episode Theme is high society, inspired by our review of Love & Friendship.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 44: Love & Friendship June 17, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss period pieces, Jane Austen’s storytelling, and Whit Stillman’s career. The Episode Theme is hunting, inspired by our review of The Lobster.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 43: The Lobster June 3, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss the “Queer Palm” award, difficult forms of acting, and Yorgos Lanthimos’ unique style of filmmaking. The Episode Theme is car crashes, inspired by our review of Louder Than Bombs.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 42: Louder Than Bombs May 19, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss character development, resolution in movies, and unsympathetic characters . The Episode Theme is skyscrapers, inspired by our review of High Rise.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 41: High Rise May 12, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss video-on-demand streaming services, J.G. Ballard adaptations, and the depiction of future technology within old films. The Episode Theme is musical performances, inspired by our review of Green Room.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 40: Green Room May 4, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss red band trailers, 70’s cinema, and violence portrayed on screen. The Episode Theme is ancestry, inspired by our review of The Assassin.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 39: The Assassin April 27, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss wushu films, voyeuristic cinematography, and Nicolas Cage’s career. The Episode Theme is parenthood, inspired by our review of Midnight Special.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 38: Midnight Special April 20, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Michael Shannon’s career, comparisons with John Carpenter films, cheap endings, tentpole budgets vs independent budgets, and allusions to child abuse . The Episode Theme is cameras, inspired by our review of Eye in the Sky.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 37: Eye in the Sky April 6, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Alan Rickman’s final screen performances, procedural storytelling, and political thrillers. The Episode Theme is teams, inspired by our review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 36: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice April 1, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss dream-within-a-dream sequences, comparing superheroes to fascists, declaring a movie for fans instead of critics, and final-frame surprise endings. The Episode Theme is fortune tellers, inspired by our review of Knight of Cups.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 35: Knight of Cups March 23, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss director Terrence Malick’s production schedules, the concept of “pilgrim’s progress,” and Terrence Malick’s technique of “torpedoing.” The Episode Theme is bunkers, inspired by our review of 10 Cloverfield Lane.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 34: 10 Cloverfield Lane March 18, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss this film’s humble beginnings, the film “Cloverfield,” and movies about confinement. The Episode Theme is rabbits, inspired by our review of Zootopia.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz and Jason Callen.

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  • Episode 33: Zootopia March 9, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss the “uncanny valley” effect in animation, film references in film, Disney short documentaries, and Chris Sanders’ career. The Episode Theme is mafia, inspired by our review of Triple 9.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 32: Triple 9 March 2, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss the results of the Academy Awards, cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis, and actor Clifton Collins Jr. The Episode Theme is witchcraft, inspired by our review of The Witch.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 31: The Witch February 27, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss A24 films, Stanley Kubrick references, demon bunnies, dolly zoom shots, and the ideology of the real-life Satanic Temple. The Episode Theme is masks, inspired by our review of Deadpool.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 30: Deadpool February 24, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss their personal history with comic books, Ryan Reynolds’ career, and breaking the fourth wall in cinema. The Episode Theme is classic Hollywood, inspired by our review of Hail, Caesar.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 29: Hail, Caesar February 11, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss the Coen brother’s filmography, the real “Eddie Mannix,” and religious character depictions in this film. The Episode Theme is shootouts, inspired by our review of Jane Got A Gun.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 28: Jane Got A Gun February 7, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Gavin O’Connor’s filmography, Lynne Ramsay’s involvement with Jane Got A Gun, Western tropes, and villain motivations. The Episode Theme is voices, inspired by our review of Anomalisa.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Special Episode: Best and Worst of 2015 February 5, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts take a look back at film releases in 2015 and list their favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 27: Anomalisa January 28, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Oscar nominations, animated film recognition, and Charlie Kaufman’s previous film credits. The Episode Theme is manhunts, inspired by our review of The Revenant.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

    Special thanks to producer Chris Thompson.

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  • Episode 26: The Revenant January 13, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Native American roles in movies, the filmmaking technique of “lens splashing,” and Werner Herzog’s vision of nature. The Episode Theme is road trips, inspired by our review of Carol.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 25: Carol January 6, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss gender roles, women representation in film, and 1950’s film aesthetic. The Episode Theme is duels, inspired by our review of The Hateful Eight.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 24: The Hateful Eight January 3, 2016

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Tarantino’s iconic dialogue, Zoe Bell and female stunt women, and connections between The Hateful Eight and John Carpenter’s The Thing. The Episode Theme is life on the streets, inspired by our review of Tangerine.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 23: Tangerine December 24, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss this film’s use of IPhone cameras, transgender roles in the film industry, John Cassavetes, and the definition of “slice of life” films. The Episode Theme is musical interludes, inspired by our review of Chi-Raq.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 22: Chi-Raq December 18, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Spike Lee’s filmography, Matthew Libatique’s overall cinematography, and Spike Lee’s spat with Clint Eastwood. The Episode Theme is Christmas, inspired by our review of Krampus.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 21: Krampus December 9, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Michael Dougherty’s previous holiday film “Trick’r’Treat,” practical horror effects, a “Logan’s Run” society, and pseudo-documentaries. The Episode Theme is films with alternate realities, inspired by our review of “The Good Dinosaur.”

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 20: The Good Dinosaur December 2, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss the director roles of “The Good Dinosaur,” computer-generated cinematography vs. live action cinematography, other dinosaur films, and Brad Dourif’s alien character in Werner Herzog’s “The Wild Blue Yonder.” Our Episode theme is escape in films, inspired by our review of Room.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 19: Room November 25, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Lenny Abrahamson’s filmography, Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”, disappointment in American independent filmmaking, childhood perspective, holiday movies we are excited about, and the new email account for listener feedback. Our Episode theme is sex in films, inspired by our review for Love.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 18: Love November 18, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss corrections from previous episodes, Gaspar Noé’s filmography, the definition of “orgies,” and other relationships portrayed in film. Our Episode theme is opening shots, inspired by the review for Spectre.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 17: Spectre November 12, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss previous Bond films, memorable Bond villains, and the potential of a new James Bond. Our Episode theme is father-daughter relationships, inspired by our review of Steve Jobs.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 16: Steve Jobs November 7, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Danny Boyle’s filmography, comparisons between Aaron Sorkin scripts, and sympathizing with characters on screen. Our Episode theme is noteworthy set design, inspired by our review of Crimson Peak.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 15: Crimson Peak October 23, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Guillermo del Toro’s filmography, the use of “hooks” as an introductory device, and the portrayal of ghosts on screen. Our Episode theme is isolated characters, inspired by our review of The Martian.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz and Jason Callen.

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  • Episode 14: The Martian October 18, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Ridley Scott’s vast filmography, the growing number of NASA-influenced films, and Donald Glover as an actor. Our Episode theme is torture scenes, inspired by our review of Sicario.

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 13: Sicario October 15, 2015

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    In this episode your hosts discuss Denis Villeneuve’s filmography and Oscar worth. Our Episode theme is gangster films, inspired by our review of Black Mass.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 12: Black Mass October 6, 2015

    In this episode your hosts discuss the movie’s character motivations, the documentary Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, and Jacob’s favorite performance from Black Mass (hint: it’s not Johnny Depp). Our Episode theme is found footage films, inspired by our review of The Visit.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 9: Jimmy’s Hall October 6, 2015

    In this episode your hosts compare Ken Loach’s films, reluctant heroes, and that satisfying endings are not always happy endings. Our Episode theme is relationships with age differences, inspired by our review of Irrational Man.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 10: Mistress America October 6, 2015

    In this episode your hosts discuss Noah Baumbach’s filmography and the portrayal of modern generations in his films. Our Episode theme is towns torn about by conflict, inspired by our review of Jimmy’s Hall.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 11: The Visit October 6, 2015

    In this episode your hosts discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s filmography, the logistics of found footage films, and the repeating styles of Shyamalan’s movies. Our Episode theme is strong female characters, inspired by our review of Mistress America.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.

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  • Episode 8: Irrational Man September 3, 2015

    In this episode your hosts discuss issues with film narration, Woody Allen’s filmography, and the blending of comedy and dark comedy. Our Episode theme deals with body modification, inspired by our review of Fantastic Four.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.


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  • Episode 7: Fantastic Four September 3, 2015

    In this episode your hosts discuss directors who criticize their own films, musician Philip Glass, and Tim Blake Nelson’s hilarious role. Our Episode theme deals with chase sequences, inspired by the review of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.


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  • Episode 6: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation September 3, 2015

    In this episode your hosts discuss the Mission Impossible franchise, realism in film fight scenes, JJ Abram’s grasp on the film industry, and Tom Cruise’s career choices. Our Episode Theme follows fame as depicted in movies, inspired by the review of Amy.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.


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  • Episode 5: Amy September 3, 2015

    In this episode your hosts discuss the new documentary about Amy Winehouse, overall documentary quality, and artists and their work. Our Episode Theme touches on iconic villain roles, inspired by the review of Ant-Man.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.


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  • Episode 4: Ant-man September 3, 2015

    In this episode your hosts discuss the Marvel film juggernaut, supervillains, and female roles in film. Episode Theme follows worthwhile child actors, inspired by our review of Self/Less.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.


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  • Episode 3: Self-less September 3, 2015

    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.


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  • Episode 2: Me And Earl And The Dying Girl September 3, 2015

    In this episode your hosts discuss the newest embodiment of Sundance Film Festival buzz as well as movies that depict people inside of another person’s head, inspired by the previous review of Inside Out.
    Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian.


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  • Episode 1: Inside out September 2, 2015

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