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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. Download Popup

Episode 73: Manchester by the Sea


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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. Download Popup

Episode 72: Elle


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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. Download Popup

Episode 72: Assassin’s Creed



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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, […]

Episode 70: La La Land


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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. Download Popup

Episode 69: Nocturnal Animals


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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. Download Popup

68. Peter and the Farm


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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. Download Popup

Episode 67: Loving



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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. Download Popup

Episode 66: Into the Inferno


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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. Download Popup

Episode 65: Arrival


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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. Download Popup

Episode 64: Hacksaw Ridge


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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. Download Popup

Episode 63: Christine



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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. Download Popup

Episode 62: Certain Women


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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. Download Popup

Episode 61: American Honey


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In this episode your hosts discuss the controversy surrounding director Nate Parker and other films involving rebel uprisings. The Episode Theme is boxing, inspired by our review of The Fits. Podcast hosts: Matthew Balz, Jason Callen, and Jacob Mouradian. Download Popup

Episode 60: The Birth of a Nation


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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. Download Popup

Episode 59: The Fits