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Weekend Watchlist: Minions: The Rise of Gru, The Forgiven and Clara Sola
This week Mitchell and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Minions: The Rise of Gru, The Forgiven and Clara Sola. There is also talk about trademarking “Simmering Cinema” just FYI. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss questionable deaths in 4K UHD. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Mitchell’s top 2022 list Matt Neglia’s Minions review Chris Evangelista, Stephen Miller and Modern Lights’ The Forgiven reviews Claira Curtis and Darren Carver-Balsiger’s Clara Sola reviews Hanna and Kate Rose’s Elvis reviews Alex Kaplan’s Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe review Zach Pope’s The Black Phone review Kev and Scott’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On reviews Emma Hodge’s Memoria review Mason’s Lilo & Stitch review Alexandria’s The Thing review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:44
June 30, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Elvis, The Black Phone and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
This week Mia and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Elvis, The Black Phone and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Mia also shares details of her Tribeca trip and finally reveals her fear of seeing bike rides in film. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss direct-to-video ninja movies. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Ella’s Elvis review Brian’s The Black Phone review Selome and Michell’s Marcel the Shell reviews MikeyP’s Lightyear review Emma’s Cha Cha Real Smooth review Bryce and Soph’s Mad God reviews Kingston’s Spiderhead review Ev’s Fat Girl review Jane’s the Beguiled review Ryan’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire review PotatoButler’s Father of the Bride review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:52
June 23, 2022
Four Favorites with So Yun Um: Fellini, Wong Kar-Wai, Justin Lin and Keanu
Filmmaker and Letterboxd member So Yun Um joins hosts Slim and Gemma for a chat about her new Tribeca sell-out documentary Liquor Store Dreams, and her four Letterboxd faves: Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love; Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow; Federico Fellini’s 8½ and the Wachowski Sisters’ The Matrix. Plus: throwing caution to the wind and becoming a filmmaker, the fleeting moments that give us life, getting around Netflix’s screenshot ban, sexy noodles, who we would date from the Better Luck Tomorrow cast, So’s Johnny Tran prequel pitch (are you listening, Justin Lin?), making dads proud, neo-realism vs French New Wave, all our fave Keanu movies, small businesses, neighborhoods, high grades, parents who just want you married off, how The Matrix broke down barriers at high school and the Danny-from-Liquor Store Dreams spinoff we want to see. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; So’s Ten Underrated AAPI movies for Letterboxd Journal; So’s Reel Thoughts on YouTube and her reaction videos for Avengers: Endgame, Magic Mike XXL and Interstellar; Isabel Sandoval’s Four Faves Episode and her Sensual Cinema essay; Roger Ebert yelling at Sundance. Reviews mentioned: Sean Baker’s The Florida Project review, Lucy’s In the Mood for Love review, reviews of Better Luck Tomorrow by Eric D. Snider, Willy vvvv, reviews of 8½ by Justmiaslife, Ella Kemp, Torusoryu, Sam. Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:08:57
June 21, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Lightyear, Cha Cha Real Smooth and Mad God
This week Mitchell and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Lightyear, Cha Cha Real Smooth and Mad God. Can Kosinski save cinema again with Spiderhead? The answer may surprise you. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss Sly Stallone hanging above dangerous-looking cliffs for our enjoyment. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Rachel Wagner’s Lightyear review Brian and Robert’s Cha Cha Real Smooth reviews Mia’s Mad God review Kate and Gabb’s Jurassic World Dominion reviews Mitch’s Hustle review Liam’s Pleasantville review Kyle’s The Art of Racing in the Rain review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:48
June 16, 2022
Four Favorites with Elizabeth Purchell: Trans menaces, Chocolate Babies, mulleted lesbians and radical cinema
Film historian and Letterboxd “adult task force” member Elizabeth Purchell joins hosts Slim and Gemma to unearth four absolutely under-seen historic favorites on The Letterboxd Show for Pride Month: Rosa Von Praunheim’s City of Lost Souls, Jack Deveau’s Drive, Stephen Winter’s Chocolate Babies and Juliet Bashore’s Kamikaze Hearts, along with a chat about her Ask Any Buddy film and podcast. Plus: radical cinema, radical portraits, radical activism, the prolific Rosa Von Praunheim, the best mullet ever seen on film, wangs in jars, trans icons, adult films about Jesus, the endless joys of Jess Franco movies, and the film that has just one fan on Letterboxd. This episode contains plentiful discussion of adult cinema. P.S. “Watch Lady Terminator as fast as you can.” Lists: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; JF’s Turn the gaze around list; Saige’s queer films that are *chef’s kiss*; Sam P’s Solo Blasters: Directors Who Made One Film in Their Career Reviews: Elizabeth’s Sleepaway Camp review; reviews of Ask Any Buddy by John Robinson, Be Brave Morvern’; reviews of City of Lost Souls by Michael and David; reviews of Kamikaze Hearts by Sally Jane Black and Joan; Starboy’s Chocolate Babies review Other Links: NY Times profile on Elizabeth; Spectacle Theater’s Rosa Von Praunheim series Bruno Araujo on Letterboxd (the one fan of Drive); Austin Film Society; Interview magazine feature on Stephen Winter and Lee Daniels Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Austin and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:04:44
June 14, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Jurassic World Dominion, Hustle and The Janes
This week Mia and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Jurassic World Dominion, Hustle and The Janes. We are living in Pratt-aissance whether we like it or not. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and drift into Dave’s Letterboxd Top 250 for the first time. Also ninjas. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available South Fellini’s Philly merch David Erlich’s Hustle review Ella and Ian’s The Janes review Slim’s low-fi sci-fi list Dave, Sarah, Thomas and KK’s Crimes of the Future reviews Alexandria’s Watcher review DiddyRose’s In the Mood for Love review Phillip’s All Monster’s Attack review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
28:32
June 09, 2022
Four Favorites with Lucy May: Portrait Nation, Amélie, Maika Monroe and Parker Posey
Video editor, writer and Letterboxd member Lucy May joins hosts Gemma and Slim for a MegaSound 8000 influencer session on her four favorite films: Amélie; It Follows; Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Josie and the Pussycats. Plus: Why Lucy’s dad is the best Letterboxd dad. Glass men and brittle bones. Getting serious about It Follows, for once. Opinions about elevated horror. Slim’s boys’ night out at Portrait. The power of Parker Posey. The best present Lucy ever received. The best band managers in movies. Modern Archie comics. Why Saw V is saw-ly underrated. An apology to the Letterboxd moderators. Does Slim even know what Björk looks like? And Lucy’s top five lesbian film hits for Pride month. The Letterboxd list of films mentioned. Links: Lucas’ weird girl rights!!! list, Megan’s films for the lonely, Hayley’s snuggly wuggly flicks for anxiety driven chicks, Lucy’s most peculiar list of comfort movies, comedies that are ahead of their time, and movies where the main character clearly has feelings for her best friend, Letterboxd’s official High Risers, Claudio’s Band Manager References. Reviews of Amélie by Lucy, Vee, Lily, Dirk, Issy. Reviews of It Follows by Lucy, Lucy, Lucy, Lucy, and Slim. Reviews of Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Todd, Stephanie and James. Josie and the Pussycats reviews by Muriel, Joe Lynch and Gemma. Lucy’s Dad’s Parasite and Tenet reviews. Lucy’s Dad’s LB profile, Lucy’s niece’s profile, Lucy on Vimeo, Lucy’s 90s teen movie video retrospective, Dominic Corry’s Céline Sciamma Q&A. Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:11:58
June 07, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Crimes of the Future, Watcher and Fire Island
This week Mia and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Crimes of the Future, Watcher and Fire Island. Special shout-out to all the Cronen-babes out there. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and drift into potential cannibalism. This episode is brought to you by Kino Lorber’s Neptune Frost; in theaters this weekend and expanding wide next week. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Slim’s Interview with the Podcast Vampire: a Tom Cruise podcast Mitchell’s Acting Out podcast Marya’s Neptune Frost review Dave and Scorgie’s Crimes of the Future reviews Lucy and Josh Ruben’s Watcher reviews Bowen Yang and Slim’s Fire Island reviews Ella’s Benediction review Gemma’s Phantom of the Open review Zach and Ryan’s After Blue reviews Andy and Matt’s Top Gun: Maverick reviews Mitch’s The Bob’s Burgers Movie review Ryan’s Men review Alicia’s The Quiet Girl interview Liam’s Vanilla Sky review Mrs. Darcy’s Speed review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
27:35
June 02, 2022
Four Favorites with Mitchell Beaupre: Horny nerds in suits, Agnès Varda, David Lynch, ’80s cinema
Get the Letterboxd Show disease in you as film quiz queen, gritty essay king, Letterboxd Journal senior editor and Weekend Watchlist co-host Mitchell Beaupre joins hosts Gemma and Slim for a conversation about their favorite films: Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation and Agnès Varda’s Le Bonheur. Plus: missing the pre-Covid days of all-night wacky shenanigans, gritty New York films, life below 14th Street, the family viewing potential of Blue Velvet (hear us out), video-store nostalgia, dad films, men movies, the joys of pants-down noodling, The Slumber Party Massacre, and why Hot Tub Time Machine has a very, very special place in Mitchell’s heart and the rest of us are all going to Letterboxd jail. “This is a cocaine-free podcast.” Lists, Reviews and Links mentioned: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Steph’s Horny Nerd in a Suit’s Worst Night; Tommy’s Help! I Got Too Horny; Jamal’s In the last 30 minutes or so everything comes into focus. Reviews of After Hours by Amaya; Blue Velvet by Colin the dude; The Conversation by Slim and Mia; Le Bonheur by Jack, Raul, Kambole and theriverjordan. Acting Out Podcast, Mitchell’s Paste Magazine story on Dennis Hopper, Inside The Actors Studio—Dennis Hopper; The B-Side – Gene Hackman episode (with Mitchell Beaupre); Mitchell’s interview with Céline Sciamma; Jenni Olson’s Four Faves episode Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:17:37
May 31, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Top Gun: Maverick, The Bob’s Burgers Movie and RRR
This week Mitchell and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Top Gun: Maverick, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, RRR and yet another podcast about Tom Cruise. They also look back at recent releases and community reviews. Finally, we shuffle our watchlists to learn maybe too much about Harrison Ford. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Slim’s Interview with the Podcast Vampire: a Tom Cruise podcast Slim, Dom and Dawson’s Top Gun: Maverick review Dan and FakeRobHunter’s The Bob’s Burgers Movie reviews Gemma, Brandon, and slim’s RRR reviews Ben and TeeTonyTone’s Men reviews PotatoButler and El’s Chip ’n Dale reviews Mitchell’s Wild Things review Journal links: Rory Kinnear (Men) from Isaac Feldberg, Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) from Gemma, and the cast and filmmakers from Emergency from Annie Lyons Slim’s Bloodfist VI review Mitchell and Patrick’s Presumed Innocent reviews DiddyRose’s On the Count of Three review Philip’s Jackass 4.5 review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Dave’s Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films list Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:59
May 26, 2022
Four Favorites with Vagabon: Pretty Woman, Fincher, Huppert and Courtney Barnett
Vagabon, AKA musician and Letterboxd member Laetitia Tamko, joins hosts Gemma and Slim for a tour of her four favorite films: Pretty Woman; The Piano Teacher; The Worst Person in the World and Seven. Plus: Elden Ring, discovering Prince via Pretty Woman, covering Gen-X hits with Liz Phair, covering Karen Dalton with Courtney Barnett, loving Nancy Meyers, being f—ed up by Michael Haneke, wanting stability and chaos, and the hypothetical psychological rom-com starring Patti Harrison and Vagabon that we deserve. Vagabon plays at Storm King in New Windsor, NY, on June 25, 2022. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Sydney’s list “Please god don’t make me turn 30”; Bethany’s films that destigmatized sex + sexuality for me as a woman; Silent J’s Films That Got You Addicted To Songs Reviews mentioned: Reviews of Pretty Woman by emma and sophie; The Piano Teacher by Hari Nef, zachhayes, Dead Ringer; Se7en by Sean; The Worst Person in the World by Lily; Laetitia’s reviews of The Parent Trap, The Northman, Shrek Other links: Vagabon’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert and Bandcamp, You Must Remember This podcast Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Brooklyn and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:02:19
May 24, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Men, Emergency and Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers
This week Mia and Slim discuss Margot Robbie's alleged Letterboxd account, their growing watchlists including Men, Emergency, Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers and dead-doving bad movies. They also look back at recent releases and community reviews. Finally, we shuffle our watchlists to find true love with Colin Farrell. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Mia and Slim’s Men reviews Mitchell, Jack, and Justin’s Emergency reviews Gemma’s rating-less and heart-less Downton Abbey review KK Slider and Phillip’s On the Count of Three reviews Kingston’s Boogie Nights review Steven’s St Elmo’s Fire review DiddyRose’s The Duke review David’s Films to be Avoided at All Costs by Cat Lovers list Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Dave’s Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films list Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
26:33
May 19, 2022
Four Favorites with The Bechdel Cast: Titanic, Jack Black and the Paddington mafia
The Bechdel Cast’s Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante joins hosts Gemma and Slim to discuss four favorite films: Paddington 2; Titanic; School of Rock and I, Tonya. Note: this episode is a safe space for Jack Black fans. Plus: why Paddington will always pass the Bechdel Test, ranking Nicole Kidman’s wigs, terrifying Paddington mafia logic, whether the Poddington podcast will ever come to life, Sally Hawkins, Titanic tourism, Jamie’s hole-punch era, the two-part Titanic VHS, our Billy Zane anecdotes, Phantom merch, horny ’90s women, Fabrizio, why Jack Black needs to be kissing in more movies, Joan Cusack’s iconic monologue, Jamie’s MoviePass addiction to I, Tonya, Caitlin’s cult, and movie teams that could beat Thanos. Lists mentioned: The list of movies mentioned in this episode. Member lists: most obsessively rewatched Paddington film; green flags; when ur on ur period; the straights get me every goddamn time; Movies my cat has paid attention to; teams that could have defeated thanos Reviews mentioned: Reviews of Paddington 2 by Lauren and Sophie; Titanic by Chris and Sarah; School of Rock by Avery and Will; I, Tonya by Demi and Niceguys. Credits Recorded in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Auckland. Edited by Slim. Theme music: “Vampiros Danceoteque” by Moniker. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. The Letterboxd Show and Weekend Watchlist are TAPEDECK productions.
01:12:09
May 17, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Pleasure, On the Count of Three and The Innocents
This week Mitchell and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Pleasure, On the Count of Three, The Innocents, and the No-Slims LB Survivor Club. They also look back at recent releases and community reviews. Finally, we shuffle our watchlists but not before one host finally revealing their thoughts on The Sacrifice. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Mitchell and Slim’s Pleasure reviews Claira and Mitchell’s On the Count of Three reviews Slim’s The Innocents review Jeremy’s Happening review Andy, Rowan and Kingston’s Doctor Strange 2 reviews Mia’s Men review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Gemma’s Leonor Will Never Die review Dave’s Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films list Ross’s Blood for Dracula review Liam’s Sorry We Missed You review Georgie’s Marai review Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:55
May 12, 2022
Four Favorites with Selome Hailu: Holes, Emile Mosseri, Roe v. Wade and Gemini season
Variety reporter and Austin native Selome Hailu joins hosts Gemma and Slim to discuss why her Letterboxd profile is only for people who support Holes being her number one movie, and to celebrate the finer points of her other favorite films: The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Young Girls of Rochefort and Saint Frances. Plus: the perfect rating, the need for a five-star-plus-“unlike” emoji on Letterboxd, Emile Mosseri’s transcendent soundtracks, Gemma’s defense of Geminis, Slim’s religious experience with Last Black Man’s skateboarding scenes, the urgent conversation around incarceration that Holes brings up, the costuming power of the pleat, building community, choosing joy, spending time with those you love, the weird dualities of life, breaking the cinephile bubble, meeting Magic Johnson, and a little chat about Selome’s rating for Babe: Pig in the City. Links: The list of movies mentioned in this episode Reviews of Holes by Aydan Nolan, Grace b-p, Nicole and Roman Reviews of The Last Black Man in San Francisco by Lily and Karen Han Reviews of The Young Girls of Rochefort by Chris and Truman Selome’s Babe: Pig in the City review Jack’s Journal interview with Joe Talbot Selome’s Mark Brown Variety interview Selome’s Magic Johnson Variety interview Demi’s Four Faves episode Lists: I’m Just a Kid and Life is a Nightmare, Movies that destroyed me…; Iguana appearances; DVD menus burned into your brain…; films that remind you you’re alive; film scores that bury themselves into your skin; lighthearted movies with black characters…; can I get a uhhhh hot old man Credits: Recorded in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Raumati Beach. Edited by Slim. Theme music: “Vampiros Danceoteque” by Moniker. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcripts by Sophie Shin. The Letterboxd Show and Weekend Watchlist are TAPEDECK productions.
01:08:07
May 10, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Happening and The Twin
This week Mia and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Happening, The Twin and some Wawa jawns. They also look back at recent releases and community reviews. Finally, we shuffle our watchlists to find out What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Ryan McQuad’s Doctor Strange 2 review Gemma and Mitchell’s Happening reviews Mia’s Men review Michelle Grondine’s AKA Tediously Brief’s Hatching review Gemma’s Downton Abbey review Diddy Rose’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent review Ellie and Phillip’s Rothaniel reviews Dave’s Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films List Ben Jessup’s The Sacrifice review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim Facts by Jack Transcript by Sophie Shin Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton
24:40
May 05, 2022
Four Favorites with Patrick Willems: Wes Anderson, Evil Dead and a Fast shock
Video essayist and popular Letterboxd member Patrick H. Willems joins hosts Gemma and Slim to “Patrick Explains” his four Letterboxd favorites: Kiki’s Delivery Service, The Matrix, Evil Dead II, and Rushmore, and talk about why he devotes his time to demystifying the art of filmmaking, why he relates to a depressed thirteen-year-old witch, the life-changing energy of The Matrix, Sam Raimi’s extraordinary output, Bruce Campbell’s jaw-dropping jawline, and precocious Wes Anderson characters. Plus: Patrick fills us in on his accidental feature film and his Can’t Get Enough of Keanu Podcast, we get his shocked live reaction to the Fast X director news as it happens, and quickly recover with some deep dives into Josh Hartnett’s best work. Patrick has a bone to pick with High Fidelity, and Slim promises to finally watch the best action scene ever made—the train chase in The Wrong Trousers. Lists mentioned: Warm Hug Cinematic Universe; Movies where a person who isn’t a love interest enters someone’s life and makes it better; Sad Bastard and Loser Cinema; movies where the Romantic Moment™ features profound chasteness instead of making out Reviews mentioned: Patrick’s reviews of Hooper, The Batman, Rear Window, Sara Clement’s review of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Reviews of Evil Dead II by Griffin, Matt Lynch, Hunter’s review of Rushmore Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, New York and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:07:07
May 03, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Vortex, Hatching and Memory
Welcome to Weekend Watchlist; Letterboxd’s weekly show focused on new movies dropping in theaters and streaming. Join us every Thursday as we discuss our growing watchlists. This week Mitchell and Slim talk about Vortex, Hatching, and Memory. They also look back at recent releases and community reviews. Finally, we shuffle our watchlists once again. Maybe just one of us, anyway. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Gaspar’s Film Stage interview Justin’s Hatching review Omar’s, Bryce’s, and Kev’s The Northman reviews Jess’ Paris, 13th District review Mia’s chat with Anya Taylor-Joy Charlie and Brett’s Joe vs the Volcano reviews Ismael’s The Hunt review Robin’s White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie and Fitch Mitchell's new pod "Acting Out" Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:58
April 28, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: The Northman, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and Petite Maman
Welcome to Weekend Watchlist; Letterboxd’s weekly show focused on new movies dropping in theaters and streaming. Join us every Thursday as we discuss our growing watchlists. We’ll get through this. Together. This week Mia and Slim talk about The Northman, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Petite Maman and look back at Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Dual, and Paris: 13th District. Finally, we shuffle our watchlists once again. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Popcorn Fodder’s The Northman review Slim and Mitchell’s Petite Maman review Andy’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent review Ella’s Journal interview Austin’s Dual review Gemma’s All the Old Knives review Jared’s We’re All Going to the World’s Fair review Yun’s Sonic 2 review Kingston’s Blade review Soph’s Burning review Rob’s Farewell My Lovely review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack Transcript by Sophie Shin Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton
26:43
April 21, 2022
Four Favorites: Karina Longworth on erotic ’80s, Richard Gere, and Kevin's denim
You Must Remember This podcast creator and reformed movie critic Karina Longworth joins hosts Gemma and Slim for a steamy conversation about erotic American cinema of the 1980s via four of her ’80s faves related to the new season of her show: Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo, Brian De Palma’s Body Double, Adrian Lyne’s Nine 1/2 Weeks and Roger Donaldson’s No Way Out. Plus: how to become an American gigolo, the sex appeal of venetian blinds and ankle bracelets, De Palma’s movie alter-ego, Kim Basinger’s Nine 1/2 Weeks experiences, Kevin Costner’s denim fit, Melanie Griffith’s comic smarts, Richard Gere’s… everything, and, yes… In the Cut. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; You Must Remember This podcast; Film School Rejects’ No Way Out commentary; Fatal Attractions podcast Lists mentioned: These films have the D.; Male Frontal Nudity; Psychosexual dramas; Actually Sexy Films; Help! I Got Too Horny and Now Everything’s Bad; Cocaine Noir; Stoner canon; Illegal to watch before 9PM; Man Ass; When you have to investigate a murder you committed or one where the evidence points to you; You Must Remember This master list Reviews mentioned: Wood’s American Gigolo review, Joe Carson’s Body Double review, Nora’s Nine 1/2 Weeks review Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:06:02
April 19, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Dual and Paris: 13th District
Weekend Watchlist is Letterboxd’s weekly show focused on new movies dropping in theaters and streaming. Join us every Thursday as we discuss our growing watchlists. We’ll get through this. Together. This week Mitchell and Slim talk about Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Dual, Paris: 13th District and look back at Ambulance, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, All the Old Knives, and Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off, We also peep some physical releases including RoboCop and C’mon C’mon. Finally, we shuffle our watchlists and Mitchell tells us their thoughts on Ghost of Mars. Our thanks to NEON for sponsoring this episode. Add Petite Maman to your watchlist if it isn’t there already, follow the neonrated HQ account on Letterboxd, and make plans to see the movie as soon as you can. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available; Slim and Mitchell’s Petite Maman review; reyzando’s Dual review; Alicia’s Paris: 13th District review; dathnome’s Memoria review; Jeffrey and Proto’s Sonic 2 review; Mitchell’s interview with Mike Mill; Phil’s Fearless Hyena review; Kev’s Switchblade Sisters review; Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:28
April 14, 2022
Everything Special: Daniels on Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, kindness and crying
Everything Everywhere All at Once writer-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert join hosts Gemma and Slim for an unabashed conversation about love, empathy, crying, dopamine, their movie’s stars, and whether “this butt-plug action movie is better than The Godfather”. Plus: time travel logic, anime adoration, Yuen Woo Ping, Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s The Sirens of Titan, imposter syndrome, how they filmed the rock scene, how music videos helped get their new film made, Scheinert’s wild Indiana Jones pitch, the joy of movies that take big swings, The White Stripes, fanny-pack supremacy, Cloud Atlas, the real enemy of EEAAO, and what it feels like to suddenly have the highest-rated film on Letterboxd (only the third-ever film to hold the number-one spot in Letterboxd history). Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Michelle Yeoh’s GQ interview; the movies of Yuen Woo Ping and the Shaw brothers; reviews of EEAAO by Bowen Yang, David Chen and Jeremy Lists: Gemma’s Fanny Pack Supremacy, Jared’s Movies where Ke Huy Quan kicks ass with a Fanny pack , Letterboxd Top 250; Megan’s Twitter thread on the EEAAO VFX crew; the films of animator Kirsten Lepore Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
39:28
April 12, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Ambulance, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and All the Old Knives
Welcome to Weekend Watchlist; Letterboxd’s weekly show focused on new movies dropping in theaters and streaming. Join us every Thursday as we discuss our growing watchlists. We’ll get through this. Together. This week Mia and Slim talk about Ambulance, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, All the Old Knives, Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off and look back at Everything Everywhere All at Once, Morbius, The Bubble, and Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood, We also spotlight the movers and shakers on Jack’s weekly Top 50 of 2022 list including Mad God, and the new champion of Dave’s Letterboxd Top 250 Narrative Feature Films. Also Mia tells us her thoughts on Scanners. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available; Rafael’s Ambulance review; Alex’s Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off review; bbanks2121’s Everything Everywhere All at Once review; Ry’s Morbius review; Robin’s The Bubble review; slim’s All the Old Knives review; Dave’s Letterboxd Top 250 Narrative Feature Films Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Philadelphia, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
25:30
April 07, 2022
Four Favorites: Oscars Fever with Kate Hagen and Matt Neglia
The Black List’s Kate Hagen and Next Best Picture’s Matt Neglia join hosts Gemma and Slim to send off awards season once and for all with our four favorite Oscar-nominated movies of the 94th Academy Awards, whether or not they won (most of them didn’t): Spencer, CODA, Nightmare Alley and Cyrano. Plus: Kate has has a word with Jane Campion in the Oscars press room, Slim rates CODA thirty stars, Matt is all over Kristen Stewart’s work as Diana, Princess of Wales, Gemma is obsessed with the production of Joe Wright’s Cyrano, our pitch to Netflix and Apple for Troy Kotsur’s next starring role, Bradley Cooper brings full-frontal back, and just how many corgis can the Queen fit into her car? Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Next Best Picture, Next Best Picture Podcast, Next Best Picture ‘happiest nomination’ poll; Brian Formo’s awards season story; Business Insider story on Netflix’s awards campaign; Letterboxd Most Picture 2022; Letterboxd 2021 Year in Review; Dune Pod; 70mm Pod; Isaac Feldberg’s Letterboxd Q&A with Nightmare Alley’s Production Designer Tamara Deverell Letterboxd lists mentioned: Male Frontal Nudity In Cinema; Man Ass Reviews mentioned: Reviews of Spencer by Allison and Jay Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:06:59
April 05, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Morbius, The Bubble and Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood
Welcome to Weekend Watchlist; Letterboxd’s weekly show focused on new movies dropping in theaters and streaming. Join us every Thursday as we discuss our growing watchlists. We’ll get through this. Together. This week Mitchell and Slim talk about Morbius, The Bubble, Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood, and look back at  Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Lost City, and Memoria. We also spotlight the movers and shakers on Jack’s weekly Top 50 of 2022 list. Maybe a little watchlist shuffle, too. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available; Mitchell and Matt’s Apollo 10 ½ review; Annie’s interview; Jay, Kev’s The Lost City review; David’s Everything Everywhere All At Once review; Mitchell’s interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul;  Dave’s Letterboxd Top 250 Narrative Feature Films Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Izon’ by Trent Walton.
29:36
March 31, 2022
Four Favorites: Blank Check Pod’s Griffin & David on Star Wars, Sully, Hulk and robots
Griffin Newman and David Sims—two Letterboxd members who are well known to any serious lover of podcasts about movies—join hosts Gemma and Slim to lower the average rating of films on our Four Favorites seasons. From their renowned Blank Check Podcast, they select four of the best talking-point films: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Hulk, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and, in a Letterboxd Show exclusive, a long-awaited Blank Check Pod Sully discussion. Plus: Vin Diesel—our weirdest living movie star? David’s four-faves behaviors; the boys have a soft spot for sad, existential robot movies; will Griff ever upgrade to Letterboxd Patron? How has David completed so many collections? Gemma performs the podcast equivalent of a forced water landing, Slim wants a whole movie of just pod-racing, and a shout out to our personal Oscar favorites. “We nerds don’t have much, Gemma! Let us nerds have Star Wars!” Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; The Reddit “inevitable” Blank Check Pod list; Brian Formo’s awards season story; Letterboxd collections for: Bad Boys, Austin Powers, Captain America, Bill & Ted, Before Trilogy, Crocodile Dundee, Blade, Friday the 13th, Halloween Letterboxd lists mentioned: Humanity’s Greatest Achievements, every Oscars Best Picture winner. Also: Jeff’s list of every film covered by the podcast Blank Check, including their Patreon content. Reviews mentioned: Truman’s review of Phantom Menace; K. Austin Collins’ Hulk review; Mia’s A.I. review Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Brooklyn and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:17:40
March 29, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Lost City and Infinite Storm
Welcome to Weekend Watchlist; Letterboxd’s weekly show focused on new movies dropping in theaters and streaming. Join us every Thursday as we discuss our growing watchlists. We’ll get through this. Together. This week Mia and Slim talk about Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Lost City, Infinite Storm and look back at X, Deep Water, and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy. We also spotlight the movers and shakers on Jack’s weekly Top 50 of 2022 list. Maybe a little Wolf Guy, too. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available; Mitchell and Anna’s Deep Water reviews; Matt’s Everything review; Mikey P’s Lost City review; Nick and Areino’s X reviews; Bat & Spider’s Wolf Guy episode; Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
23:15
March 24, 2022
Four Favorites: The Mank Couple on Moonstruck, Billy Wilder and the Before trilogy
“Movies give us a love language of our own.” Romance is the theme on this episode, in which Letterboxd’s Mank Couple—film aficionado Erica Marquis and documentary filmmaker Ben Crew—join hosts Gemma and Slim to talk through their four romantic Letterboxd favorites: Before Sunrise, Moonstruck, WTC View and The Apartment, with a side-serving of Hitch and Love & Basketball. CW for mention of suicide. Plus: wild opinions on Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love, what has happened since Erica and Ben originally hooked up, seeing Linklater’s Before trilogy in theaters, Cher’s best hair, food as a character, New York as a character, getting the tone of 9/11 movies right, Brian Sloan’s play-to-film success, portrayals of PTSD, the things we take for granted, Fred MacMurray as a smarmy a-hole, The Apartment’s incredible production design, making space and time for “big films”, movies as life, Slim’s love for Shirley MacLaine, and the invisible threads between films. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Ben’s screenplay for Muppets Great Gatsby; Slate interview and Big Picture podcast episode with Ben and Erica; Ben’s 9/11 documentary archive and video essay Lists mentioned: The Absolute Beauty in Everyday’s Mundanity; what a difference a day makes; Two Lost Souls Find Comfort; Films so lovely; People Walking Idly through European Cities; Movies with the best pasta/noodle scenes Reviews mentioned: Reviews of Moonstruck by Chris Feil, Jarod; reviews of WTC View by KimW and JoshuaMinh, review of The Apartment by K. Austin Collins. Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Chicago and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:00:42
March 22, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: X, Deep Water and Umma
Welcome to Weekend Watchlist; Letterboxd’s weekly show focused on new movies dropping in theaters and streaming. Join us every Thursday as we discuss our growing watchlists. We’ll get through this. Together. This week Mia and Slim talk about X, Deep Water, Umma and look back at Turning Red and The Adam Project. We also spotlight Marvelous and the Black Hole which has jumped into Jack’s new weekly Top 50 of 2022 list. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available; Soph and JibShoo’s Turning Red reviews; Christian and Ron’s The Adam Project reviews; and Bat & Spider’s Wolf Guy episode Credits: This episode was recorded in LA and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Izon’ by Trent Walton.
23:53
March 17, 2022
Four Favorites: Mia Vicino on Elaine May, Ewan McGregor, stoner movies and Kill Bill
Scriptwriter and film columnist Mia Vicino (aka Brat) joins hosts Gemma and Slim to discuss her four Letterboxd favorites: Mikey and Nicky, Down with Love, Smiley Face, Kill Bill Volume 1. Mia also talks about reality vs perception in being a high-profile Letterboxd member, and her role as a co-host of our new weekly show, Weekend Watchlist. Plus: Elaine May’s Hollywood battles, everybody’s crush on Ewan McGregor, our severe screwball rom-com drought, stoner movies, handheld ’90s camcorder vibes, being gay and doing crime, Adam Brody with dreadlocks, getting a contact high from watching movies, feminist buzzkill vibes, ‘She Did That’ and ‘Good For Her’ cinema, and our pent-up excitement for The Northman. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode, episode transcripts Letterboxd lists mentioned: guys being dudes, Hate to Love, b-movies for the GIRLS, Films about people who don’t have their shit together, comedies that are ahead of their time. Reviews mentioned: Gemma’s review of The Batman, reviews of Mikey and Nicky by Branson, Chaim, Katherine Krueger; Down with Love review by Doinkdedoink, Smiley Face review by Maggie, Kill Bill Vol.1 reviews by kayla, nadia. Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:04:22
March 15, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Turning Red, The Adam Project and Ultrasound
Welcome to Weekend Watchlist, brought to you by The Letterboxd Show! A brand new weekly show focused on new movies dropping in theaters and streaming. Join us every Thursday as we discuss our growing watchlists. We’ll get through this. Together. This week Mitchell and Slim talk about Turning Red, The Adam Project, Ultrasound, and look back at The Batman and After Yang. We also spotlight The Last Farmer which has jumped up Jack’s new weekly Top 50 of 2022 list. Sponsor: You can try MUBI free for 90 days at www.mubi.com/letterboxd. With MUBI, each and every film is hand-selected. It’s like your own personal film festival -- streaming anytime, anywhere. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available; BRATT’s Batman review; Corey’s After Yang review; Isaac’s After Yang Journal article; Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list; Rolling Stone’s article on 1980s movies; list version of the Rolling Stone article. Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
27:14
March 10, 2022
Four Favorites: Gemma & Slim on Pee-Wee, Austin Powers and machismo
The Letterboxd Show returns with more movie-lovin’ conversations about our four favorite films. In this season 3 premiere, hosts Gemma and Slim discuss their childhood faves: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Superman the Movie and Bloodsport. Was Christopher Reeve the most handsome human in history? How many times can Slim say “machismo” in one episode? Why does Bloodsport fall into Gemma’s female-gaze good books? Plus: our hosts’ nanogenre personalities, journalistic ethics in action movies, the missing contours of The Batman, ’80s movie censorship, and Letterboxd Twitter poll winner Lewis on his two childhood faves (Toy Story 2, The Dark Knight). Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Letterboxd lists mentioned: Best Blazin’ Films, letterboxd trans femme vibes, movies which searching their titles will result in porn, movies where the protagonist looks directly in the camera at the end, Official list of gay subtext in film, man ass, The Sequel Was Better, Movies that Have Been Meme’d to Death, Movies that destroyed me, in which I replied by saying to them love me, red flag for men white flag for women, movies which would be better if jack black played the main character, when guys turn 20, they chose one of these movies to base their entire personality on. Reviews mentioned: Robyn’s Pee Wee review; Austin Powers reviews by Juliet and EvilParsley; Superman by tyler, Vinny and Mark; Bloodsport by Ethan Colburn; Toy Story 2 by aaaaaa!, ksenija, Leighton; The Dark Knight by Joe Lynch. Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Manchester and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:21:39
March 08, 2022
2021 Year in Review Roundtable
It’s a 2021 Year in Review extravaganza! Hosts Gemma and Slim open the Letterboxd Hotline to experts on the three highest-rated films of the year: Matt Singer (Spider-Man: No Way Home), Juan Barquin (Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time) and Bintang Lestada (Yuni)—all of whom take a moment to plead for justice for Barb & Star, woefully ignored in the Letterboxd 2021 Year in Review. Senior editor Mitchell Beaupre and London correspondent Ella Kemp also join for discussion of Year In Review favorites. Topics include: unabashed crowd-pleasers, rethinking Andrew Garfield, how to comfort a hedgehog, movies and mental health, recency bias, the power of stills photographers, the 2021 film that bypasses Slimfluence, an update on Ella’s dating status, feelings as a genre, our love for Mike Mills, the influence of The Beatles on 2021 fashion, Gemma’s favorite George Harrison moments, and how Summer of Soul saved us all. Links The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Matt Singer’s book on Spider-Man; Bintang’s Substack essay on Yuni; Lists mentioned: Japanese Films That Will Blow Your Mind; GAY HORROR; Reviews mentioned: Matt Singer’s 3.5 star review of No Way Home; Juan’s Evangelion review; Demi’s Bo Burnham: Inside review; Chvrches’ Cruella review; Journal stories on Evangelion, Mike Mills, Emma Seligman; Rachel Sennott’s quarantine dating guide; Ross Bratin; Ella’s previous appearance on the podcast; black-and-white with a splash of color; Newfest, Sundance and TIFF on Letterboxd Credits This episode was recorded in Brooklyn, Miami, Jakarta, London, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:58:27
January 10, 2022
Director Commentary: The Beta Test with Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe
We’re ecstatic to present this exclusive 90-minute audio commentary for The Beta Test. Rewatch the film with this playing in your ear and it’ll be just like having PJ and Jim in your living room! (Jim presses play on the movie at the 28-second mark, following a short intro.) Read more on Journal.
01:30:56
December 23, 2021
Four Favorites: Joe Dante and Josh Olson on the Christmas Movies that Made Us
It’s a Christmas crossover episode with Joe Dante and Josh Olson from The Movies that Made Me podcast, and Gemma and Slim from The Letterboxd Show! Four hosts, four festive favorites: We’re No Angels; Scrooge; National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; and Elf (with a side of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). Also: Joe’s reaction to our Gremlins Easter egg, the odious proliferation of Christmas movies, cinema’s secret weapon Alastair Sim, the Scrooge blooper you can’t unsee, Chevy Chase’s superciliousness, Will Ferrell’s innocence, Humphrey Bogart’s comedy, the gift to cinema that was Dick Miller, what happened to Billy’s mom in an earlier Gremlins script, and the best 2021 films Josh and Joe have seen. Note: This is the last episode for 2021—we’ll be back after a short break with a special Year in Review show. Links The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Julie’s Neverending Christmas list; lists mentioned: the gdcu (good dads cinematic universe); movies my dad likes more than he likes me; An Overly-Friendly Religious Extremist etc; Top 250 Horror; reviews of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation by russman and Sean Fennessey; review of We’re No Angels by Anthony Herrera; review of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Marna Larsen. Credits This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:02:24
December 23, 2021
Four Favorites: Sean Baker on Austrian moralism, Red Rocket and Keanu’s best role
Letterboxd member and filmmaker Sean Baker talks Red Rocket, and his four current Letterboxd favorites Paradise: Faith; River’s Edge; Oasis; and The Sugarland Express. Plus: Sean chats with hosts Gemma and Slim about casting Suzanna Son and Simon Rex, unconventional movie merch ideas, Goldie Hawn, filming people on foot, Tangerine’s place in the Christmas canon, Sean’s time as a cycle courier and taxi driver, filming without permits during Covid, how to deal when the cops turn up to shut down your film, exploring moral grey areas, casting ideas for Sean’s next films, Keanu Reeves’ best performance, watching movies on fifth-generation VHS tapes, Ryan Reynolds as comfort food, and being tongue-tied in front of Gary Oldman. Credits This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
50:07
December 15, 2021
Four Favorites: Our 2021 faves Titane, Campion, Wan and Kong
Letterboxd crew members Aaron Yap and Mitchell Beaupre join hosts Slim and Gemma for a chat about their four favorite new films of 2021, including: Titane; The Power of the Dog; Malignant; and Godzilla vs. Kong, along with the best ‘new to us’ films we saw this year. Also: fetish objects, physical-media collections, the 3.9 club, torture by banjo, Mitchell’s love for Julia Ducournau, Gemma’s thirst for Issey Takahashi, Slim’s ongoing ‘Slimfluence’ issues, Aaron’s horror joys, everyone’s adoration of Pig, and the reassurance that life truly begins at 30. Links:  The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Gemma’s interview with film composer Tom Holkenborg (AKA Junkie XL); Reviews of Malignant by Patrick and Josh; and Hellbender by Justin. Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:16:25
December 09, 2021
Four Favorites: Will Collins on Aliens, Wolfwalkers and wonderful lives
Irish scriptwriter and Letterboxd member Will Collins dives into his four Letterboxd favorites: Jaws; Fargo; Aliens; and, because it’s holiday season, It’s a Wonderful Life. Also in this chatty episode: how to use the Letterboxd heart; Gemma fangirls over Will’s work on Cartoon Saloon films Song of the Sea and Wolfwalkers; Will fanboys over Letterboxd (“I love the lists!”); Slim fanboys over graphic novels and slips in a li’l Tom Cruise; Will gets Fargo’s Mike Yanagita scene off his chest; and the best synopsis of the season so far (“There’s a shark at the beach but nobody believes it”). Plus: How the Coens reveal character, how Frank Capra’s Christmas classic makes visible the unseen emotional labour of women; is Gemma starting a podcast segue workshop?; playing ukulele for Sigourney Weaver; Muppet enthusiasm; and supreme Irish heartthrob Cillian Murphy. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Will’s Best Bits Podcast; reviews of Jaws by Friendly Shark and Aaron Michael; reviews of Fargo by JR and Brat; RKO Chester’s list of 46 non-political & non-depressing Irish movies; Leo Koziol’s essays (part 1; part 2) on Indigenous films. Credits: This episode was recorded in Donegal, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:17:08
December 01, 2021
Four Favorites: The National’s Bryce Dessner and Carin Besser on romance and musicals
To sign off Mr November, two of The National’s creative minds, lyricist Carin Besser and musician Bryce Dessner, dive deep into their four favorite films: The Green Ray and Singin’ in the Rain for Carin, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Harold and Maude for Bryce. Plus! Bryce shares all about three new films landing this holiday season with his musical stamp on them: Mike Mills’ C’mon C’mon, Clint Bentley’s Jockey, and Joe Wright’s take on the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, with lyrics by Carin and her husband, Matt Berninger. And there’s more! Romance! Peter Dinklage thirst! MGM musicals! Debbie Reynolds, badass! The joy and pain of touring, and the joy and pain of not touring. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Reviews of Cyrano by David Ehrlich, Eternal Sunshine by katie and juulindonkeyboy; Letterboxd lists mentioned: Typically comedic actors play dramatic roles and smash the f—king shit out of them; Movies where the Romantic Moment™ features profound chasteness instead of making out; Feel-good films to watch when you’re depressed, lonely, or have a general feeling of worthlessness. Credits: This episode was recorded in France, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:01:44
November 24, 2021
Four Favorites: Lars Nilsen on Weird Wednesdays, Switchblade Sisters and Buster Keaton
Noirvember continues with Austin Film Society lead programmer and exploitation genre fan Lars Nilsen, who dives into the muck and the grime, the farts and the fights, the stunts and the songs of his four Letterboxd favorites: Touch of Evil; The Switchblade Sisters, The General; and Phantom of the Paradise. Lars chats with hosts Gemma and Slim about his new memoir of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Weird Wednesday series—Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday & The Birth Of The American Genre Film Archive—on sale now from Mondo. Also in the conversation: tiny men doing huge stunts, the cult of Jessica Harper, old folks and young folks partying together, the best genre film of 2021, shout-outs to Shudder and Kier-La Janisse, and aiming for that ‘car-crash experience’ with cinema audiences. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; reviews from Wood on Touch of Evil, Timcop on The Switchblade Sisters, Wes on The General, COBRARocky on Phantom of the Paradise; Letterboxd lists Femme Dirtbag/Burnout/Hessian Personal Canon, Anxiety-inducing comedy of errors, Train Cinema, Movies That Get Batshit Insane/A Shocking Genre Shift, Rian Johnson’s 70s Musical Extravaganza!; Warped & Faded on Mondo. Credits: This episode was recorded in Austin, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:11:01
November 17, 2021
Four Favorites: Sean Fennessey on Orson Welles, Tupac, Kurosawa, Keanu
Noirvember continues with podcaster and new dad Sean Fennessey, whose four favorites feature “a lot of powerful men who are f—kin’ idiots”: The Third Man; Throne of Blood; The Candidate; and Juice. Sean also chats with hosts Slim (of 70mm podcast infamy) and Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) about Harry Lime’s cuckoo speech, the zither as a weapon of war, best cat in a movie?, Mifune the supreme performer, Noh theater, judging Macbeth adaptations by the ‘out, damned spot!’ scene, his hip-hop obsession, how a profound soundtrack can create a movie audience, gateway Ghibli for newborns, how actors build mythologies, handsome men, men in overalls, men in sneakers, men with accents, and dudes being dudes, generally. Sean is head of content at The Ringer, co-host of The Big Picture, and a frequent guest on The Rewatchables. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Litterboxd—a list of cats in movies; Official list of gay subtext in film; Ghostdinosaur’s review of The Third Man; Throne of Blood reviews from elliebean and Sammie; Parker’s review of The Candidate; Sean’s review and abid_ism’s review of Juice; Sean Baker’s review of Bodied. Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:08:41
November 10, 2021
Four Favorites: Angelica Jade Bastién on Possession, neo-noir, rage, and beautiful men
For Noirvember, we celebrate the new 4K release of Possession with Vulture film critic and spooky dame Angelica Jade Bastién, who joins hosts Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) and Slim (of 70mm podcast) to discuss her four favorites, which also include Le Samouraï; The Passionate Friends; and The Handmaiden. Plus: the ‘Feminine Grotesque’, that subway scene, “Possession pink socks meaning”, Keanu Reeves, the people on Angelica’s time-travel f—k-list, why directors should make shorter films, mental health in movies, neo-noir shortcomings, saying what you really think, and her cat’s fave Paul Newman film. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Andrzej Żuławski interview; Angelica’s writing at Vulture, her newsletter and her Twitter profile; Rudi’s review of Possession; Angelica’s episode of Blank Check Podcast; Slim’s man ass list (again); Matthewcutchen’s review of Le Samouraï; Reviews of The Handmaiden from Joan, Aaron and Sree Credits: This episode was recorded in Chicago, Pennsylvania and Auckland. Edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:03:24
November 03, 2021
Four Favorites: Ella Kemp on Moulin Rouge!, Magnolia, CMbYN and Marmite movies
Letterboxd’s London film correspondent Ella Kemp joins hosts Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) and Slim (of 70mm podcast) to discuss her four favorites: Moulin Rouge!; Magnolia; Call Me by Your Name; and Singin’ in the Rain. Plus: Ella’s top picks from the BFI London Film Festival, making peace with problematic favs, what your favorite films reveal about you on dates, Slim’s Luhrmann aversion, Tom Cruise’s tighty whities, Debbie Reynolds’ gruelling dance classes, Gene Kelly the sadist, jukebox musicals, Marmite movies, how Gerwig and Guadagnino created a Letterboxd tipping point, Ella’s many theories about CMbYN, and the long wait for Paddington 3. Related links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode, The Quietus, ReadMe, Ella’s Moulin Rouge! story for Letterboxd, the Most Fans list by she/her members, and he/him members, reviews of Moulin Rouge! by scoobert doo (aka mo) and Timcop, Ella’s friends Joe, Tony and Jack, Aimee Mann’s Magnolia soundtrack on Spotify, Ella’s interview with Nikole Beckwith, Iana’s review of CMbYN, Letterboxd’s Spotify profile, our Festiville HQ. Credits: This episode was recorded in London, Pennsylvania and Auckland. Edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
59:18
October 27, 2021
Four Favorites: Kate Hagen on cinematic sex, David Lynch and 80s vampire Westerns
Cinematic-sex sleuth, Kate Hagen (director of community for The Black List) discusses her four favorites—Near Dark; Baby It’s You; Wild at Heart; and Morvern Callar—with hosts Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) and Slim (of 70mm podcast). Also: the genius of how Bigelow stages action; Verhoeven’s kink for unisex shower scenes; the unacceptable decline of sex scenes in American movies; an awkward conversation about David Lynch’s films; the worst movies with the best sex scenes; Oscar Isaac thirst; the rarity of male frontal nudity; why you should get a region-free Blu-ray player. And, Kate unpacks Hollywood’s “cult of perfection” and what that means for fat actresses on and off screen (her essay for Letterboxd is publishing soon). Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; The Black List; Kate’s long-form sex essay for Playboy; Shudder on Letterboxd; Brendan’s review of Morvern Callar; Kate’s lists of Essential Erotic Thrillers; 365 Sex Scenes; three eggplant emojis (a companion to Slim’s man-ass list); and the Cinematic Canon for Fat Grrls; NWorbb’s list of Films in the Splatter-Cannibal She-Devil Vein. Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Transcripts by Sophie Shin.
01:07:07
October 20, 2021
Four Favorites: Chvrches on The Exorcist, Wes Craven, Carrie and ’90s teens
“You find a lot out about yourselves from watching films.” Lauren, Martin (aka Dok) and Iain from Chvrches talk about the horror movies that influenced their new album Screen Violence, why they dropped album hints on their Letterboxd profile, and their five (!) favorite films: The Exorcist (“you can still get people with that film”); A Nightmare on Elm Street; Scream; Carrie and Get Out. Plus, they tell hosts Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) and Slim (of 70mm podcast) about remixing John Carpenter, Lauren’s career as a multiplex employee, Kevin Williamson and ’90s teen supremacy, watching movies on tour, the secret etching on their new vinyl, the new Candyman, “The Wire effect”, and why He’s All That is all that. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Video Nasties on Letterboxd; In Search of Darkness list; Artists Johnny Dombrowski and Jamie McKelvie; Robert Englund on Nickelodeon; Stephen King’s memoir On Writing; John Carpenter and Chvrches Remixes; Chvrches Letterboxd lists Hellbent on Revenge and Pull Me Into the Screen at the End; Billy Idol’s ‘Dancing with Myself’ video (directed by Tobe Hooper) Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
01:20:36
October 13, 2021
Four Favorites: Letterboxd founders Matthew & Karl on Arnie, Edgar and turning 10
“We love doing this.” Letterboxd’s co-founders Matthew and Karl take hosts Slim (of 70mm podcast infamy) and Gemma (Letterboxd editor-in-chief) through two each of their four favorites (Commando; Short Circuit; Shaun of the Dead and Badlands), on the occasion of their creation turning ten. Also: how Letterboxd Easter eggs get made. Why Arnie is the ultimate movie dad. Celebrating Rae Dawn Chong. Is Edgar Wright on Letterboxd? Karl’s complicated relationship with his watchlist. Rethinking brown-face. American men and guns in movies. Rating films purely on enjoyment. Links: The Letterboxd list of all films mentioned in this episode; Cormac’s review of Commando; Blottopreminger’s list of Disillusionment in Sun-drenched 1970s American New Wave Cinema. Credits: This episode recorded in Pennsylvania and Auckland. Edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
01:04:41
October 06, 2021
Four Favorites: Jenni Olson on lesbian spies, Eddie Murphy and LGBT film history
“I never learned how to make movies, I learned how to watch them,” says non-fiction filmmaker and film historian Jenni Olson as she talks lesbian runaways, spy spoofs and radical acts of love via her four Letterboxd faves: D.E.B.S.; Times Square; News from Home and Tongues Untied. Also: lesbian film tourism; men and their feelings; the joys of 16mm; Tim Curry as a New York DJ; Gemma drops some hot Letterboxd stats; what to watch for LGBT History Month; Slim re-thinks Eddie Murphy; our plans for a D.E.B.S. spin-off series (Amazon, Netflix, call us); and Times Square 4K when? Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Reviews of D.E.B.S. by Caleb, Brat and Emily; Review of News From Home by CinemaVoid; Jenni’s lists of 101 Must-See Movies for Lesbians, and Good LGBT Movies on Tubi (Free). Credits: This episode recorded in San Francisco, Pennsylvania and Auckland. Edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
59:35
September 29, 2021
Four Favorites: Ghibliotheque’s Michael & Jake on Totoro, Indy and Roger Rabbit
We discuss the eternal charms of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro with Jake Cunningham and Michael Leader, the co-hosts of the famed Ghibliotheque podcast, who have a delightful new book out about the Studio Ghibli universe. Plus: thirsting for Bob Hoskins and being terrified by Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade a better sequel-prequel than The Godfather: Part II? Also: Soot sprite crafting tips; Totoro cream puffs; are Slim and Jake “basic boys”? And Bluey feature film when? Links: The list of films mentioned in this episode. Ghibliotheque: Unofficial Guide to the Movies of Studio Ghibli. Ghibliotheque podcast on Spotify. Reviews of My Neighbor Totoro from Brendan, Aliyah, Willow and David Jenkins. Lists of Harrison Ford films ranked by how much he wants you to get off his plane; hit ’80s movies that should be remake with all-female casts in order to f—k with cinebros, the cineRATic universe and Jake’s Spielberg Ranked list. Credits: This episode recorded in London, Pennsylvania and Auckland. Edited by Slim. Facts: Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by film and television composing trio Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
57:09
September 22, 2021
Four Favorites: Karsten Runquist on Fantastic Mr. Fox, Kaufman, Reichardt and Climax
YouTuber, filmmaker and Letterboxd member Karsten Runquist takes hosts Slim (of 70mm podcast infamy) and Gemma (Letterboxd’s editor-in-chief) through his four Letterboxd favorites. Karsten’s top four change often, but his all-time faves are: Fantastic Mr. Fox; Synecdoche, New York; Wendy and Lucy; and Gaspar Noé’s Climax. Also: queuing for the wrong movie at film festivals, turning off Letterboxd comments for your mental health, being overcome by the A24 fog, the importance of dogs, and revisiting “before-Letterboxd” ratings. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Karsten’s Fantastic Mr. Fox video essay Reviews of Fantastic Mr. Fox by Jay and Laura Autumnal Harvest list People are dancing and it’s not great but that doesn’t matter because they’re happy list Films which end with a f—king kick-ass song which multiplies the greatness of the film Review of Synecdoche, New York by Cait Kasten’s video essay about going to the movies alone Aaron’s review of Climax Quiet little female character studies list Karsten’s reviews of The Lighthouse and Portrait of a Lady on Fire Credits: This episode was recorded in New York, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by film and television composing trio Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
55:45
September 15, 2021
Four Favorites: Jonah Feingold on rom coms, Robin Williams and sweater weather
Writer, director, hopeful romantic and Letterboxd member Jonah Feingold chats about how Jurassic Park influenced his rom-com feature debut Dating & New York, and his four Letterboxd favorites: Hook; When Harry Met Sally…; The Lion King; and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Also: Meg Ryan’s glorious back-lit hair, filming New York with a Pro-Mist filter, cold-emailing Hans Zimmer for a job, being filmmaking besties with Aneesh Chaganty, and the emotional rollercoaster of being on Letterboxd with a new movie out (“I celebrate all the reviews of my film. Some of the five star ones made me cry, some of the three star ones made me cry…”). Dating & New York stars Jaboukie Young-White and Francesca Reale and is in select US theaters and everywhere films are rented from September 10, 2021, via IFC Films. Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Dating & New York inspo Kicked in the Balls: A Cinematic History of Testicular Trauma Movies where a character says “Jack” in an emotional way The Jupiter Ascending Stigma Men get pegged The City is a Character The Good Dads Cinematic Universe Anna Swanson’s review of Hook Cowboy Like Eely’s review of The Curse of the Black Pearl Credits: This episode was recorded in New York, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by film and television composing trio Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
59:56
September 08, 2021
Four Favorites: Justin LaLiberty on Breathless, Dolph Lundgren and Snoop Dogg horror
On this episode, film archivist and adult-movie enthusiast Justin LaLiberty (of Vinegar Syndrome) unleashes the Dogg for his four Letterboxd faves: Showdown in Little Tokyo; Bones; Breathless (the Richard Gere remake); and SexWorld. We also discuss the wildly underrated action star Dolph Lundren, the wildly underrated director Ernest R. Dickerson, why it’s stupid that remakes get a bad rap, the experience of seeing Cronenberg’s Crash far too young, working in video stores and movie theaters, Justin’s recent curatorial work on Letterboxd’s adult titles, and—again!—why Babe: Pig in the City is a five-star film. Related links: The Letterboxd List of Films mentioned in this episode Justin’s How I Letterboxd Letterboxd lists of Anti-Capitalist horror, Male Frontal Nudity in Cinema, Man Ass, Los Angeles Plays Itself Josephkidney’s review of Breathless Rob’s review of SexWorld Credits: This episode was recorded in New York, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by film and television composing trio Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
57:58
August 25, 2021
Billie Piper Special: Rare Beasts and rom coms
Actor, writer and director Billie Piper talks to Gemma Gracewood about the filmic influences behind her ‘anti-rom-com’ directorial debut, Rare Beasts, a black comedy about dysfunction, misogyny, grief and tap-dancing also starring Leo Bill, Kerry Fox, Toby Woolf, David Thewlis and Lily James. Plus: the movies that got Piper’s family through multiple lockdowns, the chaotic splendour of Paul Thomas Anderson, her love of Busby Berkeley and Pina Bausch, plus Cassavetes, Curtis, Dunham, Beyoncé, and the only celebrity she has ever been starstruck by. Rare Beasts is now in select US theaters and on demand, as of August 20, 2021. Related links: Letterboxd list of films mentioned The films of Mike Leigh, Todd Solondz, Ken Loach, Pina Bausch, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Cassavetes, Busby Berkeley, Judd Apatow and Richard Curtis Pixar films Reviews of Rare Beasts from Letterboxd members Timothy Evans, h and Leonie Split-diopter shots Credits: This episode was recorded in London, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by film and television composing trio Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
28:25
August 23, 2021
Four Favorites: Marya E. Gates on Little Women, Jane Campion and denim butts
Classic film enthusiast, writer, California native, and prog rock fan Marya E. Gates discusses her four favorites: Little Women (the Winona Ryder one); Bright Star; Under the Tuscan Sun; and Crossing Delancey. Also: the joys of a nice ass in a pair of tight denim (“I firmly believe that almost anybody’s butt looks good in a nicely fitted pair of jeans”), 4K butts, Pickle Man appreciation, Jane Campion’s mastery of chaste eroticism and the hotness of Gabriel Byrne. Related links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Marya’s Letterboxd story on denim in cinema Letterboxd lists of Ladies Getting Head, Walking idly through European cities, Cottagecore, Noirvember Written by Women, man ass and Women have superior taste Gemma’s story on the Letterboxd rankings of Little Women Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
58:48
August 18, 2021
Four Favorites: Grace Spelman on West Side Story, Bob Fosse, Whiplash
Comedian, musician and The Ringer Music Show podcast host Grace Spelman discusses her four Letterboxd faves (West Side Story; All That Jazz; In the Loop and Whiplash) with hosts Slim and Gemma. Also: party bangers, scary music teachers, bad movie dates, unapologetic laptop movie-watching, Alan Partridge, and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story remake. Plus: why is All That Jazz so hard to find? And, who would win in a dance battle between theater kids and A24 nerds? Related Links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Grace’s People dancing to Steely Dan Twitter account White people jazz list Secretly A24 list Good movie dads list Boys crying list Homoerotic? list Pissbaby list Real Groovy Records Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
01:02:22
August 11, 2021
Four Favorites: Jim Cummings on Children of Men, Tom Hanks and indie cinema
“I should have never agreed to this podcast,” says indie filmmaking champion Jim Cummings as he sobs his way through his four Letterboxd faves (Inside Out; Krisha; Children of Men; and The ’Burbs) with hosts Slim and Gemma. Also: arm wrestling, humiliating characters, being an actor-director, DILFs, a Halloween Kills scoop, Tom Hanks’ comedy chops, exploding plates, and Jim’s next feature film, The Beta Test, which is coming out this fall via IFC Films. Related links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Ugly Cry! list Demi’s review of Thunder Road Subverting the studio logo list List of films that anticipated the notion of being too online Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
53:10
August 04, 2021
Four Favorites: Isabel Sandoval on sensual cinema, Punch-Drunk Love and blue balls
This episode, quadruple-threat filmmaker Isabel Sandoval talks to Slim and Gemma about cinematic edging, sensual slapstick, nuns on screen, modern Filipino cinema, Verhoeven’s camp supremacy, audience blue balls, and, of course, her four Letterboxd favorites: Hiroshima Mon Amour, Jeanne Dielman, In the Mood for Love and Punch-Drunk Love. Slim, meanwhile, googles “French New Wave” while Gemma pours yet another coffee. Isabel wrote, directed, edited and starred in Lingua Franca, and more recently the sensual short Shangri-La. Related links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Isabel’s Sensual Cinema essay French New Wave Criterion on Letterboxd Criterion’s list of Questioning Love Lists featuring Hiroshima Mon Amour: 90 minutes or less / Directors visit Japan / Conversations on Film / Memory and Yearning / Socialism and leftism / Atomic weapons / Horny Ave’s review of Lingua Franca Adam Kempenaar’s review of Jeanne Dielman Lists featuring In the Mood for Love: Fills the void / Soft & slow / Loneliness in neon cities Isabel’s Top 10 Criterion picks / Closet picks Isabel’s review of A New Leaf Letterboxd’s Halfway 2021 Credits: This episode was recorded in Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Our theme music is ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’, by film and television composing trio Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
49:49
July 28, 2021
Four Favorites: Brian Formo on Cannes, Eyes Wide Shut, Almodóvar and more
This episode, we get high and turn the Yo-Yo Ma up to eleven with Letterboxd’s Cannes correspondent Brian Formo, whose four favorites (Eyes Wide Shut; Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; Darkman; The Skin I Live In) all feature surgeons of some sort. Plus: Cannes applause explained, bad movie dates, Russell Crowe’s luscious locks, how much we love Sally Jane Black, and Pig—the spiritual sequel to Babe: Pig in the City. Related links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Letterboxd’s Festiville HQ Brian’s review of Eyes Wide Shut Festival de Cannes 2021 lineup and winners The Criterion Collection on Letterboxd Russell Crowe (as Russ Le Roq) 1982 single ‘I Just Wanna be Like Marlon Brando’ Lists featuring The Skin I Live In: Evan’s horror movies by gay directors list; High art genre movies; Sally Jane Black’s Transgender list; Sarah’s dysphorroria list Ella Kemp’s content consideration essay Sally Jane Black’s surgery fundraiser Credits: This episode was recorded in Cannes, Philadelphia and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Our theme music is ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’, by film and television composing trio Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
56:34
July 21, 2021
Four Favorites: Josh Ruben on Jaws, Darkman, Werewolves Within and Patrick Wilson’s ass
This episode, we hit the sweet spot with actor, writer, director and Letterboxd member Josh Ruben, whose new comedy-horror Werewolves Within is out now on video on demand. Josh takes hosts Slim and Gemma through his four favorites: Darkman, Jaws, Little Children and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. We praise Steve Martin’s dramatic roles, Spielberg’s “little mumblecore fish movie”, the secret to directing horror-comedy and why Ghost gets a “five all round” from Josh. Related links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Chopper Fireball’s exploding helicopter megalist The highest-rated, most obsessively rewatched club 2020 list List of sunlit horror films Rebecca Henderson’s Instagram Janicza Bravo’s filmography Mike Nichols’ filmography Movies where the sex scene is necessary ‘Help i got too horny’ list Slim’s man ass list Trans Lifeline Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia, Auckland and Josh Ruben’s house, and edited by Slim. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Danceoteque’ by Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
52:22
July 14, 2021
Four Favorites: Demi Adejuyigbe on I, Tonya, Lady Bird and the true meaning of love
This episode, we do a f—kin’ triple with Demi Adejuyigbe; screenwriter, comedian and, quote, “not a critic”. Demi runs hosts Slim and Gemma through his four Letterboxd favorites: I, Tonya (“every scene is like candy to me”), Ocean’s Eleven (the Soderbergh one), Hot Rod (“the last truly great American goofball comedy”), and Lady Bird (“it literally changed my life”). Plus: the joy of Mary Poppins, the fear of rating movies in public, and the pleasure of watching F9, in costume, with 34 of your closest friends. Related links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Malcolm Campbell, comedy editing legend The Fast and the Furious collection The Jackass collection “The Refined Nothing of Hot Rod” via Bright Wall/Dark Room Malin Åkerman on her figure-skating past Petfurniture’s tweet on the currency of love 70mm Podcast Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Auckland and edited by Slim. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Danceoteque’ by Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
01:06:12
July 06, 2021
Four Favorites: Gemma Gracewood & Slim on Strictly Ballroom, Robocop and human nipples
A podcast hosted in fear is a podcast half-hosted—so now we have two hosts! Slim and Gemma introduce a new format, in which we interrogate a guest about their four Letterboxd favorites. First in the hot seat: the hosts themselves. Slim makes Gemma watch Vanilla Sky, while Gemma puts Slim through his bago-pago with Strictly Ballroom. Plus: Daniel Day-Lewis’s most surprising role, Paul Verhoeven’s normalization of the nipple, and Mark Ruffalo can be anything you want. Finally, the pressing question: are you Team Tom or Team Nicole? Related links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode The Official Letterboxd Top 250 Edgar Wright’s 100 Favorite Comedies “Being tasteless paid off”: the Mank couple in Slate Gemma’s A Room with a View review Slim’s Robocop review and North by Northwest review 70mm Podcast Slim’s stats Gemma’s stats Slim’s Man Ass list Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible—the documentary about Australia’s legendary film editor Lockdown Thirst: Letterboxd Show episode 4, featuring In the Cut Letterboxd Q&A with Paddington writer-director Paul King Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown’s favorite shots (including Casino’s counting room) Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and Auckland and edited by Slim. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Danceoteque’ by Moniker. Transcript by Sophie Shin.
01:03:57
June 30, 2021
18: Nomads and Forgeries
Nomadland author and “newbie cinephile” Jessica Bruder joins host Gemma Gracewood for a chat about her favorite films, working night-shifts at Starbucks with Christina Ricci’s brother, Chloé Zhao’s unique directing magic, and why Shaun the Sheep Movie is way too stressful. The Last Vermeer star Guy Pearce drops by to talk about the intoxicating joys of interrogation scenes, the greatest Australian film ever made, and Letterboxd reviews of Memento. And, our Hollywood correspondent Dominic Corry on the Golden Globes, canapés, Coming 2 America, and the gender inclusivity of Interstellar fandom on Letterboxd. Plus, our NEON-Letterboxd 2021 Awards Bundle. Related links The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Dom’s essay on Interstellar The NEON-Letterboxd 2021 Awards Bundle IndieWire’s interview with Tom Quinn of NEON  Philbert Dy’s review of Coming 2 America Truman’s review of Memento Credits This episode was recorded in Brooklyn, Amsterdam and Auckland and edited by Tony Stamp. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Podcast artwork: Ann Davenport
01:02:19
March 14, 2021
17: Year in Review 2020
In this bumper episode, Letterboxd mutuals Demi Adejuyigbe and Mia Vicino (AKA Brat Pitt) join Gemma Gracewood to talk about the top films in the 2020 Year in Review, their favorite Letterboxd features, the highs and lows of being ‘Letterboxd famous’, and why jobs are stupid. This episode also features a load of butt-talk, courtesy of The Kid Detective writer-director Evan Morgan and star Adam Brody (who also appears Promising Young Woman—both titles feature in 2020’s highest-rated crime films). And, McKenna drops in to tell us what she learned from her 366-day Twilight odyssey. Related links The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode Russ le Roq and his band Roman Antix perform their 1985 song ‘What’s the Difference?’ Credits This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Toronto and Auckland and edited by Tony Stamp. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Podcast artwork: Ann Davenport.
01:35:18
January 18, 2021
16: Shitlists and Bangers
Host Gemma Gracewood and guests Slim (70mm Podcast), Hannah Woodhead (Little White Lies’ Truth & Movies podcast) and Tim Batt (The Worst Idea Of All Time podcast) gather on the first Catsiversary of Tom Hooper’s mewsical misfire to look back at the so-bad-it’s-good films that got us through 2020, plus: our favorite “5-Bangers” of the year.  Highlights include: Slim’s The New Mutants nightmare, Tim’s 2020 trophies, Hannah’s … Has Fallen spree, Gemma’s mum’s Cats commentary, Kyle McLachlan’s Showgirls stand-in’s very nice ass-cheeks, a Tom Hooper in New Zealand rumor, and the celebrity animals that got us through 2020. Related links The Letterboxd list of all the films mentioned in this episode Hannah’s Catsiversary romp through Letterboxd’s most-loved, lowest-rated films This episode was recorded in Sheffield, Philadelphia and Auckland and edited by Tony Stamp. Our theme music is ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. On the next episode: the Letterboxd Year in Review, with a panel of Letterboxd superstars (we usually publish about a week into January, and our episode will follow). Leave a voice message about the very best film you saw in 2020.
01:05:46
December 23, 2020
15: Animators and Wolfwalkers
Letterboxd editor-in-chief Gemma Gracewood hosts animation heads Toussaint Egan and Kambole Campbell, together at last, for a ramble through their all-time animation faves. Wolfwalkers director Tomm Moore on myths, hallucinogens, Wes Anderson and the joys of the Frozen soundtrack. Highlights include: all the love for Akira and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Kambole’s short-lived stop-motion career; is Ghibli “basic”?! Should Arendell have fallen? The small matter of Disney and cultural imperialism; and Toussaint Egan’s best Mickey Mouse-as-the-banker-from-Network impression! Plus: a news exclusive on the Puffin Rock feature film. Links The Letterboxd list of all the films mentioned in this episode AV Club article mentioned by Toussaint Kambole’s Letterboxd animation preview There’s a Monster in my Kitchen, Tomm’s film for Greenpeace Credits This episode was recorded in London, Paris, Chicago and Auckland and edited by Tony Stamp. Theme music: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Podcast artwork: Ann Davenport. On the next episode: Slim (70mm Podcast), Hannah Woodhead (Little White Lies), Tim Batt (The Worst Idea Ever) on 2020’s shitters and five-bangers. Leave a voice message about the good-bad movies that got you through 2020.
02:02:07
December 15, 2020
14: Make the Yuletide Gay!
In this episode the yuletide gets gayer with Happiest Season’s favorite sister, Jane—AKA the film’s co-writer Mary Holland—and Dana Nachman, director of a documentary love letter to the US Postal Service, Dear Santa (and crowd-pleasers Pick of the Litter and Batkid Begins). Plus: Love Actually’s missing lesbians, our spooky new theme music, and Die Hard or Die Hard 2? It’s the battle of the Christmas voice messages. Films mentioned: What We Do in the Shadows Love Actually The Family Stone Home Alone “Christmas movie posters with white heterosexual couples wearing red and green” list Make the Yuletide Gay—Christmas films with LGBTQ+ representation E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Top Gun Dirty Dancing It’s a Wonderful Life Toni Collette comedies and Hereditary Enchanted Drop Dead Gorgeous Grease The Addams Family Serendipity Elf A Christmas Story The Trial of the Chicago 7 The films of Adam McKay This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree and Auckland and edited by Tony Stamp. Theme music is ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. On the next episode, we’ve got Wolfwalkers director Tomm Moore and animation heads Kambole Campbell and Toussaint Egan—leave us a voice message regarding your favorite animated film.
55:39
December 06, 2020
13: Sound of Metal
Tears flow as writer-director Darius Marder and actor and ASL rocker Paul Raci join Letterboxd’s editor-in-chief Gemma Gracewood to talk about their new film Sound of Metal, in which Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a punk-rock drummer suffering hearing loss, turns to adult deafness coach Joe (Raci, the son of deaf parents). We talk disability representation in movies, the Serenity Prayer as film structure, heavy-metal sign language, making producers’ brains hurt, and releasing your debut feature at the worst time in human history. Plus: other music movies for you to soak up before 2020 crawls back into its hole. Films mentioned The Place Beyond the Pines Blue Valentine Sound of Metal Run Wonderstruck The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You Zappa (and the Letterboxd Show episode with Alex Winter) The Shawl The Letterboxd Show is recorded in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Auckland, and edited by Tony Stamp. The theme tune is ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation (new album The Friend Ship out now!). Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. On the next episode: festive feelings with Happiest Season’s Mary Holland! Leave us a voice message about your favorite festive film at letterboxd.show.
30:35
November 20, 2020
12: Shithouse, Fall Festival Roundup
Our London correspondent Ella Kemp joins Letterboxd’s editor-in-chief Gemma Gracewood to talk about their highlights from the fall festival season. Later they’re joined by actor, writer and first-time feature director Cooper Raiff and his Shithouse co-star Dylan Gelula to talk college, crying, comfort films, and Dylan’s Letterboxd habits.  Films and links mentioned: Synchronic David Byrne’s American Utopia Lovers Rock I Carry You With Me Shiva Baby Shithouse Portrait of a Lady on Fire Kajillionaire I Used to Go Here Revenge of the Nerds St Elmo’s Fire Right Now, Wrong Then Lost in Translation On the Rocks Vanya on 42nd Street Bridge to Terabithia 13 Going on 30 Wolfwalkers Perfect Blue Millennium Actress Paprika Inside Out It’s Such a Beautiful Day The Red Shoes The Umbrellas of Cherbourg The Young Girls of Rochefort The Social Dilemma The work of Jay Duplass. TV shows mentioned: Togetherness, Love on the Spectrum, Normal People (specifically, episode 5). Dylan’s podcast, Lecture Hall, with her friend Broti Gupta.  This episode recorded in London, Los Angeles and Dunedin and edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Our theme music is ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation. Our next episode features Wolfwalkers co-director Tomm Moore, and animation fans Kambole Campbell and Toussaint Egan. To be in to win a Pro membership, leave us a voice message about your favorite animated film or sequence of all time.
01:07:37
November 07, 2020
11: Jim Cummings
Actor, writer and director Jim Cummings joins Letterboxd’s editor-in-chief Gemma Gracewood to talk about his brand new film The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Robert Forster’s final role, toxic masculinity, tears, montages, werewolves, Fight Club, Fincher, turning shorts into features, his Letterboxd favorites, and the enduring emotional power of Inside Out’s Bing Bong. Films and lists mentioned: Rope Rear Window Beast Beast Greener Grass The Social Network Zodiac Fight Club Thunder Road The Robbery (short) Blue Valentine Rebel Without a Cause Shithouse What We Do in the Shadows Napoleon Dynamite An American Werewolf in London The Howling Dirty Dancing Jamaica Inn The Great Dictator Inside Out Seduced and Abandoned Children of Men The ’Burbs Obvious Child (short) / Obvious Child Two Cars One Night (short) / Boy Whiplash (short) / Whiplash Lights Out (short) / Lights Out Saw (short) / Saw Brat Pitt’s review of Fight Club A list of films with men/boys crying Jim Cummings on Letterboxd  This episode recorded in Los Angeles and Auckland and edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Theme music: ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation. Our next episode features Cooper Raiff and Dylan Gelula of Shithouse. To be in to win a Pro membership, leave us a voice message about your favorite college film.
51:22
October 11, 2020
10: The Realness
Letterboxd’s editor in chief Gemma Gracewood and lists editor Jack Moulton discuss their favorite docs of 2020 so far. Letterboxd members call in with their own top-doc picks, and we’re joined by Eli Despres and Elyse Steinberg, two-thirds of the directing team behind The Fight, which follows ACLU lawyers as they argue for major social justice issues including trans rights in the military and abortion access. Elyse also reveals she once acted in a Todd Haynes film. (We’ve kept in interruptions by children for pandemic documentary realness!) Films and lists mentioned: Official Letterboxd Top 100 Documentaries Welcome to Chechnya For Sama Boys State Disclosure Crip Cramp: A Disability Revolution Mucho Mucho Amor The Painter and the Thief Coronation The documentaries of Agnès Varda He Dreams of Giants The Ghost of Peter Sellers Father Soldier Son Making a Murder (and Knives Out) The Last Dance Showbiz Kids Miss Americana The Fight directors: The Fight Weiner Crumb American Movie The Oath How to Survive a Plague A Few Good Men Poison Heavenly Creatures It Might Get Loud Fantasia Fest: You Cannot Kill David Arquette Feels Good Man This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, New York and Auckland and edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Theme music: ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation (their new single ‘Landline’ is out now). Our next episode features Irish animator Tomm Moore. To be in to win a Pro membership, leave us a voice message about your favorite animated film of all time.
01:11:37
September 15, 2020
9: Alex Winter
Actor, documentarian and excellent human Alex Winter joins Letterboxd’s Gemma Gracewood and Jack Moulton to talk about his three new films: Showbiz Kids, Zappa and the long-awaited Bill & Ted Face the Music.  Films mentioned by Alex: Bill & Ted Face the Music Showbiz Kids Zappa Land Without Bread The films of Stan Brakhage and Chris Marker The Rolling Stones: Cocksucker Blues Leaving Neverland Close Encounters of the Third Kind Raiders of the Lost Ark The Lost Boys The Empire Strikes Back Superman Jaws The films of Charlie Chaplin and Fred Astaire Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood Monty Python and the Holy Grail The Painter and the Thief Capone Vitalina Varela First Cow Links Alex’s 50 B-Sides and Rarities list The Letterboxd list for this episode.  Alex’s Letterboxd profile This episode was recorded in Los Angeles and Auckland, and edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Our theme music is ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation. Our next episode is also about documentaries, with the directors of The Fight. Leave us a voice message about your favorite doc of 2020.
01:03:54
August 30, 2020
8: Lockdown Filmmaking
From pitching to studios via video to filming in confined spaces, the filmmakers behind found-footage favorites Searching (Aneesh Chaganty) and new browser-horror Host (Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley) share their best tips for making movies in quarantine. Plus, Rob and Aneesh reveal their heavy-duty Letterboxd habits, Aneesh talks about casting his next film, Run, and his roommate Blake pops in to explain their elaborate method for how to choose what film to watch. Films mentioned by Jed, Rob and Gemma As Above, So Below Ghostwatch Night of the Comet Your Name. (君の名は。) The Innocents Films mentioned by Aneesh The Sixth Sense The Mission Impossible franchise “When Shyamalan was a major, major deal, making hit after hit” Buried Minority Report Ocean’s 11 Inception Step Brothers Sense and Sensibility Anvil! The Story of Anvil Slumdog Millionaire (500) Days of Summer Memento Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India Bombay Links On Letterboxd: Jed Shepherd; Aneesh Chaganty; Aneesh’s roommate Blake.  This episode was recorded in London, Los Angeles and Auckland, and edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Theme music is ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation. Our next episode is about documentaries, with writer-director and Bill & Ted star Alex Winter, and the directors of The Fight. Leave a voice message with your question for Winter.
01:26:35
August 15, 2020
7: Ghibli Magic Moments
Since the roll-out of Studio Ghibli films on Netflix and HBO Max this year, there’s been an explosion of Letterboxd activity around the famed studio’s films. Our Ghibli-loving guests couldn’t be happier. David Jenkins (Little White Lies), Tasha Robinson (Polygon) and Adam Kempenaar (Filmspotting) share their Ghibli obsessions and discuss whether to “sub or dub”. Letterboxd members phone in with their favs. Plus: Little White Lies turns 15. Links David Jenkins’ review of My Neighbor Totoro Polygon’s best Studio Ghibli scenes survey @c0mmunicants’ Ghibli tweet The Official Letterboxd Top 250 Letterboxd members’ top 20 favorite comfort films Adam’s daughter Sophie on Letterboxd Mami Sunada’s The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Our Q&A with the hosts of Ghibliotheque This episode was recorded in Chicago, London and Auckland and edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Theme music is ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation. Leave a voice message for Aneesh Chaganty, our next guest, or tell us the ‘so bad it’s good’ film you’ve been rewatching in isolation for an upcoming episode. We recorded this episode as the news of George Floyd’s death by police brutality was emerging, and held it back in order to amplify Black voices and stories. Racism has no place on Letterboxd. Here are some ideas for activism; here are more; and more. We are donating all proceeds from screenings of Josephine Decker’s Shirley via our virtual screening link (available to US members only) to BIPOC film non-profit Firelight Media. Black Lives Matter.
01:17:41
July 01, 2020
6: Black Life on Film
This episode is dedicated to films about the Black experience. Our guest is Letterboxd member Adam Davie, creator of the extensive Black Life on Film list. Adam explains why he has spent three years creating the list and why it includes “the good, the bad and the ugly as it relates to the Black experience”. Links Driving Miss Daisy (Bruce Beresford, 1989) The Story of a Three-Day Pass (Melvin Van Peebles, 1968) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Rodney Rothman/Peter Ramsey/Bob Persichetti, 2018) Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016) 13th (Ava DuVernay, 2016) Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017) LA 92 (T.J. Martin/Daniel Lindsay, 2017) Support The Girls (Andrew Bujalski, 2018) The High Note (Nisha Ganatra, 2020) Beyond the Lights (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2014) The Wound (John Trengove, 2017) Rafiki (Wanuri Kahiu, 2018) Attack the Block (Joe Cornish, 2011) I Am Legend (Francis Lawrence, 2007) If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2017) Black Dynamite (Scott Sanders, 2009) Miami Connection (Y.K. Kim/Woo-sang Park, 1987) This episode was recorded in Pittsburgh, PA and Auckland, NZ and edited by Morgan Avery. Our podcast artwork is by Ann Davenport and our theme music is ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation. Leave a voice message telling us your favorite Studio Ghibli film, or a ‘so bad it’s good’ film you’ve been rewatching in isolation for our upcoming episodes. Listeners in the US can watch Josephine Decker’s Shirley via our virtual screening room—we’re donating all proceeds to film non-profit Firelight Media. For other links, resources and places to donate in the fight for justice, here are some anti-racism resources for white people. This Letterboxd review of I Am Not Your Negro also contains useful links. Black Lives Matter.
01:06:30
June 10, 2020
4: Lockdown Thirst
Has lockdown got you thirsty? This is the episode you need. Inspired by film writer Justine Peres Smith’s popular ‘Best Horny Movies for Quarantine’ list, Letterboxd editor Gemma Gracewood, Montreal-based Smith, and The Black List’s Kate Hagen dive deep into several erotic thrillers from the past two decades: Jane Campion’s In The Cut, Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden and Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart. And we ask: where’s all the hot sex in Western film these days? Plus: Cronenberg, PTA, Roeg, Marilyn Monroe and more. Links Horny movies: Kate’s Essential Erotic Thrillers and 365 Sex Scenes The Black List In The Cut Justine’s 2018 re-examination of In The Cut for Little White Lies God’s Own Country The Handmaiden Knife + Heart Crash Don't Look Now Inherent Vice Damage Bound Kate’s Playboy article Quarantine recommendations: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Justine) Peggy Sue Got Married (Kate) Ratatouille (Gemma) Filmmakers on social: K. Austin Collins’ Shut-in Movie Club and Letterboxd profile (Justine) Vidiots and video stores everywhere (Kate) Joss Ackland’s #ReadaLetter (Gemma) Edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Theme music: ‘Hitchcock’ by The Phoenix Foundation. Leave a voice message telling us your favorite Steven Spielberg film for our next episode.
01:10:15
April 27, 2020
3: Big Cities, Empty Streets
Nostalgic for recent life, Letterboxd editor Gemma Gracewood, our West Coast editor Dominic Corry and New York-based freelance film critic Susannah Gruder celebrate movies set in big cities while we stay home to save lives. We discuss how directors like Michael Mann, Susan Seidelman and Richard Linklater move through cityscapes, and we see New York through newcomers’ eyes in Eliza Hittman’s stunning new film. P.S. Join our L.A. Showdown: nominate your favorite films set in the City of Angels. Links City films for empty streets:  Crossing Delancey Vanilla Sky, The Quiet Earth and Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen Desperately Seeking Susan Heat, Collateral Before Sunset Never Rarely Sometimes Always The Omega Man, Woodstock Light Sleeper, Three Days of the Condor Miracle Mile Bright Wall/Dark Room’s list of obscure recommendations Babylon incl. the engagement-party scene Art House Online Quarantine recommendations: Frederico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria and Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity (Susannah) Robert Zemeckis’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (Dominic) Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (Gemma) Filmmakers on the Internet: Ritesh Batra’s scriptwriting chats (Gemma) ScriptNotes podcast with John August and Craig Mazin, including this live episode (Dominic) Love from BAM Netflix parties, Lou Doillon’s Instagram feed (Susannah) Edited by Morgan Avery. Podcast artwork by Ann Davenport. Leave a voice message telling us your favorite erotic thrillers for the next episode.
54:43
April 13, 2020
2: Feeling Good
Locked down and looking for comfort, Letterboxd editor Gemma Gracewood, London-based film and music writer Ella Kemp and LA-based musician and writer Demi Adejuyigbe explore why Paddington Bear, Donald O’Connor and Talking Heads are deeply uplifting in these strange times, nominate their favorite actors-doing-things-on-the-internet, and find film-watching solutions to the attention-span issues that come with staying home. Links Pixar director recommendations for children: All Ages 7 to 12 Years 12 Years and Over The Letterboxd Feel-Good Showdown Our interview with Paddington and Paddington 2 writer-director Paul King Edgar Wright’s 100 favorite comedies Rian Johnson’s favorite 70s movie musicals Bright Wall/Dark Room’s crowd-sourced list of most obscure movie recommendations. Our panel’s picks: Angel (Ella) The Castle (Demi) Wham! in China: Foreign Skies (Gemma) Patrick Stewart’s Sonnets Sam Neill’s therapeutic Twitter and Instagram feeds Demi’s food-bank donation drive Richard E. Grant on Twitter Art House Online—help us support art house cinemas by renting these new, recent and re-released films, and read Ella’s interview with Levan Akin, director of And Then We Danced The panel’s feel-good picks for this week: Donald O’Connor’s ‘Make ’em Laugh’ dance sequence from Singin’ in the Rain (Gemma) Stop Making Sense  (1984), Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads film (Demi) The Shop Around the Corner (1940) (Ella) This podcast was recorded in Los Angeles, London and Auckland and edited by Morgan Avery. Our podcast artwork is by Ann Davenport. Leave a voice message telling us your favorite films set in big cities for our next episode, in which our West Coast editor Dominic Corry and New York correspondent Susannah Gruder will remember the recent past through movies.
45:54
April 04, 2020
1: 2020 Oscar Pre-Show
A panel discussion ahead of the 2020 Oscars, hosted by Letterboxd editor Gemma Gracewood with guests Kate Hagen, Demi Adejuyigbe and Dominic Corry. We revisit our favorite films of 2019, figure out why we still love the Oscars, award some additional trophies, and talk maybe a little too much about Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Links Letterboxd’s downloadable Oscars Ballot: JPEG or PDF Letterboxd 2019 Year in Review 2020 Oscars — All nominated films 2019–2020 awards season winners The best years for Best Picture nominees, ranked (thanks to Jack Moulton) Kate Hagen’s list of Essential Erotic Thrillers Demi Adejuyigbe’s lists of Movies whose full titles can be perfectly sung to the rhythm and cadence of “Moon River, wider than a mile” and Movies whose entire titles can be comfortably sung to the tune and rhythm of “Little Red Corvette” Dominic Corry’s lists of Yuppies in Peril and Films that Poetically Capture the Experience of Living in Los Angeles Ford v Ferrari (aka Le Mans ’66): What really happened at the end? Watch: Anna Paquin wins Best Supporting Actress at the 66th Academy Awards, hyperventilates for 22 seconds straight Watch: La La Land, sorry Moonlight wins Best Picture Letterboxd’s Top 10 Sundance 2020 World Premieres
01:20:35
February 06, 2020