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Four Favorites with Chandler Levack: her TIFF premiere, Almost Famous, The Apartment, Canadian schlock

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Weekend Watchlist: Don’t Worry Darling, Avatar and Athena
This week Mia and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Don’t Worry Darling, Avatar and Athena. Mia also angles for a Snapple sponsorship, she’s out of control. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss luscious man-hair and obscure watches. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Katie Walsh’s Don’t Worry Darling review Soph’s Avatar review Matt Neglia’s Athena review Brent’s Pearl review Kayla’s See How They Run review Emma Hodge’s The Woman King review Tripp Burton’s Elevator to the Gallows review Ocean’s Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris review JoJo Wild’s Marcel the Shell With Shoes On review Dave’s Confess, Fletch review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
28:39
September 22, 2022
Four Favorites with K. Austin Collins: crosswords, vampires, Elaine May and Bill Paxton
By the end of this episode, we promise you’ll be better at cracking those crosswords. Slim and Mitchell are joined by K. Austin Collins, film critic for Rolling Stone (heard of it?) and former writer for hotshot places like Vanity Fair, Slate, The Ringer and Reverse Shot. In his spare time, Kameron also moonlights as a crossword creator for The New Yorker and The New York Times. No big deal. Once we’re finished grilling him for his best tips to make us smarter, we discuss Kameron’s four favorite films (for now): John’s Carpenter’s Vampires; Mikey and Nicky; Atlantics and The Naked Kiss. Plus: the impossibility of picking your favorite movie (theme of the show, woops); letting go of crossword anxiety; putting your taste to the test; Kameron (maybe) sells Slim on Vampires; Slim regrets lapsing his Catholicism; women making the best movies about male friendship; just vibes; these are not Kameron’s legally binding four favorites; not being prepared for The Naked Kiss; men are trash; Samuel Fuller is fucked up; beating your pimp’s ass; being a “Superstation ass kid”; the truth of Power Rangers and we’re starting the Bill Paxton fan club. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Kameron’s crossword puzzles at The New Yorker; Mia Vicino’s Four Faves episode; Mitchell’s Mikey and Nicky essay for Paste Magazine; Wet Streets on Film by John Frankensteiner; movies that are actually gay rom-coms but are advertised as men being Cool by alva; soft horror by Liam; “nothing happens” yeah but the vibes by holli; Samuel Fuller’s Letterboxd page; abusers die, suffer, or rot in prison by Madison; List of Movies From My Childhood by K. Austin Collins; A24’s crossword book Reviews of Vampires by DallasFrance, Mikey and Nicky by KYK, Atlantics by Sarah and demi adejuyigbe, The Naked Kiss by Cole and Chris, My Brother’s Wedding by K. Austin Collins Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Delaware and New York, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:08:22
September 20, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Pearl, See How They Run and The Woman King
This week Mia and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Pearl, See How They Run and The Woman King. Is it time to crown our very first “Scream King.” After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss Kyle MacLachlan’s a-cheeks and working for a newspaper. Also Brian and Flynn call to give us a TIFF wrap-up! Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Sponsor: A24 presents Pearl, an origin story from Ti West’s world of X, starring Mia Goth and critics are calling it a “blood soaked & unforgettable” technicolor slasher. Add it to your watchlist! Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Matt Neglia and BlazBad’s Pearl reviews Tyler’s See How They Run review Sarah and David Sims’ The Woman King reviews How to Blow Up a Pipeline acquired by NEON Proto’s Blue Velvet review Emma Hodge’s Barbarian review Kayla’s The Conversation review Greg’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Review MattyJ’s Fallen Angels review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and Portland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:59
September 15, 2022
Four Favorites with Julian Higgins: mythic storytelling, Foxcatcher, Orson Welles and father figures
We’re all Golden Eagles here. Gemma is away on festival assignment, so filling in for her we’ve got Letterboxd senior editor and Weekend Watchlist co-host Mitchell Beaupre! Slim and Mitchell are joined by Julian Higgins, director and co-writer of God’s Country—his neo-Western debut feature which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is hitting theaters September 16 from IFC Films. We also dive deep into Julian’s four favorite films: Rashomon; Chimes at Midnight; The Return and Foxcatcher. Plus: Julian growing up with college professor cinephile parents; why he’s never seen a single Star Wars movie (hint: those two things are related); why is everyone in Rashomon sweating so much?; Toshiro Mifune is the last 30 seconds of a bag of Skittles; Slim (still) isn’t a Shakespeare person; the relentless pursuit of making a juicy period epic; going “full-on Orson Welles”; Thandiwe Newton having bigger balls than Slim; “We all gotta play by the same rules if this is gonna work”; Julian being afraid of reading reviews from writers he loves; Mitchell watching Foxcatcher in the heart of du Pont country; rich people can get away with anything; ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist; nostalgia for HD DVD and how they made Slim’s dad cry, and Julian’s childhood hero Basil Rathbone. Credits: This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Delaware and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune by Stuart Goldbraith IV; The Criterion Collection’s HQ page; Julian’s Instagram, Winter Light by James Lee Burke; New Novel, New Wave, New Politics: Fiction and the Representation of History in Postwar France by Lynn A. Higgins—Julian’s mother Reviews of Rashomon by Esther Rosenfield and DallasFrance, Chimes at Midnight by Alyssa Heflin, God’s Country by Brian Tallerico, The Return by Marcissus
01:09:29
September 13, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Barbarian, Pinocchio and Speak No Evil
This week Mia and slim discuss their growing watchlists including Barbarian, Pinocchio and Speak No Evil. Ever get a tattoo while watching a movie with friends? Mia has a story that may shock you. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss Smart Person Movies and Edgar Allen Poe. Also Brian Formo calls in one final time from Venice. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Brenna and Hanny’s Barbarian reviews David Erlich and Justin LaLiberty’s Speak No Evil reviews Brian Ly’s Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. review Diddy Rose’s Jaws review Liam’s First Reformed review Bola’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On review Justin L’s Ran review Cassi’s Emily the Criminal review David’s Films to be Avoided at All Costs by Cat Lovers list Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and Portland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
27:39
September 08, 2022
Four Favorites with Chandler Levack: her TIFF premiere, Almost Famous, The Apartment, Canadian schlock
Movies are sex! Toronto movie critic and filmmaker Chandler Levack joins hosts Gemma and Slim ahead of the world premiere of I Like Movies—her debut indie dramedy about a narcissistic teenage cinephile that had Slim weeping-laughing and Gemma hoping it’ll win the TIFF People’s Choice Award—to talk about four films she loves: Almost Famous; Fat Girl; The Apartment and Crime Wave. Plus: Chandler and Slim reminisce about their glittering careers in the video store industry; everything Cameron Crowe means to us; Catherine Breillat and her brutal realism; the joys of making a film about an insufferable cinephile; how to nail an audition (hint: wear a t-shirt for The Lighthouse); we’re all in love with Shirley MacLaine; why Gemma wants to live in old movies; John Paizs’ absurdist brilliance and his lasting legacy—that you can make anything you want!; Funny Pages’ sweaty basement apartment; is this the greatest year for cinema made just for Slim? Possibly yes. Did Steven Spielberg make The Fabelmans in homage to I Like Movies? Maybe. See both films at TIFF (8—18 September) to find out! Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Toronto and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Art by Samm. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Fat Girls on Film by Kate Hagen; Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe; Jack Facts’ interview with Owen Kline; ‘Stillwater Runs Deep’—William Miller’s $1000 essay for Rolling Stone; When you’re feeling a little lost by yazz!; Coming-of-age movies by andrea; Films that took an already amazing and well-known song by starboy; Movies that are like I Like Movies by Chandler Levack; Male Protagonists that I Could Easily Beat Up in a Fight by Claira Curtis; Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Melissa; Punk by Sally Jane Black; Weirdo Watchlist by Tyler; Chandler’s Movies I can’t wait to see at TIFF. 
01:10:43
September 06, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Saloum, Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. and Jaws
This week Mia and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Saloum; Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. and Jaws in IMAX. Does your friend group have a communal Possession Blu-ray? If not, maybe they should. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss setting movie-watching records and not liking Cary Grant. Also Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba and Brian Formo call into the show. 👀 Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Mitchell and Marya’s Saloum reviews Mitchell chatting with Jean Luc Herbulot Selome and Jourdain’s Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. reviews Silent Dawn’s Jaws review Austin’s Three Thousand Years of Longing review Donal’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On review Brian Ly’s Possession review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:43
September 01, 2022
Four Favorites with Jay Bennett: Face/Off, The Lighthouse, sweater weather and movie posters
Get out the knitwear, it’s When Harry Met Sally… season. Movie-poster designer and Londoner Jay Bennett joins hosts Gemma and Slim to discuss his four Letterboxd favorites: Saw; The Lighthouse; Face/Off and Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s iconic rom-com. Plus: Jay’s very specific Letterboxd lists, why he holds right back on five-star ratings, why Danny Glover is a terrible detective in Saw, the power of negative space on a film poster, the scourge of floating heads, getting DMs from A24, was 2019 the greatest year in cinema ever?, The Lighthouse as a lockdown favorite, how bad posters happen, how Jay designed The Cow’s key art, John Woo and his doves, why Joan Allen is the real MVP of Face/Off, the Letterboxd members who defend Billy Crystal as Harry, justice for Hannah Montana: The Musical, and Clippy from Microsoft makes a brief appearance. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Jay’s lists: Tom Hardy invents an accent, Mac and Cheese, Cannes you believe it, Who let Matt Damon into the studio, Saw ranked based on how morally right the jigsaw killer is, My parents reviewing films, Film Posters Don’t Feel So Good; IndieWire’s 25 Best Movie Performances of the ’90s Reviews of Saw by Amaya, The Lighthouse by Esther Rosenfield, When Harry Met Sally… by Amanda, Sophie and Olivia Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, London and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:03:16
August 30, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Three Thousand Years of Longing, Funny Pages and The Good Boss
This week Mia and Slim discuss their growing watchlists including Three Thousand Years of Longing, Funny Pages and The Good Boss. Slim accidentally suggests an idea for a list and then quickly regrets it, sry everyone. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss watching Chinatown mysteries unfold and also making wine. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. 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. And don’t forget to subscribe to their acclaimed audio-documentary series: MUBI Podcast. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Elle and Bryan’s Three Thousand Years of Longing reviews Iana’s Funny Pages review Jack’s The Good Boss review Bianca’s Orphan: First Kill review Brian’s Beast review Kayla’s The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story review Emma Hodge’s The Handmaiden review Jeff’s Chan is Missing review Alexandria’s Marcel the Shell With Shoes On review Ghostwatch Blu-Ray pre-order Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
28:30
August 25, 2022
Four Favorites with Karen Han: Bonghive, Ping Pong, DePalma and Michael Shannon
Bonghive, rise! We have cinema disease and Karen Han has the cure. The cultural critic, scriptwriter and Bong Joon-ho expert joins hosts Slim and Gemma to talk about her four Letterboxd faves: Phantom of the Paradise; Take Shelter; Ping Pong and The Host. Karen’s new book, Bong Joon-ho: Dissident Cinema, is out in November from Abrams Books and Little White Lies. You can upgrade to Pro/Patron at 20% off the normal price using this special URL: https://letterboxd.com/pro/redeem/paradise/. Upgrade to Pro/Patron to get rid of ads, customize your streaming services, view detailed movie-watching stats computed from your account history, and much more. That URL automatically adds our special discount code “Paradise” to get 20% off an upgrade. You can alternatively add that word manually into the Enter Code section on the bottom left of our Pro page if you want, no big deal. Also: Karen recalls the dawn of the #Bonghive, we discuss the sexual energy of songwriter Paul Williams, why rock operas should come back, the Meatloaf of it all, why one of Slim’s favorite pastimes is reading Letterboxd reviews aloud, living in the mystery, Jeff Nichols’ superlative relationship skills, Gemma’s rage at ambiguous sci-fi endings, cooking manga, and Michael Shannon, step on us, please. Use the code ‘PARADISE’ for an exclusive 20% discount on Pro and Patron memberships in the week of this episode’s release. Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Anxiety-Inducing Cinema list by Jack; Simon Ramshaw’s They aren’t films; they’re experiences list; Essential Depressioncore list by Obsolete; Kermit chats to Paul Williams, Karen’s first #Bonghive tweet. Reviews of Nope by Karen Han; Phantom of the Paradise by COBRARocky and feat. dante from the dmc series; Take Shelter by Lauren and Lucy; Ping Pong by Dan P and Ali; The Host by Hollie and Oppie.
01:06:27
August 23, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Orphan: First Kill, Beast and Spin Me Round
This week Mia and Mitchell discuss their growing watchlists including Orphan: First Kill; Beast and Spin Me Round. Who doesn’t love a good bonus psychosexual plot? Unrelated but we also hear from Aubrey Plaza herself in this episode nbd. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss watching sad movies maybe forever. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Mitchell chatting with our Queen Aubrey Plaza Reyna’s Orphan: First Kill review Justin and Allison’s Spin Me Round reviews Claira and Robert’s The Territory reviews Mrs. Darcy’s Inu-Oh review Brandon’s Day Shift review Brian’s E.T. review Kayla’s Thirteen Lives review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:36
August 18, 2022
Four Favorites with Rebekah McKendry: absurd horror, Hedwig, Suspiria, The ’Burbs
Never tumble-dry a bra! Film professor, director, Colors of the Dark podcaster and absurdist horror-comedy fan Rebekah McKendry joins hosts Slim and Gemma to gleefully dig into her four Letterboxd favs: Hedwig and the Angry Inch; The ’Burbs; Suspiria and Survive Style 5+. Plus: the download on Glorious, her new “classy glory-hole movie” for Shudder, starring Ryan Kwanten and JK Simmons. Also: soap-opera amnesia, rewatching Old, the perfect horror rating, terrible neighbors, why Letterboxd’s Suspiria reviews are the best reviews, our thirst for Jessica Harper, important choreography chat, how to make a $50K movie, how to get JK Simmons in your film, how to get your glory hole the right size, why Rebekah always shows Hedwig to all her film students, and why you haven’t truly lived until you have seen Survive Style 5+. Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Rebekah and David Ian McKendry’s 25 favorite absurdist cult and horror films; Maggots in Movies by Gemma; Luiz Brayner’s films about lgbt people but where the main plot isn’t about them being lgbt; Jim Cummings Four Faves Episode; Patti Bellatoni’s book “If it’s purple, someone’s gonna die”; watch Survive Style 5+ on YouTube; Shudder’s Letterboxd HQ. Reviews: The ’Burbs by theriverjordan; Suspiria by iana; andrea; #1 gizmo fan; christie; Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Liz Purchell; Survive Style 5+ by Foggy; No.1 Spy Kids Fan Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:05:22
August 16, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Emily the Criminal, Inu-oh and Day Shift
This week Slim and Mitchell discuss their growing watchlists including Emily the Criminal, Inu-oh and Day Shift. Ever credit card scam a vampire? That could be the key. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss giving 5 stars to sex, violence, gore, debauchery. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. 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. And don’t forget to subscribe to their acclaimed audio-documentary series: MUBI PODCAST. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Tyler and Paul’s Emily the Criminal reviews Esther and Alicia’s Inu-Oh reviews FakeRobHunter’s Day Shift review Marya’s Girl Picture review Bianca’s BODIES BODIES BODIES review Robert’s Prey review Gemma’s Thirteen Lives review Robert’s Bullet Train review Sally Jane Black’s The Vanishing Lion review Liam’s The Seventh Seal review Mason’s Eraserhead review Brian Ly’s A Love Song 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.
29:10
August 11, 2022
Four Favorites with Paul Scheer: time traveling and ghostbusting with 1980s American men
Beware the ectoplasmic residue! Comedian, actor, podcaster and Letterboxd member Paul Scheer joins hosts Slim and Gemma to celebrate American men of the 1980s via his four Letterboxd favorites: Beverly Hills Cop; Ghostbusters; Back to the Future and Planes Trains and Automobiles. You can upgrade to Pro/Patron at 20% off the normal price using this special URL: https://letterboxd.com/pro/redeem/mcfly/. Upgrade to Pro/Patron to get rid of ads, customize your streaming services, view a customized stats page just for your own account, and much more. That URL automatically adds our special discount code “mcfly” to get 20% off upgrading. You can also add that word manually into the Enter Code section on the bottom left of our Pro page if you want, no big deal. Plus: the curious psychology of choosing your four Letterboxd faves; what Paul has learned about movies from hosting the How Did This Get Made and Unspooled podcasts; Slim’s dream of owning Marty McFly’s truck; Gemma’s love for BH Cop’s Jenny; why Back to the Future II stacks up; our appreciation for Bronson Pinchot; what Ghostbusters can teach us about running a small business; Paul upgrades to Patron level live on the show (without even using our limited-time discount offer—see details above); and why won’t our damn kids love The Muppets as much as we do? Lists and links: The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Todd’s Coffee & Donuts: A Beginner’s Guide To Buddy Cop Movies list; WraithApe’s Killer Synth Scores, TheRiverJordan’s Sweaty Dudes Cinema, LinusMxx’s SPOILER ALERT, BITCH!, Paul Scheer’s The Best 3rd Ones, Coffee’s i’m 16 and this is the greatest movie ever made list, and Andre de Nervaux’s Posters where actors are covering up their unfortunate boners; Gemma’s interview with Dean Fleischer-Camp Reviews: Beverly Hills Cop by theriverjordan, Ghostbusters by Patrick Willems and Matt Singer, RRR by Paul Scheer. Credits: This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Brian Formo. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:06:16
August 09, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Bodies Bodies Bodies, Bullet Train and Prey
This week Slim and Mia discuss their growing watchlists including Bodies Bodies Bodies, Bullet Train and Prey. Can you guess Brad Pitt’s height? Your own answer may shock you. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss erotic cinema and Dennis Hopper. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Ayo Edebiri and Josh Ruben’s Bodies Bodies Bodies review David Erhlich’s Bullet Train review Slim’s Prey review Brian Formo and Bianca’s Resurrection review NeonGhostWolf’s Not Okay review Emma Hodge’s Vengeance review BurtonMacReady’s Woman in the Dunes review Kev’s Being There review Liam’s Re-Animator review Matthew Lyon’s Adventures of TinTin review Listen to the Bat & Spider podcast 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.
28:55
August 04, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Resurrection, Not Okay and Vengeance
This week Slim and Mitchell discuss their growing watchlists including Resurrection, Not Okay and Vengeance. They also sneak in some big time praise for A Love Song. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss how odd it is to say the word “Catwomen” out loud. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Pro/Patron Upgrade: You can upgrade to Pro/Patron at 20% off the normal price using this special URL -> https://letterboxd.com/pro/redeem/watchlist/. Upgrade to Pro/Patron to get rid of ads, customize your streaming services, view a customized stats page just for your own account, and much more. That URL automatically adds our special discount code “watchlist” to get 20% off upgrading. You can also add that word manually into the Enter Code section on the bottom left of our Pro page if you want, no big deal. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Ella and Zoe’s Resurrection review Joe’s Vengeance review Slim, Mitchell, and Daniel’s A Love Song review Bianca and Kev’’s Nope review Mason’s The Gray Man review Samm’s Anything’s Possible review Isaac’s interview with Ethan Hawke Mogwai Synth’s Eraserhead review KK Slider’s On the Basis of Sex 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.
29:60
July 28, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Nope, The Gray Man and Anything’s Possible
This week Slim and Mitchell discuss their growing watchlists including Nope, The Gray Man, and Anything’s Possible. No spoilers in here don’t worry oh kay? Also we chat about Chris Evans’ tight pantaloons. After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss living in thinning hair and dancing in the rain soaked streets of the West Side. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. 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. And don’t forget to subscribe to their acclaimed audio-documentary series: MUBI Podcast. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available Frazier and Chris’s Nope reviews Slim’s The Gray Man review Matt, Emma, and Jack’s Anything’s Possible review Emma’s Marcel the Shell With Shoes On review Ben’s Where the Crawdads Sing review Joe’s Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris reviews Soph and NeonGhostWolf’s Don’t Make Me Go reviews Ellie’s Defending Your Life review Mrs. Darcy’s Step Up 2: The Streets review Trip Burton’s Paris is Burning 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.
29:55
July 21, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Where the Crawdads Sing, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris and Don’t Make Me Go
This week Slim and Mia discuss their growing watchlists including Where the Crawdads Sing, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris and Don’t Make Me Go. Also is this the year for nice-core? (Yes)  After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss living in purgatory with Boyhood and Albert Brooks. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available 2022 Midyear Report on Journal Brian Formo and Anthony’s Where The Crawdads Sing reviews Chris Feil and Alexa’s Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris reviews Flynn and Samm’s Don’t Make Me Go reviews Emma and Robert’s Thor: Love and Thunder reviews Luke’s Both Sides of the Blade review Slim’s Boyhood review Donal’s Le Jetee review Donal’s Mad God review Paul’s Le Samurai review Soph’s Women in the Dunes review Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Philadelphia and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
28:41
July 14, 2022
Weekend Watchlist: Thor: Love and Thunder, Both Sides of the Blade and Murina
This week Mitchell and Mia discuss their growing watchlists including Thor: Love and Thunder, Both Sides of the Blade and Murina. Also who wouldn’t thirst-watch for Cate Blanchett? After a quick look back at recent releases and community reviews, they shuffle their watchlists and discuss the insane combination of framing a cartoon rabbit while buckerooing through the banzai. Weekend Watchlist – Updated Weekly list > movies mentioned in this episode. Letterboxd reviews and links mentioned: Transcripts of podcast episodes available 2022 Midyear Report on Journal David Chen’s Thor: Love and Thunder review Robert Daniels and Alicia Haddick’s Both Sides of the Blade review Liam, Monab and Guy Montgomery’s Murina reviews Best of Sundance 2022 on Journal Best of the Fall Fests 2021 on Journal Ella’s Fire of Love review Paul’s review of Before Sunrise Tripp Burton’s review of Diving Bell and the Butterfly Ned’s review of Victor/Victoria Jack’s Top 50 of 2022 list Credits: This episode was recorded in Delaware and LA, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘IZON’ by Trent Walton.
29:45
July 07, 2022
Four Favorites with Jack’s Facts: Dog Day, Mike Leigh, La La Land and the midway Top 25
Give us a cuddle, Maurice! Letterboxd head of platform content Jack Moulton, the man behind The Letterboxd Show’s “Jack’s Facts”, joins hosts Slim and Gemma for a chat about our favorites of the Top 25 films of 2022 so far and Jack’s four Letterboxd faves: Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies, Matthieu Kassovitz’s La Haine, and the movie that did not win the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. Plus: attractive sweaty Al Pacino, how lockdown helped Jack complete several film circles, long film runtimes, heist movies, what our hostage demands would be (fried chicken all the way), the healing power of a cup of tea, the “Mike Leigh Phase” of every British boy, can La Haine’s Hubert be our boyfriend, Amelie’s boyfriend’s directorial career, love across an ocean, queuing for a movie with a small bladder, musicals for people who don’t like musicals, why everyone should see Blinded by the Light, and could “It was fine” be the worst movie-critic burn ever? Here’s to the ones who dream! Lists and links The Letterboxd list of films mentioned; Letterboxd’s Top 25 Highest Rated for first half of 2022, Dave’s Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films, Darren’s Letterboxd’s Top 250 Horror Films, Jack’s Women Directors: The Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films and Official Top 250 Documentary Films. Tsai’s Films I would like to show to my mom, Steve G’s movies where a family gathering starts with subtle tension and then everything goes completely to shit, Tori’s If you like (American film) watch (foreign film) and Sour Dee’s films that are even more damaging to think of than to actually see. Reviews mentioned Reviews of Dog Day Afternoon by Ray, Mad, Amaya, Hallie; Secrets & Lies by Kaleb and Eely; Ashley Wells’ review of La Haine, Sam Van Hallgren’s review of La La Land. Credits This episode was recorded in Auckland, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack (duh!). Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.
01:20:34
July 05, 2022
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