A Pop Culture Podcast for The People, created and hosted by two enthusiastic, longtime friends. Must Go Faster sifts through the noise to give you reviews, recommendations, rankings, deep dives and spirited banter on movies, music, TV and beyond.
In Part III of The Chris Nolan Chronicles, Ben and Rob investigate Nolan’s turn into becoming franchise filmmaker extraordinaire. The two weigh in on Batman Begins [10:00], discussing Nolan’s vision for Gotham City, behind the scenes nuggets and what made it radically different than Batman movies of the past. They then analyze his (flawed) masterpiece in The Dark Knight [54:00]. Ben and Rob reminisce about the hype leading up its release, pay tribute to Heath Ledger’s iconic performance as The Joker, pore over the best action scenes, and get giddy about all the little moments they love. The two also look back on the film’s profound legacy, impact on Hollywood at large and why it still matters 12 years later. To cap off Part III, Ben and Rob hit on a few enticing ‘what ifs’ throughout Nolan’s career and other genres we’d like to see him tackle [1:49:30].
In Part II of The Chris Nolan Chronicles, Ben and Rob look back on some of the most interesting casting decisions of Nolan’s career [2:15], discussing their impact and why certain actors gravitate towards his projects. The two then consider the longstanding relationship between Nolan and Warner Bros. studios [20:30], and how their partnership became a force in the movie industry. They then inspect the Al Pacino and Robin Williams led thriller ‘Insomnia’ [26:00] and what makes it stands out in Nolan’s filmography. To close out Part II, Ben and Rob revisit the magic fueled drama of ‘The Prestige’ [53:30], marveling over its direction, themes, twist ending + more, as they hand out their awards for Best Moment, Best Performance, Best Soundbite, What The F**k and Most Lasting Image.
AND HERE.. WE.. GO. In Part I of The Chris Nolan Chronicles, Ben and Rob set the stage by digging into the director's origins as an aspiring young lad, including a look at his ‘Doodlebug’ short [6:00]. The two then examine Nolan’s 1998 debut, the neo-noir ‘Following’ [17:00], discussing how it was made on an insanely low budget, the early flashes of the filmmaker’s style that he is later known for, introduce their CNC Awards + more. Next they tackle Nolan’s singular approach to narrative, such as his hatred of linear storytelling, his unapologetic love for cross cutting and how these techniques became a common thread throughout his filmography [41:30]. Ben and Rob then analyze Nolan’s indie breakthrough in ‘Memento,’ assessing the thriller’s plot, performances, structure + more as they ponder: is this the most confusing movie ever made? [52:00]. To wrap up Part I, they swoon over the director’s drive for cinematic originality [1:25:00].
In episode 45 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob open up with a few reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic (1:00) and how its altered daily life before getting into some of the shows, movies, books and music they’ve been digging so far in quarantine (10:45). The two then each recommend a pair of movies to watch in the genres of Comedy, Drama, Horror, Action, Thriller and Documentary (39:30).
In episode 43 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob celebrate the year in music by ranking and dissecting their top 10 songs of 2019, featuring jams from Maggie Rogers, DaBaby, Tame Impala, The Black Keys, Lizzo, Billie Eilish and much more.
In episode 42 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob celebrate their hometown Washington Nationals winning the 2019 World Series. They run through the emotional rollercoaster of the team’s October playoff run, their chemistry, the craziest in-game moments, player tributes and so much more.
In episode 41 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob look ahead to an enticing-as-hell slate of upcoming movies, previewing ‘Joker’ (10:00), ‘El Camino’ (18:00), ‘Parasite’ (24:00), ‘The Lighthouse’ (27:00), ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (31:30), ’Waves’ (35:00), ’Motherless Brooklyn’ (37:00), ’Doctor Sleep’ (39:00), ’Honey Boy’ (44:00), ’Ford v Ferrari’ (47:00), ’Knives Out’ (50:30), ‘The Irishman’ (54:30), ‘Marriage Story’ (1:01:00), ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ (1:04:00), ‘Uncut Gems’ (1:07:30), ‘1917’ (1:10:00) and ‘Little Women’ (1:13:00). The two wrap up with reviews of their recent live experiences seeing Bon Iver at The Forum and Vampire Weekend at The Garden (1:13:00).
In episode 40 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob go all in on Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’ (3:30) and the return of David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’ (32:00). The two then give rapid takes on the new Bon Iver LP, ‘Succession’ S2, ‘Hard Knocks,’ ‘The Farewell,’ ‘American Factory,’ ‘Chronicles: Volume One’ by Bob Dylan,’ the trailers for ‘Marriage Story’ and ‘Little Women,’ ‘Midsommar’ and look ahead to Disney’s new streaming service (48:00).
In episode 39 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob catch up on the latest TV, Music and Movies they’ve been digging the past two months. They first tackle HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ (2:00), the return of 'Big Little Lies' (15:30), the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ (22:00) and Amazon’s ‘Fleabag’ (32:00). The two then check in on some music, discussing Thom Yorke’s new record ‘Anima’ (38:00), Vampire Weekend’s ‘Father of the Bride’ (43:00) and Tyler, the Creator’s ‘IGOR’ (51:00). Ben and Rob quickly recommend Conan O'Brien’s podcast (57:30) before reviewing a trio of movies in 'Toy Story 4' (1:01:00), 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' (1:08:00), ‘Booksmart' (1:13:00). To wrap up, they break down their hype for ‘Midsommar’ (1:19:00).
In episode 38 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob assemble to review ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ breaking down its achievements, best character moments, use of humor, the in-theater experience, that explosive final hour and more. *SPOILERS BEWARE*
In episode 37 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob dissect ‘Us,’ the new thriller from Jordan Peele. The two unpack its details and share their insights on the performances, favorite scenes, plot twists, symbolism, influences, fan theories and much more. *SPOILERS BEWARE*
In episode 36 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob reunite as Rob talks about his recent experience making a short film (2:00), Ben grapples with his feelings on ‘Captain Marvel' (11:00) and the two share their takes on Netflix’s basketball drama, 'High Flying Bird' (18:00). They then differ on the new record from 2 Chainz (27:00), buy stock in UK rapper Little Simz (33:00) and hit on new music from James Blake. Plus - Ben recommends the new book on the Beastie Boys (43:00) and they both go sour on True Detective Season 3 (49:00). To wrap up, they discuss the true crime doc on Ted Bundy (56:00) and get properly psyched for Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ (1:05:00).
In episode 35 of Must Go Faster, Ben goes solo to give you all the takes on this Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards. He dissects every major category, predicting who will win, who should win and pontificates on some of the nomination travesties.
In episode 34 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob break down their top 10 movies of 2018, meticulously picking favorites across genres such as action, horror, heist, documentary, animated, and environmental doom drama. It’s the longest episode in MGF history - for good reason. Dive in.
In episode 33 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob celebrate the year in music by ranking their top 10 songs of 2018. Featuring cuts from The 1975, Anderson .Paak, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino and more, the two joyously explain why each track made their list.
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In episode 32 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob emerge from their extended hiatus by tackling the year in TV. The two pick their breakthrough performance of the year, best scene, guilty pleasures and much more. Expect banter on ‘Succession,’ ‘Homecoming,’ ‘Bodyguard,' ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Barry,' ‘Billions,’ and yes - even The OC (and beyond).
In episode 31 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob unpack the legendary movie career of Tom Cruise by covering his key trademarks - the stunts, the charisma, the running, the hair etc. They then dive into his filmography, hitting on 'Rain Man,’ ’Top Gun,' 'A Few Good Men,’ 'Mission: Impossible,’ 'Jerry McGuire,' 'Eyes Wide Shut,' 'Minority Report,' 'War of the Worlds,’ ‘Edge of Tomorrow' and so much more. The two wrap things up by reviewing Cruise's explosive new entry into the MI franchise in 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout.'
In episode 30 of Must Go Faster, Rob kicks things off with a review of ‘Incredibles 2’ (1:00) before they each run down their top 5 favorite Pixar movies (13:30), featuring 'Toy Story,' 'WALL-E' and 'Ratatouille.’ The two also recommend a pair of new true crime docs on Netflix, first with the ‘The Staircase’ (38:00) followed by 'Evil Genius’ (42:00). Ben and Rob then throw a curve ball and talk #SPORTS for the first time in MGF pod history, discussing how they experienced the big Stanley Cup win from their hometown Washington Capitals (46:00). To wrap up, they express their mutual love for Apple AirPods (59:00).
In episode 29 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob pay respect to the life of the one and only Anthony Bourdain (1:00), discussing his legacy and what made him so special. The two then review the terrifying new horror flick ‘Hereditary’ (13:00) before hitting on a a trio of new hip-hop releases, feat. the Beyoncé + Jay Z duet ‘Everything Is Love’ (34:00 ), the Kid Cudi and Kanye collaboration ‘Kids See Ghosts’ (42:30) and the latest from Nas (52:30).
In episode 28 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob dive into the precision of Pusha T (0:45), reviewing his new record ‘Daytona’ and going deep on his trademark sound + his personal beef with Drake (12:00). The two then talk the experimental new disc ‘Testing’ from A$AP Rocky (20:00). Next, they cross into cinema and discuss ‘Solo: A Story Wars Story’ (28:00), assessing what they dug, didn’t dig and theorize on why it struggled at the box office (43:30). To round off, Ben recaps his experience seeing the elusive ‘Hamilton’ on Broadway (49:45).
In episode 27 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob address the cultural dominance of Donald Glover in 2018 (0:30), including the new Childish Gambino song and video for 'This Is America,' his SNL hosting gig, 'Atlanta' and upcoming turn in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.' The two then review J. Cole’s impressive new record, ‘KOD’ (19:00) before sharing their split opinion of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (32:00). To round off, they explain why you need to start consuming the lethal new show ‘Killing Eve’ (52:30).
In episode 26 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob go in on Cardi B’s major label debut ‘Invasion of Privacy' (1:30), tackle the overstuffed new record from Jack White (17:30), and talk about the sweet southern vibes in Kacey Musgrave’s ‘Golden Hour’ (25:15). They then switch lanes to cinema, dissecting the tension packed ‘A Quiet Place,’ (30:15) and its in theater experience, before mulling over the HBO documentary ‘Andre the Giant’ (48:30). To wrap up, Rob recommends the raunchy new comedy ‘Blockers’ (1:00:45).
In episode 25 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob are back, catching up on their culture consumption over the last month. They first hash out Bill Hader’s new HBO show ‘Barry’ (2:00), Rob endorses ‘High Maintenance' (10:00) and the two finally talk Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ (15:00). They then hit Netflix: Rob quickly reviews ‘Collateral’ (25:00), before both salivating over David Chang’s Netflix ‘Ugly Delicious' (28:30). Then its music book time, as Ben recommends ‘Dreaming The Beatles’ (35:30). Next, they cross the aisle into movies, and look forward to a pair of upcoming horror flicks in ‘A Quiet Place’ (39:30) and ‘Hereditary’ (42:00) and visit the shimmer by discussing ‘Annihilation' (46:00). Plus, Rob touches on ‘Game Night’ (52:00) and ‘Game Over, Man!’ (54:00). Lastly, they marvel over MoviePass, the movie going subscription service (56:00).
In episode 24 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob preview the 90th Academy Awards, breaking down every major category by contemplating who and what should win, will win, was snubbed, the legacies at stake + much more.
In episode 23 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob react to seeing Black Panther (0:30), talking about its themes, the cast, the hype, the James Bond-like elements and share tales of disrespectful theater goers. The two then review the Kendrick curated Black Panther The Album (30:45), hitting on their favorite songs, including the power of “X” - the first certified banger of the year.
In episode 22 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob discuss the career and legacy of Justin Timberlake (1:00) and ponder the “Americana” turn in his upcoming album, ‘Man of the Woods’ (15:00). The two then praise the creativity of 'Black Mirror,’ (28:00), talking about their favorite episodes and what makes the anthology so damn unnerving and effective. To wrap up, Rob recommends the new Netflix series ‘Dark,’ (47:00) and attempts not to sound insane while doing so.
In episode 21 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob go deep on 2017’s best movies by ranking their personal top 10 of the year. What moved, thrilled, intrigued, delighted and/or left the two men in tears? Find out as they discuss their favorite films in genres ranging from comedy, horror, documentary, drama, action and... gothic romance?
In episode 20 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob toast to the year in music by dropping their 10 favorite songs of 2017, featuring jams from Lorde, N.E.R.D., Spoon, LCD Soundsystem, Kendrick Lamar and many many more. *This episode contains explicit content*
In episode 19 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob celebrate the year in Peak TV. Rob gives his Top 5 seasons of 2017 (2:30), Ben shares his Top 5 episodes (20:00), and the two consider which streaming service won the year (50:00), what disappointed, and the next shows on their to-watch lists.
In episode 18 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob explore the expansive career of American icon/actor/charmer, Tom Hanks. The two examine what makes him so special, his accolades, exchange trivia and more. They then run through his complete filmography, including hits like Big, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail and Castaway.
In episode 17 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob dissect all things 'Stranger Things 2,' give out superlatives including Best Performance, Best 80s Reference, Scariest Moment and Favorite Scene and look ahead to Season 3.
In episode 16 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob get in the Halloween spirit by running down their Top 5 October Mood Movies (1:01) before getting into their mutual love for Netflix’s serial killer drama ‘Mindhunter’ (24:08). Rob then praises the new cartoon comedy ‘Big Mouth’ (35:02) and the two express disappointment over the latest season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (39:45). They also discuss HBO’s new Steven Spielberg doc (43:53) and touch on ‘Blade Runner: 2049’ (52:29). To top things off, Ben and Rob dive into the world of vinyl record collecting (57:30).
In episode 15 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob deep dive review ‘It’ (1:04), discussing the Pennywise performance, chemistry of the kids and why it made so much money. The two then break down the polarizing new movie ‘Mother!’ (24:33) before hitting on David Simon’s ‘Deuce’ (42:01) and ‘Room 104’ from the Duplass Brothers. They wrap up by recommending new records from Rostam (51:56) and Action Bronson (58:30) and speculate about the trailer for ‘The Disaster Artist’ (1:03:00).
In episode 14 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob talk all things ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 (3:18), including what went right, what went wrong, the chill inducing moments and ponder why the hell Ed Sheeran was involved. The two then make predictions for the final season (22:52) and explore a few of the show's more bizarre theories.
In episode 13 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob return from their brief hiatus by hitting on what they’ve been consuming in the last month, like the latest ‘True Detective’ news (2:35), and the buzz of ‘IT’ (5:22) and Stranger Things S2 (10:30). Also, new albums from LCD Soundsystem (14:02), The War on Drugs (17:48) and Brand New (20:17), Ben’s live Kendrick experience (23:42) and Rob’s special 70MM viewing of '2001: A Space Odyssey’ (27:30). Wait, there’s more: HBO’s ‘The Defiant Ones’ (32:33) and ‘Insecure’ (36:55), Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ (38:35) and ‘Glow’ (42:07), PLUS the trailers for ‘Mindhunter’ (44:22) and ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ (47:34), and late summer movies ‘Good Time,’ (49:35) ‘Wind River’ (53:21), and 'Logan Lucky' (54:55). Whew.
In episode 12 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob discuss HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ (0:29) and break down the Top 5 Deaths in the show’s morbid history (10:45), including the Most Shocking (17:51), Most Gruesome (30:06), and Most Satisfying (37:10). Then, the two review Christopher Nolan’s new high flying WWII flick, ‘Dunkirk’ (46:37).
In this episode of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob give takes on a batch of new hip-hop records, including Jay-Z's ‘4:44’ (0:32), ‘Boomiverse’ from Big Boi (9:18), Raekwon’s ’The Wild' (13:32), Young Thug’s ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’ (17:46), Vince Staples on ‘Big Fish Theory’ (23:16). They then switch gears to Hollywood with a full review of ‘Baby Driver’ (31:09) and thoughts on the scorching hot Summer Movie buzz (52:11), with movies like 'The Big Sick', 'Wonder Woman' and 'War for the Planet of the Apes.’
In episode 10 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob kick things off with some ‘Where’s Yo Head At?’, recommending the new Radiohead crooner ‘I Promise’ (2:03), the volcano doc ‘Into The Inferno’ (7:18), last year’s college comedy ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ (11:04), the Springsteen influenced new album from ‘Bleachers’ (14:18), the upcoming heist movie ‘Logan Lucky’ (18:04) and cynically refreshing Noel Gallagher quotes (20:43). They then deep dive into 'Master of None' Season 2 (26:14), discussing the romantic arc (34:35), the cinematography (38:42), and their favorite episodes (42:37). To wrap things up, Ben hates on 'Alien: Covenant' (51:30) and Rob confuses even himself on what the franchise has now become (55:35).
In this episode of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob introduce their first reoccurring segment, ‘Where’s Yo Head At’, by recommending you check out YouTube video reactions by ‘Big Quint’ (2:58), the breezy new record from Paramore (5:22), an insightful Bill Simmons Podcast with Aziz Ansari (7:17), the delightful ‘Great British Bake Off’ (12:55), and the mystery on ’S-Town’ (18:23). Then, to celebrate Mother’s Day, the two power rank their 5 most iconic Moms in movie history (24:14), including Wendy from ‘The Shining’ (34:57), Sarah Connor in ‘Terminator 2’ (38:48) and Mrs. Gump in ‘Forrest Gump’ (44:25), before rattling off their honorable mention movie Moms (50:22).
In this TV centric episode of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob touch on several essential shows of the Peak TV era, and give you reasons to check out each. The two talk about the technical skill in ‘Fargo’ (2:38), the “crappy cult” in ‘The Leftovers’ (14:19), the startup hilarity of ‘Silicon Valley’ (20:55), the substance in ‘Last Week Tonight’ (27:15), the frighteningly accurate ‘Veep’ (32:45), the hang-out vibe on ‘Master of None’ (39:01) and the damn fine return of ‘Twin Peaks’ (50:15).
In this special episode of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob freak out over Kendrick Lamar’s stunning new album, ‘DAMN.’ (0:59). The two talk about the meticulous production (9:57), Kendrick’s insane versatility as a rapper (13:36) and the simple, yet brilliant album title and cover (17:07). Ben and Rob then do a track by track rundown, including the savage final minute of ‘DNA.’ (22:17), the hip-hop perfection of ‘ELEMENT.’ (23:56), Rihanna’s silky vocals on ‘LOYALTY.’ (27:31), the Outkast influence on ‘LUST.’ (29:12) and the storytelling on ‘DUCKWORTH.’ (35:43). This episode contains explicit content.
In this episode of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob run down their 10 most anticipated movies for the rest of 2017 (0:50), including 'Baby Driver’ (7:08), Dunkirk (15:40), IT (21:19), PTA’s new project (30:18) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (34:19). Then, Rob gives his elevator pitch for HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ (37:14) and the two discuss the importance of ‘Five Came Back’ (43:16), the new Hollywood/WWII documentary on Netflix. Capping things off, Shia LaBeouf’s latest movie sells just one ticket at the UK box office, leaving Ben perplexed (59:35).
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In episode 5 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob marvel over the consistency of Spoon and their new record ‘Hot Thoughts’ (0:40). They then touch on Kendrick Lamar’s vicious, beat switching new single and impending album (9:45). The two also break down Dave Chappelle’s new standup specials on Netflix (16:48), his unique career arc, strange lack of buzz and what makes him such a peerless comic (24:41). Ben and Rob then talk about the very red band trailer for the upcoming movie 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ (33:25). To wrap things up, they dissect Brett Ratner’s snide remarks about Rotten Tomatoes (42:25) and discuss the pros and cons of the popular review site.
In episode 4 of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob weigh in on 'Chanel', the smooth new track from Frank Ocean (0:35). They then theorize over the mysterious Kanye West + NASA rumors (5:55) and do a deep dive on the R-Rated glory of ‘Logan’ (11:24) and Hugh Jackman's grand performance (23:58). Rob also gives his 2 cents on the "popcorn jam fest" that is ‘Kong: Skull Island' (37:34). The two end with a discussion on the state of movie releases (40:47) and how they’ve evolved over time as Ben floats the idea of a "surprise" theatrical release (47:10).
In this music centric episode of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob breakdown the return of Lorde and her new single ‘Green Light’ (1:08). They then recommend the feel good, coming of age dramedy ‘Sing Street’ (6:50). The two also discuss all the factors that go into the live music experience (15:11), and Rob shares his favorite DC venues (21:25) before each giving a rundown of their Top 5 Concerts ever (22:58), including Radiohead (29:40), Kanye West (35:48) and a face melting performance from Metallica (40:58). To wrap things up, Ben and Rob share their single worst concert experience (46:02).
In this episode of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob react to the most bizarre ending in Award Show history (1:36). They then move into discussing other Oscar highlights (13:18), including notable wins and Jimmy Kimmel’s solid job hosting. Ben and Rob also give their Oscar lowlights (21:52), such as Suicide Squad’s jarring win, Mel Gibson’s face and the peculiar clapping of Nicole Kidman. The two also pay tribute to the late Bill Paxton (30:15), before recommending the new horror comedy ‘Get Out’ (32:05), the mashup site TheMagiciPod.com (37:47) and HBO’s new series ‘Crashing’ (40:41).
In this jam packed premier of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob recommend you watch HBO's 'The Young Pope' (2:32), FX's 'Legion' (6:25), and the new Netflix docu-series, 'Abstract: The Art of Design' (10:27). They then tackle this year's Oscar noms (13:46) and give a rundown of their top 5 movies from 2016 (34:44). Capping things off, Ben and Rob offer their favorite songs of the year so far, featuring cuts from Future Islands, Ryan Adams and Rick Ross (45:03).
In this preview of Must Go Faster, Ben and Rob introduce how they became friends, why they’re doing a Podcast, what you can expect from said Podcast, and why they named it after an obscure line from Jeff Goldblum.