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Be Reel: 'The Assistant' Chronicles #MeToo Abuses By Way of 1,000 Tiny Paper Cuts (feat. Cassie Da Costa)
Whether their torment is played for laughs, cold shivers, or #MeToo rage, assistants get a raw deal on screen. This week, as Kitty Green’s incisive new drama “The Assistant” rolls out around the country, Chance and Noah look at the role of assistants in cinema and real life, also revisiting “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) and “Secretary” (2002). They're thrilled to be joined by Daily Beast writer Cassie Da Costa to discuss her essay on "The Assistant" and recount her own experiences with a troubling film industry internship.
1:19:26
February 13, 2020
Indie Beat - Alexander Jorgensen
Fans of Indie Beat, rejoice... we have returned. On this episode we spoke to filmmaker Alexander Jorgensen. Jorgensen, originally hailing from Canada, has made a number of films since planting himself in the US of A. He started off focusing most of his time exploring various visual ideas via indie music videos while also paying the bills by picking up random cinematography or post-production gigs here and there. But personal things were brewing. He mounted number of short films -- he worked twice with San Francisco actor Geo Epsilanty, once for an engrossing portrait-doc titled "Self-Diagnosis" and followed that with the somber absent-father narrative "Only Blood" -- and also completed the comedic genre piece "Reasons to Kill" about a hitman interviewing potential clients. But it was his documentary "Uncomfortable Truths" that really crept in and took hold of Jorgensen's mind. This short film followed a few of the personalities who hang around Ground Zero in New York City, spreading the gospel that the World Trade Center attacks on September 11th were, in fact, an inside job. It's a really charged, energetic film, focusing on people that, let's be honest, most of us tend to walk quickly away from. Jorgensen lets his subjects do the speaking for themselves, often letting the camera linger as they use their best arguments to convince passers-by about the many mysteries surrounding Building 7. The movie climaxes showing the repetitive, cyclical nature of their work -- a masterful stroke with two potential takeaways. Is Jorgensen asking if they are just continually beating the same dead horse to no avail, or is he showing how dedicated people can be when they have such passion for a political project, regardless of what that activist subject is? This short received a great response and, seeing as the same people were out there nearly every weekend of the year, Jorgensen went back and continued to shoot. He also expanded the idea, incorporating television news footage and also interviewing one of the directors of your stoner college roommate's favorite movie next to "Waking Life," "Loose Change." The resulting feature documentary, "Truther Or: I Am Not A Conspiracy Theorist," is an engaging portrait of the various facets of the truther movement, showcasing the community they've made for one another and even displaying the fractions amongst the movement. Their may be one or two fights or minced words: you'll just have to see for yourself! The film can be streamed now on both Vimeo and Amazon Prime. We had Jorgensen on the pod to talk about this new film and also his time spent staying up late in haunted houses for work, documentaries in the streaming age, and much more!
50:16
February 10, 2020
Be Reel: Oscars 2020 Predictions, Wishes and Gripes
After years of cratering in Noah's office Oscars pool, we've dispensed with the official bubbling and brought in a third voice to make sense of Hollywood's biggest (and often obtusest) night. Acclaimed "Sweet & Low" author Nick White returns to BE REEL to predict and critique the 2020 favorites. Highlights include Noah's surprise anointing of "The Irishman" for Oscars glory, Chance's historical theories re: "1917," and Nick's fury over the J-Lo / “Hustlers” win that will never be.
1:17:07
January 31, 2020
Indie Beat - Julie Sokolow
As always, IndieBeat is part of The Playlist Podcast Network—which includes The 4th Wall, Be Reel, The Discourse, and more – and can be heard on iTunes, AnchorFM, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and now on Spotify. To listen on this page, you can stream the podcast via the AnchorFM embed below or up top. Follow us on iTunes, and you’ll get this podcast as well as our other shows regularly. Be sure to subscribe, and drop us a comment or a rating as we do appreciate it. Thanks for listening and check out Indie Beat on Facebook.
47:55
January 25, 2020
'Bad Boys' Keeps Blowing Up, In All Its Needless and Demented Appeal [Be Reel]
"Bad Boys, bad boys / whatcha gonna do / whatcha gonna do when we rate and review?" It’s 2020, and Columbia Pictures has dug deep into its intellectual property vault for a 17-year dormant Will Smith franchise with no meaningful reason to continue. Perhaps more surprising, the latest installment—"Bad Boys For Life"—is a hit. For those who know the Bad Boys franchise only as one big exploding car, Noah Ballard and Chance Solem-Pfeifer are on the case for a full review of the trilogy. 
1:12:23
January 21, 2020
Be Reel: Greta Gerwig Infuses ‘Little Women’ With Deep Reflection and New Vigor
For the first Be Reel of 2020, Noah and Chance visit the March family in their seventh turn on the big screen. With a new structure and perhaps all-time best cast, Greta Gerwig's "Little Women" feels revisionist and affectionate toward the 1868 story all at once. Then, in search of more context, we review the “Little Women” of 1994 and 1949. From these films, we discuss the Jo March of Winona Ryder and the Amy of Elizabeth Taylor while observing these adaptations sort out their own era-driven versions of the classic American novel.
1:06:58
January 9, 2020
Be Reel: The Best, Worst and Wonkiest of 2019 Movies
With December all but gone, Noah and Chance reflect on the year in film with a series of semi-original accolades. What was their favorite 2019 performance with no awards potential? Biggest in-theater laugh? Favorite shot? Steepest letdown? What movie will be talked about differently in 2029? In the end, they give their Top 10 lists and bid the year in movies a fond farewell. Happy new year!
58:58
December 30, 2019
The Discourse #16: Top 10 Films of 2019
Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from The Discourse! On the final episode of 2019, Ryan is joined by Oktay Ege Kozak (Paste Magazine, DVD Talk) to count down their Top 10 Films of 2019.
2:29:03
December 27, 2019
Be Reel: 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' Turns 20 and the Con Man With A Thousand Faces
This week, Chance and Noah dare to ask a question posed by many conned, spurned and murdered Patricia Highsmith characters: "Who are you, Tom Ripley?" As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Anthony Minghella’s seminal Matt Damon vehicle "The Talented Mr. Ripley," we seek out the character’s origins in the acclaimed Highsmith novels and the many resulting film adaptations. In addition to the 1999 American hit, we're watching 1977's "The American Friend" (directed by the great Wim Wenders) and 2002's "Ripley's Game," starring John Malkovich. If you like your con artists with a side of sexual frustration and sun-soaked coasts, press play.
1:03:58
December 26, 2019
The Discourse #15: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Ryan Oliver is joined by Lindsey Romain (Nerdist, Heylo Reylo) and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," the ninth - and final - film in the "Star Wars" saga. 0:00-31:34: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Review 31:35-1:43:16: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” ***SPOILERS*** 1:43:17 - End: The Grab Bag                         Lindsey: “Little Women”                         Ryan: “Cats,” “6 Underground”
1:54:07
December 19, 2019
The Fourth Wall #15: Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) Talks Creating the Music of 'Uncut Gems' and Working with The Safdie Brothers
It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, so it’s only fitting that The Fourth Wall’s fifteenth episode, an interview with the impassioned and intelligent “Uncut Gems” composer Daniel Lopatin, also known by his music persona Oneohtrix Point Never, would be preceded by a mini-tailspin of manic energy more stressful than the click-clack of going shopping at the mall a few days before the holiday – a fitting anxiety-induced morning that mirrors the adrenaline assault of Lopatin and the Safdie Brothers latest cacophony of emotions. We had a phenomenal chat with Lopatin, a man whose love for artistry ooze out of him once he gets going on a subject. His relationship with the Safdies has kept the same creative treadmill running since their previous collaboration; following their success with “Good Time,” the trio just kept on “tumbling,” as Lopatin put it. Their shared love for movies being part of what lets their collaboration sing, and their inspiration as artists willing to push the envelope is only growing. The Safdies assemble a temporary audio cut for the composer that’s often stitched together pieces of records. “They cut it up so finely that it totally destroys the linearity of the original song, and they’re really just using it to show you beats, and spikes, and dynamics,” Lopatin said. Their direction providing a conduit to deliver the color and texture for the film, tethering that color to a sense of character." The apotheosis moment of a collaboration between myself and the Safdie Brothers is when we're in the studio and they’re reacting to a particular sound, not a melody, not any kind of musical progression, but a texture of feeling, a sound that they want me write with. It’s about finding those tools, those colors, and presenting those colors to see if they perk up." If you’ve seen “Good Times” or “Uncut Gems” already (which, we recommend you do before listening to this episode) it makes perfect sense why this approach lends itself so well to the brother’s style. “The scores work in a similar way,” Lopatin concedes. But the composer is always looking to coax different feelings out of his synthesizers. Sometimes, that involves looking back at history, and letting go of the futurist elements to his music. We truly had an awesome chat with the composer (Lopatin is a gentleman and a scholar) diving deep into his process and discussing certain song choices. He also told us a great story about watching the underrated hitman movie “Murder By Contract,” (one of Martin Scorsese’s favorite pictures) with the Safdie Brothers. Uncut Gems is now playing in NY/LA. This interview was conducted by Andrew Bundy.
40:06
December 17, 2019
Be Reel: A Star Wars Retrospective
With "The Rise of Skywalker" looming, Noah and Chance throw caution to the desert winds of Tatooine and revisit every in-trilogy Star Wars movie. To keep things not-10-hours-long, they take a specific approach to this 8-movie blowout: try to give one fresh observation on each installment, rate that womp rat, and move on.  From new appreciations of Peter Cushing to potentially sacrilegious lines of questioning (Is Anakin a little ... dumb?), childhoods will be reconsidered, rankings shuffled, and the table set for Star Wars IX. 
1:13:19
December 10, 2019
The Discourse #14: Queen & Slim / Knives Out
Ryan is joined by Robert Daniels (812FilmReviews.com, MediaVersity, The Playlist) to discuss Melina Matsoukas' bold directorial debut "Queen & Slim and the discourse surrounding the film while also finding time to discuss Rian Johnson's crowd-pleasing whodunnit, "Knives Out." 0:00-29.38: "Queen & Slim" Review 29.39-44:14: "Queen & Slim" ***SPOILERS*** 44:15-57:00: "Knives Out" Review 57:01-01:10:00: "Knives Out" ***SPOILERS*** 01:10:01-End: The Grab Bag Robert: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
1:27:15
December 4, 2019
The Fourth Wall #14: Sterling K. Brown Talks 'Waves' & How Being A Father Helped Shape His Latest Role
t's hard to imagine someone who radiates love and positivity as much as Sterling K. Brown. As I entered the room to speak with the "This Is Us" star about his latest film "Waves" for Episode 14 of The Fourth Wall,  he was glancing at his phone all giddy, cheering with excitement. Naturally, it being a Saturday, I simply assumed his college football team scored, however, it was something far more heartwarming that spoke to the essence of who he is. Brown was receiving updates on his son's flag football game and got word that his son scored a touchdown. His reaction was the support of a proud father celebrating the achievements of his child as if his team just won the Super Bowl. So yes, I suppose you could say Brown is as family-oriented and fatherly as Randall Pearson makes him out to be. Brown lost his father at a young age, but was so "profoundly affected" and "wholely loved" by him that he anticipated being able to do the same for his own children someday. Being a parent has not only given him a great purpose in life, but it has also influenced how he approaches parental roles in film and television, specifically the character of Ronald in "Waves." Brown spoke to the fact that he strongly understands and empathizes with a father who is scared for the well-being of his children, even when unfortunately making decisions for them out of fear. The actor specifically touched on the pressures of raising a young African American boy in such an unforgiving climate. "You're raising a young Black boy in Florida and you know that life may not be appreciated the same way in the form of a young Black boy that it is appreciated in other people," said Brown. "So you want to keep him safe and more than anything you want to give him the tools to be excellent otherwise people may write him off as being not worth the investment and so you say you gotta be twice as good to get just as far." The actor continued on the unfair pressures of Black excellence and how it should be addressed. "My wife had a very astute observation, so credit to Ryan Michelle Bathe," said Brown. "Real success for a community is when they are given the ability to fail, and other people are still given opportunities after them. The openness and ability to fail and still get a second chance, that feels like a really good place to begin from in terms of what does it mean to move beyond that idea that I have to be twice as good to get just as far." During our conversation, Brown delves deeper into this topic, fatherhood, his own upbringing, wisdom imparted onto him by his children, "Waves'" banger soundtrack, and much more. And yes, Brown's son ended up winning that flag football game.
25:21
November 27, 2019
Be Reel: ‘The Irishman’ Bookends a Spiritual Trilogy of ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Casino’ with Untold Regret
There’s a way of reading Martin Scorsese’s first-person mob epics—“Goodfellas” (1990), “Casino” (1995), and “The Irishman” (2019)—as three stages of criminal life. So on a new Be Reel, Noah and Chance look back through this spiritual trilogy for its groundbreaking style, the sometimes goofy repetitions of that style, and the shadow history of America created by 10 hours of mafiosos, teamsters and their middlemen. Oh, and Chance's dad—a Vegas craps dealer circa 1978—stops by for a lightning round of questions about “Casino," so happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
1:16:47
November 26, 2019
The Fourth Wall #13: Chadwick Boseman Describes Pivotal Contribution to 'Black Panther,' Talks '21 Bridges'
"There has to be a sense of what the angst of the city is," says Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. The actor contemplates the ingredients that make up a successful depiction of New York City while joining me to discuss his new film "21 Bridges" for Episode 13 of The Fourth Wall over a cappuccino.  "We don't get to feel the pedestrian level of New York because this movie's [21 Bridges] moving too fast for that, but you need to feel the pressure, that intensity. When a crisis happens in New York, it's a bigger thing. But I want to do some other New York movie's where it's all about the food [laughs]. Like, 'that's my spot on Washington and Brooklyn, right by the park.' Like you want to feel that, but this movie is about movement." Boseman is no stranger to life in the concrete jungle, having spent several years living in Brooklyn before moving out to Los Angeles. As he discussed evoking the authenticity of New York, I could tell he had a sincere reverence for the city. It's precisely this reverence that led him to studiously examine life as an NYPD cop to deliver an honest portrayal. Not many performers consistently commit to every role in the way Boseman does. One need not look further than his portrayals of Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, and T'Challa to get a sense of Boseman's dedication to truthful performances. While all daunting tasks, Boseman manages to embrace each challenge often going above and beyond what is required of him, and it's evident in his work. What's even more fascinating, however, is the actor may have been destined to play these characters, specifically T'Challa. During our conversation, we also discussed the creative differences between biopics and original works, the original concept for "21 Bridges' and how he helped change that, "Black Panther 2," what we can expect from Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods," and more. The Russo Brothers produced "21 Bridges" hits theaters this Friday, November 22nd.
26:13
November 21, 2019
The Discourse #13: Ford v Ferrari / Honey Boy
Rafael Motamayor (/Film, Polygon, The Playlist) and Griffin Schiller (FilmSpeak, The Fourth Wall) joins Ryan Oliver to discuss James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari,” Alma Har’el’s “Honey Boy,” and a variety of other topics. 0:00-33:10: “Ford v Ferrari” Review 33:11-54:55: “Honey Boy” Review 54:56-End: Grab Bag Rafael: “The Mandalorian,” “Watchmen,” “Mr. Boogedy” Griffin: “Frozen II,” “Waves,” “Uncut Gems” Ryan: “The Irishman”
1:38:15
November 20, 2019
The Fourth Wall: Willem Dafoe Talks 'The Lighthouse,' 'Motherless Brooklyn,' and His Love of Acting
With over a hundred acting credits to his name, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more productive actor in the business than Willem Dafoe. From superhero blockbusters to prestige pictures, to anime adaptations, to video games, to a nautical descent into madness, Dafoe has done it all, and now the actor joins me for this special episode of The Fourth Wall to discuss his incredible year between "The Lighthouse" and "Motherless Brooklyn." It was only last year that Dafoe garnered awards recognition by way of a Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in "At Eternity's Gate" and Best Supporting Actor the year prior for his work in "The Florida Project." While the 2020 Awards Season is still young, Oscar Buzz has been circling the actor yet again for his salty Shakespearean lighthouse keeper in Robert Eggers' "The Lighthouse" ever since it's premiere at Sundance earlier this year. There's no doubt that Dafoe's proven ability and desire to select distinct and interesting projects has allowed him to deliver some of his best work to date as of late. However, what's truly captivating about the 64-year-old as a performer is his unabashed love of the art form. It's precisely this passion that seeps into each of Dafoe's performances and is what's driven the actor to remain consistently active as he broadens his horizons. During our conversation, we discussed Dafoe's love of acting, his drive to remain busy, creative differences between playing characters based off of existing source material vs. wholly original ones, his process for delivering "The Lighthouse's" epic monologues, working with both Edward Norton the director and actor, his excitement for collaborating with Guillermo del Toro on "Nightmare Ally" and much more.
31:21
November 17, 2019
The Fourth Wall #12: Trey Edward Shults Talks Interactive 'Waves' Script, Crying to Radiohead, and Bearing His Soul to Craft a Deeply Personal Story
Writer/Director Trey Edward Shults joins me for Episode 12 of The Fourth Wall to talk about his third feature "Waves" (my FAVORITE film of the year) discussing the critical moments in his own life that directly inspired the events of the film. As A24's "Waves" comes crashing into select theaters this Friday, it's astounding to think that such a profoundly human, visceral, and heartwrenching tale is the work of a filmmaker on their third feature film, however, not every filmmaker is Trey Edward Shults. The Houston native, who's previous two works, "Krisha" and "It Comes at Night," both garnered praise for their craftsmanship and intimate exploration of family, puts forth his most personal venture yet cementing his utter mastery over the art of filmmaking. He’s a storyteller who thinks with emotions first and how he can let those feelings take flight in a way that allows audiences to experience what he so deeply feels. Perhaps his prowess over the visual grammar of filmmaking originated during his time working on Terrence Malick movies possessing the same cerebral tendencies as the master above. However, there’s something distinctly provocative about how Shults captures the human experience, and nowhere is this more apparent than in"Waves." Across all three of his feature films, Shults has explored a constant thematic through-line of complicated family relationships to which the director himself admits inherently seeps its way into his work. Much of this stems from his upbringing and turbulent relationship with his biological father who's impact has been the subject of exploration across Shults' feature films with "Waves" harkening back to the pivotal final moments he spent with his father in autobiographical fashion. By boldly utilizing direct experiences from his own life, Shults understands the innate power in being open and honest with an audience. During our conversation, it became clearer that the filmmaker is someone who will always speak from the heart through personal experiences. This openness comes in the form of a wrestling injury, a pivotal conversation he had with his stepfather, a road trip he and his girlfriend took, and most importantly, his friendship with Kelvin Harrison Jr. as they bonded and meditated over "Waves" to Frank Ocean's "Blond" and "Endless." Shults recalls and interweaves these specific exchanges in such vivid detail, conveying his mastery of human emotion and understanding the relatable power these personal experiences will have in allowing an audience to connect. Those moments truly come alive, however, through the use of a perfectly curated soundtrack that was formative in the creation of the film and an interactive scripting process. During our conversation, we also discuss the first time Shults listened to Radiohead's "Moon Shaped Pool," his use of aspect ratio, color, movement, and how he discovered his cinematic voice.
29:39
November 14, 2019
Be Reel: The Essential Films of Bong Joon-ho
With “Parasite” poised to become 2019's highest-grossing foreign film within the US and already among the year's most lauded features, Be Reel is taking this week for an episode entirely focused on Bong Joon-ho and his two decades of routinely stellar work. In addition to the "Parasite" deep-dive, longtime listeners might notice the Be Reel guys breaking a cardinal rule: they once swore to never discuss “Snowpiercer” on the podcast because of the unrest it caused their friendship in 2013. Buckle up. Then, “The Host” rounds out today’s main trio of genre pictures that are not anything that they seem. Finally, Chance stumps for the elusive "Memories of Murder" and Be Reel asks, "Why do Director Bong's observations on Korean culture seem to resonate so strongly with American cinephiles? (**Please note: "Parasite" spoilers commence hard between 15 and 36 minutes.)
1:12:47
November 12, 2019
The Fourth Wall #11: Edward Norton Discusses How 'Chinatown,' 'Reds,' and 'Do the Right Thing' Influenced 'Motherless Brooklyn'
"Motherless Brooklyn" marks a twenty-year journey for writer, director, producer, and star Edward Norton and Norton joins me to discuss the film on Episode 11 of The Fourth Wall. Norton is truly one of the great talents of our generation whose diverse body of work has spanned across films such as “Primal Fear” and “American History X,” both of which earned him Academy Award Nominations, “Fight Club,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Birdman” just to name a few. In the mere twenty-some minutes we chatted, it became clear that not only is Norton a massive fan of cinema, more specifically film noir, but is riveted by projects that have something to say about our current societal moment. He's a firm believer in Joseph Campbell's concept of transparency and that the most potent art is that which reflects our own image back at us. For all the "Chinatown" callbacks and reverence for classic film noir, it was precisely this concept that allowed Norton to get to the heart of his take on "Motherless Brooklyn." During our conversation, we go deep into the films that excite and inspire Norton along with how growing up the grandson of a community builder helped shape his approach to "Motherless Brooklyn" and why movies like "The Big Sleep" and "Chinatown" were so influential. "Motherless Brooklyn" hits theaters this Friday, November 1st.
27:18
October 31, 2019
The Fourth Wall #10: Director Tim Miller Talks 'Terminator: Dark Fate,' Collaborating with James Cameron, Representation, and Filmmaking Innovation
1991's "Terminator: Judgement Day" is finally getting a proper sequel in the highly anticipated "Terminator: Dark Fate," and my guest for Episode 10 of The Fourth Wall is the film's director Tim Miller. Tim has become somewhat of a rising star given the breakout success of 2016's "Deadpool." While the filmmaker sadly departed the sequel due to creative differences (see Tim's original plan for "Deadpool 2"), a new opportunity arose in the form revamping the Terminator franchise. A veteran of the visual effects industry, Tim became acquainted with James Cameron while Blur Studio (Tim's visual effects, animation, and design company) completed work on "Avatar." From there, and with the help of several abysmal Terminator sequels, the cogs began to turn, and the notion of a proper sequel to "T2" started becoming a reality. It's easy for many filmmakers early in their career to buy into their own hype (especially coming off of one of the most profitable R rated films of all time), however, with Tim the idea of openness and collaboration is something he very much encourages and stems from the environment he's fostered at Blur. During our conversation, Tim's desire to genuinely make a good movie that audiences will not only enjoy but that he himself is proud of became apparent, and many of "Dark Fate's" key contributions came from members of the cast to which Miller praised to no end. We also discussed the film's prominent Latinx representation, working with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, how Hamilton wanted to go even darker with Sarah Conner this go around, emerging filmmaking technologies that excite Tim the most, and much more.
28:12
October 29, 2019
Be Reel: 'Jojo Rabbit', 'The Producers', and the Perplexing Legacy of the Nazi Satire
Charlie Chaplin lampooning Hitler’s bombast and fragility in “The Great Dictator” (1940) marked one of film comedy’s all-time “truth to power” moments. But 80 years after WWII, how best to laugh at fascists when they seldom don the brownshirt? With the release of Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit”—a would-be charming comedy about a Hitler youth whose imaginary friend is der Führer—Chance and Noah ask themselves why, how, and when skewered Nazis are funny. After reviewing “Jojo,” Chance and Noah duck back to “The Producers” (1967) and “Top Secret!” (1984) to examine how Nazis became a source of irony and camp for filmmakers like Mel Brooks and the ZAZ trio. As always—down with Hitler; all the way down.
1:03:10
October 22, 2019
The Fourth Wall #9: 'Treadstone' Producer Talks Explosive Action, Robert Ludlum, and Crossover Potential for the Bourne Spin-Off Series
"The Bourne Legacy," "Jason Bourne," and "Treadstone" producer Ben Smith joins me for Episode 9 of The Fourth Wall to talk about expanding the World of Jason Bourne in the Bourne spin-off series. Making for the perfect blend of "24" meets "Heroes," the series marks an almost decade long journey for Smith as he's had his heart set on expanding the world that Robert Ludlum created. Perhaps much of this influence comes from the involvement of "Heroes" creator Tim Kring, who Smith discussed collaborating with, and stunt coordinator from "The Bourne Ultimatum," but at the heart of it, what excited Smith the most was the opportunity to explore the mythology of not only the films but Ludlum's novels in order to tell very personal and interconnected stories that were affected by the geopolitical landscape of today. "The base that Ludlum created is very rich," said Smith, "and I think it's a perfect fit for television. You just have a lot more real estate to dive into a lot of different characters which is what we've done on 'Treadstone.'" For those unaware, "Treadstone" tells the origins of the secret government organization that led to the birth of Jason Bourne. Taking place in 1973 and present day, the series follows these sleeper agents from the Cicada Program (another program under the Treadstone umbrella) as they mysteriously begin to awaken around the globe ten years after audiences meet Jason Bourne in "The Bourne Identity." The prospect of crossing over "Treadstone" with Matt Damon's Jason Bourne or even Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross is certainly something that would excite fans of the franchise and even Smith himself, however, it all comes down to what the story requires. "What's happening in the world of Bourne is independent of what's happening right now in 'Treadstone,'" said Smith. "There is crossover mythology, but there is no planned tie-in today." During my conversation with Smith, we discussed the long journey to creating "Treadstone," balancing character storytelling with that signature Bourne action, the work that went into the stunt choreography, his relationship with Ludlum's novels and the Bourne franchise as a whole, and actors he'd like to see play in the expansive Bourne sandbox.
28:08
October 16, 2019
Be Reel: Battling Ourselves In 'Gemini Man', 'Fight Club' and 'Us'
As much as people say, "You're your own worst enemy!", it's never been truer than for the protagonists of "Gemini Man" (2019), "Fight Club" (1999) and "Us" (2019). Whether through movie-science cloning, mental illness or oppressive class structures (with a healthy dose of late capitalism in all three), this week, the Be Reel guys are looking at movies that pit protagonists against literal manifestations of themselves. Around the 28-minute mark, Noah and Chance are thrilled to be joined by Brad Pitt devotee and Letterboxd queen Mia Vicino to examine “Fight Club” on its 20th birthday and celebrate “The Year of Pitt.”
1:13:26
October 15, 2019
The Discourse #12: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Ryan is joined by Clint Worthington (Consequence of Sound, The Spool) to discuss "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie," the epilogue to Vince Gilligan's groundbreaking series that hit Netflix this past weekend. Be sure to check out Clint's ranking of the "Breaking Bad" Cold Opens at Consequence of Sound: https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/10/ranking-breaking-bad-cold-open/ 0:00-21:35: “El Camino” Review 21:36-45:00: “El Camino” ***SPOILERS*** 45:01-End: Recommendations Clint: “Great British Baking Show,” “Dolemite is My Name,” “Succession” Season 2. Ryan: “Succession” Season 2, “Gemini Man”
52:06
October 14, 2019
Indie Beat - Carolina Monnerat
We speak to director/producer/actor/dancer Carolina Monnerat about Brazil and the movies she's made, including the new "Queen of Lapa."
50:24
October 13, 2019
The Discourse #11: Joker
Prepare for #MaximumDiscourse, and set phasers to stun. "Joker" - the Todd Phillips-directed dark superhero drama based on Batman's most iconic nemesis - is finally here, and there are certainly thoughts to be had. On this episode, Ryan is joined by Chris Evangelista (/Film) to unpack the controversial film, and tackle the overall discussion happening in the film community at large. 0:00-32:05: “Joker” Review (Non-Spoiler) 32:06-End: ***SPOILER DISCUSSION***
57:34
October 4, 2019
The Discourse #10: First Love / September Round-Up
After a brief hiatus while Ryan was on paternity leave, The Discourse is back! On this episode, Ryan is joined again by Jenny Nulf (Austin Chronicle, Austin Asian American Film Festival) to talk Fantastic Fest 2019, the films in September that we missed ("It: Chapter Two," "Hustlers," and more), and dedicate the main review segment to "First Love," the latest film from Takashi Miike. 0:00-5:38: Intro/Ryan’s Penance for Losing at Fantasy Football to Griffin 5:39-18:16: Fantastic Fest Recap 18:17-31:36: “First Love” Review 31:37-End: September Round-Up (“It: Chapter Two, “Hustlers,” “Ad Astra,” “The Day Shall Come,” “One Cut of the Dead”)
1:11:58
October 4, 2019
'Ad Astra', 'High Life' and 'Interstellar' Rethink the Paternal Myths of Space Adventure [Be Reel]
This week's Be Reel trio—"Ad Astra" (2019), "High Life" (2019), and "Interstellar" (2014)—draws on the revelations of therapy couches as much as astronomy. With special attention on the critically acclaimed new James Gray/Brad Pitt drama, Noah and Chance unpack these sagas of fathers, children, and the literal and metaphorical light-years between them.
1:10:14
September 25, 2019
The Fourth Wall #8: Andy Muschietti Talks Bad Endings, Ritchie’s Story & More In Our "IT Chapter Two" Spoiler-Filled Discussion
Andy Muschietti joins me for Episode 8 of The Fourth Wall to discuss "IT Chapter Two" in full spoilers! Andy first garnered the attention of many with his 2013 debut "Mama." The film was based on his three minute short of the same name which also piqued the interest of Guillermo del Toro who went on to executive produce the feature. Muschietti's work and success on "Mama" proved him to be a real emerging talent in the horror genre and it's easy to see why he was brought on for the adaptation of Stephen King's "IT." Embarking on a massive undertaking, Muschietti brought to life King's novel for a new generation amassing both critical and commercial success as 2017's "It" became the highest-grossing horror film of all time. It's only fitting that "IT Chapter Two" is hot on its heels as the film already has the second-highest horror movie opening of all time. While the adult portion of "IT" has always been notoriously divisive, Muschietti understood that in order for it to work, he needed to cut out some of King's more outlandish material and maintain focus on the Losers and their journey. For this, the director looked to classics that had an impact on him at an early age such as "The Neverending Story" and "E.T." for inspiration. During our conversation, we not only discuss how Muschietti managed to create such a satisfying conclusion but we also get into how he crafted some incredibly seamless and inventive scene transitions, the challenges of making a two hour and forty-five-minute horror epic, reinventing the character of Ritchie, and, in relation to the film's meta-commentary about creators who can't properly end their stories, his favorite movie that couldn't quite nail the ending (his answer may surprise you).
27:03
September 13, 2019
Be Reel: Beat 'Em At Their Own Game Show ('Quiz Show', 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The Running Man')
Nobody tells you about the bonus round after the million-dollar question—the one where we ask, "Why have we obsessed for 70 years over the TV game show in all its inherent fakeness, exploitation, and only a lottery ticket's chance of paying the common person their money?" This week, BE REEL is buzzing in, to reappraise "Quiz Show" on its 25th anniversary, "Slumdog Millionaire" one decade after it took home the Oscars' highest honor, and "The Running Man" because it's a very silly movie that clearly set the stage for "American Gladiators." Press play; you might win something!
1:02:45
September 12, 2019
The Fourth Wall #7: Bill Hader talks "IT Chapter Two's" Big Surprise and "Barry" Season 3
Bill Hader is one of the most exciting creatives working in Hollywood and today, we welcome him to Episode 7 of The Fourth Wall! Bill became a comedic icon entering people’s homes every Saturday night during his eight-season run on Saturday Night Live birthing such beloved characters as Stefan and numerous impressions ranging from Vincent Price, Al Pacino, Alan Alda, James Carville and more. His SNL performances garnered him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012 making for the first male cast member nomination since Eddie Murphy in 1984. After leaving SNL, Hader went on to stretch his creative muscles even further creating and starring in HBO’s hit series “Barry.” His work on “Barry” earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series along with back to back nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Hader’s latest work is playing the adult version of Ritchie in Andy Muschietti’s horror epic “IT Chapter Two,” on which the actor speaks about the alterations made to the character, getting injured on set, and the similarities and differences between horror and comedy. We also dive into his work on “Barry,” transition into becoming a filmmaker, directing a new feature film, his relationship with Kombucha and why exactly, “Hader loves the booch.”
20:58
September 6, 2019
The Discourse #9: Summer 2019 Wrap-Up
Ryan Oliver and Jenny Nulf (No Excuses) look back on Summer 2019: the up's, the down's, the winner's, the loser's, and the existential dread about what theatrical moviegoing will look like over the next couple years. The two discuss a myriad of titles that did not get a proper review on The Discourse over the summer, starting with films they both saw, then moving to ones only one of them saw. 0:00-14:00: Thoughts on the Summer Movie Season 14:00-56:12: Films We Both Saw John Wick: Chapter 3 Always Be My Maybe Plus One Non-Fiction Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Ready or Not 56:13-End: Other Films We Saw Jenny: The Souvenir The Last Black Man in San Francisco The Third Wife Tigers Are Not Afraid Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus Yesterday Late Night The Lion King Ryan: Dark Phoenix Men in Black: International The Dead Don’t Die Stuber The Peanut Butter Falcon Good Boys Brittany Runs a Marathon Sword of Trust
1:21:31
August 27, 2019
Be Reel: 'Ready Or Not' Takes Aim At The Rage, Fear and Hyperbole of Terrible In-Laws
Making a great impression on your loved one's parents is hard enough. But then imagine they want to hunt you ("Ready Or Not"), bust you for false crimes ("Meet The Parents") or poison you for seemingly no reason ("Monster In Law"). Then, you've got yourself a matrimonial Be Reel trio of comedic horrors and horrifying comedies. Better be an open bar, at least. Hear more genre-hopping podcasts from Chance and Noah at ThePlaylist.net.
1:09:45
August 27, 2019
The Fourth Wall #6: Bear McCreary talks "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" and "Child's Play"
For Episode 6 of The Fourth Wall, we head to the studio of composer Bear McCreary to discuss his diverse body of work! From the age of five, Bear developed an incredible passion for film and film music which started him on the path to becoming a film composer eventually leading him to become one of the final prodigies of Hollywood legend Elmer Bernstein. Bear's distinct blending of traditional and modern film scoring sensibilities is what sets him apart from other composers along with his drive to innovate. You'd be hard pressed to find another composer who's catalogued such a wide variety of projects with such diverse instrumentation ranging from "Battlestar Galactica", to "Outlander," to AMC's "The Walking Dead", to "10 Cloverfield Lane," to 2018's video game smash hit "God of War." 2019 might be Bear's biggest year yet as he's the musical genius behind two beloved franchises in the "Child's Play" reboot and massive summer blockbuster "Godzilla: King of the Monsters." During our conversation, we discussed growing up as film fans, his work on "Godzilla" and "Child's Play," how he managed to revitalize a classic Blue Oyster Cult B-Side track, and much more!
54:15
August 22, 2019
The Discourse #8: The Disney/Sony Spider-Man Divorce
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez dedicate the entire episode to the Disney/Sony fallout regarding Spider-Man in the MCU, and contextualize it to show that there are no villains in this story: it's just business. 
46:14
August 22, 2019
Be Reel: From 'Bernadette' to 'Ricki', Hollywood Is Still Confused By Mothers Putting Family Second
The new Cate Blanchett/Richard Linklater film "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" launches Noah and Chance into a Be Reel category about mothers who reject motherhood. All in vastly different life situations, the protagonists of "Bernadette" (2019), "Ricki and the Flash" (2015) and "Second Act" (2018) find a common bond in pursuing much more than what society (real or imagined) tells them they deserve. If that sounds overly serious, well, Meryl Streep growls Springsteen, Jennifer Lopez hurls a man into a Christmas tree, and Cate Blanchett rips Seattle a new one. Let's go. 
1:10:26
August 21, 2019
Aisling Franciosi On Her Harrowing Star Turn in Jennifer Kent's 'The Nightingale'
Aisling Franciosi stars in "The Nightingale," which is the summer's bravest drama or toughest watch depending whom you ask. It could be both, which is fitting of Franciosi's character, Clare, a very complicated woman out for justice against British Army officers in 1825 Australia. In this interview with Chance Solem-Pfeifer, Franciosi discusses how 'Nightingale' director Jennifer Kent would push her actors on set (and get pushed back, sometimes literally). Plus, a quick story about the day Franciosi got the call to play Lyanna Stark despite knowing nothing about "Game of Thrones."
22:27
August 14, 2019
The Fourth Wall #5: Composer David Arnold talks "Good Omens" Emmy Nomination, the Music of James Bond, and BBC's "Dracula"
Episode 5 of The Fourth Wall is a special one as we welcome famed James Bond composer David Arnold!  Arnold recently received two Emmy nomination for his work on the BBC and Amazon adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens” which features some of the composer’s most unique and diverse orchestration to date. Arnold is no stranger to working with the BBC and showrunner Steven Moffat as he also scored four seasons of the acclaimed series “Sherlock” and is currently working on music for their upcoming “Dracula” series. His film compositions range from 1998’s “Godzilla,” John Singleton’s “Shaft,” and “Independence Day,” however, Arnold is most revered and beloved for his exceptional work on five James Bond films – “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World is Not Enough,” “Die Another Day,” “Casino Royale,” and “Quantum of Solace.” Having been hand selected by the legendary Bond composer John Barry after a rocking Bond cover album, Arnold is considered by many fans to be the gold standard when it comes to the music of 007 - second only to Barry himself. During our conversation, we not only gushed over our love of Bond, but discussed his working relationship with Neil Gaiman on “Good Omens,” “Sherlock,” some slight tidbits on the music of BBC’s “Dracula” and much more. 
54:40
August 14, 2019
The Discourse #7: The Nightingale / Luce
Robert Daniels (812Reviews, MediaVersity) returns to The Discourse this week to join Ryan Oliver in discussing two difficult, yet worthwhile films slowly expanding through the month of August: Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale” and Julius Onah’s “Luce.”   0:00-3:23: Recommendations Robert: “The Angry Birds Movie 2” 3:24-11:40: “The Nightingale” Review 11:41-20:10: “The Nightingale” ***SPOILERS*** 20:11-32:23: “Luce” Review 32:24-End: “Luce” ***SPOILERS***
55:41
August 12, 2019
Indie Beat - Christopher Good
Check out this interview with filmmaker Christopher Good, director of the films "Crude Oil" and "Brad Cuts Loose" and various music videos including Mitski's "Nobody."
58:03
August 11, 2019
The Fourth Wall #4: "Pennyworth" Actor Jack Bannon on Channeling Michael Caine in the New DC TV Series
After smaller roles in shows such as "Endeavor" and "Medici" and films such as "Fury" and "The Imitation Game," actor Jack Bannon is taking DC Television by storm as Alfred Pennyworth in the new Epix Original Series "Pennyworth." Bannon just also happens to be my guest on Episode 4 of The Fourth Wall. During our conversation Jack talked about the daunting task of joining the likes of Michael Caine and Jeremy Irons as he shaped his version of Alfred, getting to play inside the incredibly detailed and somewhat heightened version of 1960s London, approaching a character with PTSD and much more!
18:37
August 8, 2019
Be Reel: 'The Abyss' Is 30, And So Is The Year Hollywood Wouldn't Stop Making Underwater Alien Movies
Every so often a "Be Reel" category arises that makes us wonder if we didn't unknowingly orchestrate the films ourselves, solely to podcast about them later. Today we discuss three films all from 1989 about deep-sea divers encountering alien life. While James Cameron's technically unparalleled "The Abyss" is the headliner (happy 30th this week), "DeepStar Six" and "Leviathan" may have their lower budget charms as well. In addition to evaluating all the mining teams and goofy beasts of this genre, Chance and Noah often ask, "What the hell were you thinking, 1989?"
1:00:58
August 8, 2019
The Discourse #6: Hobbs & Shaw
As most of you know, the "Fast and the Furious" franchise is all about family. So on the latest episode of The Discourse, Ryan Oliver is joined by an amazing family of film critics - Robert Daniels (812FilmReviews, Mediaversity), Alisha Grauso (Atom Insider), and Griffin Schiller (FilmSpeak, The 4th Wall Podcast) - to discuss the first official spinoff in the nearly twenty-year-old "Fast and the Furious" series. ***Note: There is no spoiler bumper on this episode, and while none of the things we discuss we feel are spoiler-y, those more adversed to spoilers and want to go in fresh should likely wait until after seeing the film. Enjoy the episode!***
56:15
August 5, 2019
The Fourth Wall #3: "Hobbs & Shaw" Director David Leitch Reveals an Alternate Opening and How he Landed that Scene Stealing Cameo
He's been the stunt double for Brad Pitt, Jean-Claude Van Damm, and his stunt credits span across a multitude of films including "The Matrix Trilogy" and "V for Vendetta." He was a co-director on 2014's "John Wick," directed film such as "Atomic Blonde" and "Deadpool 2," and now, David Leitch joins the "Fast & Furious" franchise with "Hobbs & Shaw." Leitch is my guest on Episode 3 of The Fourth Wall and during our conversation we discussed going bigger with the fast and furious spinoff movie, he breaks down the film's climactic action set piece, reveals an alternate opening, talks some scene stealing cameos and much more!
22:18
August 1, 2019
The Discourse #5: Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Ryan Oliver and Lindsey Romain (Nerdist) dedicate the entire episode discussing the ninth - and supposedly penultimate - film from Quentin Tarantino: "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood." 0:00-14:00: "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" Review 14:01-End: ***SPOILERS***
48:45
July 26, 2019
AYT #200: THE END
Joe and Erik say goodbye on their last episode of Adjust Your Tracking. We look back and forward, discussing how movies will be seen in the future but also reflecting on what got us here. We make time for several movies and focus most our attention on Nicolas Winding Refn's new giant movie or show Too Old To Die Young.
1:21:15
July 24, 2019
The Fourth Wall #2: Tom Kenny the Voice of SpongeBob Reflects on the 20th Anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants
Legendary voice actor Tom Kenny joins us for Episode 2 of The Fourth Wall! The man who is the iconic voice of SpongeBob on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants is set to reprise the character again in next year's live action film The SpongeBob Movie: It's A Wonderful Sponge. During our conversation Kenny reflects on the SpongeBob's 20th Anniversary, discusses how his time doing stand up and sketch comedy led the role of the iconic character, breaks down the recording process and comedy of SpongeBob and much more. 
20:04
July 24, 2019
Be Reel: 'Eyes Wide Shut' at 20 and the Power-Couple's-Demise Movie
On a new Be Reel, hosts Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard examine the ample evidence against trying to save a marriage with a movie. This week, they check in with “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999) as the infamous Stanley Kubrick-directed interrogation of Tom Cruise and his marriage to Nicole Kidman turns 20. They also look back at the lovechild of “Liz” Taylor and “Dick” Burton, “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966) and the honeymoon-cum-couples therapy “By The Sea” (2015), which self-analyzes Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's sinking ship of a union. New York Magazine's Lila Shapiro joins Be Reel to discuss seeing "Eyes Wide Shut" 100 times and what it taught her about how we discuss sexual politics.
1:17:41
July 24, 2019
The Discourse #4: The Farewell / The Art of Self-Defense
Ryan Oliver and Matthew Monagle (Austin Chronicle, Film School Rejects) discuss two vastly different sophomore features from promising filmmakers that made their debuts on the festival circuit in 2019: Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” and Riley Stearns’ “The Art of Self-Defense.”   0:00-6:33: Recommendations Matthew: “Crawl” Ryan: “Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour” 6:34-26:30: “The Farewell” Review 26:31-46:51: “The Art of Self-Defense” Review 46:52-End: “The Art of Self-Defense” SPOILERS
1:03:07
July 23, 2019
The Fourth Wall #1: Hans Zimmer talks The Lion King (2019) & Denis Villeneuve's Dune remake
World renowned film composer Hans Zimmer joins us for the first episode of The Fourth Wall. The Oscar and Grammy Award Winning musical genius discusses returning to The Lion King after over 20 years and his initial reservations, how his live show came to influence his approach to scoring, collaborating with Christopher Nolan, and some insight into his process for scoring next year's Denis Villeneuve Dune remake.
21:18
July 15, 2019
The Discourse #3: Crawl / Top 5 Animal Attack Horror Movies
Ryan Oliver and Meagan Navarro (Bloody Disgusting, Consequence of Sound) dive into "Crawl," the latest film from Alexandre Aja ("High Tension," "The Hills Have Eyes"), and to celebrate the occasion, discuss their five favorite animal attack horror films. 0:00-6:55: Recommendations Meagan: “The Boys,” “Under the Silver Lake” Ryan: “Night Killer” 6:56-17:00: “Crawl” Review 17:01-23:30: “Crawl” SPOILERS 23:31-End: Top 5 Animal Attack Horror Movies
49:09
July 14, 2019
The Discourse #2: Midsommar / Spider-Man: Far From Home
On this episode of The Discourse, Ryan Oliver is joined by Jenny Nulf (Austin Asian American Film Festival, No Excuses) to dedicated the bulk of their discussion to "Midsommar," directed Ari Aster's follow-up to his much-lauded "Hereditary." They also find time at the beginning to discuss "Spider-Man: Far From Home." 0:00-16:27: "Spider-Man: Far From Home" 16:18-28:46: "Midsommar" (Non-Spoilers) 28:47-End: "Midsommar" ***SPOILERS***
1:00:45
July 9, 2019
The Discourse #1: Annabelle Comes Home / Child's Play
The Playlist Podcast has rebranded! Welcome to the very first episode of The Discourse! As this show has become more of a rotating door of guests with fresh voices and perspectives on the discussions we have each week, the name felt appropriate. On the first episode, Ryan Oliver is joined by Matt Donato (/Film, Atom Tickets) for a double-dose of creepy doll action to discuss "Annabelle Comes Home" and the remake of "Child's Play." 0:00-8:20: Recommendations 
Matt: “Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary,” “Belzebuth” Ryan: “Piranha” (1978)
 8:21-34:18: “Annabelle Comes Home”
 34:19-End: “Child’s Play” (2019)
1:12:17
July 1, 2019
Be Reel: ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ feat. Jimmie Fails
Striking an unlikely balance between gentrification treatise and Great American fantasy, “The Last Black Man In San Francisco” is among 2019’s most striking debut films. On a new Be Reel, hosts Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard unpack the new A24 drama and speak with its star, co-scribe, and inspiration Jimmie Fails.
40:30
June 26, 2019
Toy Story 4
Ryan Oliver and Mike Shutt (No Excuses) discuss the latest entry in the "Toy Story" series, and argue that it belongs in the same category of greatness as its predecessors. 0:00-8:05: Recommendations Mike: To Sleep With Anger Ryan: The Dead Don't Die 8:06-29:44: Toy Story 4 Review (Spoiler-Free) 29:45-End: ***SPOILERS***
50:56
June 25, 2019
Shaking Up Stale TV in "Late Night," "Anchorman" and "Morning Glory"
On a new BE REEL, treading water on television is a good way not to be on television anymore, as we learn from this week's trio about TV institutions getting new life through new blood. In the new office comedy "Late Night," Mindy Kaling shakes up a white, apolitical late show, just as Rachel McAdams saves a GMA knock-off in "Morning Glory" and Christina Applegate rocks an absurdist boys club in "Anchorman." Change is good, these movies tell us, but do they apply the same lessons to themselves? Let's watch.
1:04:51
June 17, 2019
Indie Beat - Tyler Taormina
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57:23
June 15, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters / Rocketman / Ma
Ryan Oliver is joined by fellow Playlisters Julia Teti (also Cinemaholics, Zimbio, Girls on Tops, Film School Rejects) and Will Ashton (also CinemaBlend and Cinemaholics) to dive into this week's three new wide releases: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," "Rocketman," and "Ma." 0:00-8:00: Recommendations Julia: "Chernobyl," "Always Be My Maybe" Will: "Fleabag" Season 2, "Hail Satan?" Ryan: "In Fabric" 8:01-34:18: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" Review 34:19-53:27: "Rocketman" Review 53:28-End: "Ma" Review
1:13:25
June 3, 2019
Matthew Vaughn Discusses His Love of Elton John, Spy Films, and the Future of 'Kingsman'
Similar to Sir Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, whenever the minds of Matthew Vaughn, Taron Egerton, and Dexter Fletcher combine, the result is incredible art. But how does one foster such a successful creative partnership? “Trust and respect, I would say is the most important thing” stated “Rocketman” Producer Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass), “and the unified ambition to make as good and entertaining movies as possible, and friendship. So, we all talk frankly to each other, and we all push each other’s boundaries, but at the same time, we’re there to help each other when we cross them. And not scared to make mistakes, but if they’re made, we clear up the mess together.” Following the ups and downs of Elton John, “Rocketman” is the fantastical musical biopic telling of John’s claim to fame, enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, and his struggles with depression, substance abuse and sexual orientation. Perhaps more so than previous collaborations, you could sense the personal connection Vaughn, Fletcher, and Egerton had to the story of Elton John and his music with Vaughn himself drawing some comparisons between the famed musician, Egerton, and Fletcher. “I’ve watched Taron- meeting him as a guy who’s never done a movie before, walking into an audition, knocking it out of the park. Then going on this sort of unbelievable career of fame and fortune thrust upon him at a young age. And continuing to do great work, having ups and downs, but deep down, has a heart of gold. There’s a lot of similarities between him and Elton. They’re very warm, open people, but also incredibly sensitive, don’t like being knocked over but get knocked over, and then they get up” stated Vaughn. “With Dexter, there are similarities. He was like a prodigy little actor, at age four doing “Bugsy Malone,” or whatever he was when he played Babyface. He then became this big famous cool actor, doing “Caravaggio,” and “Revolution,” and then he did this thing called “Press Gang,” and then everything went wrong, and he got onto drugs and fucked it all up basically. And then came back in ‘Lock, Stock,’ and won Guy (Guy Ritchie) and I over in the audition process and all became friends. He’s gradually rebuilt his acting and then directing career where he’s going from strength to strength. So yeah, I suppose there are a lot of similarities between us—it’s why we all get on. And I think ‘Rocketman,’ for Dexter and Taron, really connected to the material on an emotional level, and I think that’s why people like the film because it feels authentic.” During my interview with Vaughn, we not only discussed his working relationship with Taron Egerton and Dexter Fletcher but where his love of Elton John originated from, if he ever considered directing the project himself, the future of ‘Kingsman’ and much more.
15:41
May 31, 2019
Booksmart / Brightburn / The Perfection / The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
Ryan Oliver and Jenny Nulf (Director of Programming, AAAFF) spend the bulk of the episode on the new Netflix horror/thriller "The Perfection," while also finding some time to talk Booksmart, Brightburn, and The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience. 0:00-12:00: Booksmart 12:01-17:12: Brightburn 17:13-40:14: The Perfection 40:15-End: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
49:57
May 29, 2019
High School Seniors Shoot Their Shot: ‘Booksmart,’ ‘Superbad' and ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ | Be Reel
With college looming, there’s a certain class of high-school comedy that races the clock. This week, Chance and Noah watched “Booksmart” (2019) “Superbad” (2007) and “Can’t Hardly Wait” (1998) for a trio of movies about graduating seniors with one last chance to ace their social lives. Big questions include: -Does the women-led “Booksmart” strike the balance between broad comedy and teenage truth? -Does “Superbad’ ever fall victim to the general yuck of the 17-year-old boy? -Why in god’s name do the protagonists of “Can’t Hardly Wait” not know each other? -Will those jerks ever pay for turning Noah away from their party in 2006?
1:14:19
May 28, 2019
Game of Thrones Season 8 SPOILER Discussion
Griffin Schiller (@griffschiller), Kathia Woods (@kathia_woods), and Jenny Nulf (@jennyleighx33) break down and discuss the series finale of Game of Thrones in FULL SPOILERS. They also recap the final season as a whole and look onward to the spin-off series.
1:34:04
May 21, 2019
Indie Beat - Jessica Kingdon
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48:16
May 19, 2019
Dogs, Horses, Gun-Fu and Ninjas on Motorcycles: How Chad Stahelski Shapes the World of John Wick 3
“Your world creation is a visual. I want the audience from pretty much right off the bat to know you’re in a different reality, so you’re going to see some weird stuff. You’re going to see dogs and horses and gun-fu and karate and ninjas on motorcycles” says ‘John Wick’ Director Chad Stahelski as he discusses crafting the visual palate of the third installment in the Keanu Reeves-led action series “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.” The ‘John Wick’ series has introduced audiences to such a distinct world that only seems to expand with each entry. Stahelski and cinematographer Dan Lausten challenged themselves to perfect the look of ‘John Wick’ by leaning heavily into lighting techniques so audiences can lose themselves in the environment created. Stahelski states, “…we want you to almost reach into the screen and feel the colors and taste them and smell them and be very very involved with the look of the film, and I think that’s what kind of separates us just from - we’re not actually trying to be rough and tumble and super serious.” While his world building techniques - for which Stahelski attributes his success to working with the Wachowski’s and love of international cinema - and striking visuals continue to entrance audiences in, the ‘Wick’ Director and his stunt team know viewers want to see jaw-dropping action spectacle. ‘Parabellum’s’ most challenging set piece no only involves the series’ intricate choreography but features an incredible amount of moving parts that range from tracking shots to the use of dogs. “It took us nearly a year to bring that sequence to life. Finding the animals that had the physical and mental aptitude that we wanted, the personalities that we needed to bond the stunt team, the camera team, the rest of the crew, and our cast” stated Stahelski. He then went on to discuss specifically Halle Berry’s intense 5-month training with the dogs, whom she would spend 3 hours a day, 5-6 days a week with. In so doing, when we see Berry commanding the dogs on screen, it is, in fact, her giving the orders. That’s only a small taste of how Chad Stahelski broke down the magic of ‘John Wick 3’. During our conversation we discussed Stahelski’s inspiration for crafting unique action sequences, what the future holds for John moving forward with the series, the status of his upcoming “Highlander” reboot and Ed Brubaker’s “Kill or Be Killed” live-action adaptation, recent “Matrix 4” comments, and much more.
26:08
May 16, 2019
Be Reel: The Essential Films of John Singleton
With the untimely passing of writer/director/producer John Singleton last month, Be Reel takes stock of his life, times and film career. From the seminal “Boyz N the Hood” to the endlessly meme-able “Poetic Justice” to the unsung epic “Rosewood,” Chance, Noah, and author Tochi Onyebuchi reflect on Singleton's role as a preeminent black filmmaker and all the beauty and ugliness wrapped up in his both timely and timeless portraits of America. Find more episodes of Be Reel on ThePlaylist.net.
1:13:54
May 10, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Ryan Oliver is joined by guest Matt Donato (/Film, Atom Tickets, Dread Central, etc.) to ponder whether or not "The New Mutants" will actually come out, discuss Ana Lily Amirpour's "Cliffhanger" remake, and then dive into a full review of "Pokémon Detective Pikachu." 0:00-20:00: Movie News ("Hellraiser" and "Cliffhanger" reboots; "The New Mutants" pushed back again) 20:00-42:00: Detective Pikachu Review 42:00-End: ***SPOILER*** Discussion
59:36
May 10, 2019
Long Shot
Ryan Oliver and Griffin Schiller (The Playlist, Men vs. Movies) discuss the horrors of Sonic the Hedgehog's character design, Joe Carnahan's unwarranted Twitter meltdown, and conclude with a review of "Long Shot," the latest comedy from Jonathan Levine starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron. 0:00 - 5:29: Griffin's Latest Watches ("Barry," "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum," "Pokémon Detective Pikachu") 5:30 - 17:56: Movie News ("Sonic the Hedgehog" VFX Overhaul, Joe Carnahan's Twitter Spat) 17:56 - End: "Long Shot" Review
49:37
May 4, 2019
Be Reel: Why So Serious (And Gross), Fan-Fic Movies?
This week, Chance and Noah dive into the one-inch pool of movies based on fan fiction — writing that takes the characters of more popular sources and, apparently, has them do weird sex stuff. In addition to the new YA film "After" (2019), our case study includes the mega-franchise “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) and one-note joke of a movie “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” (2016). Plus, Kathleen Newman-Bremang (of Refinery29)breaks down why this genre so defined by sex isn't particularly sexy.
1:07:26
April 30, 2019
Long Shot Director Jonathan Levine Channels Capra and Lubitsch to Craft a Winning Romantic Comedy
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39:46
April 30, 2019
Avengers: Endgame
Ryan Oliver, Rodrigo Perez, and Charles Barfield dive into the MCU "Infinity Saga" finale, "Avengers: Endgame." 0:00-13:17 - Spoiler-Free Review 13:20-End - ***SPOILER DISCUSSION*** All shows and episodes are a part of The Playlist Podcast Network – which includes Adjust Your Tracking, Be Reel, Indie Beat, and more – and can be heard on iTunes, Soundcloud, or Stitcher. To listen on this page, you can stream the podcast via the Soundcloud embed below or up top. Follow us on iTunes, and you’ll get this podcast as well as our other shows regularly. Be sure to subscribe, and drop us a comment or a rating if you are so inclined. Thanks for listening.
2:13:13
April 27, 2019
Madeleine Olnek on her revisionist Emily Dickinson comedy 'Wild Nights With Emily'
Writer and director Madeleine Olnek first considered that Emily Dickinson might have been a human being with desires, muses, and ambitions when she read a 1998 New York Times investigation of the famed poet's original drafts. The result was the play "Wild Nights With Emily", now an inventive literary comedy starring Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz and Brett Gelman. Press play for a discussion of Olnek's new movie, her meeting Molly Shannon in college, and battling the painted-over legacies of historical women. "Wild Nights With Emily" is out now in select cities. This podcast host whole-heartedly recommends it.
20:30
April 24, 2019
Be Reel: 'Shazam!' Bulks Up the Instant Adulthood Comedy
All it takes is a carnival coin-trap, a packet of Party City fairy dust, or a wizard who needs you as his champion and — SHAZAM! — that pesky childhood is over in an instant. But is being thirty, flirty and thriving all it's cracked up to be? This week, BE REEL discusses "Big" (1988), "13 Going On 30" (2004), and "Shazam!" (2019). Be Reel is brought to you by California College of the Arts' Writing MFA Program. Learn more about CCA.edu/writingmfa.
1:04:00
April 18, 2019
Director Emma Tammi Discusses Her New Horror-Western 'The Wind'
'Be Reel' co-host Chance Solem-Pfeifer speaks with director Emma Tammi about her new horror film "The Wind" (out now from IFC Films). They discuss how Tammi made the transition from documentary filmmaking to genre mashups, how the wind haunted real-life pioneers, and why trauma is having its day in the horror genre. Be Reel is brought to you by the California College of the Arts' Writing MFA.
24:22
April 15, 2019
Indie Beat - Micah Khan
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1:15:58
April 6, 2019
Be Reel: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' and the Literary Hoax Movie
With several thousand writers and one tired agent (Be Reel co-host Noah Ballard) visiting Portland for AWP ’19 last week, we cracked the spine live and in-person of a related podcast category: the writer as forger, as plagiarist, as literary Danny Ocean. This time out, Be Reel discusses “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018), “The Hoax” (2007) and “Secret Window” (2004) for a three-movie slate of word crimes. Plus, we’re joined by two esteemed authors who’d never do any of this shady stuff — Natalie Serber (“Shout Her Lovely Name”) and Nick White (“Sweet and Low”) — to discuss their favorite films about writers. Be Reel is brought to you by California College of the Arts’ MFA in Writing program.
1:11:29
April 4, 2019
Be Reel: Triple Frontier, Three Kings & the Military Heist Film
JC Chandor's "Triple Frontier" isn't the first movie to wonder what would happen if a few rogue soldiers tried to get rich while allegedly doing the right thing. On a new "Be Reel," Chance and Noah review Netflix's latest film and compare its themes and all-star casts to "Three Kings" (1999) and "Kelly's Heroes" (1970).
1:13:37
March 20, 2019
Indie Beat - Brennan Vance
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1:01:20
March 10, 2019
Be Reel: How Do 'Cruel Intentions' And Its Forerunners Hold Up 20 Years Later?
If you don't know the 1782 French novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” don't feel bad. It's far more likely you know the films it inspired: "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), "Valmont" (1989) and "Cruel Intentions" (1999). This week on Be Reel, Noah and Chance revisit all three stories of high-court treachery and conquest with the help of film critic Abbey Bender (Village Voice, Time Out New York). The sexual politics are dicey, the costumes grand, and we try our best to figure out what's going on in the cinema of the wealthy and wicked.
1:25:22
March 8, 2019
AYT #199: Climax
Erik and Joe discuss Gaspar Noe's latest, Climax.
43:34
March 4, 2019
Indie Beat - Iman Zawahry
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54:50
February 16, 2019
Be Reel: 'High Flying Bird' Is A Scathing Spin On The Sports Innovation Film
On a new BE REEL, Noah and Chance take on sports movies where the most important games are played in offices. Starting with the slick, provoking new Steven Soderbergh film "High Flying Bird" and its critique of the NBA, the pod then revisits the statistical revolutions of "Moneyball" and the racial profiteering of "The Great White Hype." Be Reel is brought to you by the by California College of the Arts MFA in Writing Program.
1:06:38
February 14, 2019
Director Interview: Cristina Gallego on 'Birds of Passage'
Though the Columbian crime epic “Birds of Passage” finds its shape in familiar gangster arcs, its approach to depicting the South American drug trade is one of lyricism and embedded observation of the indigenous Wayuu people. Listen as our Chance Solem-Pfeifer speaks to co-director Cristina Gallego about her latest film with creative partner Ciro Guerra, following on from the Oscar-nominated “Embrace of the Serpent.”
23:31
February 13, 2019
AYT #198: Donnybrook / Birds Of Passage
Joe and Erik champion two small releases hit this week: Birds of Passage and Donnybrook.
54:10
February 11, 2019
AYT #197: Velvet Buzzsaw / Piercing
Joe and Erik discuss two new movies that show the dexterity of modern horror in Piercing and Velvet Buzzsaw.
51:25
February 1, 2019
Be Reel: The Best Gene Hackman Villains
The best way to avoid Gene Hackman screaming at you is to listen to Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard celebrate the all-time great actor's 89th birthday on a new Be Reel. This week, they analyze three of his most memorable antagonists in "Superman: The Movie" (1978), "Unforgiven" (1992) and "The Firm" (1993), and then spotlight some favorites from deeper in Hackman's 50-year career. Be Reel is part of The Playlist Podcast Network and is brought to you by California College of the Arts and Converse College's Low-Residency MFA.
1:09:30
January 29, 2019
Steve Lightfoot wants The Punisher to Tango with Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin and Barracuda
While the future of Marvel Netflix's The Punisher remains to be seen, that hasn't stopped showrunner Steve Lightfoot from staying optimistic about continuing the journey of Frank Castle. Lightfoot is currently the showrunner of The Punisher, which is now entering its second season, and also has made notable contributions as a writer and producer on NBC's Hannibal and Netflix's Narcos. I recently spoke with Lightfoot about Season 2 of The Punisher in which he gave some insight into the direction the team would want to take Frank next season and when asked if a Season 3 was happening Lightfoot said the following, "I'd love to do it. I'll do this show as long as people ask me to. Beyond that, I don't know." The Punisher Season 2 finds Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) on a journey of self-discovery as he comes to terms with taking on the mantle of The Punisher while cleaning up the aftermath his actions caused in Season 1. After saving a girl (Giorgia Whigham) who’s being hunted down by a religious assassin, Frank transitions from being a man haunted by grief, hell-bent on revenge, to a vigilante with a code. During our conversation, we not only discussed the possibility of a third season, but Frank's transformation as a character, Lightfoot's inspiration for some of his favorite action set pieces, and which villains he'd like to integrate into the show next to which the showrunner responded, "I’ve always loved Barracuda. I’d love to find a place to play with that character because I think he’s just a force of nature and funny. Just simply, because I’m such a fan of the actor, it’d be great to tangle with the Kingpin…the idea of pitting Jon against Vincent D’Onofrio for a season would wildly excite me." Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin vs. Bernthal's Punisher? Here's hoping Marvel and Netflix keep The Punisher alive for the possibility of showdown alone.
15:53
January 22, 2019
Be Reel: M. Night Shyamalan's Cinematic Universe (feat. Zach Vasquez)
On a new BE REEL, Chance and Noah try to make sense of M. Night Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 trilogy beginning with 2000's "Unbreakable," picking up steam with 2017's "Split," and culminating in the new ostensibly thoughtful comic-book riff "Glass." Spoilers abound, obviously. And Guardian contributor Zach Vasquez joins the show to discuss his new essay: "Shattered Glass: why we need to stop deconstructing our superheroes."
1:17:10
January 22, 2019
Winter 2018 Box Office Round-Up
Ryan and Managing Editor Charles Barfield dive into the aftermath of the 2018 Fall/Winter moviegoing season at the box office, discuss what trends have emerged, who was successful, and who bit the dust.
1:13:56
January 19, 2019
Over/Under Movies #78 - Most Underrated Films of 2018
Oktay, Ryan, and Erik put 2018 to bed by each discussing their five most under-appreciated, under-seen, or undervalued films of the year.
2:09:07
January 16, 2019
AYT #196: Standoff At Sparrow Creek / Dead-Bang
Joe and Erik dig into the new year officially and start it off with a small genre movie gem, Standoff At Sparrow Creek. The film is also paired up with 1989 cop thriller Dead-Bang in our latest edition of HOLD UP.
55:05
January 15, 2019
Be Reel: 'Escape Room' and the Confined-Space Thriller
On this episode of Be Reel, Noah Ballard and Chance Solem-Pfeifer look for a way through the newly released "Escape Room" and discuss two of its thrilling enclosed-space predecessors in 2002's "Panic Room" and the 1954 classic "Rear Window.”
1:08:03
January 8, 2019
AYT #195: Destroyer / Cold War
Joe and Erik catch up on a few last 2018 films: Cold War and Destroyer.
47:04
January 7, 2019
Indie Beat - Patrick Wang
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1:17:26
January 5, 2019
AYT #194: If Beale Street Could Talk / best of 2018
Joe and Erik dig into their favorite films and cinematic moments of the year, listing their top 10s and also digging in more depth to review the glorious new film If Beale Street Could Talk.
1:12:10
January 1, 2019
The 20 Breakthrough Directors of 2018
Ryan, Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez, and Managing Editor Charles Barfield rundown The Playlist's collective picks for the Best Breakthrough Directors of 2018.
1:43:39
December 21, 2018
Be Reel: Looking Back on a Peculiar Year for Comedy Movies
On this episode of BE REEL, Chance and Noah look back at the comedy films of 2018, examining different branches of the industry tree via specific titles: BLOCKERS for traditional studio fare (14:20), EIGHTH GRADE for the upstart indie (32:15), and SET IT UP for Netflix's full-on foray into rom-coms (48:00). Finally, they name their five favorite comedy performances of the year from films like GAME NIGHT, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, and more (1:04:30). This episode is brought to you by Converse College MFA program and California College of the Arts MFA in Writing program.
1:18:32
December 19, 2018
Nadine Labaki on her Golden Globe-nominated "Capernaum"
Lebanese actor/filmmaker Nadine Labaki speaks with our Chance Solem-Pfeifer about her new film “Capernaum,” out Dec. 14 in some US cities. The Golden Globe-nominated drama follows a 12-year-old boy trying to preserve his biological and chosen families amid Lebanon’s refugee crisis. Press play to hear Labaki discuss how her young star is dealing with the movie’s reception and how life and art intersected when one of the “Capernaum” actors was arrested during the shoot.
24:20
December 13, 2018
Peter Jackson Discusses 'Mortal Engines,' Gives Updates on Tintin 2 and Lord of the Rings Series
It's not often you get to meet the director of one of your favorite films of all time, and it's equally as gratifying to discover that they are exactly as you imagined. Peter Jackson is a man who needs little to no introduction being the master world builder that he is and the visionary filmmaker behind the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy. He also has managed to place himself at the forefront of cutting-edge technological filmmaking innovations such as his founding of special and visual effects company WETA, his work with performance capture, and his recent plunge into Augmented Reality Storytelling to name a few. Acting as the Producer and Co-Writer on the latest big-budget fantasy film 'Mortal Engines,' the rights to which Jackson originally purchased back in 2009, the filmmaker had the delightful privilege of watching one of his young prodigies, director Christian Rivers, tackle his first feature film - something Jackson proudly discussed in our interview. “Mortal Engines” depicts a post-apocalyptic, steampunk version of our world where once great cities now operate as giant predator machines on wheels. Narrowing in on London, the story focuses on a mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) as she joins forces with a dangerous outlaw and an outcast to lead a rebellion against the evil Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving). We spoke with Jackson about his recent WWI Documentary, "They Shall Not Grow Old," which has been turning heads on the festival circuit, along with his involvement in Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' series, an update on 'Tintin 2' and where he sees the future of AR Storytelling. "Mortal Engines" is directed by Christian Rivers and hits theaters December 14th, 2018. Be sure to catch our previous interview with the villain of "Mortal Engines", Hugo Weaving and stay tuned for our conversation with the film's composer, Junkie XL.
16:45
December 13, 2018
AYT #193: Vox Lux / 25th Hour
Joe and Erik connect their HOLD UP pick (Spike Lee's 25th Hour) with the new release Vox Lux.
59:35
December 11, 2018
Hugo Weaving Talks 'Mortal Engines,' Working With Peter Jackson & Wanting In On Bond Villain Action
Hugo Weaving is one of the most versatile actors working today, and one thing’s for certain: he sure makes a damn good villain. Having cemented himself in pop culture with such iconic roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy, Elrond in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, V in V for Vendetta and the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger, the 58-year old Australian actor continues to be at the forefront of fandoms everywhere. It also sure helps that he's fortunate enough to have collaborated with some of the most visionary filmmakers of our time including Peter Jackson, The Wachowski’s and Mel Gibson. With this year’s Mortal Engines, Weaving not only find’s himself reuniting with Peter Jackson, who Produced and Co-Wrote the script but find’s himself back in the pocket playing the film’s main antagonist, Thaddeus Valentine - though notably more likable and charming than some of his past villains. We spoke with Weaving about some of his favorite literary works, continued collaborations with Peter Jackson, a possible John Wick Matrix reunion, and whether he wants in on some future Bond villain action.
14:07
December 8, 2018
Be Reel: The Essential Films of William Goldman
In the Playlist debut of "Be Reel," genre-hopping podcast hosts Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard dive into the career of screenwriting titan William Goldman, who passed away last month at age 87. They revisit his major works like “The Princess Bride,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All The President’s Men,” and Slate’s Marissa Martinelli joins the program to discuss the far deeper world of Goldman’s “The Princess Bride” novel.
1:23:01
December 6, 2018
Indie Beat - Jourdain Searles
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1:07:34
December 5, 2018
The House That Jack Built (Director's Cut)
Ryan and Adjust Your Tracking co-host Erik McClanahan both attended the one-night-only of the Director's Cut of Lars Von Trier's "The House That Jack Built," and unpack their many thoughts on the provocateur's latest work. 0:00 - 12:03 - Recommendations Erik: "Illang: The Wolf Brigade" Ryan: "Dinners of Death with Joe Bob Briggs" 12:04 - 38:57 - Non-Spoiler Discussion: "The House That Jack Built" 38:58 - End - ***SPOILERS***
56:22
November 30, 2018
AYT #192: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs / Roma
Joe and Erik get excited for more auteur-driven Netflix movies finding some theatrical release in Buster Scruggs and Roma.
48:56
November 27, 2018
AYT #191: The Favourite / Shoplifters
Joe and Erik discuss two of the best films of 2018, The Favourite and Shoplifters.
51:34
November 19, 2018
AYT #190: Widows
Joe and Erik talk about Steve McQueen's new film Widows.
40:12
November 12, 2018
AYT #189: Border / Burning / Suspiria
Erik and Joe discuss and argue over three new challenging arthouse titles in theaters Border, Burning and Suspria.
1:03:43
October 30, 2018
AYT #188: Halloween / The Night Comes For Us
Joe and Erik discuss the original and new sequel Halloween and also recommend Netflix action film The Night Comes For Us.
1:01:51
October 23, 2018
Indie Beat - Frank Mosley
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1:07:07
October 21, 2018
AYT #187: Apostle / The Guilty
Joe and Erik get jazzy and catch up on recent screenings, old and new releases, but eventually find their way into praising another Netflix movie, Apostle, as well as a small theatrical VOD release in Danish thriller The Guilty.
54:57
October 16, 2018
Venom
Ryan Oliver and Managing Editor Charles Barfield dive into the merit - or lack thereof - of "Venom," the spin-off film of the popular "Spider-Man" villain, starring a very committed Tom Hardy. 0:00 - 21:25 - Spoiler-Free Discussion 21:26 - End - ***SPOILERS***
1:07:47
October 5, 2018
AYT #186: Hold The Dark / Maniac
Joe and Erik discuss a pair of new Netflix projects by exciting young filmmakers: Hold The Dark and Maniac.
1:02:57
October 1, 2018
Marvel Studios TV on Disney Streaming
Ryan Oliver and Managing Editor Charles Barfield dive into the news about Marvel Studios producing shows - starting with solo Loki and Scarlet Witch series' - for Disney's streaming service.
41:51
September 28, 2018
Home Video Highlights: The Tree of Life
Erik and Oktay get on mic to celebrate and discuss the new extended cut blu-ray release from Criterion of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.
53:25
September 27, 2018
AYT #185: The Predator
Joe and Erik discuss the four film Predator series since there's a new one out now, The Predator.
1:24:46
September 17, 2018
Slice
Ryan Oliver and guest Matt Donato (/Film, Flickering Myth, We Got This Covered) discuss A24's pizza-themed horror-comedy "Slice," the directorial debut of Austin Vesely and acting debut of Chance the Rapper. We also manage to squeeze in some brief thoughts on Shane Black's "The Predator."
44:54
September 13, 2018
Over/Under Movies #77: Grave of the Fireflies / Johnny Got His Gun / Come and See
After a long hiatus, Over/Under Movies is back! On this episode, Oktay, Erik, and Ryan dive into Oktay's picks for underrated war movies: "Grave of the Fireflies," "Johnny Got His Gun," and "Come and See" (which, spoiler, we all think the latter is an absolute masterpiece).
1:18:07
September 12, 2018
AYT #184: Mandy
Joe and Erik gush about the second feature from Panos Cosmatos, Mandy, that also features a next-level amazing performance from lead Nicolas Cage. It's justified because this movie is awesome.
53:11
September 10, 2018
AYT #183: The Last Movie / Hal
Joe and Erik dig back into their love of 70s cinema and chat about newly restored The Last Movie and its accompanying doc The American Dreamer then get to a look at the career of Hal Ashby because there's a new doc about him coming out, Hal.
56:09
September 3, 2018
Fall Movie Preview
Ryan Oliver and Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez discuss the films they are most looking forward to in the fall, as well as what's coming up on the Festival Circuit (Venice, TIFF, Telluride, Fantastic Fest, NYFF).
1:30:25
August 29, 2018
AYT #182: Support The Girls / Arizona
Joe and Erik discuss two smaller, mostly VOD releases Support The Girls and Arizona.
55:18
August 27, 2018
Indie Beat - Blair McClendon
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1:17:55
August 17, 2018
Home Video Highlights: The Changeling (1980)
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez dive into Severin Films' brand new Blu-ray restoration of Peter Medak's 1980 undervalued horror gem, "The Changeling."
41:26
August 16, 2018
AYT #181: Madeline's Madeline / Skate Kitchen
Joe and Erik discuss two new indie films from exciting young up and coming filmmakers, Madeline's Madline and Skate Kitchen.
40:40
August 14, 2018
AYT #180: BlacKkKlansman / The Captain
Erik and Joe discuss two new releases with some surface and thematic overlap, Blackkklansman and The Captain.
42:00
August 14, 2018
AYT #179: Blindspotting / Menace II Society
Joe and Erik discuss the new film Blindspotting and find many connections with Joe's HOLD UP pick, Menace II Society.
1:11:40
August 8, 2018
BONUS: The Equalizer 2 / Indie Catch-Up / AMC Stubs A-List
Ryan Oliver and Oktay Ege Kozak talk some of the buzzed-about indies that they've caught up with recently, discuss a film they were both greatly anticipating for reasons they can't explain (The Equalizer 2), and Ryan gives some thoughts on the new AMC Stubs A-List subscription service. 0:00 - 21:32 - What We've Been Watching Oktay: Eighth Grade, You Were Never Really Here Ryan: Lean on Pete, Sorry to Bother You, The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs 21:33 - 45:22 - The Equalizer 2 ***SPOILER*** Review 45:23 - End - AMC Stubs A-List Review
50:43
July 31, 2018
Mission: Impossible - Fallout / Top 5 M:I Set Pieces
On the first half of this episode, Ryan Oliver and Oktay Ege Kozak dive into the much-buzzed about sixth chapter in the "Mission: Impossible" series, "M:I - Fallout," as well as their feelings about the series as a whole. On the second half of the episode, we each pick our five favorite action set pieces from the M:I series.
54:56
July 27, 2018
The Dark Knight 10th Anniversary
In honor of the film's 10th anniversary, Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez dive deep into Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," as well as "The Dark Knight Trilogy" as a whole. They discuss how the film has held up in the last ten years, how it changed the cinematic landscape, and how no other film in the dominant, comic book sub-genre has come close to its achievements.
1:36:35
July 25, 2018
AYT #178: Sorry To Bother You
Joe and Erik get back on mic to discuss promising box office for smaller movies this Summer, touch on the Netflix comedy The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, and save most their energy to discuss the crazy new satire Sorry To Bother You.
56:17
July 16, 2018
The Return Blu-Ray
Erik, Ryan and Oktay gather back on mic to discuss Andrey Zvyaginstev's The Return, new to blu-ray just released by Kino Lorber.
1:00:12
July 15, 2018
AYT HOLD UP Special: The Beach / Wisdom
Previously released segments of HOLD UP: Erik's pick The Beach, Joe goes with Wisdom.
58:05
July 10, 2018
Ant-Man & The Wasp / Top 5 Insect Movies
On the first half of the episode, Ryan Oliver and Rodrigo Perez dive into their thoughts on "Ant-Man & The Wasp." On the back half, Ryan is joined by Jenny Nulf (Austin Chronicle, The No Excuses Podcast) to discuss their picks for their "Top 5 Insect Movies." 0:00 - 15:15 - Spoiler-Free Review 15:15 - 45:02 - ***SPOILER SECTION*** 45:02 - End - Top 5 Insect Films
1:27:38
July 6, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Ryan Oliver and Rodrigo Perez dive into "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," as well as the "Jurassic Park" franchise as a whole, and why it might just be time for the dinos... to end. 0:00 - 8:07: Box Office Predictions 8:07 - 32:55: Spoiler-Free Thoughts 32:55 - End: ***SPOILER DISCUSSION*** Show Notes: Drew Taylor's "Fallen Kingdom" Review: https://theplaylist.net/jurassic-park-fallen-kingdom-review-20180606/ "Colin Trevorrow Interview: On Losing 'Star Wars' and Hollywood Sexism:" https://uproxx.com/movies/colin-trevorrow-interview-star-wars-jurassic-world/ "The 'Jurassic Park' Scene That Explains Why the Sequels Don't Work:" http://screencrush.com/jurassic-park-should-have-no-sequels/
59:46
June 21, 2018
Indie Beat - Brandon Colvin
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1:10:10
June 16, 2018
AYT #177: Hereditary / The Stepfather (1987)
Joe and Erik discuss the latest arthouse horror hit Hereditary and tie it in with a new edition of Hold Up, looking back at 1987's The Stepfather.
1:07:57
June 11, 2018
AYT #176: Upgrade / Class of 1999
Joe and Erik talk about the new Blumhouse movie Upgrade and tie it in with a new edition of Hold Up: Class of 1999.
1:04:55
June 4, 2018
Indie Beat - Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
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50:26
May 29, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Ryan Oliver and Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez climb into the Millennium Falcon, hit warp-speed, and discuss Ron Howard's (in association with Phil Lord and Chris Miller) "SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY." 0:00 - 33:25 - General Discussion 33:26 - END - ***SPOILER DISCUSSION***
1:33:24
May 24, 2018
Indie Beat - Rachel Morgan
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50:43
May 19, 2018
AYT #175: Tully / Revenge
Joe and Erik find odd common ground in seemingly different films Revenge and Tully. That is, they are at their core about women under extreme conditions fighting for their place.
1:00:52
May 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez dive head-first into Marvel's gargantuan team-up, "Avengers: Infinity War." 0:00-24:30: Spoiler-Free Thoughts, MCU Re-Watches, and Box Office Predictions. 24:31-End: ***SPOILER DISCUSSION***
1:27:57
April 25, 2018
AYT #174: Wild Wild Country / The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling
Joe and Erik make this episode a documentary special, starting off with the new William Friedkin effort, The Devil and Father Amorth. More time is spent, though, on a few recent streaming TV nonfiction efforts, Wild Wild Country on Netflix and The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling on HBO.
57:52
April 24, 2018
Over/Under Movies #76: Underrated Emir Kusturica Films (Arizona Dream / Underground)
Oktay and Andy dive into two underrated films from Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica: 1993's "Arizona Dream" and 1995's Palme d'Or winner "Underground."
1:10:51
April 15, 2018
AYT #173: You Were Never Really Here / Lynne Ramsay
Erik and Joe discuss one of their favorite modern filmmakers Lynne Ramsay and focus especially on her latest film, the masterpiece You Were Never Really Here.
57:32
April 9, 2018
AYT #172: Isle Of Dogs / Ready Player One
Erik and Joe discuss MoviePass at the top of the show, then get into long reviews of Isle of Dogs and Ready Player One.
1:21:25
April 2, 2018
AYT #171: Unsane / Gemini / Bad Influence
Erik and Joe pack talk Unsane, Gemini and bring back HOLD UP to discuss Bad Influence, from 1990.
1:11:05
March 29, 2018
Over/Under Movies #75: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri / The Breadwinner
Oktay Ege Kozak and Andrew Crump put the coda on 2017's awards season with an in-depth look at two of the Oscar-nominees (and winners): "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and the animated feature "The Breadwinner."
1:09:18
March 22, 2018
AYT #170: Thoroughbreds / Flower / Loveless
Joe and Erik discuss the connections between Thoroughbreds and Flower, and come away preferring one more than the other. There's also time for a shout out to great Russian film Loveless.
56:14
March 9, 2018
AYT #169: Foxtrot / The Death Of Stalin
Joe and Erik discuss a pair of tonally different but thematically similar absurdist anti-war films in Foxtrot and The Death Of Stalin
1:04:45
March 5, 2018
Indie Beat - Terry Jones
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54:04
March 4, 2018
AYT #168: Mute / Annihilation
Erik and Joe discuss two mid-budgeted genre pictures for adults, Annihilation and Mute.
57:05
February 28, 2018
AYT #167: Black Panther / Brick
Joe and Erik discuss Black Panther and bring back HOLD UP to discuss Brick and how the careers of both directors of each film line up.
1:10:15
February 20, 2018
Indie Beat - Aleksandra Niemczyk
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51:52
February 18, 2018
AYT #166: Black Mirror (S4) / Miracle Mile
Joe and Erik are back on mic and discuss apocalypse with Black Mirror latest season on Netflix, plus another edition of HOLD UP where we shout out Miracle Mile.
57:35
February 8, 2018
The Cloverfield Paradox / Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer / B.O. Stats / Black Panther Pre-Funk
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez meander through a myriad of topics after their hiatus from the mic, including the impromptu "The Cloverfield Paradox," the "Solo: A Star Wars Story" trailer, some box office stats, and some preliminary "Black Panther" thoughts.
1:02:08
February 6, 2018
Over/Under Movies #74: Underrated Best Picture Winners
With Oscar season in full swing, Oktay and Ryan revisit three Best Picture winners that deserved to be talked about more than they are: F.W. Murnau's 1927 "Sunrise," Billy Wilder's 1945 "The Lost Weekend," and Delbert Mann's 1955 "Marty."
1:08:42
February 4, 2018
AYT HOLD UP Special: Pump Up The Volume / Slap Shot
Erik and Joe took this week off from recording, so in place of a new episode is a rereleased Hold Up special, where we discuss Pump Up The Volume and Slap Shot. We'll return with new content soon enough. Thanks!
49:06
January 24, 2018
AYT #165: Mom and Dad / The Road Movie
Joe and Erik discuss two movies on different ends of the modern exploitation cinema spectrum: Mom and Dad + The Road Movie.
48:30
January 15, 2018
Indie Beat - Nick Hayes
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49:31
January 14, 2018
AYT #164: Phantom Thread / best of 2017
Joe and Erik put the 2017 movie year to bed on this episode, in the first half discussing their respective top 10 favorite films and then shifting gracefully over to Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, Phantom Thread.
1:10:00
January 10, 2018
AYT #163: World Of Tomorrow Episode Two / Bright / The Post
Joe and Erik are back on mic after the holiday break, and start the new year by catching up on more 2017 titles: World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden Of Other People's Thought, Bright and The Post.
1:14:40
January 2, 2018
Over/Under Movies #73: The Most Underrated Films of 2017
Oktay, Erik, and Ryan continue their year-end episode by discussing their picks for the most underrated and little-seen films of 2017.
2:07:57
December 23, 2017
AYT #162: The Shape of Water
Joe and Erik start off with brief thoughts on Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, then get into their main review for Guillermo Del Toro's latest The Shape Of Water.
55:58
December 19, 2017
Over/Under Movies #72: The Most Overrated Films of 2017
Oktay, Erik, and Ryan dive into the first part of their year-end episode, tackling the most overrated (i.e. "The films we didn't get") films that they saw in 2017.
1:39:22
December 19, 2017
Indie Beat - Numa Perrier
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49:10
December 17, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Ryan Oliver, Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez, and Playlist Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth dive deep into Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." 0:00 - 12:44: Non-Spoiler Initial Thoughts 12:45 - END: ***SPOILER DISCUSSION***
1:14:56
December 13, 2017
AYT #161: Call Me By Your Name / I, Tonya
Joe and Erik talk two movies making waves in the awards conversation, Call Me By Your Name and I, Tonya.
1:01:38
December 11, 2017
AYT #160: The Disaster Artist / Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
Joe and Erik take a deep dive down rabbit hole of meta comedy, cult fandom, potentially insane people's artistic visions and so bad it's good cinema with a double feature chat on The Disaster Artist and Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.
1:02:30
December 4, 2017
AYT HOLD UP Special: La Haine / Belly
Joe and Erik dig into their archives and bring back two fun discussion from prior Hold Up segments: La Haine & Belly.
51:21
November 28, 2017
AYT #159: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri / I Heart Huckabees
Joe and Erik talk about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and bring back the HOLD UP segment, where we discuss David O. Russell's 2004 comedy I Heart Huckabees.
1:07:25
November 21, 2017
Justice League
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez discuss and review one of the biggest and most-anticipated films of the fall movie season: "Justice League." 0:00-23:28: Regular Discussion 23:28-48:36: ***SPOILER DISCUSSION***
48:36
November 17, 2017
Over/Under Movies #71: Maniac / Angst
Ryan and Oktay are joined by Erik McClanahan to discuss Ryan's round of horror picks that place you firmly into the perspective of the film's killers: the original 1980 "Maniac" and the 1983 Austrian film "Angst."
1:04:55
November 16, 2017
Over/Under Movies #70: The Fog / The Mist
Oktay and Ryan offer up their first round of (belated) horror-themed picks for fall, which is Oktay's precipitation double-feature of John Carpenter's 'The Fog' and Frank Darabont's 'The Mist.'
58:06
November 16, 2017
AYT #158: Jane / Brawl In Cell Block 99 / Wheelman
Erik and Joe dive into a more free flowing, open chat on this episode regarding heroes in movies, and much more. But they do recommend and discuss some new releases in Jane, Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Wheelman.
1:10:35
November 13, 2017
AYT #157: The Square / Lady Bird
Joe and Erik discuss The Square and Lady Bird.
56:39
November 6, 2017
Indie Beat - Paul Taylor
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1:13:10
November 6, 2017
AYT #156: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
Joe and Erik discuss Yorgos Lanthimos' latest surreally comic nightmare, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. They also discuss the horror genre and where it's at in 2017.
55:35
October 30, 2017
Indie Beat - Theodore Collatos
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1:09:57
October 22, 2017
Over/Under Movies #69: Garden State / Comfort and Joy (GUEST: Robert Ham)
Robert Ham (Paste Magazine, Portland Mercury, XRay.fm) joins Oktay and Ryan to tackle two whimsical, melancholy comedies about moving on: Zach Braff's "Garden State" and Bill Forsyth's "Comfort and Joy."
1:01:57
October 22, 2017
AYT #155: The Meyerowitz Stories / Kicking & Screaming
Joe and Erik discuss Noah Baumbach's work to date, including his latest The Meyerowitz Stories and his first film, Kicking And Screaming.
46:42
October 18, 2017
AYT #154: Blade Runner 2049 / The Florida Project
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59:57
October 11, 2017
Indie Beat - Adam Keleman
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1:02:09
October 8, 2017
Blade Runner 2049
Ryan Oliver, Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez, and Adjust Your Tracking co-host Erik McClanahan discuss the movie that is on everyone's mind this week: "Blade Runner 2049" 0:00-2:01 - Intro 2:02-9:20 - Reflection on Original "Blade Runner" 9:20-22:57 - Initial Reaction to "Blade Runner 2049" (Spoiler-Free) 22:57-57:50 - ***SPOILER DISCUSSION***
57:51
October 5, 2017
Over/Under Movies #68 - Death At A Funeral / Eating Raoul
On this episode, Oktay and Ryan examine two dark comedies that deal with death in vastly different ways: Frank Oz's 2007 "Death at a Funeral" and Paul Bartel's 1982 satire "Eating Raoul."
57:02
September 27, 2017
AYT #153: Super Dark Times
On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and Erik discuss the coming-of-age indie thriller "Super Dark Times" for our main review. In the back half we dig into some Laptop Cinema recommendations for films that are streaming.
47:56
September 25, 2017
AYT #152: Mother!
Joe and Erik dig into the career thus far of one Darren Aronofsky, the filmmaker behind last weekend's Mother!, a fascinating film that's swiftly divided audiences and critics even after a less-than-stellar box office haul.
55:45
September 18, 2017
Indie Beat - Daniel Martinico
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54:00
September 18, 2017
AYT #151: It
Joe and Erik discuss the massive success of It and also find plenty to gripe about the movie, even though audiences and most critics seem to be taken with this latest adaptation of Stephen King's seminal book. We also find time to catch up on Twin Peaks: The Return as well as some new Netflix titles—Nocturama in particular comes highly recommended.
50:36
September 11, 2017
AYT #150: Good Time / Ingrid Goes West
Joe and Erik reflect on the summer movie season that just ended, then use it as a gateway to champion two smaller, but bizarrely similar, indie releases in Good Time and Ingrid Goes West.
45:11
September 7, 2017
Twin Peaks: The Return Finale (Parts 17 & 18)
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez attempt to unpack and break down the two-part finale of David Lynch and Mark Frost's epic "Twin Peaks: The Return."
56:30
September 4, 2017
Over/Under Movies #67: La La Land / The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
Oktay and Andrew Crump dive into two musicals about bittersweet romance and fated lovers: Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" and Jacques Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."
1:08:05
September 4, 2017
Joker Origin Story
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez discuss in real-time the announcement of a Joker origin story to be directed by Todd Phillips ("The Hangover," "Old School").
23:29
August 23, 2017
Indie Beat - Caroline Golum
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1:10:44
August 20, 2017
Q&A: Luca Guadagnino Talks 'Call Me By Your Name' And 'Suspiria'
Luca Guadagnino Talks 'Call Me By Your Name' And 'Suspiria' at the recent 2017 Melbourne Film Festival
23:23
August 20, 2017
Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff/Justice League/CinemaSins
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez discuss the news about the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff, as well as some thoughts on Justice League and the CinemaSins debate.
40:46
August 18, 2017
Bingeworthy™ Episode 9: 'The Defenders'
On this ninth episode of our TV podcast, host Kimber Myers chats with Playlist editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez about Netflix's "The Defenders" and what else we're watching.
41:48
August 16, 2017
The Rotten Tomatoes Effect
Ryan Oliver and Playlist managing editor Kevin Jagernauth add to the discussion about how Rotten Tomatoes scores are effecting the summer box office.
21:07
August 7, 2017
Indie Beat - Sarah Salovaara
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44:24
August 2, 2017
Indie Beat - Jennifer Phang
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39:35
July 24, 2017
AYT #149: A Ghost Story
Joe and Erik reflect on the Summer movie season so far, catching up on some of the big and small films—Baby Driver & Okja most prominently—we've seen. Our main review comes in the second half of the show where we discuss director David Lowery's A Ghost Story.
50:07
July 18, 2017
Twin Peaks: The Return (Part 3-8)
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez discuss David Lynch and Mark Frost's 'Twin Peaks: The Return' from Part 3 to Part 8.
23:52
June 26, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight / Han Solo Spinoff
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez discuss the poor domestic box office opening of 'Transformers: The Last Knight' as well as the behind-the-scenes turmoil regarding the 'Han Solo' spinoff movie.
31:51
June 26, 2017
Over/Under Movies #66: There Will Be Blood / The Aviator
Oktay and Ryan are joined by fellow Playlister Kenji Fujishima to discuss two films about American capitalism: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'There Will Be Blood' and Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic 'The Aviator.'
1:01:25
June 26, 2017
AYT #148: The Beguiled / The Bad Batch
Joe and Erik discuss two new films from exciting auteurs and find plenty of overlapping elements between them, beyond the fact that, yes, Sofia Coppola and Ana Lily Amirpour are women working behind the camera. The latter's sophomore feature, The Bad Batch, is a film that's gotten mixed responses since premiering at Venice last year, but we find much to love about it. Before we get to that, though, we discuss and disagree on The Beguiled.
52:02
June 20, 2017
The Mummy / Cinematic Universe Hubris
Ryan Oliver and Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez discuss 'The Mummy' and the arrogance of the pre-determined cinematic universe model.
48:05
June 10, 2017
Over/Under Movies #65 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl / The Weather Man
Oktay and Ryan dive into a Gore Verbinski double-feature as Ryan picks the first - and most beloved - "Pirates of the Caribbean" film as the overrated and the oddball, existential dark comedy "The Weather Man" as the underrated.
1:06:49
June 7, 2017
AYT #147: Wonder Woman / It Comes At Night / War Machine
Joe and Erik open the show with Wonder Woman and the film's enormous success over the weekend. From there, it's onto our larger topic, writer/director Trey Edward Shults' sophomore film It Comes At Night, which despite its misleading marketing (it's not a monster movie, more a European-flavored horror/survivalist art picture) is a strong effort nonetheless. We also find time at the end of the show to discuss War Machine and some other deflating original releases from Netflix so far this year.
53:40
June 7, 2017
Indie Beat - Jared Vincenti
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56:04
June 6, 2017
Bingeworthy™ Episode 8: 'Twin Peaks'
On this eighth episode of our TV podcast, host Kimber Myers chats with Playlist editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez about Showtime's "Twin Peaks."
54:57
May 29, 2017
Bingeworthy™ Episode 7: 'Master of None'
On this seventh episode of our TV podcast, host Kimber Myers chats with Playlist editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez about Netflix's "Master of None."
40:22
May 28, 2017
AYT #146: Alien: Covenant
Joe and Erik open the show with brief appreciations for the return of both Master of None and Twin Peaks. After that, they discuss at length Ridley Scott's latest entry in his Alien prequel series, Alien: Covenant. Even though the film underwhelmed at the box office, and received mix responses from critics, there's a lot to discuss. Even though we don't really spoil much at all, this episode is still probably best for those who've already watched Alien: Covenant.
55:24
May 24, 2017
Indie Beat - Cameron Bruce Nelson
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48:08
May 18, 2017
Indie Beat - Nadin Mai
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48:16
May 7, 2017
Over/Under Movies #64: Sharknado / Samurai Cop
Oktay and Ryan use the intentionally schlocky 'Sharknado' and the noble failure of 'Samurai Cop' to dive into a discussion about what truly makes a great "so-bad-it's-good" movie.
51:29
May 7, 2017
AYT bonus ep - Donnie Darko blu ray release
Joe and Erik discuss director Richard Kelly, focusing on his first two films Donnie Darko and Southland Tales.
29:06
April 30, 2017
Indie Beat - Joanna Arnow
Interview with filmmaker and actor Joanna Arnow.
50:09
April 26, 2017
AYT #145: Donnie Darko / Lost City of Z / Free Fire / David Lynch The Art Life
Joe and Erik open with more talk of repertory cinema, in this case the recent 4K restoration of Donnie Darko currently playing in some arthouses around the country (and also getting a gorgeous new blu-ray release from Arrow Video). From there, a recommendation to see The Lost City Of Z in a theater, and soon. The majority of this episode is broken in two parts: a review of AYT favorite Ben Wheatley's latest, Free Fire. Also, the joys of listening to David Lynch talk, specifically in the new documentary about him, The Art Life.
54:50
April 21, 2017
The Fate Of The Furious
Ryan Oliver, Kimber Myers, and Joe von Appen discuss "The Fast and the Furious" series and how it has endured for 16 years. We also give our thoughts on "The Fate of the Furious" and discuss where the series might go from here.
32:36
April 18, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi / Netflix at Cannes
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez briefly dissect the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" trailer before moving into a discussion about Netflix, Cannes, and the theatergoing experience.
39:16
April 18, 2017
Deep Focus: Episode #1 - James Gray And "The Lost City Of Z"
Episode #1 of Deep Focus. Rodrigo Perez talks to director James Gray about "The Lost City Of Z," nearly offending Isabelle Huppert, working with Brad Pitt and his many thoughts on the state of cinema while trying to adapt to current state of the ever-evolving film industry.
35:28
April 13, 2017
Over/Under Movies #63: From Dusk Till Dawn / Near Dark
Fellow Playlist writer Andy Crump joins Oktay and Ryan again this week, as Ryan slays "From Dusk Till Dawn" and invites in "Near Dark."
59:31
April 10, 2017
AYT #144: The Discovery / Colossal / Five Came Back / Graduation
On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and Erik start things off with more chatter about the state of going out to the movies, and how things are rapidly evolving in this streaming era. We then move on to our two main reviews: new Netflix speculative sci-fi drama The Discovery and Neon's new release in theaters, Colossal. The back half of this episode features a grab bag of recommendations, starting with the latest from Romanian master Christian Mungiu, Graduation, and then moving to the some streaming options in the wonderful documentary miniseries Five Came Back and season 2 of Fargo. Continuing with our Jesse Plemons theme this episode (he's in three of the films/shows we discuss), Joe also highlights Other People and Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives.
59:16
April 6, 2017
Ghost in the Shell / Diversity in Hollywood
Ryan Oliver and Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez discuss the middling box office performance of "Ghost in the Shell," what it means for Paramount, and how it relates to Hollywood's diversity problem.
37:24
April 5, 2017
Batgirl and DCEU Woes
Ryan Oliver is joined by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss the news about Joss Whedon directing Batgirl, as well as the overall issues with the DCEU.
32:16
April 4, 2017
AYT #143: Dave Chappelle / The New Edition Story / Prevenge / T2 Trainspotting
Joe and Erik start the show off with brief appreciations of various media on streaming services: two new Netflix releases of Dave Chappelle standup specials (Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin); BET's The New Edition Story and also Alice Lowe's directorial debut Prevenge, available on Shudder. The main thrust of this episode is taken up by a deeper chat on T2 Trainspotting, where we dig into the many issues we found with the 20 years later sequel.
54:06
March 28, 2017
Over/Under Movies #62 - The Matrix / The World's End
Oktay and Ryan are joined by fellow Playlist writer Andy Crump to discuss two different, but oddly similar sci-fi films about philosophy and robot overlords: The Wachowski Sisters' "The Matrix" and Edgar Wright's "The World's End."
1:03:46
March 28, 2017
Bingeworthy™ Episode 6: 'Iron Fist,' 'Legion,' and Marvel TV
On this sixth episode of our TV podcast, host Kimber Myers chats with Playlist editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez about Netflix's "Iron Fist," FX's "Legion," and the rest of the Marvel shows taking over our televisions.
56:18
March 27, 2017
AYT #142: Personal Shopper / Raw
Joe and Erik discuss the importance of going out to the movies and preserving the theatrical experience. Then it's on to the main discussion of new genre mashup films Personal Shopper and Raw, the latter film already an early AYT favorite for 2017.
46:00
March 16, 2017
Indie Beat - Ian Clark
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48:53
March 15, 2017
AYT #141: Get Out / I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
After a much-needed breather from podcasting after a crazy last few months, Joe and Erik have gotten back on mic to continue with Adjust Your Tracking. On this episode, they talk about the absence and looking for meaning again in cinema. A few new titles out there come up, most notably Jordan Peele's wonderful box office hit Get Out, and Macon Blair's Sundance-winning, already-streaming on Netflix and perfectly-titled I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore. Also, why The Lobster is the film of our time.
44:37
March 10, 2017
IndieBeat - Usama Alshaibi
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1:12:12
March 8, 2017
Over/Under Movies #61 - Underrated Criterion Collection Titles
Oktay picks three hard-to-find titles from the Criterion Collection as underrated: The Burmese Harp, The Nights of Cabiria, and White Dog.
1:03:47
March 6, 2017
Indie Beat - Hye Yun Park
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35:39
February 6, 2017
Over/Under Movies #60 - Prisoners / Manhunter
Ryan picks Denis Villeneuve's 'Prisoners' as the over and Michael Mann's 'Manhunter' as the under in a dark, police procedural double-feature.
58:01
February 6, 2017
Over/Under Movies #59 - The Most Underrated Films Of 2016
On part two of our year-end episode, Oktay and Ryan praise the most underrated and under-seen films from 2016.
1:28:08
January 22, 2017
Bingeworthy™ Episode 5: ‘The Young Pope’ and Most Anticipated Shows of 2017
On this fifth episode of our TV podcast, host Kimber Myers chats with Playlist writer Will Ashton about HBO’s The Young Pope and their most anticipated shows premiering in 2017.
38:08
January 20, 2017
Over/Under Movies #58 - The Most Overrated Films Of 2016
On the latest Over/Under Movies, Oktay and Ryan discuss their picks for the most overrated films of 2016.
1:33:27
January 16, 2017
IndieBeat - Robbie Hillyer Barnett
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52:50
January 10, 2017
Bingeworthy™ Episode 4: 'Jane the Virgin' & 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'
On this fourth episode of our TV podcast, host Kimber Myers chats with Playlist writer Ally Johnson about The CW's Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
35:07
December 23, 2016
IndieBeat Podcast - Andrew Gitomer
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50:12
December 15, 2016
Neruda Interview: Pablo Larrian & Gael Garcia Bernal
A live Q & A from NYFF in October on the film Neruda, with director Pablo Larrian and star Gael Garcia Bernal.
35:40
December 13, 2016
"Arrival" Q&A with director Denis Villeneuve
Arrival Q&A with director Denis Villeneuve
30:55
December 8, 2016
Matt Damon - Manchester By The Sea Q&A
Matt Damon - Manchester By The Sea Q&A
18:01
November 25, 2016
Bingeworthy™ #3: Westworld/Rectify
On this third episode of our TV podcast, host Kimber Myers chats with Playlist Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth about HBO's Westworld and SundanceTV's Rectify.
33:05
November 16, 2016
Over/Under Movies #57: Shaun of the Dead / Return of the Living Dead
On this third and final Halloween themed episode, Oktay goes for a zombie comedy double feature. Shaun Of The Dead is the over and Return of the Living Dead the under.
1:04:09
November 2, 2016
AYT #140: American Honey / Moonlight / Christine / The Handmaiden
On this latest episode, Joe and Erik play catch up on lots of good stuff and dive into four new releases: American Honey, Moonlight, Christine, The Handmaiden.
52:57
October 26, 2016
IndieBeat Podcast - Vanessa McDonnell
IndieBeat Podcast -Vanessa McDonnell
43:41
October 19, 2016
Over/Under Movies #56: Sleepy Hollow / Witchfinder General
On this episode, Ryan chooses Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow as the over, and Wtichfinder General as the under.
57:01
October 18, 2016
Over/Under Movies #55: High Tension / Inside
On this episode, Erik picks the first of our October Halloween themed episodes, and goes right for the gut with a double feature of French New Extremity: High Tension is the over and Inside the under.
57:45
October 4, 2016
Bingeworthy™ #2: You're The Worst / Fleabag
On this second episode of our TV podcast, host Kimber Myers gets Playlist Feature Writer Oli Lyttelton on the line to talk about two shows with less than good people at their center: You're The Worst & Fleabag
51:45
September 28, 2016
AYT #139: Blair Witch / Donnie Darko / Southland Tales
On this latest episode of AYT, Joe and Erik discuss cult franchises and the often futile attempts to recapture lightning in a bottle. Films discussed included Blair Witch, Donnie Darko (on our latest edition of HOLD UP) and Southland Tales.
54:45
September 23, 2016
Over/Under Movies #54: Easy Rider / Lost in America
On this episode, Oktay chooses two films that directly speak to each other and feature road trip narratives about finding yourself while traveling across America: Easy Rider takes the over and Lost In America has the under.
1:03:08
September 21, 2016
AYT #138: Kicks / Author: The JT Leroy Story
On this episode, Joe and Erik fall hard and fast for Justin Tipping's strong debut film, Kicks. They also give some time to discuss the crazy, truth is stranger than fiction doc, Author: The JT Leroy Story.
43:31
September 15, 2016
AYT #137: Don't Breathe / Antibirth
Joe and Erik discuss two more additions to the ever growing Detroit-set horror movie sub genre, Don't Breathe and Antibirth, but also see potential end of an era parallels between that city and Hollywood's recent output.
53:31
September 8, 2016
Bingeworthy™ Episode 1
Our debut episode of The Playlist's own TV podcast!
41:14
September 8, 2016
Stranger Things And The Problem Of Plotblocking
On this episode, Erik invites indie filmmaker Andrew Matthews (Zero Charisma) for a talk about an article he wrote recently over at The Talkhouse. In the piece, Andrew writes about a frustrating trend he's noticing more and more in popular, binge-worthy TV shows called plotblocking. And so, that's what we dive into on the show.
31:00
September 1, 2016
Over/Under Movies #53: The Artist / Matinee
On this episode, Over/Under Movies takes a look at two different examples of movies about movies. Ryan's picks here and he went with Oscar winner The Artist for Over and Joe Dante's Matinee for the Under.
1:00:04
August 30, 2016
Female Prisoner Scorpion (Blu-ray review)
This episode is brought to you by Arrow Video’s new blu-ray release Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection. This gorgeous box set features all four films in the Female Prisoner Scorpion set, and though they’ve been difficult to access until now, their influence looms large even today. And so we discuss the films, star Meiko Kaji’s iconic performances and the thrill of watching great 70s exploitation cinema.
32:00
August 25, 2016
AYT #136: OJ: Made In America / SubUrbia
On this latest episode of AYT, Joe and Erik look at some recent documentary releases that've gained some attention, but focus mostly on the excellent 7.5 hour ESPN doc OJ: Made in America. The last part of the show sees Joe's pick for Hold Up get discussed: Richard Linklater's oft-forgotten SubUrbia.
55:50
August 22, 2016
Over/Under Movies #52: Pink Flamingos / Taxidermia
For this episode, Erik decided on a grossout double feature. The Over is John Waters' infamous early 70s exploitation picture Pink Flamingos, and the under is 2006 Hungarian oddity Taxidermia.
53:44
August 14, 2016
AYT #135: Stranger Things / The Childhood Of A Leader
On this episode, we take a huge hit of nostalgia off of new Netflix series Stranger Things. There's also time to talk briefly about Brady Corbet's austere, slightly unhinged directorial debut The Childhood of a Leader while Joe announces his next pick for HOLD UP: Richard Linklater's SubUrbia.
59:15
August 10, 2016
Indie Beat - Zach Weintraub
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24:26
July 19, 2016
Over/Under Movies #51: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / Adaptation
The hosts of Over/Under Movies get neurotic as hell and dive into their anxieties about creativity and their life struggles. This episode is a Charlie Kaufman special, as host Oktay Ege Kozak chose Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as the overrated up against Adaptation as the underrated.
1:07:54
July 18, 2016
Steven Soderbergh Talks 'Haywire,' James Bond, 'Kafka' & More
Steven Soderbergh stops by the Nitehawk Cinema to talk about his 2011 action film "Haywire," his re-edit of his 1991 film "Kafka," his almost-experiences with a James Bond film, the fell-apart "Moneyball" and more.
52:56
July 13, 2016
AYT #134: Dismal Summer Movies / Swiss Army Man
Have you been bored with most the movies this Summer? Does it feel like things are changing, but not necessarily towards making better movies? Well, AYT is back and we got your anxieties covered. We don't really have a traditional review on this episode. This show is what we like to call a state of the industry discussion.
1:08:14
July 11, 2016
Over/Under Movies #50: Bad Boys / The Last Boy Scout
Ryan pits Michael Bay's debut "Bad Boys" as the Over against "The Last Boy Scout" for Under. As usual, Playlist writer Oktay Ege Kozak and myself join in for the discussion.
58:26
June 30, 2016
Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon Interview)
The Playlist's Editor in Chief Rodrigo Perez moderates a Q & A with director Nicolas Winding Refn for his new film The Neon Demon that took place live recently at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The audio comes from our friends over at The Close-Up, an original podcast with new episodes released every Wednesday and features conversations with filmmakers and actors that take place at the Film Society. It's one of our favorite film podcasts so you should definitely subscribe to on iTunes. To find out more visit filmlinc.org/podcast.
43:26
June 29, 2016
AYT #133: The Wailing // The Neon Demon
Joe and Erik open with a brief discussion of crazy South Korean genre mashup The Wailing, then it's on to a lengthy chat about The Neon Demon and director Nicolas Winding Refn's career to date.
1:06:17
June 28, 2016
The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer interview) // Andrzej Zulawski's Cosmos
The Playlist Podcast returns for an auteur-centric episode, in two parts. On the first half, my interview with Anna Rose Holmer about her debut feature "The Fits," an idiosyncratic and deeply cinematic indie film about a young girl's coming of age transition from tomboy boxer to competitive dancer. The second half of the show is devoted to "Cosmos," the final film from Polish auteur Andrzej Zulwaski.
57:55
June 20, 2016
AYT #132: De Palma // Carlito's Way
Joe and Erik dig deep into the career of filmmaker Brian De Palma, in honor of the new documentary out in theaters about his work, De Palma. We also add in a new edition of HOLD UP, looking to see how Carlito's Way looks with modern eyes.
1:10:07
June 13, 2016
Over/Under Movies #49: The Killer / A Bittersweet Life
On this episode, Erik pits John Woo's beloved The Killer against the much lesser seen and harder to find A Bittersweet Life. The hosts find much to enjoy from both films.
1:10:22
June 3, 2016
AYT #131: The Nice Guys / Shane Black
On this latest episode of AYT, Joe and Erik discuss the career of writer/director/actor Shane Black, especially focusing on his latest work The Nice Guys. Later in the show is a chat about Lethal Weapon 2 to see if it holds up.
58:38
May 25, 2016
The Neon Demon // The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos Interview)
A two-part episode. Part 1 features a Cannes Film Festival chat with ioncinema critic Nicholas Bell, fresh out of a premiere screening of The Neon Demon. Part 2 is an interview with Yorgos Lanthimos, director of The Lobster.
41:36
May 20, 2016
Over/Under Movies #48: Blade Runner / A Scanner Darkly
We're a bunch of Dick-heads as Oktay pits two Philip K. Dick adaptations against each other on this episode. Blade Runner takes the Over and A Scanner Darkly is the Under.
1:12:58
May 17, 2016
AYT #130: The Lobster // High Rise
Joe and Erik are reunited for an episode recorded old-school, in the same room together. They talk about The Lobster and High-Rise.
1:04:42
May 17, 2016
AYT #129: Keanu // Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
Joe and Erik remind listeners to seek out Green Room, talk about their disappointment with Keanu and finish with the latest edition of HOLD UP: Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
58:55
May 2, 2016
Over/Under Movies #47: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas / Wake In Fright
Ryan picks this episode, and sends the crew on a hallucinatory binge pitting Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (over) against Wake In Fright (under).
1:12:36
May 2, 2016
Over/Under Movies #46: The Evil Dead (1981)// Evil Dead (2013)
Erik goes for an Evil Dead showdown on this episode, pitting the original 1981 film against the 2013 remake.
50:48
April 18, 2016
AYT #128: Green Room // Hardcore Henry
Adjust Your Tracking is back to talk about Jeremy Saulnier's latest film Green Room. The film is compared with another recent genre release, "Hardcore Henry" since they represent polar opposite extremes on the spectrum of modern exploitation cinema, and that's where the conversation is focused for most this episode. Erik also mentions his pick for the next HOLD UP segment: Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
50:00
April 17, 2016
Interview - Nicolas Steiner (Above And Below)
An in depth chat about movies with Above and Below director Nicolas Steiner. We talk about his film, how it got distribution even though it's a student work, and making cinematic documentaries.
40:27
April 13, 2016
AYT #127: Everybody Wants Some!! // La Haine
We start this episode with a followup on Midnight Special. The main section of the show is dedicated to Richard Linklater's latest film Everybody Wants Some!! We dive into a deeper discussion about the film's specific, mostly-white male perspective and what that means in an era of #OscarSoWhite movie culture. The final segment is our latest edition of HOLD UP, in which we discuss Mathieu Kassovitz' brilliant 1995 film La Haine.
1:07:00
April 12, 2016