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Every Best Picture nominee of the 21st century. Join Mike and Brian as they reevaluate the films and Academy Awards of the past, talk trivia and top fives, and address the big question: "Would you keep or kick the Academy's picks for Best Picture?" All that and more on Best Picture This -- where it's always Oscar season!
 
In a lot of ways 1999 was the year that changed movies. From “The Matrix” and “The Blair Witch Project” to “American Beauty” and “The Sixth Sense”, the last year of the millennium was transformative for Hollywood. Through "Podcast Like It's 1999" writers Phillip Iscove (co-creator of FOX's Sleepy Hollow) and Kenny Neibart (Entourage, Hindsight) examine this apex of Cinema, before television took over, before Reality TV, before TMZ and Twitter but also after the internet, after Clinton, after ...
 
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Writer Jamie Rosengard joins us to discuss season one, episode eight of The West Wing: Enemies. Being one of the few episodes of the show not credited to Sorkin, we discuss how surprisingly well it captures the essence of his writing, especially considering the last minute script deliveries. We also take a deeper look at CJ and Danny's relationship…
 
Director Sophia Coppola's sophomore release, the moody "Lost in Translation," starring Bill Murray, is a rumination on ennui. But it's funny. And it's romantic. So it's a rom-com ... right? In this episode, Mike and Brian explore the choices that make this movie so hard to categorize. They question what can be learned from the empathy we extend to …
 
This week we are joined by Ryan Marker of Screendrafts to talk about (In his opinion) one of the great, underrated, pre 9/11 airplane movies of all time. Place your trays in their upright positions, fasten your seatbelts, and enjoy today's in flight conversation on PUSHING TIN. As we work our way throught the plot of Mike Newell's air traffic contr…
 
Joe Reid, host of This Has Oscar Buzz, joins Phil in watching episode seven of The West Wing, THE STATE DINNER. We talk about the first appearance of Stockard Channing as Abigail Bartlet, CJs flirtatious relationship with reporter Danny Concannon, and the first time the show has acknowledged Mandy in five episodes. We also break down the national a…
 
Critics loved director Richard Linklater's "The School of Rock," showering it and its star, Jack Black, with praise. It scored a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. One critic called it "uncut bliss." Yet, it was nominated for 0 Oscars. In this episode, Mike and Brian question whether a "light" comedy could ever win an Academy Award and debate the value of fun…
 
It the the apocalypse!! So we brought on returning guest Chandler Levack to talk about the Canadian film, Last Night. We talk about Canadian film as a whole, what would you do with your last day, and how optimistic this movie looks into the apocalypse. Kenny even rant about greatness of Canadian films and thanks Phill and Chandler for being Canadia…
 
Screenwriter Liz Hannah (The Post, Longshot, All the Bright Places) joins Phil in watching episode 6 of The West Wing, Mr. Willis of Ohio. We discuss how Sorkin learns on the job, the degrees of sexism president Bartlet displays, and how his relationship with Leo is the heart of the show. We also compare this episode's viewership to modern televisi…
 
Once ranked the 13th best movie of all time by the AFI, director David Lean's "The Bridge on the River Kwai" won seven of its eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, in 1957. In this bonus episode, Mike and Brian discuss the effect that the "classic" label has on how we consume older movies, talk cultural representation in post-WWI…
 
Corinne Stikeman is back on the show to discuss yet another romance film with a great concept, but a terrible execution: THE LOVE LETTER. We discuss this movie's failed attempt at counterprogramming, the questionable casting choices, and the faux french atmosphere it tries to squeeze out of its New England setting. We also theorize how and why this…
 
Writer/Director Jessica Ellis is back on the show to discuss The West Wing's fifth episode, The Crackpots and These Women. We talk about how Sorkin writes women, and how this episode's script airs out a lot of his dirty laundry regarding his own scriptwriting. We also discuss the (strangely) relevant plots surrounding the government's relationship …
 
The 2003 retrospective series kicks off with director Peter Weir's 10-time Oscar nominee "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," starring Russell Crowe. Mike and Brian break down the movie's best moments, deliver Golden Takes, argue about the value of beetle-handling on film and decide whether to keep or kick this Academy Award winner (c…
 
Jordan Crucchiola (Aughsterion, Disaster Girls) joins us to champion one of the more bizarre movies of 1999, THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER. We break down John Travolta's career, from his highest highs, to his lowest lows, and where he could have been today, had he made the right choices. Jordan defends the whole of this film as being better than its parts…
 
Writer/Producer Bryan Cogman joins us to discuss the fourth episode of The West Wing, FIVE VOTES DOWN. We compare and contrast different mediums to discuss where we think Sorkin's writing shines, and talk about how this episode showcases the original premise of the show. We also discuss some stand out comedic performances from Richard Schiff and Al…
 
Made on a shoestring budget, the debut feature from director/writer/actor Zach Braff connected with audiences in a profound way in 2004. But do its concerns ring as loudly almost two decades later? In this bonus episode, Mike and Brian take a fresh look at "Garden State," costarring Natalie Portman, whose character is often cited as a founding exam…
 
This week, we're talking clever kills, Stephen King, and Jason London with Too Stupid To Live's Becky Feldman, as we cover one of the most 90s horror movies out there, THE RAGE: CARRIE 2. We talk about how Carrie 2 is a completely different beast than its masterpiece of a predecessor, and how the connection to the first doomed it before it even hit…
 
For the third episode of West Wing Wednesdays, we brought on Alex Berger, writer on the upcoming Law & Order offshoot, For the Defense, to talk about A PROPORTIONAL RESPONSE. We talk about how the audience must suspend their disbelief in the show's bombastic dialogue, and view the characters more like superheroes than real life political figures, t…
 
What was the best movie of 2002? In this miniseries finale episode, Mike and Brian recap the year that was, rank the Academy's picks for Best Picture, kick the ones that don't belong and discuss their personal top 5s. Plus, trivia, Golden Takes and a tribute to Dermot Mulroney. www.bestpicturethis.com Want to curate a future episode? BECOME A PATRO…
 
Actor Talia Tabin (Host of Friends Talk Frasier and Feelings) joins Phil in discussing pop icon Christina Aguilera. We talk about how Aguilera's music spoke to a generation of pre-teen girls, compare and contrast her career to similar pop stars and actresses, such as Britney Spears, and break down some of her more popular songs and music videos. We…
 
After making two ensemble-casted epics about disease and downward spirals ("Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia"), director Paul Thomas Anderson turned left. The result: a colorful, cosmic romance starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, one which he describes as a story about "finding your music." In this episode, Mike and Brian explore PTA's career and b…
 
Writer/Producer Anupam Nigam is back on the feed to talk about the second episode of The West Wing, "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc". In this episode, we discuss the poorly aged Sam Seaborn subplot of 'rescuing' a call girl, as well as some of the shameful gender roles at play. We also contemplate how this show changed the American view of politics, an…
 
What makes a masterpiece? Mike is joined in studio this episode by special guest co-host Joey Santos (Ask Flagler), to break down director Martin Scorsese's 2002 American immigration-revenge-crime-history (phew) epic, "Gangs of New York," starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio, which earned a whopping 10 Academy Award nominations, includin…
 
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