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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 ...
 
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!
 
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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…
 
Director and documentarian Simon Ennis (Lunacry!, You Might As Well Live) makes his long overdue return to the show to nosedive into the world of capital punishment, holocaust denial, and coffee with Errol Morris' critically lauded documentary MR DEATH. We discuss whether or not it is a filmmaker's responsibility to educate their audience, our thou…
 
Is horror the perfect genre for sneaking deep, adult themes into movies that feel light and popcorn-y? In this bonus episode, Mike and Brian revisit David Cronenberg's 1986 body horror classic, "The Fly," which was chosen by patron Chris from Tampa. They dive into the film's best moments, explore what (aside from the Oscar-winning make up) makes th…
 
In the inaugural episode of West Wing Wednesdays, writers Alan Sepinwall (Rolling Stone) and Emily VanDerWerff (Vox) join Phil in discussing the pilot episode of Aaron Sorkin's television classic. How do the political views of this show hold up today, and do the views even matter if its entire viewpoint on politics is ludacris? We discuss the major…
 
The Oscars love Holocaust movies — so what does that tell us about how we consume historical dramas? Is it possible to separate the art from the artist? And how does violence/obscenity in movies dull — or sharpen — our life experience? Mike and Brian's conversation veers into unexpected places this episode, in exploring director Roman Polanski's "T…
 
Writer/Producer Patrick Schumacker (Harley Quinn, Powerless, Surviving Jack) offers up his animation expertise for our episode on the anime classic PERFECT BLUE. We descend into the Satoshi Kon's disturbing fable about the cost of fame, to discuss how its themes remain relevant in the age of superhero blockbusters and multi-film studio contracts. W…
 
We're joined by musician Scott Cassucio to discuss the third album in Nine Inch Nail's discography, the flawed masterpiece; THE FRAGILE. We discuss 'industrial rock', and how Trent Reznor's work parallels the work of the filmmakers he frequently collaborates with. We also tackle the mididentification of NIN as 'nu metal', the stylistic trajectory o…
 
Writer Emmy Potter is back on the show to talk about TUMBLEWEEDS, the bizarrely tender black sheep of Gavin O'Connor's filmography. We talk about how this movie portrays a positive mother/daughter relationship without falling into overdramatic cliches, and how the plot probably should have stayed on the road to keep its momentum. Plus, surprisingly…
 
Do musicals have the power to spark intellectual revelations? Is that even their aim? Mike and Brian wrestle with the genre by exploring the impact of director Rob Marshall's debut, "Chicago," which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2002 and stars Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and John C. Reilly. They discuss the Oscar…
 
Director Sam Raimi, who launched his career with low-budget splatter horror films, brings a sense of campy enthusiasm to 2002's "Spider-Man," starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. But does that style elevate or cheapen the film's comic book aesthetic? In this bonus episode, Mike and Brian dive into the movie's best moments, talk trivia and debate…
 
This week, we are joined by our SJW (Senior Jewish Correspondent) Toby Herman to discuss Liberty Heights, the fourth and final entry in Barry Levinson's 'Baltimore Films'. Although Liberty Heights is the primary focus, we take on the entirety of Levinson's semi-autobiographical tetralogy (Diner, Tin Men, and Avalon) to discuss what works, what does…
 
With a star-studded ensemble cast led by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore, director Stephen Daldry's "The Hours" has a literary style and lofty ambitions. That combination led it to an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 2002. In this episode, Mike and Brian are divided in discussing the film's impact and best moments. They talk triv…
 
Critic Darren Franich (Entertainment Weekly) joins us to take on David O. Russell's critically acclaimed war satire Three Kings. Lauded at the time of release, Three Kings is nowhere close to being the household name that other 1999 films have become. We try to suss out the truth behind the wild production stories (of which there are many) surround…
 
Is "The Two Towers" even better "The Fellowship of the Ring"? Would the movie be stronger with less Gollum? And is every film in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy a lock for its respective year's top 5? Mike and Brian tackle these questions and more in this episode, recorded in studio on Facebook Live, then get into trivia and play Ke…
 
Live-action reimaginings of animated Disney classics: yea or nay? Mike and Brian continue their summer series this week with Disney's live-action "Mulan." They dive into the history of the Chinese legend that inspired the story, Disney's recent run of live-action remakes, as well as the usual Best Moments, trivia and more. www.bestpicturethis.com W…
 
Jim Carrey makes his return to the big screen (and to absurdist comedy) in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (2020), directed by Jeff Fowler. But is his commitment to the role enough to keep this film afloat? In this Facebook Live bonus episode, Mike and Brian dive into Carrey's career in comedy and drama, talk trivia and pull out the Popcorn-O-Meter to measure e…
 
This week, we travel back in time to Patrice Leconte's black and white vision of Paris to cover Girl on the Bridge with David Ehrlich (Indiewire). Through this movie's intense view of passion, we discuss the importance of being horny on main, how this movie affected David at a young age (and how Kenny thinks it would have changed his life), and how…
 
Director Paul Greengrass explores the power of storytelling in 2020's "News of the World" which, starring the great Tom Hanks, earned four Academy Award nominations. But what else can the Oscar-nomated western teach us about genre, truth and modern life in America? In this special bonus episode, broadcast live on Facebook and in partnership with th…
 
What was really the best movie of 2001? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences chose Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind." But how does that pick hold up 20 years later? In this miniseries finale, Mike and Brian re-rank the Academy's nominees for Best Picture, kick those that don't belong and build their own top 5 lists for the year in film. www.…
 
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