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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!
 
You're listening to Beyond The Melody. A podcast that dives into the midst of musicians, artists, comedians, writers and pretty much anyone who craves to be creative! My name is Brian Melo and I'm a singer/songwriter from Hamilton, ON, Canada. I know how unforgiving an artist journey can be, but I also know that inspiration can come from just about anywhere. I'm sitting down with people that know how to dream big. Let's explore their impact and how it's even bigger.
 
Talking Mule Deer is the official podcast of the Mule Deer Foundation and covers mule deer and black-tailed deer biology, hunting, and conservation issues. Hosted by Steve Belinda and Jodi Stemler, both passionate conservationist who bring a wealth of knowledge, humor and intrigue to mule deer conservation and help listeners underdstand what MDF does and what you can do to help mule deer.
 
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Harry Hess is a songwriter/producer/engineer and mixer who's numerous recording credits span over the last twenty five years back to when he signed his first deal as a recording artist at the age of fifteen. The former Warner Music Canada artist has honed his production/engineering skills along side of his singing and songwriting duties as a record…
 
Like most genre movies, comedies tend to get little love during award season, and the subject of this week's Patron's Choice bonus episode -- "Drowning Mona" (2000) -- is no different, boasting 0 nominations and a measly 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. But what does that really mean for these movies, especially when a negative critical consensus clashes wi…
 
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 …
 
On the this episode of Beyond the Melody, Brian sits down with celebrity photographer George Pimentel. For the past 25 years, George Pimentel has documented celebrities in every capacity and context, from TIFF and Cannes, to The Oscars, The Golden Globes and the Met Gala. His body of work started in 1993 when George landed his first career break. W…
 
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…
 
On this episode of Beyond The Melody, Brian speak with Canadian country star Jason Blaine! At the root of it all, Jason Blaine was born to sing, write and entertain. His love for country music has taken him to the forefront of the Canadian music scene where he has remained for over a decade. With over 12 Top 10 singles in Canada including hits such…
 
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…
 
I’ve been looking forward to connecting with Patrick McMillan, who last October took over as director of the exceptional plant collection and astonishing landscape that is Heronswood Garden in Kingston, Washington. Besides wanting to know what’s next there at... Read More ›By Margaret Roach
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody Brian speaks with D.O Gibson! D.O. Gibson has defied the odds as a rapper from Canada, becoming a certified international artist, a successful record label executive and a socially active community ambassador. He set a Guinness World Record when he freestyled for nearly nine hours in 2003, sold tens of thous…
 
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…
 
Tommy Jackson's dedication to and love for wealth management has been a calling from day one. The philosophy of “all things are possible” rings true as he has gone from humble beginnings to living his dream of becoming a top financial advisor. This status has been recognized for over a decade, with Tommy appearing yearly in Barron’s and Forbes’ Mag…
 
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…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody Brian speaks with.. professional keyboardist, singer, musical director, vocal producer, music producer, commercial studio owner, and acoustic treatment designer…Kibwe Thomas! The ‘producer’ side of Kibwe’s career began around his Canadian Idol days in 2008, when he built a 1300 ft2 professional recording stu…
 
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…
 
Today we’re going to do some multiplication, as in: make more shrubs, thanks to a lesson in propagating favorites like Hydrangea or elderberry or Physocarpus and more, courtesy of our friend and regular guest, Ken Druse. Ready to learn the... Read More ›By Margaret Roach
 
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…
 
John Nosler – Season 4 Episode 8 – June 9 On this episode of Talking Mule Deer, we are joined by Nosler Inc. President and COO John R. Nosler. John starts off with an overview of the history of Nosler and how his grandfather, truckdriver John A. Nosler, turned the first Nosler bullet out of spare car parts in the late 1940s, launching a family-owne…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody, Brian speaks with Owner/CEO of Canada's premiere boutique entertainment and production company.... Sole Power Productions! The company has a roster of over 250 performers, producers, technical staff, and managers that produce over 2500 events each year. Their main focus is entertainment, production and arti…
 
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…
 
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…
 
On today's podcast we have Nashville Rising Star : Jenny Tolman! Irreverent, quirky and wildly entertaining, country newcomer Jenny Tolman is poised to take over Music City. With a razor-sharp wit and throwback sound, Tolman is on deck to become her generation’s Roger Miller—a comedic troubadour with a decidedly feminine perspective, offering savvy…
 
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…
 
Environmentalist and best-selling author, Jonathan Drori, says that for him, plant science is fascinating, but it’s truly enlivened when it’s entwined with human history and culture. In his new book, “Around the World in 80 Plants,” the followup to his... Read More ›By Margaret Roach
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody, Brian speaks with Grammy-nominated Nashville producer Dave Brainard. Dave has worked with such artists as Jerrod Niemann, Brandy Clark, Jenny Tolman, Jamey Johnson, Drake White and Ray Scott, to name a few. Brainard’s never afraid to push the boundaries with his production and colour outside the lines. He p…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody Podcast, Brian speaks with Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist Theo Tams! Theo is rediscovering his identity as an artist. With his upcoming EP, the Canadian singer/songwriter demonstrates a remarkable command of R&B-laced pop music, his silky tenor voice, being the unwavering guiding light. Growing up in a f…
 
This episode of Talking Mule Deer features Brigham Young University wildlife researchers telling us about their mule deer studies in Utah. Brock and Randy, both avid mule deer hunters, are professors in the BYU Wildlife Ecology Lab and landed at the university 13 years ago when they applied for the same job—and both got hired! Brock and Randy discu…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody Podcast, Brian speaks with Zubin Thakkar. A Canadian music producer who is best known for having joined Shawn Mendes as his musical director and guitarist. He is also known for co-producing Tyler Shaw’s hit single “Kiss Goodnight”. Zubin has worked with some of the industries most talented artist such as, Jo…
 
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…
 
Episode #2 Suzie McNeil On this episode, Brian speaks with vocal powerhouse and music artist Suzie McNeil. The long list of achievements Suzie has garnered is astonishing. From being the last woman standing on CBS television reality series Rockstar: INXS, to piling up hit singles on the Canadian charts, she’s a musical Jack-of-all-trades! She’s sha…
 
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…
 
It’s Trillium Week the first week of May at Garden In The Woods, the headquarters of Native Plant Trust in Framingham, Massachusetts, the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization with more than a century of history. Well, with a little help... Read More ›By Margaret Roach
 
This episode of Talking Mule Deer features our conversation with the co-founder of Public Land Tees, Sam Soholt. Sam tells us about how he got his start in the outdoor industry as a photographer and videographer, and about his modified school bus that he used as his base to hunt and raise awareness about public lands with an active social media pre…
 
Episode #1 Carm Milioto & Adrian Fidanza On the first ever BTM Podcast, Brian sits with co-owners of Studio410 Sound Productions, Carm Milioto & Adrian Fidanza. These two best friends had a dream to create a thriving business with their true passion, music! 20 years later they successfully built one of the best state of the art studios in Southern …
 
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…
 
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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