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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!
 
A compare and contrast podcast of films from present to past. Showcasing movies connected by genre, creators, personal themes & social relevance, we discover the elements that make movies rewatchable (or not). Hosted by artist-filmmakers and longtime friends, Kraig Rasmussen & Seamus Smith.
 
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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…
 
For our final "first take" episode in the coming months, we cover the latest incarnation of Mortal Kombat, with returning guest and video game/MK expert Dylan Godfry. This is exactly the Mortal Kombat episode you're looking for, with absolute hilarity, detailed criticism and all manor of surprises. (Make sure to listen all the way to the end for th…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
For our 101st episode, we share a brief chat about where this podcast has taken us, where it's headed, how it's changed us personally, and evolved our thoughts on film. Then we jump into probably the most appropriate follow up to GvK, with another "monster fight" movie. We discuss the trope-tastic not for kids playground that is this film, and muse…
 
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…
 
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.…
 
How much truth do we need in movies that are "based off of a true story"? Director Ron Howard takes many liberties throughout "A Beautiful Mind," which took home the Academy Award for Best Picture. But is the movie better or worse because of those changes? Mike and Brian explore the film's best moments, compare Russell Crowe's performance to those …
 
What makes a cult classic? For director Richard Kelly's "Donnie Darko," starring a young Jake Gyllenhaal, it's its seamless mix of horror, comedy, sci-fi, philosophy, '80s pop music, religious subtext and an unwavering committment to Sparkle Motion. But how does all that ambition hold up on rewatch? In this episode, Mike and Brian dive into the mov…
 
We ring in our 100th episode with a rollicking big movie and the absolute ideal guest for it, Kaijumax comic book creator Zander Cannon. We get the lowdown on the big guys and probably look too deeply at this movie. Or "Two guys explain to Kraig how to watch this kind of movie." Subscribe to Repeat Viewing wherever you listen, please rate, review &…
 
Can a fantasy epic really be one of the best pictures of the year? Peter Jackson gets started on his Lord of the Rings trilogy with "The Fellowship of the Ring," and Mike and Brian tackle the big themes — and some small, petty ones — in this episode, which was simulcast on Facebook Live. Visit bestpicturethis.com for past episodes and that all-impo…
 
Is Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) really an "avenging angel"? How are we supposed to feel about his climactic shootout? Is director Martin Scorsese trying to drive us crazy with saxophones?!? Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1976, TAXI DRIVER is crammed full of enigmas, and in this special bonus episode, Mike and Brian dive headlo…
 
In our most epic episode we welcome mega-nerd superhero expert & homeboy, Dylan Godfry (aka Dylan Drake), and tackle the biggest film in years: the Snyder Cut. It's a hilarious and detailed spoiler chat revealing hidden elements, dissecting the deeper character arcs/performances, speculating on subtext, plot twists, and possible new directions. Plu…
 
Made for just $1.9M, director Todd Field's "In the Bedroom" is by far the smallest-budget film in the Academy Award's 2001 slate for Best Picture. But, led by powerhouse performances from Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek, its dramatic punch just might be most powerful. In this episode, Mike and Brian dive into the movie's best directing and writing m…
 
Great Scott! A special Facebook Live bonus episode! This is heavy! This week, Mike and Brian skateboard into the studio to talk about director Robert Zemeckis' 1985 time travel classic, "Back to the Future," starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. They get into trivia, debate the place of "popcorn" movies in cinema and smile wide for the cam…
 
In our 3rd Eddie Murphy episode, we tackle another extremely long-awaited sequel to a beloved film, and all the baggage that entails. For those sadists out there who love it when we fight, this episode is just for you, as we are intensely split on this film, with the shadowy menace of nostalgia looming over this production and our conversation! It'…
 
If you like "Downtown Abbey," you'll love "Gosford Park" -- at least, you should, seeing as how the TV drama was originally conceived as a spinoff of Robert Altman's Academy Award-nominated film. In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into the 2001 Best Picture nominee, debate its thematic intentions and consider its place among the top films of 2001 …
 
This is the pod. In David Lynch's 2001 surrealist masterpiece, "Mulholland Drive," dream and reality collide. But is the result transcendent ... or just weird for weird's sake? In this special bonus episode, Mike and Brian explore the movie's many mysteries through their Questions Three, dive into trivia and critics' reviews, then gush over Naomi W…
 
The first musical nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 10 years, "Moulin Rouge" is not your grandfather's song-and-dance film. Instead, director Baz Luhrmann's approach is hyper-sensory, supercharging raw enthusiasm with modern visual effects. Recording from the center of the bohemian world (in Florida's WNZF Studios, of course), Mike…
 
As cinema changes shape to become a strange hybrid of streaming and theatrical releases, films continue to carry buzz and build reputations like always, and this film is among the many examples. After weeks of hearing about Judas and the Black Messiah, we decided it was too important not to cover it, and the densely layered work of Shaka King, Dani…
 
Mike and Brian are joined by filmmaker Aleem Hossain, director of "After We Leave," which won Best Sci Fi Feature Film at Sci Fi London 2019, to revisit Steven Spielberg's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." - How does the movie hold up? - How have kids' movies changed in the past 40 years? - And what are Aleem's top 5 Best Picture contenders of all time…
 
What was the best film of 2000? In this miniseries finale, Mike and Brian recap the year that was, rank the Academy's picks for Best Picture, kick the titles that don't belong and offer their own top fives. Join the conversation! www.bestpicturethis.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/BestPictureThis Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BestPictureThis …
 
Digital worlds, real lions and bloody decapitations -- are you not entertained!? Director Ridley Scott's $106 million swords and sandals epic, "Gladiator," won Best Picture of 2000 and earned Russell Crowe a Best Actor award, but does it hold up? Mike and Brian decide whether to keep it or kick it as one of the the year's five best films, go deep i…
 
Tom Hanks is directed once again by Robert Zemeckis, this time on a desert island. Hanks was nominated for best actor, and Mike and Brian agree it's one of his best performances. Some critics said it was good, not great. Why? The iconic moment is, of course, the skinnified Tom Hanks breaking down over an inanimate object: Wilson the volleyball. In …
 
Beloved fairy tale, "Chocolat" earned five Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture, following its release in 2000 -- but what was it about this movie that got people feeling all gooey inside? In this episode, Mike and Brian talk about the power of happy endings, read listeners' favorite Johnny Depp performances and ask the questio…
 
Bringing an end to our extended block of first take reviews on streaming film releases, we tackle the moody Denzel Washington detective drama, The Little Things, and share a detailed conversation about, you guessed it, lots of little things that make this movie tick. We look at the triple Oscar winning ensemble cast, the auteur work of writer direc…
 
Wait -- the same guy who made 1995's "Sense and Sensibility" also made "Hulk" ('03), "Brokeback Mountain" ('04), "Life of Pi" ('12) and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" ('00)?! Director Ang Lee's career has been a series of surprises and experiments but, through it all, he's maintained a focus on philosophy over genre: exploring our place in the wor…
 
We think we picked a perfect Valentine's Day movie for 2021/ post-2020 vibes everyone is feeling, and we think you'll agree. Watch Bliss on Amazon before you listen because we have no choice but to spoil this one as we peel apart the layers, interpret the many signs & symbols that make up it's story, using a specific visual language. Plus we talk i…
 
No one had a better year in 2000 than director Steven Soderbergh, whose movies -- "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich" -- accounted for two of the five Best Picture nominees at that year's Academy Awards. Mike and Brian talk Julia Roberts' celebrity and the power in playing against type, trivia, one-liners, the Oscars, feminism, and decide whether to ke…
 
With its documentary feel and multiple storylines, Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" earned mass acclaim (and a Best Picture nod) in 2000, being praised by critics for its complex view on the war against drugs. But can large-scale, societal subject matter sometimes infuse a movie with an unearned sense of importance? Kicking off their first season on t…
 
In an appropriate follow up to last episode, we talk another actor turned solid director, with George Clooney's latest. We talk about the meta elements of the film, the science & world building, and the intimate personal story buried within what is presented as a race against time survival tale. Plus we ponder where this stands among the modern sci…
 
One of the greatest movie years of all time, 1999 featured no shortage of films now seen as cultural touchstones. But were the top titles of the year represented in the Academy Award nominations for Best Picture? Capping off their pilot season, Mike and Brian look back at the top films of the final year of the 20th century, rank the Academy's picks…
 
Once hailed as a masterpiece, director Sam Mendes's "American Beauty" has had a hard fall from grace in the two decades since its release. In 1999, it was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screeplay. Kevin Spacey's sexual assault allegations certainly play a part, but are the mo…
 
An actionless action movie? Director Michael Mann's "The Insider" feels forgotten in pop culture 20 years since its release -- but why, exactly? Nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1999, including one for Best Picture, the movie stars Al Pacino and Russell Crowe in powerhouse performances and is based off of real-life national news, when "60 Minu…
 
Spider-Man, Ant-Man and Furiosa walk into a barn.... It's "The Cider House Rules"! With pretty, pastural cinematography straight out of a Thomas Kinkade painting, it's tough not to see this film as a little polyannaish on first glance. However, the screenplay's exploration of moral ambiguity, abortion and apple-picking earned writer John Irving an …
 
Director Frank Darabont's follow-up to "The Shawshank Redemption" in 1994, "The Green Mile" is another Stephen King-adapted, prison-set, period melodrama. Except, this time there's circus mice! Mike and Brian discuss the film's stance on the death penalty, debate its level of fun on the "Popcorn-O-Meter," explore its place among the year's other Ac…
 
"The Sixth Sense" killed it at the box office in 1999, earned six Academy Award nominations including one for Best Picture and established director M. Night Shyamalan's as Hollywood's next big thing. But was it all in the twist? Mike and Brian discuss the film's staying power and how a horror movie should make you feel, explore its place among the …
 
Welcome to Best Picture this, where it is always Oscar season! Join Mike and Brian as they dissect every Best Picture nominee of the 21st century to decide whether to keep it or kick it from its Oscar pedestal. But first ... What are the best movies that have ever been nominated for Best Picture? Ahead of jumping into their 1999 pilot season, we di…
 
This episode is a battle of podcasters, because one of us loved Christopher Nolan's latest mindbender, and one of us did not! Brace yourself for cannon fire and opinion blasts, as we dive into a film that is equal parts James Bond adventure and applied physics graduate thesis, and yet another entry in the bizarre and high concept Nolan-verse. Subsc…
 
In a timely first take review, we look at the sure-handed directorial debut of actress Regina King, One Night in Miami. Our talk ranges from the inner struggles of each man and the outer forces shaping them, King as a director, Kemp Powers as a writer, and the various filmmaking elements that make this movie tick. Plus we peel back the layers of wh…
 
Happy 2021 everyone! Like many of you, we opened our Christmas Present of Wonder Woman '84 on the day it was released. So how did it add to our holiday? How does it add up to the first WW and other recent DC films? Plus, we talk briefly about other strong female characters with Stargirl, and the Amazon original film I'm Your Woman. Subscribe to Rep…
 
With the 3rd season of Cobra Kai dropping on Netflix as our first treat of 2021, this episode from our Patreon feed was poised and ready for the All Valley Tournament. We chat about the different themes playing out between different characters across the overall show, what it borrows from the formula in the original 3 films, then we take a hard loo…
 
'Tis the season for holiday themed episodes, and we wanted to rise to the challenge with an actual Christmas movie (with minimal explosions), and Netflix's Klaus did not disappoint. We have a blast talking about the 2D rendering and design styles, the incredibly timely, socially conscious story, and the unique take on the Santa Klaus mythos. Also, …
 
In the spirit of the still spooky season, we have the perfect "Thanksgiving" episode, and a blast, discussing Barry Sonnenfeld's wicked Addams Family Values from 1993. We spend a good chunk of our talk covering (& quoting) the knockout, brilliant script by Paul Rudnick, and Sonnenfeld's exquisite storytelling, but we also lavish attention on the to…
 
Continuing our tribute to the late Sean Connery, we tackle what is one of his most puzzling, crazy entries, and it also happens to be his final on screen performance. Why was this movie such a mess? How did it become instantly notorious? How is has it aged? Also, we discuss our favorite Connery movies, his overall career, and of course, James Bond.…
 
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