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Best Picture This

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Best Picture This

Mike Cavaliere & Brian McMillan

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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!
 
Welcome to Cult Classic Callback, the podcast about classic movies and TV that hosts Linsae and Aaron haven't seen, but their guests have. The question is, are their beloved shows still relevant? Find us on Twitter @CultClassicPod Find us on Instagram @CultClassicCallbackLinsae Find us on Facebook @CultClassicCallback Find more episodes at cultclassiccallback.com
 
You know that obscure movie that your best friend loves and talks about constantly despite the fact that you have never seen it? Well it's time to watch THOSE movies. Chad Peter and Mark Heiliger are not just film fanatics but industry professionals. Every week they sit down and dive into a talkie that one of them is sharing with the other. The types of movies that stick with you regardless if its in a good way or not! The Hell With This is part of the Dragon Wagon Radio Podcast Network http ...
 
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The Cult Classic Horror Show

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The Cult Classic Horror Show

Danny & Scotty Bohnen, The Rob Oneal, Carmelo Chimera

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Every week, it's fun and games and all-things-horror: Killer Interviews, Current Events, and Dirty-Little "behind the scenes” secrets of your favorite films. Exclusive interviews with actors, directors, super fans and anyone else we can get our hands on! Weekly contests, challenges and trivia give interactive listeners the chance to win "Horror Freak Of The Week" and get FREE GEAR and be invited to be a GUEST on future shows. All you Horror Freaks have to do is sit back and relax while you e ...
 
What Doesn't Kill You (Only Almost Kills You) is hosted by Saoli Nguyen and Darlena Chiem, two humble-ish filmmakers who love horror movies. Well, Saoli loves horror movies. Darlena is a little weenie who has nightmares about them. One thing we both agree on is that horror movie villains (and plot contrivances) must be stopped. Whether it's a slasher flick or something more paranormal, we take it upon ourselves to figure out how to survive SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO. You're very welcome. Every two ...
 
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This city deserves a better class of podcast, and we're gonna give it to them! In this episode, Mike and Brian trade in their hockey pants for body armor to revisit director Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," which made over $1 billion at the box office and just might be the best comic book movie ever made. ... Or is it? To answer that question…
 
Director Ron Howard's Best Picture-nominated "Frost/Nixon" is about two guys just ... talking. But can two people talking really be that exciting? (As podcasts hosts, we certainly hope so!) In this episode, Mike and Brian verbal spar about verbal sparring, they do bad Richard Nixon impersonations, explore the line between historical fact and fictio…
 
Episode 38 – Waleed Mansour Waleed Mansour can be found on Twitter @MrWaleedMansour, on Instagram @waleed.draws.things, on his website, and on SitcomD&D Support us on Patreon Find us on Twitter @CultClassicPod Find us on Instagram @CultClassicCallbackLinsae Find more episodes at boardsalivepodcast.com/category/cult-classic-callback Theme song “Ghos…
 
For their 50th episode N&D are kicking off a 10 part Cyberpunk Series by Deep Diving John Carpenter's 1981 Satirical Dystopian Thriller, Escape From New York! Arguably the first Cyberpunk film or at least Proto-Cyberpunk.By Nick and Dave Deep Dive the Metaverse
 
Mickey Rourke's return to stardom (you know -- the "Rourkessaince") began with him playing the title role in director Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," also starring Marisa Tomei. But this feature marked a major turning point for Aronofsky, as well -- away from the big, showy spectacles of his two prior releases ("Requiem for a Dream" and "The Fou…
 
Guess how much money Best Picture nominee "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" made at the box office when it released in 2008. Whatever you guessed, go higher! This thing raked in over $335 million, more than doubling its hefty $150M budget. That's called critical and commercial darling, ladies and gentlemen. But how does this crowd-pleaser, star…
 
What was the best movie of 2007? The Academy awarded that title to the Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men," but in this series finale episode, Mike and Brian wade through the many (many) titles that made this an all-time great year for film to re-evaluate if that selection holds up. They recap the year that was, rank the nominees for Bes…
 
The Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" beat out Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" for the Best Picture Oscar of 2007. How do the two movies compare and differ? And what does a shift in how you remember a movie compared to how you experience it on rewatch say about the film itself? In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into all those q…
 
Episode 37 – Suzanne Sheldon Suzanne Sheldon can be found on Twitter @425suzanne and on Salt and Sass Games Support us on Patreon Find us on Twitter @CultClassicPod Find us on Instagram @CultClassicCallbackLinsae Find more episodes at boardsalivepodcast.com/category/cult-classic-callback Theme song “Ghost Run” by Jean-Marc Giffin @JeanOfmArc…
 
Mike and Brian ditch the script this week to dive into not one, not two but three (OK, more like 10 ... ish) titles from 2007 that they love. First, "Bug," an ultra-low-budget horror from director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist," "The French Connection"), starring Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon Next, "Away from Her," the beautifully sad Alzheimer…
 
Divers, N&D have analyzed the data and determined that there's two things you all love. Trench coat clad comic book anti-heroes, and Keanu Reeves. Leaving no other choice but to Deep Dive Francis Lawrence's 2005 Neo-Noir Supernatural Thriller, Constantine! Plus there's an announcement about the upcoming 50th episode!…
 
It’s the final day of Pride month, so the Queerwolf crew decided to reunite to discuss 5CREAM! Also discussed, after a bit of a catchup on the last few months, are YELLOJACKETS, HACKS, THE BLACK PHONE, and RRR! You can follow the whole crew here... Nay: Twitter & Insta @naybever Art Insta @gaudylosangeles Michael: Twitter @michaelkenken Insta @mich…
 
Horror movies changed after director Oren Peli's "Paranormal Activity" hit the festival circuit in 2007. Suddently, found-footage was king, which is easy to understand, considering Peli's film was shot for just $15,000 then went on to make over $193 million at the box office. In this episode, Mike and Brian talk creaky house sounds, ominous footste…
 
Sensory spectacle -- bravura editing, Old Hollywood glamour, inventive scoring -- works as the foundation of director Joe Wright's "Atonement," which stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and Keira Knightley's silken green dress. In this episode, Mike and Brian explore the line separating "showy" from substantive high style, they talk metafiction, me…
 
Director Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" lost the Best Picture Oscar to "No Country for Old Men" in 2007, but its legend has only grown since its release, and now it's easy to find the title topping critics' best-of-the-decade lists. Why? In this episode, Mike and Brian talk antiheroes and Daniel Day-Lewis' iconic performance as Daniel…
 
Episode 36 – Alex Goldsmith Alex Goldsmith can be found on Twitter @AlexG_Human, and on his podcast, The Dukes of Dice. Support us on Patreon Find us on Twitter @CultClassicPod Find us on Instagram @CultClassicCallbackLinsae Find more episodes at boardsalivepodcast.com/category/cult-classic-callback Theme song “Ghost Run” by Jean-Marc Giffin @JeanO…
 
Before "The Walking Dead," director Frank Darabont took an unconventional route into the horror genre by turning two of Stephen King's more feel-good stories ("The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile") into uber-successful films. After that, he was ready to go dark -- which is exactly what he did with his third King adaption, this one based o…
 
Divers, N&D are back in the Podcave with their postponed Deep Dive of The Blackened Mantle (Star Wars Prequel Fan Edit) but they made the most of the delay by including their Hot Takes on Part 1&2 of Obi-Wan Kenobi from Disney Plus!By Nick and Dave Deep Dive the Metaverse
 
Director Jason Reitman teamed with first-time screenwriter Diablo Cody to release one of 2007's most surprising smash hits: "Juno," starring Elliot Page, Michael Cera, Jason Batemon, Jennifer Garner, J.K. Simmons and (breath) Allison Janney. In this episode, Mike and Brian talk iconic characters, when "quirkiness" became cool, what makes a film a "…
 
Mike and Brian celebrate their 100th episode by kicking off a brand new miniseries -- this time on the films of 2007! First up: the momentum- and mood-forward "Michael Clayton," a Best Picture-nominated corporate thriller starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton. In this centennial episode, Mike and Brian discuss the Oscars' ongoing…
 
What was the best movie of 2006? The Academy awarded that title to director Martin Scorsese's "The Departed," but in this series finale episode, Mike and Brian shake things up. They recap the year that was, rank the nominees for Best Picture, kick the ones that don't belong and discuss their personal top fives. www.bestpicturethis.com Want to curat…
 
Well Divers, it was bound to happen eventually. Nick was laid low with the plague. Luckily Diver Kerry was able to tap in as guest Subject Matter Enthusiast, and sat down to educate Dave on Eiichiro Oda's manga/anime series One Piece.By Nick and Dave Deep Dive the Metaverse
 
Released in between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," "The Prestige" stands out as a bold, personal choice for director Christopher Nolan. In this episode, Mike and Brian talk about Nolan's obsession with obsession, magic as a standin for cinema, the all-consuming power of creativity and if Nolan's film about magic and magicians deserves a pla…
 
Episode 35 – Eric Summerer Eric Summerer can be found on Twitter @EricSummerer, on The Dice Tower, and on his website. Support us on Patreon Find us on Twitter @CultClassicPod Find us on Instagram @CultClassicCallbackLinsae Find more episodes at boardsalivepodcast.com/category/cult-classic-callback Theme song “Ghost Run” by Jean-Marc Giffin @JeanOf…
 
Is "The Departed" Martin Scorsese's best movie? It's the only one of his films that has won Best Picture at the Oscars, and the only one for which he's won for Best Directing. So it's gotta be his best! ... Right? In this episode, Mike and Brian put on bad Bostonian accents to talk identity, machismo, pulpy genre, love triangles, self-seriousness a…
 
Alright you primitive screwheads, listen up! This week N&D are Deep Diving Sam Raimi's 1993 Swashbuckler Fantasy Horror Comedy, Army Of Darkness! Divers, this was one of your most requested episodes. So grab your chainsaw, shotgun, and get in the Delta 88. Shop Smart, Shop S-Mart!By Nick and Dave Deep Dive the Metaverse
 
Director Clint Eastwood released two films in 2006, both about a pivotal battle in World War II -- except, one movie ("Flags of Our Fathers") was told from the American perspective, while the other ("Letters from Iwo Jima") explored the Japanese experience. In this episode, Mike and Brian discuss what analyzing the two movies through the scope of t…
 
Director Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men," starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, is full of stunning action sequences shot entirely in long takes. But is the movie more than visual spectacle? In this episode, Mike and Brian talk technical achievements in cinematography, biblical and prog rock allusions, and trivia, before decidin…
 
Divers, it's time to roll out a gym mat, light some candles, wrap yourself in an old army blanket and channel your inner dramatic ten year old. Because N&D are Deep Diving Wolfgang Petersen's 1984 Meta Textual-Fairy Tale, The Neverending Story. Get ready to process the collective trauma of Artax in the Swamp Of Sadness.…
 
Nominated for Best Picture and winner of Best Screenplay of 2006, "Little Miss Sunshine," directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, was a surprise smash hit, both critically and commercially. But has its charm worn off in the 16 years since its release? In this episode, Mike and Brian talk screenwriting "tricks," the power of an ensemble cast …
 
Episode 34 – Chris Michaud Chris Michaud can be found on Twitter @tableflipsyou, on Mall Night Long, and on Flip the Table. Support us on Patreon Find us on Twitter @CultClassicPod Find us on Instagram @CultClassicCallbackLinsae Find more episodes at boardsalivepodcast.com/category/cult-classic-callback Theme song “Ghost Run” by Jean-Marc Giffin @J…
 
Is "Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo del Toro's best movie? In the years since its release in 2006, the Academy has embraced this director, awarding him Best Picture for "The Shape of Water" (2017) and nominating his "Nightmare Alley" in 2021. Although "Pan's" was only recognized with awards for its visuals (cinematography, art, makeup), the bea…
 
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu's Best Picture-nominated "Babel," starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Rinko Kikuchi and others, explores cultural divides through several converging narratives. In this episode, Mike and Brian hone in on how Inarritu uses the power of misery to connect his characters, they dig into the movie's deeper meanings, t…
 
Can a "messy" movie also be "great"? Adam Sandler's career leading up to "Click," in 2006, was a defined by slapstick comedies made for teens, with only occasional dabblings in more "serious" fare ("Spanglish" and "Punch-Drunk Love"). "Click," however, tried to do both: be dumb fun, and make the audience feel something real. In this episode, Mike a…
 
Divers, we're a few days late for The Day Of The Dude, but we don't think the Dude gets too uptight about punctuality. N&D Deep Dive the Coen Brothers 1998 Noir Pastiche-Zen Koan- Stoner Comedy, The Big Lebowski. Nick and Dave Deep Dive the Metaverse is; A podcast exploring cult classics, subculture, and geek media. Find us across the metaverse on …
 
When news broke that Robert Pattinson, the sparkly vampire from the "Twilight" franchise, was cast to play Bruce Wayne in the latest Batman film, some fanboys were in a tizzy. What those fans might not have realized, however, is that, post-"Twilight," Pattinson broke away from the mainstream to make a series of art films (like "Good Time" and "The …
 
Dame Helen Mirren won the Oscar for Best Actress in playing Queen Elizabeth II in director Stephen Frears' "The Queen," which was also nominated for Best Picture in 2006. But how does the film stand up to other biopics released in the early 2000s? In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into how the film dialogues with grief, public relations, leadersh…
 
A remake of the 1947 film by the same name starring Tyrone Power, director Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley" earned four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. In this episode, Mike and Brian analyze the movie's film noir roots and art direction, break down Bradley Cooper's character's motivations and dark past, and then decide if …
 
Divers, with Batmania once again sweeping the Metaverse. N&D are diving into Batman '89. In addition to the Deep Dive of Tim Burton's gothic noir superhero classic, they talk about the season finales of Vox Machina and Peacemaker. Nick and Dave Deep Dive the Metaverse is; A podcast exploring cult classics, subculture, and geek media. Find us across…
 
Episode 33 – Jasper William Cartwright Jasper William Cartwright can be found on Twitter @JW_Cartwright, on Instagram @jasperwcartwright, on the podcast Three Black Halflings, and on his website. Support us on Patreon Find us on Twitter @CultClassicPod Find us on Instagram @CultClassicCallbackLinsae Find more episodes at boardsalivepodcast.com/cate…
 
Director Adam McKay's star-studded "Don't Look Up" (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchet, Jonah Hill) earned four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. But is the Netflix original feature a legitimate contender for the best film of 2021? In this episode, Mike and Brian examine the fine line between satire a…
 
Director Jane Campion's first feature in 12 years, "The Power of the Dog," based on the book by Thomas Savage, is shaping up to the be the darling of Oscar season, boasting a total of 12 nominations, including one for Best Picture. But does it really live up to the hype? In this SPOILER-FILLED episode, Mike and Brian analyze the performances by Ben…
 
In spite of releasing simultaneously in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, director Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic DUNE performed well enough with audiences for a sequel to already be confirmed. The film also impressed critics, earning a slew of Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into the film's d…
 
What was the best movie of 2005? The Academy awarded that title to director Paul Haggis' "Crash," but in this series finale episode, Mike and Brian shake things up. They recap the year that was, rank the nominees for Best Picture, kick the ones that don't belong and discuss their personal top fives. Plus, trivia, Golden Takes and more. www.bestpict…
 
A Deep Dive into David Fincher's 1999 Transgressive Black Comedy Psycho Thriller, Fight Club! Prompted by the untimely passing of Meat Loaf, N&D Deep Dive into Fight Club, as well as give their Hot Takes on The Book Of Boba Fett. Plus all the Podcast Fuel, banter, and tangents you've come to expect. Nick and Dave Deep Dive the Metaverse is; A podca…
 
Before "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," before "Looper," Rian Johnson broke onto the scene with a micro-budget neo-noir starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. BRICK put the young director on the map. In this episode, Mike and Brian analyze the movie's gritty style and debate if and how its genre subversion serves greater thematic purposes, they nerd out to the …
 
What was it about director Paul Haggis' CRASH that resonated with the Academy in 2005? In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into the film that won the Oscar for Best Picture, dissect its twisting narratives, and then decide whether it holds up as a top-five film of the year. www.bestpicturethis.com Want to choose an movie for a future episode? BECOM…
 
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