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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 ...
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
For the final episode of this miniseries, we invited award winning critic Emily Nussbaum onto the show for an extended conversation on the second season of Sex and the city. We discuss staying friends with your exes, the way the show was cut down and for content issues when airing on E, and the contrast between the characters that fuels the charm o…
 
With Godzilla tearing up the box office (and our small screens) for the first time in three years, we thought it was the perfect time to cover Godzilla 2000, Toho's response to the critically panned american outing, with screenwriter, and all around Godzilla expert, Anupam Nigam. As the second reboot, and 23rd overall production by Toho, Godzilla 2…
 
Phil sits down with writer Molly Lambert to discuss the role age plays in Sex and the City through the season 2 episode "Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something women". In this episode, we compare and contrast SatC to other shows that deal with similar themes of youth vs. age (Summer House, Real Housewives of New York, Below Deck). We also try …
 
Zetus lapetus, it's about time we covered one of the EIGHT Disney Channel Original movies that came out in '99, and who better to do it with than someone who auditioned to be in Zenon: Z3, actress Jennifer Lauren DiBella? While movies like The Matrix and The Blair Witch project were redefining cinema as we know it at the local megaplex, DCOMs were …
 
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