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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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Self proclaimed "Helga Pataki Moon" Caroline Framke joins us to talk about America's favorite football head, HEY ARNOLD! We use the episode "Helga on the Couch" as a launching pad to talk about the show's groundbreaking depiction of therapy, and the dark characterization of the adults that surround the main characters. We also discuss our love/hate…
 
For the first time in a while, Phil and Kenny are flying solo to talk about the painfully underappreciated John Sayles film LIMBO. Is this the best parent/kid movie we've discussed on the podcast? Maybe! We talk about this movie's chaotic structure, and try to figure out why it works so well for us, as well as it's abrupt ending that beat The Sopra…
 
Joe Reid returns to West Wing Wednesdays to discuss confusing titles, the peaks and luls of Abigail Bartlet's character, and the way in which this show influenced a generation of politicians, and the way everyday people view them, with episode 17;THE WHITE HOUSE PRO-AM. Find Joe at: twitter.com/joereid Find Britt at: twitter.com/brittkeller Patreon…
 
Making her first appearance in two years, Erin La Rosa returns to the podcast to discuss the original ensemble romance, PLAYING BY HEART. We break down why movies of this ilk never seem to work, and why this one stands out as one of the stinkiest, the standout performance from Angelina Jolie, and how projects like this even get produced in the firs…
 
Screen Draft's Clay Keller and West Wing superfan Britt Keller sit down with Phil for a conversation on the fan favorite episode, CELESTIAL NAVIAGTION. We discuss how Clay schemed various DVD rental services to binge watch the series before the era of binging, the inexplicable sex appeal of Josh Lyman, and how realistic this portrayal of the white …
 
Do you remember when we still had to listen to music on discs and cassettes? Before Spotify and Napster? This week, Phil is joined by fellow writer Matthew D'Ambrosio (The Witcher, The Vampire Diaries) to discuss one of the most influential bands of the 90s, SMASHING PUMPKINS. We dig through the band's storied discography in an attempt to track the…
 
Showrunner Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Dream On) joins us for a conversation on episode 14 of The West Wing, Take This Sabbath Day. We discuss the beautifully nuanced performance from Martin Sheen, and how his religion plays into his role as the president. We also discuss the direction from Thomas Schlamme, from the hackey screwball comedic mome…
 
Prepare yourself for "The best romantic comedy ever" according to Daily Mail. That's right, we're talking about Nottin- wait...not Notting Hill? The Very Thought of You? I'm not convinced this movie actually exists, but here is our episode on THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU with Screen Draft's Clay Keller! We discuss Clay's obsession with Monica Potter, an…
 
Writer Carrie Wittmer joins us for a conversation on episode 13 of The West Wing, TAKE OUT THE TRASH DAY. We talk about the plot surrounding a controversial sex study, and the murder of a gay teenager that has been established in previous episodes. Through this we explore Bartlet's relationship to his faith, and CJ's voice becoming more heard in th…
 
The gang is getting Shakespearean this week as we're joined by actress Rachell Lefevre to discuss the underappreciated cinema debut of Julie Taymor, TITUS. We discuss Hollywood's hesitancy to trust female directors, especially when they are known for their distinct style, the on-set dispute over the Titus character between Taymor and Anthony Hopkin…
 
Writer/Director Jessica Ellis (What Lies West) returns to The West Wing to discuss episode 11, LORD JOHN MARBURY. We talk about the standout performance from Roger Rees as the titular John Marbury, the way the show expertly lays out breadcrumbs that lead to its season finales, and the complexities of CJ's romances and workplace relationships. We al…
 
This week, writer Emma Stefansky (Thrillist) takes us back into the DCOM library, this time with Kenny, to discuss SMART HOUSE. Emma helps us to better understand the phenomenon of Disney Channel Original Movies, and why they are held on such a high pedestal to the generation that grew up with them. We also discuss the miniscule budgets these movie…
 
Senior Writer Joanna Robinson (Vanity Fair) joins us to deck the halls as we talk about the very first West Wing Christmas special, and tenth episode overall, IN EXCELSIS DEO. Phil takes some time to outline the insane social media/Emmys scandal that erupted around this episode, involving Aaron Sorkin and co-writer Rick Cleveland. Joanna recounts t…
 
Writer Hunter Covington returns to the show this week to discuss a film we almost refused to cover, the religious apocalyptic thriller THE OMEGA CODE. Being just one in a very long line of 1999 apocalypse flicks we've covered on the show, can this movie hold a candle to the likes of Last Night or even End of Days? We discuss how this film fits into…
 
On our second double bill of this miniseries, we're joined by writer/producer Sarah Watson (The Bold Type, Parenthood) and writer/producer Adam Karp (Once Upon a Time, Teen Wolf), making his second appearance in the past week, to discuss The West Wing's ninth episode, THE SHORT LIST. We discuss how Sorkin was ahead of his time when thinking up poli…
 
Writer Jamie Rosengard joins us to discuss season one, episode eight of The West Wing: Enemies. Being one of the few episodes of the show not credited to Sorkin, we discuss how surprisingly well it captures the essence of his writing, especially considering the last minute script deliveries. We also take a deeper look at CJ and Danny's relationship…
 
This week we are joined by Ryan Marker of Screendrafts to talk about (In his opinion) one of the great, underrated, pre 9/11 airplane movies of all time. Place your trays in their upright positions, fasten your seatbelts, and enjoy today's in flight conversation on PUSHING TIN. As we work our way throught the plot of Mike Newell's air traffic contr…
 
Joe Reid, host of This Has Oscar Buzz, joins Phil in watching episode seven of The West Wing, THE STATE DINNER. We talk about the first appearance of Stockard Channing as Abigail Bartlet, CJs flirtatious relationship with reporter Danny Concannon, and the first time the show has acknowledged Mandy in five episodes. We also break down the national a…
 
It the the apocalypse!! So we brought on returning guest Chandler Levack to talk about the Canadian film, Last Night. We talk about Canadian film as a whole, what would you do with your last day, and how optimistic this movie looks into the apocalypse. Kenny even rant about greatness of Canadian films and thanks Phill and Chandler for being Canadia…
 
Screenwriter Liz Hannah (The Post, Longshot, All the Bright Places) joins Phil in watching episode 6 of The West Wing, Mr. Willis of Ohio. We discuss how Sorkin learns on the job, the degrees of sexism president Bartlet displays, and how his relationship with Leo is the heart of the show. We also compare this episode's viewership to modern televisi…
 
Corinne Stikeman is back on the show to discuss yet another romance film with a great concept, but a terrible execution: THE LOVE LETTER. We discuss this movie's failed attempt at counterprogramming, the questionable casting choices, and the faux french atmosphere it tries to squeeze out of its New England setting. We also theorize how and why this…
 
Writer/Director Jessica Ellis is back on the show to discuss The West Wing's fifth episode, The Crackpots and These Women. We talk about how Sorkin writes women, and how this episode's script airs out a lot of his dirty laundry regarding his own scriptwriting. We also discuss the (strangely) relevant plots surrounding the government's relationship …
 
Jordan Crucchiola (Aughsterion, Disaster Girls) joins us to champion one of the more bizarre movies of 1999, THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER. We break down John Travolta's career, from his highest highs, to his lowest lows, and where he could have been today, had he made the right choices. Jordan defends the whole of this film as being better than its parts…
 
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