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Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard hop from genre to genre squabbling or bonding over what movies are high quality, highly watchable, both or neither. "Be Reel" is part of The Playlist Podcast Network.

Be Reel Noah Ballard & Chance Solem-Pfeifer

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Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Noah Ballard hop from genre to genre squabbling or bonding over what movies are high quality, highly watchable, both or neither. "Be Reel" is part of The Playlist Podcast Network.

    The Golf Comedy | Ep. 169

    The Golf Comedy | Ep. 169

    It's slobs vs. snobs, divas vs. duffers, and Be Reel vs. the bygone bubble of American golf comedies. "Caddyshack" turns 40 this week, which gives us a great excuse to talk about this frozen-in-time genre: when class conflict could allegedly be solved with a 400-foot slapshot ("Happy Gilmore") and any old folkloric f*ckup could tear through the US Open ("Tin Cup"). These sports comedies are long on charm, low on logic, and were all clearly made in a time before Tiger Woods. Let's tee off.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tom Hanks Is The Captain, Always | Ep. 168

    Tom Hanks Is The Captain, Always | Ep. 168

    When it comes to being an on-screen mariner, Tom Hanks takes his orders from no one. To celebrate his recent birthday and the release of the new WWII submarine movie "Greyhound" (2020), Chance and Noah dive into the boat-bound roles of Hanks’ storied career. That means “Splash” (1984), “Sleepless In Seattle” (1993), “Cast Away” (2000), “Captain Phillips” (2013), and then “Greyhound.” Can the guys craft a coherent thesis as to why Hanks keeps choosing the water as his co-star? Permission to come aboard.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    'Cane River': A Long-Lost Black Romance (feat. Tiana Reid) | Ep. 167

    'Cane River': A Long-Lost Black Romance (feat. Tiana Reid) | Ep. 167

    "Cane River" (1982), a recently unearthed debut from writer/director Horace Jenkins, is now, after a year of remastering, available for streaming. Part love story, part critique of colorism in Louisana, "Cane River" is a moving examination of how cinematic romances can't escape history. Critic and writer Tiana Reid guests this week (16:00) to unpack the concept of the "Black outdoors" and review some of Peter Metoyer's poetry.

    Read Tiana's tremendous review of "Cane River" here:

    https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/06/20/searching-for-freedom-in-cane-river-and-the-black-outdoors/

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    • 47 min
    Rob McElhenney on Evolving "It's Always Sunny" And Making "Mythic Quest" While Quarantined | Ep. 166

    Rob McElhenney on Evolving "It's Always Sunny" And Making "Mythic Quest" While Quarantined | Ep. 166

    This week, "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" co-creator and star Rob McElhenney talks with Chance about 14 seasons of changing yet not changing Mac, answering constant questions about his physique, and the new quarantine episode of his Apple TV+ comedy "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet." If that's not enough, there's George RR Martin talk and McElhenney's general advice for staying sharp and responsible as an artist.

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    • 35 min
    'Chicken Run' and Aardman's Claymation Wizardry | Ep. 165

    'Chicken Run' and Aardman's Claymation Wizardry | Ep. 165

    "Chicken Run" (2000) turns 20 this week, and to celebrate, Chance and Noah are looking back at the filmography of Nick Park, the chief creative voice of Aardman Animation through its heyday. To understand the origins of Park's droll but heartfelt world, we rewind to the original, Academy Award-winning "Wallace & Gromit" shorts and discuss all the hallmarks of tactility—exploding fruit, precocious critters and nightmarish “steam folk” machines—that made Aardman movies so singular. After a full-scale celebration of “Chicken Run,” we also review “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005) and “Early Man” (2018).

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    'Da 5 Bloods' | Episode 164

    'Da 5 Bloods' | Episode 164

    Spike Lee is back and streaming with his latest, “Da 5 Bloods,” an homage to Black Vietnam War vets by way of “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” Delroy Lindo gives the performance of his career as one of four vets who return to Vietnam to retrieve their fallen friend’s body and also the pile of gold they hid on their final tour. Chance and Noah break down the unexplored legacy of Black GIs and their diverging politics, now 50 years later, in the Trump era, as well as the hallmarks of a topflight auteur teaming with Netflix.

    To support the causes of justice and equality for Black Americans in these times, please consider donating to:

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    • 35 min

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