And the Oscar goes to... Mari and Jeff. For finally finding an outlet to ramble about the award show season. Let's chat movies, award politics, actors we love to hate and actors we hate to love.
IT'S THE EMMYS EPISODE - aka The #SchittsStreak
Mari and Jeff recap the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on this week's episode, in all their glory! They discuss the wall of Zoom calls as nominees tuned in from their homes (wow, what a year), those hazmat suit award presenters in people's homes, the #SchittsStreak that made history, how obsessed they are with Jeremy Strong and Zendaya, what the Oscars can learn from the Emmys, how diverse the nominees were yet how non-diverse the winners were, and MORE! It wouldn't be an award season podcast if they didn't dedicate a whole episode to an awards show, now would it?
We Didn't Like Chariots of Fire, Sorry... (plus Festivals & new movies!)
It's a PACKED episode, friends! Mari and Jeff dive into the Venice & Toronto Film Festivals and what too look out for, plus they go through The Academy's new diversity and inclusion film standards with some thoughts. They also chat about the "pandemic movie," Tenet, and what it was like to be in a movie theater again (plus I'm Thinking of Ending Things which Mari really misunderstood, The Devil All the Time, Mulan and MORE) Finally, they dive into 1981's Chariots of Fire and SPOILER: Mari and Jeff are not fans (despite the iconic beach running scene, of course).
A Gander At Gandhi
Nothing like a 3.5 hour film about Gandhi to get you goin' this holiday weekend! On this week's episode, Mari and Jeff chat about The Morning Show (again... cause it's so good), weird documentaries they both recently watched, new movie trailers & why we're getting them during a pandemic, and how Heavyweights and The Mighty Ducks used essentially the exact same cast. They also have a HEFTY conversation on the 1983 Oscar Best Picture winner, Gandhi, and how the film is much more about what's going on around Gandhi than the man itself, which they were not expecting. Mari and Jeff have some differing opinions on the film, but they will ALWAYS agree that movies over 3-hours long need HELP.
Terms of Endearment aka Little Women: The Squeakquel
Mari and Jeff give sexy roller derby girl vibes this episode & chat about Killing Eve, American Animals, shows acceptable to rewatch, and an online musical? They also dive into the 1983 Oscar Best Picture winner, Terms of Endearment, jam packed with a star-studded cast & creative team. And for one of the only times in Oscar Buzzkills history, Mari and Jeff don't agree on if the film was good or not! Which one thought the direction lacked motive? Which one felt a deep emotional connection to the character development? Which one thought the ending of this movie was a sprint? And which one thinks Jack Nicholson is a little creepy? (Spoiler on the last one: it's both Mari and Jeff.)
EMMY NOMINATIONS plus a lil bit of Mozart
Mari and Jeff break down the 2020 Emmy nominations - the snubs, the surprises, the diversity, and what shows they are most excited to take home the gold! These noms are officially kicking off the weirdest awards season ever, and Mari and Jeff can't wait to take ya'll through it! They also chat about the 1984 Best Picture winner, Amadeus - aka, the movie everyone watched when they had a sub in high school choir. They chat about the beautiful cinematography, production design and costumes, if it's better to be historically accurate or historically fantasmic, and how odd this film's casting was. (Plus Mari geeks out on Mozart & opera cause it's literally her job.)
Out of Africa, Into White Saviorism
On this week's episode, Mari breaks down her controversial rankings of the Star Wars film and Jeff HATES it. Plus, they chat about how INCREDIBLE The Lonely Island's Palm Springs is, I May Destroy You on HBO, Freestyle Love Supreme, and... Warrior Nun?? Mari and Jeff also break down this week's Oscar Best Picture Winner, Out of Africa (1985) - how it's kind of a feminist film by accident, with undertones of white saviorism that was poorly edited but cinematically gorgeous. Plus MERYL AND ROBERT - were they good in this film or do we just expect greatness from them?