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Two friends with strong opinions watch films separately then discuss them on the show for the first time. Can their friendship survive? Join Mike and Dan as they discuss one film each episode--and in only fifteen minutes, give or take a few. There are no long pauses, pontifications, or politics--just two guys who want to share their enthusiasm for great movies.

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Two friends with strong opinions watch films separately then discuss them on the show for the first time. Can their friendship survive? Join Mike and Dan as they discuss one film each episode--and in only fifteen minutes, give or take a few. There are no long pauses, pontifications, or politics--just two guys who want to share their enthusiasm for great movies.

    Bonus Episode: Dr. Who for Americans

    Bonus Episode: Dr. Who for Americans

    Since the guys just did an episode on Sorry We Missed You, they thought they'd stay across the pond a bit longer and catch up with the hosts of Strangers in Space to get schooled in the basics of Dr. Who.  So get away from the Daleks, jump in the TARDIS, and join Mike and Dan as they learn about the show from three experts--all in about 15 minutes!


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    Incredible bumper music by John Deley.

    • 17 min
    Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    How do you navigate a world in which nothing seems secure?  Mike and Dan discuss Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You (2020), his portrait of a family dealing with the stresses of the gig economy.  For a film that seems under-directed, this descent into a middle-class Dante's Inferno works so well because of Loach's skill and the actors' performances.  The guys talk about how the film is about fear more than greed, the social reality of bodily functions, and the ways in which the characters try to hold onto their dignity--and each other.  So drop those keys and give it a listen!


    Please follow or subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts and on Twitter @15MinFilm.   You can also contact us at fifteenminutefilm@gmail.com.  


    Incredible bumper music by John Deley.

    • 20 min
    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    Mike and Dan kick off season 4 with The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957).  Mike talks about how we respond to different kinds of characters and how our response to the title character's predicament is dependent on his size; Dan talks about how the film points out how childhood has disappeared from contemporary life.  The guys also mention Clash of the Titans, My Left Foot, and what makes what would be a fine Twilight Zone episode a more stirring look at our relationship to the universe.  So run from the cat, kill that spider, and give it a listen!  


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    • 19 min
    Remember the Night

    Remember the Night

    Everybody knows some George Bailey, Kevin, and John McClane help to make the season bright--but Mike and Dan urge everyone to take a look at Mitchell Leissen's 1940 comedy Remember the Night, written by Preston Sturges and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. So watch the film (it's free on Peacock and TCM), pour some eggnog, and listen to this short bonus episode. Merry Christmas!



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    • 10 min
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Not having seen it in decades, Mike and Dan revisit Philip Kaufman's 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers, his terrific remake of the 1956 classic. They praise the film's soundscape with many examples, from the famous screech to the sound of Donald Sutherland's scissors. Dan mentions the terrific use of garbage trucks and Mike talk about the uncanny valley as applied to the pod-people. Of course, they talk about the ending--an ending that works so well because "it hurts." They also talk about the strange experience of watching this film in our time of COVID. After you listen, please check out the Twitter feed @15MinFilm--thanks!



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    • 18 min
    The Ring

    The Ring

    Remember the commercials for The Ring where we saw audiences' reactions to the jump scares? Does the film hold up almost 20 years later? Mike and Dan talk about Gore Verbinski’s 2002 hit and discuss improbability in films vs. novels, television as a “vast wasteland,” the Momo Challenge (remember that?) and Ringu, the 1998 film upon which The Ring is based. So adjust that tracking and give us a listen.



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