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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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    • Cinéma : les critiques

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.

    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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    • 16 min
    On Not Covering The Exorcist

    On Not Covering The Exorcist

    In a season dedicated to horror movies, William Freidkin's The Exorcist (1973) seems a natural--practically a requirement. So why aren't the guys--who admire this film--doing an episode on it? Check out this bonus 5-minute episode.



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    • 5 min
    The Haunting

    The Haunting

    "They don't make 'em like this anymore" is Mike's take on Robert Wise's The Haunting (1963). He and Dan talk about whether this is the case and how this terrific film hovers between Poltergeist and The Turn of the Screw. Mike makes a claim to which Dan responds, "One hundred percent! One hundred percent! One hundred percent!" and the two talk about how a modern film would have treated the spiral staircase scene. Of course, The Shining is mentioned--but so is Bringing Up Baby. Give it a listen and check us out on Twitter @15minfilm.



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    • 17 min

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