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Tim Grierson and Will Leitch are lifelong best friends who have been writing and talking about the movies for 25 years. Grierson is vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Leitch is doing his absolutely best to pretend. Read their work everywhere. But listen to this show for the pure juice, straight on tap.

Grierson & Leitch The New Republic

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Tim Grierson and Will Leitch are lifelong best friends who have been writing and talking about the movies for 25 years. Grierson is vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Leitch is doing his absolutely best to pretend. Read their work everywhere. But listen to this show for the pure juice, straight on tap.

    "Downhill," "The Photograph," "Sonic the Hedgehog"

    "Downhill," "The Photograph," "Sonic the Hedgehog"

    The Oscars are over, so we're back to our normal schedule. Three new movies to discuss this week!
    First, Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Downhill." Then, Lakeith Stanfield and Issa Rae in "The Photograph." Finally, Jim Carrey and James Marsden in "Sonic the Hedgehog." We're all about couples this week! You know, for Valentine's Day.
    Timestamps:
    9:50 "Downhill"
    28:32 "The Photograph"
    46:59 "Sonic the Hedgehog"
    Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.
    We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    2020 Oscar Recap, "Birds of Prey," "The Lodge," "The 400 Blows"

    2020 Oscar Recap, "Birds of Prey," "The Lodge," "The 400 Blows"

    The Oscars just happened! "Parasite" won Best Picture! Whoa! We recap the ceremony, just minutes after it ended.
    We also had movies to talk about! "Birds of Prey," "The Lodge" and "The 400 Blows." Sorry, it's late, we're too tired for timestamps. Just enjoy!
    Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.
    We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    2020 Oscar Winner Predictions, "The Assistant," "The Rhythm Section," "Inglourious Basterds"

    2020 Oscar Winner Predictions, "The Assistant," "The Rhythm Section," "Inglourious Basterds"

    Hello! After all our travel, we are now at last back on our usual schedule. This week, we make our guesses as to who will win the major Oscar categories. Then we briefly bat back and forth "The Assistant" and Blake Lively's "The Rhythm Section."
    Much fun is had in our Reboot segment, in which we break down Quentin Tarantino's 2009 "masterpiece" "Inglourious Basterds."
    7:15 2020 Oscar Winner Predictions
    45:22 "The Assistant"
    53:45 "The Rhythm Section"
    1:03:24 "Inglourious Basterds"
    Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.
    We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    2020 Sundance Film Festival Preview

    2020 Sundance Film Festival Preview

    Hello! Our odd early-2020 schedule continues with a shorter mid-week episode, in which Grierson previews the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. He's leaving for the fest this week, and he takes a look at the history of the festival, and the movies he's most looking forward to seeing there. He will also surely spend much time partying in a hot tub with a dog wearing sunglasses.
    We'll be back on Super Bowl Sunday with a big mega-show. This will have to hold you off until then. Hello!
    Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.
    We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.
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    • 47 min
    "Bad Boys For Life," "Dolittle," "In the Bedroom"

    "Bad Boys For Life," "Dolittle," "In the Bedroom"

    Hi! Look! We're discussing actual movies! The first movies of 2020. And what a couple of gems. First, it's "Bad Boys For Life," this time without Michael Bay. And then "Dolittle," the already-infamous Robert Downey Jr. disaster. Woo.
    And for the first time in way too long, we have a Reboot! It's 2001's "In the Bedroom," directed by the now-reclusive Todd Field. Also stay tuned for a weird Craig Kilborn moment.
    Timestamps (approximate):
    9:30 "Bad Boys For Life"
    31:04 "Dolittle"
    49:14 "In the Bedroom"
    Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.
    We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    2020 Movie Preview, Oscar Nomination Predictions

    2020 Movie Preview, Oscar Nomination Predictions

    We're back! We hope you had a wonderful holiday, all. We have no movies for you this week, but we'll be back to our regular schedule on January 19. For now, here's our big preview of the 2020 movies we are most looking forward to. And then we try to predict the Oscar nominees when they are announced on January 13. We're easing our way back in! If you still miss us, our Dorkfest 2019 and Top Ten Movies of the Decade shows are still available for you. Either way: Happy 2020! Let's all try to survive this year together.
    Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.
    We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast.
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    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

80s Action Hero ,

Just a really good show

The camradrie between Will and Tim, as well as their knowledge and love of film really comes across. It's one of four film shows I regularly download, and one of the best when it comes to informed but entertaining film review and analysis. If you guys are still taking requests for a reboot, can I put forward 'To Live and Die in LA'. I finally got round to seeing it recently and think, while it's aged in parts (and William Peterson has never met a piece of furniture he wouldn't jump over), it's an absolute classic and I'd love to hear what the guys think of it. Cheers

John Dog ,

A fun time for movie lovers

This is a great podcast for cinephiles, movie buffs or just plain old film fans like myself. The hosts are well-informed and unafraid of pushing against the consensus on a movie if necessary. It was most gratifying to hear them trash the execrable Logan, for example, when most critics mistook its adolescent dourness for maturity. G&L are also unafraid of disagreeing with each other, but generally display a good-humoured affability that makes the show an easy listen.

For my Reboot selection, I nominate the criminally underrated and largely forgotten 1987 cops & robbers & aliens flick, The Hidden. It's a rare mix of visceral action, humour and pathos that's tightly written and expertly directed. To me, it really demonstrates how good genre pictures can be. It also features two corking performances from the leads, with Michael Nouri more than holding his own against a very young but very committed Kyle MacLachlan. Cheers, fellas!

Printmediarefugee ,

Strange Times

You're my favourite film review show by a mile. Proper long-form reviews. (But am I allowed to plug Little Gold Men for awards gossip?) Reboots- Given the times, Dr Strangelove is the obvious choice for a reboot. It might be my all-time favorite film. Cast is brilliant, script is brilliant, darkly hilarious- way better than Barry Lyndon vis 4 Oct 2016 episode. But thinking about it, we need escapism. So how about 'To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar'. It too is crazily subversively funny, and a proper antidote to this moment in time. Only thing I ever liked Patrick Swayze in.

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