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A weekly podcast about the film, TV, and culture we're consuming and what it all means (if it means anything at all). Hosted by producer and writer Pelin Keskin-Liu and culture writer and critic Jenny G. Zhang.

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A weekly podcast about the film, TV, and culture we're consuming and what it all means (if it means anything at all). Hosted by producer and writer Pelin Keskin-Liu and culture writer and critic Jenny G. Zhang.

    The Lost Daughter, Landscapers, and when Kanye met Julia

    The Lost Daughter, Landscapers, and when Kanye met Julia

    We discuss The Lost Daughter and Landscapers, two works that explore the complexities of codependency, whether in motherhood or in marriage.

    02:53 The Lost Daughter, streaming on Netflix, is a brutal, intimate, unforgettable film about what it means to be a mother.

    22:03 Landscapers, a limited series on HBO, is a love story — dressed as a true crime drama — underpinned by questions of fantasy, delusion, and reality.

    37:28 Plus, culture notes about Julia Fox and Kanye West at Carbone: a celebrity date to remember (in the pages of Interview Magazine).

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    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. For extended show notes — including links that we reference, plus more — subscribe to our Substack. Inquiries, complaints, and recs for what to watch can go to criticismisdead@gmail.com.

    Music: REEKAH

    Artwork and design: Sara Macias and Andrew Liu

    • 47 min
    Station Eleven, Don't Look Up, and grab bag

    Station Eleven, Don't Look Up, and grab bag

    We discuss Station Eleven and Don't Look Up, two visions of the end of the world.

    03:33 Station Eleven, streaming on HBO Max, is a compelling miniseries about what it means to not just survive, but to live and rebuild.

    23:22 Netflix's star-studded Don't Look Up is a perfectly okay Movie With a Message that has attracted far more discourse than anyone needs.

    43:17 Plus, instead of our normal culture notes, we do a little grab bag on things we've watched recently but haven't had a chance to mention: Pen15, Insecure, The Matrix Resurrections, Emily in Paris season 2, Selling Tampa, and Queer Eye season 6.

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    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. For extended show notes — including links that we reference, plus more — subscribe to our Substack. Inquiries, complaints, and recs for what to watch can go to criticismisdead@gmail.com.

    Music: REEKAH

    Artwork and design: Sara Macias and Andrew Liu

    • 50 min
    The best movies and TV shows of 2021 (in our opinion)

    The best movies and TV shows of 2021 (in our opinion)

    It's our year-end special! To close out 2021, we each present our top 5 picks for film and TV, respectively, from this year.

    03:10 Movies!

    16:39 TV!

    31:11 Bonus: Books!

    (For film and TV honorable mentions, check out criticismisdead.substack.com.)

    Thank you very much for tuning in this year. We will see you next year!!!!

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    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. For extended show notes — including links that we reference, plus more — subscribe to our Substack. Inquiries, complaints, and recs for what to watch can go to criticismisdead@gmail.com.

    Music: REEKAH

    Artwork and design: Sara Macias and Andrew Liu

    • 40 min
    Yellowjackets, The Great, and that Jeremy Strong profile

    Yellowjackets, The Great, and that Jeremy Strong profile

    We discuss Yellowjackets and The Great, two shows about female savagery as a matter of survival, whether that's in the Canadian wilderness or the 18th-century Russian court.

    02:43 Yellowjackets, airing on Showtime, is compelling in its depiction of the violence and trauma that a high school girls' soccer team inflict on each other.

    20:08 The Great, in its second season on Hulu, is an ahistorical romp that relishes in wicked absurdity as well as some genuinely tender moments.

    31:38 Plus, culture notes about New Yorker writer Michael Schulman's profile of Jeremy Strong — and all the weird reactions it has sparked in both readers and celebrities.

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    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. For extended show notes — including links that we reference, plus more — subscribe to our Substack. Inquiries, complaints, and recs for what to watch can go to criticismisdead@gmail.com.

    Music: REEKAH

    Artwork and design: Sara Macias and Andrew Liu

    • 43 min
    Succession feat. Judy Berman

    Succession feat. Judy Berman

    In this special episode, we discuss Succession, a show that needs no introduction.

    (Note: Spoilers up through S3E7; at the time of recording, we had NOT watched the last two episodes of season 3.)

    We're joined by a special guest: Judy Berman, one of our favorite critics, who writes about TV for Time.

    04:24 HBO series Succession is among the all-time greats — and here's why.

    Follow Judy on Twitter (@judyberman) and check out her writing for Time:


    “Suddenly, Everyone We See on TV Is Very Rich or Very Poor. What Happened?”
    “The 10 Best TV Shows of 2021”
    “Welcome to TV’s Era of Peak Redundancy”

    Also, read about us on _Time_'s list of the 10 best podcasts of 2021!!!!!

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    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. For extended show notes — including links that we reference, plus more — subscribe to our Substack. Inquiries, complaints, and recs for what to watch can go to criticismisdead@gmail.com.

    Music: REEKAH

    Artwork and design: Sara Macias and Andrew Liu

    • 47 min
    The French Dispatch, Selling Sunset, and GBBO finale

    The French Dispatch, Selling Sunset, and GBBO finale

    We discuss The French Dispatch and Selling Sunset, two artifices of reality.

    04:38 The French Dispatch, playing in theaters, is very “Wes Anderson” (to borrow a phrase), and we like that.

    22:30 Netflix reality show Selling Sunset needs to dial back on the tepid interpersonal drama and bring back more opulent, ostentatious houses to look at.

    40:15 Plus, a short debrief on the Great British Bake Off finale and our favorites from this season.

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    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. For extended show notes — including links that we reference, plus more — subscribe to our Substack. Inquiries, complaints, and recs for what to watch can go to criticismisdead@gmail.com.

    Music: REEKAH

    Artwork and design: Sara Macias and Andrew Liu

    • 46 min

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