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“...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.

    #821: Rocky (7 From '76) / Detour ('40s Noir #4) / '80s Madness Champ

    #821: Rocky (7 From '76) / Detour ('40s Noir #4) / '80s Madness Champ

    Whatever backlash ROCKY has received over the years for beating out the likes of "Taxi Driver," "All The President's Men" and "Network" for the 1977 Best Picture Oscar, it has largely faded as people discover - or rediscover - that the populist hit that spawned a mostly forgettable (and occasionally ridiculous) franchise has more in common with its gritty '70s peers than it gets credit for. Among those who remain unconvinced, however, is Josh. Thankfully, Adam comes to Rocky's defense and the two go 15 rounds before ending the review in a split decision. Plus, raves for the nasty '45 Noir DETOUR - part of the '40s Noir Marathon - and the winner of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:24 - 7 From '76—Best Year Ever: "Rocky"
    Bill Conti, "Gonna Fly Now"
    43:45 - Josh: "Godzilla vs. Kong"
    49:01 - Next Week / Poll / Notes
    54:29 - Filmspotting Madness '80s Champion
    1:05:13 - 40s Noir #4: "Detour"
    1:29:08 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    #820: Godzilla ('54) vs. Kong ('33)

    #820: Godzilla ('54) vs. Kong ('33)

    With the new "Godzilla vs. Kong" bringing some much-needed spectacle to long-suffering theatre chains, Adam and Josh take the opportunity to settle the question of which classic monster movie has the most to offer audiences today, the mournful and metaphor-rich GODZILLA (1954) or the effects-driven adventure of the landmark KING KONG (1933). (Tease: it's a split decision.) Plus, results from the Final 4 round of Filmspotting Madness.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:17 - Review: "Godzilla" ('54) vs. "King Kong" ('33)
    Blue Oyster Cult, "Godzilla"
    33:49 - Next Week / Notes
    45:20 - Filmspotting Madness: Final 4
    46:15 - "Godzilla" vs. "King Kong", cont.
    1:30:18 - Outro 
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    #819: Oscars Homework (Pieces of a Woman / U.S. vs Billie Holiday / My Octopus Teacher)

    #819: Oscars Homework (Pieces of a Woman / U.S. vs Billie Holiday / My Octopus Teacher)

    Adam and Josh skipped the harrowing PIECES OF A WOMAN last fall in the lead-up to end-of-year awards, but with star Vanessa Kirby nabbing an Oscar nomination last week, they couldn't put it off any longer. (At least one of them couldn't, anyway.) They did both play biopic bingo with the U.S. VS BILLIE HOLIDAY, a film which largely fails its talented star Andra Day, who also received a nomination. Plus thoughts on the Oscar-nominated docs MY OCTOPUS TEACHER and THE MOLE AGENT.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:15 - "The United States vs Billie Holiday"
    18:35 - "Pieces of a Woman"
    Billie Holiday, "Everything I Have Is Yours"
    22:36 - Next Week / Notes
    34:14 - Filmspotting Madness: Final 4
    49:24 - "My Octopus Teacher," "The Mole Agent"
    1:14:15 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 21 min

    #817: Top 5 Movie Meals / WandaVision / The Truffle Hunters

    #817: Top 5 Movie Meals / WandaVision / The Truffle Hunters

    Inspired by the visually striking - and slyly funny - new documentary THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS, Adam and Josh consider the greatest meals they've ever seen on screen. Plus, Josh's thoughts on Marvel's recently-concluded WANDAVISION and the Sweet 16 round of Filmspotting Madness—Best of the '80s.
    0:00 - Billboard
    1:22 - "The Truffle Hunters"
    7:23 - Top 5: Movie Meals
    37:47 - Josh reviews: "WandaVision"
    42:42 - Next Week / Notes
    52:12 - Filmspotting Madness Sweet 16
    1:10:27 - Top 5, cont.
    1:32:41 - Outro
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    • 1 hr 39 min

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The show is no longer fun, you’ve become pedantic, self righteous tools.

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