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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 Grierson & Leitch

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 452 Ratings

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.

    "DC League of Super-Pets," "Resurrection," "Sharp Stick"

    "DC League of Super-Pets," "Resurrection," "Sharp Stick"

    For the first time since March 2020 ... all three of our movies are exclusively in theaters this weekend. Not the movies we might have picked, but a landmark nonetheless. First, we discuss the DC animated film "DC League of Super-Pets." Then it's the Rebecca Hall psychological thriller "Resurrection." And hey, Lena Dunham is back. We talk about her new movie "Sharp Stick."
    Timestamps:
    9:53 "DC League of Super-Pets"
    27:55 "Resurrection"
    55:44 "Sharp Stick"
    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 23 min
    "Nope," "The Grey Man," "Where the Crawdads Sing"

    "Nope," "The Grey Man," "Where the Crawdads Sing"

    We're back after a week off! And lots to dig into. First, it's Jordan Peele's third film, "Nope," which gives us lots to dig into. Then it's the Ryan Gosling/Chris Evans/Ana de Armas "thriller" "The Grey Man." And then it's the literary adaptation "Where the Crawdads Sing."
    Timestamps:
    11:21 "Nope"
    44:21 "The Grey Man"
    1:01:01 "Where the Crawdads Sing"
    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 31 min
    "Thor: Love and Thunder," "Both Sides of the Blade," "The Sea Beast"

    "Thor: Love and Thunder," "Both Sides of the Blade," "The Sea Beast"

    Three new movies this week, and they're gonna have to hold you off for a fortnight. No show next week. But this is a fun one: Lots of disagreement!
    Timestamps:
    11:21 "Thor: Love and Thunder"
    35:43 "Both Sides of the Blade"
    56:33 "The Sea Beast"
    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
    Best Movies of the First Half of 2022

    Best Movies of the First Half of 2022

    Special show! To get you into the July 4 holiday, we take a look at each of our six best movies of the first half of the year. Yep: We're halfway through the year so far.
    That's all this show is: Just Will's top six, and Grierson's top six. (And where to find them all on streaming.)
    Timestamps:
    8:11 That's the show! The top sixes!
    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 17 min
    "Elvis," "The Black Phone," "Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe"

    "Elvis," "The Black Phone," "Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe"

    Hey, so it's been a miserable few days. We're sort of getting used to that?
    Let's talk about some movies to take our minds off it. First, there's the Baz Luhrmann musical biography "Elvis," with Tom Hanks. (Not as Elvis.) Then we discuss the Blumhouse horror film "The Black Phone." And yeah, huh-huh, huh-huh, it's the Paramount Plus "legacy sequel" "Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe." Droll, droll, very droll.
    Timestamps:
    10:11 "Elvis"
    37:41 "The Black Phone"
    51:33 "Beavis and Butt-head Do America"
    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 14 min
    "Lightyear," "Spiderhead," "Good Luck to You Leo Grande," "Cha Cha Real Smooth"

    "Lightyear," "Spiderhead," "Good Luck to You Leo Grande," "Cha Cha Real Smooth"

    The good news is that we have four big, fascinating movies to discuss this week. The bad news is that Will has Covid. Hey, you win some, you lose some.
    Anyway, we discuss the Pixar "Toy Story" offshoot "Lightyear," the Netflix film with Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller "Spiderhead," the Emma Thompson sex comedy "Good Luck to You Leo Grande" and the Cooper Raiff/Dakota Johnson romantic comedy (and huge Sundance hit) "Cha Cha Real Smooth." Busy week! Covid won't stand in our way!
    Timestamps:
    13:26 "Lightyear"
    41:11 "Spiderhead"
    52:22 "Good Luck to You Leo Grande"
    1:11:44 "Cha Cha Real Smooth"
    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 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
452 Ratings

452 Ratings

collin.leadbeater ,

Great Movie Podcast

I’m appealing to Tim with this review because I know he’s a fan of the movie I’m about to request. But first I’ll say I’ve been listening since they reviewed 13 Hours and this has been my favorite movie podcast since. For my reboot request, I am suggesting what might be my favorite movie, and a movie I know Tim loves, Robert Altman’s California Split. You’re welcome Tim.

Deadguy35 ,

Best Film Podcast

These two really know their stuff. Always entertaining and informative despite the unnecessary, facile politics.
Would love to hear their take on Team America: World Police

ABQCinephile ,

Like Old Friends

Of all the film podcasts I listen to, this is the one that sounds and feels the most like my own discussions about movies with my childhood cinephile best friend. That’s appropriate, because these two are actual childhood best friends whose passion for movies is infectious and joyful.

Tim Grierson is one of our most articulate and knowledgeable pop culture critics, and Will Leitch’s infectious enthusiasm more than makes up for his regular mispronunciation of the word ‘biopic’.

My Reboot recommendation would be Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘The Banishment’, my favorite film from one of the world’s greatest directors. This director consistently manages to create compelling depictions of lives under pressure that work on their own as character pieces and as explorations of universal moral and social questions, while simultaneously illuminating something about life in modern Russia. Zvyagintsev barely survived a severe case of COVID-19, and while we wait for his (hopefully full) recovery and return to filmmaking, it’d be great to hear these two discuss his sophomore effort to tide us over — and bring more attention to a criminally underseen film.

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