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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.

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    • 4.9 • 430 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.

    "Old," "Snake Eyes," "Tombstone"

    "Old," "Snake Eyes," "Tombstone"

    Don't worry! Timestamps are back! We will not get rid of them again. Even if they are not exact. Anyway, two new movies this week: M. Night Shaymalan's "Old" and the G.I. Joe origin movie "Snake Eyes."
    There's also a reboot, about time: It's 1993's "Tombstone."
    Timestamps:
    9:45 "Old"
    35:33 "Snake Eyes"
    52:44 "Tombstone"
    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
    "Black Widow," "Space Jam: A New Legacy," "No Sudden Move," "Pig," "The Tomorrow War"

    "Black Widow," "Space Jam: A New Legacy," "No Sudden Move," "Pig," "The Tomorrow War"

    OK! Grierson is back from Cannes! We talk about the film festival, but mostly, we get caught up on the movies we missed. Do you all still use the timestamps? Because we think we might get rid of them! But here are the movies:
    Marvel's "Black Widow"
    LeBron James in "Space Jam: A New Legacy"
    Steven Soderbergh's "No Sudden Move"
    Nicolas Cage in "Pig"
    And Chris Pratt's alien movie "The Tomorrow War"
    Is it OK that we didn't do the timestamps?
    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 45 min
    Best Movies of the First Half of 2021, Cannes Film Festival Preview

    Best Movies of the First Half of 2021, Cannes Film Festival Preview

    Hey! Grierson's about to go to Cannes for that big film festival that they're having, and he previews the field for us. The field is STACKED, by the way. But the big part of the show is each of our six favorite movies from the first half of the year. There's only one crossover!
    We're off next week while Grierson is in Cannes, but we'll be back for a megashow to get caught up on everything on July 18. Have a great Fourth!
    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
    "F9," "False Positive," "I Carry You With Me"

    "F9," "False Positive," "I Carry You With Me"

    It's not a blockbuster movie season if there isn't a "Fast and the Furious" film out, so here is "F9." Also, Ilana Glazer co-writes and stars in the "Rosemary's Baby"-inspired "False Positive." Then we close out with the drama "I Carry You With Me."
    Timestamps:
    11:27 "F9"
    39:23 "False Positive"
    53:31 "I Carry You With Me"
    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 25 min
    "Luca," "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard," "The Sparks Brothers," "Fatherhood"

    "Luca," "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard," "The Sparks Brothers," "Fatherhood"

    Pixar has a movie that's not showing in theaters? Weird! We discuss "Luca." Then we discuss a movie that is in theaters, the action-comedy sequel "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard."
    We go back and forth on the other two films, with Grierson telling us about Edgar Wright's "The Sparks Brothers" and Leitch explaining away "Fatherhood," with Kevin Hart.
    Timestamps:
    11:32 "Luca"
    31:26 "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard"
    49:41 "The Sparks Brothers"
    1:02:22 "Fatherhood"
    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
    "In the Heights," "Infinite," "Sideways"

    "In the Heights," "Infinite," "Sideways"

    OK! Big movies are back! First it's the big adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, "In the Heights." Then, uh, Mark Wahlberg on ...Paramount Plus? And it's "Infinite?" Sure.
    Fun Reboot, though, with the 2004 Alexander Payne wine comedy "Sideways."
    Timestamps:
    7832 "In the Heights"
    41:20 "Infinite"
    55:37 "Sideways"
    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 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
430 Ratings

430 Ratings

KyBar23 ,

A very solid A-

This isn't just the only movie-review podcast that I listen to, it's the only weekly podcast that I religiously download and listen to every week, often as soon as the episode is published. Despite a taste in movies that largely differs from both Grierson & Leitch, I value their insights and the added context that Grierson, an industry expert who literally wrote the book on how to make movies, and who serves as the duo's unofficial film festival correspondent, often provides, whether it's about film trends or what a particular director has been up to, or what studios are picking up what films and why.

The show's format also sets them apart. Somewhat based on the Siskel & Ebert model, Grierson & Leitch avoid interrupting and talking over one another; instead, each speaks at length before handing the mic over, allowing for more in-depth analysis. Stylistically, Grierson typically offers his takes in near-polished-essay form, while Leitch tends to start 6 or 7 different sentences before finishing any of them, bouncing back and forth between ideas before, somehow, finding his way to a (relatively) clear and coherent summation. Just trust me, it works.

More than anything, though, Grierson & Leitch use the prism of film criticism to convey their fundametnal decency and kindess and, ultimately, humanity, which after all are what movies are actually about. Perhaps they are earnest to a fault (their shared angst over properly ranking movies is palpabale), or maybe it's the cynicism that I can't fully shake that explains why we see certain films differently. In any case, I tend to feel better about the world after an hour (or two) of Grierson & Leitch, and I think you will too.

Finally, the real reason we're all here, my reboot request: My pick is Adventureland, the (in my view) underrated 2009 coming-of-age story, set in a Pittsburgh amusement park, focused on the purgatory many experience between college and The Real World. I'm pretty sure that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen earned more Academy Award nominations (1) than Adventureland (0), and yet the film deftly handles a number of themes, such as the tension between intellectualism and the banality and realities of day-to-day life, ambition, friendship, and how we all stumble around through our early adult years trying to find identity and purpose. The '80s soundtrack really works, too.

Dangersandwich ,

Fantastic film podcast made by humans

Grierson & Leitch has been my go-to film podcast for years. Their banter about movies is as electric as leaving a theater with your best friend with a head full of ideas and a good conversation. The discussion is always entertaining and kind, even when they absolutely hate something (which is rare!) One of the top five podcasts I listen to every week. For a re-review, would you fellas mind taking a crack at The Fisher King?

Dean3380 ,

Simply the Best

Come for the banter and laughably long intro, stay for the excellent movie reviews. By far the best movie podcast out there, touching on popcorn movies and foreign films alike. For a reboot, I would love to hear the guys talk about There Will Be Blood.

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