258 episodes

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

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 409 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.

    "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Small Axe: Lovers Rock," "Stardust"

    "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Small Axe: Lovers Rock," "Stardust"

    Hey, you made it out of Thanksgiving. Well, we hope so, anyway. So, more Oscar stuff! Big Oscars frontrunner "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," with Viola Davis and the last screen performance from the late great Chadwick Boseman leads us off this week. Then we have the second Small Axe film from Steve McQueen, "Lovers Rock." And we close it out with a David Bowie biopic, "Stardust." Getting to be that time of year.
    Timestamps (approximate):
    13:55 "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
    35:14 "Small Axe: Lovers Rock"
    52:59 "Stardust"
    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 21 min
    Grierson and Leitch Conversations: Jeb Lund, Thanksgiving 2020

    Grierson and Leitch Conversations: Jeb Lund, Thanksgiving 2020

    Every year for, jeez, about a decade now, on a variety of different podcasts, author and podcaster Jeb Lund has joined Will to talk about the state of the world, and stuffing, on Thanksgiving. This is this year's conversation.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    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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    • 52 min
    "Small Axe: Mangrove," "Sound of Metal," "Collective"

    "Small Axe: Mangrove," "Sound of Metal," "Collective"

    It's getting to be the time of the year when GOOD movies start coming out. It's Awards Season! Even a pandemic, there are Awards Movies. Three excellent ones this week. The first movie of Steve McQueen's "Small Axe" anthology, "Mangrove." Then, the Riz Ahmed addiction drama "Sound of Metal." And the very upsetting Romanian documentary "Collective."
    Timestamps (approximate):
    12:55 "Small Axe: Mangrove"
    35:17 "Sound of Metal"
    55:50 "Collective"
    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
    People Still Read Books Crossover Episode: Melissa Maerz and "Dazed and Confused"

    People Still Read Books Crossover Episode: Melissa Maerz and "Dazed and Confused"

    Hey, it's a Grierson and Leitch/People Still Read Books crossover episode!
    Melissa Maerz is a longtime entertainment journalist--she's one of the founders of Vulture--and one of the smartest pop culture minds working. And "Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused" is a terrific, engrossing read, a testament to Richard Linklater's great film. But it's also a history of Generation X, and of that particular moment in movie, and generational, history. She's very smart and a blast to talk to. Plus: "Dazed and Confused" is still awesome.
    Follow the podcast at @stillreadbooks on Twitter, and email your author recommendations to peoplestilllreadbooks@gmail.com. Let's go on this journey together.
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    • 35 min
    "Hillbilly Elegy," "Ammonite," "Freaky," "The Climb"

    "Hillbilly Elegy," "Ammonite," "Freaky," "The Climb"

    All four of our new movies are playing exclusively in theaters right now. That's new! And maybe ... not the best timing on that?
    Anyway, first we discuss Ron Howard's adaptation of J.D. Vance's memoir "Hillbilly Elegy." Then it's the Kate Winslet-Saoirse Ronan romance "Ammonite." And hey, wanna see Vince Vaughn play a teenage girl? Here's "Freaky." And then there's the Cannes hit "The Climb." Plenty!
    Timestamps (approximate):
    13:17 "Hillbilly Elegy"
    35:14 "Ammonite"
    48:30 "Freaky"
    1:10:11 "The Climb"
    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 37 min
    "Let Him Go," "Proxima," "The Fly"

    "Let Him Go," "Proxima," "The Fly"

    Hey, the election happened! It took a while, but ... wow, we voted that lunatic out. Tim and Will talk about that, and also new movies "Let Him Go" (with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) and "Proxima" (with Eva Green and Matt Dillon).
    Then, in our Reboot section, we get gross with David Cronenberg's 1986 horror film "The Fly." Bundle-Fly!
    Timestamps (approximate):
    17:30 "Let Him Go"
    38:14 "Proxima"
    55:30 "The Fly"
    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 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
409 Ratings

409 Ratings

Rfraz86 ,

Time for an updated review!

Grierson and Leitch continue to be great. During the early days of the pandemic (and who knows, maybe in the latter days to come!), they did a fun new segment where they went back and reviewed a different year in movies (1977 and 1994 were particular favorites of mine). Fun fact: if you listen to old episodes and compare them to new ones, Will’s readings of the music credits have gotten twice as fast!

I’d love to hear Will and Tim discuss a film that is under-discussed from the great movie year of 2007: Walk Hard. Not only does it nail biopics, the music is really catchy and funny (“Let’s Duet” is my favorite, but “Walk Hard” is actually good!). Watch it, Tim!!

Denver herd ,

Door In The Floor

Great pod, good broadcasters w/ well developed opinions. Please reboot Door In The Floor, two great movie star performances from Bridges and Basinger, plus top notch cinematography and editing. Being a drunken children’s book author never looked so cool!

Chirpaka ,

The Insider, Lowell Bergman: My Fav Pacino

Your podcast is my great. Keep it going! I’ve seen a few Michael Mann movies and more than a few movies starring Al Pacino. I went in to The Insider expecting to see what I’ve seen from Mann before (hyper masculinity, story often breezing over woman characters for the sake of men being men doing things men do). The Mann trappings are still there, but the story and the characters and the journey the characters take really sucked me into the world and tone of this film. Lowell Bergman may be my favorite Pacino role. I would love to here your thoughts on The Insider. Thanks, Russ

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