Two working film industry professionals talk the ins and outs of movies and the best and worst of cinema.
Episode 92: Oscar Nominations Discussed.
On this episode Barry and Mike share their thoughts on this year's Oscar nominations. Topics discussed include the sorry state of the Oscars which reflects the sorry state of cinema, and the underwhelming nominations in an underwhelming year.
Episode 91: The Menu
On this episode, Barry and Mike indulge in a seven-course discussion about the dark horror/comedy The Menu, starring Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy. Topics debated include the difficulty of making foodie movies and their deliciousness when they're well-done, the endangered adult-oriented mid-budget movie, and the glory of pizza with peanut butter cups.
Episode 90: Amsterdam
On this episode, Barry and Mike don their glass eyes and try to thwart a fascist coup as they discuss all things Amsterdam, the David O. Russell movie starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington. Questions debated include is David O. Russell officially a hack? Is John David Washington the worst working actor in Hollywood? What the hell is going on with Margot Robbie? And for how many decades has Robert DeNiro been mailing it in?
Episode 89: Glass Onion - A Knives Out Mystery
On this episode, Barry and Mike jet off to a private Greek island to try and solve the mystery of who murdered cinema as they talk all things Glass Onion - A Knives Out Mystery, the new star-studded Rian Johnson movie on Netflix. Topics discussed include the structure of successful whodunnits, the absurdity of Daniel Craig's egregious Foghorn Leghorn impression, and the tragic lowering of cinematic standards.
Episode 88: Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Two Pinocchios in one year? You better believe it! On this episode, Barry and Mike don their wooden shoes and head to Geppetto's workshop to debate the merits of Guillermo del Toro's stop-motion animated Pinocchio, available on Netflix. A bevy of heavy topics are discussed, including death, religion, and Barry's shocking Christmas confession.
Episode 87: Sr
I like this podcast
There’s too many podcasts out there of people not in the industry/want to be in the industry/got kicked out of the industry/can’t make it in the industry/dream of making it in the industry who are commenting on the industry. Now, the ones who ARE in the industry, whether journalists or professionals, they all seem like they review movies and TV like they are talking about their friends, and all seems so fake. Not this podcast. These two guys, who are professionals in their field, just tell it like it is— There was no point for West Side Story. George Clooney is not as great as he told you he is.
The ONLY thing I disagree with so far is their take on Spiderman: No Way Home (or “How I sacrificed my aunt to get my friends into MIT”) And granted, I’ve only been listening for a couple months. But, I agree with most of what they say. And if I agree, how can I not like? -Spro
Good listening for both film buffs/novices
For those looking to gain insight into the film industry, this podcast offers a unique perspective that’s easy to follow for both novices and cinephiles. After listening, I watch/evaluate films differently. Mike and Barry’s friendship lends an approachable/fun backdrop for their discussions.
just another poor-quality covid podcast
honestly, i have never felt compelled to leave a bad review in my life, but sheesh, these guys are truly something else. i feel like we need to start requiring a degree of experience for people running podcasts nowadays? like the number of people who just start them and think they have any degree of authority or know-how on a subject, while in reality having none, is truly astonishing. these guys (who barely have any credible experience in the film industry, look them up on imdb, it’s all b-list films at best) have a lot of opinions…………but who cares? i’d listen to this podcast if it were someone like steven spielberg, who has the experience they seem to think they have- or even roger ebert, whose opinion matters (and who at least has interesting things to say). but two guys who got bored during the pandemic? i don’t need to actively seek out guys who think their opinions matter–spend five seconds talking to any self-professed film geek guy at a bar and he’ll say the exact same stuff these guys do–except maybe you’ll get a free drink from the tedium.