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Legendary film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie are the ultimate movie fans. They love talking about movies, especially with people who share their enthusiasm—from living legends like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Quincy Jones to such contemporary artists as Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Laura Dern, and Bryan Cranston. You’ll meet all kinds of interesting people and hear their recommendations of unsung movies you ought to know.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.3, 549 Ratings

Legendary film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie are the ultimate movie fans. They love talking about movies, especially with people who share their enthusiasm—from living legends like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Quincy Jones to such contemporary artists as Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Laura Dern, and Bryan Cranston. You’ll meet all kinds of interesting people and hear their recommendations of unsung movies you ought to know.

    Nicholas Britell

    Nicholas Britell

    You hear his striking, Emmy Award-winning music every time you watch Succession. He’s Nicholas Britell and he’s one of the brightest lights in the world of contemporary film and television scoring. His collaboration with filmmaker Barry Jenkins has yielded two Oscar nominations to date—for Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk. A New Yorker through and through, he remains disarmingly unpretentious and was happy to chat with Leonard and Jessie about the music he provided for Whiplash (which he also co-produced), The Big Short and Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, Eve, among others. He’s still got a big career ahead of him. 
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Stephen Chbosky

    Stephen Chbosky

    If best-selling author and filmmaker Stephen Chbosky weren’t quarantined he’d be shooting the movie version of the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen—which we can’t wait to see. Meanwhile, his beautiful film Wonder is a Maltin Movie Club recommendation. Leonard and Jessie welcome him back to the podcast to discuss his wide-ranging career, starting with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and his mentor, screenwriter Stewart Stern, who wrote Rebel Without a Cause and inspired Stephen from the moment they met.
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Animation Part One

    Animation Part One

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of Leonard’s book Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, and we’re going to celebrate by doing a multi-episode deep dive into all things animation. In part one, Jessie asks her dad how he got hooked on cartoons in the first place and how he met so many people who helped invent the medium we all love.

    • 58 min
    Leonard Maltin Day

    Leonard Maltin Day

    In this special episode Jessie interviews her father in honor of Leonard Maltin Day in Los Angeles (April 24). He recalls some of his favorite interviews and experiences and answers questions submitted by listeners: who is his favorite actor, actress, director, and what films does he recommend during the current quarantine. You can also view a video of this conversation on Leonard and Jessie’s YouTube channel.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Will Friedwald

    Will Friedwald

    Will Friedwald is one of the world’s foremost authorities on jazz and pop music. He’s also a quick-witted wordsmith with a fondness for puns. His biography of Nat “King” Cole (Straighten Up and Fly Right) is due this summer, and a revised, expanded edition of Sinatra: The Song is You is one of Leonard’s all-time favorite books on music. What’s more, he and Will have known each other for decades. Jessie says that when they get going, it’s like being at the United Nations without a translator—but great fun all the same.
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Paul Scheer

    Paul Scheer

    Actor, comedian, writer, producer and podcaster extraordinaire, Paul Scheer is definitely on a roll. Showtime’s Black Monday is offering him the meatiest acting role he’s ever tackled, alongside his fine work on Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Fresh off the Boat. And he’s still watching and talking about movies on his Unspooled podcast with Amy Nicholson. Whether you know him best from The League, Human Giant, or NTSF:SD:SUV::, you’ll enjoy hearing him tell Leonard and Jessie about his career in comedy.
     

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
549 Ratings

549 Ratings

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I have never written a review but I feel so strongly that this show could be a 5 star podcast save for one thing...Jesse. I’m sure Jesse is a loving daughter and knows much about film and the industry but I want to listen to Leonard tell stories and he and the guest interact. Jesse is a distraction and adds little to the conversation. Every time she speaks the guest and more importantly Leonard is not speaking. Incidentally I didn’t like the old co-host either. Lose Jesse and my 4 star turns into a 5.

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Fred Willard

Every interview informs and entertains. Listening to the Fred Willard interview was a gift. Thank you

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Good show that could be great.

This is a show with amazing guests and wonderful diversity of topics by a professional critic. Leonard is an American staple in the movie industry and his knowledge is terrific. However the show would be much, much better with just Leonard. But I get it, Leonard suffers from the same flaw that most parents have, we can’t see our children’s flaws. So I will continue to listen to a good show that has the potential to be great.

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