499 episodes

A podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.

Exclusive subscriber-only episodes: https://www.patreon.com/michaelandus/overview

Michael and Us Luke Savage and Will Sloan, Jacobin

    • TV & Film
    • 4.5 • 547 Ratings

A podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.

Exclusive subscriber-only episodes: https://www.patreon.com/michaelandus/overview

    PREVIEW - #517 - The Civil War Episode

    PREVIEW - #517 - The Civil War Episode

    Aiming straight for the zeitgeist, CIVIL WAR (2024) is a disaster movie for the post-January 6th America. But in deliberately removing any politics or ideology from his vision of a country at war with itself, Alex Garland has made a movie that is rigorously, even militantly unwilling to say anything.

    PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/517-civil-war-102614736

    • 3 min
    #516 - Embrace the Fire (w/ Alex Shephard)

    #516 - Embrace the Fire (w/ Alex Shephard)

    By the third entry of the God's Not Dead franchise, its creative team had clearly started listening to their critics. The result was a kinder, gentler right-wing Evangelical Christian drama that sought to heal divides... and failed at the box office. We welcome back New Republic writer and our resident God's Not Dead correspondent Alex Shephard to discuss GOD'S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS (2018).

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    • 53 min
    UNLOCKED - #492 - The Eddie Anderson Story

    UNLOCKED - #492 - The Eddie Anderson Story

    When he emerged on radio, he was celebrated as a pioneering black star in a white entertainment landscape. By the time of the Civil Rights Movement, he was regarded by many a symbol of black subservience. In this solo documentary episode Cohost Will considers the career and thorny legacy of Eddie Anderson, the actor and comedian who played "Rochester" on The Jack Benny Show.

    "Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy" by Katherine H. Fuller-Seeley - https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520295056/jack-benny-and-the-golden-age-of-american-radio-comedy

    This episode first appeared on the Michael & Us Patreon. For an extra episode every week, join us at https://www.patreon.com/michaelandus

    • 30 min
    PREVIEW - #515 - Escape from the Dinosaur Hour

    PREVIEW - #515 - Escape from the Dinosaur Hour

    With the world in flames, it was time to have a little fun. We return to one of our all-time favourite discoveries, checking in on John Cleese's mind-bogglingly awful GB News chat show THE DINOSAUR HOUR to see how or if it has evolved since its debut. PLUS: What exactly do conservatives mean by "Marxism"? And Will uncovers a right-wing Evangelical book from the 1950s that exposes the dark heart of Hollywood.

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    • 3 min
    #514 - Sit Down, Sit Down

    #514 - Sit Down, Sit Down

    For seven weeks in 1936 and 1937, workers at the General Motors plant in Flint Michigan held a risky sit-down strike. A true David vs. Goliath story, their strike won recognition for the United Auto Workers and changed labour in the United States forever. With a newer UAW strike fresh in the memory, we discuss the BBC documentary THE GREAT SIT-DOWN (1976).

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    Watch "The Great Sit-Down" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2Py_vNt4fc&ab_channel=NickSmith

    See will introduce Gamera: Super Monster at the Fox Theatre in Toronto on April 16 - https://www.foxtheatre.ca/movies/important-cinema-club-gamera-super-monster/

    "Joe Lieberman? Really?" by Branko Marcetic - https://jacobin.com/2018/07/joe-lieberman-democratic-party-conservative-left

    "Sam Bankman-Fried will grow old in jail. But don’t forget those who basked in his orbit" by Aditya Chakrabortty - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/mar/28/sam-bankman-fried-jail-ftx-money

    • 50 min
    PREVIEW - #513 - The Parallax View

    PREVIEW - #513 - The Parallax View

    Imagine a world where shadowy forces completely disconnected from democracy control everything. Friends, you don't have to imagine, because this world is the setting for the quintessential '70s paranoia thriller, THE PARALLAX VIEW (1974).

    PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/513-parallax-101743154

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
547 Ratings

547 Ratings

Grant206 ,

The only podcast I eagerly await each week

The best. Join the boys each week for some fun, banter, politics, film criticism and the end of history (drink). Listening gives you immediate membership to Michael and Us Nation; a nation to which you will gladly pledge your allegiance.

Raticalim15 ,

Great Time to be a Mooremon!

Being raised in Mooremonism, that is, The Church of Michael Moore of the Slacker-Day Uprising doesn’t always feel like it reaps the most rewards in the modern day. I was starting to feel like the spirit of prophetic progressive wisdom that brought us core texts like “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Roger and Me” was dying out and getting a little old (69 years old, that is). Lo and behold I’ve been brought back into the fold by two podcasters, their absolute mutual love of cinema, their propensity for naming their apartments (recording studios) after the “dead gods” of early 2000s liberal progressivism, and their mutual admiration of Bob Dylan (pronounced in their natural Canadian tongue: Bawb Dill-awn). The faith lives on!

Jake 7371 ,

Movie podcasts - what a concept!

Come for the politics and stay for the movies. Great balance between media, art, and politics. Luke Savage has many great pieces of writing to find outside of this work and Michael and Us is one of Will Sloan’s two best movie podcasts. Both gentlemen make loads of work worth deep dives.

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