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

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.4 • 425 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 - #383 - Through a Glass Dumbly

    PREVIEW - #383 - Through a Glass Dumbly

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    After fleeing the Swedish tax authorities, Ingmar Bergman briefly set up shop in Germany to make what is widely considered his worst film. We look at his Berlin-set, David Carradine-starring rise-of-fascism drama THE SERPENT'S EGG (1977) to find out if it's really as bad as all that. PLUS: What does David Brooks' taste in music tell us about him?

    • 2 min
    #382 - God and Country

    #382 - God and Country

    Released shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Howard Hawks' SERGEANT YORK (1941) was an attempt to rouse popular support for America entering the Second World War. We excavate one of the biggest box office hits of its day and find a movie in which God and Country are pitted together, and Country wins. PLUS: we hash over some of the drastic and unhappy changes that have happened to our local government in Toronto, Canada.

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    • 43 min
    PREVIEW - #381 - A Fine Horse in the Snow

    PREVIEW - #381 - A Fine Horse in the Snow

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    The dystopia is already here in Boots Riley's SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018). This anti-capitalist comedy follows a telemarketer who is nearly seduced by a superstar billionaire. We discuss how the film identifies revolution as both necessary and nearly impossible. PLUS: musings on the end of Twitter and Chicago-based columnist John Kass.

    • 3 min
    #380 - Occupy Mooseport

    #380 - Occupy Mooseport

    We've gazed into the abyss many times before but the Ray Romano/Gene Hackman comedy WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT (2004) - in which a former U.S. president runs for mayor against a small-town handyman - comes close to breaking us. PLUS: We recap the U.S. midterms, and ask: Is Ron DeSantis a serious threat to Donald Trump? (Short answer: no)

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #379 - The Silent Majority

    #379 - The Silent Majority

    We finally felt lucky enough to discuss the grandaddy of right-wing law-and-order movies, DIRTY HARRY (1971). One thing is for certain: this is one cop who takes no guff from no one. PLUS: fiery hot takes on the U.S. midterms, the labour strike that is rocking Canada, and the future of entertainment.

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    • 52 min
    #378 - Decision Points

    #378 - Decision Points

    Adam McKay's VICE (2018) sought to give Dick Cheney the full reckoning for his crimes through art that he will never receive in life. Is the film necessary cinematic intervention in the ongoing Cheney reclamation project, or a condescending failure? Your hosts disagree sharply on this cinematic polemic. PLUS: fiery hot takes on Elon Musk's Twitter takeover.

    "'Damn right,' I said" by Eliot Weinberger - https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v33/n01/eliot-weinberger/damn-right-i-said

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
425 Ratings

425 Ratings

My Dooood ,

Cmon man

The Vice episode has me worried that Luke is internalizing Jacobin’s awful film coverage.

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Great stuff

Possibly my favorite podcast.

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There are GOOD leftist podcasts?

A leftist podcast that (mostly) doesn’t fall victim to the smug, holier than thou cynicism of other popular leftist podcasts. What’s more is that there’s a good variety to what gets covered. An episode on a film by highbrow arthouse mainstays like Bergman, Tarkovsky, or Kurosawa can be followed up by long forgotten liberal comedy from the 00s, quack science documentaries like What the Bleep Do We Know?, sad attempts by the right to generate compelling films, or the odd Alexandria Pelosi ‘documentary’ that would inexplicably make it to HBO and that you have murky memories of seeing commercials for back in the day.

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