85 episodes

A podcast where two guys fill the gaps in their pop-culture knowledge by watching classic movies that they haven't seen before.

Not Playing with Lex and Dan Lex Friedman and Dan Moren

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

A podcast where two guys fill the gaps in their pop-culture knowledge by watching classic movies that they haven't seen before.

    Major League

    Major League

    It’s the top of the fourth, and grizzled veteran catcher Dan Moren is trying to corral wild pitcher Lex “Wild Thing” Friedman as they watch 1989’s Major League. Hot topics include a terrible romance based on stalking, a surprising lack of comedy, and how exactly a team this offensive lasted so long. Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And...

    • 24 min
    Eight Men Out

    Eight Men Out

    We return for the third inning of our baseball season, where intrepid reporters Dan Moren and Lex Friedman try to get to the bottom of a cheating scandal in John Sayles’s 1988 film, Eight Men Out. Hot topics include ticker-tape simulcasting, playing good baseball badly, and so many character actors. Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you...

    • 25 min
    The Natural

    The Natural

    For the second inning of our baseball season, newcomer (?) phenom Lex Friedman joins the down-and-out team of grumpy manager Dan Moren in 1984’s The Natural. Hot topics include allegories, villainous villains, and whether the main character is a ghost. Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations...

    • 20 min
    Bull Durham

    Bull Durham

    We lead off the tenth(!) season of our podcast with a fastball right up the middle as veteran minor leaguer Dan Moren takes prodigal but wild talent Lex Friedman under his wing in 1984’s Bull Durham. Hot topics include what to get a couple for a wedding gift, why it’s called Bull Durham, and whether a certain character is too annoying. Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re...

    • 30 sec
    Gattaca

    Gattaca

    As season 9 draws to a close, naturally born Dan Moren and genetically superior Lex Friedman must work together to overcome a discriminatory society in 1997’s Gattaca. Hot topics include: when is a metaphor just a metaphor, so many surprise actors, and whether Uma Thurman is a superhero. Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s...

    • 23 min
    Little Shop of Horrors

    Little Shop of Horrors

    Finally, a movie musical that tells the truth: dentists are jerks. Lex Friedman sits down Dan Moren to watch 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors, a movie based on a musical based on a movie (that wasn’t a musical). Hot topics include: Can a puppet be both impressive and unsettling? Has Rick Moranis ever been more Rick Moranis? And how do you ride that line between too weird and not weird enough? Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary...

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

R. Lauren ,

Please!

I’m going to need you guys to go back and talk about F9 and FX because I think we deserve that.

mr. warren ,

A fun spin on a movie podcast

I’ve seen most of these movies, but getting to listen to one or both of the hosts discover these films for the first time is a delightful take on a movie podcast. It’s super fun!

Dejus ,

An enjoyable trip down memory lane

Quoting my tweets (@dejus): "I like to catch up on podcasts from the beginning; currently in the 1st season of @notplayingcast with @lexfri & @dmoren. Great stuff."

And: "I started out listening to just the episodes about movies I’ve seen, but I’m enjoying it so much I went back and added all the others."

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