60 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 The Incomparable

    • Film Reviews
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

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

    Heaven Can Wait

    Heaven Can Wait

    We’ve reached the Super Bowl of Football Season, but can we win it all? Heavenly administrator Lex Friedman takes reincarnated quarterback Dan Moren under his wing (eh? ehh?) as they watch 1978’s Heaven Can Wait. Hot topics include Warren Beatty’s storied career, whether this is really a football movie, and some existential questions about the ending. 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...

    • 24 min
    We Are Marshall

    We Are Marshall

    In our penultimate Football Season movie, unconventional coach Lex Friedman partners up with devastated assistant coach Dan Moren to revitalize a college football program as they watch 2006’s We Are Marshall. Hot topics include the tricky balancing act of a movie about a tragedy and a movie about football, a hot take on Matthew McConaughey, and the sidelining of female characters. 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...

    • 24 min
    The Blind Side

    The Blind Side

    As we continue our Football Season, forceful parent Lex Friedman embraces adopted son Dan Moren as they watch the 2009 film, The Blind Side. Hot topics include the shift in culture, truth being stranger than fiction, and whose viewpoint we’re really seeing the story from. 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...

    • 30 min
    Varsity Blues

    Varsity Blues

    Do we want your life? That’s what second-string high school quarterback Dan Moren is trying to figure out with the help of his buddy, offensive linebacker Lex Friedman in 1999’s Varsity Blues. Hot topics include muddled plot lines, more mustache-twirling than you can twirl a mustache at, and when a “comedy drama” ends up being neither. 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...

    • 31 min
    Necessary Roughness

    Necessary Roughness

    It’s play by the rules, lose by the rules as straight arrow coach Lex Friedman tries to teach mid-thirties freshman quarterback Dan Moren while they watch 1991’s Necessary Roughness. Hot topics include a surprisingly respectful shower scene, comedy whiplash, and the inevitable tropes of sports movies. 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...

    • 22 min
    Any Given Sunday

    Any Given Sunday

    They say anything can happen, and that’s what strident coach Lex Friedman tries to drill into brash young quarterback Dan Moren as they watch the 1999 film Any Given Sunday. Hot topics include making a capital ‘m’ Movie, how combining four scripts into one film doesn’t necessarily go well, and just generally why Oliver Stone is a lot. 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...

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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."

daze-mail ,

great fun

great to hear a first look at old favourite films

Fryhgghkghj ,

Great trip memory lane

Unlike the hosts, I've seen these movies. It's been fun watching them again with someone who's never seen them.

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