55 episodes

Welcome to The Contenders, the show about the movies made by and starring women who refuse to play by the rules.

The Contenders Tobin Addington and Aislinn Addington

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8, 19 Ratings

Welcome to The Contenders, the show about the movies made by and starring women who refuse to play by the rules.

    The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

    The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

    An Academy Award-nominated director. A star-studded cast. And an epic running time. The Addington siblings complete their 1990s-era Christian Bale appreciation month with a look at Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady." Was John Malkovich miscast? Is anybody in this movie NOT in love with Nicole Kidman? And how brilliant is Mary-Louise Parker? Plus some major tangents -- including fresh appreciation for Greta Gerwig's Little Women -- and a language-based game that is sure to take a weary nation by storm! What's not to love? And propose to? Again and again and again?

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Reign of Fire (2002)

    Reign of Fire (2002)

    And now for something COMPLETELY different! Christian Bale. Matthew McConaughey. Ash-eating dragons. Wait, what?!? As a special bonus episode, the Addington siblings invite frequent guest Joe Bolenbaugh to check out a movie with almost no women in sight: 2002's "Reign of Fire." Why? Good question. You'll have to tune in to find out. Beware: this is one of our funniest episodes to date. You have been warned!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Troop Zero (2019)

    Troop Zero (2019)

    A ragtag band of misfits. A girl who wants to speak to the stars. And a (sort of) climactic talent show featuring the music of David Bowie. Troop Zero also features familiar but fun performances by Viola Davis and Allison Janney, wild southern accents, and some great hair. Pair that with Aislinn's merit badge inspired game, and you have yourself a delightful summer episode to help get you through! Plus, stay tuned for an announcement about our exciting July episodes, and more bloopers after the show!

    Find us on Twitter: @Contenders_Pod
    On Patreon: www.thecontenderspod.com
    On Email: contenders@cageclub.me
    Tobin on Twitter: @tobinaddington
    Aislinn on Twitter: @SassyNerdMT
    Find more shows: cageclub.me

    Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere
    Licensed under Creative Commons: CC-BY-SA

    • 53 min
    046 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

    046 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

    Buried trauma. Domestic violence. Grief and reconciliation. Just another bright, sunny day in the world of this Mr. Rogers movie! Switch your jacket for a cardigan and settle in as the Addington siblings unpack the nooks and crannies of this strange little movie. From Tom Hanks' perfect casting and the remarkably unique look of the film, to the odd focus and structure of the story, Marielle Heller's film is a real puzzler. (Help us figure it out!) Plus, Aislinn throws together one of her best CageClub games to date! You don't want to miss our little trip to the Land of Make Believe in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...

    Find us on Twitter: @Contenders_Pod
    On Patreon: www.thecontenderspod.com
    On Email: contenders@cageclub.me
    Tobin on Twitter: @tobinaddington
    Aislinn on Twitter: @SassyNerdMT
    Find more shows: cageclub.me

    Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere
    Licensed under Creative Commons: CC-BY-SA

    • 1 hr 11 min
    045 Widows (2018)

    045 Widows (2018)

    A bank heist gone wrong. A dead crew of thieves. And plans for one last job. The Addington siblings suit up for 2018's Widows starring Viola Davis as a grief stricken widow turned master criminal. Steve McQueen's gripping crime thriller, co-written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, never found its audience in 2018, an oversight our devoted hosts plan to fix once and for all. Do Tobin and Aislinn have the balls to pull this one off? There's only one way to find out...

    Find us on Twitter: @Contenders_Pod
    On Patreon: www.thecontenderspod.com
    On Email: contenders@cageclub.me
    Tobin on Twitter: @tobinaddington
    Aislinn on Twitter: @SassyNerdMT
    Find more shows: cageclub.me

    Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere
    Licensed under Creative Commons: CC-BY-SA

    • 1 hr 9 min
    044 The To Do List (2013)

    044 The To Do List (2013)

    Shockers. Pearl necklaces. Connie Britton. Chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips. The Addington siblings, joined by Colin Haines, go to some really unusual places on this episode about The To Do List. It's a perfect antidote for a world falling apart, with one of the funniest games Aislinn has ever devised. Come check it out! (Get it? COME check it out? Sorry.)

    Find us on Twitter: @Contenders_Pod
    On Patreon: www.thecontenderspod.com
    On Email: contenders@cageclub.me
    Tobin on Twitter: @tobinaddington
    Aislinn on Twitter: @SassyNerdMT
    Find more shows: cageclub.me

    Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere
    Licensed under Creative Commons: CC-BY-SA

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

DreamerWalking ,

Great Commentary on Woman in Cinema

What I love the most about this podcast is the relationship between the hosts, Tobin and Aislinn. The connection between brother and sister, both of whom are completely in love with Cinema, makes every episode a joy to listen to. The angle these two are looking at Cinema from is also refreshing. They hit a perfect balance between commenting on the up hill battle woman face in the film business and highlighting the powerful woman visionaries who’ve been able to break ground in this still very male dominated world. Anyone interested in a fresh perspective of the movies should check out this podcast.

quesocurado ,

So much potential

I appreciate what the podcast is trying to do, but for a podcast highlighting the work of women in front of and behind the camera, the guests on the episodes have largely been men (I’m assuming white and cis and straight, but I’ll give the benefit of the doubt). And I feel like Aislinn gets talked over quite a bit. I come to Contenders to celebrate women, not to hear them interrupted and outnumbered.

Another sticking point I have is that in the first episode Tobin and Aislinn state that they won’t be acknowledging roles behind the camera that women traditionally have been represented in some numbers. Editors, Art Department, and producing roles are not acknowledged or discussed in this podcast. These roles are essential not only to the success of a film, but can effect the tone, story, and perspective of a film. And women still struggle with parity in these roles. Discounting these roles as unimportant to the podcast indicates to the listeners that these roles are not important to filmmaking.

This podcast has so much potential. With a wider network of guests from within the film industry as well as film theorists, film critics, and folks specializing in gender studies like Aislinn, this podcast could be more than mild mannered entertainment and actually say something important about the film industry and history of film. I gave this podcast a solid try, sad it didn’t live up to my expectations because Tobin and Aislinn are delightful in many ways.

Megb160 ,

❤️❤️

Loved every minute! The two siblings had me giggling constantly and brilliant commentary. Can’t wait for the next episodes!

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