100 episodes

Hosts Alex Mattis and Julio Olivera take on popular opinion, trashing movies everyone loves and praising movies everyone hates. Visit their website at www.wearethecontrarians.com

The Contrarians Alex Mattis & Julio Olivera

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9, 42 Ratings

Hosts Alex Mattis and Julio Olivera take on popular opinion, trashing movies everyone loves and praising movies everyone hates. Visit their website at www.wearethecontrarians.com

    113 - Homefront

    113 - Homefront

    Winona Ryder’s career in the 2000s is a lot more unpredictable than in the 90s. Case in point: her scene-stealing supporting turn in the action-thriller HOMEFRONT, playing James Franco’s trashy meth-slinging girlfriend! Listen to Alex and Julio marvel at Winona’s versatility while also wondering if Jason Statham is Sylvester Stallone’s true heir, why James Franco doesn’t play more villains, how likely is it that Clancy Brown’s Sheriff has never discharged his weapon and whether Kate Bosworth has finally broken out of the Lois Lane type-casting!

    • 2 hr 13 min
    Bonus! - The Crucible

    Bonus! - The Crucible

    Arthur Miller really knew how to lay it on thick. When he found himself smack dab in the middle of McCarthy’s Communist Witch Hunt, his answer was to write a play that simplified the situation to the dumbest level, made old-timey Puritans look like idiots and, casually, blamed women for everything. Listen to Alex and Julio try to make sense of Nicholas Hytner’s adaptation of THE CRUCIBLE, starring a cast of titans in addition to our beloved Winona! Why is it heroic for Daniel Day Lewis to leave his children fatherless? Why does Joan Allen feel the need to apologize for being cheated on? Why does everybody believe anything that follows the words “The Devil Says”? It’s the most devious Winona we’ve found so far and the one that leads to the heaviest Real Talk ever!

    • 2 hr 6 min
    112 - Edward Scissorhands

    112 - Edward Scissorhands

    Behold the most underwhelming love story of The 90s: a girl with a penchant for bad boyfriends is suddenly attracted to a man-child with giant scissors for hands. Just another day in Tim Burton’s head! Listen to Alex and Julio try to figure out what EDWARD SCISSORHANDS is trying to say about love, community, Karens, bullies, outcasts… and the worst fairy tale you could share with a kid!

    • 2 hr 15 min
    111 - The Dilemma

    111 - The Dilemma

    When you see Vince Vaughnn and Kevin James on a movie poster, you don’t instantly think you are in for a complex analysis of the harsh realities of romantic relationships and faithfulness. You also don’t expect James to be married to Winona Ryder. Listen to Alex and Julio discuss THE DILEMMA and celebrate the way Ron Howard blindsided critics and audiences that were expecting just another dumb comedy!

    Also: a brief tribute to Joel Schumacher after our usual Real Talk segment.

    • 2 hr 7 min
    Bonus! - Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Bonus! - Bram Stoker's Dracula

    It’s common knowledge that Dracula equals Sex. We don’t need to talk about it because it’s so apparent to begin with. Enter Francis Ford Coppola, who didn’t just decide to turn subtext into Obvious Text and make the most sex-driven vampire movie ever, but also stain the reputations of Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins and, of course, Winona Ryder, in the process. Listen to Alex and Julio discuss excess (Coppola’s and Gary Oldman’s) as The Summer of Winona continues with its most libidinous entry yet!

    • 2 hr 10 min
    110 - Reality Bites

    110 - Reality Bites

    The Summer of Winona continues… with the purest Winona vehicle of them all! Listen to Alex and Julio clash on the latest gray area episode as they discuss REALITY BITES, Ben Stiller’s attempt at capturing what it was like to be a GenXer fresh out of college. Is it relatable and charming or pretentious and overly quirky? Does Ethan Hawke’s band suck? Are we Team Troy or Team Michael? And why can’t Winona do better? It’s the discussion we’ve been promising since Year One!

    Also: a recap of our LIVESTREAM 4 THE CURE experience and the results of the raffle from our segment!

    • 2 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

ODPH607 ,

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Love the concept of the show. Anything that challenges how you look at a movie is ging to lead to great content. The hosts keep you engaged from start to finish & I'm a huge fan of when they throw in some pro-wrestling references. Don't take my word for it. Download, Sub & hear for yourself! - #ODPH

kelseylynnjones ,

SO ENTERTAINING

I will say, I’m not a huge movie watcher. But this podcast has me wondering why I haven’t seen some of these classics! Will definitely be following along and watching some of their suggestions.

Dan Brenic ,

Wonderful

Even though Contrarian’s Corner is sometimes facetious, Alex and Julio always bring up some thought provoking ideas that I hadn’t thought of before when watching the movie they’re discussing. Not to mention that Alex drops a ton of professional wrestling references and I feel like I understand his points on another level. Julio is a sweetheart so don’t say I didn’t say anything nice about you Julio.

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