Nathaniel R and guests discuss actresses, directors, the Oscars, current cinema and old favorites
Smackdown '87: Fatal Attraction, Moonstruck, and More...
Our Oscar-vintage series continues with the season finale featuring 1987. It's a look back at Fatal Attraction, Moonstruck, Throw Momma From the Train, Gaby, and The Whales of August. To discuss those five films and the bygone days of erotic thrillers, misogyny as comedy, and intimate dramas at movie theaters, Nathaniel sits down with actor Ato Essandoh (Away, Tales from the Loop), author Manuel Betancourt (Judy Garland's Judy at Carnegie Hall (33 1/3), and critics Kathia Woods and Naveen Kumar. We hope you enjoy!
56 - Hillbilly Elegy, The Life Ahead, Gotham Awards
Murtada and Nathaniel discuss the Gotham Award Nominations with First Cow leading before discussing two new Netflix films, Ron Howard's loud overacted Hillbilly Elegy and Sophia Loren's comeback vehicle The Life Ahead.
Smackdown '65: Nuns, Child Abusers, Tragic Pawns
Our Oscar-vintage series continues with a look back at the women of The Sound of Music (Peggy Wood, Eleanor Wood, and Julie Andrews), A Patch of Blue (Shelley Winters), Othello (Maggie Smith, Joyce Redman), and Inside Daisy Clover (Ruth Gordon and Natalie Wood). To discuss those four films as well as topics like "blackface," movie stars pretending to be other movie stars, dubbing in musicals, and the rewatchable joy of The Sound Of Music, TFE's Nathaniel R and Baby Clyde are joined by the actor Spencer Garrett (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood), and writers Kayleigh Donaldson (Pajiba, The Hollywood Read), Kevin Jacobsen (And the Runner Up Is..., Gold Derby), and Terence Johnson (LeNoirAuteur.net, Vampyr Resistance Corps).
54 - Nomadland, The Nest, and Virtual Festivals
Murtada and Nathaniel talk the hottest festival title, Chloe Zhao's Nomadland starring Frances McDormand, plus virtual screening pros and cons, Ivory Coast's Oscar submission Night of the Kings, and the new Jude Law and Carrie Coon drama, The Nest.
Smackdown '38: You can't take it with you, Jezebel
Our Oscar-obsessed time machine takes us back to post Depression / pre World War II Hollywood when You Can't Take It With You beat Jezebel to the Best Picture prize. To discuss those two films as well as The Great Waltz, Of Human Hearts, and Merrily We Live, and the Best Supporting Actress race, TFE's Nathaniel R and Cláudio Alves are joined by the actors Steven Weber (Wings, Jeffrey) and Britney Young (GLOW) and Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson. Topics include: screwball comedy, jukebox musicals, and Hollywood's obsession with the Antebellum South.
Smackdown '05: Brokeback Mountain, Junebug, and more...
Travel back with us to 2005 as we discuss the first nominations for Amy Adams, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz. Who deserved to win? To discuss this cinematic vintage, which included Brokeback Mountain, North Country and Capote, Nathaniel welcomes the actress Kerry O'Malley (Snowpiercer, Boardwalk Empire) along with Cinematheque of Tangier's Ali Benzekri, Los Angeles Times' Justin Chang, and Awards Daily's Joey Moser.
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I’ve listened to this podcast forever, but listening to the panel drag the Poseidon Adventure during the ‘72 Smackdown finally inspired me to leave a review. Thank you for making such an entertaining podcast.
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