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The official podcast of The Film Stage. Each week, we provide an in-depth discussion of a recent release.

The Film Stage Show The Film Stage

    • TV & Film
    • 4.5 • 96 Ratings

The official podcast of The Film Stage. Each week, we provide an in-depth discussion of a recent release.

    Ep. 490 – The Menu (with Joy Hui Lin)

    Ep. 490 – The Menu (with Joy Hui Lin)

    Welcome, one and all, to the latest episode of The Film Stage Show! Today, Brian Roan, Bill Graham, and Robyn Bahr are joined by Joy Hui Lin to discuss Mark Mylod's The Menu, which is now in theaters.

    Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes by becoming a Patreon contributor. For a limited time, all new Patreon supporters will receive a free Blu-ray/DVD. After becoming a contributor, e-mail podcast@thefilmstage.com for an up-to-date list of available films.

    The Film Stage Show is supported by MUBI, a curated streaming service showcasing exceptional films from around the globe. Every day, MUBI premieres a new film. Whether it's a timeless classic, a cult favorite, or an acclaimed masterpiece — it’s guaranteed to be either a movie you’ve been dying to see or one you’ve never heard of before and there will always be something new to discover. Try it for free for 30 days at mubi.com/filmstage.

    • 2 hr 22 min
    Ep. 489 – Armageddon Time (with Robert Daniels)

    Ep. 489 – Armageddon Time (with Robert Daniels)

    Welcome, one and all, to the latest episode of The Film Stage Show! Today, Brian Roan, Bill Graham, and Robyn Bahr are joined by Robert Daniels to discuss James Gray's Armageddon Time, now playing in theaters.

    Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes by becoming a Patreon contributor. For a limited time, all new Patreon supporters will receive a free Blu-ray/DVD. After becoming a contributor, e-mail podcast@thefilmstage.com for an up-to-date list of available films.

    The Film Stage Show is supported by MUBI, a curated streaming service showcasing exceptional films from around the globe. Every day, MUBI premieres a new film. Whether it's a timeless classic, a cult favorite, or an acclaimed masterpiece — it’s guaranteed to be either a movie you’ve been dying to see or one you’ve never heard of before and there will always be something new to discover. Try it for free for 30 days at mubi.com/filmstage.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Ep. 488 – TÁR (with Fran Hoepfner)

    Ep. 488 – TÁR (with Fran Hoepfner)

    Welcome, one and all, to the latest episode of The Film Stage Show! Today, Dan Mecca joins Bill Graham and Robyn Bahr, along with special guest Fran Hoepfner, to discuss Todd Field's TÁR, now in theaters and on VOD.

    Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes by becoming a Patreon contributor. For a limited time, all new Patreon supporters will receive a free Blu-ray/DVD. After becoming a contributor, e-mail podcast@thefilmstage.com for an up-to-date list of available films.

    The Film Stage Show is supported by MUBI, a curated streaming service showcasing exceptional films from around the globe. Every day, MUBI premieres a new film. Whether it's a timeless classic, a cult favorite, or an acclaimed masterpiece — it’s guaranteed to be either a movie you’ve been dying to see or one you’ve never heard of before and there will always be something new to discover. Try it for free for 30 days at mubi.com/filmstage.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Ep. 487 – Decision to Leave (with Gerald Peary)

    Ep. 487 – Decision to Leave (with Gerald Peary)

    Welcome, one and all, to the latest episode of The Film Stage Show! Today, Jordan Raup joins Bill Graham and Robyn Bahr, along with special guest Gerald Peary, to discuss Park Chan-wook's Decision to Leave, which is now in theaters.

    Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes by becoming a Patreon contributor. For a limited time, all new Patreon supporters will receive a free Blu-ray/DVD. After becoming a contributor, e-mail podcast@thefilmstage.com for an up-to-date list of available films.

    The Film Stage Show is supported by MUBI, a curated streaming service showcasing exceptional films from around the globe. Every day, MUBI premieres a new film. Whether it's a timeless classic, a cult favorite, or an acclaimed masterpiece — it’s guaranteed to be either a movie you’ve been dying to see or one you’ve never heard of before and there will always be something new to discover. Try it for free for 30 days at mubi.com/filmstage.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep. 486 – Barbarian (with Jake Kring-Schreifels)

    Ep. 486 – Barbarian (with Jake Kring-Schreifels)

    Welcome, one and all, to the latest episode of The Film Stage Show! Today, Brian Roan, Bill Graham, and Robyn Bahr are joined by Jake Kring-Schreifels to discuss Zach Cregger's Barbarian, now on HBO Max.

    Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes by becoming a Patreon contributor. For a limited time, all new Patreon supporters will receive a free Blu-ray/DVD. After becoming a contributor, e-mail podcast@thefilmstage.com for an up-to-date list of available films.

    The Film Stage Show is supported by MUBI, a curated streaming service showcasing exceptional films from around the globe. Every day, MUBI premieres a new film. Whether it's a timeless classic, a cult favorite, or an acclaimed masterpiece — it’s guaranteed to be either a movie you’ve been dying to see or one you’ve never heard of before and there will always be something new to discover. Try it for free for 30 days at mubi.com/filmstage.

    • 2 hr 9 min
    Intermission Ep. 14 – Exotica (with Jordan Raup)

    Intermission Ep. 14 – Exotica (with Jordan Raup)

    Welcome to the return of Intermission, a spin-off podcast from The Film Stage Show. Led by yours truly, Michael Snydel, I invite a guest to discuss an arthouse, foreign, or experimental film of their choice.

    For the fourteenth episode, I talked to the editor-in-chief/co-founder of The Film Stage, Jordan Raup, about Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s 1994 erotic melodrama Exotica (available on a new Criterion Collection disc and alongside Calendar, The Sweet Hereafter, and The Adjustor on the Criterion Channel).

    At first blush, Egoyan’s film defies easy categorization with its recursive structure, multiple central characters, and the director’s own penchant for throwing viewers into previously defined relationships. Exotica’s dizzying construction only amplifies those sensations with the characters’ winding stream-of-consciousness monologues, DP Paul Sarossy’s furtive camerawork, and Mychael Danna’s Egyptian-influenced score.

    The plot isn’t easily described, but it can be distilled down to the intersection of initially undefinable relationships of clientele and employees at the namesake’s strip club. These oddballs range from lovelorn MCs to closeted bird egg collectors and Freudian father figures.

    Nearly every one of these characters meshes into a diagrammatic arc to reach the mosaic-esque climax, but those intricacies are a means to an end. Exotica (and arguably, Egoyan’s body of work) traffic in the claustrophobically intimate, introducing dynamics that act as conduits for hard emotional truths. To remove the film from its obtuse contexts, consider instead that Egoyan’s two primary influences for writing Exotica were being audited in real life and learning about the no-touch rule at strip clubs.

    Alike, today’s podcast could be seen as an attempt to find a middle ground between these two perceptions of Exotica––one as a psychosexual nesting doll and the other as an emotionally linear inquiry into personal trauma and its ensuing repercussions. Along the way, we discuss the film’s unexpected reception (one of two films to ever win awards at both the AVN Awards and Cannes), the shortcomings of its contemporary parallels, and Elias Koteas.

    Enter our giveaways, get access to our private Slack channel, and support new episodes by becoming a Patreon contributor. For a limited time, all new Patreon supporters will receive a free Blu-ray/DVD. After becoming a contributor, e-mail podcast@thefilmstage.com for an up-to-date list of available films.

    Intermission is supported by MUBI, a curated streaming service showcasing exceptional films from around the globe. Every day, MUBI premieres a new film. Whether it's a timeless classic, a cult favorite, or an acclaimed masterpiece — it’s guaranteed to be either a movie you’ve been dying to see or one you’ve never heard of before and there will always be something new to discover. Try it for free for 30 days at mubi.com/filmstage.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

P. Avery ,

Great but...

This is a great podcast with hosts that manage to break down themes in very general and personal anecdotes but I can’t help but feel one of the hosts constantly seems to stumble with his general thoughts, maybe write them down or something? I don’t know. Brian and Bill are very well versed in what they know and I think Bill should be more vocal often

genosairen ,

a certain host really drags this down

I tried, I really tried but good lord the main host Brian is just… hard pass.

jwford ,

Insufferable, not to mention uninformed

Brian has his head so far up his own a** he can’t go five seconds without interjecting and making every conversation about him. What’s worst is all of the hosts’ general knowledge of film and film history appears to be severely lacking, and they are routinely outshone by their guests. I guess the saying is true, anyone can be a critic.

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