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A podcast about movies from the makers of Letterboxd, the social network for film lovers. Hosted by Gemma and Slim. Transcripts available.

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    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

A podcast about movies from the makers of Letterboxd, the social network for film lovers. Hosted by Gemma and Slim. Transcripts available.

    2021 Year in Review Roundtable

    2021 Year in Review Roundtable

    It’s a 2021 Year in Review extravaganza! Hosts Gemma and Slim open the Letterboxd Hotline to experts on the three highest-rated films of the year: Matt Singer (Spider-Man: No Way Home), Juan Barquin (Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time) and Bintang Lestada (Yuni)—all of whom take a moment to plead for justice for Barb & Star, woefully ignored in the Letterboxd 2021 Year in Review. Senior editor Mitchell Beaupre and London correspondent Ella Kemp also join for discussion of Year In Review favorites. Topics include: unabashed crowd-pleasers, rethinking Andrew Garfield, how to comfort a hedgehog, movies and mental health, recency bias, the power of stills photographers, the 2021 film that bypasses Slimfluence, an update on Ella’s dating status, feelings as a genre, our love for Mike Mills, the influence of The Beatles on 2021 fashion, Gemma’s favorite George Harrison moments, and how Summer of Soul saved us all.

    Links
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Matt Singer’s book on Spider-Man; Bintang’s Substack essay on Yuni; Lists mentioned: Japanese Films That Will Blow Your Mind; GAY HORROR; Reviews mentioned: Matt Singer’s 3.5 star review of No Way Home; Juan’s Evangelion review; Demi’s Bo Burnham: Inside review; Chvrches’ Cruella review; Journal stories on Evangelion, Mike Mills, Emma Seligman; Rachel Sennott’s quarantine dating guide; Ross Bratin; Ella’s previous appearance on the podcast; black-and-white with a splash of color; Newfest, Sundance and TIFF on Letterboxd

    Credits
    This episode was recorded in Brooklyn, Miami, Jakarta, London, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Director Commentary: The Beta Test with Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe

    Director Commentary: The Beta Test with Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe

    We’re ecstatic to present this exclusive 90-minute audio commentary for The Beta Test. Rewatch the film with this playing in your ear and it’ll be just like having PJ and Jim in your living room! (Jim presses play on the movie at the 28-second mark, following a short intro.)

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Four Favorites: Joe Dante and Josh Olson on the Christmas Movies that Made Us

    Four Favorites: Joe Dante and Josh Olson on the Christmas Movies that Made Us

    It’s a Christmas crossover episode with Joe Dante and Josh Olson from The Movies that Made Me podcast, and Gemma and Slim from The Letterboxd Show! Four hosts, four festive favorites: We’re No Angels; Scrooge; National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; and Elf (with a side of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). Also: Joe’s reaction to our Gremlins Easter egg, the odious proliferation of Christmas movies, cinema’s secret weapon Alastair Sim, the Scrooge blooper you can’t unsee, Chevy Chase’s superciliousness, Will Ferrell’s innocence, Humphrey Bogart’s comedy, the gift to cinema that was Dick Miller, what happened to Billy’s mom in an earlier Gremlins script, and the best 2021 films Josh and Joe have seen. Note: This is the last episode for 2021—we’ll be back after a short break with a special Year in Review show.

    Links
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Julie’s Neverending Christmas list; lists mentioned: the gdcu (good dads cinematic universe); movies my dad likes more than he likes me; An Overly-Friendly Religious Extremist etc; Top 250 Horror; reviews of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation by russman and Sean Fennessey; review of We’re No Angels by Anthony Herrera; review of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Marna Larsen.

    Credits
    This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Four Favorites: Sean Baker on Austrian moralism, Red Rocket and Keanu’s best role

    Four Favorites: Sean Baker on Austrian moralism, Red Rocket and Keanu’s best role

    Letterboxd member and filmmaker Sean Baker talks Red Rocket, and his four current Letterboxd favorites Paradise: Faith; River’s Edge; Oasis; and The Sugarland Express. Plus: Sean chats with hosts Gemma and Slim about casting Suzanna Son and Simon Rex, unconventional movie merch ideas, Goldie Hawn, filming people on foot, Tangerine’s place in the Christmas canon, Sean’s time as a cycle courier and taxi driver, filming without permits during Covid, how to deal when the cops turn up to shut down your film, exploring moral grey areas, casting ideas for Sean’s next films, Keanu Reeves’ best performance, watching movies on fifth-generation VHS tapes, Ryan Reynolds as comfort food, and being tongue-tied in front of Gary Oldman.

    Credits
    This episode was recorded in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 50 min
    Four Favorites: Our 2021 faves Titane, Campion, Wan and Kong

    Four Favorites: Our 2021 faves Titane, Campion, Wan and Kong

    Letterboxd crew members Aaron Yap and Mitchell Beaupre join hosts Slim and Gemma for a chat about their four favorite new films of 2021, including: Titane; The Power of the Dog; Malignant; and Godzilla vs. Kong, along with the best ‘new to us’ films we saw this year. Also: fetish objects, physical-media collections, the 3.9 club, torture by banjo, Mitchell’s love for Julia Ducournau, Gemma’s thirst for Issey Takahashi, Slim’s ongoing ‘Slimfluence’ issues, Aaron’s horror joys, everyone’s adoration of Pig, and the reassurance that life truly begins at 30.

    Links: 
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Gemma’s interview with film composer Tom Holkenborg (AKA Junkie XL); Reviews of Malignant by Patrick and Josh; and Hellbender by Justin.

    Credits:
    This episode was recorded in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Four Favorites: Will Collins on Aliens, Wolfwalkers and wonderful lives

    Four Favorites: Will Collins on Aliens, Wolfwalkers and wonderful lives

    Irish scriptwriter and Letterboxd member Will Collins dives into his four Letterboxd favorites: Jaws; Fargo; Aliens; and, because it’s holiday season, It’s a Wonderful Life. Also in this chatty episode: how to use the Letterboxd heart; Gemma fangirls over Will’s work on Cartoon Saloon films Song of the Sea and Wolfwalkers; Will fanboys over Letterboxd (“I love the lists!”); Slim fanboys over graphic novels and slips in a li’l Tom Cruise; Will gets Fargo’s Mike Yanagita scene off his chest; and the best synopsis of the season so far (“There’s a shark at the beach but nobody believes it”). Plus: How the Coens reveal character, how Frank Capra’s Christmas classic makes visible the unseen emotional labour of women; is Gemma starting a podcast segue workshop?; playing ukulele for Sigourney Weaver; Muppet enthusiasm; and supreme Irish heartthrob Cillian Murphy.

    Links:
    The Letterboxd list of films mentioned in this episode; Will’s Best Bits Podcast; reviews of Jaws by Friendly Shark and Aaron Michael; reviews of Fargo by JR and Brat; RKO Chester’s list of 46 non-political & non-depressing Irish movies; Leo Koziol’s essays (part 1; part 2) on Indigenous films.

    Credits:
    This episode was recorded in Donegal, Pennsylvania and Auckland, and edited by Slim. Facts by Jack. Booker: Linda Moulton. Transcript by Sophie Shin. Theme: ‘Vampiros Dancoteque’ by Moniker.

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

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Letterboxd for your ears

Part film, part psychoanalysis, the Letterboxd Show, brings a wide range of guests who share childhood stories, fond memories of first time watches and meaningful recollecting around the 4 most memorable movies in their lives.

Hosted by In the cut advocate ~ Gemma and Don't believe the hype ~ Slim, each episode showcases insiders, and regulars as they together approach every angle of the movie making and movie watching experience. Definitely come for the movies but stay for the fun, and those infinite lists.

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My top four are Happiness (1998), The Doom Generation (1995), Little Children (2006) and Irreversible (2002).

JasonHensley35 ,

Letterboxd Podcast!

This is a great podcast for movie lovers! Each week they talk about very different films than the week before, it’s a great podcast to learn more about the world of movies. Keep up the great work Gemma and Slim!

Elaine Palladino ,

Fantastic

Season 2 relaunch is incredible! Slim and Gemma are excellent interviewers and I find myself hanging on every word.

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