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Two men and a movie make for a good trilogy. Now give those two men three movies and you have a Trilogy in Theory.

Trilogy in Theory Michael Denniston and Web Bist

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 47 Ratings

Two men and a movie make for a good trilogy. Now give those two men three movies and you have a Trilogy in Theory.

    Paradise is No Picnic

    Paradise is No Picnic

    Much like Albert Brooks... one host can't be happy with every version of cinematic heaven.
    As the host with the opposite opinion of THE MAJESTIC I'll take my cheap shots on my unwitting partner in podcasting. For I write the show notes. Which is clearly important. Maybe.

    With DEFENDING YOUR LIFE and THE DESCENDANTS joining us in our idyllic trilogy (in theory, of course) we debate the traumas of our various leading men as they attempt to keep their previous sins away from what should be paradise. As usual, George Clooney comes out ahead. Not much of a spoiler.

    What is a spoiler is that THIS is our greatest trilogy and can only be topped by our very next episode. Episode 100. THE GODFATHER PART 3. Naturally.

    Support what we do with early episodes and bonus content on Patreon including an episode on your hosts favorite teen romance PAPER TOWNS!

    Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @trilogyintheory

    Tweet at your hosts: @projectingfilm & @webistrying

    Letterboxd: @projectingfilm & @webistrying Artwork by: @nasketchs

    Find out more at https://trilogyintheory.pinecast.co

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    • 29 min
    The Descendants (2011)

    The Descendants (2011)

    George Clooney makes a flip-flops sprint of panic iconic.
    Among his other accomplishments. Such as losing a lover to one Matthew Lillard. Alexander Payne continues to bring darkly comic tragedies to life in his follow-up to SIDEWAYS and in doing so he may have peaked with one host.

    But not before said host hated THE DESCENDANTS initially. It's an episode of wild emotional swings and Robert Forster punching children. A new TRILOGY IN THEORY classic!

    Support what we do with bonus content and early episodes on Patreon

    Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @trilogyintheory

    Tweet at your hosts: @projectingfilm & @webistrying

    Letterboxd: @projectingfilm & @webistrying

    Artwork by: @nasketchs

    Find out more at https://trilogyintheory.pinecast.co

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 40 min
    The Majestic (2001)

    The Majestic (2001)

    Jim Carrey gets no respect...
    ...and Frank Darabont is told to get back to his Stephen King books as one host comes out swinging. This instinct for cruelty inspires the host with a heart to also turn to the dark side in what may be the most contentious (and yet joyful) conversation on THE MAJESTIC.

    For that matter it may be the only conversation that's currently taking place about THE MAJESTIC in 2022. So we mention THE BATMAN in a futile effort to draw the listener in as two podcasts hosts enter... and both presumably come back as we finish out our Paradise trilogy on the very next episode!

    Support what we do with bonus content and early episodes on Patreon

    Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @trilogyintheory

    Tweet at your hosts: @projectingfilm & @webistrying

    Letterboxd: @projectingfilm & @webistrying

    Artwork by: @nasketchs

    Find out more at https://trilogyintheory.pinecast.co

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 27 min
    Defending Your Life (1991)

    Defending Your Life (1991)

    We love everything about an Albert Brooks movie except for Albert Brooks!
    However a little bit of Meryl goes a long way as we kick off our paradise trilogy with this oddly charming movie about a man who gets hit by a bus and scores a date with The Greatest Actress of All Time. Ms. Streep gets a guy who terrorized Ryan Gosling in DRIVE and also made an appearance on THE SIMPSONS. She loses but we all win and can only hope that Rip Torn defends us in the in-between place.

    Support what we do with bonus content and early episodes on Patreon

    Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @trilogyintheory

    Tweet at your hosts: @projectingfilm & @webistrying

    Letterboxd: @projectingfilm & @webistrying

    Artwork by: @nasketchs

    Find out more at https://trilogyintheory.pinecast.co

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 29 min
    Sex, Lies and High School

    Sex, Lies and High School

    We can only relate to the youth of movies with a reference to THE SIMPSONS.
    That's still hip right?

    We finish our tour of lying about sex in high school across cinematic generations by both justifying titillation (thank you, WILD THINGS) and condemning it (go kick rocks, ASSASSINATION NATION.) Which leaves us to say mostly nice things about the charms of EASY A while acknowledging that its setup only really works if you have the movie star charm of Emma Stone.

    And thank god Bo Burnham's EIGHTH GRADE was not involved in this filth!

    Support what we do with early episodes and bonus content on Patreon including an episode on your hosts favorite teen romance PAPER TOWNS!

    Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @trilogyintheory

    Tweet at your hosts: @projectingfilm & @webistrying

    Letterboxd: @projectingfilm & @webistrying Artwork by: @nasketchs

    Find out more at https://trilogyintheory.pinecast.co

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 27 min
    Assassination Nation (2018)

    Assassination Nation (2018)

    Two old guys are scared of young women.
    So just another movie podcast! Unfortunately for us (and you, dear listener) we come to our final entry in our look at modern-ish high school life with ASSASSINATION NATION. One host maintained hope that he would like this film (both times!) before the hate settles in. For fans of this film we plead ignorance immediately by trying to apply the STAR TREK good/bad rules to the HEATHERS inspired entries to a world that has blissfully passed us by. So there's that. Enjoy?

    As means of apology here is a bonus episode to the high school cinematic experience that is pure joy for the hosts as they go back to talking PAPER TOWNS as they often do off-mic.

    Support what we do with bonus content and early episodes on Patreon Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @trilogyintheory

    Tweet at your hosts: @projectingfilm & @webistrying

    Letterboxd: @projectingfilm & @webistrying Artwork by: @nasketchs

    Find out more at https://trilogyintheory.pinecast.co

    This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Paraturtle ,

Great Discussions!

Love the discussions Michael has with his guests, and the format is really enjoyable. Although you may be apprehensive to listen to a few episodes since they cover 3 whole movies, they're still really enjoyable. Well worth looking for that one episode where you don't mind some spoilers and digging right in!

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Super interesting take on an old idea

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A fresh take

This is a refreshing new idea in a market awash with movie podcasts. Great idea and well executed! I'm always entertained, sometimes laughing and sometimes yelling at my pod machine when they disagree with my opinion! Ha!