Ep. 71: Good Will Hunting

Nate and Ryan return to the ’90s to re-watch Good Will Hunting, the movie that made Matt and Ben household names. The charm of director Gus Van Sant’s biggest commercial hit never really stuck with Nate and Ryan, so they’re giving it another go. Listen in as they find out whether they were missing something, or if they can finally realize that it’s not their fault.

What are you thoughts on Good Will Hunting? Where does this rank among Robin Williams’ all-time performances? Do you like apples? Let us know!

Watch Lessons from the Screenplay’s Good Will Hunting – The Psychology of Character.

Ep 70: Children of Men

Nate and Ryan invite back special guest Evan Mather to talk about Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 Children of Men.  Though not especially successful on its release, Children of Men has received new attention as critics and fans can’t help but notice that Cuaron seemed to know exactly what issues the world would be facing over the next 20 years (with the exception of total infertility).  Nate, Ryan, and Evan discuss what, if anything, Children of Men suggests we do to survive the coming bleakness.  Maybe we just won’t think about it.

Tell us about your experience with Children of Men. Alfonso Cuaron: Great director, or the greatest director? Let us know!

 

Watch the Children of Men DVD extra The Possibility of Hope. Credits: In this episode the quote pulled from the documentary features Slavoj Zizek and James Lovelock.

Ep 69: Step Brothers

Nate and Ryan revisit the widely loved comedy Step Brothers to talk about what is so appealing about the team of Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Adam McKay. With Ferrell and Reilly back in theaters to much uninterested shrugs, and Adam McKay nominated for his 5th Oscar after winning his first three years ago, Nate and Ryan examine what about Step Brothers works and what hasn’t aged particularly well.

FAIR WARNING: Just for good measure, there’s also a pretty significant tangent on the current state of comedy that meanders a bit from the Step Brothers conversation, but ultimately looks at why things that were funny stop being funny.

Where does Step Brothers rank for you among all-time great comedies? What comedians never fail to make you laugh? Let us know!

Ep 68: Love Actually

It’s a romantic Christmas for Nate and Ryan as they discuss Love Actually, the 2003 holiday rom-com starring Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, and most of the other British movie stars you can think of in the pre-Benedict-Cumberbatch era of British movie stars. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Love Actually has become an annual favorite for many, including Nate’s and Ryan’s wives. Listen in as they discuss what sticks and what doesn’t in this throw-it-all-at-the-wall Christmas epic.

Is Love Actually in your annual holiday movie rotation?  Let us know your thoughts!

Mentioned in the episode:
Love Actually is the Least Romantic Film of All Time by Christopher Orr (The Atlantic)
I Will Not Be Ashamed of Loving Love Actually by Emma Green (The Atlantic)

Ep 67: The Social Network

In 2010, the conversation around Facebook was mainly something like, “Holy crap, my parents are on Facebook. Should I delete my account?”

Eight years later, the conversation is more like, “Holy crap, an enemy power hijacked our democracy and nationalism has a very visible platform and white supremacists have a growing influence and my personal info is being sold without my consent or knowledge and nothing is true anymore or false anymore on Facebook. Should I delete my account?”

Nate and Ryan decided it’s time to discuss The Social Network, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s 2010 look at the (then) newly emerging dark side of Silicon Valley.  While most of America complained that their “Wall” became a “News Feed,” Sorkin and Fincher noticed that these baby titans of a baby industry were just like every titan of every industry who had come before: ruthless, egotistical, petty, and fragile.  Between Fincher’s distinct direction, Sorkin’s verbose and witty screenplay, and a revelatory score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Nate and Ryan have a lot to talk about.

 

Read Kaitlyn Tiffany’s article for The Verge mentioned in the episode – In 2010, The Social Network was searing – now it looks quaint.