Ep. 48: Singin’ in the Rain

As La La Land continues to be an Oscar favorite (14 nominations), Nate and Ryan explore what might be the most revered of all movie musicals: Singin’ in the Rain.  Though Singin’ in the Rain didn’t garner any Oscar wins (and only 2 nominations), it has lived on to be adored by fans, critics, and scholars.  Nate and Ryan talk about whether the dance numbers still dazzle, the love story is still lovely, and if it can still make ’em laugh.

What is your favorite movie musical?  Where does Singin’ in the Rain rank?  Where will La La Land fit in the pantheon of musicals?  Let us know your thoughts!

Correction: In the episode Nate mentions Jean Hagen winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Hagen was nominated but did not win. The Oscar went to Gloria Grahame for The Bad and the Beautiful.

Ep. 47: Die Hard

maxresdefaultIt’s our 3rd Holiday Spectacular, and this year, Nate and Ryan are watching a more contentious entry into the Holiday Movie Canon: 1988’s Die Hard.  For a Holiday Spectacular this outside the box, Nate and Ryan called in some back up.  Friend of the program and most frequent guest Evan Mather joins the conversation as a life-long Die Hard fan (you’ll have to listen to see what that fan group is called).

With Evan’s help, Nate and Ryan discuss the virtues of the 80’s action movie, Bruce Willis’ charisma, Alan Rickman’s devilish magnetism, and if you can enjoy Die Hard at Christmas time without being tremendously annoying.

What are your thoughts on Die Hard?  Can it be considered a holiday movie?  Where does it rank for you among action movies?  What outside-the-box movie do you watch every winter?  Let us know!

Ep. 46: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Nate and Ryan revisit the launching of a cinematic empire by watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in celebration of its 15th anniversary.  Additionally, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released to enormous box office success nearly 15 years to the day that the first Harry Potter movie was released.  Nate has never been a big fan of Harry Potter, while Ryan would consider himself to be a fairly devoted Pott-ee.  Will the charm of the wonderful world of Harry Potter win Nate over?  Will Ryan suddenly see flaws that he had glossed over?

Let us know your thoughts on Harry Potter.  Have you seen Fantastic Beasts…?  Which is the best Harry Potter movie?  Let us know!