Ep. 48: Singin’ in the Rain

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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. 35: Birdman

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This episode contains explicit language.

Following Birdman’s Best Picture win at the Oscars last year, director Alejandro G. Inarritu seems poised once again to be the front-runner this year with his new film The Revenant.  Nate and Ryan have often debated the merits of Inarritu, and his 2005 movie Babel remains one of their most hotly contested arguments.  Their divide continued on the release of Birdman, and with Inarritu still drawing praise and criticism from all corners, it was time to at least open the discussion on this polarizing director.

Let us know your thoughts on Alejandro G. Inarritu.  Is he a genius?  A fraud (ahem, Scott Tobias)?  Visionary?  Annoying?  What do you think of Birdman?  Will The Revenant take home another Oscar for Inarritu?

Episode 2: 2014 Oscars Preview

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In this episode, Nate Gass and Ryan Ebling invite their friend Evan Mather to join them as they weigh in on who got snubbed, who will win, and who should win in the major categories.  Unfortunately, Evan’s views were so controversial, his mic began rebelling.  Sorry for the resulting echo.