Ep. 108: You’ve Got Mail

Nate and Ryan discuss You’ve Got Mail to celebrate this year’s annual T. Hanksgiving! Rom-Com Tom Hanks won America’s hearts throughout the ’90s, so listen in as Nate and Ryan take a look at Hanks and Meg Ryan at the peak of their powers. Directed and written by Nora Ephron with her sister Delia, You’ve Got Mail revisits a time when the internet was a benign novelty and brick and mortar stores still held sway.

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Read Love in the inbox: the epistolary pleasures of the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan rom-com, Hanif Abdurraqib’s ode to You’ve Got Mail (4Columns)

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Ep. 107: Get Out

Nate and Ryan celebrate their 9th Holiday Spooktacular by watching Get Out, Jordan Peele’s 2017 Oscar-winning horror contemporary classic. We’re continuing our Back to School series with another movie that Ryan teaches in his high school class. Listen in as we discuss the philosophical and social implications in Peele’s razor-sharp writing in his directorial debut.

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Ep. 106: No Country for Old Men

Javier Bardem as Anton ChigurhNate and Ryan revisit No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers’ 2007 Best Picture Oscar winner. No Country for Old Men is one of the movies Ryan teaches in his high school class, so for our September episode, Nate wanted to go back to school and hear what Mr. Ebling has to say. While No Country for Old Men is one of the Coens’ most successful films, it remains a difficult one to sift through. Join us as we dig into a contemporary classic.

 

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Ep. 105: Josie and the Pussycats (Feat. Andrew Johnson)

Nate and Ryan invite long-time friend Andrew Johnson in to discuss 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats, a flop when it was released 21 years ago, but now a film that many are rethinking as its lasting impact is more apparent. Andrew has championed Josie ever since he first saw it in college, and has now brought his campaign to us. From the music, to the fashion, to the razor sharp criticism of corporate tastemakers, people are beginning to realize that Josie and the Pussycats was operating on a level that went over most people’s heads in 2001.

 

Listen to Josie and the Podcats by Maria Lewis and Blake Howard

Read Roger Ebert’s half star review

20 years ago, Josie And The Pussycats flopped, but its soundtrack deserves another listen by Phil Freeman (Stereogum)

Josie & The Pussycats Was Way Too Jerkin’ For Its Time by Anne Cohen (Refinery29)

 

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Ep. 104: Top Gun (feat. Kris Hiew)


Nate and Ryan invite Kris Hiew in to talk about Top Gun, the 1986 hit whose recent hit sequel has Tom Cruise wowing audiences again. Kris and Nate have a long history with Top Gun and bring all that childlike wonder into the conversation. With the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick proving to be one of the biggest movies of the year, listen in as we discuss what it is about the original that has endured almost 30 years later, and what might not work so well.

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