Ep. 119: Oppenheimer

Once again, the Academy picked our movie for this month, so Ryan and Nate are re-watching Oppenheimer, 2024’s Best Picture Oscar winner, written and directed by Christopher Nolan. On top of continuing this year’s theme of revisiting 2023, Ryan and Nate realized they’ve never talked about a Christopher Nolan movie on air. Given the decades worth of praise that’s been heaped upon Nolan, as well as the mountain of awards his latest movie won, it seemed like the time was right to take a trip back to Los Alamos.

Where does Nolan rank for you among favorite directors? Where does Oppenheimer rank among Nolan films? Let us know!


Watch Christopher Nolan narrate the opening scene of Oppenheimer in this New York Times Anatomy of a Scene.

Read Jennifer Ouellette’s Oppenheimer review for Ars Technica.


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Ep. 16: The Avengers


With the recent release of the trailer for The Avengers: The Age of Ultron, Nate and Ryan decided to revisit Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster The Avengers.  Considered by many to be the crown jewel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers broke box office records and was hailed by comic book geeks and noobs alike.

In keeping with the epic scope of Whedon’s vision, this episode covers a lot of ground, from the appeal of Joss Whedon, to the difference between superhero movies and historical epics.  Let us know what you think of The Avengers, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel vs. DC, The Dark Knight, and the difference between Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon’s visions for the superhero genre.

Nate mentions two articles in the episode. They’re worth a read if you’ve got some time-

Why I’m Dreading The New Slate of Superhero Movies by Todd VanDerWerff

Things Crashing Into Other Things, or My Superhero Movie Problem by Matt Zoller Seitz