The podcast awakens! Now that we’ve all seen the new Star Wars, let’s talk about it. Is there any way to separate the new from our nostalgia for the old? Did the modern influence to zoom through story sacrifice emotional resonance? Is Beyoncé allowed to be black?
Time to watch a Christmas classic with Michelle and Dan! Watch along to White Christmas with us, and “Merry Christmas” from the Moviemakers’ Team.
Critical Faculties, take a knee. It’s Christmas Movie time. Join us as we celebrate all things cinematically happy and perennial. Also, Dan drinks a stick of butter.
Time for a deep dive. We look at the artful, macho, mildly obscure films of French director Jean-Pierre Melville. We put on our trench coats and fedoras and head down a deserted Parisian street on foot.
With Spectre in theaters, we take a look at director Sam Mendes and his unusual career trajectory. From the London stage to suburban angst to over-the-top Bond films (with some angst).
**BONUS LISTEN** an extra kick-around where we talk marriage, fandom, and Crimson Peak vs. Steve Jobs.
What has Dan been watching at the movies? He’ll tell you.
Covering “Bridge of Spies”, “Steve Jobs”, and “Sicario”, Dan settles in for a cozy chat about what he recommends watching and why Fall is Summer for grown-ups.
There will be tasteful decor.
Michelle and Thomas dive into the peculiar, hyper-specific world of writer-director Nancy Meyers. Age-inappropriate relationships, throw pillows, and some light feminism coming your way.
Year 3, Day 1.
We celebrate our 2nd Anniversary with a game of “Obscure Movie”, hear why Thomas hated “Jurassic World”, and have a moment of silence for “One Direction.”
**BONUS** an extra Summer Movie Wrap-up.
In honor of the passing of composer James Horner, Dan and Michelle look back at his amazing body of work and celebrate one of cinema’s greats.