Episode 25: Funny Games (1997)

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Episode 25: Funny Games (1997)

Stuck in your house? This week we talk about the movie that redefined “home invasion”! Plus, social contract theory, the importance (and cruelty) of breaking the fourth wall, and Michael Haneke’s message to U.S. audiences.

Episode 24: Straw Dogs (1971)

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Episode 24: Straw Dogs (1971)

In this smorgasbord of toxic masculinity, we explore the pattern of violence in rural towns, the history of Vietnam campus protests, Sam Peckinpah’s reputation for brutality on and off camera, and the controversy surrounding the film. 

Episode 23: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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Episode 23: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

The retro flavor of nuclear apocalypse films, the history of the OPEC oil crisis, how George Miller builds his own mythology – and borrows from the mythos of other cultures – and the role of music on the battlefield. Ride with us on the fury road to glory!

Episode 22: All the President’s Men (1976)


Episode 22: All the President’s Men (1976)

Let’s talk about the importance of investigative journalism, the edge-of-your-seat anxiety that this film creates, Woodward and Bernstein as heroes, and why the pen is truly mightier than the sword. Plus, the state of newspapers today, and why we need independent journalism more than ever in 2020. Featuring special guest Phil Linsalata, award-winning investigative reporter.

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Phil Linsalata is a former daily newspaper reporter. He has been an investigative reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the Columbia Journalism Review and national wire services. He specialized in coverage of legalized gambling, organized crime, financial failure of major insurance companies and political corruption.

Episode 21: Vice (2018)


Episode 21: Vice (2018)

We review the history of two of our most outlandish Vice Presidents (other than Dick, obviously), the tonal ambiguity of Vice as a film, the value of a good montage sequence, and our inherent discomfort with Cheney’s legacy.

Episode 20: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)


Episode 20: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

We lay out the best real-life Las Vegas heists, debate whether or not heist movies are their own genre, and explore why Ocean’s Eleven still works almost 20 years later. Let us steal some of your time with this episode!

Episode 19: Jurassic Park (1993)


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Episode 19: Jurassic Park (1993)

Learn about the “Jurassic Park generation” of paleontologists, how the film affected the scientific community, some amazing fan theories and, the, uh, lasting impact of Dr. Ian Malcolm as the film’s moral center. Hold onto your butts!