Uncut Gems, Gambling, and the Lord of the Rings of Basketball Movies…

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Uncut Gems has us doubling down on the Safdie brothers, before moving on to discuss Ryan Reynolds’ liquor of choice, Nicolas Cage’s crooked gait, and Jessica Chastain’s ski injury.

Should Ben Mendelsohn be in every movie after Mississippi Grind? Is Port of Call New Orleans the last great bonkers Nic Cage movie? And does Aaron Sorkin direct Molly’s Game with enough style to overcome its shortcomings? All this and more on Uncut Gems, Gambling, and the Lord of the Rings of Basketball Movies…

From the Vault – August 2005 or: Cartoons, Michael Jordan, Whatever…

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To discuss the films of August 2005, hosts Brad and Kevin have forced each other to rewatch The 40 Year-Old Virgin, The Constant Gardener, Broken Flowers, and 2046.

Is The 40 Year-Old Virgin even better today than it was 13 years ago? Did Rachel Weisz deserve the Oscar for The Constant Gardener? Does Broken Flowers prove that Bill Murray can be interesting while doing literally nothing? And did Kevin even watch 2046? All this and more on Cartoons, Michael Jordan, Whatever…

More Recurring Collaborations… And Dreams of More Coherent Conversations

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Brad and Kevin keep talking frequent collaborators in this bonus episode, specifically about the pitfalls of Silver Linings Playbook’s happy ending, the inadvertent product placement in Little Nicky, the bafflingly unnecessary Dark Shadows, and our need to go to bed earlier…

The Irishman, Recurring Collaborations, and a Constant State of Climax…

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The Irishman has us hitting on the finer points of Scorsese crime sagas, before moving on to discuss Julianne Moore and Tom Cruise breaking down, Michael Shannon melting down, and Viggo Mortensen stepping up.

Can the de-aging be taken seriously for 3.5 hours in The Irishman? Can we list fewer than ten scenes we could call our favorite in Magnolia? Can Kevin pronounce “Jessica Chastain” while discussing Take Shelter? And should Viggo Mortensen have won an Oscar for A History of Violence? All this and more on The Irishman, Recurring Collaborations, and a Constant State of Climax…

More Isolation… And the Dream Weaver Needle Drop

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Brad and Kevin keep talking isolation movies in this bonus episode, specifically about the late-night cable cache of Cube, the limitations of the conceit of Exam, the naked fist-fighting chops of Tom Hardy in Bronson, and our hatred for the phrase “tour de force performance”…