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"Where it's always Oscar season."

Two cinephiles. One mission. Every Best Picture nominee of the 21st century.

Dec 27, 2021

Some of the best movies in any given year don't earn Oscar nods. Case in point: director David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence."

In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into the movie's exploration of identity and corruption, and wrestle with what it might be saying about viewers' own appetite for bloodshed. They talk...


Dec 20, 2021

"Ever since I was a child, folks have thought they had me pegged ... and they're always wrong," said Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing Truman Capote, in Bennett Miller's 2005 Best Picture nominee. So who is the real Truman Capote?

In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into the complexities of this character and explore...


Dec 13, 2021

Director Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" made serious waves when it released in 2005, bringing on a glut of Oscar nominations (eight), headlines and satirical tributes. The cultural discussion surrounding the movie was loud, but what about the movie itself?

In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into its best...


Dec 6, 2021

A new movie year is upon us! We kiick off our series on the films of 2005 with George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck.," which takes a just-the-facts approach to Edward R. Murrow's attempt to take down Senator Joe McCarthy.

In this episode, Mike and Brian debate the validity of patriotism as a criterion for Oscar...


Nov 29, 2021

What was the best movie of 2004?

The Academy awarded that title to Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby," but in this series finale episode, Mike and Brian shake things up. They recap the year that was, rank the Academy's picks for Best Picture, kick the ones that don't belong and discuss their personal top 5s. Plus,...