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"Where it's always Oscar season."

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

Feb 24, 2021

Tom Hanks is directed once again by Robert Zemeckis, this time on a desert island. Hanks was nominated for best actor, and Mike and Brian agree it's one of his best performances. Some critics said it was good, not great. Why? The iconic moment is, of course, the skinnified Tom Hanks breaking down over an inanimate...


Feb 22, 2021

Beloved fairy tale, "Chocolat" earned five Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture, following its release in 2000 -- but what was it about this movie that got people feeling all gooey inside? 

In this episode, Mike and Brian talk about the power of happy endings, read listeners' favorite Johnny Depp...


Feb 15, 2021

Wait -- the same guy who made 1995's "Sense and Sensibility" also made "Hulk" ('03), "Brokeback Mountain" ('04), "Life of Pi" ('12) and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" ('00)?!

Director Ang Lee's career has been a series of surprises and experiments but, through it all, he's maintained a focus on philosophy over genre:...


Feb 8, 2021

No one had a better year in 2000 than director Steven Soderbergh, whose movies -- "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich" -- accounted for two of the five Best Picture nominees at that year's Academy Awards. 

Mike and Brian talk Julia Roberts' celebrity and the power in playing against type, trivia, one-liners, the Oscars,...


Feb 8, 2021

With its documentary feel and multiple storylines, Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" earned mass acclaim (and a Best Picture nod) in 2000, being praised by critics for its complex view on the war against drugs. But can large-scale, societal subject matter sometimes infuse a movie with an unearned sense of...