Apr 19, 2021
What was really the best movie of 2001?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences chose Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind." But how does that pick hold up 20 years later?
In this miniseries finale, Mike and Brian re-rank the Academy's nominees for Best Picture, kick those that don't belong and build their own top 5...
Apr 12, 2021
How much truth do we need in movies that are "based off of a true story"? Director Ron Howard takes many liberties throughout "A Beautiful Mind," which took home the Academy Award for Best Picture. But is the movie better or worse because of those changes?
Mike and Brian explore the film's best moments, compare...
Apr 9, 2021
What makes a cult classic? For director Richard Kelly's "Donnie Darko," starring a young Jake Gyllenhaal, it's its seamless mix of horror, comedy, sci-fi, philosophy, '80s pop music, religious subtext and an unwavering committment to Sparkle Motion.
But how does all that ambition hold up on rewatch?
In this episode,...
Apr 5, 2021
Can a fantasy epic really be one of the best pictures of the year? Peter Jackson gets started on his Lord of the Rings trilogy with "The Fellowship of the Ring," and Mike and Brian tackle the big themes — and some small, petty ones — in this episode, which was simulcast on Facebook Live.
Mar 29, 2021
Made for just $1.9M, director Todd Field's "In the Bedroom" is by far the smallest-budget film in the Academy Award's 2001 slate for Best Picture. But, led by powerhouse performances from Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek, its dramatic punch just might be most powerful.
In this episode, Mike and Brian dive into the movie's...