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

Sep 27, 2021

What was the best movie of 2003?

In this miniseries finale episode, Mike and Brian 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, trivia, Golden Takes and more.

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Sep 20, 2021

The final installment in director Peter Jackson's epic fantasy trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" proved to be the one film of 2003 to rule them all, sweeping the Oscars and blurring the lines separating "geek" movie from prestige picture. But how does it hold up nearly two decades later?

In this...

Sep 13, 2021

Mixing drama with documentary, and live-action with animation, "American Splendor" (2003), directed by Shari Springer and Robert Pulcini, feels much more inspired by the art and attitude of comic book writer Harvey Pekar than by his actual life. And that's a good thing.

In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into the...

Sep 6, 2021

The Wachowski's sequel to "The Matrix" was a box office smash, but reactions were decidedly mixed. Even many critics who reviewed the film positively included qualifiers about its geekiness, special effects and religious iconography.

So what do we think nearly 20 years later? 

In this episode, Mike and Brian set out on...

Aug 30, 2021

A horror movie being nominated for Best Picture? Yeah, right. In spite of the Academy's long-running resentment of the genre, however, director Danny Boyle's don't-call-it-a-zombie movie is undoubtably one of the most important films of 2003, making way for a wave of low-budget horror films and reinvigorating the...