Join Connor and Riley as they seek the deeper meaning behind some of the world's most intriguing films. From indie art house films to the biggest summer blockbusters, these guys tackle it all. Come prepared to broaden your sense of what a "movie" can be.


  • 064 | Fear and Desire ft. Travis Olson

    064 | Fear and Desire ft. Travis Olson

    22/11/2020 Duração: 01h27min

    Connor & Jon are joined by their old co-worker, Travis Olson, to dig into Stanley Kubrick's worst film. They try to find his roots and genius in this snooze-fest of a war film. And ponder whether the director's wishes towards their finished products should be followed and if it's a waste of resources restoring a bad film?WARNING: Major spoilers for Fear and Desire, minor spoilers for It's a Wonderful Life & Bridge on the River KwaiFollow us:Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter:  YouTube: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------Fear and Desire (1953)| Dir. Stanley KubrickCatwoman (2004) | Dir. PitofMetropolis (1927) | Dir. Fritz LangKiller's Kiss (1955) | Dir. Stanley KubrickPaths of Glory (1957) | Dir. Stanley KubrickFull Metal Jacket (1987) | Dir. Stanley Kubrick2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) | Dir. Sta

  • 063 | Catwoman ft. Ed Blizzard

    063 | Catwoman ft. Ed Blizzard

    08/11/2020 Duração: 01h57min

    Connor & Jon need help tearing into this awful movie, and that's why they brought on their good friend Ed Blizzard to rip Catwoman apart. Ed explains why the film is a disgrace to a great character. Connor rants about Pitof's plan to shoot it like a perfume commercial. Jon can't get over the fact that her powers are derived from a magical cat burp.WARNING: Major spoilers for Catwoman, minor spoilers for Captain America: Civil War & The Dark Knight RisesFollow us:Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter:  YouTube: mentioned in this episode:---------------------------------Catwoman (2004) | Dir. Pitof1941 (1979) | Dir. Steven SpielbergClose Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) | Dir. Steven Spielberg1917 (2019) | Dir. Sam MendesSpider-Man (2002)| Dir. Sam RaimiX-Men (2000) | Dir. Bryan SingerBatman Returns (1992) | Dir. Tim Bu

  • 062 | 1941

    062 | 1941

    25/10/2020 Duração: 01h50min

    Connor & Jon start off their new series with one of the most chaotic films of all time and they are not too happy about it. They try to analyze why Spielberg can't make a direct comedy, what Zemeckis & Gale's original intention for the screenplay was, and how you can have so many great actors in a film with no great performances.WARNING: Major spoilers for 1941, minor spoilers for Miracle Mile & Dr. StrangeloveFollow us:Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter:  YouTube: mentioned in this episode:---------------------------------1941 (1979) | Dir. Steven SpielbergThe Last Airbender (2010) | Dir. M. Night ShyamalanRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981) | Dir. Steven SpielbergDumbo (1941) | Dir. Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John EllioteJaws (1975) | Dir. Steven Spi

  • Minisode | The Films They Hid From Us

    Minisode | The Films They Hid From Us

    18/10/2020 Duração: 11min

    Connor & Jon introduce their next series in which they dive into films that were covered up by their director, actor, or studio for differing reasons. They hope to examine these, sometimes anomalies, place in film history and how they affect the careers of those involved.Follow us:Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter:  YouTube:

  • 061 | Jaws

    061 | Jaws

    11/10/2020 Duração: 01h42min

    Connor & Jon get their feet wet in discussing the film that created the modern blockbuster: Jaws! Probably the most well known limitation in film history that created the perfect horror/adventure film. They discuss how different(and not as good) it would be if the shark had worked perfectly and the beginnings of Spielberg's career and how this experience shaped his future films and collaborations.WARNING: Major Spoilers for Jaws, minor spoilers for No Country for Old MenLink to The Jaws Log: us:Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: YouTube: mentioned in this episode:---------------------------------Jaws

  • 060 | Knight of Cups

    060 | Knight of Cups

    27/09/2020 Duração: 01h33min

    Connor & Jon get ethereal when studying the philosophic and whispered Terrence Malick film: Knight of Cups. They ponder how much of Malick's worldview supersedes the Tarot card theme, if torpedoing brings about a more natural performance, and whose idea was the foot thing.Follow us: Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------Knight of Cups (2015) | Dir. Terrence MalickTo the Wonder (2012) | Dir. Terrence MalickSong to Song (2017) | Dir. Terrence MalickA Hidden Life (2019) | Dir. Terrence MalickThe Revenant (2015) | Dir. Alejandro G. InarrituThe Tree of Life (2011) | Dir. Terrence MalickThe Thin Red Line (1998) | Dir. Terrence MalickBadlands (1973) | Dir. Terrence MalickDays of Heaven (1978) | Dir. Terrence MalickThe New World  (2005) | Dir. Terrence MalickVoyage o

  • 059 | Brazil ft. Steve Snediker

    059 | Brazil ft. Steve Snediker

    13/09/2020 Duração: 01h46min

    Connor & Jon try to reign in the zaniness that comes up when you bring Steve Snediker on an episode about Terry Gilliam. The name of the film is Brazil and boy does it take them for a ride. Together they marvel at the ineptitude of this not too far off world, how every duct has its place, and was Sid Sheinberg right in trying to change the film?WARNING: Major spoilers for Brazil & Blade RunnerLink to The Battle of Brazil: to Dark Knights & Holy Fools: us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned i

  • 058 | The Celebration

    058 | The Celebration

    30/08/2020 Duração: 01h27min

    Connor & Jon struggle to find out if Dogme 95 really aided creatively to the making of The Celebration. Would Dogme 95 be improved if its rules dealt specifically with things that the directors relied too heavily on instead of a revolt of what was prominent in cinema then? Who used Dogme better Vinterberg or Von Trier? And why does everyone stay at the party?WARNING: Major spoilers for The CelebrationFollow us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------The Celebration (1998) | Dir. Thomas VinterbergThe Idiots (1998) | Dir. Lars Von TrierWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) | Dir. Mike NicholsMelancholia (2011) | Dir. Lars Von TrierDogville (2003) | Dir. Lars Von TrierAntichrist (2009) | Dir. Lars Von TrierThe House that Jack Built (2018) | Dir. Lars Von TrierB

  • Bonus | Hitch-Hiker Challenge  Poster Discussion

    Bonus | Hitch-Hiker Challenge & Poster Discussion

    23/08/2020 Duração: 34min

    When recording Jon's challenge we went over the time limit and had a fun discussion on poster design and strange stories about studio heads. So we wanted to share this messy extended look into our recording process with you.  *This episode is pretty visual so recommend following along with the links below when you listen.*Premiere's Top 25 Posters:'s Top 50 Posters: us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter:

  • 057 | The Hitch-Hiker ft. Michelle Johnson

    057 | The Hitch-Hiker ft. Michelle Johnson

    16/08/2020 Duração: 01h37min

    This week Connor is joined by Michelle Johnson to discuss the only main-stream American film noir directed by a woman: The Hitch-Hiker. They compare the two hostages situation to that of film & TV crews under tyrannical show runners, how Ida Lupino subtly flipped the genre, and just how underrated of a filmmaker she is.WARNING: Major spoilers for The Hitch-Hiker, The Bigamist, & Not WantedFollow Michelle: mysticalcartoonism.comBook Mentioned: The Mirage Factory - us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------The Hitch-Hiker (1953) | Dir. Ida LupinoRavenous (1999) | Dir. Antonia BirdHigh Sierra (1941) | Dir. Raoul WalshNot Wanted (1949) | Dir. Ida Lupino, Elmer CliftonThe

  • 056 | Russian Ark

    056 | Russian Ark

    09/08/2020 Duração: 01h33min

    Connor & Jon try to examine both 300 years of Russian history AND one of the most daring films in the 21st century with Russian Ark. They are both awed and mystified by the technicality of the film, but does it come at the cost of story elements?WARNING: Major spoilers for Russian Ark , The Sacrifice, & Birdman, Minor spoilers for FrancofoniaFollow us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:---------------------------------Russian Ark (2002) | Dir. Alexander SokurovRope (1948) | Dir. Alfred HitchcockBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) | Dir. Alejandro G. Inarritu1917 (2019) | Dir. Sam MendesChicago (2002) | Dir. Rob MarshallThe Blues Brothers (1980) | Dir. John LandisBattleship Potemkin (1925) | Dir. Sergei EisensteinStrike (1925) | Dir. Sergei EisensteinNostalghia (1

  • 055 | Whiplash ft. Dan Funk

    055 | Whiplash ft. Dan Funk

    20/07/2020 Duração: 01h36min

    Connor is reunited with Riley after a 1 episode break, and they are both joined by drummer, Dan Funk, to discuss Damien Chazelle's Whiplash. They discuss their own personal band stories, how great it is to see Jazz represented in film, and which of Chazelle's films is the best.WARNING: Major spoilers for Whiplash, minor spoilers for La La LandLink to Suite 25: us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------Whiplash (2014) | Dir. Damien ChazelleFading West (2013) | Dir. Matt KatsolisDrumline (2002) | Dir. Charles Stone IIIBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) | Dir. Alejanr G. InarrituWhiplash (2013) | Dir. Damien ChazelleScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) | Dir. Ed

  • 054 | Following

    054 | Following

    05/07/2020 Duração: 01h25min

    Connor & Jon break down Christopher Nolan's first feature film: Following. Nolan begins his career with a no-budget, skeleton crew, weekend shot neo-noir that delivers with twists and thrills. It's great to see the genesis of one of the greatest modern directors and where his love of shooting on film comes from.WARNING: Major spoilers for Following, Inception, & The Dark Knight Rises, Minor spoilers for InterstellarFollow us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------Following (1998) | Dir. Christopher NolanMemento (2000) | Dir. Christopher NolanClerks (1994) | Dir. Kevin SmithEl Mariachi (1992) | Dir. Robert Rodriguez1917 (2019) | Dir. Sam MendesDunkirk (2017) | Dir. Christopher NolanDoodlebug (1997) | Dir. Christopher NolanInsomnia (2002) | Dir. Christophe

  • 053 | 12 Angry Men ft. Rod Reed

    053 | 12 Angry Men ft. Rod Reed

    21/06/2020 Duração: 01h28min

    Connor & Riley are joined by Rod Reed to observe one of the sweatiest movies of all time: 12 Angry Men. They discuss how it brilliantly deconstructs the prejudices inherent in the judicial system, how the film doesn't work as a play, and how different genres shine a light on the human condition.WARNING: Major spoilers for 12 Angry MenFollow us: Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------12 Angry Men (1957) | Dir. Sidney LumetTokyo Story (1953) | Dir. Yasujiro OzuA Serious Man (2009) | Dir. Joel & Ethan CoenThe Princess Diaries (2001) | Dir. Garry MarshallThe Emperor's New Groove (2000) | Dir. Mark DindalWonder Wheel (2017) | Dir. Woody AllenThe Trouble with Harry (1955) | Dir. Alfred HitchcockRope (1948) | Dir. Alfred HitchcockBlade Runner (1982) | Dir. Ridley

  • Minisode | Limitations Breed Creativity

    Minisode | Limitations Breed Creativity

    15/06/2020 Duração: 11min

    It's time for a new series and Connor & Jon start off with some bittersweet news: Riley Hardy is no longer a host. So we wish him well and continue onward with our new series about how limitations in the filmmaking process escalates the creative nature of it.Follow us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter:

  • 052 | Tokyo Story

    052 | Tokyo Story

    07/06/2020 Duração: 01h15min

    Connor & Riley cozy up to their pillow shots as they examine Yasujiro Ozu's masterwork: Tokyo Story. They discuss the complexity of the characters, and how the family dynamic makes the film universal even though producers said it was "too Japanese." They also ponder the question: does Ozu have the most consistent cinematic language?WARNING: Major spoilers for Tokyo Story, minor spoilers for Ordinary PeopleLink to Yasujiro Ozu: The Syntax of His Films: us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:-------------------------------Tokyo Story (1953) | Dir. Yasujiro OzuThe Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) | Dir. Yasujiro OzuFloating Weeds (1959) | Dir. Yasujiro OzuA Story of Floating Weeds (1934) | Dir. Yasujiro OzuCitizen Kane (1941) | Dir. Orson WellesJaws (1975) | Dir. S

  • 051 | Kicking and Screaming (1995)

    051 | Kicking and Screaming (1995)

    24/05/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    Connor & Jon quote through Noah Baumbach's first film Kicking and Screaming(not the Will Ferrell one). They make the strange discovery of how relatable it is to their own lives and who is which character. This episode might also hold the record of most Mike Ditka mentions in a podcast.WARNING: Major spoilers for Kicking and ScreamingFollow us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------Kicking and Screaming (1995) | Dir. Noah BaumbachMr. Jealousy (1997) | Dir. Noah Baumbach(500) Days of Summer (2009) | Dir. Marc WebbWhen Harry Met Sally... (1989) | Dir. Rob ReinerKicking & Screaming (2005) | Dir. Jesse DylanFrozen (2013) | Dir. Chris Buck & Jennifer LeeFrozen (2010) | Dir. Adam GreenLee Daniels' The Butler (2013) | Dir. Lee DanielsDjango Unchained (2012) | Dir. Quentin TarantinoTalladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

  • 050 | The Farewell

    050 | The Farewell

    10/05/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    It's our 50th episode so we decided to do our first audience pick! Connor & Riley discuss Lulu Wang's 2019 film: The Farewell. They discuss what is really the most ethical thing to do, when it's okay to lie, and what makes a film American or Chinese?WARNING: Major spoilers for The Farewell, minor spoilers for The Royal TenenbaumsFollow us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------The Farewell (2019) | Dir. Lulu WangPosthumous (2014) | Dir. Lulu WangThe Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003) | Dir. Lilly & Lana WachowskiThe Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) | Dir. Jacques DemyCrazy Rich Asians (2018) | Dir. Jon M. ChuOceans Eight (2018) | Dir. Gary RossThe Royal Tenenbaums (2001) | Dir. Wes AndersonSecrets & Lies (1996) | Dir. Mike LeighThe Big Lebowski (1998) | Dir. Joel & Ethan CoenPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (201

  • 049 | Boyhood

    049 | Boyhood

    26/04/2020 Duração: 01h24min

    Connor & Riley are taken way back to their awkward years when they analyze Richard Linklater's passion project: Boyhood. The guys discuss the advantages and disadvantages to not having a script, and how mixing non-actors and actors has an interesting effect. They also take a retrospect to Linklater's career and his seeming obsession with conspiracy theories and rebellion towards authority.WARNING: Major spoilers for BoyhoodFollow us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:--------------------------------Boyhood (2014) | Dir. Richard LinklaterThe Sixth Sense (1999) | Dir. M. Night ShyamalanTo Kill a Mockingbird (1962) | Dir. Robert MulliganThe Before Trilogy (1995-2013) | Dir. Richard LinklaterStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) | Dir. J.J. AbramsSlacker (1990) | Dir. Richard LinklaterSchool of Rock (2003) | Dir. Richard LinklaterDazed and Confused (

  • 048 | A Serious Man ft. Caleb Maine

    048 | A Serious Man ft. Caleb Maine

    12/04/2020 Duração: 01h45min

    Connor & Jon are joined by the first critic of the show, Caleb Maine, to discuss the Coen's depressing masterpiece: A Serious Man. Jon gets distracted by the fact that there were earbuds in the '60's. Caleb hates Sy more than any other film character. And Connor obsesses over the use over repeating dialogue.WARNING: Major spoilers for A Serious ManFollow us:  Facebook:  Instagram:  Twitter: mentioned in this episode:----------------------------------A Serious Man (2009) | Dir. Joel & Ethan CoenMetropolis (1927) | Dir. Fritz LangThe Big Lebowski (1998) | Dir. Joel & Ethan CoenNo Country for Old Men (2007) | Dir. Joel & Ethan CoenCalvary (2014) | John Michael McDonaghThe Hurt Locker (2008) | Dir. Kathryn BigelowJoker (2019) | Dir. Todd PhillipsCrazy Heart (2009) | Dir. Scott CooperCalvary (2014) | Dir. John Michael McDonaghThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Rob

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