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

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,...


Nov 22, 2021

Coming off of "Mystic River" in 2003, Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" marked two straight years of Best Picture nominations -- this time, however, he went home with the big prize, plus a trophy for Best Director.

In this episode, Mike and Brian analyze the movie's best moments, talk faith and sacrifice (which...


Nov 15, 2021

Fresh off the heels of "Gangs of New York," Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio continued their collaboration in 2004, this time with a biopic on capitalist hero/film director/aircraft tycoon Howard Hughes.

In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into DiCaprio's performance and moviestar persona, Scorsese's directoral...


Nov 8, 2021

Breakups are hard. But don't worry! Lacuna, the memory-erasing company from "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," is here to help.

In this episode, Mike and Brian take a trip down memory lane as they dive into this non-Best Picture nominee of 2004, directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman. IThey...


Nov 1, 2021

Director Marc Forster's follow-up to "Monster's Ball," "Finding Neverland" earned seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, in 2004. But how does this biopic about J.M. Barrie, the creator of "Peter Pan," hold up 17 years later?

In this episode, Mike and Brian debate what qualities make tearjerkers cross...