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"Where it's always Oscar season."

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

May 31, 2021

The Oscars love Holocaust movies — so what does that tell us about how we consume historical dramas?

Is it possible to separate the art from the artist?

And how does violence/obscenity in movies dull — or sharpen — our life experience?

Mike and Brian's conversation veers into unexpected places this episode, in...

May 10, 2021

Do musicals have the power to spark intellectual revelations?

Is that even their aim?

Mike and Brian wrestle with the genre by exploring the impact of director Rob Marshall's debut, "Chicago," which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2002 and stars Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and John C....

May 6, 2021

Director Sam Raimi, who launched his career with low-budget splatter horror films, brings a sense of campy enthusiasm to 2002's "Spider-Man," starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. But does that style elevate or cheapen the film's comic book aesthetic?

In this bonus episode, Mike and Brian dive into the movie's...

May 3, 2021

With a star-studded ensemble cast led by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore, director Stephen Daldry's "The Hours" has a literary style and lofty ambitions. That combination led it to an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 2002. 

In this episode, Mike and Brian are divided in discussing the film's impact...