On Gen Pop this week, we had a delightful time speaking with Dan Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter about the role of Saturday Night Live in our current political climate.
This week on the /Filmcast: a double review of The Lego Batman Movie and John Wick: Chapter 2. Plus: how David Chen’s name has become synonymous with “Bad movies” in the Cannata housheold.
This week on the podcast, we reviewed Rings, a movie that nobody asked for and few wanted to see. Also, the movie is very bad.
This week on Gen Pop, we talk with Siddhant Adlakha from Birth Movies Death about Trump’s Muslim ban and how it may impact art in the U.S.
We received this email about the show last night, and it really meant a lot to me (I’m sharing it anonymously, with permission):
Hi Joanna and Dave,
I just needed to tell you how much I love this podcast. I listen to A LOT of podcasts and this is quickly becoming my favourite. Every episode has been fascinating with brilliant discussions and interviews.
Your conversation with Sid Adlakha actually brought me to tears. I’m an interracial woman (my dad is half Somalian and half German and my Mum is a mix of Norwegian and Italian) but both my parents were born here in the UK. So I of course feel British through and through. With the horrors of Brexit and the rise of the Rightwing (everywhere it seems) I have had things said to me that I haven’t heard since the 90s. I felt we had moved past me being told to “Get back to the Paki Market” or being asked “What actually are you though?” But here I am crying at a podcast because it is so beautiful in its diverse voices and open discussion.
You should be so proud of yourselves for the outstanding work you are putting out.
This week on Gen Pop, we are joined by Alan Sepinwall from Uproxx to discuss our most anticipated TV shows of 2017.
I’ve always been an enormous fan and admirer of Sepinwall’s work, so it was a delight to get him on the show.
Xander Cage is actually the ridiculous action hero we need for our times. On this week’s bonus /Filmcast, we delve into why.
On this week’s Gen Pop, Joanna and I chatted with Stephen Tobolowsky about his new hit Netflix series, One Day at a Time, and what separates successful multi-cam sitcoms from the failures.
The /Filmcast just recorded its 400th episode, a review of Martin Scorsese’s newest film Silence. Eight years I’ve been doing this podcast, most recently with my intrepid co-hosts Devindra Hardawar and Jeff Cannata.
Last night, we received the following email about the podcast from a listener I’ll refer to as Brett. I’ve posted an excerpt from the email below, with his permission.
I share this excerpt not as an act of self-aggrandizement, but rather as encouragement to anyone reading it: You too can create something meaningful for other people. In fact, you probably already are, just by being who you are, interacting how you do, sharing what you do.
When we started the podcast, we didn’t think we’d be creating something that would allow people to feel less alone in the world. Maybe we just wanted to create something that made US feel less alone in our passion for movies, and by doing so, it made others feel the same as well.
And so when I read an email like this, I don’t think “I’m amazing!” I think: if some nincompoop with a microphone and an internet connection like me can create this kind of feeling in people, then pretty much anyone can. And you should all keep putting yourself out there and doing so.
Dear David, Devindra and Jeff,
My name is Brett. I’m 36 and I live northeast Philadelphia, PA. I have been listening to your podcast now for quite some time. I’m a huge fan. I’m also a musician, audio engineer and a lover of film. My love for film eventually led me to find your podcast. Since then, I’ve been with you guys every step of the way. To me, it’s the best podcast, in my opinion, for movie lovers.
I am writing this as I lay in a hospital bed. In 2012, I was diagnosed with leukemia. And ever since then, my life has been one disaster after another. I went through a divorce with a girl I had been with for 15 years. We have a beautiful son together. His name is David.
So I’m currently laying in a hospital bed and I’m in extreme pain. All I want to do is listen to you guys. So I started playing episode 400 and this feeling of peace just came over me. I just close my eyes and listen to the three of you talk film, make Boom goes the dynamite jokes, or the really well-handled ad reads with David and Jeff.
I just wanted you to know that your podcast is truly a light in a dark place. Since 2012, I’ve been in and out of hospitals. More times than I can even remember at this point. Tonight, I had a mental breakdown and started feeling very sorry for myself. The nurse came in to give me my meds. I took them, turned the TV, went to my podcast app and there was the new episode. I’m 30 minutes in and I’ve already forgotten where I was.
I just wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You’re really helping people in ways you might not know. I am sure you receive emails like this all the time but I really felt the need to express my gratitude to the three of you tonight.
I write this not in the hopes that you will read it on the podcast but that you will read this and feel a sense of pride. You would be really surprised to learn that three friends talking about movies can make someone who is very sick actually smile. So I thank you as much as I can. Your podcast means so much to me. When I listen to an episode, it just reminds me of conversations and arguments I’ve had with my friends in regards to film. Please continue to do what you do…
Thank you for hearing me out,
Today, NPR published earbud.fm, which is their attempt at building a database of the best podcasts on the internet. I was honored to see that Stephen Tobolowsky’s “The Alchemist” (ep. 4 of The Tobolowsky Files) has been selected for inclusion.
Stephen has often described “The Alchemist” as the turning point in the history of the podcast, when it transformed from being a fun podcast about the film industry, into something that had the potential to be of lasting, cultural worth. If you who still haven’t listened to the podcast yet, I hope you’ll consider checking it out.
A contentious review of Steve Jobs, the newest film by Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle. What responsibility, if any, does art have to verisimilitude? We discuss.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite, for a slow burn cold war drama. Here’s our /Filmcast review.
The Walk was a moving film, but unfortunately not enough to captivate mass audiences. Our review on the /Filmcast.
The Martian is a beautiful, moving film. Our /Filmcast review.
An incredible film by an incredible director. Here’s the /Filmcast review of Sicario.
The /Filmcast is back after a several-week hiatus! This week, our review of The End of the Tour.
A lovely remembrance of Wes Craven from Fresh Air. My favorite Craven quote from the segment:
Too much of American cinema dealt with reaffirming fantasies. It was a Disney-like approach to the entire spectrum of our reality. And at the same time, in the “real world,” quote-quote – whatever the hell that is – we were seeing more and more of the veils stripped away, you know? The myth of American supremacy and infallibility. The myth of, you know, bombs dropped to win wars and you don’t see the people that they hit. The reality that the American soldier was heroic in all cases and never did anything that was terribly disturbing. All those were being stripped away in the public forum, but in cinema it was still desperately trying to reaffirm the myths. And my feeling was, it’s time to stop dreaming. And I guess that’s become the theme of my entire work – it’s time to wake up.
I recorded a podcast with Alison Willmore and Joanna Robinson to discuss what do for a living, how we got the jobs we have, what advice we’d have for those starting out, and what we’d do differently if we had the chance.
Here is a staggeringly good two-part episode of Reply All, which follows the story of a Shulem Deen, a man whose life was ruined after he tried out AOL for the first time.
I really enjoyed counting down my top 10 films of 2014 with Jeff and Devindra on the /Filmcast. Check it out here! My list itself is below:
1. The Babadook
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
5. The Raid 2: Berandal
6. Gone Girl
7. Under the Skin
8. Blue Ruin
9. Edge of Tomorrow
10. Grand Budapes Hotel