Awesome Friday Podcast

Awesome Friday Podcast

A podcast for film lovers! Join us each week for an in-depth discussion of two new films (or TV series), plus filmmaker interviews and special episodes. Here is where you can connect with us: Homepage: https://awesomefriday.ca Twitter: @AwesomeFridayCa Facebook: Awesome Friday Instagram: @AwesomeFridayCa YouTube: Awesome Friday Email: Contact Us If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us via Patreon or Ko-Fi, and please visit the blog at AwesomeFriday.ca for more reviews and features.

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February 19, 2024 47 mins

Greetings programs!  We're back after a week away and talking about the new outer space set thriller I.S.S. and then catching up with France's official submission for the Best International Feature Oscar, The Taste of Things.  Our opinions are both the same and different about both of these movies, and one them garnered a pretty specific reaction from Matthew.

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Greetings programs! This week on the show, we're catching up with the last CDEU film, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and then we move on to Jason Statham's new action movie, The Beekeeper. Both of these movies are more fun than you think; join us to find out why!

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This week's bonus chat has us discussing our favourite against-type performances, among other things.  Join us on Patreon for as little as...

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Greetings programs! It's that time of year when the Oscar nominees are announced! This week, we're breaking down our preferences and predictions for (almost) every category of the 96th Academy Awards. Some of our choices line up, and some don't, so listen to see if you agree with Matthew, Simon or both.  

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Staying on theme with the Academy Awards, we look back at the best picture winners of our...

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January 22, 2024 48 mins

This week on the show, we're covering the just-released thriller Eileen, starring Thomasin McKenzie and the incomparable Anne Hathaway, which Matthew first saw at Sundance 2023, and then finally follow up with Taika Waititi's latest sports underdog story Next Goal Wins.

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This week's bonus episode, available to all paid Patreon supporters, starts with a discussion of how one successful thing can in...

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January 16, 2024 64 mins

Greetings programs!  Join us this week as we look closer at the new Marvel Cinematic UNvierse series Echo and then the new F Gary Gray heist film Lift, which stars Kevin Hart.  We liked one of these things more than the other. Listen to find out which! ,

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This week's bonus chat has us talking once again about formative cinematic experiences.  It's a bit free-form, but it was a fun conversation.  Al...

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Greetings programs! This week, we're diving into the world of the Hunger Games with the new prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and then taking a look at Span's entry for the Best International Feature award at this year's Oscars, The Society of the Snow. 

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On this week's Patron Bonus Round, we discuss some of the movies we received as Christmas gifts this year, leading to a talk about Trem...

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January 1, 2024 115 mins

Greetings programs!  There is no bonus round this week, but our regular episode is double-sized, and we tackle all of our favourites of the year.  We each made a list of a dozen films; we tackled all of them, with our absolute favourites coming last. We've had an excellent year making the show, and we want to thank everyone who has listened.  We're looking forward to spending 2024 talking about movies with you!

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Greetings programs! This week, we tackle the latest capital-C content from Netflix in Leave The World Behind and then the first new collaboration between Paul Giamatti and Alexander Payne in nearly twenty years, the 1970s and Christmas set The Holdovers.

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This week, our Patreon supporters can hear us talk about our favourite background jokes in movies, as well as our top three E...

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This week on the show we're finally catching up with Martin Scorsese's epic meditation on American sin, Killers of the Flower Moon, and the latest entry in the 70-year-strong giant monster franchise, Godzilla Minus One.

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This week's Patreon bonus episode has Simon asking for our dream Star Wars pitches and Matthew asking about which movies we won't be able to pass up on physical media.  Join us fo...

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Greetings, patrons!  This week, we're covering the 2023 Whistler Films Festival, one of the most interesting festivals in the Pacific Northwest because it so often features great Canadian content.   We're covering our usual two films, both playing as part of the fest.  First up is the new Canadian relationship drama The Burning Season and then Todd Haynes' new Natalie Portman & Julianne Moore starring drama May Decembe...

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This week on the show, we're reviewing the latest video game film adaptation, Five Nights at Freddy's, and the latest from superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Jawan. 

Also, join us for this week's bonus show, free for all listeners!

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This week's bonus show is a long one, in which we have an extended discussion of Loki, followed by Simon asking why is The Lost World: Jurassic Park (...

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This week on the show, join us as we talk about Anatomy of a Fall, one of the best courtroom dramas in recent memory, and the latest MCU entry, The Marvels. 

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This week on the bonus show, Simon asks about the film scores we love and the best one of the century so far, and Matthew asks about movies we have blind-bought and ended up loving.  All Patreon supporters get access to the bonus, and this w...

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Greetings programs!  This week's show sees us taking on the newest David Fincher movie, The Killer and the new Godzilla TV series from AppleTV+, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.  Join us!

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The 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes have both ended, with the unions winning virtually everything they had asked for.  Solidarity!


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This week Simon asks if there are any stone-cold classi...

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Greetings programs!  This week, we're taking on two films new to Disney+: Kenneth Branagh's latest Poirot mystery, A Haunting in Venice, and the new Awkwafina & Sandra Oh starring comedy Quiz Lady.   

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This episode was produced during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labour of the writers and actors currently on strike, the films being discussed here wouldn't exist.


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Greetings programs!  We're back after an impromptu hiatus!  To make up for it we're talking about three films on the show: Emma Seligman's Bottoms, Chloe Domont's Fair Play, and David Yates's Pain Hustlers.  Join us!

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This episode was produced during the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. Without the labour of the writers and actors currently on strike, the films being discussed here wouldn't exist. 

  

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The 2023 Vancouver International Film Festival has drawn to a close, and this week, we're talking about three films we saw as part of the fest:

I'm Just Here for the Riot, a documentary about the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot in Vancouver, our hometown.

Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe is a documentary about a beloved children's entertainer who helped shape generations of Canadians.

The Royal Hotel is ...

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October 2, 2023 56 mins

This week on the show, we dive into two movies in which our opinions are nearly mirror images of one another.  Join us for discussions of Flora and Son, and The Creator!

STRIKE NOTE:            

This episode was produced during the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labour of the writers and actors currently on strike, the films discussed here wouldn't exist.


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This week, our patron bonus con...

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This week, we're diving into two horror titles! Join us for the new Disney+/Hulu alien home invasion film No One Will Save You and then Mike Flanagan's latest for Netflix, The Fall of the House of Usher.  Join us!

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This episode was produced during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labour of the writers and actors currently on strike, the films discussed here wouldn't exist.


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September 18, 2023 50 mins

Greetings programs! We're back with another summer catch-up episode! Join us as we dive into No Hard Feelings with Jennifer Lawrence, and then stick around for this year's big summer horror breakout, Talk To Me.  Join us!

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This episode was produced during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labour of the writers and actors currently on strike, the films being discussed here wouldn'...

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September 11, 2023 63 mins

Greetings programs! This week, Matthew and Simon catch up with another summer blockbuster, diving headfirst into the sea with The Meg 2: The Trench and then visit South America with the upcoming satire El Conde. 

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This episode was produced during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labour of the writers and actors currently on strike, the films discussed here wouldn...

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