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Looking California and Feeling Minnesota

Two working film industry professionals talk the ins and outs of movies and the best and worst of cinema.

Episodes

April 21, 2024 77 mins

On this episode, Barry and Mike charge headlong to the front lines of Alex Garland's dystopian film Civil War. Topics discussed include missed opportunities, spitting out the lukewarm, and the albatross of poorly developed characters. 

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On this episode, Barry and Mike don their stillsuits and head to Arrakis to discuss Denis Villeneuve's new film, Dune Part Two, starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya. Topics discussed include the dismal state of modern cinemas, the weak acting of Li'l Timmy and Zendaya, and the future of sci-fi movies. 

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March 17, 2024 60 mins

On this episode, Barry and Mike head to Victorian England to discuss Yorgos Lanthimos' crazy Frankenstein-fueled, feminist sex-romp Poor Things, starring Academy Award winning Best Actress Emma Stone. Topics discussed include the astonishing brilliance of Emma Stone, the misery of miscast Mark Ruffalo, and the originality, skill and talent of Lanthimos and cinematographer Robbie Ryan. 

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February 8, 2024 74 mins

On this episode, Barry and Mike head to court in France to debate the merits of one of the best films of the year, writer/director Justine Triet's French legal/family drama Anatomy of a Fall. Topics discussed include the astonishing performance of Sandra Huller, Triet's masterful direction and script, and the glory of exquisitely well-crafted cinema.

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February 2, 2024 74 mins

On this episode, Barry and Mike have a powwow over Martin Scorsese's Best Picture nominee Killers of the Flower Moon. Topics discussed include late career Scorsese films, DiCaprio's miscasting, and Robert DeNiro's rough last two decades.

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February 1, 2024 64 mins

On this episode, Barry and Mike don pink beach outfits and chat about Barbie, the biggest movie of the year and and a Best Picture Oscar nominee. Topics discussed include Greta Gerwig's career path, the snub of Margot Robbie, and the sneaky brilliance of Elf.

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January 24, 2024 86 mins

On this episode Barry and Mike talk snubs and surprises and everything else regarding the Academy Award nominations. Topics discussed include Greta and the Angry Barbies...is Emma Stone's victory set in stone? And is Oppenheimer inevitable?

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January 3, 2024 78 mins

On this episode, Barry and Mike pour themselves some bathwater cocktails and dance around their mansion in the nude as they discuss Emerald Fennell's new controversial film Saltburn. Topics discussed include the weirdness of Barry Keoghan, Emerald Fennell's major third act issues, and the cinematic skill of Linus Sandgren.

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January 2, 2024 74 mins

On this episode, Barry and Mike enter the Star Wars adjacent Snyder-verse of the new Netflix science-fiction movie Rebel Moon directed by Zack Snyder...and want to escape that hellhole as quickly as possible. Topics discussed include the plague of unoriginal thinking, how truly dreadful everything about this movie is, and cinematic guilty pleasures. 

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December 22, 2023 69 mins

On this rip-roaring episode, Barry and Mike don kimonos and talk all things Godzilla Minus One, the fantastic new Godzilla movie from Toho Studios. Topics discussed include Godzilla Minus One as companion piece to Oppenheimer, Jaws and other influences, and the skill and craftsmanship evident in the film that is sorely lacking in Hollywood. Bonus content - Barry and Mike have a hilarious discussion about the worst Christmas special...

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November 30, 2023 59 mins

On this combustible episode, Barry and Mike ingest heroic amounts of cocaine and then yell at each other about the comedy/horror movie Cocaine Bear. Topics discussed include guilty pleasures, bad taste and the perils of living with bears. 

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November 20, 2023 74 mins

On this episode, Barry and Mike navigate the maze that is Apple TV+ in order to review the first two episodes of the Godzilla-adjacent tv series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. Topics discussed include Mike's bizarre obsession with all things Godzilla, how spending money doesn't always translate into quality filmmaking, and if a Godzilla shrieks on a podcast but the mic doesn't pick up...did it really happen?

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On this episode Barry and Mike talk all things Wes Anderson and critique the four short films he recently made for Netflix based on the Roald Dahl short stories The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, The Swan, The Ratcatcher, and Poison. Topics discussed include the joy of short films, the challenging style of Wes Anderson and the awful marketing of Netflix. As a special bonus - watch Barry and Mike's own classic short film "...

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September 27, 2023 68 mins

On this episode, Barry and Mike talk about No One Will Save You, the new sci-fi/horror movie on Hulu. Topics discussed include UFOs, the uncomfortable accuracy of the film's  title, the excitement of an ambitious and well-made movie, and the exquisite performance of actress Kaitlyn Devers. 

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September 15, 2023 58 mins

On this long-awaited episode, Barry and Mike kick around season three of Apple TV's Ted Lasso. Topics discussed include the misery of comedy without conflict, the cancer of self-satisfied tv shows, and the incomprehensible fall of a once enjoyable series. 

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July 26, 2023 84 mins

On this apocalyptically combustible episode, Barry and Mike go nuclear in their discussion of Christopher Nolan's new movie Oppenheimer. Topics discussed include a heated debate over the movie, musings on Nolan's career and a ranking of Nolan's filmography from top to bottom. 

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Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to listen to Barry and Mike as they jump off a cliff on a motorcycle while discussing all things M:I 7 - Dead Reckoning, the newest installment of Tom Cruise's long-running Mission Impossible action franchise.  Topics discussed include the franchise's unique history, the odd stunt-obsessed turn in Cruise's later career, and Barry's attraction to various women like Reb...

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On this episode Barry and Mike go on an archeological dig to try and discover why Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny was such a flop...and they find a treasure trove of answers. Topics discussed include Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the fool's gold of Fleabag, the cornucopia of abysmal supporting performances in this disappointing movie, and the storytelling power of science vs religion. 

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July 10, 2023 73 mins

On  this episode, Barry and Mike sprint as fast as they can away from the DC superhero movie The Flash. This rip-roaring episode contains boisterous discussions about the disaster area that is DC Films, Ezra Miller's multitude of failures, and the awfulness of George Clooney. 

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On this episode, Barry and Mike don their Spidey-tights and do battle over Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. These friendly-neighborhood movie critics web-sling  through such topics as the film's truly spectacular animation and it's creative rejuvenation of comic book cinema, but also it's uneven storytelling and bloated run time. 

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