the Film Nuts Podcast*

the Film Nuts Podcast*

Your host Taylor D. Adams talks to artists, musicians, writers and others about their favorite films and shows, and asks them to share how they have been inspired or affected. Hopefully we can get to the root of why we love what we watch, why we’re crazy about a movie or *nuts* about a show…get it?


December 16, 2022 44 mins

On this very special episode of the Film Nuts Podcast, we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi by diving into the film's polarizing legacy! You'll hear from two massive Star Wars fans who have extremely different opinions on the movie, as well as voices from all over the world.

Clips courtesy of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi and The Director and the Jedi.


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Dr. Tina Lasisi doesn't watch a movie more than once, so when she chose to watch Daniels' Everything Everywhere All At Once twice, it was a special moment! Tina and I chat about the maximalist interpretation of this film, life on the internet, workaholism and how this movie spoke to her like no movie she had ever seen. Plus some other stuff. This movie has a lot going on.

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October 5, 2022 47 mins

Above The Rim captured a moment of the New York City basketball scene perfectly in time according to hip-hop artist and educator, Eternal the M.C.. We talk about how music aides mental health, why drug dealers sponsor basketball teams and how Tupac Shakur had a huge impact on Eternal. 

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September 21, 2022 46 mins

What do Breaking Bad and my guest, Carson Smucker, have in common? They've both won Emmys! Carson chats with me about sports documentaries, ambition and family balance and how his own dad confused him for Jesse Pinkman.

Check out Carson's killer work with Upside Films!

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September 7, 2022 40 mins

What is fun? Director Tray Biddle wants us to find out with Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1!
We chat about shared movie experiences, the importance of not staying grounded all the time and where creativity comes from.

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August 24, 2022 50 mins

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The extravagant Moulin Rouge! is my partner's favorite movie of all time, so, naturally, I had asked her on to talk about it with me! Nicole Yang is a graphic designer and brand strategist who fell in love with this film before any other movie. We chat about how her mom stopped her from watching it, the difference between art and design and the extraordinary m...

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August 10, 2022 46 mins

Tim Burton's masterpiece Big Fish teaches us the power of stories, and Tyler Gillespie takes these lessons and applies them to his job, his passions and his life. Tyler is a self-proclaimed "seeker of magic," and relates to the whimsy and raconteur embellishment of the film's central character.

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July 27, 2022 41 mins

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What defines who you are? If you robbed a bank, would that be all there is to your humanity? Deep stuff, yeah? Anyway, I'm talking about the global sensation Money Heist with visual storyteller and podcaster Angela Holloway! Angela's work ranges from the great outdoors to human rights to small business success stories. We ended up having a great conversation ...

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July 13, 2022 53 mins

What's the worst lie you ever told?...

Anyway, I had podcaster and filmmaker Larry Fried on to talk about his favorite comfort movie, Liar Liar! We dive into what makes Jim Carrey such a captivating actor, the power of a wholesome and comforting film, and what inspired Larry to start his podcast My Favorite Movie Is... Check it out wherever you listen to podcasts!

All clips courtesy of Universal Pictures.

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Y'all, I am so stoked for this episode. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a "fearless mashup," according to our guest, of genre, philosophy, culture and music. We're talking a gangster film blended with Eastern teachings and a really dope soundtrack. This film hit Saleem Reshamwala at a very specific moment in his life, and he obtains new meaning from it every time he watches it. And being a self-explained &q...

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June 15, 2022 44 mins

We all know the epic, dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park, and for director/writer and actor Anthony Williams, it was the movie that first opened his mind to the idea of filmmaking. We discuss how big the movie felt in the theater, the impactful projects Anthony is working on and what he would say if he ever met Steven Spielberg. Check out the work of Anthony and his production company here.

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Ang Lee's epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon redefined the martial-arts film genre, and was an escapist and moving spectacle for actor Spencer Paez. Be sure to check out what Spencer and his comedy partner, Alexa Rowe, are up to on TikTok! We promise you'll literally laugh out loud.

Our opening segment is courtesy of Charlie Rose's 2000 interview with director Ang Lee.

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May 18, 2022 48 mins

The Matrix was a cinematic revolution for more than just its filmmaking. It inspired people all over the globe, including Justin Shaifer, who saw the power of technology and self-belief in this film. Justin, a.k.a. "Mr. Fascinate," is a science TV show host and STEM advocate, aiming to inspire a younger generation the way The Matrix inspired him. Check out some of Justin's work here, as well as on Instagram and Tik T...

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May 13, 2022 2 mins

We're baaaaaack! Wednesday, May 18th, will begin our brand new season of the Film Nuts Podcast. New guests, new movies, new shows, new everything(kinda)! In our on-going mission to understand why we love what we watch, we're excited to have you along for the ride! The Matrix, Jurassic Park, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Big Fish, Moulin Rouge!; the list goes on and on. Episodes released every other week, so subscribe to...

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June 30, 2021 40 mins

That Thing You Do tells the of a Pennsylvania band that scores a one-hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from their manager. Musician and artist George Hage's fondness of this movie coincides with him first beginning to play guitar.

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June 16, 2021 38 mins

The Emmy-award winning drama The Americans, enthralled audiences and critics with its deeply human story of two Soviet agents living in the United States. For sports journalist and ESPN radio personality Joe Giglio, it piqued his interested from the very first episode, and the way it portrayed historical events that he remembers as a kid was particularly impactful. Also, Keri Russell.

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June 2, 2021 46 mins

BROWN SUGAR stars Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs as two childhood friends who are connected through their love of hip-hop and their work in the hip-hop industry. And it’s a favorite movie of today’s guest, writer and hip-hop scholar Kyesha Jennings. Ky and I talk about this movie’s impact on her career, growing up in and around hip-hop and how as a mother-to-be she might share that love of hip-hop with her daughter who’s due any day n...

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May 19, 2021 36 mins

Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo is a seminal film that has inspired countless filmmakers across the globe, regardless of language barriers. One of those filmmakers is Nickolas Dimondi, a writer and director whose exposure to this film helped jump-start his career ambitions.

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May 5, 2021 39 mins

VERY RALPH chronicles the life and career of renowned fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Entrepreneur and community organizer Rashad Little sees Ralph’s story as inspirational and applies the film’s lessons to his working relationships. Check out the film events Rashad has planned for the summer at!

Audio clips courtesy of HBO Films.

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April 21, 2021 44 mins

The reality dating show, The Bachelor, has captured the world's obsession. Especially for today's guest, Katie Thomas, who, as an educator, teaches her students how the show has influenced society, AND how society has influenced the show! Katie is also an actress, so she's here for ALL that drama.

Clips courtesy of ABC.

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