Watch Less

Watch Less

Complex’s weekly Pop Culture podcast Watch Less will focus on the world of television and film, highlighting conversations exploring what’s missing from the more mainstream entertainment discussions out there. Featuring an array of interesting guest interviews alongside our staff’s own takes, this show will give you a deeper look into what’s being missed and what should be praised in the world of entertainment.

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October 7, 2020 58 min

Ahead of 'Charm City Kings' premiering on HBO Max on October 8, the film's star Jahi Di'Allo Winston break down everything from working alongside Meek Mill and Baltimore's bike culture to his appreciation for Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and where his future is headed.

 

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The Summer Man's season finale.

 

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September 23, 2020 55 min

'Daily Show' correspondent, actor, and 'That Blackass Show' host Dulce Sloan joins the Watch Less podcast to discuss her Blackass podcast, her journey in acting and stand-up comedy, and her love for wrestling. Be sure to check out Dulce on 'That Blackass Show', which dissects Black TV shows and movies with some of your favorite Blackass guests.

 

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September 16, 2020 66 min

Weeks removed from their conversations about the beginning of the series (and their interview with series star Jonathan Majors), Frazier and Khal dive head first into the released episodes of HBO's 'Lovecraft Country'. Has Misha Green's series worked? Are were here for the mythology or the conversations surrounding social issues? And what's up with those modern needle drops? All that (and more) is discussed in t...

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This week, Watch Less invites writer-actor Brett Goldstein to the pod to discuss his busy schedule. Not only has he starring on (and writing for) Apple TV+'s 'Ted Lasso' (starring Jason Sudeikis), but he's created 'Soulmates', a new anthology series for AMC, alongside Will Bridges ('Stranger Things', 'Black Mirror'). Oh, and he has his own podcast, 'Films To Be Buried With'. We co...

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Days ahead of the premiere of the next book in the 'Power' saga, the Starz universe begins 'Power Book II: Ghost', looking at how Tariq and those closest to him pick up the pieces after his father's death. Series creator Courtney Kemp discusses her feelings on Tariq's journey, her love of action films and the MCU, and writing television in a time of COVID.

 

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September 2, 2020 51 min

With 'The New Mutants' marking the official return of the box office during the COVID-19 pandemic, Frazier and khal look back at Fox's X-Men Cinematic Universe. They've also got some thoughts on what Disney could do with the X-Men franchise they inherited after the Fox sale. Come for the X-talk, stay for khal pitching the cold open for a Wolverine reboot.

 

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 'Scream' star and former WCW World Heavyweight Champion David Arquette has had a tumultuous time within the world of pro wrestling. Arquette joins Watch Less to talk about the doc that chronicles his fight to reclaim his pro wrestling legacy, 'You Cannot Kill David Arquette'. Arquette also talks the upcoming 'Scream 5', recent releases like 'Spree', and much more!

 

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In this special BONUS episode of Watch Less, Jonathan Majors—star of HBO's intriguing new series 'Lovecraft Country'—gets candid about the new show. Majors not only breaks down his process as an actor, but he shares stories of working on 'Lovecraft', Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods', and teases his role in Jeymes Samuel and Jay-Z's upcoming Western, 'The Harder They Fall'. Is this a 'Lovecra...

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On this week's episode, one of the hardest-working young Black actors in Hollywood today—Allen Maldonado—joins to break down his career thus far. From his relationship with Kenya Barris to finally being #1 on the call sheet for his upcoming Netflix series 'Sneakerheads', Maldonado shares jewels on his time in the game. Be sure to check out 'Sneakerheads' when it premieres on Netflix September 25, 2020.

 

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Ahead of its Sunday night premiere on HBO, Frazier and khal couldn't wait to give some spoiler-free talk about 'Lovecraft Country', a series from Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams that's created by Misha Green ('Underground') and stars Jonathan Majors ('Da 5 Bloods'), Jurnee Smollett ('Birds of Prey', 'Underground'), and Courtney B. Vance ('The People v. OJ Simpson', 'Uncorked&...

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This week The Alarmist (Rebecca Delgado Smith) decides who is to blame for the Taylor Swift/Kanye West Feud! She is joined by pop culture efficianados and hosts of the Watch Less Podcast, Khal Davenport and Frazier Tharpe, Fact Checker Chris Smith and Producer Amanda Lund. 

They reveal if they were Team Taylor or Team Kanye during the 2009 VMAs debacle, debate wether sexism or racism are more to blame for the fallout, and Rebecca go...

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Watch Less' love of horror isn't resigned to our interview with Elijah Wood (Episode 15) ; this week, we had a 2020 horror marathon! Inspired by Dave Franco's directorial debut 'The Rental' (which is currently the No. 1 film at the box office), Frazier and khal watch and review 'The Rental', 'You Should Have Left' (starring Kevin Bacon), and a smaller film, 'Relic'. New school horror fans...

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The talented Yassir Lester—writer on Netflix's #blackAF, 'The Carmichael Show', and 'Girls', as well as star of 'Black Monday' and 'Duncanville'—joins Frazier and khal to talk about everything from the importance of—and the backlash received by—Kenya Barris' #blackAF, how his Jersey Mike's #BLM spoof came to, and a spirited discussion on critiquing Black art in Hollywood. Yassir also spok...

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Pour one out for Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet', which has been "delayed indefinitely". If you're not sure what that means, Frazier and Khal have some ideas, and Frazier isn't going to like them. With the loss of this year's major summer blockbuster, Frazier and Khal then dive into their hazy memories of classic summer moviegoing experiences from their youth, and then later dive into their Letterboxd to...

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The way COVID-19 has impacted movie theaters in 2020, it didn't make sense to cobble together a full Best Movies of 2020 feature for our mid-year round-up. Not only do Khal and Frazier share their rough top 5s for the year (so far), but they also examine the evolving realm of VOD, some of the worst films of the year, a few pleasant surprises, as well as a glimpse of what the year could still offer if we can get back on track.

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Karena Evans, who is most well-known for directing all of the visuals from Drake's 2018 album 'Scorpion,' joins Watch Less to talk about her new projects. Not only did she direct the pilot for Starz's upcoming series 'P-Valley,' but she also worked on an episode from the upcoming season of FX's 'Snowfall,' as well as a more secret project that she's currently working on. Later, Khal and Frazi...

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Before Gus Fring rides out into the sunset in the final season of 'Better Call Saul', the phenomenal Giancarlo Esposito joins Watch Less to talk about the work he's put in on the critically-acclaimed 'Better Call Saul'. He dives into his initial concerns about returning to the character for 'Saul', the political climate and how actors have been responding, the Black Lives Matter movement and what he'...

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June 24, 2020 36 min

There was a time when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was seemingly in every popular film of every genre. After a brief family sabbatical, the actor-writer-Director is back in Amazon Prime’s “7500,” an intense thriller and reminder of the skills that made JGL so ubiquitous in the first place. Joe talks about why he chose this film, what he has next, some lingering Dark Knight Rises rumors and equality in Hollywood.

 

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Writer-producer Cord Jefferson has been around some of your favorite TV shows over the last five years, including 'The Good Place', 'Succession', and Damon Lindelof's 'Watchmen'. Jefferson breaks down working on the series, writing Hooded Justice's backstory for one of the best TV episodes of 2019, working the horrific Tulsa massacre into a modern television show, and much, much more.

 

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