What Are You Watching?

What Are You Watching?

Filmmakers and best friends, Alex Withrow and Nick Dostal, do their part to keep film alive. Thanks for listening, and happy watching.

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February 22, 2024 136 mins

This is a podcast about “Sleepers” that runs deeper than blood. Alex and Nick discuss their favorite Barry Levinson film, “Sleepers.” Stray topics include the film’s quick pacing, childhood trauma, the timbre of Jason Patric’s voiceover, Robert De Niro as a good guy, Dustin Hoffman as a fumbling drunk, and Kevin Bacon as one of the vilest characters in movie history.
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The Oscars never should have touched Best Picture. In 2009, the Academy changed Best Picture from five nominees total, to five-to-10 nominees. If Best Picture had remained only five nominees, which five movies would have been nominated? And which film should have actually won Best Picture?
Alex and Nick look at the Best Picture races from 2009-2023 and revise the Academy’s poor decisions. Stray topics include recent Oscar “snub...

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January 23, 2024 44 mins

No Greta?! No Margot?! Is Lily Gladstone in the right category? Will Bradley Cooper ever win an Oscar?
Thelma Schoonmaker makes history, "Oppenheimer" grabs 13, and an arthouse film gets major love. Alex and Nick (and Alex’s dad!) present a special uncut episode of their reactions to the 2024 Oscar nominations.
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January 22, 2024 110 mins

Thank god 2023 was a great year for film. As Alex and Nick list their favorite movies of the year, stray topics include “Barbenheimer” domination, Leo’s Oscar chances, Bella Baxter as an all-timer character, “Fair Play’s” sleeper success, and the little Christopher Nolan movie that could.
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January 18, 2024 124 mins

Modern movies don’t get much better than Tony Gilroy’s “Michael Clayton.” Alex and Nick discuss the film’s perfectly constructed screenplay, ‘70s paranoid thrillers, George Clooney’s best work, exploding Ford Pintos, manic depression, meeting Denis O’Hare, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, ingenious editing, and so much more.
This episode is in memory of the great actor, Tom Wilkinson, who passed away on Dec. 30, 2023. His role a...

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January 9, 2024 111 mins

Why do we love movies we used to hate? Why do we dislike movies we used to love? Alex and Nick explore those questions as they list the movies they’ve changed their minds on the most. Stray topics include finding humor in horror, finding empathy in pain, weepy movies, and much more.
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December 30, 2023 126 mins

This episode has a bit of everything: a spoiler-free review of Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things,” threats to The Academy, answers to some frequently asked mailbag questions, a spoiler-filled review of Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro,” and a breathtaking note from a fan.
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December 21, 2023 112 mins

Alex and Nick break down their favorite Spike Lee joint, "He Got Game." The guys discuss the film’s all-timer setup, Aaron Copland’s powerful music, Denzel Washington’s best roles, Ray Allen as a debut actor, Milla Jovovich’s controversial role, great basketball scenes in film, the most awkward movie-going experience Alex ever had, the poetic finale, and so much more.
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December 7, 2023 106 mins

In this mixed-bag episode, Nick interviews Alex about a ton of new movies, including films from Ridley Scott, Todd Haynes, Eli Roth, and Alexander Payne. Later, Alex highlights recent 4K releases, describes seeing “Punch-Drunk Love” in Paris, and reexamines the work of Peter Weir.
Nick makes a drastic update to his Top 10 of 2022, shares his thoughts on “Fair Play,” reviews a brand new movie Alex has not seen, and insults Willi...

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November 23, 2023 124 mins

What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss? Watch along with Alex and Nick as they discuss the Coen brothers’ modern classic, “No Country for Old Men.”
Topics include: What the guys would do if they found $2 million, movies about process, favorite Coen brothers films, Javier Bardem’s hair, Cormac McCarthy’s source novel, the fate of Llewyn Moss, where Anton Chigur is in the motel room, the trippy ending, and much more.

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November 10, 2023 76 mins

David Fincher’s new film, “The Killer,” is now on Netflix and it ROCKS. Alex and Nick give a spoiler-free review of the film, discuss masterful genre movies, films about process, the arc of Michael Fassbender’s career, favorite movie assassins, and much more.
For What Are You Watching, both guys enthusiastically recommend new movies to check out.
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November 2, 2023 165 mins

No one makes movies the way David Fincher does. Alex and Nick discuss Fincher’s obsessive filmmaking process, B-movies vs. sentimental films, “Alien³” being better than people remember, “Se7en” being better than ever, Fincher’s dry humor, “The Social Network” as a contender for Best Film of the Century, the most difficult film David Fincher ever made, and so much more.
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October 26, 2023 57 mins

Alex gives a spoiler-free review of the new Martin Scorsese Picture, “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Alex discusses the film’s source novel, the current long movie trend, psychopaths vs. sociopaths, DiCaprio, De Niro, and an all-timer performance from Lily Gladstone.
Later, Alex lists the fastest movies over 200 minutes long, and recommends some new movies for What Are You Watching.
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October 20, 2023 155 mins

The Oscars may have screwed it all up, but 1998 was a great year for movies. Alex and Nick highlight their favorite films from 1998, stray topics include debut films, guilty pleasures, “Deep Impact” vs. “Armageddon,” a Coen brothers “bomb,” Nick Nolte’s killer year, David Mamet, the best war film ever made, and one of the worst Oscars in Academy history.
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October 17, 2023 25 mins

The guys recount seeing Alex’s favorite band, M83, together at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on October 10, 2023. This is a random podcast episode to help preserve one of the most memorable nights of Alex’s life.
Listen to Alex’s previous story about M83 here.
Listen to the official audio of M83’s “Mirror” here.
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October 5, 2023 83 mins

Alex and Nick drive deep into the heart of podcasting to discuss their favorite Ridley Scott film, “Thelma & Louise.”
The guys talk about the development of the film (four people were cast as Thelma & Louise before Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis!), Ridley Scott’s depiction of Americana, Hans Zimmer’s perfect score, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, the film’s wild Oscar stat, and Alex explains why Christopher McDonald as ...

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September 22, 2023 95 mins

It's a barrel full of laughs today as Alex and Nick break down the funniest movies they’ve ever seen. The guys discuss their Top 10 Comedies, finding humor in dead-serious dramas, the death of the American comedy, Christopher McDonald, offensive humor, the official favorite comedy of What Are You Watching, and much more.
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Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” is the film Alex has seen in the movie theater the most. Ever.
In this spoiler-filled bonus episode, Alex describes his obsession with “Oppenheimer” to Nick, who listens with concern.
This episode will spoil “Oppenheimer.”
Listen to our first review of “Oppenheimer” here!
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August 31, 2023 127 mins

“What are we stealing?” Alex and Nick have an absolute ball watching Steven Soderbergh’s irreverent masterpiece, “Ocean’s Twelve.”
Stray topics include George Clooney’s star power, Brad Pitt’s eating, Tess as Julia Roberts, Matt Damon as a buffoon, the cinematography of Peter Andrews, and so much more. As the movie nears its conclusion, Alex attempts to explain the film’s convoluted plot, and how that may have turned audiences...

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August 17, 2023 73 mins

Alex remembers the career of one of his favorite directors, the great William Friedkin, who died on Aug. 7, 2023 at 87 years old. Alex lists his Top 10 William Friedkin films, unloads tons of Friedkin trivia, and recalls how the director started following him on Twitter a decade ago.
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