A Film By...

A Film By...

A Film By... is a podcast created and hosted by Brad Koszo and Jeff Johnson. Together, they wax intellectual about Hollywood's biggest film directors, their underrated movies, and the things we love about them.

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September 27, 2022 68 min
Big budgets. Explosions. Fast cuts. Chances are, you're watching a Michael Bay film. Join us for a look at one of his better films; the based-on-a-true-story crime comedy "Pain & Gain."

Bay delves into the Sun Gym Gang's crazy story with his signature visuals, and over-the-top performances by Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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"Now it's dark."

Our limited series, "1986," is back and we're joined by Dayton Johnson of the Docking Bay 77 podcast to discuss the strangest, most controversial film of 1986, David Lynch's "Blue Velvet."

Jeff and Dayton do their best to analyze this neo-noir crime mystery and find out why it's hailed as one of the "must see" movies of the 1980's. Grab your oxygen mask, because it&...
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September 13, 2022 72 min
With his recent passing, we take a look at the impressive filmography of Wolfgang Petersen and discuss the auteur's knack for delivering hits. Whether it's historical military fare like "Das Boot" and "Troy" or dramatic action like "In the Line of Fire" and "Outbreak," Petersen's films contained intelligent action and occasionally taught us important life lessons.

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September 9, 2022 76 min
We conclude our special "Worst Week Ever" with a bonus episode today! Jason Colvin of the Surely You Can't Be Serious podcast returns once again to our limited series, "1986", to discuss one of the worst films of the year; Prince's "Under the Cherry Moon."

Jason offers up his best way to fix the film with a much improved soundtrack and Madonna casting decision that should have/could have been. We talk...
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September 6, 2022 64 min
This week, our limited series, "1986" will be discussing the worst two films that the year offered and up first, we're quacking up over "Howard the Duck!"

Alec and Cameron from the Comically Unaware podcast join us to educate us on Howard's origins in Marvel comics, and determine what George Lucas got wrong. We discuss the film's tone, the awkward sexual connotations, casting contenders, and what an MCU r...
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August 30, 2022 58 min
Rob Reiner made us laugh with "This Is Spinal Tap." He swept us away into adventure with "The Princess Bride." We discovered the fear of helplessness with "Misery," and he recaptured our childhood with "Stand By Me."
In 1996, he educated us about Medgar Evers and opened our eyes to injustice with his historical drama, "Ghosts of Mississippi."

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August 23, 2022 72 min
Our limited series, "1986", is back and we're taking the day off to discuss "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" with the gang. As adults, we debate Ferris's motives and manipulation tactics. Was Rooney justified in his quest to catch Ferris?
Other topics include fun license plate trivia, the similarities between the Ferrari and Bruce, the mechanical shark from Jaws, favorite scenes, and when asked his thoughts on ...
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August 16, 2022 64 min
From his early days writing for Sid Caesar to his performance of Saul Bloom in the "Ocean's" trilogy, Carl Reiner kept us laughing for seven decades.

In 1987, he directed "Summer School." A comedy about a misfit teacher bribed into teaching a group of misfit kids; who learn a great deal about "going on throw-up rides and petting barnyard animals" as they prepare to pass remedial English.

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August 9, 2022 55 min
Join us as we take flight on our limited series, "1986", to connect with our inner twelve-year-old for "Flight of the Navigator!"
We discuss our love for the film while debating whether or not NASA are the bad guys, the inspiration the film gave James Cameron, how well the visual F/X hold up, and what we want from the proposed remake.

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Jeff Johnson and special guest Dayton Johnson, of the Docking Bay 77 Podcast, offer a quick, SPOILER-FREE review of David Leitch's new action-comedy film "Bullet Train."

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On the second half of our 100th episode discussing Kevin Smith and his film, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," we dive into Kevin's filmography, talk about his many creative endeavors, his upcoming projects, and share stories about our visit to Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash in Redbank, NJ.

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It's our 100th episode! Join us as we discuss Kevin Smith's raunchy romantic comedy, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" on an episode so big, we had to offer it in two parts! On Part I, Brad, Jeff, and Dave discuss the controversial subject matter, the chemistry between the actors, and the fight to keep it from an NC-17 rating.

Then join us for Part II for a discussion about Kevin Smith, his filmography, and his extensive ...
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July 26, 2022 65 min
The system gave him a raw deal. Nobody gives him a raw deal.

We're celebrating Arnold Schwarzenegger's birthday this week with "Raw Deal" on our limited series, "1986." Scott and Dave are in raw form as Jeff goes on the defense of another '86 classic!
Join us as we discuss Arnold's best roles of the 1980's, critique the unusual soundtrack, and determine whether or not one should drink... and bake!

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Jeff Johnson and David Burns offer quick, SPOILER-FREE reviews of the Russo Brothers' action-packed film "The Gray Man", as well as Jordan Peele's latest thriller, "Nope."
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July 22, 2022 59 min
The terror starts the moment he stops.

Our limited series, "1986", is celebrating the great Rutger Hauer on a special Friday bonus episode, as we discuss "The Hitcher." Jeff picks up Jason Colvin of the Surely You Can't Be Serious podcast from the roadside to discuss one of the best thrillers of the 80's. Join us as they discuss Rutger's incredible, albeit creepy, ad-libbing, debate the outrageous review ...
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July 19, 2022 54 min
Sidney Lumet is one of the greatest filmmakers with a body of work spanning six decades. His accolades are as impressive as the list of legendary actors he has worked with. From "12 Angry Men", to his final film "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead", he made films that widely regarded as classics.

In 1982, he took a Broadway hit and turned it into a slick, Hollywood murder mystery; pitting Superman himself, Christ...
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July 12, 2022 74 min
This time, it's war.

Our limited series, "1986", sets down on LV-426 to discuss James Cameron's "Aliens". Is the 1990 Special Edition the better version? Which marine would you want watching your six, in a dark corridor? We answer these questions, plus talk Stan Winston, sound design, and hear a fantastic idea for a franchise spin-off from our friend Dayton Johnson, of the Docking Bay 77 Podcast! "Game ov...
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Jeff Johnson is joined by Alec and Cameron of the Comically Unaware Podcast to offer a quick, SPOILER-FREE review of Thor Love and Thunder!

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July 8, 2022 48 min
It's Kevin Bacon's birthday, so our limited series, "1986", is back with a bonus episode to discuss "Quicksilver"!
Our resident expert on 1986 movies, Andrew Blakley, stops by to talk about the dangerous, fast-paced world of bike messengering with Jeff Johnson. How much do these messengers really make? What's going on with Bacon's terrible mustache in the opening? Can a deadly drug dealer still be sca...
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July 5, 2022 62 min
Taika Waititi seems to be successful no matter what genre he explores. From vampires, and pirates, to superheroes, and droids, Waititi has a gift for evoking emotion when and where you least expect it, even when a young boy's imaginary friend is Hitler, as such is the case in his Oscar and Grammy award-winning film, "Jojo Rabbit".

It is his directorial debut, "Eagle vs Shark", however, that allows Taika Waititi t...
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