Us

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In this episode we argue about whether Jordan Peele's sophomore film is actually a horror movie. We also get in to the themes and iconography that he uses to tell a more layered story than just a basic slasher movie. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

A Woman Under The Influence

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John Cassavetes writes, directs and produces this film starring his wife Gena Rowlands (who gets an Oscar nod) as a mother and wife whose "mental illness" makes interacting with others difficult. Join us as we break down the directing style and amazing performances, but be warned that this movie is troublesome and full of emotion. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Captain Marvel

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There's a new superhero in town and it's Brie Larson.  We look at the merits of this film as a standalone movie and how it fits into the MCU as a whole.  We also discuss the comprehensive digital de-aging of Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg and what this technology might mean for actors in the future.  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Top Ten of 2018

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It's finally time to put 2018 to rest.  We each count off our top ten films of 2018, along with some honorable mentions.  We also spend a little bit of time talking about the Oscars, how cool Olivia Colman is and why Paul is a Master Oscar Predictor. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

OscarCast

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The time has come!  We run down who WE would vote for and who we THINK will will win in the biggest categories at this year's Oscars cerermony.  Josh gets his own statue and Paul has a BOLD pick for Best Picture.  Next week, we each run down our "favourite" movies of 2018.  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Bohemian Rhapsody

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This week we look into the newly Oscar-nominated biopic about this great rock band and their larger-than-life front man, Freddy Mercury.  We get into the performances, the director situation and their uncanny Live-Aid performance that frames the movie. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

BlacKkKlansman

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We are talking about Spike Lee's "too crazy to be true, but it is" KKK infiltration movie starring John David Washington, Adam Driver and Laura Harrier.  This film is great about starting conversations and brings up subject matter that is important, is peppered with genuine humor and deadly seriousness at just the right places.  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Vice

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This week we talk over why Adam McKay might want to make a movie about a past Vice President and why he might have decided to do it now.  Christian Bale gains weight (for good reason)and Amy Adams still doesn't have an Oscar (yet?).  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Roma

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Alfonso Cuarón's new semi-autobiographical film focuses on the maid of a middle class Mexican family in Mexico City in the early 1970's. We talk about how this movie is presented in black and white with some amazing shots and an enveloping sound design. Cuarón made the bold choice to cast a first time actress in the main part and to not give anyone the script! Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

The Favourite

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Yorgos Lanthimos is back, but now he has a couple of Academy Award winners to play with. This week we talk about this royal period piece, power dynamic, love triangle comedy that will hopefully get some Oscar love. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Boy Erased

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Joel Edgerton writes, acts, produces, directs and has a role in this film about an 18 year old sent to a Christian gay "conversion therapy" camp.  Lucas Hedges plays the titular "boy" with conservative Christian parents Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. We talk about the rough road this character has and try to talk out why these religious parents might put their child in this situation. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Eighth Grade

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This week we go back to middle school and check out Bo Burnham's take on anxiety, expectations, fitting in. Elsie Fisher's depiction of an eighth grader in present day must have similarities with all of our middle school experiences, regardless of age or whether Snapchat was around. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Mid90s

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Jonah Hill comes at us with a strong debut writing/directing effort about family, skating and growing up (on 16mm film in 4:3 aspect ratio!). He manages to find young actors (solid skaters) who are naturalistic on screen and fit in well with the more experienced actors (Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston). Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Suspiria

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We talk about Luca Guadagnino's remake (not remake) of the 70's horror film, what he added (actual dancing) and how great Dakota Johnson is.  At 2.5 hours, it may be a bit long, but we try to figure it out.  Oh, and Tilda Swinton is pretty good too... Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer