PODCAST

09
Jul

White Men Can’t Jump | Episode 39

First things first, you can put a cat in an oven, but that don’t make it a biscuit. Join us and special guest Will Frank for an obnoxiously entertaining rewatching of everyone’s favorite Venice Beach sports movie. SPOILER ALERT: WILL ANNOUNCES MEGA-HUGE NEWS ABOUT A PHONE CALL HE RECEIVED THAT CHANGED HIS LIFE.

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04
Jun

The Godfather Part III | Episode 38

No irony, no bat of the eye. We’re rewatching THE GODFATHER PART III with raconteur-technologist-humorist Jonathan Cowperthwait. We discuss the logic of Christianity, the ignominy of Sofia Coppola’s first foray into the public sphere, and the essence of nostalgia. So, how good is your Italian?

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07
May

When Harry Met Sally | Episode 37

A live recording from Studio South?! Not one but *two* brilliant female guests? The vanguard of 4th wave feminism? Break new ground with The Great Debasers as they rewatch the film that an impromptu *third* female guest claims should be renamed WHEN SALLY SETTLED.

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24
Apr

Taxi Driver | Episode 36

The dangerous game of rewatching takes a slow drive down the gritty, noctilucent streets of 1970’s New York. Special guest Eric Benson — author, New Yorker, vigilante — helps us prove that even if pride goeth before destruction, haughty spirits need not goeth before the fall.

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02
Apr

The Graduate | Episode 35

Ever shaved alone whilst the blonde make-out kings shave together? Ever contemplated your future standing beside caged monkeys after being rejected by the daughter of your lover? Of course you have! Will and Jeremy expose this classic film’s universal themes by revealing that it’s not just about plastics, handshakes, or Alfa Romeos. As Kafka taught us in A Report to An Academy, “all too often men are betrayed by the word freedom.”

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19
Mar

The Birdcage | Episode 34

What could possibly be more politically incorrect than three ostensibly straight men talking about The Birdcage, you ask? Three ostensibly straight men who all attended the U of C of course! Join us and our distinguished guest Benjamin Rothstein Esq. for some old fashioned badinage about one of the greatest 90’s films. You pierced the toast, so what? It’s not the end of your life.

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26
Feb

The Talented Mr. Ripley | Episode 33

Enter the sausage factory of the publishing industry as Will grills Jeremy about the manic flight of imagination that has just landed him in the lobby of Hotel Majestic on Rome’s Via Veneto. The dangerous game of rewatching alights upon The Talented Mr Ripley, a sun-dappled film which isn’t camp, but it could have been.

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05
Feb

Cool Runnings | Episode 32

Our Father, who art in Calgary, Bobsled be thy name! In honor of #Sochi2014, please join Will, Jeremy and The Great Debasers‘ official esquire Christopher John Vena in revisiting this heartwarming film about the first Jamaican bobsled team. Though it’s over twenty years old, this depiction of national pride and echt sportsmanship remains powerful enough to thaw even the most frozen royal Rastafarian nay-nays.

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22
Jan

8 1/2 | Episode 31

This life is so full of confusion already…there’s no need to add chaos to chaos, people! Take a stand against chaos and join Will and Jeremy as they plumb the depths of the art film that some consider to be the pinnacle of human achievement. With pit stops at BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR and LA GRANDE BELLEZZA, this guest-less, kid-glove-less episode is sure to warm the hearts of art house haters young and old.

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15
Jan

Almost Famous | Episode 30

“There’s nothing wrong with feelings!” argues the eloquent Ms Juliet Litman in her peerless guest appearance on our 30th show. Join us in the dangerous game of rewatching as we ‘skip the vibe’ and prove once and for all that Georges Bataille was wrong when he claimed that “the world is purely parodic.”

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