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"Babylon" Hive, unite! Watch Damien Chazelle’s misunderstood, big swing of a film right along with Alex and Nick. Topics include starting your movie with an elephant shitting all over everything, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt’s best roles, the birth and death of Old Hollywood, the film bombing with critics, audiences, and the Oscars, ties to “Irrever…
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Hey, are you awake? Yeah, I’m right here. Well can I ask you, About Today? In this mixed-bag episode, Alex invites brand-new guest, Taylor, to the podcast to review Gavin O’Connor’s “Warrior” (4:28). The guys discuss boxing, brothers, MMA, Nick Nolte, Frank Grillo, Tom Hardy not knowing how to fight, meeting Joel Edgerton in real life, and what it …
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Alex and Nick give a spoiler-free review of Richard Linklater’s new film, “Hit Man,” before re-ranking their favorite Linklater films. Stray topics include when good movies make obvious factual errors, what happened to the real Bernie Tiede after Linklater’s movie “Bernie,” Glen Powell, Adria Arjona, “School of Rock,” “Anyone But You,” and much mor…
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Alex and Nick dive deep into Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine.” The guys discuss the film’s lengthy development, its use of heavy improvisation, juxtaposing two narratives, the respective careers of Cianfrance, Ryan Gosling, and Michelle Williams, the great John Doman, why the MPA is dumb, and much more. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instag…
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Alex schools Nick on the history of the erotic thriller film genre. Topics include the parallels between 1940s film noir and 1980s erotic thrillers, TV cuts vs. theatrical cuts vs. director’s cuts, famous femme fatales, Michael Douglas, sex in cinema, the Top 10 Erotic Thrillers, and much more. For WAYW, Alex shares two exciting movie-going experie…
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“What is this war in the heart of nature?” Watch Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” with Alex and Nick as they discuss the film’s huge cast, all-timer cinematography, ceaseless voiceover, James Jones’ book, the Japanese perspective, Nick Nolte vs. Elias Koteas, how Adrien Brody got screwed over, war as hell, Catalina Island, and so much more. Fo…
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Alex tells Nick why Luca Guadagnino’s “Challengers” is a much better movie than its marketing suggests. The guys briefly discuss Zendaya’s Oscar prospects, Guadagnino’s filmography, Mike Faist & Josh O’Connor, an amazing score by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, and how the movie connects to “Past Lives.” Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram a…
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Terrence Malick has never talked about his films, but Alex and Nick are delighted to gush about them for over three hours. As the guys break down each Malick movie, topics include a career of all-timer voiceover, editing that moves like water, intentional music, the pissed-off crew of “Days of Heaven,” the perfect ending to “The New World,” how the…
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Theory will get you only so far, so today, Alex is turning theory into a practical podcast commentary. Alex flies solo to fulfill his obsession with Christopher Nolan’s Best Picture-winning masterpiece, “Oppenheimer.” The detonators are charged, the martinis are made, and it is time to hear the music. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram a…
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Something is rotten in the state of Denmark! Alex, Nick, and friend of the pod, Dan Bracey, ramble about John McTiernan’s cult classic, “Last Action Hero.” The guys discuss the film’s troubled production, which movie they would enter into, favorite McTiernan films, Arnold’s best roles, scene stealer Charles Dance, McTiernan’s stint in prison, the 2…
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“My eyes see...Oppenheimer!" Alex, Nick, and friend of the pod, Dan, react to the 96th Academy Awards moments after the show ended. The guys discuss their favorite speeches, the best presenters, Jimmy Kimmel’s performance, the “Poor Things” mini wave, John Cena’s on-ramp, Al Pacino’s bewilderment, “Oppenheimer” winning big, and much more. Follow @W…
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It’s the most wonderful time of year, and there’s a lot to cover as we lead to the 96th Academy Awards. As Alex and Nick break down every Oscar nomination, stray topics include an animated film Alex loves, a truly horrific documentary, Downey’s lack of humility, an extremely close Best Actress race, Kevin O’Connell as the GOAT sound mixer, the jack…
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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 character…
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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…
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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. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and I…
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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. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram and Letterboxd…
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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…
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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. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram and Letterboxd. Watc…
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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. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram and Letterboxd. Watch Alex's films at htt…
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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 final…
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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 though…
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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, …
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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. L…
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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 ma…
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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 …
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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 hi…
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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. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitt…
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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, th…
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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. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twi…
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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! Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagr…
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“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 attemp…
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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. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram and Letterboxd. Wat…
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In this loose hangout episode, Alex and friend of the pod, Dan, discuss their favorite movie together, Joe Dante’s “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” The guys talk about movie sequels, watching Joe Dante movies high, Dick Miller, Rick Baker’s practical effects, embracing cult classic B-movies, Robert Prosky, and much more. Throughout the episode, the guy…
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All hail, Barbenheimer! Alex and Nick break down how Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” and Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” came to dominate pop culture. The guys give a spoiler-free review of “Oppenheimer,” before Alex shares his thoughts on “Barbie.” Related topics include practical effects, updated Nolan rankings, and Alex describes the “Oppenheimer” scr…
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With “Oppenheimer” hitting theaters today, Alex and Nick take a look at Christopher Nolan’s entire career. The guys discuss the props in “Following,” the structure of “Memento,” the editing of “Insomnia,” creative exposition in “Batman Begins”, twists in “The Prestige,” the questionable love triangle in “The Dark Knight,” and watching “Inception” o…
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Three years of podcasting and 100 core episodes have led to this — a deep dive on Alex’s favorite movie of all time, Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver.” Nick and Alex discuss what Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Paul Schrader each brought to the film, Travis Bickle’s unreliable backstory, Bernard Herrmann’s score, repurposing plot points from John Ford’…
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Three hours of Marty. All the movies, all the collaborators, all the stories. Stray topics include 4K set-ups, praise for "New York, New York," a shared obsession with “Casino,” Joe Pesci, Thelma Schoonmaker, Alex's favorite movie opening, and so much more. In the middle of the episode, Alex and Nick argue about the biggest movie disagreement they’…
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Alex and special guest, Kat Dame (‘Two Mics, One Kat’®), break down the series finale of HBO’s “Succession.” The two discuss standout scenes from the show, all their favorite characters, predictions for each actor’s career, Brian Cox’s hilarious interviews, Jeremy Strong’s process, and much more. Later, in a rapid-fire What Are You Watching segment…
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Alex and Nick list their favorite film directors of all time and pick three movies from each filmmaker to represent their work. Stray topics include: Context for the “Everybody Wants Some!!” episode, accidentally getting drunk during a commentary, and putting in the work to fight depression. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram and Letterb…
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“The Deer Hunter” is the only movie Alex and Nick share in their top 10 films of all time. In this episode, the guys discuss Michael Cimino, blue-collar towns, the wedding scene, post-Vietnam America, responding to active trauma, fractured masculinity, Vilmos Zsigmond, De Niro, Walken, Cazale, Streep, and much more. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter …
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALCOLM X! Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” is one of the best, most influential films Alex has ever seen. Nick finally watched the film and was in awe. In this episode, the guys discuss good vs. bad biopics, the beauty of 4K home media, poor public school education, racial violence in America, the 1992 Oscars (lol), Delroy Lindo, Angela Bass…
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In this supersized episode, Alex and Nick break down the full career of Alex’s favorite actor of all time, Montgomery Clift. Seventeen roles, four Oscar nominations, and a lifetime of Hollywood infamy. Our previous podcast episode on "A Place in the Sun" (featuring Alex’s dad) is here. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram and Letterboxd. W…
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Special guest, Dan Bracey, is back to discuss his favorite film of all time, “Back to the Future.” As Alex, Nick, and Dan dive into each film in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, topics include Dan’s obsession with Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson’s role(s), Marty/Doc chemistry, time travel, sticking up for “Part III,” watching the trilogy on edibl…
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If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. Watch along with Alex and Nick as they discuss their favorite action film of all time, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Point Break.” Keanu, Swayze, Busey, all-timer chase scenes, classic one-liners, astounding action set pieces – this episode is by fans, for fans. Little hand says it'…
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Alex discusses fainting during “John Wick: Chapter 4,” efficient emergency room visits, Keanu Reeves at the top of his game, Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, and all the best action scenes from the entire “John Wick” franchise. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram and Letterboxd. Watch Alex's films at http://alexwithrow.com/ Watch Nick's films …
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Alex and Nick are joined by their friend Dan to give a spoiler-free review of “Scream VI,” directly after seeing it in the theater together. Later, the guys discuss their favorite moments from the “Scream” franchise including favorite scenes, characters, killer reveals, exposition dumps, and much more. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram …
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Alex and Nick react to the 95th annual Academy Awards. Recorded just minutes after the live telecast ended, the guys talk about all of the big winners, the “All Quiet” wave, “Everything Everywhere” dominance, "Elvis" losing out, Brendan fuckin’ Fraser, Hugh Grant as an all-timer presenter, and much more. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagra…
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Alex and Nick break down every category for the upcoming Oscars. Narratives include: Can anything beat “Everything Everywhere All At Once”?, Cate Blanchett vs. Michelle Yeoh (vs. Instagram), Austin Butler vs. Brendan Fraser, Angela Bassett vs. Jamie Lee Curtis, a potential “Elvis” wave, and so much more. Who will win, who should win, let’s go! Foll…
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Alex reviews Michael B. Jordan’s “Creed III." Later, he breaks down every boxing scene in the “Creed” franchise, discusses “Raging Bull’s” impact on the boxing genre, and lists the most realistic boxing scenes in movies. Nick is here too. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram and Letterboxd. Watch Alex's films at http://alexwithrow.com/ Wat…
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Alex pays tribute to veteran character actor, Tom Sizemore, who passed away on March 3, 2023, at 61 years old. Follow @WAYW_Podcast on Twitter and Instagram and Letterboxd. Watch Alex's films at http://alexwithrow.com/ Watch Nick's films at https://www.nicholasdostal.com/ Send us mailbag questions at whatareyouwatchingpodcast@gmail.com…
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