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Each episode, Paul Matwychuk (film critic for CBC Radio and EIGHTEEN BRIDGES magazine), Heather Noel (owner of the alternative video store The Videodrome), and Erin Fraser (curator of the Graphic Content and Reel Family Cinema series at Metro Cinema) watch a double feature of two thematically related films, one "arty," the other "trashy," and then debate which one deserves to win the week.
 
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Paul and Erin review two films about immigrant gangsters and their ruthless rise to power: Howard Hawks' 1932 crime classic SCARFACE, and Brian de Palma's flashy, hyperviolent 1983 SCARFACE remake. Plus: our (very) quick takes on REMINISCENCE, DON'T BREATHE 2, ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, and SHANG-CHI: THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS.…
 
Erin and Paul review two films about disturbed men who kill for the sake of art: our art pick is Michael Powell's once-scandalous 1960 thriller PEEPING TOM; and our trash pick is Roger Corman's 1959 black comedy A BUCKET OF BLOOD. Plus: our quick takes on WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED, SATOSHI KON: THE ILLUSIONIST, THE PALINDROMISTS, ANNETTE an…
 
Erin and Paul review two films written by THE WHITE LOTUS creator and reality competition show regular Mike White: our trash pic is the 2002 teen comedy ORANGE COUNTY, starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black; and our art pick is BEATRIZ AT DINNER, the 2017 satire starring Salma Hayek. Plus: our quick takes on MY SALINGER YEAR, JUNGLE CRUISE, OLD, and R…
 
Erin and Paul review two films starring Ray Milland as a man in the grip of self-destructive addictions: Billy Wilder's 1945 Oscar-winning drama THE LOST WEEKEND, and Roger Corman's psychedelic 1963 B-movie X: THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES. Plus: our quick takes on ZOLA, THE SUICIDE SQUAD, and ALL LIGHT EVERYWHERE.…
 
Paul and Erin review two films about lawmen under siege: our art pick is Howard Hawks' 1959 Western RIO BRAVO, and our trash pick is John Carpenter's 1976 thriller ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. Plus: our quick takes on YOUNGER, MILITARY WIVES, BLACK WIDOW, THE SPARKS BROTHERS and PIG.By Erin Fraser & Paul Matwychuk
 
Paul and Erin review two films about circus and carnival life: Edmund Goulding's 1947 noir NIGHTMARE ALLEY, starring Tyrone Power; and Cecil B. DeMille's Oscar-winning 1952 melodrama THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, starring Charlton Heston and James Stewart. Plus: our quick takes on SAILOR MOON ETERNAL, ARAB BLUES, SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW, BO BURN…
 
Erin and Paul review two very different takes on the world of Japanese organized crime: Sydney Pollack's 1974 East-meets-West drama THE YAKUZA, and Takashi Miike's characteristically bonkers 2015 horror/fantasy YAKUZA APOCALYPSE. Plus: our quick takes on THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW, ARMY OF THE DEAD, WRATH OF MAN, and OXYGEN.…
 
Erin and Paul review two films about ordinary-looking family men who turn out to be hiding out from their murderous pasts: the Bob Odenkirk new actioner NOBODY, and David Cronenberg's 2005 psychological thriller A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Plus: our quick takes on RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN, MONKEY BEACH, THE HUMAN VOICE, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, and FRENC…
 
Paul and Erin review two films about men plotting to murder their wives: Elaine May's 1971 black comedy A NEW LEAF, starring herself and Walter Matthau; and Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER, starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. Also: our quick takes on BETTER DAYS, HAPPILY, and THE FATHER.…
 
Paul and Erin review two films about likable drug dealers: Paul Schrader's 1992 character study LIGHT SLEEPER, starring Willem Dafoe; and Tamra Davis' 1998 stoner cult favourite HALF BAKED, starring Dave Chappelle. Plus: our quick takes on LUPIN III: THE FIRST, DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, CHERRY, and ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE.…
 
Paul and Erin review two films set in the world of professional soccer: Tom Hooper's 2009 sports drama THE DAMNED UNITED; and Stephen Chow's delirious 2001 martial-arts comedy SHAOLIN SOCCER. Plus: our quick takes on FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS, MALCOLM & MARIE, JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, and COMING 2 AMERICA.…
 
Paul and Erin review two politically incorrect battle-of-the-sexes comedies about rich women leaving the protection of their luxury yachts: our art pick is Lina Wertmūller's savage 1974 satire SWEPT AWAY, starring Mariangela Melato and Giancarlo Giannini; and our trash pick is Garry Marshall's 1987 romcom OVERBOARD, starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Ru…
 
Paul and Erin review two films about Martian invasions of planet Earth: the 1953 adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel THE WAR OF THE WORLDS; and Tim Burton's anarchic 1996 all-star comedy MARS ATTACKS! Plus: our quick takes on SAINT MAUD, PSYCHO GOREMAN, PRETEND IT'S A CITY, and A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX.By Erin Fraser & Paul Matwychuk
 
Erin and Paul review two films about women introducing their parents to their non-traditional romantic partners: Clea DuVall's new Christmas romcom HAPPIEST SEASON, and the 1967 race-relations comedy-drama GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? Plus: our quick takes on BLACK BEAR, SOUND OF METAL, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM and SAVE YOURSELVES!…
 
Erin and Paul review two films about musical brother acts: Steve Kloves' bittersweet 1989 drama THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS, starring Jeff and Beau Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer; and John Landis' stunt-filled 1980 comedy THE BLUES BROTHERS, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Plus: our quick takes on THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, THE WITCHES, THE TRIAL…
 
Erin and Paul review two film adaptations of the classic 1897 horror novel DRACULA: Francis Ford Coppola's visually striking 1992 version starring Gary Oldman; and the streamlined 1958 Hammer Films version starring Christopher Lee. Plus: our quick takes on REBECCA, EMILY IN PARIS, BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY, DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA, WHAT THE…
 
Erin and Paul discuss two films adapted from the work of Ray Bradbury: Francois Truffaut's 1966 dystopian sci-fi drama FAHRENHEIT 451, and Jack Clayton's autumnal 1983 fantasy SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. Plus: our quick takes on THE NEW MUTANTS, MULAN and COME DRINK WITH ME, THE OWNERS, and THE SIT-IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW.…
 
Paul and Erin review two films inspired by the music of classic British rock bands: Alan Parker's punishing 1982 drama PINK FLOYD THE WALL, and George Dunning's trippy 1968 animated Beatles tribute YELLOW SUBMARINE. Plus: our quick takes on TENET, MULAN, CLASS ACTION PARK, BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, and I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, and selected h…
 
Paul and Erin review two films about swimmers: Frank Perry's 1968 John Cheever adaptation THE SWIMMER, starring Burt Lancaster; and Mervyn LeRoy's 1952 biopic MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID, starring Esther Williams. Plus: our quick takes on THE HIGH NOTE, FOSSE/VERDON, HOST and BOYS STATE.By Paul Matwychuk & Erin Fraser
 
Paul and Erin discuss two films about young boys befriending middle-aged men in the movie business: Giuseppe Tornatore's Oscar-winning 1988 tearjerker CINEMA PARADISO, and Joe Dante's 1993 comedy MATINEE. Plus: our quick takes on THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY, RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, AN AMERICAN PICKLE, AMULET, SHE DIES TOMORROW, and THE RENTAL.…
 
Erin and Paul investigate two riffs on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories: Billy Wilder's 1970 adventure THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, and the 1986 Disney animated feature THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE. Plus: our quick takes on THE OLD GUARD, FIRST COW, PALM SPRINGS and I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK.…
 
Erin and Paul review two entertainingly cliche-filled backstage musicals: the 1933 Busby Berkeley extravaganza 42ND STREET, and the franchise-launching 2006 Disney Channel teen hit HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. Plus: our quick takes on EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA, HAMILTON, IRRESISTIBLE, and THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD.…
 
Paul and Erin review two comedies set backstage at daytime soap operas: Sydney Pollack's 1982 cross-dressing classic TOOTSIE, starring Dustin Hoffman; and Michael Hoffman's campy 1991 farce SOAPDISH, starring Sally Field and Kevin Kline. Plus: our quick takes on THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND, A WHISKER AWAY, SHIRLEY and DA 5 BLOODS.…
 
Paul and Erin review two films about overbearing mothers played by Shirley MacLaine: James L. Brooks' Oscar-winning 1983 tearjerker TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, and Mike Nichols' 1990 adaptation of Carrie Fisher's sardonic novel POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE. Plus: our quick takes on THE GREAT, THE LAST DANCE, DISPATCHES FROM ELSEWHERE, and THE VAST OF NIGHT.…
 
Paul and Erin review two films about men whose entire lives are broadcast on national TV. Our art pick is Peter Weir's 1998 fable THE TRUMAN SHOW, starring Jim Carrey; and our trash pick is Ron Howard's 1999 comedy EdTV, starring Matthew McConnaughey. Plus: our quick takes on HOW TO BUILD A GIRL, SEBERG, EXTRA ORDINARY and THE TRIP TO GREECE.…
 
Erin and Paul review two films by director Martha Coolidge: the 1983 opposites-attract teen romcom VALLEY GIRL, starring Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman; and the sexually progressive 1991 dramedy RAMBLING ROSE, starring Laura Dern. Plus: our quick takes on BLOOD QUANTUM, THE LODGE, SWALLOW, and THE ASSISTANT, and a tribute to the late Bollywood st…
 
Erin and Paul review two films that launched the careers of international sex symbols: our art pick is Roger Vadim's 1956 melodrama AND GOD CREATED WOMAN, starring Brigitte Bardot; and our trash pick is Blake Edwards' 1979 midlife-crisis dramedy 10, featuring Bo Derek. Plus: Erin recommends some Korean game shows, Paul gets irrationally angry at TH…
 
Erin and Paul review two films about young women pursuing careers in the TV news business. Our art pick is Gus Van Sant's 1995 satire TO DIE FOR, starring Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix; and our trash pick is MORNING GLORY, the 2010 comedy MORNING GLORY, starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. Plus: our quick takes on O.J.: MADE…
 
Erin and Paul review two films by German wunderkind Tom Tykwer: the propulsive 1998 thriller RUN LOLA RUN, and the olfactory-obsessed 2006 period serial-killer drama PERFUME. Plus: our quick takes on Beyonce's HOMECOMING, season 3 of Tykwer's TV series BABYLON BERLIN, the claustrophobic satire VIVARIUM, and the late film version of Jane Austen's EM…
 
Paul and Erin review two films set against the backdrop of the 1990s rave scene: Michael Winterbottom's 2002 print-the-legend Tony Wilson biopic 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE; and Doug Liman's 1999 Tarantinoesque cult film GO. Plus: our quick takes on THE HUNT, ONWARD, THE INVISIBLE MAN, and THE PLATFORM.By Erin Fraser & Paul Matwychuk
 
Paul and Erin dissect two films inspired by the legend of Jack the Ripper: our art pick is Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 breakthrough film THE LODGER, while our trash pick is Nicholas Meyer's high-concept time-travelling 1979 thriller TIME AFTER TIME. Plus: our quick takes on EMMA., GREED, HONEYLAND, McMILLION$, and SLOW BURN.…
 
Erin and Paul review two films about weak fathers and strong daughters in flood-prone regions of the Southern United States: Benh Zeitlin's 2012 arthouse sensation BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD; and Alexandre Aja's 2019 gator thriller CRAWL. Plus: our quick takes on BIRDS OF PREY, THE ASSISTANT, COLOR OUT OF SPACE, FIRST LOVE, and THE ADDAMS FAMILY.…
 
Paul and Erin review two films, both set in Japan and dealing with the psychological aftermath of the atomic bomb: Alain Resnais' groundbreaking 1959 romantic drama HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR; and Katsuhiro's Otomo's landmark 1988 anime AKIRA. Plus: our quick takes on THE TURNING, BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, 1917, A HIDDEN LIFE, and WHAT DID JACK DO?…
 
Erin and Paul review two films about supernatural goings-on within department stores: Peter Strickland's bizarre new horror film IN FABRIC, and the 1987 romantic comedy MANNEQUIN. Plus: our quick takes on a wheelbarrowful of big new releases: MARRIAGE STORY, DIAMANTINO, 6 UNDERGROUND, QUEEN & SLIM, THE TWO POPES, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, RICHARD JE…
 
Erin and Paul review two films about characters whose lives revolve around discotheques: John Badham's 1977 dance drama SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and Whit Stillman's 1998 ensemble comedy THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO. Plus: our quick takes on MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, KNIVES OUT, THE IRISHMAN, ASH IS PUREST WHITE, and THE REPORT.…
 
Erin and Paul review two films starring blaxploitation queen Pam Grier: Jack Hill's 1974 action/crime drama FOXY BROWN; and Quentin Tarantino's 1997 Elmore Leonard adaptation JACKIE BROWN. Plus: our quick takes on A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THE IRISHMAN, FORD V. FERRARI, and PAIN & GLORY.By Erin Fraser & Paul Matwychuk
 
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