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Best Picture This

Mike Cavaliere & Brian McMillan

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Every Best Picture nominee of the 21st century. Join Mike and Brian as they reevaluate the films and Academy Awards of the past, talk trivia and top fives, and address the big question: "Would you keep or kick the Academy's picks for Best Picture?" All that and more on Best Picture This -- where it's always Oscar season!
 
In a lot of ways 1999 was the year that changed movies. From “The Matrix” and “The Blair Witch Project” to “American Beauty” and “The Sixth Sense”, the last year of the millennium was transformative for Hollywood. Through "Podcast Like It's 1999" writers Phillip Iscove (co-creator of FOX's Sleepy Hollow) and Kenny Neibart (Entourage, Hindsight) examine this apex of Cinema, before television took over, before Reality TV, before TMZ and Twitter but also after the internet, after Clinton, after ...
 
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Director Jason Reitman tallied his second Best Picture nomination in a row in 2009, following his first nomination for "Juno" (2007), with the George Clooney Great Recession dramedy "Up in the Air," which earned a total of six Oscar nominations -- one for each of its top-billed stars (including Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick), as well as two more f…
 
This week on 99... Emma Stefansky joins us to talk Pirates of Silicon Valley! A made for TV movie about the feud between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. We talk about how the film compares to other biopics covering this era, the toxic tech-bro culture and how it's viewed today, and Phil reminisces about the operating systems from back in the olden days.…
 
What was the best movie of 2008? The Academy awarded that title to Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire," but in this series finale episode, Mike and Brian recap the year in film to rerank the Best Picture nominees, highlight standout films that didn't garner Oscar attention and choose their personal top-fives. Want to curate a future episode? BECOME…
 
This week on 1999... Emma Fraser joins us to talk about Best Laid Plans! A movie that flew under the radar with a very short theater run. We talk about Reese Witherspoon's versatility as an actor, the film's odd choices both in casting and plot, and somehow end up talking the ethics of NFTs. Twitter: twitter.com/podcastlikeits Instagram: instagram.…
 
Director Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" mopped the floor with 2008, sweeping the Oscars with eight wins and making nearly $380 million worldwide. Not bad for a budget of just $15 million. In this episode, Mike and Brian discuss the film's diverse cinematography, the power of fairy tales, how and why some movies' reputations change over time an…
 
This week on 99... Phil and Kenny talk amongst themselves about Twin Falls Idaho! We talk about the promising talent on display from the Polish Brothers, the movie's de-emphasis on plot, instead focusing in on character, and due to the state of the indie movement in 99, the film feels lost to time. Twitter: twitter.com/podcastlikeits Instagram: ins…
 
Kate Winslet starred in two Oscar contenders in 2008 (the other opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Sam Mendes's "Revolutionary Road"), but she won Best Actress for her portrayal of an illiterate Nazi in the Best Picture-nominated "The Reader," which grapples with guilt, our relationship to the past and the nature of evil. Yes, it is, as critic Amy Nicho…
 
This week on 1999... Karen Han joins us to talk about Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels! We talk about Guy Ritchi's entrance into the hollywood scene, Lock Stock's successes and shortcomings, and the blending of Tarantino's gangster formula and an unmistakable British style. Twitter: twitter.com/podcastlikeits Instagram: instagram.com/podcastlikeits…
 
The Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off with director Jon Favreau's "Iron Man," starring Robert Downey Jr. Maybe the most fascinating thing about this movie, though, is how, compared to the dozens of MCU films that would come to follow it, this one, with its narrow scope and human stakes, almost feels quaint. In this episode, Mike and Brian talk c…
 
This week the “Good Natured Hollywood Blowhards” tackle From Dusk Until Dawn 2&3 with Brandon Streuessnig! We talk about the strange appeal of direct to video horror movies with exceptionally low ratings, intentional/unintentional campiness, the pitfalls of emulating other director’s styles, and of course good old Twitter beef etiquette. Podcast Li…
 
Two greats, Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, go head-to-head in writer-director John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt," which took home a loot of Best Actor noms in 2008 but was snubbed for Best Picture. In this episode, Mike and Brian explore the power of ambiguity, talk dramatic stakes, character depth, what makes a supporting actor turn award-wo…
 
This week we bring you the long awaited episode on Better Than Chocolate, with Brooke Solomon & Jordan Gustafson from the Queer Quadrant Podcast! We talk about LGBTQ+ focused films like this one through the 2022 lens, the on screen representation of different gender and sexual identies, and of course which kind of chocolate is the best and why it i…
 
Sean Penn took home Best Actor gold for his portrayal of Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant's Best Picture-nominated MILK, which earnd eight Oscars overall, winning two (the other for Best Screenplay). But how does this biopic hold up 14 years later? In this episode, Mike and Brian discuss the importance of learning something from a historical drama, they…
 
This week we are talking all things SpongeBob, with Zach Helden! We discuss the show's relation to other animated shows of the era, its charming cast of sea critters and their manic storylines, the compelling but often disturbing animation style, and the cultural staying power of Mr. SquarePants. Podcast Like It's 1999: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcas…
 
This city deserves a better class of podcast, and we're gonna give it to them! In this episode, Mike and Brian trade in their hockey pants for body armor to revisit director Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," which made over $1 billion at the box office and just might be the best comic book movie ever made. ... Or is it? To answer that question…
 
This episode is Simply Irresistible this week, as we are joined by the writer of Pretty Little Liars Original Sin: Lindsay Calhoon-Bring! Quite possibly the WEIRDEST film of 99, about a lonely mediocre chef, and a magical love crab. This movie walks the line of being a rom-com parody, or just pure insanity. Podcast Like It's 1999: podcasts.apple.co…
 
Director Ron Howard's Best Picture-nominated "Frost/Nixon" is about two guys just ... talking. But can two people talking really be that exciting? (As podcasts hosts, we certainly hope so!) In this episode, Mike and Brian verbal spar about verbal sparring, they do bad Richard Nixon impersonations, explore the line between historical fact and fictio…
 
This week Karina Longworth and Carrie Courogen join us to talk about the hit TV series Ally McBeal! A time capsule of the era, sporting an out of this world editing style in order to portray Ally's overactive imagination. We discuss how the show spoke to it's viewers at the time, and how it's viewed from today's perspective. Podcast Like It's 1999:…
 
Mickey Rourke's return to stardom (you know -- the "Rourkessaince") began with him playing the title role in director Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," also starring Marisa Tomei. But this feature marked a major turning point for Aronofsky, as well -- away from the big, showy spectacles of his two prior releases ("Requiem for a Dream" and "The Fou…
 
Meredith Blake (Los Angeles Times) joins us to discuss the Comedy Central cult classic STRANGERS WITH CANDY. Podcast Like It's 2009: Patreon.com/podcastlikeits Twitter: twitter.com/podcastlikeits Instagram: instagram.com/podcastlikeits Reddit: reddit.com/r/podcastlikeits Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
 
Guess how much money Best Picture nominee "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" made at the box office when it released in 2008. Whatever you guessed, go higher! This thing raked in over $335 million, more than doubling its hefty $150M budget. That's called critical and commercial darling, ladies and gentlemen. But how does this crowd-pleaser, star…
 
David Iserson joins us in watching what may be the ultimate movie that doesn't exist, the 1999 adaptation of Kurt Vonneguts novel BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS. We talk about all the poorly adapted Vonnegut novels, a quick and easy way to fix the tone and cast, and why the movie fell out of the public conciousness. Podcast Like It's 2009: Patreon.com/podc…
 
What was the best movie of 2007? The Academy awarded that title to the Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men," but in this series finale episode, Mike and Brian wade through the many (many) titles that made this an all-time great year for film to re-evaluate if that selection holds up. They recap the year that was, rank the nominees for Bes…
 
Headwriter and showrunner on WILL & GRACE Jeff Greenstein joins us to talk about the strategy of sitcom timeslots, how the show's lead characters was not only head of its time, but ahead of our current time, and much more! Podcast Like It's 2009: Patreon.com/podcastlikeits Twitter: twitter.com/podcastlikeits Instagram: instagram.com/podcastlikeits …
 
The Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" beat out Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" for the Best Picture Oscar of 2007. How do the two movies compare and differ? And what does a shift in how you remember a movie compared to how you experience it on rewatch say about the film itself? In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into all those q…
 
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