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Journalists Jeb Lund and David J. Roth step away from real world anxieties and step into the gentle, cornball, consequence-free world of the Hallmark Channel. Each time, we discuss a different Hallmark original movie—from Christmas cheer, to wedding jitters, to junk-store detectives—and break it down into recognizable components of angels, moms, moppets, sugary foods and themed sweaters, and try to make sense of when the stories veer away from comfort films and land in the uncanny valley. We ...
 
50 States of Blue's "Spectacle of Trump" Editor Jeb Lund and a rotating cast of fellow journalists and assorted comic-writer/attorneys discuss recent political and sports events through the prism of our broken and bizarre online discourse, talk to the occasional famous person, and try to leaven things via a Patreon-exclusive Hallmark Christmas Movie review podcast. It's very, very successful. Everyone loves it. Patreon.com/ThisWeekInAtrocity/
 
Jeb Lund (Rolling Stone political contributor) and Tim Batt (New Zealand comedian) join forces to commentate the final sprint to the White House. The latest news, politics, polls and other BS involved in this cluster we call the 2016 US Presidential Election are discussed with equal parts delight, dismay and disturbance.
 
Tim Grierson and Will Leitch are lifelong best friends who have been writing and talking about the movies for 25 years. Grierson is vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Leitch is doing his absolutely best to pretend. Read their work everywhere. But listen to this show for the pure juice, straight on tap.
 
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We're back! We're back! It has been QUITE THE MONTH since we saw you last. We missed you. And boy we missed a lot! After we talk about democracy's peril, we dig into three new movies. First, the quarantine heist comedy "Locked Down." Then it's Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James in Netflix's "The Dig." And then Nate Parker's "American Skin…
 
What can we say about this offensively misconceived slice of Jerry Lee Lewis's late-'50s life, one that casts his "relationship" (ugh) with his 13-year-old cousin (blerf) as a quirkumstance of romantical fate? Well, we can say cocaine was involved; we can wonder if the estate of Foghorn Leghorn sued Dennis Quaid's performance for copyright infringe…
 
It's here, everyone: The annual tradition unlike any other, Dorkfest. Your hosts, Tim Grierson and Will Leitch, go over their 10 best movies of the year, and try to make sense of the most trying year of everyone's lifetime. It's our favorite show of the year. It's Dorkfest. This will be our last show until January 15: We're on an extended break unt…
 
Every year, Will and his friend and colleague Tommy Craggs wrap up the year trying to figure out the planet. This year was not any easier. Hear them talk their way through it. Have a wonderful holiday. Dorkfest will be posted tomorrow. Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music. We hope you enjoy. Let us kn…
 
It's our penultimate show: Our lighting round show to fit in all the movies left in 2020, packing them all in before Dorkfest. So strap in: LOTS of movies to get to. No timestamps this week: Just the movies. Here they are: "Wonder Woman 1984" "Soul" "The Father" "News of the World" "Promising Young Woman" "One Night in Miami" "Small Axe: Education"…
 
It’s time to get what an old boss of Clsn’s used to call “choiceful” in these all-too-choice-free times, so we break format a little bit (and break out laughing a lot) with a “Which Way” book, in which we try and mostly fail to become the titular Champ of TV Wrestling. Do the elegant diversions of a more innocent age hold up in today’s bustling, hu…
 
Craig Calcaterra joins us this week for a very sports-movie-y sports movie: Everybody's All-American, a "one wedding and one long funeral" look at a college gridiron star's early peak and interminable fall that doesn't know which set of Quarterback Agonistes clichés it wants to use, and recycled Sophie's Choice's Stingo as Timothy Hutton's Cake, wi…
 
Only three shows left, counting this one, until Dorkfest. That's right: You've almost made it to the end. We start with the acclaimed "Minari," and then hit two Meryl Streep movies: Ryan Murphy's "The Prom" and Steven Soderbergh's "Let Them All Talk." And then the fourth "Small Axe" movie from Steve McQueen, "Alex Wheatle." Timestamps (approximate)…
 
BRANDI BROWN joins us for GARAGE SALE MYSTERY: THE ART OF MURDER (2017) and: A message about our namechange. THEME: "Fuck You If You Don't Like Christmas," from Crudbump, by Drew Fairweather PART ONE Let's cancel! ... First, dead family, THEN pandemic ... April 13, 2019 ... Kill your computer ... Grandma troll wants the cusses ... Comic books and H…
 
Hey, Episode 250! That's awesome! Though Episode 250 comes the week of Warner Bros' shocking decision to release their entire 2021 catalog on HBO Max, which sure does change the way we talk about movies. Or does it? We break it down. Then, Oscar time! Big Oscar contenders "Nomadland," from Chloe Zhao, and "Mank," from David Fincher, lead the week. …
 
TARA ARIANO and SARAH D. BUNTING take a trip to NORTHPOLE (2014) and: Robots, they're just like us ... Classic Tudyk ... THEME ... Joe E. Tata ... Plugs! ... Sequel book ... No Swank ... "Enough" ... Dina Meyer ... Ridgewood, NJ. 07450 ... Pleasantly surprised ... Accidentally in Love ... Paula Abdul's "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" number ... The Ma…
 
Hey, you made it out of Thanksgiving. Well, we hope so, anyway. So, more Oscar stuff! Big Oscars frontrunner "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," with Viola Davis and the last screen performance from the late great Chadwick Boseman leads us off this week. Then we have the second Small Axe film from Steve McQueen, "Lovers Rock." And we close it out with a Da…
 
Every year for, jeez, about a decade now, on a variety of different podcasts, author and podcaster Jeb Lund has joined Will to talk about the state of the world, and stuffing, on Thanksgiving. This is this year's conversation. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music. We hop…
 
It's getting to be the time of the year when GOOD movies start coming out. It's Awards Season! Even a pandemic, there are Awards Movies. Three excellent ones this week. The first movie of Steve McQueen's "Small Axe" anthology, "Mangrove." Then, the Riz Ahmed addiction drama "Sound of Metal." And the very upsetting Romanian documentary "Collective."…
 
Hey, it's a Grierson and Leitch/People Still Read Books crossover episode! Melissa Maerz is a longtime entertainment journalist--she's one of the founders of Vulture--and one of the smartest pop culture minds working. And "Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused" is a terrific, engrossing read, a testam…
 
All four of our new movies are playing exclusively in theaters right now. That's new! And maybe ... not the best timing on that? Anyway, first we discuss Ron Howard's adaptation of J.D. Vance's memoir "Hillbilly Elegy." Then it's the Kate Winslet-Saoirse Ronan romance "Ammonite." And hey, wanna see Vince Vaughn play a teenage girl? Here's "Freaky."…
 
We live in a world that has hippos, and those hippos have to be ridden by people with weapons. Who’s gonna do it? You? These people have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for victims of hippos, and you curse the hippo riders. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know. That hippos eat peopl…
 
Hey, the election happened! It took a while, but ... wow, we voted that lunatic out. Tim and Will talk about that, and also new movies "Let Him Go" (with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) and "Proxima" (with Eva Green and Matt Dillon). Then, in our Reboot section, we get gross with David Cronenberg's 1986 horror film "The Fly." Bundle-Fly! Timestamps (…
 
The election is almost here. Let's all talk through our anxiety together, and then let's talk about some movies. Timestamps (approximate): 18:30 "Come Play" 36:54 "Caddyshack" 56:30 "Out of the Past" Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music. We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on…
 
Hey, surprise Borat movie! A lot has changed since Sacha Baron Cohen first gave us Borat, but ... a lot hasn't. His new film "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" shows us how and why. Then we discuss Robert Zemeckis' HBO Max film "The Witches," and Justin Simien's "Bad Hair." Timestamps (approximate): 12:30 "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" 37:06 "The Witches" …
 
It's getting late in the year, which means (gulp) Election Day is almost here, but it also means the movies are starting to (finally) get a little bit more interesting. First off, we have the big Aaron Sorkin Netflix film "The Trial of the Chicago 7," with Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Keaton and a cast of thousands. Then we have Spike…
 
It is always a special day when Don Hertzfeldt releases a new film. One of our favorite filmmakers and artists released episode three of his World of Tomorrow series, and we dig deep into it. It's so great. Two other new movies, both interesting in very different ways: Radha Blank's "The 40-Year-Old Version" and the striking documentary "Time." The…
 
CASEY TAYLOR joins us and SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED for THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED (2018) and: A tedious audio warning ... We are going to Pueblo! ... THEME ... Boofed the intro ... Meet Casey Taylor ... Elite Christian postal detectives ... Casey was USPS ... Red flags ... Never be friends with supervisors ... The Signed, Sealed, Delivered universe ..…
 
So, QUITE ANOTHER NEWS WEEK. Anyway, as our "president" can't seem to keep himself isolated even though he has an infectious disease, we talked about some movies so we didn't have to talk about THAT. Three new big ones. First, Sofia Coppola is back with Bill Murray in "On the Rocks." Then it's Julie Taymor's look a Gloria Steinem, in "The Glorias."…
 
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