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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
 
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