Saturday, March 17, 2018

Episode 342: A Wrinkle in Time

Hey, folks! It's time for a brand-new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, and we're headed on a big journey this time around. Josh and Scott are talking about Disney's latest big-budget venture, A Wrinkle in Time. It's got everything: Oprah Winfrey! Zach Galifianakis! Reese Witherspoon! Oprah Winfrey! The Best Chris! Oprah Winfrey! Josh and Scott are joined by freelance writer Esther Zuckerman to talk about Ava DuVernay's big adaptation of the classic Madeleine L'Engle novel, the performances from the big-name actors, the importance of diversity and representation, and more. It's big movie, so this is a big episode, too! Get ready to tesser into the new episode now!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Episode 341: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Hey, folks! We hope you're prepared to go back to school, because that's exactly where Josh and Scott are headed on this brand-new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema. OK, technically, they're going back to high school for a reunion, and not even their own. This week on the show, your hosts are talking about the 1997 comedy Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, starring Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, and more. With more than 20 years since this 10-year-reunion movie opened, has Romy and Michele grown over time? Does its mild cult status feel deserved? Does the film's candy-colored version of the real world resonate, or did your hosts find themselves a bit un-charmed by its goofy personality? Listen now to find out!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Episode 340: Tales from Earthsea

Hey, friends! It's time for a brand-new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, and this week, Josh and Scott are headed to a world of fantasy, wizards, and dragons: Earthsea. Specifically, we're talking about the 2006 Studio Ghibli film Tales from Earthsea on this episode, and we're trying to figure out how the heck a movie with dragons fighting each other and one of the lead characters killing his father in the opening section could be this boring. Your hosts are joined by Daniel Thomas MacInnes of Ghibli Blog to talk about the intense family drama that fueled the making of this not-so-loved Ghibli film, whether or not the movie has some secret or hidden charms, and more. Hop on your nearest dragon and head over to Earthsea with us!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Episode 339: Black Panther

Hey, folks! It's time for a brand-new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, and Josh and Scott are headed to a land shrouded in mystery and myth, the country of Wakanda. That's right, we're talking about the cinematic cultural event known as Black Panther on this week's show. Your hosts are joined by Kameron Collins of The Ringer to talk about this big new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the state of the MCU, the story of T'Challa and Killmonger, and the various ways in which this film really does feel like a major event unlike most other blockbusters. Grab some vibranium, avoid that arms dealer's SoundCloud page, and listen to the new show!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Episode 338: Fantasia

Hey, friends! It's time for another episode of Mousterpiece Cinema in which Josh and Scott go back and revisit a title that was already discussed on the podcast. This time, they're going back to a movie that Josh talked about in 2012, the 1940 animated classic Fantasia. They're joined on the new show by Charles Bramesco of Vulture, The Guardian, and the New York Times, to talk all things Fantasia, from the film's ambition to its animation style, Deems Taylor, and yes, the problematic elements of the "Pastoral Symphony" sequence. Has Josh's take on the film changed in 6 years? Is he once again the most critical of the film? Does it even matter to be critical of a film as remarkably daring as this one? Find out now!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Episode 337: Bringing Down the House

Hey, folks! It's time for a brand-new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, and boy, is this one something special. Scott and Josh are headed back to the halcyon days of 2003, when mainstream movies featuring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah felt a lot more comfortable in dropping racial and homophobic epithets with aplomb! Yes, it's time to talk about the supposed comedy Bringing Down the House, and Scott and Josh are joined by contributor Odie Henderson to debate exactly how embarrassing and unfunny this movie is. In spite of some unfortunate late-episode Skype audio issues (apologies!), this episode's full of Scott, Josh, and Odie laughing through the pain of this wince-inducing movie that was inexplicably popular 15 years ago. Check out the new show now!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Episode 336: Napoleon and Samantha

Hey, friends! It's time for a very...uh...unique episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, as Josh and Scott head out to the wilderness of Oregon to watch the exploits of two young runaways and the circus lion they keep as a pet. Yes, they're talking about the 1972 film Napoleon and Samantha on this week's show, and if you haven't seen this movie before, trust us: you are in for a doozy this week. Napoleon and Samantha is notable for a few reasons: it's the feature-film debut of Jodie Foster, it features one of the earliest lead performances from Michael Douglas, and it also asks the age-old question: "What do you do when you realize that the hippie/sheep-herder who you paid to help bury your grandfather has inadvertently left you alone in his shack in the woods with only an escaped patient from a mental institution as your babysitter?" ...Yeah. This is a weird one. Sit back, relax, and let Josh and Scott try to explain how Napoleon and Samantha reaches this strange point on the new show!