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Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have collaborated on three movies, and this fall they're both back with their own solo movies: Gerwig's Lady Bird and Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse watched both movies (as well as plenty of past work from both filmmakers) and then got together to discuss how they function together, how they function apart, and what we think of their new projects.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastGerwigBaumbach.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 11:13am EST

Following a movie swap where Pretty Woman was exchanged for Starship Troopers, Ben and Jesse leap forward one year in time and make another business/sci-fi trade: The 1991 Danny DeVito dramedy Other People's Money swapped for the 1998 cult classic Dark City. We watched 'em both and then talked it out, touching upon Penelope Ann Miller, The Matrix, subverting expectations, and possible reasons that both of these movies flopped in their original releases.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastOtherPeopleDarkCity.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 11:26pm EST

Jesse had never seen Pretty Woman.

Ben had never seen Starship Troopers.

So they sat each other down and watched two beloved Films of the '90s, then had a little chat about it.

This is that little chat.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholMiniPodcastPrettyWomanStarshipTroopers.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 10:02pm EST

While what makes us laugh, cry, or scared can vary greatly, what we want out of a romantic comedy is often even more nebulous, especially as romantic comedies appear to be in something of a mainstream slump at the movies. In a state-of-the-genre conversation, Marisa, Nathaniel, Jesse, and two different Saras chat about what makes a romantic comedy, what our favorites are, and how they (maybe) work or (sometimes) don't. This is a must-listen for rom-com fans and also for people who want to find out which one of us holds a torch for the Hugh Jackman/Ashley Judd rom-com Someone Like You.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastRomComAnalysis.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

Summer may be winding down, but there are probably still some cool non-blockbuster movies you need to catch up with. For the third year in a row, Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse got together to discuss over a dozen of the summer's most notable indie movie releases, which in 2017 includes The Big Sick, The Beguiled, Detroit, Ingrid Goes West, It Comes At Night, A Ghost Story, Atomic Blonde (it's an indie!), Columbus, and a whole lot more recommendations for your local arthouse -- or to keep you busy on Netflix all fall. Bonus recorded-outdoors ambiance abounds!

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastSummerIndies2017.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 12:20am EST

While the Steven Soderbergh oeuvre isn't universally beloved by The SportsAlcohol crew, it is well studied. We talk about his return to filmmaking in Logan Lucky as well as his whole career. If you're worried we only cover his films, don't worry: we talk more about K Street than anyone has since K Street aired. Other topics include:

  • Legacies
  • George Clooney (like, a lot about Clooney)
  • Blonde women
  • Movies that aren't as good as Do The Right Thing
  • Why exactly one of us thinks the universally reviled Ocean's Twelve is the best one of the series
  • non-actor actors
  • professionalism
  • contempt
  • K Street
  • The very nature of reality

 

Direct download: Soderbergh_SportsAlcohol_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm EST

As we did for 1994, 1995, and 1996, we look 20 years back at the top films of the summer of 1997. Things were much different 20 years ago and we tackle some of the bug changes including: 

Watching trailers without a broadband connection
Bookstores, existence of
Nicolas Cage was respected, dammit
John Travolta too, for that matter.
Girls wanted to hang out with us

Direct download: SportsAlcohol_Movies_of_Summer_1997.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

The last Spider-Man movie, Amazing Spider-Man 2, was the subject of SportsAlcohol.com's very first podcast. Over three years later, we're back with an ever-more-slightly-better-produced episode about the third cinematic reboot of Marvel's flagship character this century. Topics covered:

Betty Brant
Dennis Miller
Women named Marisa
How bad we are at podcasts 

Also, as mentioned in the podcast, check out Rob's take on Betty Brant

SPOILER WARNING: This podcast assumes you've seen every movie every made with Spider-Man

Direct download: Sports_Alcohol_Spider-Man_Homecoming.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 2:11am EST

Earlier this year, a meme was going around Twitter, Facebook, and presumably other soc-meds, too: People were listing their favorite movies for every year that they had been alive. This struck the SportsAlcohol.com core cinema team as a fun exercise, so Marisa, Nathaniel, Sara, and Jesse each produced one such list, sent it to each other, and discussed the results. Which years wound up with universal consensus? Which years were wildly divergent? Which directors turned up again and again and again? Who actually chose Titanic? Listen in and find out!

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastFavoriteMoviesofOurYears.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

Having faithfully chatted about Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, we were pretty excited to gab about Wonder Woman, a DC Comics movie that people actually like! Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse all saw Wonder Woman and then talked about it for an hour: how it's similar to other comics movies and what makes it different; the starmaking performance of Gal Gadot (and how to pronounce her name); what it means to see a female superhero kicking ass on the big screen; and more!

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastWonderWoman.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 8:27am EST

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