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Home to The Playlist Podcast Network and all its affiliated shows, including The Playlist Podcast, The Discourse, Be Reel, The Fourth Wall, and more. The Playlist is the obsessive's guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, and more. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

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Interview - Jeremy Saulnier & Anton Yelchin (Green Room)

A 30-minute interview with Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier and lead actor Anton Yelchin.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

31mins

11 Apr 2016

Rank #1

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Venom

Ryan Oliver and Managing Editor Charles Barfield dive into the merit - or lack thereof - of "Venom," the spin-off film of the popular "Spider-Man" villain, starring a very committed Tom Hardy. 0:00 - 21:25 - Spoiler-Free Discussion 21:26 - End - SPOILERS Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr 7mins

5 Oct 2018

Rank #2

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Bill Hader talks "IT Chapter Two's" Big Surprise and "Barry" Season 3 [The Fourth Wall #7]

Bill Hader is one of the most exciting creatives working in Hollywood and today, we welcome him to Episode 7 of The Fourth Wall! Bill became a comedic icon entering people’s homes every Saturday night during his eight-season run on Saturday Night Live birthing such beloved characters as Stefan and numerous impressions ranging from Vincent Price, Al Pacino, Alan Alda, James Carville and more. His SNL performances garnered him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012 making for the first male cast member nomination since Eddie Murphy in 1984. After leaving SNL, Hader went on to stretch his creative muscles even further creating and starring in HBO’s hit series “Barry.” His work on “Barry” earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series along with back to back nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Hader’s latest work is playing the adult version of Ritchie in Andy Muschietti’s horror epic “IT Chapter Two,” on which the actor speaks about the alterations made to the character, getting injured on set, and the similarities and differences between horror and comedy. We also dive into his work on “Barry,” transition into becoming a filmmaker, directing a new feature film, his relationship with Kombucha and why exactly, “Hader loves the booch.”--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

20mins

6 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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The Discourse #5: Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Ryan Oliver and Lindsey Romain (Nerdist) dedicate the entire episode discussing the ninth - and supposedly penultimate - film from Quentin Tarantino: "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood." 0:00-14:00: "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" Review 14:01-End: ***SPOILERS*** Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

47mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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TV Recap: 'High Fidelity'

It’s Old Rob versus New Rob, Sad Rob versus Not As Sad Rob, Zoë Kravitz versus John Cusack, Brooklyn versus Chicago, and sad music versus sad people on a new TV recap. The Be Reel guys take on Hulu’s “High Fidelity” (2020) and compare and contrast it to the other Nick Hornby adaptations covered last week. Key moments include a debate about cancel culture, the original music on the show and where season two could possibly go. Hit it.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

51mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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Winter 2018 Box Office Round-Up

Ryan and Managing Editor Charles Barfield dive into the aftermath of the 2018 Fall/Winter moviegoing season at the box office, discuss what trends have emerged, who was successful, and who bit the dust.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr 13mins

19 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ryan Oliver, Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez, and Playlist Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth dive deep into Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." 0:00 - 12:44: Non-Spoiler Initial Thoughts 12:45 - END: SPOILER DISCUSSION Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr 14mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #7

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Over/Under Movies #73: The Most Underrated Films of 2017

Oktay, Erik, and Ryan continue their year-end episode by discussing their picks for the most underrated and little-seen films of 2017.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

2hr 7mins

23 Dec 2017

Rank #8

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Trey Edward Shults Talks Interactive 'Waves' Script, Crying to Radiohead & More [The Fourth Wall #12]

Writer/Director Trey Edward Shults joins me for Episode 12 of The Fourth Wall to talk about his third feature "Waves" (my FAVORITE film of the year) discussing the critical moments in his own life that directly inspired the events of the film. As A24's "Waves" comes crashing into select theaters this Friday, it's astounding to think that such a profoundly human, visceral, and heartwrenching tale is the work of a filmmaker on their third feature film, however, not every filmmaker is Trey Edward Shults. The Houston native, who's previous two works, "Krisha" and "It Comes at Night," both garnered praise for their craftsmanship and intimate exploration of family, puts forth his most personal venture yet cementing his utter mastery over the art of filmmaking. He’s a storyteller who thinks with emotions first and how he can let those feelings take flight in a way that allows audiences to experience what he so deeply feels. Perhaps his prowess over the visual grammar of filmmaking originated during his time working on Terrence Malick movies possessing the same cerebral tendencies as the master above. However, there’s something distinctly provocative about how Shults captures the human experience, and nowhere is this more apparent than in"Waves." Across all three of his feature films, Shults has explored a constant thematic through-line of complicated family relationships to which the director himself admits inherently seeps its way into his work. Much of this stems from his upbringing and turbulent relationship with his biological father who's impact has been the subject of exploration across Shults' feature films with "Waves" harkening back to the pivotal final moments he spent with his father in autobiographical fashion. By boldly utilizing direct experiences from his own life, Shults understands the innate power in being open and honest with an audience. During our conversation, it became clearer that the filmmaker is someone who will always speak from the heart through personal experiences. This openness comes in the form of a wrestling injury, a pivotal conversation he had with his stepfather, a road trip he and his girlfriend took, and most importantly, his friendship with Kelvin Harrison Jr. as they bonded and meditated over "Waves" to Frank Ocean's "Blond" and "Endless." Shults recalls and interweaves these specific exchanges in such vivid detail, conveying his mastery of human emotion and understanding the relatable power these personal experiences will have in allowing an audience to connect. Those moments truly come alive, however, through the use of a perfectly curated soundtrack that was formative in the creation of the film and an interactive scripting process. During our conversation, we also discuss the first time Shults listened to Radiohead's "Moon Shaped Pool," his use of aspect ratio, color, movement, and how he discovered his cinematic voice.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

29mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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The Discourse #11: Joker

Prepare for #MaximumDiscourse, and set phasers to stun. "Joker" - the Todd Phillips-directed dark superhero drama based on Batman's most iconic nemesis - is finally here, and there are certainly thoughts to be had. On this episode, Ryan is joined by Chris Evangelista (/Film) to unpack the controversial film, and tackle the overall discussion happening in the film community at large. 0:00-32:05: “Joker” Review (Non-Spoiler) 32:06-End: ***SPOILER DISCUSSION*** Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

54mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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AYT #167: Black Panther / Brick

Joe and Erik discuss Black Panther and bring back HOLD UP to discuss Brick and how the careers of both directors of each film line up.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr 10mins

20 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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Leigh Whannell on How David Fincher & 90s Thrillers Inspired 'The Invisible Man' [The Fourth Wall #16]

"The Invisible Man" may only be his third directorial effort, but Leigh Whannell has been terrorizing audiences for years. From "Saw," to "Dead Silence," to the "Insidious" franchise, Whannell (and his frequent collaborator James Wan) is one of the masterminds behind some of the 21st Century's most iconic and effective scares. His latest film reinvents the classic Universal monster for a modern audience through a chilling tale of a woman (Elizabeth Moss) who believes she is being stalked by her supposedly deceased abusive partner. While the writer/director evoked fear through his timely analogy of the gaslighting ghouls of today, he also looked to the past to draw from a lost genre. The rise of big-budget superhero blockbusters over the past two decades has minimized the frequency of mid-budget genre films. Outside of the "John Wick" franchise, you'll only really find them under the Blumhouse banner. Whannell's second feature, "Upgrade" (a Blumhouse production), showcased his reverence for the bygone era as it harkened back to the John Carpenter sci-fi action body horror films of the 80s and 90s. With "The Invisible Man," Whannell once again returns to the mid-budget well to revitalize 90s adult thrillers featuring A-List talent. Outside of David Fincher, not many filmmakers are successfully recapturing the magic of those mid-budget genre pieces. Perhaps this is why Whannell's latest was not only inspired by Fincher's work but why Fincher himself is somewhat of an aspirational figure to Whannell. Aside from the works and people that inspired "The Invisible Man," Whannell discussed the state of horror, weaponizing an audience's cinematic knowledge, his collaborations with Jason Blum and James Wan, his favorite LA sushi hotspot and much more. "The Invisible Man" is now playing in theaters everywhere.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

39mins

29 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Indie Beat - Patrick Wang

Indie Beat - Patrick Wang by The Playlist--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr 17mins

5 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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The Discourse #2: Midsommar / Spider-Man: Far From Home

On this episode of The Discourse, Ryan Oliver is joined by Jenny Nulf (Austin Asian American Film Festival, No Excuses) to dedicated the bulk of their discussion to "Midsommar," directed Ari Aster's follow-up to his much-lauded "Hereditary." They also find time at the beginning to discuss "Spider-Man: Far From Home." 0:00-16:27: "Spider-Man: Far From Home" 16:18-28:46: "Midsommar" (Non-Spoilers) 28:47-End: "Midsommar" ***SPOILERS*** Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr

9 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Over/Under Movies #58 - The Most Overrated Films Of 2016

On the latest Over/Under Movies, Oktay and Ryan discuss their picks for the most overrated films of 2016.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr 33mins

16 Jan 2017

Rank #15

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Be Reel: How Do 'Cruel Intentions' And Its Forerunners Hold Up 20 Years Later?

If you don't know the 1782 French novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” don't feel bad. It's far more likely you know the films it inspired: "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), "Valmont" (1989) and "Cruel Intentions" (1999). This week on Be Reel, Noah and Chance revisit all three stories of high-court treachery and conquest with the help of film critic Abbey Bender (Village Voice, Time Out New York). The sexual politics are dicey, the costumes grand, and we try our best to figure out what's going on in the cinema of the wealthy and wicked.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr 25mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Over/Under Movies #72: The Most Overrated Films of 2017

Oktay, Erik, and Ryan dive into the first part of their year-end episode, tackling the most overrated (i.e. "The films we didn't get") films that they saw in 2017.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr 39mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #17

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The Discourse #7: The Nightingale / Luce

Robert Daniels (812Reviews, MediaVersity) returns to The Discourse this week to join Ryan Oliver in discussing two difficult, yet worthwhile films slowly expanding through the month of August: Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale” and Julius Onah’s “Luce.” 0:00-3:23: Recommendations Robert: “The Angry Birds Movie 2” 3:24-11:40: “The Nightingale” Review 11:41-20:10: “The Nightingale” ***SPOILERS*** 20:11-32:23: “Luce” Review 32:24-End: “Luce” ***SPOILERS*** Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

55mins

12 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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AYT #184: Mandy

Joe and Erik gush about the second feature from Panos Cosmatos, Mandy, that also features a next-level amazing performance from lead Nicolas Cage. It's justified because this movie is awesome.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

53mins

10 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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Be Reel: Beat 'Em At Their Own Game Show ('Quiz Show', 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The Running Man')

Nobody tells you about the bonus round after the million-dollar question—the one where we ask, "Why have we obsessed for 70 years over the TV game show in all its inherent fakeness, exploitation, and only a lottery ticket's chance of paying the common person their money?" This week, BE REEL is buzzing in, to reappraise "Quiz Show" on its 25th anniversary, "Slumdog Millionaire" one decade after it took home the Oscars' highest honor, and "The Running Man" because it's a very silly movie that clearly set the stage for "American Gladiators." Press play; you might win something!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

1hr 2mins

12 Sep 2019

Rank #20