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Rank #32 in Film Reviews category

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Fantastic Film Podcast

By HammurabbiReader - May 23 2020
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Great podcast that touches on a multitude of films and various media every week, often with interesting, erudite perspective. I’ll hijack myself to also chime in on a recent request by another reviewer for a recommendation of fictional books about film. Flicker by Theodore Roszak is incredibly under-read and is fantastic investigation into an insidious subliminal conspiracy that originates with the birth of film and has tendrils that permeate to films of today. Don’t read the online descriptions as they spoil a lot of the creepy mystery of it. Aronofsky was working on an adaptation for a time when he was a far less didactic filmmaker. Everyone who feels inexplicably lured to classic film should read.

Essential Listening!

By KP Stark - May 18 2020
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I just finished listening to FITWR’s 300th episode which was absolutely delightful and I felt inspired by all of the callers to finally leave a review. I found this show through the lovely Joanna Robinson and stayed for the excellent content. I love tuning in every week to hear everyone’s thoughts on movies, tv, and general pop culture ephemera. You can tell all four of the hosts really like and respect each other even when they disagree. I’ve taken to listening on my socially distant quarantine walks and I can’t recommend it enough!

iTunes Ratings

642 Ratings
Average Ratings
566
37
13
7
19

Fantastic Film Podcast

By HammurabbiReader - May 23 2020
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Great podcast that touches on a multitude of films and various media every week, often with interesting, erudite perspective. I’ll hijack myself to also chime in on a recent request by another reviewer for a recommendation of fictional books about film. Flicker by Theodore Roszak is incredibly under-read and is fantastic investigation into an insidious subliminal conspiracy that originates with the birth of film and has tendrils that permeate to films of today. Don’t read the online descriptions as they spoil a lot of the creepy mystery of it. Aronofsky was working on an adaptation for a time when he was a far less didactic filmmaker. Everyone who feels inexplicably lured to classic film should read.

Essential Listening!

By KP Stark - May 18 2020
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I just finished listening to FITWR’s 300th episode which was absolutely delightful and I felt inspired by all of the callers to finally leave a review. I found this show through the lovely Joanna Robinson and stayed for the excellent content. I love tuning in every week to hear everyone’s thoughts on movies, tv, and general pop culture ephemera. You can tell all four of the hosts really like and respect each other even when they disagree. I’ve taken to listening on my socially distant quarantine walks and I can’t recommend it enough!
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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Top Tens 2017

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The Logest Episode For The Longest Year

It's that time of year again: time to make a list! Katey, Patches and David all have their top ten films of the year and Da7e will host a countdown episode, popping in occasionally to rate superhero movies (#onbrand).  Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@KateyRich),  Patches (@misterpatches), Da7e (@da7e) and David (@davidehrlich ).

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear! 

FORMAT

00:00 – Introduction and Format, Dave's First Pick

4:10 – #10s

25:53 – #9s

40:49 – #8s

51:30 – #7s

1:06:55 – #6s

1:18:55 – #5s

1:35:57 – #4s

1:45:57 – #3s

1:57:21 – #2s

2:12:00 -#1s

Lists

KATEY

1. Lady Bird 2. Call Me By Your Name 3. Dunkirk 4. The Lost City of Z 5. Get Out 6. BPM 7. Darkest Hour 8. The Florida Project 9. The Post 10. Stronger

PATCHES

1. Call Me By Your Name
2. Get Out
3. A Ghost Story
4. Columbus
5. The Lost City of Z
6.  Personal Shopper
7. The Florida Project
8. Logan Lucky
9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
10.  Mother!

DAVID

1. Call Me By Your Name
​2. Dunkirk
3. A Ghost Story
4. Personal Shopper
5. The Florida Project
6. Columbus
7. Lady Bird
8. Faces Places
9. The Post
10. Phantom Thread

Dec 28 2017

2hr 31mins

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Rank #2: The Sophisticates #210 – Grab Bag Episode

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This week, it's another normal episode of The Sophisticates from Matt Patches and Da7e Gonzales! Matt calls in from New Orleans for a different kind of show. Instead of the normal structure, the two hosts toss grab bag questions back and forth and cover topics such as the clichés of parenting, killing bugs, what is happening with Kanye West, and if this podcast is overlooking any greater social responsibility. Also: Are boozy milkshakes pointless?


To donate to David's Marvel Marathon Chairty – CLICK HERE. 


Find more episodes of The Sophisticates here

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Apr 25 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #3: Top Tens 2019

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A Long Podcast About The Good Movies of 2019

It's that time of year again: time to make a list! Katey and Patches have their top ten films of the year and Da7e will host a countdown episode, popping in occasionally to give his top five picks for best movie 2019.  Also – MEET DAVID'S BABY…or, more accurately, hear us see David's baby over Skype. Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@KateyRich),  Patches (@misterpatches), Da7e (@da7e) and David (@davidehrlich ).

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear! 

FORMAT

00:00 – Guest Starring David Ehrlich

17:08 – #10s

25:21 – #9s

37:39 – #8s

45:06 – #7s

56:55 – #6s

1:04:38 – #5s

1:13:57 – #4s

1:21:38 – #3s

1:31:24 – #2s

1:40:59 -#1s

Lists

Katey
10. Knives Out
9. Her Smell
8. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
7. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
6. Pain and Glory
5. The Irishman
4. Little Women
3. Ad Astra
2. Hustlers
1. Parasite

Patches
10. Monos
9. The Irishman
8. Under the Silver Lake
7. Ad Astra
6. Her Smell
5. American Factory
4. Parasite
3. Marriage Story
2. The Farewell
1. Uncut Gems

David
10. Knives Out
9. Her Smell
8. Synonyms
7. Uncut Gems
6. The Souvenir
5. The Farewell
4. Ad Astra
3. Little Women
2. Parasite
1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Da7e
5. Us
4. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
3. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
2. Parasite
1. The Farewell

Dec 28 2019

1hr 54mins

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Rank #4: Top Tens 2018

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Strap In For A Long Podcast About The Very Good Year of 2018

It's that time of year again: time to make a list! Katey, Patches and David all have their top ten films of the year and Da7e will host a countdown episode, popping in occasionally to give his top five picks for best movie 2018.  Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@KateyRich),  Patches (@misterpatches), Da7e (@da7e) and David (@davidehrlich ).

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear! 

FORMAT

00:00 – Introduction and Format

01:01 – #10s

17:11 – #9s

30:51 – #8s

47:29 – #7s

1:02:08 – #6s

1:12:36 – #5s

1:23:22 – #4s

1:32:24 – #3s

1:50:49 – #2s

2:06:51 -#1s

Lists

KATEY

10. Leave No Trace 9. Death of Stalin 8. Blakkklansman 7. The Favourite 6. The Sisters Brothers 5. A Star Is Born 4. Widows 3. Support the Girls 2. First Man 1. Private Life

PATCHES

10. Aquaman
9.  The Favourite
8. First Man
7. You Were Never Really Even Here
6. If Beale Street Could Talk
5. Eighth Grade
4. Burning
3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
2. Widows
1. Minding the Gap

DAVID

10. Mandy
9. Wildlife
8. If Beale Street Could Talk
7. Mission Impossible: Fallout 
6. Burning 
5. The Tale
4. Shoplifters
3. Madaline's Madaline
2. Paddington 2
1. First Reformed

DA7E

5. The Favourite
4. Hereditary
3. Sorry To Bother You
2. Eighth Grade
1. Roma

Dec 28 2018

2hr 36mins

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Rank #5: 223 – Game Night, Blockers, David’s Vacation, Mission: Impossible Franchise

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This week, Katey is on vacation, but David is back for a bro-cast. David and Patches explain the many virtures of 2018 comedies Game Night and Blockers before David takes a brief moment to describe where he's been while absent from the podcast. Finally – Tom Cruise is back for a new Mission: Impossible that is performing well at the box office. How is this happening?

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: All Grown Up Sequels

01:30 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 223! Reviews  

07:00 – Tidbit: Game Night and Blockers

26:31 – Mini-Segement: David Went to Italy

36:03 – Segment 3 – Mission Impossible Fallout and the franchise

1:06:49 – Outro

Aug 02 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #6: 212 – This is America, Met Gala, Westworld Season 2

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This week, David is off at Cannes, and Da7e uploads the episode horribly late in the week. BUT! In an episode recorded on the previous Wednesday, Patches, Katey, and Da7e discuss Childish Gambino's This is America video, the fashions at this year's Met Gala, and if Katey is coming around on this season of HBO's Westworld after thinking it was off to an uninteresting start.

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: Party Parents

01:29 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 212! Review!

06:47 – Tidbit: This is America

29:07 –  Mini Segment: The Met Gala

40:22 – Segment 3 – Westworld S2

1:01:18 – Outro

May 12 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #7: REVIEW – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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SURPRISE!

Even though Katey and David are on well deserved holiday breaks, Da7e and Patches thought it would be weird to end 2019 without talking about Star Wars: The Rise of Skeywalker, the newest Star Wars movie where JJ Abrams tries to wrap up the Skywalker Saga.

SPOILERS THROUGHOUT – Either see the movie or make peace with it.

See you for Top Tens 2019 later this week!

Dec 24 2019

51mins

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Rank #8: 278 – Death Stranding, Dickinson, Parasite (with Spoilers)

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This week, Katey comes in late for a mini-segment on Dickinson, the Apple TV+ show that modernizes the language and drama of the poet. Before that, it's up to Da7e and Patches to interrogate David about what the new video game Death Stranding really is. Finally, with Da7e getting to see Parasite in theaters, all four return to the new Bong Joon-Ho movie and talk about how they liked it (and spoilers!).

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: Best Doc

01:26 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 278!  Reviews!

11:26 – Tidbit – Death Stranding

28:16 – Mini-Segment – Dickinson

35:34 – Segment 3 – Talkin' Bout Parasite

1:00:20  – Outro

Nov 08 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #9: 281 – Knives Out, HBO’s Watchmen Check In, Frozen 2 and the Decade in Animation

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©2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

This week, David is OUT because he had a CHILD, so Katey, Da7e, and Patches hold down the fort by discussing Rian Johnson's ensemble mystery Knives Out (without spoiling the whodunnit), the guys update Katey on who HBO's Watchemen is so good after the most recent episode, and the trio discuss Frozen 2 and how the past decade has shaped the field of cinema animation.

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: Film Detectives

01:29 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 281!  

03:57 – Tidbit – Knives Out (No Spoilers)

17:22 – Mini-Segment – Watchmen, Again

26:54 – Segment 3 – Frozen 2 and The Decade in Animation

55:32  – Outro

Nov 28 2019

58mins

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Rank #10: 219 – Westworld S2 Wrap-Up, Fortnite, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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This week, we finally talk about Westworld S2 in some detail now that Season 2 has come to a very confusing close. Then, Patches and Da7e are late to the game (literally) but have taken a dip into the online Battle Royale sensationi. Finally, The guys saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom so you don't have to (though you might have already).

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: Worst Subtitle

01:41 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 219!  Reviews!

05:35 – Tidbit: Westworld Season 2 Wrap-Up

24:18 – Mini-Segement: Fortnite

33:36 – Segment 3 – Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom

56:02 – Outro

Jun 28 2018

58mins

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Rank #11: 213 – Evil Genius, Brooklyn 99 picked up by NBC, Tully and The Letdown

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This week, David is still off at Cannes, so Da7e and Patches digested Netflix's new true crime series Evil Genius, Katey celebrates Brooklyn 99 living through its cancellation by Fox, then Patches and Katey dig into Tully and The Letdown as examples of cinema about early parenthood.

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: Reynolds

01:29 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 213! 

06:47 – Tidbit: Evil Genius

29:07 –  Mini Segment: Brooklyn Nine-Nine to NBC

40:22 – Segment 3 – Tully and The Letdown

1:01:18 – Outro

May 16 2018

58mins

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Rank #12: 195 – Greatest Showman, All The Money in the World, 2018 Expectations, Mad Star Wars Fans

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This week, David, Patches, Katey and Da7e eventually dig into Star Wars: The Last Jedi again because the reaction to it was so unexpected…though maybe not? BUT FIRST – David has seen The Greatest Showman and Patches has seen All the Money in the World – should you be looking forward to these films? They'll tell you. Then, for a mini-segment, everyone picks a movie they are looking forward to next year.

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: 2017 Movie Moment

01:39 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 195!

04:13 – Tidbit: Greatest Showman/All the Money in the World

20:48 – Mini Segment: Looking forward to in 2018

28:56 –  Segment 3: Star Wars: The Last Jedi  and it's weird online reaction

01:03:56 –  Outro 

Dec 21 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #13: 206 – Ready Player One, Books, and Watching Facebook

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This week, Katey is on vacation and Da7e had to duck out to see Isle of Dogs in his non-costal city, so Patches and David prepare to have a throw-down…BUT WAIT! Joanna Robinson (of Storm of Spoilers, Little Gold Men, and your other favorite podcasts) joins them to discuss what's going on with media and Facebook, books to read, and – of course – Ready Player One.

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), Joanna (@jowrotethis) and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: Unmade Gamings

01:58 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 206! Reviews!

09:48 – Tidbit: Watching on Facebook

22:23 – Mini Segment: What are you reading?

30:28 –  Segment 3: RP1: Spielberg and Action

53:06 –  Outro 

Mar 29 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #14: 256 – Avengers: Endgame and ‘I Think You Should Leave’

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This week – AVENGERS ENDGAME SPOILERS 

A podcast about Avengers: Endgame's huge box office draw and a SPOILER discussion and review from your four hosts is broken up in the middle by a mini-segment about Tim Robinson's Netflix sketch comedy I Think You Should Leave

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: Climactic Battle Scene

01:43 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 256!  Reviews!

06:28 – Tidbit – Avengers: Endgame Box Office Smash

19:45 – Mini Segment – Netflix's I Think You Should Leave

27:34 – Segment 3 – Avengers: Endgame Review

01:07:55 – Outro

May 03 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #15: 227 – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Movies You Think About A Lot, Sharp Objects Wrap-Up

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This week, Patches is not dead, so we're back to talk about Netflix's To All The Boys I've Loved Before and the Rom-Com era of Netflix. Then, spurred by a Joanna Robinson prompt, the hosts each pick a movie they think about all the time that no one talks about, then – Sharp Objects wrapped up on HBO – the hosts distill the Amy Adams opus and see what they thought.

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: Best Thing You Saw In Theaters '18

01:44 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 227! – Read the Review David is talking about at the bottom of the notes

04:21 – Tidbit: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

20:33 – Mini-Segement: A Movie You Think About All The Time That No One Talks About

29:16 – Segment 3 – Sharp Objects Wrap-Up

53:53 – Outro

DAVID TOLD ME TO ADD THIS

Hi Fighting in the War Room,

I’m writing in to tell you all how much I enjoyed the recent Quarter Quell podcast where you all talked about your personal lifelong obsessions. I think the main reason I listen to podcasts is that I get to hear from people who have unique tastes and interests that I share, which I don’t often find in people I know in real life. A couple years ago I moved up to Minnesota from Georgia for a job opportunity, and although I knew a few people up here, for the most part I had to star over with meeting people with similar interests and making friends, which gets more and more difficult the older I get (I’m 29; I moved here when I was 26…I think?). Podcasts can be a good way to hear people talk about things you like when you don’t know anyone else that likes what you like. I really loved your episode because I connected really deeply with all of your personal obsessions. I don’t think I’m unique in being equally interested in Radiohead, musicals, Sherlock Holmes, and trivia, but the coincidence of all four being together was pretty astonishing because those are four things that have all been lifelong interests of mine as well.

I loved David’s unabashed love of Radiohead. I was introduced to Radiohead by a kid in my class that I shared an almost complete overlap in musical taste with back in 9th grade, and we became friends in part based on a mutual interest in music. I think my first album was The Bends, and I remember him burning me a copy (back when you still did that), which I ripped onto my computer and listened to on my 256 MB mp3 player. He bought all the albums in sequence over the next few months, and slowly burned me copies (don’t tell Radiohead) through Hail to the Thief, which was the latest release at the time. I had always liked Radiohead, but it wasn’t till I was a freshman in college when In Rainbows came out, and I became what I consider a superfan of them. I made a lot of friends that first semester from mutual excitement about the album and strange pay-your-price format (I guess I’d been getting free Radiohead music for years, though). That album is a straight up masterpiece and is probably my favorite of theirs. I’ve always considered R.E.M. my official favorite band (I’m from Athens, GA, which is where they’re from, and I’ve got an emotional attachment to them cause of that), but looking at my last.fm stats, Radiohead has always been my most listened-to band. Their music is transcendently good. Every song is different, and seems to have been plucked from the ether fully formed and perfect, and listening to them is engaging and surprising and wonderful.

I’ve always considered myself a movie guy above anything else, and it’s great to hear Katey talk about musicals because when I was growing up, my favorite movie was Singin’ in the Rain. I didn’t have broadcast/cable TV growing up, so I was kind of at the mercy of watching whatever VHS movies my parents happened to own, and they owned several musicals, including Singin’ in the Rain, which I watched over and over and over. I think Katey is right about the musical format having something that no other form of art has, a combination of visuals, music, and editing, combined with this mutual everyone-breaks-out-into-song-together that is just magic when it all comes together perfectly. In my day job, I’m a librarian, and a few years ago I ran a monthly film series where I’d show a movie and talk about it, with a little handout with some research that was me pretending to be a film critic (you guys are living the dream, seriously—that’s what I’d do if I had any balls), and I got to revisit it for the first time since I was a kid. I think the main thing I responded to so strongly in the movie were actually the meta elements, being a movie about making a movie, where the subject is intertwined with the form in such a mind-bendy way. You guys also mentioned the Cyd Charisse musical number, which is a great surreal sequence that primed me for the strangeness of David Lynch and German expressionism. To my shame, I’ve never seen Oklahoma! but I hope to remedy that soon. Da7e’s Sherlock Holmes interest might be the most direct crossover from me, because I’ve also had a lifelong interest in Sherlock Holmes. I was a big reader as a kid too, and my favorite genre was detective stories. You all mentioned the kid detective stories, which I read all of—Hardy Boys, Boxcar Children, Encyclopedia Brown, etc. I graduated to Agatha Christie in 6th grade, and shortly thereafter found Sherlock Holmes from a reading assignment for Hound of the Baskervilles. I liked that book so much, I read everything Conan Doyle wrote about Holmes, except for maybe the last few stories of his very last collection, which were all garbage, since Conan Doyle hated Holmes by that point. (My favorite Homes story, for the record, is The Valley of Fear.) For my high school senior project in English, I wrote a paper on how Conan Doyle’s spiritualism influenced his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, spiritualism being the diametrical opposite of Holmes’ rigorous logic (my thesis was since Doyle hated Holmes, making Holmes rigorously logical was a form of condemnation, since he’d never get to be spiritually enlightened). Since I was such a huge Holmes fan, I got my family into watching Holmes stories on screen, and over the years we’ve watched the entire Jeremy Brett series, as well as most of Basil Rathbone’s Holmes movies. I agree with Da7e that the Robert Downey Jr. movies don’t really have the same flavor—more action than moody detection—and I don’t like them as much. When the Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock came along, it became one of my favorite shows ever, and is easily my favorite Holmes incarnation. That show is one reason why I’ve always advocated for reinterpretations of old stories, and have also used the Sherlock show as an argument for Idris Elba as Bond. In fact, when I was a kid, the very first instance I ever saw of a reinterpretation like this was a Masterpiece Theater where Holmes’s brother Mycroft solves a case in Holmes’s absence (in the stories, Mycroft is actually smarter than Holmes; it’s just that he’s really lazy). I feel like I’ve also seen some shows with Watson solving crimes at some point, but that might just be my imagination. I studied English in college and my senior project was about Michael Chabon’s detective fiction, which included a Sherlock Holmes book called The Final Solution, which is a truly brilliant book about a Jewish boy who escapes the Holocaust and seeks the help of a very old Sherlock Holmes in England; I heartily recommend it to Da7e if he hasn’t read it already. Patches’ interest in trivia is a funny one, because when you’re interested in trivia you’re kind of interested in everything. I’ve got 2 connections for this one. First, regarding actual trivia, I really love pub trivia, and I played pub trivia with a team of friends every week for about 3 years. Our name was “This Isn’t Nam, This Is Trivia, There Are Rules,” in reference to The Big Lebowski and to other teams that we were convinced were cheating. Part of the fun, like you said, was figuring out the questions as a way of getting at the answers. The guy who ran trivia at the bar we went to was named Andy, and we called him Drunk Andy, because he got drunk every single trivia as the night wore on, as he would start to slur the questions more and more. He would ask some variations of the same categories every single week—famous people’s birthdays that week, movie taglines (I was always good at that one), American presidents, populations of major cities, etc. etc.—and with a little research, we could usually place in the top 3 week to week. There’s just nothing like knowing the exact answer to a random, useless piece of trivia, because it validates all the strange interests we have that otherwise serve no purpose. The other connection I have to this is a lifelong fascination with encyclopedic information. When I discovered Wikipedia in high school, I literally lost months of my life going down rabbit holes, chasing random facts, but that’s actually served a greater purpose—that’s literally my job now. After I graduated college, I became a librarian, and it’s now my job to help people hunt down information. I really love the feeling that comes from helping someone find out the exact factoid they were looking for.

This email is really long and self-indulgent, and I have no idea if anyone will read it, but I just wanted to say thanks for doing this podcast, and that I get a lot out of it every week. I recently moved to Minneapolis and got a new job and have been nervous about it, and this podcast helped me take my mind off it.

Thanks, Luke

Aug 29 2018

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Rank #16: 208 – Full Frame Doc Festival, HBO’s Paterno, an Outdated Conversation About Westworld Spoilers

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This week, we tried to be topical and it backfired. In a segment three that is still relevant, but a little off topic, Joanna Robinson joins the FITWR crew to talk about the possibility that the Westworld showrunners were going to leak a video about all the spoilers for season two (they didn't) and how knowing spoilers could be good for a fandom. Before that, Katey went to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and reports back, and Patches saw HBO's Paterno this week and has his mini-review.

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Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

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00:00 – Lightning Round: Sports Movies

02:04 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 208! Review!

09:14 – Tidbit: Full Frame Doc Festival

25:06 – Mini Segment: Paterno

35:50 –  Segment 3: Westworld Season 2 Spoilers

58:45 –  Outro 

Apr 11 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #17: 282 – Overlooked Movies From The Decade, Knives Out (Spoilers), and The Irishman

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This week, David is still taking care of his new child, so Katey, Patches and Da7e reminisce about movies they liked from the past decade that no one is talking about anymore (okay, not enough people are talking about). Then, Patches has seen Knives Out finally, so there's a short check in before all three dig into Martin Scorsese's The Irishman – all three and a half hours of it.

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

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00:00 – Lightning Round: Plants!

01:01 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 282! Review!  

04:06 – Tidbit – Overlooked Movies From The Decade

20:28 – Mini-Segment – Knives Out (Spoilers)

27:51 – Segment 3 – The Irishman

58:05  – Outro

Dec 05 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #18: 220 – Indie Films Doing Well, What We’re Reading, Ant-Man and the Wasp

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This week, we're back, and sounding worse than ever. Da7e and Patches end up in the same room in New York, but there's no good microphone in it. That doesn't stop the group from discussing how the Indie Films of this year have been performing better than usual at the box office, before quickly going over what everyone is reading. Then, of course, the final Marvel Cinematic Universe movie of the year is in theaters, so you know they've gotta talk about it. 

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

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00:00 – Lightning Round: Non-Ablest Die Hard

01:25 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 220!  Reviews!

07:13 – Tidbit: Go Go Indie Films

19:49 – Mini-Segement: What We're Reading

32:48 – Segment 3 – Ant-Man and the Wasp

1:00:52 – Outro

Jul 12 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #19: 191 – Justice League, Performances of Note That Won’t Get Awards, Stuff To Watch Over The Holiday

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This week, Katey, Patches, Da7e, and David convene around the broken husk of Justice League, Zach Snyder's big conclusion for his DCEU Trilogy that is not performing well at the box office. Then, in light of awards season sneaking up on us fast, everyone picks at least one performance from this year that has been great, even if it won't get an award. Finally, it's service journalism time to point out some media worth consuming to escape the Thanksgiving Trump Hellscape.

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

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00:00 – Lightning Round: Worst Movie Makeup

01:42 – Intro: Welcome To Episode 191!  REVIEWS! 

05:46 – Tidbit: Justice League

21:01 – Tidbit 2:  Great Performances that won't get awards

33:34 –  Segment 3: Stuff to Watch over Thanksgiving Break

56:32 –  Outro 

Nov 22 2017

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Rank #20: 236 – Titanic, Mind the Gap, Filmstruck is Closing

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This week, David decides that it's time to revisit James Cameron's Titanic this time, not Katey! Then – a documentary about skateboarding called Mind the Gap uses footage from throughout a young man's life and makes for a good mini-segment reccommendation. Finally, Filmstruck announces it is closing at the end of November. It is very sad.

Take a listen, embed and/or download below; for more from all of us on Twitter: follow the show (@FITWR), Katey (@kateyrich), Da7e (@da7e)  Patches (@misterpatches), and  David (@davidehrlich) .

Please subscribe on iTunes and KICK US A REVIEW if you like what you hear!

FORMAT

00:00 – Lightning Round: Halloween Costumes

02:04 – Intro – Welcome to Episode 236! 

06:13 – Tidbit: Titanic

20:10 – Mini-Segement: Mind the Gap

33:26 – Segment 3 – Flimstruck is Struck

54:14 – Outro

Nov 01 2018

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