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The Actor and The Engineer Podcast

This is a film podcast by two people that come at movies from different angles. Paul is a trained actor and Josh is a broadcast engineer. They have lively conversations about all aspects of old and new films: technical, emotional, acting, directing, writing, music, special effects, and more. Check out the website at www.actorandengineer.com and email actorandengineer@gmail.com.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

We profile the Mexican auteur by discussing all of his feature length films, including Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful and his most recent Academy Award winning effort, Birdman.  For a more in-depth discussion on Birdman, check out episode 22 of our podcast.  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 3mins

11 Apr 2015

Rank #1

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Interstellar

Paul and Josh discuss Christopher Nolan's foray into Sci-Fi.  They talk about the science and the performances in this action-packed and lengthy movie.  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 17mins

27 Nov 2014

Rank #2

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Best Directors

Paul and Josh talk about their favorite directors and somehow fail to mention Clint Eastwood, Akira Kurosawa and many more.  The episode is still packed with discussion of luminaries of filmmaking (Spielberg, Welles, Hitchcock, Scorcese, etc) and our personal creams of the crop (Fincher, PTA, Ang Lee, and the Coens).  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 44mins

6 Feb 2015

Rank #3

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Difficult Movies to Watch

This week we delve into a subject that we have been putting off for a while.  We talk about movies that might challenge the viewer or put them in uncomfortable positions.  Some of these movies we even swear that we will never see again.  They are that good/disturbing.  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebookpage:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

2hr 19mins

1 Jun 2016

Rank #4

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Uncut Gems

This week we talk about a frenetic film from the Safdie Brothers starring Adam Sandler who makes big bets on jewelry, basketball and his family's livelihood. What happens when you are addicted to the potential of winning? Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts: https://itun.es/i6gB67Y Check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

59mins

19 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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Us

In this episode we argue about whether Jordan Peele's sophomore film is actually a horror movie. We also get in to the themes and iconography that he uses to tell a more layered story than just a basic slasher movie. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 35mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Terence Malick

This week we dig into a auteur we haven't mentioned much in the past.  Malick has had a unique career spanning 45 years.  We look at three of his films and figure out what we like and don't like about his developed style.  We talk about the following films at the specified timecode, if you want to jump to a particular film.  Spoilers abound! Badlands - 24:52 The Tree of Life - 51:29 Knight of Cups - 1:12:09 Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 48mins

10 Sep 2017

Rank #7

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Sunset Boulevard

Paul has just watched Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning 1950 film for the first time and we talk about it.  Is the Norma Desmond character too over-the-top, or just enough?  How about that cool cigarette holder of hers?  William Holden and Eric von Stroheim are along for the ride in this movie about movies and what they can do to the people who make them.  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 33mins

20 May 2017

Rank #8

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Midsommar

In his new film, Writer-Director Ari Aster confronts us with a collapsing relationship set against a 90-year ritual in a small Swedish commune. We go back and forth on the themes of this film and Aster's motivation for making it. We also get into Florence Pugh's (fingers crossed) Oscar-worthy performance. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 22mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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Booksmart

Olivia Wilde kicks off her feature film directing career with a high school buddy movie packed with great laughs, groans and a touch of raunchiness.  We also get into the great performances of Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

59mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Wonder Woman Part 1

This week we talk about the most successful film in the new DC Extended Universe and what we think it did to resonate with us as the audience.  We spend some time at the beginning of the episode checking up on other films and shows that we have been watching (Split, Black Mirror and more).  That is why we broke this talk up into two episodes.  Enjoy!  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 3mins

24 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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Wonder Woman Part 2

This week we finish up our discussion on one of the big blockbusters of the year, so far, what we loved about it and a couple of questions that we have about it.  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

43mins

30 Jun 2017

Rank #12

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The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo (Part 2)

This week we finish up our analysis of the two cinematicversions of the super popular novel.  In this second part, wetalk about some big differences between the two movies includingFincher's inclusion of Blumquist's daughter and the difference inthe two endings.  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebookpage:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer andfollow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 10mins

3 May 2016

Rank #13

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It Follows

This week we talk about an independent horror movie from 2014 that has been fairly devisive among critics and horror fans.  We discuss how the movie uses horror tropes to its advantage and where we may have some issues with the plot and the execution of the ending.  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer. 

1hr 47mins

13 Sep 2015

Rank #14

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Best Use of Music in Film

Paul and Josh talk about the best uses of music in movies.  Specifically, songs that were not created for movies, but used to great effect in them.  Where can you hear a discussion that ranges from "Singin' in the Rain" to "99 Luftballoons"?  From "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head" to "Hard out here for a Pimp"?  The Actor and The Engineer Film Podcast.  That's where.  Follow us on Twitter @actorengineer and check out facebook.com/actorandengineer.  Subscribe to us on iTunes!

1hr 57mins

2 Jul 2014

Rank #15

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino's 9th film sees him focus for the first time on the industry that he loves. But like any other Tarantino movie, it isn't a straight-forward story. It involves stuntmen, the Manson family, Bruce Lee and a very cute and obedient dog.  Oh, and DiCaprio, Pitt and Robbie tag along. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 27mins

11 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Top 10 of 2017 Part Two

We each count down our top 5 movies of 2017.  While these may not have gotten all of the awards, these were the ones that "lit us up" this year.  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 15mins

5 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo

This week (and next week) we dig deep into the similarities anddifferences between the Swedish and American adaptations of theStieg Larsson novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  We talkabout what we like about each and Paul offers up an interesting newway to watch these films together.  Make sure to listen nextweek to hear the end of our discussion of this rare situation oftwo films based on the same material made only 2 years apart. Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out ourFacebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow uson twitter @actorengineer.

50mins

26 Apr 2016

Rank #18

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Get Out

Writer/Director Jordan Peele impresses with his debut film that you can't pigeon-hole into one genre.  We talk about the "social thriller" moniker that it is getting, along with the strong performances from the cast.  This movie tries harder than most movies nowadays, to frighten, challenge and amuse, and it succeeds.  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 27mins

2 Jun 2017

Rank #19

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Amy and Carol

This week we look at a documentary and a narrative film.  Both nominated for Academy Awards.  They each share a story of women and their relationships to society.  Amy is about troubled British singer Amy Winehouse and Carol is about two women who are drawn together in an unforgiving early 1950's society.  Subscribe on iTunes:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

1hr 24mins

19 Mar 2016

Rank #20