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Trash, Art, And The Movies

Each episode, Paul Matwychuk (film critic for CBC Radio and EIGHTEEN BRIDGES magazine), Heather Noel (owner of the alternative video store The Videodrome), and Erin Fraser (curator of the Graphic Content and Reel Family Cinema series at Metro Cinema) watch a double feature of two thematically related films, one "arty," the other "trashy," and then debate which one deserves to win the week.

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TAATM #297: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? vs. Boom!

Paul and Erin review two films co-starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor: the searing 1966 Edward Albee adaptation WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, and the campy 1968 Tennessee Williams adaptation BOOM! Plus: our quick takes on LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY, DOMINO, and HER SMELL.

1hr 45mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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TAATM #307: Saturday Night Fever vs. The Last Days Of Disco

Erin and Paul review two films about characters whose lives revolve around discotheques: John Badham's 1977 dance drama SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and Whit Stillman's 1998 ensemble comedy THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO. Plus: our quick takes on MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, KNIVES OUT, THE IRISHMAN, ASH IS PUREST WHITE, and THE REPORT.

1hr 44mins

8 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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TAATM #279: Shampoo vs. Barbershop

Erin and Paul review two films about barbers and hairstylists: Hal Ashby's 1975 satire SHAMPOO, starring Warren Beatty; and Tim Story's 2002 ensemble comedy BARBERSHOP, starring Ice Cube. Plus: our quick takes on INSTANT FAMILY, GREEN BOOK, WIDOWS and THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS.

1hr 29mins

25 Nov 2018

Rank #3

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TAATM #280: The Piano vs. In The Cut

Paul and Erin review two films about dangerous erotic relationships from New Zealand auteur Jane Campion: the 1993 Palme d'Or-winning period drama THE PIANO, starring Holly Hunter; and the 2003 erotic thriller IN THE CUT, starring Meg Ryan. Plus: our quick takes on RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, THE FRONT RUNNER, CAM and THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER.

1hr 23mins

9 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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TAATM #308: In Fabric vs. Mannequin

Erin and Paul review two films about supernatural goings-on within department stores: Peter Strickland's bizarre new horror film IN FABRIC, and the 1987 romantic comedy MANNEQUIN. Plus: our quick takes on a wheelbarrowful of big new releases: MARRIAGE STORY, DIAMANTINO, 6 UNDERGROUND, QUEEN & SLIM, THE TWO POPES, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, RICHARD JEWELL, BOMBSHELL, A HIDDEN LIFE, CATS, and STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.

1hr 45mins

22 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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TAATM #285: Big vs. Awakenings

Erin and Paul look back at two films directed by the late, great Penny Marshall: her 1988 comedy fantasy BIG, starring Tom Hanks, and her Oscar-nominated 1990 medical drama AWAKENINGS, starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. Plus: our quick takes on ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, THE FRONT RUNNER, THE LITTLE STRANGER and ONE CUT OF THE DEAD.

1hr 26mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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TAATM #291: Albert Nobbs vs. 101 Dalmatians (1996)

Erin and Paul review showcasing the two extremes of Glenn Close: her 2011 passion project ALBERT NOBBS, and the 1996 live-action remake of the classic Disney cartoon 101 DALMATIANS. Plus: our quick takes on HELLBOY, MISSING LINK, PIERCING and GIRL.

1hr 43mins

14 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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TAATM #309: Year-End MEGASODE: The Best Of 2019

Erin and Paul count down their picks for the best films of 2019, as well as the best performances, biggest disappointments, hiddenest gems and more--including their choices for the best films of the decade.

3hr 9mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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TAATM #296: Wanda vs. A Fish Called Wanda

Paul and Erin review two films about female characters with the same unusual first name: Barbara Loden's 1970 landmark of independent feminist film WANDA; and Charles Crichton's 1988 farce A FISH CALLED WANDA. Plus: our quick takes on ROCKETMAN, MA, THE PERFECTION and THE UNAUTHORIZED BASH BROTHERS EXPERIENCE.

1hr 25mins

2 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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TAATM #302: The Virgin Suicides vs. The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

Paul and Erin review two films about sisterhood: Sofia Coppola's auspicious 1999 debut THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and Ken Kwapis' 2005 clothing-based ensemble teen comedy-drama THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS. Plus: our quick takes on JOKER, JUDY, WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL, and PARASITE.

1hr 36mins

13 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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TAATM #288: Dumbo vs. The Greatest Showman

Paul and Erin review two musicals set at the circus: the original 1941 Disney classic DUMBO, and Hugh Jackman's surprise 2017 smash THE GREATEST SHOWMAN. Plus: our quick takes on CAPTAIN MARVEL, EVERYBODY KNOWS, SURVIVING R. KELLY, LEAVING NEVERLAND and THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART.

1hr 25mins

17 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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TAATM #294: The Natural vs. Major League

Paul and Erin review two fondly regarded baseball pictures from the 1980s: Barry Levinson's sentimental 1984 sports fantasy THE NATURAL, starring Robert Redford; and MAJOR LEAGUE, David S. Ward's rollicking 1989 comedy, starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Wesley Snipes. Plus: our quick takes on DETECTIVE PIKACHU, LONG SHOT, VOX LUX and DESTROYER.

1hr 26mins

19 May 2019

Rank #12

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TAATM #278: After Hours vs. Adventures In Babysitting

Erin and Paul review two mid-'80s comedies about people experiencing "one wild night" in the big, scary city: Martin Scorsese's Kafkaesque 1985 black comedy AFTER HOURS, and Chris Columbus' 1987 teen romp ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING. Plus: our quick takes on CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, SUSPIRIA, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, THEY'LL LOVE ME WHEN I'M DEAD and HOMECOMING.

1hr 27mins

12 Nov 2018

Rank #13