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Grierson & Leitch

Tim Grierson and Will Leitch are lifelong best friends who have been writing and talking about the movies for 25 years. Grierson is vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Leitch is doing his absolutely best to pretend. Read their work everywhere. But listen to this show for the pure juice, straight on tap.

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Dorkfest 2018: The Best Movies of 2018

It's here! It's here! It's our annual extravaganza, both of our lists of the best movies of 2018. It's our favorite show every year. Let it get you through the holiday season.Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music.We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2hr 26mins

20 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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"Roma," "Vox Lux," "Ben Is Back"

Time for the dead sprint toward the end of the year, with three big releases with just a couple of weeks left until our end of the year event, Dorkfest, the release of our top 10 films of the year. So let's get to it.First, it's Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma," which won Best Picture from both the New York and Los Angeles Critics Associations. Then it's Brady Corbet's and Natalie Portman's wildly ambitious "Vox Lux." We end with Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges' drug addiction drama "Ben Is Back." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

10 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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2017 Oscars Recap, "Get Out," "Se7en," "The Deer Hunter"

So ... those Oscars sure were something! We recap the 2017 Oscars, including the crazy-pants, WHAT? moment in which "La La Land" was briefly and erroneously awarded the Best Picture Oscar before it was rightly given to "Moonlight." For all the Monday morning quarterbacking, though, we find that the moment isn't just a WTF one ... it was actually downright inspiration. Jordan Horowitz for President. The Oscars did not stop us from our regular appointed rounds, though, and we dug into the big new release of the weekend, "Get Out," the Jordan Peele horror-comedy. Then, in our Reboot section, we got very dark: 1995's "Se7en" and 1978's "The Deer Hunter." Neither will make you feel positive about humanity. But hopefully this podcast will! Timestamps: 0:15 The Oscar Moment That Will Never Be Forgotten 26:28 "Get Out" 47:10 "Se7en" 1:09:35 "The Deer Hunter" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Everybody Makes a Mistake," Marvin Gaye Closing Song: "Russian Roulette," Rhianna We apologize for some minor audio issues on this one. It's nothing major, but we're cleaning it up for the next show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 38mins

27 Feb 2017

Rank #3

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

The show is here! It's Opening Night for the new "Star Wars" movie, "The Last Jedi," and we are extremely here for that. Does Rian Johnson breathe new life into the franchise? It's our annual Star Wars show: It's just Star Wars. That's all: Our big spoiler-iffic review of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."We're serious about the spoilers: Do NOT listen until you have seen the movie. And then listen, and listen good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

57mins

14 Dec 2017

Rank #4

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"Crazy Rich Asians," "Mile 22," "Juliet, Naked," "Back to the Future"

The big smash of the weekend was "Crazy Rich Asians," the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best seller, and one of us likes it a lot more than the other. But boy, "Mile 22," that's quite a dumb little movie. Then Grierson schools Leitch on "Juliet, Naked."Then, in our Reboot section, we go BACK in time to discuss 1985's "Back to the Future." 1.21 Gigawatts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 22mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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Dorkfest 2017: Our Ten Best Movies of the Year

It's here! Just in time for the end of the year, it's our annual massive Dorkfest podcast, in which we reveal our best 10 movies of 2017. Grierson doesn't know Leitch's list; Leitch doesn't know Grierson's. They reveal their lists to each other, and you, live on the podcast. They've been doing this for more than 20 years. But now they tape it.We'll be back next week with our annual Mailbag show: Send your questions to griersonleitch@gmail.com. But for now: Just enjoy our favorite show of the year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2hr 31mins

29 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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"A Star Is Born," "Venom," "Private Life," "The Hate U Give," "Major League"

It's a "Star Is Born" world: The rest of us just get to live here occasionally. Bradley Cooper's and Lady Gaga's big musical melodrama dominates the screens this week, but we've got tons of other releases, from the comic book oddity "Venom" to Tamara Jenkins' great "Private Life" to the YA adaptation "The Hate U Give."And with the baseball playoffs going on, we look at 1989's "Major League" in our reboot section. It's a long one, but a good one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 30mins

7 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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"Baby Driver," "The Beguiled," "The Big Sick," "Transformers," "Nobody Speak," "Inside Moves"

This is an insanely busy movie week, so: No chit-chat! Time to get down to business. Will and Tim first dig into Edgar Wright's unique vision that is "Baby Driver." (His name is Baby. He is not in fact a baby.) Will hasn't seen "The Beguiled" or "The Big Sick" yet, so Tim monologues on those, but they return to lament their lost souls after sitting through "Transformers: The Last Knight." But there's more! They both have a personal connection to the Netflix documentary "Nobody Speak," but they (mostly) put that aside to judge the movie on its merits. And then in their Reboot segment, they try to figure out why everyone liked Richard Donner's 1980 comedy-drama "Inside Moves." Timestamps: 5:30 "Baby Driver" 27:10 "The Beguiled" 31:45 "The Big Sick" 36:35 "Transformers: The Last Knight" 54:10 "Nobody Speak" 1:16:30 "Inside Moves" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Passenger Side," Wilco Closing Song: "Moral Majority," The Circle Jerks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 42mins

26 Jun 2017

Rank #8

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"Black Panther," "Early Man," "The Wanderers"

It's one of the most successful openings of all time, in just about every major category. Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther" seems destined to be talked about for decades to come. So we add our voices to the chorus, digging into one of Marvel's most fascinating movies.Lost in the shuffle this weekend was Nick Park's return to his stop-motion animation with "Early Man," with the voices of Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.Then in our Reboot section, we look at 1979's "The Wanderers." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

19 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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"Free Fire," "Network," "The Royal Tenenbaums"

A slow week for new releases -- it's apparently all "Boss Baby" all the time these days -- gives us only one major new release this week, Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire," starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer. We disagree on it: One of our critics thinks it's a fun experiment, but the other found it mostly tiresome. Then, in our Reboot segment, we discuss how that Sidney Lumet's "Network" doesn't hold up nearly as well as you might remember, and Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums" was a step forward for the filmmaker ... but just a peek at what he'd be able to do even better more than a decade later. Timestamps: 4:30 "Free Fire" 17:40 "Network" 38:58 "The Royal Tenenbaums" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Firestarter," The Prodigy Closing Song: "Judy Is a Punk," The Ramones Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 5mins

24 Apr 2017

Rank #10

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Dorkfest 2016: Our 10 Best Movies of the Year

It was quite the year, 2016, and now that it's (almost) over, it's time, at last, for our Top Ten Movies of 2016. This is the podcast version of Dorkfest, an annual discussion (and revealing) of both Will's and Tim's top-10 lists, which they've been doing since 1991. Though for the first time, you can listen. Our lists have a surprising amount of crossover, and far more than last year's. One thing we definitely agree on: It was a fantastic movie year. We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. (We're doing a mailbag show after the new year, so send us questions.) As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 40mins

30 Dec 2016

Rank #11

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"The Fate of the Furious," "The Lost City of Z," "Zero Effect," "Man of the West"

This week, our critics can neither agree nor disagree: Tim is blissfully ignorant of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise -- he's only see the Tokyo Drift one -- and Will hasn't seen James Gray's "The Lost City of Z" yet. So they ask each other about each film, spoiler-free, so you can make your own decision. (But they're positive on both.) In their weekly Reboot segment, they head back to the late '90s to discuss Jake Kasden's "Zero Effect" and then go WAY back, all the way back to Gary Cooper, for 1958's "Man of the West." Timestamps: 4:00 "The Fate of the Furious" 21:25 "The Lost City of Z" 31:30 "Zero Effect" 48:12 "Man of the West" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Fast Car," Wyclef Jean (featuring Paul Simon) Closing Song: "Two States," Pavement Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

17 Apr 2017

Rank #12

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"Ocean's 8," "Hereditary," "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" "Before Sunset"

After a down week after some blockbusters, it's a doozy of a weekend at the box office. First there's "Ocean's 8," an attempt to reboot Steven Soderbergh's heist with an all-female cast. Then there's the Sundance smash horror film "Hereditary" with Toni Collette. And then sit down with "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" about Mr. Rogers.Then we do Part Two of our three-week discussion of Richard Linklater's own trilogy, 2004's "Before Sunset." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 30mins

9 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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"The Accountant," "Certain Women," "Christine" and "Pink Floyd: The Wall"

Your accountant might not have "high-functioning autism," he might not be able to take out cantaloupes with anti-aircraft weaponry from a mile out and he might not be able to take out an entire squadron of assassins while never dropping his pocket protector. (Your accountant also might not look like Ben Affleck.) This is why they don't make movies about your accountant. They do make movies about "The Accountant," and that's our primary review this week. Grierson also talks about Kelly Reichardt's "Certain Women" and Antonio Campos' "Christine," both of which are terrific. Then, in our reboot section, we zoom back to 1982, when those teachers wouldn't leave those kids alone with Alan Parker's "Pink Floyd: The Wall." Mind-altering substances not included, unless you count Twizzlers. (We will not in fact be providing Twizzlers.) Timestamps: 5:12 "The Accountant" 25:16 "Certain Women" 30:50 "Christine" 39:15 "Pink Floyd: The Wall" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Also, Grierson was bullied into doing this podcast by Billy Bush. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

18 Oct 2016

Rank #14

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"Christopher Robin," "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," "Zodiac"

It's a quiet movie week in the theaters, which is why we spend the first 10 minutes talking about the great "Better Call Saul." But then we get down to business with "Christopher Robin" and "The Miseducation of Cameron Post."But the real work this week involves pulling up our sleeves and digging into David Fincher's 2007 masterwork "Zodiac." Mentions of Ted Cruz are fleeting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 17mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #15

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"The Predator," "White Boy Rick," "A Simple Favor," "Mandy"

We're back, baby! We took a week off, but don't you worry: We're back flooring it with four new releases this week. There's a Predator reboot/sequel, a true life crime drama with Matthew McConaughey has a crappy dad, a Paul Feig would-be noir and, perhaps most thrillingly, a crazy-ass Nicolas Cage movie called "Mandy." We also talk about the best films that Grierson saw at the Toronto Film Festival.We hate taking weeks off. Thank you for indulging this brief one. We're shot out of a cannon this week! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

16 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Best Movies of the First Half of 2017, "Okja," "The House"

We have reached the midway point of 2017, which means it's time to look back at our favorite movies from the first half the year. So Will and Tim each give their picks for the best six movies so far. There is only one crossover on both lists. Sorry: We're going to make you listen to find out what the films are. We also have two new reviews this week. First, Bong Joon-Ho's "Okja," a Netflix original that's the most ambitious and unwieldy movie the streaming service has made yet. Then a movie that is much, much worse than not only that, but almost any movie you will see this year: The airless, laugh-free "The House." No Reboot segment this week: Those will return next week. Timestamps: 6:40 Top Movies of the First Half of 2017 48:30 "Okja" 1:08:20 "The House" We hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@gmail.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Opening Song: "Countdown to the Countdown," Electric Six Closing Song: "Know How," Young MC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 34mins

3 Jul 2017

Rank #17

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"I Feel Pretty," "Super Troopers 2," "Kodachrome," "Lost in Translation"

Amy Schumer has only starred in two movies since her breakthrough in "Trainwreck," and "I Feel Pretty" almost seems more notorious for the reaction to its trailer than its actual existence. But now that the movie is here, we look at what it really has to say ... and we're on opposite sides.We ask each other about "Super Troopers 2" (which Leitch hasn't seen) and Netflix's "Kodachrome" (which Grierson hasn't seen), and then we look back at 2003's "Lost in Translation." It's Santory Time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 21mins

23 Apr 2018

Rank #18

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"O.J.: Made in America,” “Popstar," and "John Wick”

Ezra Edelman’s masterful 30 for 30 documentary on O.J. Simpson, The Lonely Island’s pop music mockumentary, and, for the weekly Reboot, a 2014 neo-noir cult action film starring Keanu Reeves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

51mins

7 Jun 2016

Rank #19

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"Suicide Squad," "Shallow Grave" and "Brick"

Hey, it's Will and Tim! They write and talk about movies! This week: Are Will and Tim among those evil, paid-off-by-Marvel critics who think "Suicide Squad" is terrible? What'd they think when they revisited Danny Boyle's "Shallow Grave?" And if you're excited about the next "Star Wars" movie, it's the perfect time to revisit writer-director's Rian Johnson's first film "Brick." Movie Timestamps: 4:50 "Suicide Squad" 32:00 "Shallow Grave" 45:50 "Brick" Let us know what you think @griersonleitch on Twitter, or griersonleitch@newrepublic.com. As always, give us a review on iTunes with the name of a movie you'd like us to review, and we'll discuss it on a later podcast. Dirty secret: Grierson did this podcast dressed up like Harley Quinn. Again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 11mins

9 Aug 2016

Rank #20