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In a lot of ways 1999 was the year that changed movies. From “The Matrix” and “The Blair Witch Project” to “American Beauty” and “The Sixth Sense”, the last year of the millennium was transformative for Hollywood. Through "Podcast Like It's 1999" writers Phillip Iscove (co-creator of FOX's Sleepy Hollow) and Kenny Neibart (Entourage, Hindsight) examine this apex of Cinema, before television took over, before Reality TV, before TMZ and Twitter but also after the internet, after Clinton, after ...
 
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Best Picture This

Mike Cavaliere & Brian McMillan

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Every Best Picture nominee of the 21st century. Join Mike and Brian as they reevaluate the films and Academy Awards of the past, talk trivia and top fives, and address the big question: "Would you keep or kick the Academy's picks for Best Picture?" All that and more on Best Picture This -- where it's always Oscar season!
 
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Actor/Comedian Pete Capella returns to discuss one of the most influential albums of all time, Moby's 1999 chart smashing PLAY. We discuss what it means to become a sellout, and whether or not we think Moby fits the bill. We also talk about the monumental shift toward licensing songs to commercials and film that this record brought on, and how that…
 
Coming off of "Mystic River" in 2003, Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" marked two straight years of Best Picture nominations -- this time, however, he went home with the big prize, plus a trophy for Best Director. In this episode, Mike and Brian analyze the movie's best moments, talk faith and sacrifice (which leads to an extended conversatio…
 
Writer Toby Herman joins us to face down one of our most dreaded films of 1999, the incredibly cursed Jewish Robin Williams film, JAKOB THE LIAR. We talk about all the ways this movie misses the mark on representing Polish Jews, from the incorrect pronunciation of Jakob, to the casting choices. We also talk about this tumultuous period of Robin Wil…
 
Fresh off the heels of "Gangs of New York," Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio continued their collaboration in 2004, this time with a biopic on capitalist hero/film director/aircraft tycoon Howard Hughes. In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into DiCaprio's performance and moviestar persona, Scorsese's directoral style and whether or not "The Av…
 
Writer Chris Feil (This Had Oscar Buzz) joins us this week to talk about the first big critical misfire of Ang Lee's career, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL. We discuss the slew of prolific directors with infamous bombs this year, Ang Lee's storied history of pushing visual and narrative boundaries, and the oscar buzz/successes of his career. Find Chris at: tw…
 
Breakups are hard. But don't worry! Lacuna, the memory-erasing company from "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," is here to help. In this episode, Mike and Brian take a trip down memory lane as they dive into this non-Best Picture nominee of 2004, directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman. IThey debate the movie's message, examin…
 
Jen Statsky (Hacks, The Good Place) joins us to talk about the amazingly on-brand Nicholas Sparks adaptation MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE. We discuss why we thought this movie could have been more than the typical sparks romp, our love for Robin Wright, and why we believe her career fell off. We also talk about the teen romances of the 90s, and how they com…
 
Director Marc Forster's follow-up to "Monster's Ball," "Finding Neverland" earned seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, in 2004. But how does this biopic about J.M. Barrie, the creator of "Peter Pan," hold up 17 years later? In this episode, Mike and Brian debate what qualities make tearjerkers cross over into feeling manipulativ…
 
This week, we're taking a walk down memory lane with Tom Mison (Star of TV series Sleepy Hollow) with Tim Burton's 1999 classic horror film, SLEEPY HOLLOW. We discuss the legacy of Washington Irving's original story, from its irresistible premise to Ichabod Crane's ever evolving characterization. We also pinpoint this film as Burton's last great mo…
 
Grab a drink (not Merlot) and meet us in wine country. It's SIDEWAYS day! In this episode, Mike and Brian revisit director Alexander Payne's grape juice-stained Best Picture nominee, starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh. They explore the big power of small moments of characterization in screenwriting, question …
 
Danielle Savre & Barrett Doss are back for our flying leather winged friends Bats. With a surprise appearance from Lou Phillips!! Thank you to Pluto TV for the streaming of Bats on your network. Podcast Like It's 1999: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podcast-like-its-1999 Twitter: twitter.com/podcastlike1999 Instagram: instagram.com/podcastlike1999 R…
 
Happy Halloween! With spooky season now in full swing, Mike and Brian throw out the usual format to dig into three of the big horror releases of 2004: director James Wan's SAW M. Night Shyamalan's THE VILLAGE and shark-thriller OPEN WATER, directed by Chris Kentis. They talk genre rules, the power of twist endings and which of these three scary mov…
 
Jordan Crucchiola returns to the show to talk about the first of two Johnny Depp movies this month, (Of THREE total in 1999, wow this guy has been busy!) THE NINTH GATE. We talk about the colorful gradient of Depp performances over the years, from his most whacky jaunts, to this wet towel, and try to figure out where he works the best. We also disc…
 
Horror movie month is in full swing! To celebrate, we look back at zombie-comedy "Shaun of the Dead" (2004), directed by Edgar Wright, whose new film, "Last Night in Soho," releases Oct. 29. In this episode, Mike and Brian explore the impact "Shaun" made on the horror genre, dig into its best moments and discuss its chances of contending for a top-…
 
Phil and Kenny sit down with this podcast's resident music expert, writer Rich Monahan, to discuss the scariest mainstream band of the 90s: SLIPKNOT. We talk about all the factors that led to such a freaky group becoming a mainstream success, from the rise of angry, rich frat boys, to clique cultures in highschools. We also compare them to their co…
 
Strike up the band, because we're kicking off a brand new miniserieis -- this time on the films of 2004! In this episode, Mike and Brian reevaluate director Taylor Hackford's Best Picture-nominated musical biopic, "Ray," which landed Jamie Foxx a Best Actor Oscar. They debate the importance of staying true to the facts in movies about historical fi…
 
Spooky Season has officially begun on Podcast Like It's 1999! Here to kick off this month of terror is writer Emma Stefansky, talking about everyone's favorite FBI agents, Mulder and Scully, with THE X-FILES season 6, episode 15; ARCADIA. That's right, we're finally covering one of the 90s most seminal pieces of science fiction pop culture. We disc…
 
What was the best movie of 2003? In this miniseries finale episode, Mike and Brian recap the year that was, rank the Academy's picks for Best Picture, kick the ones that don't belong and discuss their personal top 5s. Plus, trivia, Golden Takes and more. www.bestpicturethis.com Want to curate a future episode? BECOME A PATRON. Agree or disagree wit…
 
Writer/Critic Carrie Wittmer joins us to talk about the underappreciated adaptation of Graham Greene's 1950s romance novel, THE END OF THE AFFAIR. We discuss why we think this movie deserves a second chance, the fantastic lead performances from Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore (Who, let's be honest, would ooze romantic chemistry with a literal pota…
 
Joining us to wrap up West Wing Wednesdays is Liz Hannah, and West Wing writer/producer Paul Redford! Liz joins Phil in breaking down the final episode of the first season, "What Kind of Day Has it Been?", from it's dramatic final action setpiece, to the ahead of it's time conversation about race. We also go on a WHOLE tangent about Felicity, Lost,…
 
The final installment in director Peter Jackson's epic fantasy trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" proved to be the one film of 2003 to rule them all, sweeping the Oscars and blurring the lines separating "geek" movie from prestige picture. But how does it hold up nearly two decades later? In this episode, Mike and Brian talk g…
 
Self proclaimed "Helga Pataki Moon" Caroline Framke joins us to talk about America's favorite football head, HEY ARNOLD! We use the episode "Helga on the Couch" as a launching pad to talk about the show's groundbreaking depiction of therapy, and the dark characterization of the adults that surround the main characters. We also discuss our love/hate…
 
Mixing drama with documentary, and live-action with animation, "American Splendor" (2003), directed by Shari Springer and Robert Pulcini, feels much more inspired by the art and attitude of comic book writer Harvey Pekar than by his actual life. And that's a good thing. In this episode, Mike and Brian dig into the biopic subgenre, talk Paul Giamatt…
 
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