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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!
 
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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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…
 
For the first time in a while, Phil and Kenny are flying solo to talk about the painfully underappreciated John Sayles film LIMBO. Is this the best parent/kid movie we've discussed on the podcast? Maybe! We talk about this movie's chaotic structure, and try to figure out why it works so well for us, as well as it's abrupt ending that beat The Sopra…
 
Joe Reid returns to West Wing Wednesdays to discuss confusing titles, the peaks and luls of Abigail Bartlet's character, and the way in which this show influenced a generation of politicians, and the way everyday people view them, with episode 17;THE WHITE HOUSE PRO-AM. Find Joe at: twitter.com/joereid Find Britt at: twitter.com/brittkeller Patreon…
 
The Wachowski's sequel to "The Matrix" was a box office smash, but reactions were decidedly mixed. Even many critics who reviewed the film positively included qualifiers about its geekiness, special effects and religious iconography. So what do we think nearly 20 years later? In this episode, Mike and Brian set out on a hero's journey of their own …
 
Making her first appearance in two years, Erin La Rosa returns to the podcast to discuss the original ensemble romance, PLAYING BY HEART. We break down why movies of this ilk never seem to work, and why this one stands out as one of the stinkiest, the standout performance from Angelina Jolie, and how projects like this even get produced in the firs…
 
Screen Draft's Clay Keller and West Wing superfan Britt Keller sit down with Phil for a conversation on the fan favorite episode, CELESTIAL NAVIAGTION. We discuss how Clay schemed various DVD rental services to binge watch the series before the era of binging, the inexplicable sex appeal of Josh Lyman, and how realistic this portrayal of the white …
 
A horror movie being nominated for Best Picture? Yeah, right. In spite of the Academy's long-running resentment of the genre, however, director Danny Boyle's don't-call-it-a-zombie movie is undoubtably one of the most important films of 2003, making way for a wave of low-budget horror films and reinvigorating the zombie subgenre. In this episode, M…
 
Do you remember when we still had to listen to music on discs and cassettes? Before Spotify and Napster? This week, Phil is joined by fellow writer Matthew D'Ambrosio (The Witcher, The Vampire Diaries) to discuss one of the most influential bands of the 90s, SMASHING PUMPKINS. We dig through the band's storied discography in an attempt to track the…
 
Showrunner Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace, Dream On) joins us for a conversation on episode 14 of The West Wing, Take This Sabbath Day. We discuss the beautifully nuanced performance from Martin Sheen, and how his religion plays into his role as the president. We also discuss the direction from Thomas Schlamme, from the hackey screwball comedic mome…
 
Everyone is turning colors in this week's Patron's Choice bonus episode, on 1998's "Pleasantville," directed by Gary Ross. Mike and Brian talk repression and opression, best moments, trivia, and then compare "Pleasantville" to Ross' follow-up, the Best Picture-nominated "Seabiscuit." www.bestpicturethis.com Thanks to Maddie for putting this movie o…
 
Prepare yourself for "The best romantic comedy ever" according to Daily Mail. That's right, we're talking about Nottin- wait...not Notting Hill? The Very Thought of You? I'm not convinced this movie actually exists, but here is our episode on THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU with Screen Draft's Clay Keller! We discuss Clay's obsession with Monica Potter, an…
 
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