The dog days of summer continue as ATNW covers 1972's family drama, Sounder. Mike and Jenny talk about hope, sweat, institutional racism, the desire to learn, dog stories, and how nice it is when nice people are nice to each other. Plus, Jenny
This week, ATNW covers the 1972 Swedish-language historical epic The Emigrants. And, assuming that most people have not seen this one, we walk you through the plot pretty thoroughly. How did this film make it to the big dance, and why is it rel
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ATNW's 1972 miniseries continues with Deliverance. Mike and Jenny untangle what makes this wilderness drama memetic, and also what it has to offer culture beyond inappropriate jokes. What's behind the title? Can city and c
Mike and Jenny begin the 1972 miniseries with Cabaret, the feel-bad musical of the year. Which superlative about this film should you remember for your next Oscar trivia night? What makes this film especially topical (you can probably guess)? P
Mike and Jenny wrap up the 1927-28 miniseries with the winner of Outstanding Picture, the WWI flyboy drama Wings. How does it measure up to its lofty place in history? We talk action scenes, comics parallels, subtext, Clara Bow, and star qualit
When is a winner not a winner? When it's the retroactively demoted Unique and Artistic Picture, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. But it's still a winner in the hearts of minds of many, and Mike and Jenny will explore the reasons why. This week we
It's sewers, speakeasies and salvation this week as Mike and Jenny discuss the nominees for Outstanding Picture, The Racket and 7th Heaven. One's a gangster film with Not So Different main characters. One's a historical romance about moving up
The movies may be silent but we're most certainly not! Mike and Jenny kick off the first Academy Awards with the nominees for Unique and Artistic Picture, traveling from the jungle to the urban jungle with Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness and T
Mike and Jenny wrap up 2017 the best way they know how: ordered lists! The duo rank the nominees and discuss what the Academy got wrong (or right), and whether there is a deeper message to be found. Then, an introduction to the next miniseries!
If I told you about this episode, what would I say? That it's 2017’s Best Picture winner, for one! Mike and Jenny cross swords over fairy tales and the propriety of romancing a fish-man. What are the rules of fish-religion? What is truly the mo
It's time to get romantic! Mike and Jenny discuss Call Me By Your Name, now WITHOUT the help/hindrance of two bottles of wine. Join them as they discuss aspirational living, how to spend your summer vacation, allergens, portraying memories, the
It's a two-for-one special as Mike and Jenny talk Jordan Peele's first film, Get Out, AND special opening night chatter about Us! Also discussed are Black Panther, Stranger Things and, for some reason, the short lived ABC sitcom Trophy Wife. Pl
Mike and Jenny go full film nerd for Paul Thomas Anderson's relationship drama, Phantom Thread! That's right, all that good stuff like themes and context and lights and composition and a e s t h e t i c s. Some might even call it... ”Paul Thoma
Jump in the Wayback Machine with Lady Bird, from 2017 but set in 2002, so it brings up a lot of very specific memories. Mike and Jenny talk high school hangouts, overreaching drama clubs, crush material, and family dynamics.
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The 2018 Oscars may be this weekend, but ATNW's 2017 miniseries rolls on with the crime drama (comedy?) with the long title. In this disassembled-reassembled episode, Jenny's English major side comes out, and Mike tries to figure out why they n
This week, ATNW discusses 2017’s The Post. Spielberg! Streep! Hanks! Many comedians with less than ten minutes of screen time each! Mike and Jenny talk about important themes, Cher, caftans, Cher, whether this movie is actually two movies in on
ATNW's 2017 miniseries continues with Christopher Nolan's multi-temporal war drama Dunkirk. How does it compare to its WWII competitor? How is Dunkirk like an episode of Seinfeld? Where's the bloody Air Force? Mike and Jenny discuss the dreamie
Mike and Jenny kick off their 2017 miniseries with a discussion of Darkest Hour, one of the year's two WWII-related nominees, and the one with the most Gary Oldman. In this episode, they discuss the quality of light in the darkest hour, teen he
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