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Looking California and Feeling Minnesota
Two working film industry professionals talk the ins and outs of movies and the best and worst of cinema.
Sep 8, 2021
Episode 47: Our Top Recommendations for Movies currently on Major Streaming Services
As the world suffers through a hellacious late summer drought of quality cinema, Barry and Mike give very diverse recommendations on their top choices for movies to stream on Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon and Disney +. For the full written list, click* here**.*
1 hr 11 min
Aug 29, 2021
Episode 46: Coda
On this episode Barry and Mike reveal their mastery of sign language by discussing the Apple TV movie CODA, which stands for 'children of deaf adults'. The discussion hits such diverse topics as a Hallmark version of Good Will Hunting, the luxury of sleeping on a bus, deaf actors vs actors playing deaf, and how John McTiernan would make a great deaf heist movie.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 31, 2021
Episode 45: Black Widow
On this episode Barry and Mike head back to the MCU and do battle with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. A wide array of topics are discussed including ScarJo's falling star, Florence Pugh's bright future, Marvel's few missteps and The Rock as Humphrey Bogart. On this episode Barry and Mike tackle the Marvel movie Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson. A wide variety of topics are discussed, including the superstar potential of Florence Pugh, the falling stock of ScarJo and a list of rare Marvel missteps.
Jul 22, 2021
Episode 44: Bo Burnham's Netflix special Inside
Knock, knock. Who's there? Barry and Mike, that's who, and they're here to talk about comedy! On this episode the fellas start out by sparring over comedian Bo Burnham's Netflix special Inside, and then end the program by giving their somewhat dire State of the Comedy Union address.
1 hr 10 min
Jul 19, 2021
Episode 43: Disney/Marvel series special: WandaVision, The Falcon and Winger Soldier, and Loki
On this unique episode Barry and Mike take a look at three Marvel series streaming on Disney Plus - WandaVision, The Falcon and Winger Soldier, and Loki. Topics discussed are the joys of Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Hiddleston's Loki long game, and Kevin Fiege as Marvel Timekeeper.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 6, 2021
Episode 42: No Sudden Move and Top 5 Heist Movies of all time
On this episode Barry and Mike try to make sense of director Steven Soderbergh's latest half-hearted effort No Sudden Move, and then shift gears for a wild discussion on their top 5 heist movies of all-time. Topics discussed include Frank Oz out in the cold in Montreal, the brilliance of Michael Mann, and an open invitation to John McTiernan.
1 hr 32 min
Jun 25, 2021
Episode 41: Top Lists of UFO/Alien Movies
In anticipation of the Pentagon releasing its UFO Report, Barry and Mike prepare for an alien close encounter by listing their top five alien/ufo movies. Tune in to find out if it's true that in space, no one can hear you scream!
1 hr 21 min
Jun 18, 2021
Episode 40: Tenet
On this episode Barry and Mike go back in time to try and make sense of Christopher Nolan's confounding Tenet. Then in the fiery second half of the show things get combative as they each share and compare their personal lists of Nolan's top five films.
1 hr 24 min
Jun 11, 2021
Episode 39: Cruella
On this episode Barry and Mike get dressed up for their date with DISNEY's Cruella, starring Emma Stone. This barn burner of an episode contains discussions on topics as varied as wasting $200 million on CGI dogs, the lost opportunity of a lady Joker and the Disney classics The Great Locomotive Chase and The Mandalorian.
1 hr 6 min
Jun 9, 2021
Episode 38: A Quiet Place 2
On this episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast Barry and Mike talk as quietly as possible about John Krasinski's blockbuster A Quiet Place II. Topics discussed include the glory of Emily Blunt, the burden of high expectations and the perils of rushing to make a sequel. Also included are ruminations on Jaws, Jaws II, Jaws III and Jaws IV and the entire Jurassic Park franchise!
1 hr 9 min
May 1, 2021
Episode 36: Godzilla vs Kong
In this episode Barry and Mike head out to Skull Island to discuss 2021's first blockbuster, Godzilla v. Kong. The spirited conversation touches on an array of diverse topics, including but not limited to...God of the Old Testament, the Dark Knight trilogy, Robert Downey Jr., the hollow earth theory and how Raymond Burr ruins everything.
Apr 27, 2021
Episode 35: Promising Young Woman
On this episode Barry and Mike talk Emerald Fennell's Oscar winning feature film debut Promising Young Woman. Topics discussed include the pros and cons of girl power movies, the failings of revenge fantasy and the unabashed brilliance of Carey Mulligan.
Apr 23, 2021
Episode 34: Oscar Predictions: 2021
On this episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike get all dressed up and go to the Oscars. Tune in to listen to their Oscar predictions, Oscar dream scenarios and Oscar nightmares, as well as lamentations for the sorry state of the movie industry.
1 hr 16 min
Mar 22, 2021
Episode 33: Sound of Metal
In this episode of Looking California and Feeling Minnesota, Barry and Mike talk the accessible art house gem The Sound of Metal. Topics discussed include the subtle brilliance of actors Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci as well as the testicular fortitude of first time feature director Darius Marder.
Mar 11, 2021
Episode 32: Coming 2 America
On this episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike return to Zamunda for Coming 2 America, the Eddie Murphy led sequel to his 1988 classic Coming to America. Discussion topics include backyard skunks, Eddie Murphy's faded star and the trouble with today's comedy. As an added bonus this episode features a return of the insanely popular segment - "Let's Pretend We're Studio Execs", where Barry and Mike play Hollywood bigwigs and recast the movie!
Mar 11, 2021
Episode 31: Nomadland
On this weeks episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Looking California and Feeling Minnesota, Barry and Mike hop in a van and hit the road with Chloe Zhao's film Nomadland starring Frances McDormand. This episode contains discussions on grief and the meditative nature of the film, the required arthouse mindset, and the power of non-actors on-screen. Also featured are scintillating conversations about Jeff Bridges' Snicker bar diet, Chocolatey Chocolate Balls, Amazon's nefariousness and a live blow-by-blow account of a Wild Kingdom moment in Mike's backyard.
Feb 26, 2021
Episode 30: Ted Lasso
On this episode of Looking California and Feeling Minnesota, Barry and Mike cross the pond to bask in the warm glow of Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ sitcom starring Jason Sudeikis. This episode gets surprisingly philosophical as it asks the Ted Lasso-esque question...can relentless optimism survive and thrive in a deeply cynical world? Also featured are discussions on Sudeikis' brilliance, navigating the tortuous road to use Apple TV+, tales of swimming in cultural septic tanks, and the glorious power of kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit.
Feb 5, 2021
Episode 29: One Night in Miami
In this week's episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike take a look at director Regina King's One Night in Miami. This episode includes a discussion on the difficulty of turning plays into movies, Barry's bold recasting of the movie Airplane and Mike melting down over the current state of film criticism.
Feb 2, 2021
Episode 28: Soul
This week on everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike dive into Pixar's latest animated venture Soul. This unique film stars Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey as two entities trying to navigate life, death and New York City. Topics discussed on this episode include diversity in animation, Mike's allergy to Pixar movies and Barry's tales of bad investment advice.
Jan 1, 2021
Episode 27: Wonder Woman 1984
In this tension-filled episode Barry and Mike discuss the much anticipated Wonder Woman 1984. Highlights include shared frustrations over the movie‘s missed opportunities, multiple mispronunciations of Gal Gadot’s name and an enraged Mike viciously assaulting Barry over a misunderstanding.
1 hr 9 min
Dec 29, 2020
Episode 26: Mank
In this episode of everybody’s favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike debate David Fincher’s polarizing new film Mank. Topics discussed include Gary Oldman’s brilliance, Fincher’s frustratingly complex brilliance and an obscure old movie named Citizen Kane.
1 hr 3 min
Dec 24, 2020
Episode 25: Recipe for Seduction- the Lifetime Kentucky Fried Chicken mini-movie
In this very special Christmas episode of everybody's favorite cinema podcast, Barry and Mike examine the gloriously absurd pop culture phenomenon Recipe for Seduction, the Lifetime Kentucky Fried Chicken mini-movie starring Mario Lopez that tells the steamy tale of KFC founder Harland Sanders. Topics touched upon include Mario Lopez on Mount Rushmore, Shakes the Clown as a Ronald McDonald origin story and Tom Cruise visiting for the holidays.
Dec 21, 2020
Episode 24: The Queens Gambit
The bad boys of cinema podcasting kick off their 2021 season early by taking their first dive into the waters of television. This episode Barry and Michael discuss The Queen’s Gambit, the hugely popular Netflix miniseries that is the talk of the town. The topics tackled include Anya Taylor Joy’s beguiling screen presence, the artistic albatross of bad endings and Barry’s unsavory history hustling little kids at chess.
Aug 18, 2020
Episode 23: Richard Jewell
On today’s podcast Barry and I take a look at the 2019 Clint Eastwood film, Richard Jewell. On the episode we discuss the hopefully soon-to-be discovered, glorious genius of the film's star Paul Walter Hauser as well as the reliable acting brilliance of Kathy Bates and Sam Rockwell. In addition we wrestle with the often-times frustrating nature of Clint Eastwood’s directing approach and the never ending mystery of Jon Hamm.
Aug 18, 2020
Episode 22: The Old Guard
This week Barry berates me for trying to stay current by choosing the new Netflix sci-fi action movie The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron, for us to discuss. In the episode we break down the movie and consider what worked (not much), what didn’t (a lot), and why. We also dive into the unending mystery of who actually shot this movie.
Aug 2, 2020
Episode 21: The Vast of Night (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #5)
On this episode of everybody’s favorite cinema podcast we discuss the *The Vast of Night*, a sneaky good little sci-fi film currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Come join us as we take the Looking California and Feeling Minnesota Starship back to 1950’s New Mexico where we grapple with over-active imaginations and possibly UFO’s!! And we also marvel at the formidable skill of up and coming director Andrew Patterson, who makes his impressive feature film debut with *The Vast of Night*.
Jun 3, 2020
Episode 20: The Last Samurai (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #4)
This week things get combative on the pod as Barry and I do battle over his newest choice for a quarantine watch, 2003’s *The Last Samurai*, which stars Tom Cruise and is directed by Edward Zwick. We also play another round of everybody’s favorite games - Hollywood Mogul. The stakes are high as the loser of the game and the debate must commit seppuku at the end of the podcast!
May 13, 2020
Episode 19: The Social Network (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #3)
This week Barry's choice for a must see (rewatch) movie while on quarantine is the nearly decade old The Social Network directed by David Fincher (currently playing on Netflix). This film is extraordinarily written by Aaron Sorkin, filled with incredible performances and directed to a pace that makes 2 hours fly by. Come join us in breaking down this underrated movie that now is interesting to look back on and realize the creation of Facebook is playing during our quarantine.
May 5, 2020
Episode 18: Inception
This week we dive into the decades old Christopher Nolan's modern classic Inception. This movie flies in the face of conventional Hollywood blockbusters and succeeds wildly. Come hear us dig into the many layers of s film.
1 hr 11 min
Apr 24, 2020
Episode 17: John McTiernan (Barry & Mike's Quarantine List Pick #4)
This week we are doing a directors "showcase" and we are diving into the career of John McTiernan. His films include Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Thomas Crown affair and many more. We discuss this dying breed of non-auteur but skilled director and what makes directors like him rare and wonderful to revisit their work.
1 hr 13 min
Apr 14, 2020
Episode 16: There Will Be Blood (Barry & Mike's Quarantine List Pick #3)
This week we dive into the overlooked 2007 modern classic There Will Be Blood. This movie is an actor and director at the top of their games that have created a museum worthy movie you can watch over and over again and study the mastery they had while making the film. That is precisely why we want you to check this movie out. If you are a cinema fan you can watch the movie, listen to the podcast and rewatch the movie or if you maybe are a little worried the movie might be a bit slow or complicated you can listen to the podcast and hear our thoughts, favorite scenes and what to watch out for that will help keep you engaged during your movie experience. Check out the movie on Netflix today!
1 hr 15 min
Apr 9, 2020
Episode 15: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Mike's Quarantine List Pick #2)
This week we dive into the overlooked 2011 British movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This movie is one of the best crafted movies of the last 10-20 years but is a little bit of in a traditional story structure for a spy movie. This movie makes you think, doesn't spoon feed you nor does it lay everything out with a nice bow on it. That is precisely why we want you to check this movie out. It's a slow burn so don't turn it on late at night when your eyelids are heavy. If you are a cinema fan you can watch the movie, listen to the podcast and rewatch the movie or if you maybe are a little worried the movie might be a bit slow or complicated you can listen to the podcast and hear our thoughts, favorite scenes and what to watch out for that will help keep you engaged during your movie experience. Check out the movie on Netflix today!
1 hr 13 min
Apr 7, 2020
Episode 14: Hell or High Water (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #2)
This week Barry's choice for a must see (rewatch) movie while on quarantine is the incredible Hell or High Water (currently playing on Netflix). This film is extraordinarily written, filled with incredible performances and directed to near perfection. Come join us in breaking down this modern masterpiece.
1 hr 9 min
Mar 24, 2020
Episode 13: Zodiac (Mike's Quarantine List Pick #1)
This week Mike and I continue our top picks for movies that are streaming you should check out or take second look. This week is Mike's selection of David Finchers Zodiac (currently streaming on Crackle.com). Listen to our thoughts on the movie and then check it out online for free.
Mar 20, 2020
Episode 12: Ex Machina (Barry's Quarantine List Pick #1)
We start our series on overlooked, excellent, must watch movies on the major streaming platforms. As we all deal with the quarantines and social distancing we all are running through our list of shows and movies to get caught up on. We wanted to point out a few gems you maybe missed or were far enough off the mainstream path that you should consider watching with the extra time on your hands. This week we look at the fantastic film Ex Machina.
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 11: Corona Virus & Contagion (2011)
This week real life meets Hollywood. We discuss the current effects the Corona virus is having on the studios and more importantly those working in the gig economy. We also look back at the Steven Soderbergh movie Contagion.
1 hr 2 min
Mar 4, 2020
Episode 10: The Invisible Man (2020)
This week we talk about the modern telling of an old classic in The Invisible Man. This classic has been updated to have the film be from the perspective of the main female lead vs the invisible man himself. There are good and not so good things about the film. Join us and hear what we liked, what we didn't and what we would have do differently.
Feb 26, 2020
Episode 9: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
This week we dive into the French film Portrait of a Lady on Fire. This is a French movie with subtitles and is currently in limited release around the country. If you love foreign films or cinema in general check out the movie and then listen to us break it down or if you are so inclined listen to our thoughts and see if that makes you more or less inclined to check out this film.
Feb 19, 2020
Episode 8: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
This week we dive into Quentin Tarantino's 9th film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. We go deep and wide on the film, the impact on cinema, the influences and why this is such a deep and complex movie.
1 hr 45 min
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 7: Joker
This week we dive into the 2020 Best Picture Nominee Joker. We go deep and wide on the film, the impact on cinema, the influences and why this is such a polarizing movie.
1 hr 23 min
Feb 4, 2020
Episode 6: Jojo Rabbit
This week we dive into another 2020 Best Picture Nominee Jojo Rabbit. What makes this film so great, why you should see it and what makes is so special. This is an offbeat film that isn't perfect but well worth your time to check it out.
Jan 28, 2020
Episode 5: Parasite
This week we dive into the 2020 Best Picture Nominee Parasite. What makes this film so great, why you should see it and what makes is so special. Also we put on our studio boss hats and we give a few options for what the inevitable American remake/recasting and give you who we would see playing these roles.
1 hr 9 min
Jan 22, 2020
Episode 4: 1917
This week we dive into the leading candidate for Best Picture of 2019. We discuss what we liked about the movie, what we didn't care for and ways we might have changed how the story was told.
Jan 14, 2020
Episode 3: 2020 Oscar Nominations First Thoughts
This week we dive into the top categories of the 2020 Oscar Nominations. We cover who is nominated, who was snubbed and at this point who is likely to be the winner.
1 hr 19 min
Jan 9, 2020
Episode 1: Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker
This week we dive into the blockbuster movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We will dive into our thoughts on the movie as a whole, the acting, directing, cinematography and breakdown our thoughts on how the story plays out.
1 hr 11 min
Jan 7, 2020
Episode 2: Marriage Story
This week we dive into the Netflix movie Marriage Story. We will dive into our thoughts on the movie as a whole, the acting, directing, cinematography and breakdown our thoughts on how the story plays out.