Saturday, May 27, 2017

Episode 300: Sister Act

Hey, friends! It's time to celebrate because Mousterpiece Cinema has reached a big milestone: this is our 300th episode, and we're singing to the rafters with joy. Specifically, Josh and Scott are talking about a movie all about music of joy this week, Sister Act, which is about to celebrate a milestone of its own, its 25th anniversary. Josh and Scott are joined by culture writer/author Nathan Rabin to discuss Sister Act, its writing, its ensemble, and, of course, all things Whoopi. Does Sister Act stand the test of time after a quarter-century? Is there not enough singing? Is this the finest film of 1992 for Harvey Keitel? Find out the answers to those and more questions on this episode of the podcast!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Episode 299: Ponyo

Hey, folks! Get as much ham as you have nearby, stuff it into your mouth, and start listening to the new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, as quickly as you can! On today's show, Scott and Josh are talking about Hayao Miyazaki's 2008 film Ponyo, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Your hosts are joined by David Sims of The Atlantic to discuss the Studio Ghibli film, the stentorian tones of one Liam Neeson, and yes, of course, ham. (And also things like the English-language dub of the film.) Is Ponyo secretly one of Miyazaki's great works? Has it been properly rated? Are the ham jokes coming off too...hammy? Gotta listen to find out!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Episode 298: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

OK, folks, strap in and get ready for a wild ride, because on this episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, Josh and Scott are headed to the far reaches of the galaxy to get into some scrapes and messes. This week on the show, they're headed back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to discuss Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, the new film starring Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper as a talking raccoon, and Vin Diesel as Baby Groot. Josh and Scott are joined by Brad Oman (aka Ethan Anderton) of Slashfilm to talk about Marvel's new hit, and whether it surpasses the 2014 original. Is it still as fresh as the first film? Are the characters as lovable? And are babies jerks? Answers to these and other burning questions await you!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Episode 297: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Avast, ye landlubbers! Now that we have your attention, it's time for a new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema. This week, Josh and Scott are doing another Revisited episode of the podcast, wherein they discuss the 2003 blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. This smash hit launched the movie-star career of one Johnny Depp, best known as Captain Jack Sparrow, but after 15 years and countless sequels, does the iconic character and the film in which he first appeared hold up? Are Josh and Scott able to separate art from the artist? Will we offend the Orlando Bloom fans out there? (Or, as they're best known, the Or-fan-dos?) Find out now!