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A light-hearted show discussing and dissecting the themes, stories, and filmmaking of your favorite film franchises and filmographies.

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#174 - The Favourite

#174 - The Favourite

2024-06-2601:04:04

This week we continue our little impromptu Yorgos Lanthimos with 2018s The Favourite! Starring Olivia Colma, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz, this film follows the battle between cousins Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and Abigail Hill for the favor of the queen, Anne. Loosely (and we mean loosely) based on historical events, this film is a raucously funny period piece driven by its' three female leads. But many questions remain! Is Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough the heiress of the Marlboro cigarette fortune (Not a sponsor)? (Also, no. We already know the answer to that question - it is no.) How does one treat gout in 18th century Great Britain? (Raw meat, apparently) But... Is The Favourite Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#173 - The Lobster

#173 - The Lobster

2024-06-1701:10:30

This week we are discussing The Lobster! From the delightfully demented mind of Yorgos Lanthimos, this black comedy follows a new bachelor who has 45 days to find a romantic partner, else he will be turned into a lobster. Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley, and Ben Whishaw, this film examines the social laws we create for ourselves and their consequences in our search for love in the world... But Is The Lobster Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#172 - Furiosa

#172 - Furiosa

2024-06-0301:08:08

This week (after a week delay - sorry LOL Hunter got sick and then Zach got sick) we're diving into the newest addition to the Mad Max Saga - "Furious." More accurately, we're having a debate where Zach convinced Hunter that he should care about this movie, and Hunter tries to convince Zach that just because he didn't care, doesn't mean that it wasn't good. Anyway, so there's that. Also we ask the question...But is Furiosa good? If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#171 - Challengers

#171 - Challengers

2024-05-2001:01:18

This week we discuss Luca Guadagnino's sports drama film - Challengers! This film follows a throuple consisting of a former tennis prodigy whose career was shortened due to injury (Zendaya), a tennis champion who is trying to make a comeback after losing his touch (Mike Faist), and a struggling tennis player trying to make a name for himself who is also has history with the other two (Josh O'Connor). The film is about romance, passion, and above all else tennis... But Is Challengers Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#170 - Love Lies Bleeding

#170 - Love Lies Bleeding

2024-05-1501:15:42

This week we discuss Rose Glass’ romantic thriller film - Love Lies Bleeding! Taking place in the 1980s, this film follows a romance between a gym manager and budding bodybuilder, and their entanglement in a series of crimes. Starring Kristen Stewart, Katy O’Brian, Jena Malone, Anna Baryshnikov, Dave Franco, and Ed Harris, this film explores the intersection of lust and violence… But Is Love Lies Bleeding Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week we get in our time capsule and travel back to 1999 to discuss Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace! Released 16 years after the conclusion of the original trilogy, this epic space opera kicks off the Skywalker Saga, following a Jedi Master and his apprentice as they work to save the planet of Naboo from the Trade Federation, who are being manipulated by an eerily familiar dark figure. Starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, and Frank Oz, this film grossed a whopping $924 million in it's initial theatrical run... But Is Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Good? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#168 - Monkey Man

#168 - Monkey Man

2024-05-0101:13:19

This week we discuss Dev Patel's neo-noir action thriller - Monkey Man! This film follows a man on a mission to avenge the wrongs of his past. Throughout his journey, he undergoes a spiritual transformation and goes to war with the corrupt and tyrannical. Starring Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Sikandar Kher, Adithi Kalkunte, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ashwini Kalsekar, Makarand Deshpande, Jatin Malik, and Zakir Hussain, this film provides both blockbuster action and sociopolitical commentary. It has been a box office success, grossing $32 million worldwide against a $10 million budget at the time of this episode's publishing... But Is Monkey Man Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#167 - Civil War

#167 - Civil War

2024-04-2201:04:12

This week we discuss Alex Garland's new dystopian war film - Civil War! This film follows a group of journalists who are traveling across a war-torn America during a civil war. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sonoya Mizuno, and Nick Offerman (with a nice little uncredited performance by Jesse Plemons), this film is a cautionary tale highlighting the brutal nature of a nation in conflict. It is A24's first film to top the box office... But Is Civil War Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#166 - Dream Scenario

#166 - Dream Scenario

2024-04-1501:14:21

This week we discuss Dream Scenario! Directed by Kristoffer Borgli, this film follows a timid university professor who starts to appear in others' dreams. But what begins as something exciting quickly takes a bad turn. Starring Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson, Michael Cera, Tim Meadows, Dylan Gelula, and Dylan Baker, this film explores the schism between our dreams and our reality, and the consequences of being unable to tell one from the other. Nicolas Cage was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as the main character... But Is Dream Scenario Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week we discuss the movie everyone was asking for and the world needs - Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. Set in the Monsterverse, the two titular titans transcend typical talkie tropes, collaborating with captivating contentment to have a crack at conquering corrupt challengers coming from the core of the circle (namely, Earth). But do the dastardly demons from the deep demoralize our daring dinosaur (Godzilla) and his dependable dude (Kong)? Or are our Heros capable of scouring every hour until the tower of power is devoured and they get their flowers? We will answer this and more, as we ultimately decide... But Is Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Good?(Translation if you refuse to indulge in all the consonance/alliteration: We are reviewing Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire and we hope you enjoy our discussion)If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com & butisitgoodpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#164 - Madame Web

#164 - Madame Web

2024-03-2701:18:55

In this riveting episode, we delve into the enigmatic existence of Madame Web, the weaver of destinies, the oracle of alternate realities, and the cosmic crone who navigates the strands of time like a masterful spider. What threads does Madame Web weave? Ah, my friends, that’s the crux of our inquiry. She whispers secrets to heroes and villains alike, guiding their steps toward pivotal moments. Or maybe she just hijacks a taxi, goes to a diner, and does some CPR - That is what we are here to decide! Is she a puppeteer or a guardian? Does she manipulate fate or merely interpret its cryptic dance? Can she alter the course of events, or is she bound by her own threads? This week, we explore whether Madame Web is a cosmic necessity or an enigma best left unsolved. Utimately, we will answer the question... But Is Madame Web Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com & butisitgoodpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week we're joined by actor, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, and award winning director, Wilfred La Salle! Director of the award winning "Hilo II" (Best Debut Director at the Vesuvius International Film Festival & Best Film at the Madras International Film Festival in 2020) La Salle has been independently writing, producing, and directing his own films, through his production company "La Salle Productions," since 2019. We're excited to have him join us, as we dive into a film that La Salle says has influenced him throughout his career -- "Rocky IV." A film that has become a cult classic and fan favorite of the Rocky series, Rocky IV is quintessentially 80s and a powerful film about perseverance, revenge, aging, and change. But...is "Rocky IV" good?You can follow Wilfred La Salle on IG at @l_a_s_a_l_l_e_____ and @lasalle___productionsIf you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com & butisitgoodpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
We're excited to give an early review of short film "The Space Between" - joined by the film's director himself, Luke Baker! "The Space Between" is a completely independent film written & directed by Baker, the film tells a coming-of-age story of an unlikely connection between two college girls finding their way in the world. Baker's film makes a public debut on March 24th at The Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia; and is also set to be featured in numerous independent film festivals.Follow Luke Baker on Instagram at @buke_laker & follow "The Space Between" at @the_space_between_filmIf you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com & butisitgoodpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#162 - Dune: Part Two

#162 - Dune: Part Two

2024-03-1201:33:13

This week we discover if Paul Atreides is truly the Kwisatz Haderach and/or Lisan Al-Gaib. That's right, friends, this week we discuss Dune: Part 2! The second movie in what looks to be a trilogy directed by Denis Villeneuve, this film follows Paul Atreides and his journey through the desert to unite the Fremen against House Harkonnen. It has a star-studded cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, Souheila Yacoub, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem. Will Paul become the messiah of Dune and lead the Fremen in a holy war against House Harkonnen, or does he suck and does he just sit in the desert for a while thinking how things could have been different? Find out this week when we ask the question... But Is Dune: Part 2 Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com & butisitgoodpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Another year, another round of best picture nominees! In this bonus episode, we predicted who we think will win, and should win, the top Oscar categories (including best picture). We also give our definitive personal, and podcast, ranking of ALL best picture nominees! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
We're joined this week by independent filmmaker, Luke Baker, for a SPECIAL FRIDAY RELEASE and the finale of our Oscars Best Pictures Series! Of course, we save possibly the best for last with Celine Song's Past Lives. Starring Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, and Jogn Magaro, this film follows the lives of two childhood friends over a span of 24 years. They grow to live completely different lives and find themselves, at times, thinking deeply about the nature of their relationship. If you like feeling things, watch this. Past Lives was named one of the top 10 films of 2023 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute and has been nominated for 2 Academy Awards... But Is Past Lives Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com & butisitgoodpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#160 - Anatomy Of A Fall

#160 - Anatomy Of A Fall

2024-03-0401:14:57

We've entered the final stretch of our Best Picture Series! Up next is "Anatomy Of A Fall" - A French psychological thriller that explores guilt, relationships, love, trauma, and, maybe, murder! We take on the task of determining whether or not this film is a story of false accusations, or if it's a murder mystery; and ultimately we ask...But is Anatomy Of A Fall Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#159 - Maestro

#159 - Maestro

2024-02-2601:14:55

This week we continue our Oscars series with Bradley Cooper's Maestro! Written by Bradley Cooper, Directed by Bradley Cooper, and Starring Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper, this film follows the life of American composer Leonard Bernstein, the first great American composer, and his relationship with his wife Felicia Montealegre. If you like 40s accents and flawed protagonists, you are sure to like this film. It was named one of the top 10 films of 2023 by the National Board of Review and American Film Institute and has been nominated for 7 Academy Awards... But Is Maestro Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#158 - American Fiction

#158 - American Fiction

2024-02-1901:23:56

This week we continue our Oscars series discussing American Fiction! Directed by Cord Jefferson and based on the 2001 novel Erasure by Percival Everett, this film follows a writer who authors an over-the-top satire of stereotypical "black" books. His work is viewed as genuine literature by society and garners critical and commercial acclaim. Starring Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, Issa Ray, and Sterling K. Brown, this film explores how, and by whom, stories are told in America. It has been named one of the top 10 films of 2023 by the American Film Institute, has won numerous awards this awards season, and has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards... But Is American Fiction Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#157 - The Holdovers

#157 - The Holdovers

2024-02-1201:05:01

Continuing our annual Oscars series, this week we discuss The Holdovers. Directed by Alexander Payne and based in the winter of 1970, this film follows an abrasive teacher, a cafeteria manager, and a small group of students who holdover at the Barton Academy over Christmas break. Starring Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, and Dominic Sessa, the film explores how everyone has gone through personal tragedy, and the importance of coming to understand one another. It was named one of the top 10 films of 2023 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute, was awarded 2 Golden Globes, and has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards... But Is The Holdovers Good?If you'd like to suggest a film or film franchise, or if you'd just like to say hello, you can reach us at biigpodcast@gmail.com, @biigpodcast on Twitter, or @butisitgoodpodcast on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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