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Let's Watch 2 Movies
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About this podcast
Maddy and Mary Ellen pick two movies with thematic similarities and make with the comparing and contrasting. And the jokes.
Episodes (Total: 10)
Nov. 16, 2017 · 02:16:22
Maddy and Mary Ellen revisit their shared childhood nightmare, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a movie so popular that it demolished The Thing's chances at success. Maddy explains why the alt-universe 1982 version of herself would have preferred E.T. to The Thing, whereas Mary Ellen's alt-universe 1982 self didn't see either movie. Our 2017 selves have now seen both of these movies, and while we understand why audiences didn't care for The Thing, we still don't get why E.T. became a massive cultural phenomenon. Also, we talk about Stranger Things a lot in this episode, which seems only fitting for our The Thing/E.T. pairing, given the widespread influences that these two movies have had on pop culture to this day. Email us at letswatchtwomovies@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at letswatchtwo, maryellenmurr and MIDImyers! Lastly, please consider tipping us via Patreon: patreon.com/atomicblueproductions
Nov. 2, 2017 · 02:27:08
Happy belated Halloween! Maddy and Mary Ellen celebrate the holiday by pairing two scary movies from the summer of 1982: The Thing and E.T., in that order. Now, you might be thinking, "Is E.T. scary?" Of course it is! What's more, E.T. may have destroyed The Thing's chance at success, or at least that's what John Carpenter thinks. For some reason, audiences in 1982 wanted to watch a movie about a diminutive interstellar visitor who befriends children, as opposed to an alien abomination who can mimic other life forms, but only after destroying them. It's either friendship or flamethrowers, around here! There's no in between when it comes to alien life. Maddy and Mary Ellen try their best to give The Thing a fair shake, unlike audiences in 1982, but the movie's nihilism and hopelessness still make it a tough sell from our 2017 perspective. The worst part is MacReady's hat. The best part is MacReady's hat. Email us at letswatchtwomovies@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at letswatchtwo, maryellenmurr and MIDImyers! Lastly, please consider tipping us via Patreon: patreon.com/atomicblueproductions
Oct. 19, 2017 · 00:02:13
This week, Mary Ellen guested on Maddy's other podcast, The Mutant Ages! We reviewed the X-Men movie along with our mutual friend and fellow Atomic Blue host, Ryan. We hope you'll check out the episode for some fun movie discussion: https://soundcloud.com/themutantages/episode-15-x-men-2000 This preview clip is an excerpt that didn't make it into the final cut of the episode, in which the three co-hosts don't discuss X-Men... but instead, the movie Unfriended. Happy HalloweeEEeEEn!
Oct. 5, 2017 · 01:42:32
Maddy and Mary Ellen return, after a slightly longer wait than usual, to compare Obvious Child to The Big Sick! These two delightful romcoms both star comedians and share themes of communication and real-feeling experiences. But how realistic ARE these movies? Get ready for us to take straight men to task for not living up to the standards set by Kumail Nanjiani and Jake Lacy. But before all that, we kick off the pod by advocating abstinence and introducing our new show, the Pause Podcast. This sure is another episode of Let's Watch 2 Movies! Email us at letswatchtwomovies@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at letswatchtwo, maryellenmurr and MIDImyers! Lastly, please consider tipping us via Patreon: patreon.com/atomicblueproductions
Sept. 21, 2017 · 02:44:49
Maddy and Mary Ellen return with a new pairing: two romcoms about two comedians, starting with The Big Sick this week and Obvious Child next week. We loved this movie, and we spend a long time telling you why in this episode, but we also point to some of the criticisms written about it. One article that we refer to in the episode is Imran Siddiquee's "Why Are Brown Men So Infatuated With White Women Onscreen?" (https://www.buzzfeed.com/imransiddiquee/why-are-brown-men-so-infatuated-with-white-women-onscreen?utm_term=.nhW7Mv9aa#.gsnaVXWLL). Give that a read! Then circle back and listen to the rest of our analysis on how this movie navigates themes of forgiveness, learning how to communicate, and saying goodbye forever (but maybe not forever). P.S. Maddy's audio is kinda staticky at a couple points in this episode, and she did her best to edit around it. She should probably not have bought a used audio mixer on Amazon, but it was cheaper. Forgive us our empty wallets? Thanks <3 Email us at letswatchtwomovies@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at letswatchtwo, maryellenmurr and MIDImyers! Lastly, please consider tipping us via Patreon: patreon.com/atomicblueproductions
Aug. 24, 2017 · 02:39:50
For the first time in the history of this podcast, Maddy and Mary Ellen will NOT be discussing a movie (let alone two movies) in this week's episode. In honor of their 25th episode, they dive into a Q&A with the show's listeners, with one another, and with one of the podcast's most notable detractors: Mary Ellen's father. Strap in for never-before-revealed details about the actual name we wanted to call our podcast, the other movie podcast that we've had a secret beef with this entire time, plus a ton of movie recommendations, shout-outs to everyone ever, stories about bad first dates, and more personal information than your co-hosts have ever shared about themselves on this show before. Email us at letswatchtwomovies@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at letswatchtwo, maryellenmurr and MIDImyers! Lastly, please consider tipping us via Patreon: patreon.com/atomicblueproductions
Aug. 10, 2017 · 02:02:46
After last week's foray through The Cabin In The Woods, Maddy and Mary Ellen settle in to compare it with The Final Girls, a 2015 meta horror movie that also features five increasingly self-aware teens... plus five other teens who are stock horror movie foils. The Final Girls keeps it simple by navigating the virgin/whore dichotomy, the inherent limitations of the "final girl" narrative, and not much else. Unlike The Cabin In The Woods, The Final Girls doesn't bite off more than it can chew. It's not Maddy and Mary Ellen's favorite movie of all time, but our intrepid co-hosts still think this movie hangs together a bit better than The Cabin In The Woods did. Oh... and please don't get it mixed up with that other 2015 movie called Final Girl. That movie looks bad. Email us feedback at letswatchtwomovies@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at letswatchtwo, maryellenmurr and MIDImyers! Lastly, please consider tipping us via Patreon: patreon.com/atomicblueproductions
Aug. 3, 2017 · 02:04:23
Maddy and Mary Ellen watched The Cabin in the Woods, and they deem it to be... fine. The movie's got a couple funny bits, a couple scary bits, and a couple satirical bits, but not quite enough of each of these to make this movie a comedy, a horror, or a satire. It's kind of like this joke about the Black Eyed Peas from The Office (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiI4lvRbLkU), which we refer to in the episode, for some reason. We do realize this movie means a lot to people, though, so in spite of not quite seeing the appeal, we put on our analysis hats and talk about horror movie tropes and the larger metaphor in the film about Hollywood movie execs, directors, and the ancient beings (a.k.a. moviegoers) that allegedly strike fear in Hollywood's heart. Next week, we pair this movie with another meta-commentary on horror movies: The Final Girls! Email us feedback at letswatchtwomovies@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at letswatchtwo, maryellenmurr and MIDImyers! Lastly, please consider tipping us via Patreon: patreon.com/atomicblueproductions
July 13, 2017 · 03:17:41
Much like Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War feels stuck in 2016. Remember a year ago, when Steve Rogers' mistrust of institutions made sense but it still seemed like he was taking it a bit too far? Now it's 2017, and Maddy and Mary Ellen can totally see his side. We just want to run away with our brainwashed boyfriend Bucky and escape all of this. This episode is long. Do we need to keep saying that? Anyway, tune in as Maddy spends way too much time talking about all the Avengers comics she has read, and Mary Ellen talks about the tiny personal moments in this film that make it more emotionally accessible than Batman v Superman. Lastly, here's the essay that Maddy mentions during an aside in the episode: https://sublimezoo.com/2016/05/17/black-fictional-lives-matter-too-black-pain-black-death-civil-war/ Email us feedback at letswatchtwomovies@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at letswatchtwo, maryellenmurr and MIDImyers! Lastly, please consider tipping us via Patreon: patreon.com/atomicblueproductions
July 6, 2017 · 02:49:36
In 2016, two superhero movies hit cinemas: one from DC and one from Marvel. Both featured ensemble casts and questions about how the government should legislate superpowers. We're talking about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Captain America: Civil War. It's only been a year, but these movies already feel dated as heck. First up, Maddy and Mary Ellen look at DC's gritty take on Batman and Superman's showdown, featuring too many dream sequences, ableist side plots, and spurious definitions of masculinity. We watched the Ultimate edition, which purports to make more sense than the theatrical cut, but we don't see how. Next week: Civil War! Email us feedback at letswatchtwomovies@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at letswatchtwo, maryellenmurr and MIDImyers! Lastly, please consider tipping us via Patreon: http://patreon.com/atomicblueproductions
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