Anthony and Andrew unpack the many faces of Father Christmas in fiction and the magic of the character's enduring appeal.

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Anthony and Andrew check out the first season of AMC's Interview with the Vampire, based on the work of Anne Rice. How has the story been adapted for the screen and how has this version evolved from Rice's own novel and the movie adaptation?

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For the annual Halloween episode, Anthony and Andrew look at the history and significance of the city-destroying giant monsters known as kaiju!

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Anthony and Andrew pay tribute to Spider-Man on his 60th anniversary by examining the character's enduring appeal and the ways he's been reinvented in recent years.

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Anthony and Andrew discuss the Netflix adaptation of writer Neil Gaiman's iconic comic series The Sandman. What challenges did the show face in bringing the story to the screen, and how might future Sandman stories be adapted?

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Anthony and Andrew talk lettering, contracts, and the latest entry in the MCU, Thor: Love and Thunder. It's a rock concert in movie form, but how much Guns N Roses is too much Guns N Roses?

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Anthony and Andrew discuss the storytelling choices and resonances of the movie phenomenon of the year, the Daniels' Everything Everywhere All At Once, starring Michelle Yeoh.

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Anthony and Andrew check out the Julia Child biographical series Julia on HBO Max and talk about comfort TV, the joy of competence, and food on the screen.
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Anthony and Andrew check out the new cult hit pirate comedy Our Flag Means Death and its place in the traditions of pirate storytelling!
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Anthony and Andrew discuss this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The nominees are...


Written and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Don't Look Up
Written by Adam McKay and David Sirota, based on a story by McKay.
Directed by Adam McKay.

King Richard
Written by Zach Baylin.
Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green.

Licorice Pizza
Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

The Worst Person in the World
Written by Joachim Trier & Eskil Vogt.
Directed by Joachim Trier.


Written and directed by Sian Heder.
Based on the film La Famille Bélier by Victoria Bedos, Thomas Bidegain, Stanislas Carré de Malberg and Éric Lartigau.

Drive My Car
Written by Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe.
Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi.
Based on the short story by Haruki Murakami.

Written by Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Based on the novel by Frank Herbert.

The Lost Daughter
Written and directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Based on the novel by Elena Ferrante.

The Power of the Dog
Written and directed by Jane Campion.
Based on the novel by Thomas Savage.

This year's Academy Awards take place  on Sunday, March 27.

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Anthony and Andrew check out the new Prime Video series Reacher and talk about the trope-heavy appeal of dad lit!

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To mark the release of Joel Coen's new film adaptation of The Tragedy of Macbeth, Anthony and Andrew look at the appeal of William Shakespeare's great tragedy and the choices made in this latest version.

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