Anthony and Andrew explore the themes and approaches of the three iterations of the Planet of the Apes movie franchise.

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 Anthony and Andrew mark ten years of the reading-and-writing podcast by reflecting on ten themes and trends in storytelling from the past decade, including streaming, shared universes, the state of the "sure thing", and the rise of cozy entertainment.

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Anthony and Andrew break down the runners and riders in the 96th Academy Awards categories for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Movies discussed include:

  • American Fiction
  • The Zone of Interest
  • Barbie
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things


  • The Holdovers
  • May December
  • Past Lives
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Maestro
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Beekeepers, bricklayers, painters, and John Wick. Anthony and Andrew dive into the world of the assassin in fiction. What's the appeal of the archetype, what does it represent, and how does it work?

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