The Crown (season three) – Popcorn Not Included

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We show our ignorance of and love for Britain in this extensive discussion of The Crown’s latest season.

When we recorded this episode Queen Elizabeth II was, in fact, 93. Rather irritatingly, she had a birthday since then making us wrong about yet another thing. Don’t come to us for facts about Britain.

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The Crown (season three)

Created by: Peter Morgan
Starring: Olivia Coleman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Daniels, Jason Watkins, Marion Bailey, Erin Doherty, Jane Lapotaire, Charles Dance, Josh O’Connor, Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Maloney, Emerald Fennell, Andrew Buchan
Composer: Martin Phipps
Executive Producers: Peter Morgan, Stephen Daldry, Andy Harries, Phillip Martin, Suzanne Mackie, Matthew Byam-Shaw, Robert Fox, Tanya Seghatchian, Nina Wolarsky, Allie Goss
Original network: Netflix
Original release: November 17, 2019

Hail, Caesar! – Popcorn Not Included


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And now for something entirely different – an offbeat Coen Brothers comedy set in Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Hail, Caesar!

Directed by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Produced by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Screenplay by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Edited by: Roderick Jaynes
Cinematography: Roger Deakins
Music by: Carter Burwell
Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum
Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Chernobyl – Popcorn Not Included

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We’re a little late to the party on HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, but we’ve seen it now and we discuss it away from the initial hype of its release last year. Is it as good as people have said? Is it historically accurate? Does it matter?

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Chernobyl

Created by: Craig Mazin
Written by: Craig Mazin
Directed by: Johan Renck
Starring: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley, Adam Nagaitis, Con O’Neill, Adrian Rawlins, Sam Troughton, Robert Emms, Emily Watson, David Dencik, Mark Lewis Jones, Alan Williams, Alex Ferns, Ralph Ineson, Barry Keoghan, Fares Fares, Michael McElhatton
Composer: Hildur Guðnadóttir
Executive Producers: Craig Mazin, Carolyn Strauss, Jane Featherstone, Johan Renck, Chris Fry
Original network: HBO
Original release: 2019
Number of Episodes: 5

Favorite Movies: Saving Private Ryan – Popcorn Not Included

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We discuss one of the greatest war movies of all time – a favorite of us both.

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Saving Private Ryan

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Produced by: Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg
Written by: Robert Rodat
Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński
Edited by: Michael Kahn
Music by: John Williams
Starring: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeremy Davies
Production company: Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

The Workshop #38 – Talking around politics

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We don’t like to discuss politics straightforwardly on this show, but in today’s episode we touched on a bunch of stuff that borders on political. Well, everything’s political, really. Sorry.

Nevertheless we hope you put up with (and maybe even get something out of) our discussions on The Vietnam War (both the actual event and the Ken Burns documentary), James Gunn’s firing, and how the cultural discourse has gotten so uncivil.

We usually don’t talk “current events” all that much. This episode was recorded a couple weeks ago so things around the James Gunn situation have developed a bit, but hopefully our discussion is still mostly valid.

Stick around to the end of the show to hear us definitely answer the question on everybody’s minds: when did Facebook stop being cool?