Every week on Late to the Movies, Ben Holt and a revolving cast of friends and co-conspirators talk about a movie that one of them hadn't seen before, and really should have by now.
Back to School Month keeps rockin' on Late to the Movies with School of Rock! Ben and Robbie discuss what they've been watching recently before getting the Led out with Jack Black and his band of preteens in this 2003 classic. Directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White and starring Jack Black, Joan Cusack, White, Sarah Silverman, and Miranda Cosgrove.
Back to School Month continues with a VERY episode on 1988's (or maybe 1989's) Heathers! Ben, Bree, and Sam exchange greetings and salutations and discuss this iconic black comedy. Written by Daniel Waters, directed by Michael Lehmann, and starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, and Penelope Milford.
It's Back to School Month on Late to the Movies! First up, Ben, Kyle, and Lyndsey get their heads in the game with the 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie, High School Musical. Directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman.
It's the 50th episode of Late to the Movies! To mark the occasion, Ben, Greg, Ray, and Robbie talk about the year so far in movies, look ahead to Oscar season, and play a memory game about last year's ceremony. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! In an unprecedented second segment (starting at 1:02:20), Ben, Kyle, and Lyndsey close out Summer Camp Month by discussing the recently released, very cinematic, choose-your-own adventure game, The Quarry. Link to Ben's ranking of 2022 movies on Letterboxd: https://boxd.it/gzCxW
Summer Camp Month continues with the endlessly quotable, cult-classic summer camp satire - 2001's Wet Hot American Summer! Ben, Bree, Colin, Sam, and Vaz gather 'round the campfire to talk about the many (MANY) soon to be very famous cast members, their favorite bits, and to play a couple games. Seriously, eventually there are games (starting at 59:30!) so just hang in there. Directed by David Wain, written by Wain and Michael Showalter, and starring (deep breath) Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Zak Orth, and A. D. Miles.
'Summer Camp Month' rows along on Late to the Movies with 2012's Moonrise Kingdom! Ben, Cory, Greg, and Ray discuss Wes Anderson's very funny ode to childhood, coastal New England, and the 1960's. Directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, and starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Jared Gilman, and Kara Hayward.
Summer Camp Month continues on Late to the Movies, as our group of hapless counselors discuss 1980's Friday the 13th! Ben, Cory, Noah, and Robbie talk about the landmark slasher flick. They also talk about Jordan Peele's Nope (spoilers from 02:45-18:20). Directed Sean S. Cunningham, written by Victor Miller, and starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor, and Robbi Morgan.
It's 'Summer Camp Month' on Late to the Movies! Ben, Robbie, and Will start our month-long look at movies set at summer camps with 1995's Heavyweights! Directed by Steven Brill, written by Brill and Judd Apatow, and starring Ben Stiller, Tom McGowan, Aaron Schwartz, Shaun Weiss, Tom Hodges, Leah Lail, Paul Feig, Kenan Thompson, Jeffrey Tambor, Jerry Stiller, and Anne Meara.
Welcome... to the Jurassic Park episode! This week on Late to the Movies, we're closing out 'Big Steve Summer' with the most block-busting of all of Steven Spielberg's summer blockbusters. Ben, Greg, Kyle, Lyndsey, and Ray jump in the Ford Explorer to discuss the thrilling set pieces, great performances, and very good puppets that make up this 1993 classic. Directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Michael Crichton, and starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, BD Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, and Wayne Knight.
'Big Steve Summer' floats on as Late to the Movies dives in to Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975). Ben, Robbie, and Will continue our month-long look at Spielberg's summer blockbusters by going back to the film that made summer blockbusters a thing. Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, and Murray Hamilton and based on the novel by Peter Benchley.
'Big Steve Summer' continues with the one-time highest grossing film ever, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial! Ben, Martha, and Robbie will be here, always, as Late to the Movies' month-long focus on Steven Spielberg's summer blockbusters pedals along. This week's episode is on one of the most effective films about childhood, "imaginary" friends, and the government putting a big bubble over your house ever made. Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton and Drew Barrymore.
It's 'Big Steve Summer!' All month long on Late to the Movies, we'll be focusing on Steven Spielberg's summer blockbusters. Up first - Ben, Bree, Kay, and Sam discuss the Spielberg / George Lucas collaboration, Raiders of the Lost Ark. We talk about Harrison Ford's iconic turn as Indiana Jones, Spielberg's masterful action set pieces, and we cast a new Indy. Also, we definitely stay completely on topic the whole time with no tangents. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, and John Rhys-Davies.
It's time to Get Out of 'Halloween in June' with Jordan Peele's instant classic from 2017! All month long, Late to the Movies has focused on low budget horror. Ben, Cory, Noah, and Robbie end the month by talking about the thrills, chills, and satire of Get Out. Directed by Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, and Catherine Keener.
Halloween in June continues on Late to the Movies with 1999's The Blair Witch Project! Our month-long celebration of low budget horror carries on as Ben, Greg, Ray, and Robbie get lost in the woods with the often imitated, never equaled granddaddy of found footage horror films. Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez and starring Rei Hance, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard.
Surprise! It's a special 'Halloween in June' bonus episode as Late to the Movies weighs in on Netflix's Stranger Things. Ben, Greg, Ray, and Robbie discuss the new season so far, what's still working for them, what might not be as much anymore, and where they hope the series can go from here. Created by the Duffer Brothers and starring (deep breath) Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Matthew Modine, Paul Reiser, Maya Hawke, and Brett Gelman.
'Halloween in June' slashes ahead with 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street! This week on Late to the Movies - Ben, Kyle, and Robbie talk about Freddy Krueger's first teen-insomnia-inducing feature. Directed by Wes Craven and starring Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, and Ronee Blakley.
It's 'Halloween in June' on Late to the Movies! All month long we'll be talking about low budget horror movies, starting with the theme's namesake, 1978's Halloween. Ben, Greg, and Robbie discuss Michael Myers' first assault on the babysitters of Haddonfield, Jamie Lee Curtis' first starring role, and John Carpenter's first true classic. Also starring Donald Pleasence, P. J. Soles, and Nancy Loomis.
MCU Month arrives at its thrilling conclusion with 2016's Doctor Strange. Ben, Anthony, and Kay conjure up some thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe's introduction to sorcerers, sanctums, and Stephen Strange. Directed by Scott Derrickson, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Benjamin Bratt.
Come and get your pod, as MCU month returns with 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. Ben, Anthony, Greg, and Kyle talk about the charismatic stars, imaginative visuals, and climactic dance battles of James Gunn's first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro.
Late to the Movies continues MCU Month with 2012's The Avengers, recorded just after its 10 year anniversary. Ben, Greg, Jordan, Robbie, and Will talk about the ultimate superhero team-up and how it's shaped the last decade in movies, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and beyond. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson.
MCU Month continues on Late to the Movies with the franchise starter - 2008's Iron Man! Ben, Sam, and Vaz discuss the late-00s vibes and iconic lead performance of the inaugural entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
It's MCU Month on Late to the Movies, and we're kicking it off with 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger! We'll be covering Marvel Cinematic Universe movies all month to mark the 10 year anniversary of The Avengers. This week: Ben, Cory, Noah, and Robbie assemble to talk about the (maybe?) purposely goofy, World War II movie (maybe?) homage. Directed by Joe Johnston, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and starring Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, and Sebastian Stan.
The final whistle blows on Sports Month as Late to the Movies picks 2014's Draft Day to finish it off. Ben, Bree, Sam, and Vaz discuss the many quotable lines, high stakes trades, and corporate tie-ins of Ivan Reitman's final film, because we are a Cleveland Girl and We Are Football. Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman, Denis Leary, and Frank Langella.
Sports Month plays through on Late to the Movies with one of the most beloved comedies of all time... Caddyshack! Ben, Greg, and Robbie talk about the drug-fueled mania of this 1980 classic and whether it holds up four decades after its release before playing a round of CaddyshaQ. They also repeatedly say "groundhog" when they mean "gopher." Directed by Harold Ramis and written to star Michael O'Keefe, but really starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield.
Late to the Movies kicks off Sports Month with 2011's Moneyball. All month long we'll be teeing up episodes about sports movies. This week, Ben, Anthony, and Robbie talk about this (very underrated) baseball front-office drama. Starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, directed by Bennett Miller, and written by Aaron Sorkin.
Oscar Month reaches its thrilling conclusion with an episode you can't refuse as Late to the Movies talks The Godfather (1972). Ben and Robbie celebrate the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola's classic "family" film, starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, and many others.
Oscar Month reaches it's apex with the First Annual Laties Awards, honoring the best and brightest in 2021 movies! Before the Academy Awards on Sunday, Ben, Greg, Ray, and Robbie hand out some awards of their own and discuss who they think will win the 'other' big awards this weekend... Who will take home the Laties? Listen to find out!
Oscar Month floats on with James Cameron's 11-time Academy Award Winner, Titanic (1997)! Ben, Bree, Kay, and Sam briefly discuss The Batman before diving into Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's classic disaster - romance that set every conceivable box office record and still looms large over the film landscape today.
Late to the Movies is shippin' up to Boston for the next episode of Oscar Month with The Departed (2006)! Ben, Cory, Pat, and Robbie talk about the accents, f bombs, and violence of Martin Scorcese's Best Picture-winning crime thriller, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg.
Oscar Month kicks off with Bong Joon Ho's game changing Parasite (2019)! All month long we'll be talking about Best Picture winners, leading up to the Oscars on March 27th. In this episode, Ben, Cory, Greg, and Ray talk about the film that has (maybe!) changed the Academy for good and Cory's own experiences living in South Korea before revisiting the 2020 Oscar ceremony.
We're just a podcast, standing in front of a RSS feed, asking you to download! Romcom Month concludes as Late to the Movies takes a walk through Notting Hill (1999). Ben, Justin, and Kate discuss the classic Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts romantic comedy about a bookstore owner and an extremely famous person falling in love, written by Richard Curtis.
Pop! goes your podcast feed, as Romcom Month continues on Late to the Movies with 2007's Music and Lyrics! Ben, Greg, Ray, and Robbie talk about Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore's songwriting romance, signature dance moves, and the platonic ideal of romcoms. Then, Ben quizzes his friends on how much they know about the recently announced Oscar Nominees.
Romcom month continues with Nora Ephron's 1993 classic, Sleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Ben, Greg, Ray, and Robbie talk about the quirks of this cyber-stalker romance, Tom Hanks' unbeatable 90's hot streak, and the current state of romcoms. Perfect for listening to on top of the Empire State Building this Valentine's Day!
It's Romcom Month! All month long, Late to the Movies will be talking about romantic comedies, and we're kicking it off with Something's Gotta Give (2003), written and directed by Nancy Meyers. Ben, Cory, and Robbie talk about the performances by Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, and Keanu Reeves, the pitfalls of being an elderly bachelor, and the many ways this movie breaks from the romcom formula.
Late to the Movies gets real with Steven Soderbergh's star-studded, eerily prescient "Contagion" (2011). Ben, Jeffrey, and Kate talk about the science, the obvious real-world parallels, and the stars: Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet.
Just the podcast you've been looking for! Late to the Movies takes on the caped crusader in Batman Returns (1992). Ben, Bree, Kay, and Sam discuss the dark knight's wildest outing, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Walken.
Late to the Movies spins you right round to 1985 with the Adam Sandler / Drew Barrymore rom-com The Wedding Singer (1998). Ben, Kyle, Lyndsey, and Robbie discuss the surprising chemistry between the stars, the early days of the Happy Madison empire, and the elements that have aged... not as well.
The long-awaited sequel film gets an extremely short-awaited sequel pod, as the Late to the Movies crew goes back to where it all started, back to the Matrix... Resurrections (2021). Ben, Cory, Noah, and Robbie talk about the latest iteration of the franchise, still starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, and directed by Lana Wachoswki.
In Part 1 of Late to the Movies' Matrix double header, Ben, Cory, Noah, and Robbie plug in to the original Matrix trilogy (1999-2003), starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne, and directed by the Wachowskis. They discuss the classic that kicked off the franchise and the weird and (maybe!) wonderful sequels it spawned, Reloaded and Revolutions.
Late to the Movies kicks off Christmas season with extreme chaotic energy and 1992's The Muppet Christmas Carol! Ben, Greg, Noah, and Ray fight technical difficulties (that were totally not user error) to discuss Michael Caine's excellence, the 'slap' factor of the songs, and the mysterious parentage of Kermit and Piggy's 'children.'
Ben, Robbie, and Will (Ridley Scott's Tots) discuss the 1982 sci-fi noir Blade Runner. They answer life's biggest questions, such as: what does it mean to be human? Why is everything wet in L.A.? Does Harrison Ford enjoy acting at all? All that and more on Late to the Movies!
It's a Thanksgiving Bonus episode, as Ben gets together with actual family members Kay, Bree, and Sam to talk about 1993's Addams Family Values. Iconic performances from Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, and... pretty much everyone else in the movie anchor this camp classic, and of course the gang also has to talk about Muppets Haunted Mansion.