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At the end of a long day of work or taking care of kids, who doesn't want a nice glass of whatever movie is streaming? On this hot new pod, Anne and Ryan, two longtime movie-loving pals, capture their total nonsense discussion of movies both old and new for your "I need a podcast to listen to while I'm washing dishes" pleasure!

Mama Needs a Movie


    • Jun 28, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 36m AVG DURATION
    • 24 EPISODES


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    Get Carter with Jordan Morris

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 107:09

    Comedy writer Jordan Morris (Bubble; Jordan, Jesse Go!) joins to discuss the 1971 British crime film, GET CARTER, starring Michael Caine. This ruthlessly violent drama, directed by Mike Hodges, follows the eponymous gangster Jack Carter (played by Caine) on a quest to avenge his brother's murder. The movie has long been a benchmark in the genre of underworld sleaze, but how does its bleak worldview compare to living in 2022, (not to mention the year 2000 remake starring Sylvester Stallone)? The lively discussion also spans Jordan's early moviegoing in Orange County, formative Jurassic Park obsession, Fuddruckers video games, '80s sex thrillers, smells of the '60s, Paul Schrader, stick shift driving, body horror, and yes... movie theater parking. GET CARTER is currently available to stream on HBO Max.

    Lightyear with Joan Ford

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 100:42

    Writer and animation connoisseur Joan Ford, (DC Super Hero Girls, Tiny Toons Looniversity), joins to discuss Pixar's new release, LIGHTYEAR starring Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, and Peter Sohn. The Angus MacLane-directed animated science fiction film is a (sort of) prequel to the Toy Story franchise, presented as a 1995 adventure movie that inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy. But does the movie-within-a-movie live up to the saga's gold standard? We get to the bottom of this question, stopping along the way for some trusty MNAM diversions into Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Child's Play 3, Ain't It Cool News, the lost roles of Tom Cruise, real life Tim Allen encounters, and of course, the AMC Stubs A-List. So buckle up, Star Command rookies, for a podcast that goes to infinity... and beyond!

    Jurassic World: Dominion with James III

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 112:24

    In a conversation 65 million years in the making, guest James III (Astronomy Club, Black Men Can't Jump [In Hollywood]) joins Mama Needs a Movie to discuss JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, and Campbell Scott. Colin Trevorrow directs this apocalyptic blockbuster conclusion to the Jurassic World trilogy where dinos run amok on earth and genetically-engineered locusts threaten to bring about worldwide famine. James III is a bonafide Jurassic super-fan with passionate opinions on all the films and books in the series, (and he has the fan fiction to prove it), but how will DOMINION stack up against giganotosaurus-sized reputation of the franchise's high points? You'll have to listen to find out. Also... everyone talks about where they parked when they saw the movie!

    Top Gun: Maverick with Mark Rennie

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 113:54

    In a supersonic episode, writer and film devotee Mark Rennie (co-host of Two Old Queens) joins Anne and Ryan to discuss the new high-flying blockbuster, TOP GUN: MAVERICK starring Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, and Miles Teller. The Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel to Tony Scott's 1986 original has been widely-praised by critics and audiences alike for delivering old-school action thrills, but this trio of maverick filmgoers will take a ride into the danger zone of the film's more enigmatic conundrums: What country was the enemy supposed to represent? Did Jennifer Connelly dress too warm for the San Diego climate? Is this movie a secret Mission: Impossible movie? What will Tom Cruise do when he ages out of doing his own stunts?... and so much more! So strap yourself in and prepare for a Mama Needs a Movie episode that reaches Mach 10... and dares to push further.

    Save the Last Dance with Caramel Nguyen

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 112:35

    Anne and Ryan welcome guest Caramel Nguyen to discuss the 2001 romance SAVE THE LAST DANCE starring Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Kerry Washington. The Thomas Carter-directed story of a teenage interracial couple in Chicago helped inspire the early-2000s dance flick craze, (not to mention a recent fascination on TikTok). Viewed two decade's later, the film's themes of race and class encompass far more than one white girl's hip-hop-infused Juilliard audition. In this broad-ranging conversation, Nguyen describes her fascination with this movie, along with her family's film-watching rituals, her horror fandom, people of color in the history of cinema, and much, much more.

    The Northman with Alex Fernie

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 107:19

    Writer, director and performer Alex Fernie joins for a discussion of THE NORTHMAN starring Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and Anya Taylor-Joy. Robert Eggers' Viking epic has received critical acclaim for its historical accuracy and gruesome violence, but how will it stack up in the Mama Panic Attack Assessment? You won't want to miss this truly berserk conversation that covers Star Wars, magic mushrooms, failsons, Ari Aster, The Song of the South, the Alamo Drafthouse, and much much more.

    Being the Ricardos with Tim Barnes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 107:36

    Writer and comedian Tim Barnes, (The Tonight Show, Warped!, the YubNub podcast), joins Anne and Ryan for a discussion of BEING THE RICARDOS starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. The 2021 Lucillle Ball/Desi Arnez biopic is unmistakably the work of its writer-director, Aaron Sorkin, who imbues the movie with fast-paced repartee and a dead serious treatment of making comedy. In a slightly less serious conversation, Barnes discusses his childhood fascination with Power Rangers, comedy writing over Zoom, Star Wars as an ever-changing cultural contradiction, and much much more. BEING THE RICARDOS is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

    Me and You and Everyone We Know with Saba Harouni Lurie

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 98:56

    Anne and Ryan welcome guest Saba Harouni Lurie, marriage and family therapist and founder of Take Root Therapy, to discuss ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW starring Miranda July and John Hawkes. This 2005 comedy-romance was July's feature directing debut and announced her as a major new voice in independent film. To honor this bold and enigmatic movie, Mama Needs a Movie grapples with the subjects of romantic pining, parental anxiety, accepting death, and how best to approach famous people in public. ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW is currently available to stream with subscription on The Criterion Channel.

    Giant with Matt Kowalick

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 99:30

    Bonafide Texan Matt Kowalick (The Birthday Boys) joins for a discussion of George Stevens' GIANT starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. The 1956 epic of the Lone Star State remains unrivaled in scope and grandeur, filled to the ten-gallon brim with cattle, spurting oil rigs, barbecues, and complex racial dynamics. Mama Needs a Movie serves up an equally huge discussion, covering not only the movie, but a wide range of topics including pandemic parenthood, Daniel Day-Lewis, Burger King fingerprinting, the Mark Harris oeuvre, and what if James Dean had played the Joker. Giddy up for a discussion the size of Texas itself. Yee-haw! GIANT is available to stream on HBO Max.

    Wolf with Andrew Grissom

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 87:34

    Anne and Ryan welcome producer, writer and film fanatic Andrew Grissom, to take a bite out of Mike Nichols' WOLF starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and James Spader. Released in the summer of 1994, WOLF's mix of horror, romance, and satire opened to middling reviews, but has since garnered fascination due to its odd mix of sophisticated humor, Rick Baker creature makeup, and hypotonic Ennio Morricone score. Grissom brings his research A-game to the discussion (he's seen Wolf three times within the last year), as we delve into the film's writing (which went through an uncredited punch-up from Elaine May), locations (including Downtown LA's Bradbury Building), and fortuitous release date (which happened on one of the most memorable days of 1990s). It's a howlingly good conversation you don't want to miss! WOLF (1994) is currently available to stream on Hulu.

    Paddington 2 with Jill Donnelly

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 105:19

    Guest Jill Donnelly joins for a big-hearted discussion of 2017's Paddington 2, starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, and Hugh Bonneville. The Paul King-directed family comedy is a rare modern classic to receive almost universal acclaim, but that won't stop Mama Needs a Movie from complicating it. In addition to everyone's favorite marmalade loving bear, Jill talks with great humor and compassion about her life as an improviser, actor, health policy consultant, New York style pizza-prefering Chicagoan, and mother.

    Everything Everywhere All at Once with Eric Appel

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 107:50

    Director and writer, Eric Appel (Son of Zorn, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) joins to discuss on the acclaimed new sci-fi comedy action parental drama, Everything Everywhere All at Once starring Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Ke Huy Quan. Helmed by the directing duo, Daniels, the film is a fast-paced sensory cornucopia about family dynamics stretching through multiple universes. In this thrilling conversation, Mama Needs a Movie discusses childhood moviegoing, focus groups, Tim Burton, VHS retail prices, anime, TikTok, Danny DeVito, Being John Malkovich, the Oculus Quest, Letterboxd, parking at The Grove, and much much more. One might even say this conversation is... Everything.... Everywhere (podcast platforms only).... All At Once (1hr and 48min required to listen.)

    The Lost City with Becky Feldman

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 98:47

    Special guest Becky Feldman (host of Too Stupid to Live) brings her romance novel expertise to a discussion of the The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe. This new big budget adventure/comedy/romance directed by Aaron and Adam Nee features Bullock as a romance novelist, Radcliffe as her eccentric billionaire kidnapper, and Tatum as a fumbling cover model who is her only hope for rescue. Becky stacks the plot against her very high stack of romance novels in a wild conversation that covers everything from the Daniel Radcliffe's beard to the Hollywood and Highland parking structure. Will this episode end with a Happily Ever After? There's only one way to find out!

    Written on the Wind with Josh Fadem

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 113:27

    Comedian and actor Josh Fadem (Twin Peaks: The Return, Better Call Saul) joins to discuss Douglas Sirk's 1956 melodrama, Written on the Wind starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, and Dorothy Malone. Sirk's deeply layered themes of American capitalism and sexual inadequacy are explored in this wild and far-ranging discussion that folds in Freddy Krueger, nymphomania, Unsolved Mysteries, Glenn Ford, Regarding Henry, Gene Roddenberry, and much much more. It's conversation no film fan should let blow past them. (Written on the Wind is currently available to stream on The Criterion Channel.)

    Spider-Man: No Way Home with Kimberly Truong

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 106:10

    Writer and performer Kimberly Truong (Crush Fictionally) joins Anne and Ryan in a discussion of Spider-man: No Way Home starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, and directed by Jon Watts. An unparalleled box office phenomenon of the pandemic era, No Way Home is no run-of-the-mill Marvel outing, but a cameo-packed superhero juggernaut that now ranks as the third highest grossing movie of all time. In the wake of the film's global dominance, only Mama Needs a Movie dares to sling shocking questions like: Is Andrew Garfield the most underrated Spidey? Is the the multiverse just secular heaven? Is Happy Hogan datable? Which one of the Spider-Mans wore a fake butt?... and much, much more.

    Valley Girl with Scott Gairdner

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 91:56

    San Fernando Valley native Scott Gairdner (Podcast: The Ride, Saturday Morning All Star Hits!) joins Anne and Ryan to discuss Martha Coolidge's teen classic, VALLEY GIRL (1983) starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, and Elizabeth Daily. Does Gairdner bring his tubular expertise on Valley mall culture to the discussion? Fer sure! You, like, totally won't want to miss this episode.

    The Batman with Joe Saunders

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 103:42

    In their most shocking episode yet, Anne and Ryan welcome guest Joe Saunders (The Bread Cast), to discuss the grungy blockbuster, THE BATMAN, starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, and directed by Matt Reeves. Like the movie's villainous trio of Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman, this rouge's gallery of reviewers will stop at nothing to challenge the Caped Crusader's newest incarnation, delving into the film's drab color palette, pessimistic political subtext, and epic 3-hour length in a spoiler-heavy discussion. All this, plus a detailed breakdown of where everyone parked before the movie, will have you shouting, "Holy Mama, Batman!"

    Grease 2 with Deborah Tarica

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 100:14

    Anne and Ryan welcome their guest, writer and performer Deborah Tarica, to discuss Grease 2 (1982) starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield. Considered a disappointment upon release, this musical sequel directed by choreographer Patricia Birch has become a bonafide cult classic with fans praising its rousing musical numbers and Pfeiffer's spirited performance. So rev your engines for a thrilling jump into Grease 2's feminist undertones, leather culture connections, surprising celebrity admirers, and so much more!

    Marry Me with Alex Kavutskiy

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 95:31

    Anne and Ryan welcome guest writer/director Alex Kavutskiy to discuss the new romantic comedy, Marry Me directed by Kat Corio, starring Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, and Maluma. This is the internet's only Marry Me discussion to ask important questions like: Is romance dead? How many NBC host cameos are TOO many for one film? And... how many times can the movie Moonfall be mentioned during a Marry Me review?

    The Matrix Resurrections with Danny Jelinek

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 91:16

    Anne and Ryan welcome their first-ever guest, writer/director Danny Jelinek (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Week Tonight), to discuss Lana Wachowski's The Matrix Resurrections (2021) starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. The conversation goes deep down the rabbit hole of childhood movie experiences, from Danny's early memories of the Rutger Hauer action film, The Blood of Heroes (1989) to the more family-friendly Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014). So what are you waiting for? Take the red pill and give it a listen!

    Friends with Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 81:50

    Anne and Ryan take a look back at Friends with Money, Nicole Holofcener's 2006 ensemble dramedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, and Joan Cusack- a must-see movie for anyone interested in nuanced depictions of female friendship and/or Scott Caan supporting turns.

    The Power of the Dog

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 60:16

    Anne and Ryan wrangle over Jane Campion's acclaimed Western drama, The Power of the Dog starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst. Giddy up for a wild ride though the film's layered themes, and hold your horses for a shocker of a MPAA (Mama Panic Attack Assessment) rating.

    You've Got Mail

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 70:40

    Anne and Ryan discuss the 1998 comedy You've Got Mail starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Has Nora Ephron's tale of early internet romance aged like Apple stock or gone the way of dialup modem? Tune in for an in-depth reappraisal, including the film's MPAA (Mama Panic Attack Assessment) Rating, and the show's first-ever explanation of a "Mickey Rooney Part."

    The Lost Daughter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 52:36

    Anne and Ryan discuss the new Netflix exclusive movie, The Lost Daughter. What will the Mama Panic Attack Assessment (MPAA) rating be??? Tune in to find out in our very first episode!

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