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Read it and Weep is a good podcast about books, movies, and TV hosted by comedian Alex Falcone. Each week, we discuss something from pop culture with an emphasis on blockbusters, failures, and nostalgia.

Alex Falcone


    • Nov 24, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 20m AVG DURATION
    • 156 EPISODES

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    RiaW 4.45 - Home for the Holidays (1995)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 84:33

    There really aren't many good movies about Thanksgiving, and we already watched the Turkey-based horror movie Thankskilling. So the only thing left was to watch the 1995 family comedy/drama turned rom com in the last 15 minutes, Home For the Holidays. Hopefully we got this out in time for you to listen while you travel, at least back home from the holidays.

    RiaW 4.44 - Cowboy Bebop (2001)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 77:48

    In preparation for the new live-action Netflix version, we dipped back into the anime pool and watched the movie Cowboy Bebop: A Very Long Cowboy Bebop Episode. It's cool looking and the music rules and there's a dog but for some reason we mostly talked about other stuff. This one was REAL tangent happy.

    RiaW 4.43 - Dune (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 67:05

    Yeah I know we promised a week off, but we decided to postpone because we finally all saw the new Dune! And most of us liked it most of the way. Put on your poop suits and get dusty with us.

    RiaW 4.42 - Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) - RockyHorrorMonth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 81:27

    Whew. The final horror section of Rocky Horror Podcast Month got a little too horrory. But Anthony and Hunter liked it so that's something I guess. But seriously, why do people do this to themselves???

    RiaW 4.41 - Southland Tales (2006) - RockyHorrorMonth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 81:33

    Rocky Horror month giveth and Rocky Horror month taketh a long time, with this week's The Rock movie that feels even longer than it's 2.5 hour runtime. It's a big swing and a miss, but we like big swings on this show so we dive deep into the Richard Kelly film and then talk kindof a lot about aliens.

    RiaW 4.40 - Psycho (1960) - RockyHorrorMonth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 72:30

    The pendulum of Rocky Horror month has swung to the horror side as we watch the film that invented the genre, the 1960 Hitchcock thriller Psycho. It's pretty spooky! 

    RiaW 4.39 - Jungle Cruise - RockyHorrorMonth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 82:31

    We can never decide between TheRocktober and Spooktober on the show, so this year we're combining them into a horror / The Rock combo we're calling The Rocky Horror Podcast Show. First we kick things off with the newest movie that The Rock is badly cast in, Disney's Jungle Cruise.

    RiaW 4.38 - That Thing You Do (1996)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 83:46

    Alex is in Portland this week recording his debut comedy album (Saturday Oct. 2nd at Mississippi Studios) so the boys talked about what it takes to make a hit and keep the band together with Thomas The Hank Engine's directorial debut about a group of one-hit one-ders.

    RiaW 4.37 - Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy (1955) Dark Universe 5 of 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 71:06

    In our final installment of our series on the Universal Monsterverse, we dig up the one real gem in mummy movie history, the one with Abbott and Costello. It's so completely weird and bonkers that I think I love it? I might love it? Who knows. My brain has been removed through my nose with a straw at this point. Do you know of a franchise that needs saving? A universe that needs creating? A mummy that needs meeting? Email us. nd next week we're talking about That Thing You Do to celebrate Alex recording his debut comedy album in Portland on October 2nd.

    RiaW 4.36 - The Mummy (1999) Dark Universe 4 of 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 83:26

    It's a bonus episode in our continued search for a good answer to the Universal Monsters Universe problem. We went all the way back to 1999 when Brendan Fraser and battled the mummy and everybody (but Alex) seemed to like it.

    RiaW 4.35 - The Invisible Man (2020) Dark Universe 3 of 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 76:44

    To round out the three most recent attempts at a Universal Monsterverse, we watched the 2020 low-budget Horror Film The Invisible Man. It's the best of the series so far but doesn't fit well into any universe. So we try again to fix it!

    RiaW 4.34 - The Mummy (2017) Dark Universe 2 of 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 82:32

    As part of our continued excevation of the corpse of the Dark Universe, we re-watched Alex Kurtzman's 2017 Mummy remake starring the Cruise missile as a sexless action puppet.

    RiaW 4.33 - Dracula Untold (2014) Dark Universe 1 of 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 86:50

    We set out to fix the Dark Universe, the cinematic universe that universe-name-having Universal Pictures failed at three separate times. First up, the dreary, boring revival of Dracula that deserved to remain untold.

    RiaW 4.32 - Starship Troopers (1997) Verhoeven 3 of 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 82:37

    The thrilling conclusion to our Paul Verhoeven mini-series. Take a quick co-ed shower and then let's go to space!

    RiaW 4.31 - Total Recall (1990)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 87:04

    Arnold goes to Mars. OR DOES HE?!? If you're in California, please vote in the recall election!

    RiaW 4.30 - Robocop (1987)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 78:52

    It's a horrible dystopian future that's somehow less bad than the present. But at least the murder robots work!

    RiaW 4.29 - Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 84:33


    Space Jam is back and they've replaced Michael Jordan with LeBron James and the alien villians with a new, more sinistar evil to contend with: Warner Brothers themselves. That's right, it's a weird choice for WB to make themselves the villian but they're absolutely right, they did BAD.


    RiaW 4.28 - Star Trek TNG Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 104:41

    We're back for the second half of our TNG discussion as Alex wrestles with all the enemies he made last week. This time we watched: S04 E01 - The Best of Both Worlds Part 2 S04 E21 - The Drumhead S05 E18 - Cause and Effect S06 E15 - Tapestry

    RiaW 4.27 - Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 84:15

    It's part one of a two episode series in which I watch Star Trek for the very first time (not counting that porn parody you forced me to watch a few years back). Specifically we watched S02 E09 "Measure of a Man", S02 E16 "Q Who", S03 E16 "The Offspring", and S03 E26 "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1". We'll be back next week with four more TNG episodes!

    4.26 Twin Peaks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 88:37

    We talk about the David Lynch show Twin Peaks, specifically season 1 and season 2 episodes 1 through 9.

    RiaW 4.25 - F9 (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 86:18

    We assemble a mega-panel to discuss the new Fast & Furious movie F9 featuring Johnathan Cena, space, and magnets.

    RiaW 4.24 - In The Heights (2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 95:57

    There's a music to my neighborhood and it's telling you... to buy Tide pens.

    RiaW 4.23 - The Thing (1982)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 80:32

    We discuss all the ways to give up when fighting a space monster, which alien overlords we'd like, and come extremely close to giving a good pep talk but then blow it at the end. Happy graduation, Riley!

    RiaW 4.22 - Premium Rush (2012)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 99:57

    Strap on your helmets because it's gonna be a bumpy ride through the streets of New York. We've got a MacGuffin to deliver, ya'll!

    RiaW 4.21 - Another Round (2020)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 77:35

    This week we award the prize to our Oscar's pool winner Paul, we watch a movie he loved and have kinda weird reactions to it. Plus movies to look forward to and a brief argument about teachers. I'll drink to that!

    RiaW 4.20 - Galaxy Quest (1999)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 69:49

    Ezra told me that if I don't like this we're not friends anymore. Find out what happens! Mentioned in This Episode The movie is free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQG6FdnMmlQ Why 1999 is the year of movies: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-megaplex/ Are you gonna watch Eurovision? https://www.vulture.com/2021/05/eurovision-2021-streaming-usa-peacock.html

    RiaW 4.19 - Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 66:08

    We take our turn as trend pimps as we talk about a comic book adaptation that never seems to get enough credit. Plus, did we bring down the Golden Globes and Alex gives away a t-shirt business.

    RiaW 4.18 The Mitchells vs The Machines

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 69:33

    We're back to the classic season 4 format! We kick things off with a lively discussion of Star Wars Day and Blue Origin's space tourism business. Then we talk about the new Netflix animated film The Mitchells vs The Machines and then we cap things off with a brutal argument about the best family film of all time.

    RiaW 4.17 - 93rd Oscars POSTview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 82:26

    What the heck was that? We go through the highs and lows of the least viewed Oscars of all time and we announce the winner of the EXTREMELY IMPORTANT Oscars poll!

    RiaW 4.15 - 93rd Oscars Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 85:54

    We're rounding out our month of Oscars preview with a recap of the remaining Best Picture nominations and filling out our predictions. Want to get in on the fun? Fill out your predictions in our Google form and you could win the only prize we know how to give out: an episode sponsorship. The person(s) with the most correct pick will get to subject us to whatever movie you choose (within normal limits). Get in now! https://forms.gle/ajHbnzX1dukKYfB57

    RiaW 4.15 - Minari and Nomadland

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 80:44

    It's part two of our Oscars build-up and we're watching two more Best Picture noms, both about the perils of the American dream.

    RiaW 4.14 - Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 91:48

    It's officially Oscars season and we're kicking it off with two movies from Netflix with directors who write robotic, clever characters. Mentioned in this episode Orson Welles sells champagne:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvxwf1jxdaM Vox explain the backstory to Mank:  https://www.vox.com/culture/21618200/mank-citizen-kane-netflix-kael-auteur-welles-hearst

    RiaW 4.13 - BattleBots

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 87:59

    After suffering through a month of comic books, Alex gets a treat. He talks way too much about his favorite zport BatteBots. Plus the boys play a really fun game of hypothetical BattleBots featuring robots from movie history.

    Eztra Credit 05 - Meditation

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 46:07

    Alex and Ezra took on another challenge this month, this time to meditate every night for two weeks. As usual, Ez did a bit better than Alex. Join us and relax (or just worry about your waddle the whole time).

    RiaW 4.12 - Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 81:49


    We committed ourselves to watching the entire unconscionably long re-edit of Justice League this weekend so you could get the inside scoop. It's BONKERS. And Anthony kinda liked it, so that's a little weird. Mentioned in this episode Anthony recommends this glowing review of the film. Alex does not. Anthony recommends this interview with Nick Cave and Billy Corgan.


    RiaW 4.11 - Watchmen Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 81:59

    We're back with the second half of the book with pictures, Watchmen. We read chapters 7 - 12 right up to the point where a giant squid vomits psychic energy that wipes out half of New York and all of war. It's a lot! Hope you enjoy.

    RiaW 4.10 - Watchmen Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 77:17


    It's time for the super adventures of Alex, Anthony, and Hunter. Just a group of guys who like to hang out and save the day. Anthony's picked our topic for these next few weeks so we're starting with books 1 - 6 of Watchmen, the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons about good guys gone bad. Plus in The Argument, what superhero would you actually like to exist in the real world?


    RiaW 4.09 - Blood and Black Lace (1964)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 85:14

    Put on your best hoodie and wake up from a nap, it's the bi-coastal podcast event of the year! The News: Anthony gives us a report on a stranger than usual Golden Globes. The Homework: Hunter introduces us to the Italian slasher genre giallo. The Argument: What's the best slasher film of all time? Scream (1996) or Psycho (1960) Mentioned in this episode If you want to get weirder in the giallo world, Hunter recommends Deep Red (1975) The LA Times deep reporting on corruption with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-02-21/hfpa-golden-globes-2021

    RiaW 4.08 - The Straight Story (1999)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 64:04

    We're off on an adventure this week, an epic journey across time, the Midwest, and Middle Earth. The News: the first 3-d reconstructed dinosaur cloaca The Homework: The 1999 Disney/David Lynch movie The Straight Story about a long trip on a little mower. The Argument: What's the best epic journey movie: Lord of the Rings or Mad Max: Fury Road

    Eztra Credit #4: Bread

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 56:57

    Ezra started baking sourdough over the pandemic (he's the only one) and he wanted to share the joy with Alex. Alex, on the other hand, thinks bread is a lie.

    RiaW 4.07 - Life of Pi (2012)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 93:19

    This week is all about survival. Will Pi survive the wide ocean alone with a metaphor? Will Gina Carano survive being held accountable for her actions? And what is the best survival movie of all time? Mentioned in this episode Gina says terrible stuff, gets a movie deal Life After Pi documentary about the VFX company winning an Oscar then going out of business. Anthony recommends: Touching the Void

    RiaW 4.06 - The Magic Special ft Billy Kidd

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 96:47


    For our first ever magic special we've got world-traveling magician Billy Kidd to help us talk about the new special from Derek DelGaudio, In and Of Itself, which is a magic show but also kinda not. It's on Hulu and definitely worth a watch. We talk about what parts worked for us and which landed like a ton of golden bricks. Plus magic news, the best magic movies, and more than a little talk about the differences between comedians and magicians. Check it out before it disappears!


    RiaW 4.05 - The Mandalorian, SpaceX, Best Space Movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 75:03

    This week we're celebrating the wide world of space with three far out topics: The Mandalorian on Disney+, SpaceX's announcement of the first all private space mission, and an argument about what makes a good space movie.

    Eztra Credit: Magic School Bus, Paw Patrol, and Gravity Falls

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2021 50:40

    Ezra's back with a group of Meat Buddy-voted topics but because he's such a generous soul, we actually took all three of the top vote-getters for kids shows: Magic School Bus Rides Again, the Netflix remake where Ms Frizz gets super hot, Paw Patrol, a show that set out to prove not all dogs are good dogs, and Gravity Falls where a legitimately good show just happens to be aimed at kids.

    RiaW 4.04 - The Manchurian Candidate (1962), GameStop, Water Cups

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 83:34

    Season 4 just got a whole lot more topical with our first ever breaking news segment! Tune in now for: The News: Why are people who used to play online poker buying GameStop stock? The Homework: When you see the queen of diamonds you'll HAVE to listen to us discuss The Manchurian Candidate (1962). The Argument: Do you leave your water cup out? The Business: Anthony's mea culpa and commander

    RiaW 4.03 - Wizard of Oz, Buckets, Menu Mistakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 88:11

    We've got another fun pile of topics as season 4 crawls on. Tell & Tell: Alex opens his wikihole for La Secchia Rapita and Hunter talks about the unfortunate journey of Pepe the Frog. The Homework: I know you've heard about The Wizard of Oz (1939) so we tried to find a few new ways to think about it. The Argument: Do you try to pronounce menu items you're not sure about? The Business: Alex's mom responds to "all that dick talk."

    PYM Bonus: Bridgerton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 70:59

    Over on our sister podcast Pack Your Mics we recorded a special bonus episode about the Netflix series Bridgerton. It features Ezra and Sarah and Chris and Tanya, so I thought you'd like to hear it in this feed. So if you like us or you like Bridgerton, check it out!  WARNING: Contains major spoilers and innovative swearing

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    RiaW 4.02 - Soul (2020), John Dillermand, Noise Complaints

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 72:31

    Like it or not season 4 is still happening. This week we've got three extremely strong topics for you. The News: Public television in Denmark released a new show about a man with a really long hog. Read more about it in the AV Club and watch all 14 episodes here. The Homework: We watched the new Pixar movie Soul (2020) and talked about watching animated people die. The Argument: How much noise would your neighbor have to make for you to ask them to turn it down. We'd love to know what you think of the format as it evolves PLUS we'd love to hear your suggestions for arguments to have. Drop us a line!

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    RiaW 4.01 - Streaming Wars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 89:54

    Season 4 is upon us! What a glorious day. We're breaking the show up a bit with a few different segments per episode with slightly different topics. This week we've got: The News: A discussion about the Warner Bros. decision to go day-and-date with streaming movies on HBO Max. The Homework: We wished for Wonder Woman 1984 and the Monkey's Paw gave us this crap. The Argument: Are TV watchers better off than they were 10 years ago? We'd love to know what you think of the format as it evolves PLUS we'd love to hear your suggestions for arguments to have. Drop us a line!

    Eztra Credit: A Claymation Christmas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 65:27

    In our final final episode of the year, Ezra and I sat down for the Meat Buddy voted holiday movie, A Claymation Christmas plus a quick discussion about Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas for good measure. Hope you enjoy. Become a Meat Buddy to help decide Ezra's fate by going to meatreon.com. Mentioned in this episode Love Actually Joke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyN9E08vFSY Story Break Podcast https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/story-break/ (h/t Tom) Only Connect show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjA9uonZhDQ (h/t Clare)

    RiaW 3.49 - The 2020 Weepies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 103:26

    Everybody's doing a year-end wrap up, but since the year was pretty crap, we each compiled a list of our 10 favorite things WE consumed this year, regardless of what year it was released. For the full lists, check out the episode page: https://read-weep.com/podcast/the-2020-weepies

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