Accept The Mystery
Josh Richmond and Jackie Lechtholz-Zey discuss every Coen Brothers film, from Blood Simple to Inside Llewyn Davis, in encyclopedic detail. Plus special guests, smart games and stupid questions!
info_outline Hail Caesar 03/23/2016
Hail Caesar Josh and Jackie are back to accept another mystery! On a special ATM, they're joined by UCB's Peter Banifaz to talk about the Coens' love letter to Tinseltown, Hail Caesar, starring Josh Brolin and George Clooney. They'll also lament sibling rivalries, discover what a vomitorium is, and, yes, dive into #CoensSoWhite.
info_outline Kumiko the Treasure Hunter 04/21/2015
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter Jackie and Josh are guest-free this week as they talk about the Tokyo-to-Minnesota odyssey Kumiko the Treasure Hunter. They also learn about the Armenian genocide, test Josh's travel-worthiness, and believe the Loch Ness Monster is real.
info_outline Fargo E09-10 w/ Margaret Nagle 03/18/2015
Fargo E09-10 w/ Margaret Nagle Josh, Jackie and writer/Braveheart descendant Margaret Nagle (The Good Lie, Boardwalk Empire) watch the final two chilling-yet-satisfying episodes of Fargo Season 1. They also riff on the artificiality of Vegas, wonder whether Noah Hawley could have done more to deliver on expectations, and finally turn the quiz tables on Josh.
info_outline True Grit (1969) w/ Nadia Kamil 03/06/2015
True Grit (1969) w/ Nadia Kamil On the truest and grittest Accept The Mystery Yet, comic Nadia Kamil joins Josh and Jackie to discuss the original 1969 film of True Grit, starring John Wayne and Kim Darby. They also learn about superintelligent horses, propose starting a night law firm, and maaaaaybe get to hear Jackie's Elvis impression.
info_outline The Ladykillers (1955) ft. Emily Towers 02/25/2015
The Ladykillers (1955) ft. Emily Towers Josh, Jackie and writer/director/complete sentence Emily Towers watch the British comedy classic The Ladykillers, released in 1955 and starring Alec Guinness. They also talk about weird Florida pets, nitpick the structural integrity of ladders, and learn which classical composer was terrified of Triscuits.
info_outline Poems, Plays & Shorts ft. Franco Pillsbury 02/18/2015
Poems, Plays & Shorts ft. Franco Pillsbury Today's episode is for the completists! Josh, Jackie and Franco Pillsbury watch the Coen Bros' short films "World Cinema" and "Tuileries," read some excerpts from Ethan Coen's play trilogy "Almost An Evening," and round things off with a smoky, jazzy poetry reading session from Ethan's poem collection The Day The World Ends. Plus deep thoughts on the afterlife!
info_outline Inside Llewyn Davis ft. Christian Hand 02/05/2015
Inside Llewyn Davis ft. Christian Hand Josh and Jackie welcome musician and radio host Christian Hand to discuss the Coen Bros' wintry folk ballad Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Isaac. They also trade strategies for surviving in a stalled elevator, pick our favorite Katy Perry songs, and go deep on the nature of success.
info_outline Fargo E07-8 ft. Ron Fassler 01/21/2015
Fargo E07-8 ft. Ron Fassler Josh and Jackie continue their epic rewatch of Fargo Season 1, with help from actor and writer Ron Fassler. They also discover how much a babysitting job would net you back in the day, learn who was set to play Marge when Fargo was first in TV development, and travel back to the far off year of 2013.
info_outline Unbroken ft. AJ Berna 01/14/2015
Unbroken ft. AJ Berna It's ATM's first trip to the theater, as Josh, Jackie and writer and improviser AJ Berna check out the Jolie/Coen collabo Unbroken. They also muse on the feasibility of killing a shark bare-handed, listen to the music of Miyavi, and learn about ancient nude deathmatches.
info_outline Fargo E04-6 ft. GJ Echternkamp 01/07/2015
Fargo E04-6 ft. GJ Echternkamp Josh and Jackie continue their breakdown of the first season of Fargo, joined by podcaster and "Frank and Cindy" director GJ Echternkamp. They also learn the true cost of a toilet bowl, meditate on man buns, and, for a few intense minutes, revisit Fargo the film.
info_outline Romance & Cigarettes ft. Ben Siemon 12/24/2014
Romance & Cigarettes ft. Ben Siemon Jackie, Josh and UCB’s Ben Siemon muster up the courage to discuss John Turturro’s Coen-produced “working class opera” Romance & Cigarettes. They also reveal Hollywood’s unspoken rules about smoking, marvel at the sexism of the past, and join the Star Wars Cutout Of The Month Club.
info_outline Fargo E01-3 ft. Dan Wolfberg 12/17/2014
Fargo E01-3 ft. Dan Wolfberg Jackie and Josh, along with special guest Dan Wolfberg, begin their dark night of the Upper Midwestern soul with the first three episodes of the critically acclaimed series adaptation of "Fargo." They also muse on the joys of college nudity, discover the true price of temporary tattoos, and hear Dan's incredible true story of meeting the Coen Bros!
info_outline True Grit ft. Frank Myhero 12/10/2014
True Grit ft. Frank Myhero Jackie, Josh and Frank Myhero watch and discuss the Coen Bros' throwback Western "True Grit," a remake of the 1969 film starring John Wayne. They also bring back the political roundtable, question whether this is the Coens' "Star Wars," and parse out just what Josh and Jackie consider "spoilers."
info_outline A Serious Man ft. Jake Regal 12/03/2014
A Serious Man ft. Jake Regal Actor and comic Jake Regal joins Josh and Jackie to discuss the Coens' existential black tragicomedy A Serious Man, starring Michael Stuhlbarg. They also debate the value of saxophone, meditate on the origins of Jewish guilt, and learn about Adam's first, much mouthier wife.
info_outline Burn After Reading ft. Ray Richmond 11/26/2014
Burn After Reading ft. Ray Richmond Ray Richmond joins Josh and Jackie to discuss the star-studded D.C. political satire "Burn After Reading." They also dig into the Cosby scandal, weigh in on the Richmond family preference for real vs. fake boobs, and wonder whether a Dogmaster is real.
info_outline No Country For Old Men ft. Eric Bauer 11/19/2014
No Country For Old Men ft. Eric Bauer This week Josh, Jackie, and comic/Don Draper surrogate Eric Bauer discuss the Coens' Best Picture winning neo-Western "No Country For Old Men," starring Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones. They also learn about the world's rarest coins, debate the merits of Oliver Stone, and point out some unintended consequences of the British healthcare system.
info_outline The Cannoli Of Promise Hill: A Game Of Fiasco 11/13/2014
The Cannoli Of Promise Hill: A Game Of Fiasco Josh, Jackie and friends play Fiasco and enact a poignant, Coenesque tale of revenge, betrayal and dessert. Starring Jackie Lechtholz-Zey as Carlo Zanetti, Frank Myhero as Felix Frisbee, Franco Pillsbury as Shlomo Gold, and Josh Richmond as Lana Zanetti.
info_outline The Ladykillers ft. Alex Sherman 11/05/2014
The Ladykillers ft. Alex Sherman Josh, Jackie and comic and writer Alex Sherman sit through 2004's The Ladykillers, starring Tom Hanks in a role originated by Alec Guinness. They also praise the healing powers of Mel Gibson, wonder whether Tom Hanks' laugh is funny or annoying, and discover that the more you drink from the lake of fire, the thirstier you get.
info_outline Bad Santa ft. Zane Grant 10/29/2014
Bad Santa ft. Zane Grant Zane Grant joins Josh and Jackie in the JFIO Studios to talk about Terry Zwigoff's Coen-produced black comedy "Bad Santa," starring Billy Bob Thornton. They also learn about Joulapukki the Yule Goat, gasp at BBT's true age, and rate their favorite candy deep cuts.
info_outline Intolerable Cruelty ft. Jake Fleisher 10/22/2014
Intolerable Cruelty ft. Jake Fleisher Josh, Jackie and writer Jake Fleisher kick off the Coen's "studio comedy" period with the divorce comedy Intolerable Cruelty, starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They also discuss the ethics of big budget art films, learn what country has the highest divorce rate (it's not ours!) and brainstorm some really great ideas, pat pend.
info_outline MINI EP: Interviews w/ Kulap Vilaysack, Dan Delgado, Marc Hershon 10/15/2014
MINI EP: Interviews w/ Kulap Vilaysack, Dan Delgado, Marc Hershon No movie reviews this week, but Josh shares some interviews he recorded at LA Podcast Festival, along with another super top secret exclusive interview.
info_outline The Man Who Wasn't There ft. Josh Covitt 10/08/2014
The Man Who Wasn't There ft. Josh Covitt Today Josh and Jackie have actor and improvisor Josh Covitt to talk about the Coen's noir throwback "The Man Who Wasn't There," starring Billy Bob Thornton. They also dish on jail survival strategies, learn the definition of existentialism, and play a bitterly contested game about hair.
info_outline O Brother Where Art Thou? ft. Matt Gourley 10/01/2014
O Brother Where Art Thou? ft. Matt Gourley Josh, Jackie and improvisor and podcaster Matt Gourley (Superego, James Bonding) trek through the Coens' Southern adventure O Brother, Where Art Thou?, starring George Clooney. They also discover which legendary bluesman really loves barbecue, question whether the Coens have even read The Odyssey, and read Jackie's first screenplay.
info_outline The Big Lebowski ft. Thomas Ouellette 09/24/2014
The Big Lebowski ft. Thomas Ouellette Josh and Jackie bring in comic and improvisor Thomas Ouellette (aka improv4humans' 'Thomas The Intern') to discuss the surreallist cult classic The Big Lebowski. They also learn what weighted leather is, discuss the Tao of the Dude, and get into a legitimate argument over primary colors.
info_outline The Naked Man / Gambit ft. Lara Roizen 09/17/2014
The Naked Man / Gambit ft. Lara Roizen Josh and Jackie have Jackie's cousin/best friend Lara Roizen on to discuss two Coen-scripted video releases, wrestling comedy The Naked Man and art heist flick Gambit. They also reveal their wrestling personas, learn about the world's most defiled painting, and discover that the root of all evil is spinal misalignment.
info_outline Fargo ft. Betsy Stover 09/10/2014
Fargo ft. Betsy Stover Josh and Jackie welcome UCB improvisor and native Minnesotan Betsy Stover to their discussion of the Coen Brothers' "film blanc" Fargo, starring William H. Macy and Frances McDormand. They also discover which actor threatened to shoot the Coens' dog, learn why you shouldn't bring your journal on a first date, and marvel at the story of the Piggyback Bandit.
info_outline The Hudsucker Proxy ft. Jeremy Turkin 09/03/2014
The Hudsucker Proxy ft. Jeremy Turkin Jackie, Josh and their friend and fellow improvisor Jeremy Turkin watch The Hudsucker Proxy, starring Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh. They also debate the meaning of circles and lines, learn what a sand hog is, and quickly discover who won the drinking game.
info_outline Barton Fink ft. Joe Hartzler 08/27/2014
Barton Fink ft. Joe Hartzler Josh, Jackie and actor and comic Joe Hartzler (UCB, Funny Or Die) take apart the Coens' unconventional (to say the least!) Hollywood satire Barton Fink, starring John Turturro and John Goodman. They also learn what an applesauce machine is, debate the utility of a chocolate hotel room, and marvel when Barton becomes a ping-pong champion.