In Reel Deep Podcast
The In Reel Deep Podcast is a movie podcast by fans, for fans. Hosted by Andrew Johnson and Steve Cimino, it provides the best in reviews, box office chatter, franchise prognostication and career retrospectives.
info_outline Episode 83: Dune (1984) 04/07/2020
Episode 83: Dune (1984) Pending an interruption from COVID-19, Denis Villeneuve's Dune remake will hit theaters in late 2020. But before you absorb the redo, you have to debate the original; that's why we invited back friend of the show Chris (a medical doctor on the front lines) who took time from his busy schedule to discuss the differences between Frank Herbert's book and David Lynch's 1984 feature film in great detail.
info_outline Episode 82: The Hateful Eight 04/02/2020
Episode 82: The Hateful Eight We've reached the end of Quentin Tarantino's filmography, which for us means 2015's The Hateful Eight. With Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Walton Goggins in the cast, you'd expect another masterpiece. Unfortunately, your expectations would be incorrect. Join as we determine where Tarantino went wrong here, along with our rankings of the top QT movies, from No. 10 to No. 1.
info_outline Episode 81: Django Unchained 03/17/2020
Episode 81: Django Unchained We're back with more Tarantino! Saddle up your horse for this near-final ride through QT's filmography, one that features Christoph Waltz's second Oscar working with Quentin, plus a shockingly evil performance from Leonardo DiCaprio and one of Jamie Foxx's breakout lead roles. We're talking, of course, about Django Unchained, Tarantino's 2012 revisionist Western and a film we were more than happy to revisit.
info_outline Episode 80: Armageddon 02/17/2020
Episode 80: Armageddon It's finally time to talk Armageddon. Michael Bay's 1998 masterpiece has been both acclaimed and reviled over the years; it's one of the rare big-budget films to get a Criterion Collection release, and one of the true gems in Bay's otherwise-shaky filmography. Does this ridiculous, America-loving movie hold up? Do we still love Bruce Willis as world-saver Harry Stamper? And is Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" the greatest movie theme of all time?
info_outline Episode 79: What Was the Best Movie of 2019? 02/07/2020
Episode 79: What Was the Best Movie of 2019? The day is finally here; In Reel Deep is ready to crown its top movie of 2019. Will it be Parasite? Little Women? The Irishman? Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? Or The Farewell? Visit inreeldeep.com to view our list of 2019's finest films, and then join us as we decide on a true No. 1 of the year.
info_outline And Justice for Al: The Irishman 01/20/2020
And Justice for Al: The Irishman It's finally time to discuss The Irishman, and for once in a good long while there's "solidarity!" on And Justice for Al. Beyond all the Oscar-nominated Pacino chatter, we break down what might be Martin Scorsese's last mobster movie, De Niro's creepy piercing green eyes, and maybe the best performance of Joe Pesci's career. It's what it is: it's the preeminent Al Pacino podcast.
info_outline Episode 78: 2020 Oscar Nominations 01/15/2020
Episode 78: 2020 Oscar Nominations Joker, 1917, The Irishman, Little Women, Parasite: Which of these movies is the front-runner for 2020 Best Picture? And, perhaps more importantly, did the Academy Award nominations bring additional shame upon this increasingly outdated process? If you've listened before, you know the drill: join us as we dissect the 2020 Oscar nominations and determine where the Academy went right or (more likely) wrong.
info_outline Episode 77: The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show on Prime Video 12/20/2019
Episode 77: The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show on Prime Video So it's come to this: the In Reel Deep Podcast is reviewing a holiday variety show. Kacey Musgraves has a beautiful voice and seems like a lovely person, but we're not sure she should be the host of a Christmas spectacular. Is there another universe where a special starring Kendall Jenner, Fred Armisen, and Zooey Deschanel turns out good? Was this a smart investment for Amazon Prime Video? Join us as we break down this subpar singalong.
info_outline Episode 76: Netflix's Klaus 12/18/2019
Episode 76: Netflix's Klaus If you weren't expecting much from Netflix's first original animated feature, prepare to be surprised: Klaus might just be a Christmas classic. We break down why this Santa Claus origin story from Despicable Me creator Sergio Pablos is so special, why we wish all Christmas movies could highlight holiday themes without getting cheap or lazy, and what this very fine film means for the future of Netflix.
info_outline Episode 75: Disney+'s Noelle 12/06/2019
Episode 75: Disney+'s Noelle Disney's new streaming service has taken the entertainment world by storm; will its first Christmas movie do the same? Though it stars the beloved Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, Noelle feels more like one of Netflix's algorithm-fueled offerings than a Santa-centric Walt Disney classic. We kick off Christmas Month by dissecting this long-gestating mess of a motion picture.
info_outline Episode 74: The (Streaming) War for Christmas 12/02/2019
Episode 74: The (Streaming) War for Christmas Hallmark has long been the worldwide leader in holiday movies, pumping out Christmas crap that Santa lovers everywhere eat up. But suddenly, streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime are looking to horn in on this lucrative market and steal the channel's crown. In celebration of yet another December, we've invited special guest Sam Johnson back on the podcast to force-feed us Christmas movies. What did he choose? Hint: it'll be a very streaming-centric holiday on the In Reel Deep Podcast.
info_outline Episode 73: Inglourious Basterds 11/05/2019
Episode 73: Inglourious Basterds We've made it to what Quentin Tarantino believes to be his masterpiece, at least if you trust Brad Pitt's final line. Inglourious Basterds is a decade old and just as good as you remember; it's the film that brought Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Brühl and Mélanie Laurent into our lives, and it's undoubtedly one of QT's best. But is it as good as Pulp Fiction? Does it deserve the top spot in Tarantino's filmography? Join us as we break down this modern masterpiece.
info_outline Episode 72: Death Proof 10/17/2019
Episode 72: Death Proof By every account, including his own, Death Proof is minor Quentin Tarantino. But that also makes it a little fascinating; when you're going through the QT filmography, how do you judge this random, Kurt Russell-led murderous endeavor? Is it a real movie, or just a fun romp with his buddy Robert Rodriguez that doesn't actually count? Join us as we break down Quentin's take on a stuntman slasher film.
info_outline Episode 71: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood 09/24/2019
Episode 71: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood We've leapt forward in our journey through Quentin Tarantino's filmography to tackle his latest: the captivating Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie lead a tremendous cast that includes the famed Alfredo Pacino; as such, we've brought And Justice for Al co-star Tom onto the big show to discuss Pacino's work as Marvin Schwarzs along with all things Tarantino.
info_outline Episode 70: Kill Bill 08/19/2019
Episode 70: Kill Bill We've reached a major moment in Quentin Tarantino's filmography: Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. There hadn't been a QT film in 6 years when Vol. 1 came out, and we'd never think of a Tarantino movie the same way again. Does The Bride's revenge quest against David Carradine and the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad hold up in 2019? Or was it a classic example of style over substance, with his love of kung-fu insanity taking precedence over character development and narrative cohesion?
info_outline Bonus Episode: Hobbs & Shaw 08/07/2019
Bonus Episode: Hobbs & Shaw Our resident Fast & Furious expert Holc has returned to break down this new adrenaline-fueled blockbuster, only with a slight twist; we're bringing it to you via a special bonus episode from Steve's other podcast, Awesome Truth! It's a pro wrestling book club, so get ready for lots of talk about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, John Cena joining the cast of Fast & Furious 9, and the overhyped debut of glorified extra Roman Reigns.
info_outline Episode 69: Jackie Brown 07/30/2019
Episode 69: Jackie Brown We continue our journey through the Quentin Tarantino filmography with Jackie Brown, the 1997 crime thriller that is unlike anything QT has made before or since. It revitalized the careers of Pam Grier and Robert Forster, gave Robert De Niro one of his last truly great roles, and showed that Tarantino can write for women after all. It doesn't have the iconic aura of a Pulp Fiction or an Inglourious Basterds, but it's just as good. Join us and find out why.
info_outline Episode 68: Pulp Fiction 07/12/2019
Episode 68: Pulp Fiction A Royale with cheese. Ezekiel 25:17. I love you, Honey Bunny. Zed's dead, baby. We could go on for hours: Pulp Fiction may be the most quotable movie of all time, and it's next up as we journey through Quentin Tarantino's filmography. Join us as we debate who was better, Samuel L. Jackson or Uma Thurman, along with lots of other gushing ramblings about Tarantino's finest work.
info_outline Bonus Episode: A 3-Year-Old Reviews Toy Story 06/28/2019
Bonus Episode: A 3-Year-Old Reviews Toy Story You've heard our take on Toy Story 4 and the entire Pixar franchise; now find out what a 3-year-old girl loves (and doesn't love) about what might be the finest cinematic franchise of all time.
info_outline Episode 67: The Toy Story Franchise 06/27/2019
Episode 67: The Toy Story Franchise Now that Toy Story 4 has received glowing reviews, it's time to acknowledge the increasingly obvious: the Toy Story franchise might be the best in cinematic history. To appropriately dissect this classic series, the In Reel Deep guys watched all four stories about toys and showed up (mostly) ready to discuss Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang.
info_outline Episode 66: Reservoir Dogs 06/20/2019
Episode 66: Reservoir Dogs In 1992, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs announced the arrival of a brash new auteur, inspired a million copycats, and arguably changed American cinema. As we head toward Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, we're revisiting the director's entire filmography. We begin with Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and an infamous ear scene that is still talked about today. Let's get a taco.
info_outline Episode 65: Deadwood: The Movie 06/07/2019
Episode 65: Deadwood: The Movie It took almost 13 years, but Deadwood: The Movie has arrived. To celebrate HBO somehow reassembling David Milch and maybe the greatest cast in television history, we've convened to discuss Ian McShane, Gerald McRaney, Molly Parker, and everyone else who participated in this minor miracle. Welcome back to f*ckin' Deadwood. It can be combative.
info_outline Episode 64: Avengers: Endgame 05/07/2019
Episode 64: Avengers: Endgame In this spoiler-heavy analysis of Avengers: Endgame, longtime special guest Holc returns to discuss how the Russo brothers ended Marvel's 22-movie run and how the grand finale affects Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thanos, and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
info_outline Episode 63: 2019 Oscar Predictions 02/22/2019
Episode 63: 2019 Oscar Predictions We hate the Academy Awards, but we also can't stop talking about them. In what's become an In Reel Deep tradition, we break down the six big categories for 2019, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture.
info_outline Episode 62: What Was the Best Movie of 2018? 01/28/2019
Episode 62: What Was the Best Movie of 2018? BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, First Reformed, Roma, or A Star is Born: which will be chosen as In Reel Deep's best movie of 2018? Andrew and Steve break down their top 10 lists and then pick one of the big five as the film of the year.
info_outline Episode 61: The Muppet Christmas Carol 12/24/2018
Episode 61: The Muppet Christmas Carol There's no better way to end a December filled with movies than The Muppet Christmas Carol, perhaps the most adorable holiday film of all time. Come spend Christmas Eve with Gonzo, Rizzo, Michael Caine, and the rest of the gang.
info_outline Episode 60: Love Actually, Again 12/21/2018
Episode 60: Love Actually, Again In December of 2017, we slaughtered Love Actually for being a terrible movie. We even insisted that it was not, in fact, a Christmas movie. Have we softened over the last year? Join us as we rank every story in this beloved holiday mishmosh. Who will take the top spot: Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, or Hugh Grant?
info_outline Episode 59: Elf 12/17/2018
Episode 59: Elf This 2003 holiday classic has it all: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, and enough laugh-out-loud comedy goodness to lift it from "Christmas treat" to "genuinely good movie." But that doesn't mean it's perfect; it's time to break down Jon Favreau's first big feature and point out its (admittedly few) flaws.
info_outline Episode 58: The Grinch Holiday Spectacular 12/10/2018
Episode 58: The Grinch Holiday Spectacular The holiday season hasn't really begun until you've watched 215 minutes of How the Grinch Stole Christmas adaptations. How would we rank them? Or, more accurately, just how bad is the Ron Howard-directed one? Join us for a deep dissection of the iconic Grinch story.
info_outline Episode 57: The Christmas Chronicles 12/03/2018
Episode 57: The Christmas Chronicles Casting Kurt Russell as Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles was the coup of the holiday season for Netflix; it guaranteed everyone would be talking about his sexy DILF version of Saint Nick just as much as the movie. But is the final product worth adding to your holiday viewing rotation, or is it just a ho-hum Hallmark movie with the Captain Ron star in a lead role?