July 11, 2016

EP. 85 — Boogie Nights vs. There Will Be Blood

This week, Devin and Amy pit “Boogie Nights” against “There Will Be Blood” to determine which Paul Thomas Anderson film deserves a place in the Canon. They dissect Mark Wahlberg’s “everyman” sexuality and discuss what about PTA makes his actors do their best work during their take on “Boogie Nights.” Then they dig into “There Will Be Blood,” during which they praise the contrast between Paul Dano and Daniel Day-Lewis and examine the duality of Daniel Plainview’s final words. Head to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote on which movie should be inducted into the Canon!

Recent Episodes

August 12, 2018

Amy announces the winner of the final Canon call-in showdown, before presenting an episode of Unspooled, all about 1998’s Titanic. Don’t forget to subscribe to Unspooled on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts!

July 15, 2018

We asked, and you nominated! For the final episode of the season, Amy and Engineer Sam take listener calls to hear arguments as to which of these films should enter The Canon: David Fincher’s 2007 thriller “Zodiac;” the first film in the Cornetto trilogy, 2004’s “Shaun of the Dead;” or the 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson drama “Magnolia.” Which film will round out this edition of The Canon? Head over to the Earwolf forums now to cast your vote!

July 2, 2018

Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson joins Amy this week to discuss the 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens.” They break down the film’s more difficult moments, examining the relationship between Big Edie and Little Edie as well as the undercurrent of latent sadness. Plus, they consider the direction and vision of Albert and David Maysles, themes of capitalism and decay, and how “Grey Gardens” encapsulates the central question of documentary. Should “Grey Gardens” enter The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now!