Each episode, Paul Matwychuk (film critic for CBC Radio and EIGHTEEN BRIDGES magazine), Heather Noel (owner of the alternative video store The Videodrome), and Erin Fraser (curator of the Graphic Content and Reel Family Cinema series at Metro Cinema) watch a double feature of two thematically related films, one "arty," the other "trashy," and then debate which one deserves to win the week.
TAATM #358: Broadcast News vs. Anchorman
1:46:58Erin and Paul review two films set in the world of TV journalism: James L. Brooks' 1987 comedy-drama BROADCAST NEWS, and Adam McKay's 2004 quotefest ANCHORMAN. Plus: our quick takes on NIGHT RAIDERS, LUCA, BLACK WIDOW, SQUID GAME, THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK, and THE NIGHT HOUSE.
TAATM #357: Stray Dog vs. Blue Steel
1:35:03Paul and Erin review two films about rookie cops and missing guns: Akira Kurosawa's 1949 breakthrough STRAY DOG, and Kathryn Bigelow's 1990 cop thriller BLUE STEEL. Plus: a quickie recap of last week's lost episode (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST vs. THE NINTH CONFIGURATION) and a discussion of TITANE.
TAATM #356: Annette vs. The Muppet Movie
1:50:43Erin and Paul review two films in which live actors interact with puppets: Leos Carax's critically divisive new musical ANNETTE, and 1979's THE MUPPET MOVIE. Plus: our quick takes on BEANS, MALIGNANT, THE VOYEURS, and THE CARD COUNTER.
TAATM #355: Scarface (1932) vs. Scarface (1983)
1:40:47Paul and Erin review two films about immigrant gangsters and their ruthless rise to power: Howard Hawks' 1932 crime classic SCARFACE, and Brian de Palma's flashy, hyperviolent 1983 SCARFACE remake. Plus: our (very) quick takes on REMINISCENCE, DON'T BREATHE 2, ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, and SHANG-CHI: THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS.
TAATM #354: Peeping Tom vs. A Bucket Of Blood
1:25:11Erin and Paul review two films about disturbed men who kill for the sake of art: our art pick is Michael Powell's once-scandalous 1960 thriller PEEPING TOM; and our trash pick is Roger Corman's 1959 black comedy A BUCKET OF BLOOD. Plus: our quick takes on WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED, SATOSHI KON: THE ILLUSIONIST, THE PALINDROMISTS, ANNETTE and THE GREEN KNIGHT.
TAATM #353: Orange County vs. Beatriz At Dinner
1:55:23Erin and Paul review two films written by THE WHITE LOTUS creator and reality competition show regular Mike White: our trash pic is the 2002 teen comedy ORANGE COUNTY, starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black; and our art pick is BEATRIZ AT DINNER, the 2017 satire starring Salma Hayek. Plus: our quick takes on MY SALINGER YEAR, JUNGLE CRUISE, OLD, and ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN.
TAATM #352: The Lost Weekend vs. X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes
1:30:35Erin and Paul review two films starring Ray Milland as a man in the grip of self-destructive addictions: Billy Wilder's 1945 Oscar-winning drama THE LOST WEEKEND, and Roger Corman's psychedelic 1963 B-movie X: THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES. Plus: our quick takes on ZOLA, THE SUICIDE SQUAD, and ALL LIGHT EVERYWHERE.
TAATM #351: Rio Bravo vs. Assault On Precinct 13
1:45:54Paul and Erin review two films about lawmen under siege: our art pick is Howard Hawks' 1959 Western RIO BRAVO, and our trash pick is John Carpenter's 1976 thriller ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. Plus: our quick takes on YOUNGER, MILITARY WIVES, BLACK WIDOW, THE SPARKS BROTHERS and PIG.
TAATM #350: Donnie Darko vs. Harvey
1:55:15Paul and Erin review two films about men with imaginary (?) rabbit companions: DONNIE DARKO, starring Jake Gyllenhaal; and HARVEY, starring James Stewart. Plus: our quick takes on F9, IN THE HEIGHTS, A QUIET PLACE PART II, and SUMMER OF SOUL.
TAATM #349: Victor/Victoria vs. The Birdcage
1:47:57Paul and Erin review two films set in drag nightclubs: Blake Edwards' 1982 comedy of sexual confusion VICTOR/VICTORIA; and Mike Nichols' 1996 farce THE BIRDCAGE. Plus: our quick takes on HALSTON, LUCA, SHIVA BABY, and CENSOR.