Devin and Mark discuss some of the major storylines surrounding the upcoming 91st Academy Awards on February 24 and explore why they are so invested in the annual ceremony. In between, they fight about Vice, one of the films that received the most Oscar nominations.
Mark and Devin wrap up 2018 with reviews of some of their favo(u)rite movies of this year: Roma (0:00 - 13:20), Widows (13:20 - 23:20), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (23:20 - 29:00) and The Favourite (29:00 - 37:30). Plus: brief mentions of one movie that Devin saw but Mark didn't (The Front Runner, ) and one movie that Mark watched but Devin didn't (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).
Devin walks Mark through a therapy session as they unpack the current state of Saturday Night Live.
Some sketches we discussed:
Devin and Mark swap takes on shows they've been watching recently.
The Good Place: 0:00 - 3:00
BoJack Horseman: 3:00 - 8:30
Insecure: 8:30 - 13:30
Forever: 13:30 - 19:45
Succession: 19:45 - 28:15
American Vandal: 28:15 - 33:10
Big Brother: 33-10 - End
Devin and Mark go off the deep end. Watch as they dive in.
Mark and Devin celebrate the five-year anniversary of their podcast (!) by exploring their pop culture origin stories and uncovering a few embarrassing secrets along the way.
The soundtrack for this episode is Katy Perry's "Roar," which was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on the day Mark and Devin released the first episode of The M&M Report.
Mark and Devin look ahead to a busy movie season and preview their most anticipated releases: Widows (2:30-6:00), If Beale Street Could Talk (6:00-9:55), Backseat (9:55-18:05), Roma (18:05-23:15), Mary Queen of Scots (23:15-25:15), First Man (25:15-31:55) and The Land of Steady Habits (31:55).
Mark and Devin accept the impossible mission of marveling at the action in "Mission: Impossible — Fallout" while keeping top of mind the sinister implications of Tom Cruise's stardom.
Devin and Mark return from a long hiatus to discuss Set It Up (0:00-21:00) and First Reformed (21:00-End).
It's a full episode about the emotional devastation that comes with being a trained assassin (or being near one), courtesy of Killing Eve on BBC America (0:00-17:45) and Barry on HBO (17:45-End).
Mark and Devin review Steven Soderbergh's latest post-retirement film Unsane, which is not the work of a man who has committed to retirement in any literal sense.
Devin and Mark hit "record" on AN episode just minutes after the 2018 Oscars. This is not that episode. But it's close enough.
Mark and Devin try very hard not to spoil The Good Place (0:00-4:50)...and then they just give up and spoil it, because (the after)life's too short (4:50-End).
After you listen, check out TV critic Alison Herman's interview about the show with her philosopher father.
West Coast correspondent Erin Vail returns to nerd out with Devin and Mark over Star Wars: The Last Jedi (0:00-23:20). Then they poke gentle fun at The Post for being, well, not unsubtle (23:20-38:50). Before she leaves, Erin drops a few pop culture recommendations of her own (38:50-end).
Devin and Mark review Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut and 2017's most luscious romance (not the same movie).
Devin and Mark bid a fond (?) farewell to 2017 with a look back at the third season of Mr. Robot.
Devin and Mark review Lady Bird, a good movie.
Kevin Werner rejoins the podcast as a special Missouri correspondent to debate Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with Devin and Mark.
Devin and Mark review The Florida Project, an intriguing and heart-wrenching film worth seeing amid a weak fall movie season.
Mark and Devin examine the recent spate of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood superproducer Harvey Weinstein. They consider how such heinous crimes could have been permitted to continue for more than three decades, and what this escalating news story says about the hidden culture behind the entertainment products they love to consume.
If you want to offer feedback or constructive criticisms about this episode, please reach out on Twitter or by email. We're not scholars on these subjects, and we're eager for comments from perspectives other than our own.
Devin and Mark discuss the Boston-set drama Stronger. Mark loved it; Devin...did not.
Mark and Devin highlight some of the movies they're most excited to see before the end of the year.
Mark and Devin contemplate two works of auteur cinema from British directors: Edgar Wright's Baby Driver (0:00-17:55) and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (17:55-End). They also apologize for not podcasting about The Big Sick, which they both really liked. Sorry, The Big Sick.
Beloved special guest Kevin Werner joins Devin to talk all things Game of Thrones. Spoilers abound. (Mark was not present because he lives under a rock and has never seen Game of Thrones.)