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.)
Devin and Mark discuss their conflicted reactions to Master of None season two. Then they spar (as only they can) over The Americans season five.
Win It All is the latest gripping drama from writer-director Joe Swanberg and writer-star Jake Johnson; you can stream it on Netflix now. It's good. Meanwhile, what does the recent explosion of content coming from streaming services mean for more traditional creators and distributors of pop culture? We don't have all the answers, but we make a few guesses.
Devin and Mark introduce a new recurring segment (0:00-10:35) and review the new film Colossal (10:35-End), starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis.
Mark and Devin talk through their thoughts on the role of pop culture and the entertainment industry in the era of President Donald Trump. (Plus: a milestone!)
Further reading: Alyssa Rosenberg on the importance of representation; Caroline Framke on Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers' shows since the election; Todd VanDerWerff on the perils of overly simplistic pop culture criticism; Ira Madison III on Get Out; Mikael Wood on Lady Gaga.
Devin and Mark call Erin Vail for a peaceful discussion of Get Out and Big Little Lies, and a not-so-peaceful discussion about The Young Pope and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
0:00-18:00: Get Out
18:00-30:00: Big Little Lies
30:00-38:15: The Young Pope
38:15-End: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Devin and Mark look back on the highs and lows of what may go down as the memorable Oscars in history. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Mark and Devin discuss six Oscar nominees and preview next Sunday's ceremony.
Hacksaw Ridge: 0:00-6:50
Hidden Figures: 23:15-31:15
20th Century Women: 31:15-37:05
Thoughts on next week's ceremony: 37:05-End
Devin and Mark reflects on eight years of President Obama's unprecedented, radical interactions with popular culture: late-night talk shows, podcasts, stand-up comedy, the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the NBA draft and more.
Devin and Mark brawl over La La Land.
Devin and Mark flash back to a(nother) challenging time in American presidential history with a look at the Oscar-contending Pablo Larain drama Jackie.
Devin and Mark reflect on a turbulent year in world affairs and a fruitful one for pop culture, touching on Frank Ocean's Blond (0:00-9:40), the Longform podcast (9:40-18:15), Atlanta (18:15-33:40), O.J.: Made in America (33:40-42:20), The Lobster (42:20-47:30), Hell or High Water (47:30-54:50) and Moonlight (54:50-End).
Mark and Devin tackle two funny movies that deal with grief in different but comparable ways: The Edge of Seventeen (0:00-12:55) and Manchester by the Sea (12:55-end).