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The M&M Report

Devin Mitchell and Mark Lieberman discuss the latest developments in popular culture, from the movie of the week to the TV show of the moment.
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Nov 12, 2015

Devin, Mark and special guest Chloe Johnson reflect on the second season of Fargo.

Nov 12, 2015

Devin and Mark welcome special guest Chloe Johnson to discuss Spotlight.

Nov 12, 2015

Devin Mitchell and I review the claustrophobia-inducing drama Room, which stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay as a mother and child held captive in a garden shed for more than five years. This movie freaked them out, but they recommend it.

Then they paid tribute to one of their favorite web sites: Grantland, which ESPN abruptly shuttered a couple weeks ago.

And finally, Devin explains why he doesn’t want to hear one more word about the 2016 election. (This episode was recorded on Sunday, before Tuesday’s GOP debate.)

Nov 3, 2015

Devin and Mark looked back at the first three episodes of the new season of Saturday Night Live, remarking on the highs of Tracy Morgan’s triumphant return and the lows of Miley Cyrus’s…less triumphant return. Then they preview the upcoming episode with a discussion of whether it’s ethical, or advisable, to let Donald Trump host.

Oct 26, 2015

Devin and Mark discuss the notorious box-office bomb Steve Jobs, a big-budget prestige drama from a major studio that’s performing almost exactly the same as the 2013 indie drama Jobs (starring Ashton Freaking Kutcher).

Oct 23, 2015

Devin and Mark bring on special guest Matt Dewilde to discuss Steven Spielberg's stately drama Bridge of Spies.

Sep 16, 2015

Devin and Mark discuss the Denis Villeneuve-directed thriller Sicario (also known as “Sicari-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”, now playing in limited release.

Aug 10, 2015

Devin and Mark discuss James Ponsoldt’s drama The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel as the author David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky. They both enjoyed the movie, even though they were uncomfortable with the idea of a mainstream movie about a man who likely would have abhorred the concept of a mainstream movie about himself.

Jul 31, 2015

Devin and Mark discuss the end of Jon Stewart’s remarkable, influential 16-year run on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with returning guest Jonathan Connelly. They touch on the impact Stewart’s had on his successors and proteges, the influence and limitations of his rhetoric on the “real world” and what to expect from a post-Jon Stewart future.

Jun 29, 2015

Devin and Mark sort through slightly disappointed feelings about Trainwreck, the new comedy film from director Judd Apatow and star/screenwriter Amy Schumer.

Jun 16, 2015

Devin and Mark review Pixar’s Inside Out. Devin’s two-word description of the movie at 6:55 pretty much stands on its own, but they also discuss the ins and the outs of the film and reflect on the last two decades of Pixar as they unfolded parallel to our childhood.

Jun 9, 2015

Devin and Mark welcome returning guest Kevin Werner to discuss the fourth season of Veep. They talk about the highs (Jonah and Richard, the cult of Tom James, the plight of Catherine Meyer) and the lows (fuzzy electoral math, overly dense finale plots) of this season, and they touch on our expectations for the next one, the first under replacement showrunner David Mandel.

Jun 8, 2015

Devin and Mark discuss the excellent new Paul Feig comedy Spy (2:00-18:19) and offered some further reflections on the series finale of Mad Men (18:20-43:20), following their written reaction the day after the episode aired.

May 9, 2015

Mark and Devin review the new movie “Ex Machina” (1:07 - 11:13) and preview six upcoming summer movies, from Disney’s “Tomorrowland” to Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck" (11:15 - 32:45). 

May 4, 2015

Mark and Devin welcome returning guest Erin Vail to discuss the newly released trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (1:25-20:30). Then they review the first season of Better Call Saul (20:48-End).

Apr 14, 2015

Mark and Devin review the final season premiere of Mad Men with special guest Cuneyt Dil (0:30-18:05). Then they discuss While We're Young, the first movie either of them saw in 2015 (18:05-30:05).

Apr 2, 2015

Devin and Mark discuss two of the year’s breakout TV hits with special guests: Erin Vail on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (5:20-19:10) and Jordan-Marie Smith on Empire (19:45-39:00).

Mar 23, 2015

Mark and Devin discuss the third season of House of Cards with special guest Kevin Werner, who fills in Mark’s considerable gaps in knowledge about the Netflix series (1:35 - 27:45). Then they switch to network TV to review the ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat" (28:00 - 38:15).

Feb 23, 2015

Mark and Devin discuss the highs and lows of Sunday’s Oscar telecast on ABC, just minutes after it ended.

Feb 20, 2015

Mark and Devin break down the Oscar nominations in the major categories with the help of special guests Kate Magill and Emma Williams. They also discussed their favorite movies of 2015 and some of the nominations that surprised them most.

Nominations -- 1:35 - 8:10

Acting categories -- 8:10 - 28:30

Best Picture -- 28:30 - 35:15

Other films -- 35:20 - 42:30

Feb 17, 2015

Devin and Mark tackle four big news items before moving on to review Better Call Saul, AMC’s new spinoff of Breaking Bad (22:52-32:08).

Grammy Awards -- 0:52 - 5:50

NBC suspends Brian Williams -- 5:52 - 12:48

Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show -- 12:49 - 19:55

New House of Cards season briefly leaks -- 19:58 - 22:52

Feb 9, 2015

Mark and Devin recap Missy Elliott’s show-stealing Super Bowl halftime show performance (0:45-9:45). They also discuss the critically acclaimed FX crime drama Fargo (9:50-27:20) and review Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (27:20-37:45).

Feb 3, 2015

Mark and Devin discuss the thematic ambitions and political parallels of Clint Eastwood's blockbuster American Sniper (1:40 - 16:55).

After that, they take a look at Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed, who traversed the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail (17:00 - 28:36).

Jan 22, 2015

Devin and Mark return from hiatus to review Inherent Vice (with special guest Chloe Johnson) and Selma. After that, “Devin Doesn’t Like Things” returns for a look at the issues surrounding blood and gore in film and television (38:35-43:30).

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