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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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Sep 9, 2020

Mark and Devin try to make sense of what the Emmy Awards will look like, and what they mean, during the pandemic. Plus, they highlight some worthy and not so worthy nominees, and Devin shares a particularly exasperated take on a notable contender.

Aug 6, 2020

Devin and Mark return from an extended hiatus to provide some personal updates and share what they've been thinking about during the protests for racial justice and as the pandemic times continue.

They also discuss the protracted saga over when (if?) Christopher Nolan's Tenet will premiere in U.S. theaters (14:20), the quarantine production of Malcolm & Marie with John David Washington and Zendaya (27:55), and whether depictions of police and courts in movies and television will change (39:02).

Note: We did not mean to imply that The M&M Report is the last great American dynasty; that was just Devin's favorite song on folklore.

Further reading:

VarietyChristopher Nolan's 'Tenet' Delays August Release
Deadline: Reopening Hollywood: How Zendaya, John David Washington & ‘Euphoria’ Creator Sam Levinson Started & Finished A Secret Movie During The Pandemic
GQRobert Pattinson - A Dispatch From Isolation
Vulture: How does it feel to make police shows in 2020?
Apr 20, 2020

Devin and Mark, still in quarantine after a month, take stock of how the pandemic has temporarily (and perhaps permanently) transformed the entertainment industry and our relationship to it.

Topics include: Film and TV production; SNL and late-night shows recorded remotely; movie theater closures; scrambled release calendars and canceled events; what the future may hold for pop culture devotees like us; and, finally, Drake.

Some further reading:

  • Deadline: What will happen on film/TV sets once they do eventually resume production
  • New York Times: Reporting on possibilities for fall movies and the Oscars
  • IndieWire: Steven Soderbergh leading a DGA committee on restarting production
  • Los Angeles Times: Film sets are notoriously unsanitary
  • Vulture: What happens for the rest of the year?
Mar 31, 2020

Devin and Mark, self-quarantining in their respective homes, review and recommend the first season of the USA drama series Briarpatch, created by former Grantland TV critic Andy Greenwald (0:00-32:40) and share some streaming suggestions to fill time while you're at home for the next while (32:40 - end).

Mark's picks:

  • Halt and Catch Fire, four ten-episode seasons on Netflix
  • The filmography of Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass and Wendy and Lucy on Kanopy; Meek's Cutoff on Hulu; Night Moves and Certain Women available for rent)

Devin's picks:

  • High Maintenance on HBO Now (fourth season currently airing)
  • The Sopranos on HBO Now and Amazon Prime
Feb 10, 2020

Mark and Devin convene immediately after the end of the telecast of the 92nd Oscars to discuss winners, losers, favorite moments and lingering frustrations. #BongHiveAssemble

Feb 3, 2020

Devin and Mark look back on the films of 2019 and preview the 2020 Oscars. Topics include a galaxy brain take on 1917; an incoherent rant about Joker; warm words for ParasiteMarriage Story and The Irishman; and some earnest recommendations for great movies that got zero Oscar nominations.

Jan 9, 2020

Mark and Devin welcome back West Coast correspondent Erin Vail for scorching hot takes on Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and ~feelings~ about Little Women.

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