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).
Mark and Devin regroup, in person, after a shocking election result and a consequential episode of "SNL."
Devin and Mark wrestle with their complicated thoughts and feelings on the unprecedented volume of TV shows available to watch on the modern pop culture landscape.
Devin and Mark take to their microphones immediately after the 2016 Emmy Awards broadcast concludes to discuss their thoughts on the show and tally the results of their predictions.
Devin and Mark reflect on the highs and lows of HBO’s The Night Of, one of the most intriguing shows of the summer.
Devin and Mark take a deep dive into the current output and possible legacy of Bill Simmons, a sports and pop culture media figure they find both fascinating and frustrating.
On this episode, Devin and Mark review one of their favorite movies of the year so far, Don’t Think Twice, which is set in the New York improv comedy scene. Then they transition to the “real thing,” assessing the recent departures of several prominent Saturday Night Live cast members and what the news might mean for the future of the show.
Devin and I talk about what worked and what didn’t with Ghostbusters. Directed by Paul Feig starring four of the funniest women alive, it’s a remake of a beloved 1984 comedy that’s attracted one of the most intensely sexist online controversies in recent memory. And…it’s pretty good!
Devin and Mark get to the bottom of the sea-based thriller The Shallows with their friend Erin Vail, returning for her second M&M Report of the last three.
Devin and Mark break down a bunch of movies they’ve seen in the last few weeks: Maggie’s Plan (1:10-7:40); Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (7:40-13:15); Money Monster (13:15-19:30); Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (19:30-25:30) and Weiner (25:30-end).
Devin and Mark welcomed returning guest Erin Vail for a discussion of D.C. TV shows, prompted by the series premiere of BrainDead and the excellent fifth season of Veep, which wraps up on Sunday.
Devin and I return to a topic to which they’ve only alluded in podcasts past: FX’s The Americans, starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as KGB agents living among Americans in the United States at the height of the Cold War. Spoiler-y thoughts on the most recent season abound.
Devin’s back! And so is the M&M Report, with a wide-ranging discussion that frequently touches on pop culture subjects.
Welcome back, Devin: 0:00-2:00
Saturday Night Live: 2:00-17:30
Veep and Silicon Valley: 17:30-29:30
The Americans: 29:30-32:30
Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book: 51:25-56:30
Devin Doesn’t Like Things: Cryin’ Jordan: 56:30-End
Devin sits this episode out as Mark and special guest host Miranda Batch discuss their favorite scenes, characters and moments from Richard Linklater movies before delving into the filmmaker’s latest.
Devin and Mark commenced their third annual Oscars recap with a special guest: Chloe Johnson, who helped us sort out our feelings about Chris Rock, surprising winners, the lumpy telecast and the come-from-behind Best Picture victory of Spotlight.
Devin and Mark make predictions and discuss the diversity issues surrounding the 2016 Oscars.
Devin and I asked our friend Kevin Werner to rejoin us for a screening and discussion of Hail, Caesar! We enjoyed it, even if we weren’t quite sure and didn’t quite agree on what it all means.
Mark and Devin review Adam McKay’s political comedy The Big Short (00:45). Then they reflect on a brutal week of celebrity deaths (24:47).
Devin and Mark look back on their favorite movies, TV, music, cultural moments and more from the past year. Listen for Devin’s passionate-ish defense of Ballers and Mark's emotional reaction to the triumphant rise of Oscar Isaac, as well as their choices for favorite movie, SNL episode and late-night TV development.
Devin, Mark and special guest Chloe Johnson reflect on the second season of Fargo.
Devin and Mark welcome special guest Chloe Johnson to discuss Spotlight.
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.)
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.