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The Popcorn Auteur

Pretty straightforward. We watch all the movies of famous filmmakers and then discuss anything and everything that happens to interest us about them.

Mar 11, 2019

You won't see the latter half of Mel Brooks's films on an AFI list or ranked among his best.  In this episode, we discuss if the comedy legend's "lesser" works still bring the laughs or if you should stick with the classics. 

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Jan 30, 2019

It felt wrong to leave our comedy season before considering the works of Mel Brooks (and Chris's Dad wouldn't have allowed it).  In Part 1, we look at the golden age of Brook's career.  He won an Academy Award and delivered a string of hits throughout the 1970s.  Hell, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein came out in...

Dec 31, 2018

Gillian Robespierre has been compared to Nora Ephron and Nicole Holofcener.  With that distinguished company and a desire to see more Jenny Slate, we were excited to dive into the two films of Robespierre. 


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Dec 6, 2018

David Zucker was one of the creative minds behind Airplane and The Naked Gun films.  He is now one of the creative minds behind the Scary Movie sequels.  Luckily (we think), he didn't both write and direct those movies (officially).  In this episode, we are joined by Sam Young to discuss the films of David Zucker . . ....

Oct 31, 2018

A bonus this month - We take a break from the straight comedies to cover not one, but two filmmakers in our first ever "Battle" of the Network Stars. Zach Braff and Josh Radnor square off (sort of) to determine who is the sitcom star turned true auteur.  It may be a little lazy of a comparison, but we had quite a bit of...