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Episode 142 - Of Mice and Men

Episode 142 - Of Mice and Men

October 4, 2022

Guys like us, who work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew: Ian, Liam, Ethan, and Georgia as we're trying to rustle up $600 to buy a house to change our lives in the Depression Era literary classic, Of Mice and Men. We're turning down offers of ketchup in our 142nd episode as we discuss:

  • The status that the source material has both in the UK as well as the US
  • What literary theatre experience changed Ian's life
  • We find out that Ethan has a very particular skill that we knew nothing about
  • Just how involved was Gary Sinise in the production of this film
  • Is it harder to analyse a film when we're so familiar with the source material
  • Is it possible for a gunshot to be silent? 
  • Liam's got a grudge against John Malkovich that you have to hear to believe
  • Ian's got a theory on how Liam views films and questions him on it
  • Whether Curley's Wife is stripped of her nuance in this production
  • We fix the ending so its much more powerful
  • Whether or not Of Mice and Men is the Best Film Ever

Become a Patron of this podcast and support the BFE at https://www.patreon.com/BFE

We are extremely thankful to our following Patrons for their most generous support:

  • Rev Bruce
  • Juleen from It Goes Down In The PM
  • Lina Oberholzer
  • Ensign Ian Davies
  • Chris Pedersen 
  • Katie McRae
  • Duane Smith (Duane Smith!)
  • Randal Silva
  • The Yeetmeister
  • Nate The Great
  • Cheezy (with a fish on a bike)
  • Andy Dickson
  • Holly Callen
  • Richard

Buy some BFE merch at https://my-store-b4e4d4.creator-spring.com/

Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    6:00 - Reflections & Corrections
    19:50 - Shoutouts
    29:20 - Deep Dive
    1:56:45 - Endgame
Episode 141 - Whiplash (w/ BFF of the BFE: Hermes)

Episode 141 - Whiplash (w/ BFF of the BFE: Hermes)

September 27, 2022

Welcome to our most divisive episode EVER!  Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew: Ian, Liam, Ethan, and Georgia as we're striving to make first chair in the Shaffer Conservatory Studio Band as we review the independent darling, Whiplash, brought to us by BFF of the BFE, Hermes.  Never has a film caused such debate about the overall message of the film and whether a film's plot means an endorsement of the material covered within.  We're ducking cymbals while trying to figure out if we're rushing or dragging in our 141st episode as we discuss:

  • The transformation (both physical and spiritually of JK Simmons)
  • What is the cost of excellence.  Should one be willing to push oneself that far?  Should you be willing to push others?
  • Is Andrew's downfall too quick?  It gave some of us Whiplash
  • Where does Liam know Nicole from?  
  • Just how long was the shooting schedule for this film?
  • Does the film come down on whether the ends justify the means?
  • What does it mean to peak at 19?
  • We discover that when reviewing films, some of us are rushing while others are dragging
  • Find out why the table is tidy this week
  • Georgia and Ethan discover how much work Ian does on the format sheet
  • We discover who on the panel likes conflict and who wants to run from it
  • We're joined by Hermes who as always continues to flog his phony #TeamEthan perspective
  • Whether or not Whiplash is the Best Film Ever

Catch so much more of Hermes on his podcast, The Scuttlebutt Podcast at . https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-scuttlebutt-podcast/id1503504933 (Apple) or https://open.spotify.com/show/2n9CNB9X6QXnmvn78HBEoJ?si=ca1784afd4874ff3 (Spotify)

Become a Patron of this podcast and support the BFE at https://www.patreon.com/BFE

We are extremely thankful to our following Patrons for their most generous support:

  • Rev Bruce
  • Juleen from It Goes Down In The PM
  • Lina Oberholzer
  • Ensign Ian Davies
  • Chris Pedersen 
  • Katie McRae
  • Duane Smith (Duane Smith!)
  • Randal Silva
  • The Yeetmeister
  • Nate The Great
  • Cheezy (with a fish on a bike)
  • Andy Dickson
  • Holly Callen
  • Richard

Buy some BFE merch at https://my-store-b4e4d4.creator-spring.com/

Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    8:00 - Reflections & Corrections
    19:00 - Shoutouts
    26:35 - Deep Dive
    1:55:50 - We're joined by Hermes
    2:47:00 - Endgame
Cleared For Takeoff? -The Crown

Cleared For Takeoff? -The Crown

September 25, 2022

Your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew continue to try their hands at a little TV Pilot Analysis with Netflix's original series, The Crown. Ian and Liam are both new to the route but have strong feelings towards the destination. We're walking like we're the respective fathers of the nation as we discuss :

  • The casting of the series regulars and how accurate is Claire Foy's vocal performance
  • Which actor's casting threw Liam for a push
  • We try and work out the scheduling of the how the series should be laid out
  • We discuss the benefit of a well-timed limerick
  • We share our own thoughts on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II
  • We discuss the recent stress regarding Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby and the queue-jumping scandal whilst Elizabeth was lying in state
  • Would we ground the pilot of The Crown or is it Cleared for Takeoff?
BFE Mail Bag 6 - September 2022

BFE Mail Bag 6 - September 2022

September 23, 2022

We're back with another round of our Mail Call episode.  Russell the Postie has dropped off a special springtime delivery and Ethan's working the mail room to deliver the questions from Friends of the Podcast & The Fledgling Fandom to your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting team.  Hear Ian, Liam, Georgia, and Ethan answer some of your questions in our 5th edition.  Key questions this time include:

  • Who would we book for our dream musical festival?
  • What nicknames do we have for each other?
  • What film would we cast ourselves in if time wasn't a factor?
  • How exactly does Ian teach film?
  • Our best and worst job experiences?
  • Do we appreciate film more since starting the podcast?
  • Who do we list as our role models?
  • What are the plans for the next BFE Anniversary?

If you have a question for the next time the mailbag is open.  Catch us on Twitter at @bestfilmeverpod and use the hashtag #AskBFE 

Episode 140 - The Big Short (w/ Alex from Main St. Finance)

Episode 140 - The Big Short (w/ Alex from Main St. Finance)

September 20, 2022

"Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come." Mark Twain was not an optimist. Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew: Ian, Ethan, and Georgia (Liam's getting his dog a mortgage) as we're trying to find a 'mortgage finance for dummies' textbook as we review the financial real-life story, The Big Short.  Thankfully we're joined by Alex from Main St. Finance to help unpick the many (and I mean many) questions Georgia had regarding the financial speak in this film. We're looking to swap shorts in our 140th episode as we discuss:

  • Why was this film such a departure for Adam Scott
  • What exactly is a short and why does the bank engage with this sort of stuff
  • Are there accessibility problems for this film dependent on age, location, and personal history?
  • What did we make of the 4th wall breaks and self-aware tone?
  • If you like Georgia's face blindness - this is a film for you
  • Did the film need a more movie-friendly ending?
  • Does this movie have a hero?  Is it important to have one?  
  • We share a little bit about our personal experiences regarding getting on the property ladder in a post Big Short world
  • Whether or not The Big Short is the Best Film Ever

Catch so much more of Alex on his podcast, Main St Finance. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/main-st-finance/id1513779406

Become a Patron of this podcast and support the BFE at https://www.patreon.com/BFE

We are extremely thankful to our following Patrons for their most generous support:

  • Rev Bruce
  • Juleen from It Goes Down In The PM
  • Lina Oberholzer
  • Ensign Ian Davies
  • Chris Pedersen 
  • Katie McRae
  • Duane Smith (Duane Smith!)
  • Randal Silva
  • The Yeetmeister
  • Nate The Great
  • Cheezy (with a fish on a bike)
  • Andy Dickson
  • Holly Callen
  • Richard

Buy some BFE merch at https://my-store-b4e4d4.creator-spring.com/

Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    10:00 - Reflections & Corrections
    17:50 - We're joined by Alex
    15:00 - Shoutouts
    29:00 - Deep Dive
    2:35:00 - Endgame
Episode 139 - About Time

Episode 139 - About Time

September 13, 2022

What would you do if you could live every day over again?  I mean besides picking up a dessert at Pret a Manger... Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew: Ian, Liam, Ethan, and Georgia as we're clenching our fists in the cupboard before trying to write this intro better the next time.  We're dining in the dark in our 139th episode as we discuss:

  • The original choice for Mary and what exactly is a manic pixie girl?
  • How difficult it is to write a time travel movie and how this film fails its own internal logic (especially in the key moment)
  • Where do we know older Mary from and why is she so great?
  • Do we all just want Bill Nighy to be our dad?
  • Georgia's face blindness is up to a 10 on this one
  • Is this the best Richard Curtis film ever?
  • Does Tim go too far in his 'date' with Charlotte?
  • We wish a happy birthday to a friend of the podcast and welcome another one into the Patreon pool
  • Whether or not About Time is the Best Film Ever

Become a Patron of this podcast and support the BFE at https://www.patreon.com/BFE

We are extremely thankful to our following Patrons for their most generous support:

  • Rev Bruce
  • Juleen from It Goes Down In The PM
  • Lina Oberholzer
  • Ensign Ian Davies
  • Chris Pedersen 
  • Katie McRae
  • Duane Smith (Duane Smith!)
  • Randal Silva
  • The Yeetmeister
  • Nate The Great
  • Cheezy (with a fish on a bike)
  • Andy Dickson
  • Holly Callen
  • Richard

Buy some BFE merch at https://my-store-b4e4d4.creator-spring.com/

Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    4:40 - Reflections & Corrections
    9:20 - Shoutouts
    18:15 - Deep Dive
    1:43:00 - Endgame
Cleared For Takeoff? - Headless

Cleared For Takeoff? - Headless

September 9, 2022

Your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew continue to try their hands at a little Web Series Pilot Analysis by discussing all the first episode of Headless. Ian and Georgia are both learning the route but have flown on the airline a few times before. We're trying to figure out if we can connect to Bing on the flight as we discuss:

  • The sense of humour Sean & Sinead Persaud have and what other media property it reminds us of
  • We fawn over the production values in the pilot episode
  • What enigmas does the series present to entice us to come back
  • Can you incorporate an overly woke villain in a sense that's not heavily ironic?
  • Ian throws a little teacher-gripe with the presentation of education in a cutaway
  • Is Ichabod paying attention to his own narrative?
  • Ian and Georgia give their first impressions of the series, having never seen it before
  • We also acknowledge our propensity to approve of Shipwrecked's stuff
  • Would we ground the Headless pilot or is it Cleared for Takeoff?

Catch the pilot episode of Headless at https://youtu.be/gZjidIkpXS0

Headless theme composed by Dylan Glatthorn.  Used by permission.  

Catch more of Dylan's stuff at:

 
BFE Special - Fantasy Football Draft Night (The Podcasts League: 2022)

BFE Special - Fantasy Football Draft Night (The Podcasts League: 2022)

September 8, 2022

Are you ready for some (fantasy) football?  We've got out Patrons in the mix this year and invited some of our podcast friends to join us to fill out the field  We've got your BFE favourites - Ian, Liam, Ethan, and Georgia alongside Stew from "The Stew World Order Podcast", and Kevin from "The Podcast That Wouldn't Die" drafting live alongside and adding to the merriment.

It's a peak behind the curtain as you catch the BFE group just kicking it as we pretend we know what we're doing with Fantasy Football.  In between bites of chicken wings we provide commentary on the picks by our Patreon backers (Rev Bruce, Ensign Ian Davies, Duane Smith, and Nate the Great) and the podcasters doing so via autodraft (Ed from The Film Effect Podcast and 2020 champ, Alex from Main St Finance)

There's chicken wings, banter, and a behind-the-scenes perspective that might help you know your BFE peeps a little bit better.

Episode 138 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Episode 138 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

September 6, 2022

All this anger just begets greater anger; no, we're not talking about Ian and Ethan here.  Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew: Ian, Liam, and Georgia (Ethan's putting up a billboard) as we're debating driving all the way to Idaho as we review Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.  Liam's emptying the chamber in our 138th episode as we discuss:

  • Does Martin McDonagh have a specific penchant after comparing this film to In Bruges?
  • Is Woody Harrelson's character a hero, a martyr, or an egomaniac?  Is his perfect day self-indulgent and the least caring thing he could do
  • Why cast the character of the drifter to appear for both Mildren and Dixon
  • What else have we seen Sam Rockwell in and why doesn't he get his due?
  • Why was Frances McDormand hesitant to do this film and who talked her into doing it?
  • Is this the best Martin McDonagh film ever?
  • How does Pip make his presence this week? We give him a title.
  • Does the dark humour go too far?
  • Does this film start with too horrific of a premise to walk the tonal line it does?
  • Whether or not Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the Best Film Ever

Become a Patron of this podcast and support the BFE at https://www.patreon.com/BFE

We are extremely thankful to our following Patrons for their most generous support:

  • Rev Bruce
  • Juleen from It Goes Down In The PM
  • Lina Oberholzer
  • Ensign Ian Davies
  • Chris Pedersen 
  • Katie McRae
  • Duane Smith (Duane Smith!)
  • Randal Silva
  • The Yeetmeister
  • Nate The Great
  • Cheezy (with a fish on a bike)
  • Andy Dickson
  • Holly Callen

Buy some BFE merch at https://my-store-b4e4d4.creator-spring.com/

Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    4:40 - Reflections & Corrections
    9:20 - Shoutouts
    18:15 - Deep Dive
    1:43:00 - Endgame
Episode 137 - Inglourious Basterds (w/ BFF of the BFE: Juleen)

Episode 137 - Inglourious Basterds (w/ BFF of the BFE: Juleen)

August 30, 2022

They're not in the prisoner-takin' business; they're in the Nazi-killin' business.  Join your favourite TransAtlantic podcasting crew: Ian, Liam, Ethan, and Georgia as we're heading to Nazi-occupied France courtesty of BFF of the BFE, Juleen. We're looking to pay off our debt of 100 scalps in our 137th episode as we discuss:

  • Lists of first thoughts for the roles of Hans Landa, Donny Donowitz, and Archie Hicox
  • Why is the Netflix logo for IB different from the one on the movie poster
  • We talk about how this film has not only 1 but 2 all-time great scenes in it
  • There's a great deal of debate about consent in film and how real is too real
  • Why does Landa let Shoshanna go when he could kill her so easily in Act I?
  • Is this the best Quentin Tarantino ever?
  • Juleen joins us fresh from a trip to NYC where she was doing a cityblog for Mom Is Always Write Media
  • Why does QT always have to work the n word into his script in some way?
  • How do you count to 3 on your fingers?  We compare.
  • Whether or not Inglourious Basterds is the Best Film Ever

Catch more of Juleen on her podcast, "It Goes Down in the PM" at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/it-goes-down-in-the-pm/id1533055739

Catch Juleen's video content at Mom Is Always Write Media at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChRCGiE6vcWjlVKN7WMc0nw

 

Become a Patron of this podcast and support the BFE at https://www.patreon.com/BFE

We are extremely thankful to our following Patrons for their most generous support:

  • Rev Bruce
  • Juleen from It Goes Down In The PM
  • Lina Oberholzer
  • Ensign Ian Davies
  • Chris Pedersen 
  • Katie McRae
  • Duane Smith (Duane Smith!)
  • Randal Silva
  • The Yeetmeister
  • Nate The Great
  • Cheezy (with a fish on a bike)
  • Andy Dickson
  • Holly Callen

Buy some BFE merch at https://my-store-b4e4d4.creator-spring.com/

Massive thanks to Lex Van Den Berghe for the use of 'Mistake' by Luckydog.  Catch more from Lex's new band, The Maids of Honor at https://soundcloud.com/themaidsofhonor

Also massive thanks to Moonlight Social for our age game theme song.  You can catch more from them at https://www.moonlightsocialmusic.com/

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 0:00 - Opening Banter
    3:40 - Reflections & Corrections
    9:45 - Shoutouts
    16:15 - Deep Dive
    1:32:00 - We're joined by Juleen
    2:19:20 - Endgame
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