On this week’s episode of A Movie & An Argument, With Alyssa Rosenberg & Asawin Suebsaeng, we discuss:
- The Master, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s hotly anticipated new drama (with a central character inspired by the L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology). I give the movie (and prime 2012 Oscar bait) a very sad, disappointed “meh.” It opens Friday, September 21.
- End of Watch, an acclaimed cop drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. Alyssa gives the film her enthusiastic endorsement. It opens Friday, September 21.
- Trouble with the Curve, Clint Eastwood’s latest flick, in which he plays an aging, reliably crotchety baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves. (Hold all of the empty-chair jokes, or so help me god.) It opens Friday, September 21.
- More on the third and current season of Boardwalk Empire on HBO.
- The Mob Doctor on Fox.
- “Chicks flicks” and “dick flicks,” and also GQ‘s epically dumb “Men’s Guide to Fall TV.”
- A little bit about Mitt Romney, just cuz.
Each week, I’ll be sitting down to chat with ThinkProgress critic Alyssa Rosenberg (who also does killer work at The Atlantic and Slate‘s “Double X“). We’ll talk, argue, and laugh about the latest movies, television shows, and pop-cultural nonsense—with some politics thrown in just for the hell of it.
Alyssa describes herself as being “equally devoted to the Star Wars expanded universe and Barbara Stanwyck, to Better Off Ted and Deadwood.” I (everyone calls me Swin) am a devoted lover of low-brow dark humor, Yuengling, and movies with high body counts. I hope you enjoyed this episode, and tune in during the weeks to come.
We’ll be featuring guests on the program, and also taking listeners’ questions, so feel free to Tweet them at me here, and we’ll see if we can get to them during a show.
Thank you for listening!
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