Jordan & Lauren McGrath
Ever want to know what lengths one married couple will go to make the other watch some films they love? Well, this podcast is the answer. Listen in as each episode your hosts choose one film each that relates to the cinematic topic of the week. They cover everything from classics to blockbusters, art-house flicks to guilty pleasures… offering their own very different take and perspectives on the film. As well as whether or not they think you should watch it or not.
Aaaannnddd we're back, this week Jordan and Lauren have chosen two films where the star of the movie finally got their second big break of their career, rocketing them back into the limelight and acclaim. Jordan's choice is the Academy Award winning Alejandro González Iñárritu film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which shot everyones favourite bio-exorcist, Michael Keaton, back onto our screen in a big way, Lauren went with possibly the most famous of them all, the kicking off of the Marvel Studios canon and Robert Downey Jr as it's face, Iron Man.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
1 hr 2 min
It's been a huge part of our lives now for well over a decade. Some of us love it, some of us despise it. However, there is no denying that the birth of social media has impacted the population in a huge way. So, we thought we'd take the opportunity this week to talk about a couple of films where social media plays a huge part.First up in Jordan's choice, the critically acclaimed feature film debut from Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade. Lauren then takes us on a journey with a new type of stalker in Ingrid Goes West.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
41 min 32 sec
Check your armpit stains aren't too visible and grab yourself a cocktail cause it's summertime, baby! And given this sunny fact, we here at HFHM HQ thought why not take this opportunity to take a look at two films set during heatwaves. First up is Lauren's choice with Billy Wilder's steamy The Seven Year Itch, starring Marilyn Monroe is one of her most iconic performances. Jordan then takes you on a seriously sweaty tale of murder as his pick this week is Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, Rear Window. Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
49 min 2 sec
'I'm out of order!? You're out of order! This whole courtroom's out of order!' Yes, it's time to take a plunge into the ageless and fascinating sub-genre of the court-room drama.First in the witness box is Lauren's choice with Aaron Sorkin's superb slice of 60s liberalism with The Trial of the Chicago 7, before Jordan takes the stand and confesses his love for Sidney Lumet's 1982 film, The Verdict.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
51 min 7 sec
I think Monthy Python said it best... 'and now for something completely different'. Influenced by Charlize Theron's superb portrayal as Furiosa discussed in last week's episode, the choice for kick-ass females seemed an easy one. So that's what we did.However, instead of choosing two separate films this week, we've gone with one kick-ass female spread across two films. In this episode we take a long look at Quentin Tarantino's blood-drenched revenge extravaganza, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 starring the incredible Uma Thurman as the iconic Bride.Subsribe, listen and enjoy.
1 hr 2 min
Timing has never really been our strong suit, so doing a show about a couple of Post-Apocalyptic movies as we (hopefully) are coming out of a pandemic in the UK may not be the greatest idea but what the hell... we did it anyway.Lauren's choice this week is the action packed extravangza Mad Max Fury Road from the crazy mind of George Miller. Jordan's pick, however, is a little more subdued with Andrei Tarkovsky's seminal sci-fi masterpiece, Stalker.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
54 min 21 sec
We take a look at a couple of blasts from the past in this week show as your two hosts fix their gaze on two teen movies from the noughties. They've tackled the eighties and nineties so far on this podcast so this one feels right!First up is Lauren's choice, the girl-power romp that is John Tucker Must Die - starring the it boy of the time, Jesse Metcalfe. Whereas Jordan picks the raunchy but sweet sex-comedy, The Girl Next Door.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
52 min 36 sec
This week we take a gloomy turn and look at one of the more morose and dark topic's we've tackled in while... Serial Killer films! And we went and chose two which were inspired by real events.First up is Lauren's choice - Patty 'Wonder Woman' Jenkins' debut, Monster, which earned Charlize Theron a trip the podium at the 2004 Academy Awards. Then we take a jump across the globe to South Korea as Jordan's choice is the highly acclaimed Memories of Murder, the second film from the current golden-boy director Bong Joon-Ho.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
46 min 37 sec
As promised last week we're here with another episode of cinematic bliss. Two episodes in two weeks, we said we'd be back with regular content and here we are. In this episode we thought we look to the stars and tackle the popular sci-fi trope... the Alien invasion movie.First up is Lauren's choice, the very rarely discussed kids animated film, Planet 51. Then it's time for Jordan to take you to inner-city Glasgow to watch Scarlett Johansson prey on some unsuspecting men in Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
39 min 53 sec
We've finally reached 50 episodes and here at HFHM HQ we thought that was worthy of celebration. It's been a tough last 12 months but we are making a promise to you lovely listeners that we'll be loading more consistent content from now on.Our show this week was a simple on to come up with... given that we're 50 episodes old, we decided to watch some films that turn 50 this year.First up is Lauren's choice with the childhood staple Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, before Jordan takes us into the seedy underbelly of New York City, with Alan J. Pakula's stylistic noir, Klute.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
59 min 28 sec
When a plot twist surprises and audience it can totally transform a movie, so we thought it would be interesting to take a look at a couple of films that really shocked their viewers with their twists.First up is Lauren's choice, as we watch the 1999 global phenomenon The Sixth Sense, before delving into the disturbed mind of Spanish master filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar with his 2011 release, The Skin I Live In.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
48 min 36 sec
We're back after another unplanned hiatus, thank the gods! And what better way to come back than talking about a couple of movies that have fresh starts in common.First up is Lauren's choice - the 1996 comedy starring Bette Middle, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn, The First Wives Club. Then we take a trip back in time with a slice of British New Wave cinema as Jordan chooses the John Schlesinger classic, Billy Liar.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
41 min 44 sec
Creating hobbies, or falling back into old ones, has kept many a person sane during this car crash of a year. Sewing has a been a big one at HFHM HQ so we thought we'd watch a few that showcased sartorial talents.First up is Lauren's pick, the Australian period drama The Dressmaker, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Then it's time for Jordan's choice, the 2017 film (with the rumoured final performance from Daniel Day Lewis) Phantom Thread, directed by the great Paul Thomas Anderson.
51 min 52 sec
Back with another episode of marital film watching, Jordan and Lauren celebrate the release of the final season of one of their favourite TV Shows, Netflix's The Crown, by taking a look at some films revolving around the British Monarchy.First up is Jordan's choice, and he went with the film which won Best Picture at the 1966 Academy Awards, Robert Zinnerman's period drama, A Man For All Seasons. Lauren follows this up with 2006's The Queen, starring Helen Mirren and directed by Stephen Frears.Download, listen and enjoy!
43 min 37 sec
Quirky [adjective] - Unusual in an attractive and interesting way.We love offbeat and unique films here at His Film Her Movie HQ, so we thought we'd pick a couple of our favourites and talk about them.Lauren's choice is the 90s-tastic beauty pageant mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous starring Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Denise Richards to name just a few. Jordan, however, chose a film from Mr. Quirky himself - the one, the only... Wes Anderson, with his superb hit The Grand Budapest Hotel.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
43 min 21 sec
Grab an energy drink and you're favourite sweat bands as we're about to get sporty in this hizzy. As you may have guessed, this week is all about sports movies.First up Lauren's choice with Drew Barrymore's girl power extravaganza Whip It, starring Ellen Page and Kristen Wiig. Jordan then makes his wife watch Martin Scorsese's challenging masterpiece, Raging Bull.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
47 min 23 sec
With the beloved Bill & Ted returning to our silver screens last week, we thought we'd honour their presence and discuss two VERY different time-travel movies.First up is Lauren's choice, the Jennifer Garner starring romantic comedy, 13 Going on 30. After that we have a chat about the seriously complex (go check out the YouTube video) Shane Carruth puzzler, Primer from all the way back in 2004. Of course, Jordan goes for the pretentious one!Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
43 min 10 sec
As we head into #thinkingofyou week, it seems like the perfect time to delve into a theme that's all about about the feels - friendship. So call your bestie and give these two flicks a watch.First up is Lauren's pick. Get the tissues at the ready as she's chosen the 90s family film, My Girl. And Jordan stays within the warm confines of the 90s as his film this week is director Brad 'The Incredibles' Bird's debut film, The Iron Giant from 1999.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
42 min 57 sec
It feels like forever since kids were in classrooms but, as parents rejoice around the country, today is the day when they all head back. So we thought let's talk about some interesting school based films in this week's episode.First up is 80s favourite (and Lauren's choice) Pretty in Pink starring the always charming Molly Ringwald, before we take a turn and head back to 1961 to the brilliant, and seemingly not that widely discussed, William Wyler classic, The Children's Hour.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
44 min 48 sec
Like many folks across the United Kingdom, we've been taking advantage of the superb Eat Out to Help Out scheme designed to help eateries across the land. So we thought we'd use it as inspiration for this week's episode.We've both went and picked a couple of films that has a restaurant as one of it's most important components. Lauren chose the 2009 feel good film, Tonight's Special and Jordan went with the unique Louis Malle film, My Dinner with André.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
43 min 5 sec
And. We. Are. Back.After taking some time off, unintentionally at first (then intentionally after a couple of months) Jordan and Lauren are back to serve you up with their unique slice of film discussion.In this episode, we slide into gear and put the pedal to the floor as we discuss a couple of our favourite road movies. Jordan's pick is the pre-code 1934 romantic comedy It Happened One Night whereas Lauren chose the Australian cult favourite The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
49 min 46 sec
As we head into another week of global lockdown and as the insanity of the same four walls creeps deeper into our consciousness than we'd probably like to admit, we've decided to watch a couple of films that also restrict themselves to their surroundings. This week we take on a films that take place all in one location.First up is Jordan's choice, and one of Alfred Hitchcock's most memorable cinematic experiments, the James Stewart starring Rope from back in 1948. This is then swiftly followed by Lauren's choice, which showcases another great slice of John Hughes pie, as the 80s legend demolishes the social construct of the high school experience with The Breakfast Club.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
49 min 53 sec
As we're now into week three of quarantined life here in the UK, we continue with the second part of our special episodes looking at what film franchises to binge to keep the boredom away.This time around we're focused on the the Tom Cruise-athon that is the Mission: Impossible series. Big action, some bad hair and Ving Rhames being Ving Rhames awaits.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
1 hr 11 min
The world is a scary place right now and many of us are in for long periods of time indoors, which isn't ideal. Even for us folk who choose to spend more time watching films than interacting with other people.We've tried to soften the blow by choosing a couple of film franchises that can get you through the dark days and hopefully put a smile on your face. In this, the first part of a special double episode, Lauren has chosen the Harry Potter franchise to discuss as a perfect tonic to your isolation blues. Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
1 hr 17 min
Every five weeks Jordan and Lauren take a break from their normal format and look at a film based on history (dramatised history that is!) from around the time the episode is released.This time around we discuss Ava DuVernay's fantastic, Selma, from back in 2014. The film depicts the shocking events running up to and after the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery on March 7th 1965.
34 min 49 sec
In this weeks show, your hosts time travel and try to revisit the past as they take a long look at a couple of films that defined their childhoods.First up is Lauren's pick, the second feature in the Don Bluth animated studios franchise with An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. This is all before Jordan transports you to the snowy pavements of Minnesota and tells you to strap on your skates as he discusses the family favourite, The Mighty Ducks.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
54 min 46 sec
I'm pretty sure 99% of us will relate with this week's theme as most of us will live in one. Listen as we turn our gaze to some memorable movie dysfunctional families.Lauren's choice is an American indie darling, the super charming Little Miss Sunshine. Jordan, however, goes down the dark and disturbing route with Yorgos Lanthimos' breakout film, Dogtooth.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
51 min 27 sec
We're back! Finally! After a couple of weeks away due to life commitments getting in the way, Jordan and Lauren are back in front of their microphones tapping into the Valentines Day mood and discussing a couple of love stories... however, these aren't your normal romances.First up we've got Lauren's choice, the Academy Award winning Spike Jonze film, Her. Then it's time for Jordan's pick, the Nicole Kidman starring, Jonathan Glazer directed film, Birth from back in 2004.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
59 min 20 sec
They say conflict is key for any great story and what's better than exploring the conflicts of the bigger questions that life may throw at us. Either they be philosophical in nature or just something that you don't agree with.Jordan and Lauren have picked two films that have a couple of big moral questions at their core. First up is Lauren's choice, My Sister's Keeper directed by Nick Cassavetes whereas Jordan opted for Stanley Kubrick's anti-war gem, Paths of Glory starring Kirk Douglas.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
46 min 59 sec
Every five weeks Jordan and Lauren take a break from their normal format and look at a film based on history (dramatised history that is!) from around the time the episode if releasedThis episode they watch another film that neither had seen with the controversial depiction of infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy (portrayed by Zac Efron), in Joe Berlinger's Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The murderer was executed by electric chair on January 24th 1989. Subscribe, download and enjoy!
37 min 14 sec
Let's face it. The world is a pretty shitty place to live right now. Climate change, impending wars, and societies that are so split down the middle that you feel they could collapse in on themselves at any minute. So why not watch a couple of films that could put some of that melancholy into perspective?First up is Lauren's choice, with Mike Judge's allegorical smackdown, Idiocracy starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolf and Terry Crews. Jordan follows that with Sidney Lumet's 1957 classical depiction of systemic racism, 12 Angry Men.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
46 min 8 sec
Our little review of films and TV from 2019.
41 min 57 sec
As we say goodbye to 2019 and head into a new decade we have decided to celebrate by taking a look at some films that took place nearly a century ago back in the roaring twenties.Lauren has opted for Baz Luhrmann's re-imagining of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby as Jordan shows Lauren the 'Chicago Way' by making her watch Brian De Palma's super stylish 1987 film, The Untouchables.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
35 min 13 sec
Lauren delves back into depths of her bottomless Christmas cheer and this time she's got company as Ian Loring from the Film Basterds podcast comes along for the ride.This time the two take on the third film in the infamous Netflix Christmas Prince franchise, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby.
27 min 24 sec
We saw Cats... so you don't have too.
13 min 49 sec
We're only a couple of days away from Christmas and we continue our holiday season themed episodes with some unconventional Christmas movies to keep you mood.First up is a trip to Gotham City as Lauren chooses Tim Burton's second foray with the Caped Crusader, Batman Returns as Jordan tries to up his testosterone levels with the Richard Donner directed, Shane Black scribed Lethal Weapon.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
45 min 15 sec
The festivities continue this week in this special bonus episode of His Film Her Movie.In the second episode, Lauren takes on another Netflix original, with 2017's Christmas Inheritance stars Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy and Andie MacDowell.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
8 min 10 sec
We're nine days away and it's definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas. That's why we've got into the holiday spirit and have picked our favourite quintessential Christmas movies.Lauren's choice is the 1994 remake of the Richard Attenborough starring, Miracle on 34th Street. As for Jordan, his pick is the blockbuster smash from back from 1990 with the family favourite, Home Alone.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
44 min 46 sec
Every five weeks Jordan and Lauren take a break from their normal format and look at film based on history (dramatised history that is!).This episode we go into the unknown and, for the first time, discuss a film that neither us had seen. That film being the 2001 blockbuster, and Michael Bay joint, Pearl Harbor starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale. Listen to see what Jordan and Lauren thought of this critical flop. Subscribe, download and enjoy!
39 min 21 sec
Lauren has definitely drank the festive 'cool aid' as she begins a treacherous journey through some snow strewn cinematic Christmas cliche's. In the first episode of this bonus podcast series, she tackles the first two instalments of the Netflix Christmas Prince franchise, A Christmas Prince and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
16 min 33 sec
You've hunted through your draws, found your hat and scarf and are questioning even the slightest idea of heading outside. Winter has finally come. So this week we take a look at those films that seem to be made for those moments where you're wrapped in a blanket as the world freezes outside. First up is Lauren's pick, Harold Ramis' classic comedy starring the always great Bill Murray, Groundhog Day. We follow up with a favourite of Jordan's from 2011, the magical Paris-set Martin Scorsese masterpiece, Hugo. Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
Another week, another episode of His Film Her Movie. And this week, as Frozen 2 storms into cinemas across the world, we thought we'd try and help those parents who really aren't either Team Elsa or Team Anna by giving them some alternative programming to the Disney Princess behemoth. The kids blockbuster is a strange thing, however, we thick we got our eyes on two of the very best. Lauren picks the Joe Johnston's special effects driven charmer, Jumanji from way back in 1995 whilst Jordan chooses his most modern inclusion into the podcast with the super stylish, Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse.Subscribe, listen and enjoy.
47 min 38 sec
We're back in the swing of it now! This week Jordan and Lauren dip their toes into a couple of the most intriguing cinematic cults that have graced the silver screen over the last 10 years.Lauren chooses the highly praised Academy Award nominated, The Master, directed by the a master, in his own right, Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. Jordan picks the small scale festival favourite, from the creative duo of Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, Sound of My Voice.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
44 min 52 sec
It's been a few weeks but we're back!!Apologies for the break, but getting married and going on honeymoon was pretty time consuming! haha. But we're back with an aptly themed show with films that have revolve around weddings. Lauren chooses one of her favourite family movies with the Addams Family Values, whilst Jordan dips back into his 40s screwball comedy obsession with The Philadelphia Story.It feels good to back and in the routine. Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
45 min 38 sec
Every five weeks we take a break from our normal format and look at film based on history (dramatised history that is!).This time around we take on all 3 hours and 8 minutes of Stanley Kramer's superb, Judgement at Nuremberg, which stars Spencer Tracey, an Oscar swimming performance by Maxamilian Schell, Judy Garland and Montgomery Clift.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
40 min 19 sec
Ready your tastebuds and do not listen if your stomach is rumbling. This week's show is all about a couple of films which are guaranteed to get make you salivate uncontrollably.Jordan and Lauren talk about some of their favourite 'foodie' films that can't help but make you hungry. Lauren takes on the charming Julie & Julia from the late, great Nora Ephron, as Jordan serves up a day in the life of a struggling Italian restaurant in 50s New Jersey with Stanley Tucci and Cambell Scott's superb, Big Night. Bon Appetit!Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
40 min 27 sec
We dust off our plaid shirts, tear holes in our jeans and embrace the grunge scene as we take on the 90s teen movie this week. Lauren picks one of the most '90s' films you could ever wish to see, with the cult favourite Empire Records and Jordan takes us down memory lane and (maybe) shows us that 90s kids were actually all right after all with 1998's Pleasantville. Subscribe, download and enjoy!
38 min 35 sec
We take it back to our roots with this new episode of the His Film Her Movie Podcast! Jordan and Lauren thought it was a good idea to show their home country some love as they discuss a couple of classic movies that have a Cumbrian connection.Jordan starts off with the 1945 David Lean directed masterpeice, Brief Encounter before Lauren follows up with the 80s cult favourite, Withnail and I - a masterpiece in its own right also, which stars Richard E. Grant in the role that still defines his career.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
48 min 24 sec
It's actually baffling how different two films can be even when they exist in the same sub-genre.This week Jordan and Lauren take on the undercover cop movie with two interestingly opposite picks. Jordan goes with the slick and stylish Hong Kong thriller, Infernal Affairs, whereas Lauren chooses the Sandra Bullock audience pleasing comedy, Miss Congeniality.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
46 min 34 sec
Every five weeks we take a break from our normal format and look at film based on history (dramatised history that is!).This time around it's Lauren's choice and she's gone for the under-appreciated gem from Sophia Coppola, 2006's lavish Marie Antoinette.Subscribe, listen and enjoy!
34 min 36 sec