The Reel World Podcast

Mike Thomas & Matt Waters

Mike Thomas, Matt Waters, Ben Phillips, Kevin Ford, Jerome Cusson and more bring you shows covering a plethora of films and TV shows, including Lost, Adventure Time, Game of Thrones, Firefly and even superhero movies, because nobody else is talking about those! Where else could you hope to find a 90-minute critical discussion of Brokeback Mountain and a dump truck of trivia on Mission: Impossible II in the same feed?

All Episodes

Jerome and Kevin finish up their discussion about Brockmire, and the world is seemingly burning to the ground. Airing during the beginning of the pandemic, it's a fitting end as Brockmire becomes a father, tries to fix baseball, and tries to assess his relationship with Jules.

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Dec 2

1 hr 17 min

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. It's not your fault... that the audio is so choppy in this episode about Good Will Hunting. That's our fault. Sorry. We do not like those apples one bit. Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Dec 1

1 hr 12 min

Jerome and Brian discuss the final Muppets movie before officially being bought by Disney. It's also the end of an era as this is Frank Oz's final Muppet movie as well. A major disappointment on every level with minimal music and a bizarre plot straight out of the 1990s. Oh, and count all the canceled performers.

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Nov 30

41 min 1 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Listening to this podcast may not guarantee citizenship, but there's still a fun time to be had discussing imperialism, nudity and of course, Power Rangers because it's time for Starship Troopers. Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Nov 24

1 hr

Jerome and Brian discuss the weakest of the Muppet movies so far as the creators try to generate the same magic as Muppet Christmas Carol. It's a movie where the human characters are written to outshine the muppets as our favorites are reduced to supporting roles. Despite the problems, there are still some highlights. Find out why adapting non-copyrighted material doesn't always work.

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Nov 23

38 min 8 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. We honestly did not plan for Paul Thomas Anderson's porn epic to be our 69th episode, but sometimes life throws you a bone... and sometimes it throws Little Bill's wife a bone while everybody watches.

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Nov 17

1 hr 23 min

Jerome and Brian cover a Muppet movie that is very different than last week. Frank Oz takes over the director's chair while Jim Henson performs Kermit for the last time in a Muppet movie. Things will get rough for a couple weeks quality wise, so bear with us through a rough stretch.

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Nov 16

46 min 23 sec

Jerome and Kevin are back to discuss the penultimate season of IFC's baseball comedy series. This Season, a now sober Brockmire navigates life in Florida, having to share the booth once again, and coming to terms with Jules and Charles no longer a part of his life. The hosts discuss probably the worst episode of the series, how some characters are "done dirty", the roles that homosexuality, religion, and cancer play in the season, the addition of a big named actor to the cast, and most importantly, Clemenza!

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Nov 11

1 hr 26 min

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Grab your multipass because you're won an all expenses paid trip to Fhloston Paradise! If there's time you also need to save the world and whatnot. Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Nov 10

1 hr 1 min

This is Brian's favorite Muppet movie, and it's time for them to discuss it. They talk about old school Hollywood, confusing Diana Rigg for Julie Andrews, Columbo with Muppets, and the greatness of Charles Grodin...oh and Muppets.

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Nov 9

31 min

Jerome and Brian begin their two month long look at the eight Muppet movies. Tonight they discuss the career of Steve Martin, why riding a bike is so impressive, and why Jerome is relieved Grover still has a head.

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Nov 4

33 min 5 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Recorded on Halloween by pure coincidence, it's time to dip a toe into an under-represented genre for the podcast as we discuss Scream and the revival of slasher movies. Music courtesy of Goldblume

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Nov 3

1 hr 9 min

Jerome and Kevin are back with more discussion of America's favorite alcoholic baseball commentator! This Season, Brockmire finds himself with a new job in New Orleans, and all the temptations this new life brings him, ultimately leading him to his rock bottom. The hosts discuss Brockmire's overall story arc, the wonderful new and returning characters, along with some literal inside baseball and more!

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Oct 28

1 hr 20 min

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Why not The Matrix when your logo is styled after it? Are hands sexier than nipples? Will anyone get the final joke but Ben? Come find out as we discuss Bound!

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Oct 27

56 min 59 sec

Jerome and Brian narrow avoided being run over by an evil car to provide their thoughts on Christine. They talk about Stephen King's crappy endings and why a car is the most well developed character in the movie.

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Oct 26

38 min 8 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Grab your snow boots and let's go digging for buried treasure safe in the knowledge Matt will not be doing any impressions as we cover Fargo. Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Oct 20

1 hr 8 min

Jerome and Brian discuss one of John Carpenter's most iconic and best movies, 1982's The Thing. Not only is this an outstanding horror movie, it's a great showcase for Kurt Russell and a stellar group of character actors. Hopefully, Jerome and Brian can recover from their own paranoid to finish this podcast.

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Oct 19

34 min 59 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. It's been a pretty silly volume so far, but now it's time for a movie both hosts independently labelled as "Perfect". Music courtesy of Goldblume

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Oct 13

1 hr 12 min

Jerome and Brian cover 1980's The Fog, a John Carpenter joint that disappointed the hosts. They discuss what works and what doesn't. Maybe not their favorite but next week is The Thing!

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Oct 12

33 min 31 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. You can keep your five star box office smashes, because we're here to discuss our experiences working in record stores, the enormous cast and how Empire Records compares to the more famous High Fidelity. Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Oct 6

1 hr

Jerome and Brian begin John Carpenter month by discussing a very good 1976 film in Assault on Precinct 13. John Carpenter can direct and put together a great score! Who knew?

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Oct 5

35 min 59 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Welcome to The Reel World's most chaotic podcast to date featuring: The Matrix, Community, Succession, Happy Feet, Power Rangers, a cat in distress, and two hosts who can barely keep it together long enough to discuss Babe. Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Sep 29

56 min 47 sec

Jerome and Brian end their discussion of Chadwick Boseman's filmography by discussing his final live action performance. They also discuss the controversial 2021 Academy Awards and how some of the very themes of this film connect to currency events in the entertainment industry.

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Sep 28

51 min 59 sec

Brad, JUSTIN, and Kevin are to discuss "Wizard City", the fourth and final Adventure Time "Distant Lands" episode. They discuss how episode ordering may have sabotaged the episode, and if and how it fits Adventure Time at large. Discussions of Adventure Time's next television project leads to overall discussions of television trends in general, which somehow leads to pro wrestling. Check out the last Floop for a little bit!

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Sep 23

40 min 30 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Throw on a yellow plaid skirt, read one non-school book and try not to fall in love with your ex-step-brother as we take a trip to Beverly Hills to watch Clueless. If you don't like this movie you're totally buggin'. Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Sep 22

55 min 36 sec

Jerome and Brian continue their discussion of specific movies from Chadwick Boseman's filmography. This week, they examine one of the best (and criminally underrated from an award's standpoint) films of 2020, Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods. They discuss why Delroy Lindo is great and how eerie aspects of the movie are in hindsight.

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Sep 21

58 min 6 sec

Jerome and Kevin return this month to discuss another comedy, IFC's Brockmire. They break the first season down and discuss podcasts. Just remember. It's like the radio, but it's not on the radio.

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Sep 16

1 hr 13 min

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Throw on your girlfriend's best dress and journey with us back to a time when Tim Burton and Johnny Depp weren't insufferable. Some bad news about the octopus motor though... Music courtesy of Goldblume

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Sep 15

53 min 18 sec

Jerome and Brian discuss one of Chadwick Boseman's first starring roles, his turn as an all-time baseball icon Jackie Robinson. The duo discuss the weaknesses of biopics in general but also some of the very good performances (save one big casting choice). The last few minutes are a brief discussion of the second episode of What If, Episode 2, featuring one of Chadwick Boseman's last vocal performances.

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Sep 14

51 min 49 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. This week we turn from dinosaurs to far more serious subject matter such as tinned pineapples, fish and chips, and Tony Leung's underwear in one of the trickier movies to legally watch, Chungking Express. Music courtesy of Goldblume

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Sep 8

1 hr 2 min

Jerome and Brian are back after a three month hiatus. They are honoring Chadwick Boseman by talking about four films from his filmography, starting with his supporting performance in 2014's Draft Day. The duo discuss the absolutely absurdity at plat and why Kevin Costner stinks at playing a grump.

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Sep 7

47 min 31 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Steve Spielberg dominated the 1990s with two Academy Awards for Best Director... but we're going to talk about dinosaurs instead. Find out your hosts' favourite dinosaurs, more than you wanted to know about Power Rangers, and some Baby's First Director chat. Music courtesy of Goldblume

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Sep 1

55 min 36 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. This week we're talking the power of Bill Murray, the profound influence on the time loop trope and Matt's lack of preparation makes itself apparent as we talk Groundhog day... This week we're talking... nevermind. Music courtesy of Goldblume

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Aug 25

54 min 51 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. We figured Matt hadn't had enough opportunities to voice his concerning opinions on Aaron Sorkin so what better place than taking it back to the start of his career? We talk sexism, softball, the stacked cast and some other stuff that doesn't start with an S. Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Aug 18

56 min 59 sec

So it's come to this - a Simpsons podcast on Enter The Reel World. This month, Kevin and Jerome finally get a chance to talk about their all time favorite television show. In discussing their personal history with the program, they also espouse how being a Simpsons fan led them to many other shows and how it colored their personal tastes. The hosts then run down their personal Top 10 Simpsons episodes to one another, with neither having any knowledge of the other lists ahead of time. This Top 10 leads to some favorite memories, quotes, as well as some honorable mentions and problematic elements of the show. One of the finer Jerome and Kevin pods yet!

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Aug 12

1 hr 52 min

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Join us as we marvel at the heights of special effects wizardry, assess the career trajectories of the Big Three leads and wildly disrespect Forrest Gump and Contact. Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Aug 11

1 hr 3 min

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Behold the one and only director to be featured on all three volumes of the podcast: Kathryn Bigelow. We talk authenticity, homoerotic tension and Matt learns in real time that The Fast & The Furious was a remake of Point Break but tries to pretend he already knew, Music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Aug 4

58 min 55 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. If you thought these middle-class Brits sounded painfully white before... well... Enjoy! Music courtesy of Goldblume

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Jul 28

1 hr 9 min

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. The Silence of the Lambs influenced an entire genre of television and remains topical to this day due to the rise of True Crime... but why did Matt watch it twice in a row? How many impressions did the hosts tally? Find out the answers to these and so many more questions you didn't ask now!

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Jul 21

59 min 59 sec

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from the 1990s. Goodfellas is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time and the inspiration for one of the greatest TV shows of all time... but does Matt think it's too long? Will Ben be able to talk about generational trauma? Let's kick off volume 3 and find out! Intro/Outro music courtesy of Goldblume.

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Jul 14

1 hr 19 min

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters are back to present 25 of their favourite movies from 1990 – 1999. But before they can get on with the show they must of course update you on the rules and logic behind the selections, because where would we be without admin?

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Jul 7

6 min 9 sec

Jerome and Kevin are back to discuss the second season of the hit HBO show, Barry. It's a chance to see the characters get explored even more and see whether Barry can break good.

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Jul 6

1 hr 56 min

Ben & Matt may have gotten better at picking movies for Volume 2, but that doesn't mean there weren't some unfortunate omissions when it came time to pick their favourite films of the 2010s. Thus they once again selected five honourable mentions each and present them to you now in lightning round fashion.

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Jun 30

39 min 36 sec

Imagine a movie podcast without rules. Difficult, we know, but that's the world Ben & Matt try to retroactively live in ahead of their impending journey into the 90s, as they each bring 5 picks they would have liked to have featured in Volume 1 of the show if not for their various rules, as well as some omissions they regret.

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Jun 23

36 min 51 sec

The third Distant Lands reunites the two main characters in the Dead Worlds, with cameos and easter eggs aplenty. Brad, JUSTIN, and Kevin discuss the episode, if Adventure Time utilizes fan service the "right" way, New Death, general musings and inquiries from Brad, and the return of the #SnailSearch! Check out what could be the penultimate FTP episode!

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Jun 17

39 min 12 sec

Mike & Matt dust off the flagship podcast at long last, but not for Legion Season 3 as long-promised because New Mutants finally came out... a year ago! Matt details the extensive production troubles, the initial plans for sequels, and the duo get into the unfinished feel of the film and reflect on the Fox era of X-Men for the 45th time.

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Jun 15

39 min 25 sec

As Jerome and Kevin bide their time until Better Call Saul Season 6, they turn to a show that in some respects is a "reverse Breaking Bad." HBO's dark comedy "Barry" explores the life of a bored assassin whose lust for a "regular" life is sparked by a visit to Los Angeles, and (some very dark) hilarity ensues! Jerome and Kevin discuss Bill Hader, how they discovered the show, and go through the first Season episode by episode. Throughout the discussion they sing the praises of Henry Winkler, Stephen Root, D'Arcy Carden and Anthony Carrigan, talk about how some of the more understated acting makes for the best moments, and the problematic nature of some character choices, especially with hindsight!

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Jun 7

1 hr 34 min

Jerome and Brian have been doing some version of this show for three years, and it's time to rest for a bit. This is the season finale as Jerome and Brian reflect on their time and also preview what is to come in the world of superheroes. They also discuss Jupiter's Legacy (In Jerome's case, just the first episode). Enjoy our last show until September. Have a great summer!

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May 25

41 min 52 sec

Jerome and Brian are caught up on movies now, so they decided to go over their favorite performances across over 40 years of superhero films. You know you like lists, so enjoy this one.

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May 18

1 hr 23 min

Jerome and Brian discuss the eligibility of one more movie for the pantheon, 2003's forgotten League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Jerome discusses what Micheal Jordan, Steve Austin, and Sean Connery have in common. Also, this movie isn't bad?

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May 11

1 hr 1 min