Movies My Friends Have Never Seen

Nick Nadel

The podcast where guests watch classic movies for the first time.

All Episodes

This week we're talking Adam Sandler, SNL movies and random penguins with writer/podcaster J. Keith van Straaten (Go Fact Yourself) stopping by to chat about watching Billy Madison for the first time.  Join us as we look at what has (and hasn't) aged well from this cult favorite comedy, discuss whether Billy Madison is the purest Sandler movie, ponder the current state of former SNL cast members on the big screen and much more.  Listen to Go Fact Yourself, the trivia show podcast J. Keith cohosts with Helen Hong. The most recent episode features Yeardley Smith and Ryan Kalil.  Follow J. Keith on Twitter. Listen to Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.   

Mar 4

1 hr 5 min

This week we're talking Stephen King and dirty birdies with Camila Jones returning to the podcast to talk about watching the snowy suspense classic Misery for the first time.  Join us as we praise Kathy Bates' brilliant performance, talk about our favorite King adaptations, wish for a mystery show where Buster and Virginia solve cozy winter crimes, delve into which actors were almost cast (Warren Beatty and Bette Midler??) and much more.  Follow Camila on Twitter and check out her website to learn more about her live performances and upcoming podcast on suspense thrillers.  Read "The Jaunt," Camila's favorite Stephen King short story. And listen to Camila talk Tom Cruise and shirtless volleyball on the Top Gun episode of Movies My Friends Have Never Seen.  Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Oct 2020

1 hr 13 min

This week we're strolling down gritty 1970s New York City streets with Bill Scurry from the I Don't Get It podcast stopping by to talk about watching the Jane Fonda/Donald Sutherland noir classic Klute for the first time.  Join us as we break down Jane Fonda's amazing performance, marvel at Gordon Willis' gorgeous cinematography, wonder if the film should actually be called "Bree," discuss rotary phones versus cellphones in movies and much more. Seriously, this movie is amazing and Fonda is incredible. If you haven't seen it, watch it now!  Follow Bill on Twitter and check out his video essays and short films on American Cesar Enterprises. Here's Sylvester Stallone's disco dancing cameo in Klute.  Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.   

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Sep 2020

1 hr 49 min

This week we're riding on Falkor and turning around to look at what we see with TV and eSports producer Chris Jalandoni (Attack of the Show) stopping by to watch The Neverending Story for the first time.  Join us as Chris shares how he missed The Neverending Story growing up and we talk about Atreyu's hair, Bastian's latchkey childhood, sad '80s kids movies, Wolfgang Petersen's filmography, the Goonies video game, Bastian and his father's bizarre eating habits and much more.  Follow Chris on Twitter to learn about his work in reality TV and eSports gaming.  Watch Bastian eat an apple core like it's a tasty treat.  Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.   

Aug 2020

57 min 32 sec

This week we're praying to Crom and seeing our enemies driven before us with Andy Webb returning to the podcast to talk about watching Conan the Barbarian for the first time.  Join us as we discuss the enduring legacy of Conan the Barbarian, the movie's deep bench of supporting players, the eclectic filmography of John Milius, the ups-and-downs of fantasy filmmaking, potential Arnold Schwarzenegger reboots and much more.  Follow Andy on Twitter and listen to him talking about watching Scanners for the first time.  Watch the Conan deleted scene featuring the demise of King Osric. And here's Arnold speaking German in Escape Plan.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Aug 2020

1 hr 16 min

This week we're going down the rabbit hole with writer Chris Illuminati talking about finally watching The Matrix for the first time.  Join us as we talk colored pills, '90s rave fashion, why Chris finally watched The Matrix in 2020, what movies he saw in 1999 instead of The Matrix, Chris' Keanu Reeves theory and, of course, Welcome to Mooseport.  Follow Chris on Twitter and read his BroBible article about watching The Matrix for the first time. Listen to the Jurassic Park and Independence Day episodes of Movies My Friends Have Never Seen to complete the "movies Chris missed in the '90s" trilogy.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.       

Jul 2020

1 hr 15 min

This week we're charting Fredo's downfall with Emily Intravia of Deadly Dolls House and The Feminine Critique podcast stopping by to watch The Godfather Part II for the first time.  Emily talks about watching The Godfather movies for the first time as an Italian, the greatness of John Cazale, subtle Pacino, which Godfather is the best (it's not the third) and much more.  Follow Emily on Twitter and listen to her talk movies, TV and more on The Feminine Critique podcast. You can read her writing on horror movies and more on Deadly Dolls House. Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Jul 2020

1 hr 11 min

This week we're cruising the mean streets of early '90s New York City with writer Gregory Greenberg (Living With Yourself, Chris Rock Show) stopping by to watch Willem Dafoe as a high-class drug dealer in Paul Schrader's Light Sleeper. Join us as we talk about Schrader's eclectic filmography, Light Sleeper's amazing supporting cast (Sam Rockwell! Susan Sarandon! David Spade?!), how New York City has changed on the big screen and much more. (Note: this episode was recorded pre-pandemic.)  Check out Living With Yourself on Netflix to see Gregory's latest work.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

May 2020

1 hr 17 min

This week we're saying here's to you, Mrs. Robinson with reality TV editor Asif Burnett stopping by talk about watching The Graduate for the first time.  Join us as we praise the brilliant Anne Bancroft, unpack the film's many problematic elements, marvel at how the Robinsons are younger than us, attempt to figure out what's going on at Norman Fell's boarding house and much more. Plus, Asif has some thoughts on Simon and Garfunkel and Nick tries to make a case for Working Girl. And which director beats Mike Nichols for the best streak of back-to-back classic movies? Find out!  Watch episodes of Blind Date, the show Asif and I worked on together for Bravo.  John Belushi cuts Buck Henry with a samurai sword on "SNL."  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Listen to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.   

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Mar 2020

1 hr 6 min

This week we welcome guest Elana Levin from the Graphic Policy Radio Podcast who kneels before Zod to watch Superman II for the first time.  Join us as we talk about the differences between the Richard Donner and Richard Lester cuts of the film, rave about the brilliance of Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve, discover the weird way Marlon Brando almost played Jor-El and much more. Plus, Elana has some picks for Superman comics you need to read.  Follow Elana on Twitter and check out the latest Graphic Policy Radio episodes on Birds of Prey, Watchmen and more.  Listen to Elana's interview with Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen artist Steve Lieber.  Watch the Superman screen tests here.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Listen to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.  This episode features an ad for the Apocalypse...Now? podcast hosted by Jo Anna Van Thuyne. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts and other outlets.   

Feb 2020

1 hr 4 min

This week we take those old records off the shelf for part two of our Tom Cruise Two-Fer with returning guest Brian Dermody stopping by to watch Risky Business for the first time. Join us as we discuss '80s teen movies, the brilliance of Bronson Pinchot, the subtle wit of Curtis Armstrong, the many parodies of the "Old Time Rock n Roll" scene, the movie's surprisingly dark tone and much more.  Follow Brian on Twitter and Instagram. And check out his previous episode of the podcast where we talked Vision Quest.  Watch the original ending of Risky Business and read Bronson Pinchot's weird memories of working with Tom Cruise.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Listen to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

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Feb 2020

59 min 30 sec

This week we're on a quest with Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry and podcaster Chico Leo who stops by to watch the 1985 Ridley Scott cult fantasy classic Legend for the first time.  Join us as we delve into the differences between the theatrical and director's cut, debate the merits of the Tangerine Dream and Jerry Goldsmith scores, talk '80s fantasy films, wonder why fantasy and period films always feature British actors and much more.  Follow Chico on Twitter and listen to the first episode of Sword and Scandal on iTunes. Also check out Sword and Scandal on Twitter and Patreon for updates on new episodes.  Read William Hjortsberg's original (much darker and racier) script for Legend. Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.   

Jan 2020

1 hr 49 min

This week we're visiting the 4077 with comedian/writer Brendan Fitzgibbons (Comedy Central, Bravo) stopping by to watch the comedy classic M*A*S*H for the first time.  Join us as we talk about what has (and hasn't) aged well about the film, the theme song that made Robert Altman's son filthy rich, the great Donald Sutherland, the equally great Elliott Gould, why they don't make war comedies like they used to and much more.  Follow Brendan on Twitter and Instagram. Visit his site for info on his live stand-up shows.  Watch episodes of Alternatino, which Brendan wrote and performed for, on Comedy Central.  Check out Blind Date, which Brendan and I wrote for, premiering November 18th at 11:30 on Bravo.  Here's the pilot for WALTER, the M*A*S*H spin-off where Radar becomes a cop for some reason.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.   

Nov 2019

59 min 4 sec

This week we're riding shotgun with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke as film writer Robert Silva (HBO, Fatherly, AMC) stops by to talk about watching Training Day for the first time.  Join us as we discuss LA crime films, the film's dense plot, Training Day's place in the Before Sunrise/Sunset-verse, favorite Denzel Washington movies and much more.  Check out Robert's writing on film and parenting for HBO and Fatherly. Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Nov 2019

1 hr 15 min

This week we're hunting down "two dollars" with comedian/writer John Szeluga from the Super Live Adventure Podcast stopping by to watch the '80s classic Better Off Dead for the first time.  Join us as John reveals why he's finally seeing this cult comedy and we talk about how well the film's humor has aged, what famous game show icon writer/director Savage Steve Holland is responsible for, the stellar cast, our favorite '80s comedies and much more.  Listen to the Super Live Adventure Podcast and catch Impractical Jokers on TruTV where John works as a comedy producer.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Oct 2019

1 hr 10 min

This week playwright John Yarbrough comes out to play-ay and talk about watching the 1979 classic The Warriors for the first time.  Join us as we discuss our favorite gangs from the movie (The Mimes spin-off, please?), the old-school New York City filming locations, the making of some famous scenes, the film's connection to Greek literature, how John's own neighborhood has changed since The Warriors filmed there and much more.  Follow John on Facebook to learn more about his plays and attend a live performance.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.           

Oct 2019

59 min 3 sec

This week we're talking Whitney Houston, '90s movie soundtracks, peak Kevin Costner and more with writer Gena Radcliffe from the Kill By Kill Podcast stopping by to talk about watching the 1992 blockbuster The Bodyguard for the first time. Join us as we discuss the odd mash-up of romance and ultra-violence, the role Kevin Costner played in "I Will Always Love You" becoming a massive hit, Whitney Houston's enduring legacy, the film's status as a "forgot-buster," Hollywood's bizarre inability to depict an Oscars ceremony and much more.  Follow Gena on Twitter and listen to her talk horror movies on the Kill By Kill Podcast. You can also check our her film and pop culture writing on The Spool and on her website.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Jun 2019

1 hr 6 min

This week we're breaking up fights in the war room with writer/performer Mark Douglas ("The Key of Awesome") stopping by to talk about watching the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  Join us as we discuss the film's many iconic moments, the brilliance of Peter Sellers, how comedy has changed since 1964, the current lack of political satire on the big screen, the difficulties with watching movies about government incompetence in our current era and much more.  Head on over to the Key of Awesome YouTube channel to watch Mark's hilarious musical parodies. You can also follow Mark on Twitter. Read the New Yorker piece on how basically everything in Dr. Strangelove was true.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Apr 2019

1 hr 31 min

This week we're celebrating March Madness with comic book writer and author Fred Van Lente (The Amazing Spider-Man, Eat Fighter, Cowboys & Aliens) journeying to the center of the Earth to watch the Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny classic "Space Jam" for the first time.  Join us as we discuss the film's many bizarre plot points, how Space Jam fits into Michael Jordan's unparalleled sports career, the upcoming LeBron James reboot, Fred's upcoming comic about the history of basketball and much more.  Follow Fred on Twitter and visit his site to check out his many great comics and novels.  Here's the Grantland article on Space Jam and director Joe Pykta's thoughts on the LeBron James reboot.  And of course, check out the Space Jam website which hasn't changed since 1996.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Mar 2019

51 min 20 sec

This week we have a pre-Oscars episode with singer/songwriter Sheri Miller stopping by to watch the new version of A Star Is Born and talk about how the film depicts the musician life, her own songwriting process, what music genre Jackson Maine would fall into and much more. Plus, stay tuned at the end of the episode to listen to Sheri's song "I Could Love You Still" featuring Will Lee, Paul Shaffer, Steve Cropper, Shawn Pelton and Tabitha Fair. Listen to Sheri's fantastic albums and EPs on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, SoundCloud and her website. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates on her upcoming new music.  Watch the music video for "I Could Love You Still" here.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Feb 2019

59 min 14 sec

This week comedy writer River Clegg (The Onion, The New Yorker, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper) steps into the Mothership for the first time to watch the Steven Spielberg classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Join us as we discuss how the film changed science fiction, how Spielberg is both hugely successful and vastly underrated, the many different versions of the film and much more.  Follow River on Twitter and check out his latest humor piece for The New Yorker. Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Feb 2019

54 min 26 sec

This week we have a holiday treat with James Hancock from the Wrong Reel podcast stopping by to watch the heartwarming classic "The Sound of Music" for the first time.  Join us as we talk about the childhood trauma that made James avoid "The Sound of Music" until now, our favorite and least favorite Von Trapp kids, the brilliance of Julie Andrews, the pros and cons of modern movie musicals, the baller move director Robert Wise pulled on Austria and much more.  Listen to James talk movies and more on Wrong Reel, the podcast that covers everything from Jean-Luc Godard to Jean-Luc Picard. For more pop culture geekery, check out his YouTube Channel and follow him on Twitter.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Dec 2018

1 hr 1 min

This week we're talking Steve Martin and John Candy with returning guest Timothy Cooper stopping by to watch the Thanksgiving classic Planes, Trains & Automobiles for the first time.  Join us as we discuss the genius of John Candy, marvel at the many amazing actors in bit parts and break down how the dad from Home Alone is connected to Del Griffith in the extended John Hughes-verse. Plus, we cast the inevitable remake of this comedy classic. Follow Tim on Twitter and watch his short film Lemon (starring Jennifer Westfeldt and Noah Bean) on Amazon Prime. If you're in the New York City area, you can also take one of his writing classes at Blueprint Screenwriting Group.  Check out a funny deleted airplane food scene from the movie.  Correction: The version of "Everytime You Go Away" heard in the film is performed by Blue Room. Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

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Nov 2018

1 hr 21 min

This week comedy writer/performer Emily Menez (IFC, UCB) returns to discuss her experience watching the Al Pacino/Robert De Niro/Michael Mann crime classic Heat for the first time. Join us as we dig into Pacino's insane acting choices, the low-rent TV pilot origins of this dense crime saga, the script's lack of strong female characters, what the waiter was doing during the iconic coffee shop scene and much more.  Follow Emily on Twitter and check out some of her sketch comedy work.  For a different version of Heat, watch the diner scene and shootout from L.A. Takedown, the TV pilot that was basically Michael Mann's late '80s first draft. Watch the sketch below (made by Emily, Bill Scurry and me) that answers the burning question "What was the waiter doing during the Heat restaurant scene?"  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.   

Nov 2018

58 min 5 sec

This week we have a spooky Halloween treat with returning guest Kevin Maher (Kevin Geeks Out) stopping by to watch the Donald Sutherland/Julie Christie supernatural horror classic Don't Look Now for the first time.  Join us as we discuss the film's haunting depiction of grief, the many visual motifs director Nicolas Roeg utilizes, Donald Sutherland's in-demand '70s butt, the landscape of horror at the time of the film's release and much more.  Visit Kevin's website to get news on his live Kevin Geeks Out shows (like the Christmas show featuring your humble podcast host) and watch his video essays on everything from the use of water and trucks in Stephen King films to the most extreme PG-rated movies. Watch Nicholas Roeg discuss the making of Don't Look Now.  Check out Donald Sutherland's brilliant performance in Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting" music video.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Oct 2018

1 hr 14 min

This week we welcome back Big Quiz Thing creator Noah Tarnow to watch the 2004 dramedy Garden State for the first time and discuss his personal relationship to both writer/director/star Zach Braff and the titular state.  Join us as we dig into early '00s nostalgia, the good and troubling points of the film, the "manic pixie dream girl" trope, getting comfortable with your friend's success, the film's beloved soundtrack and much more.  Follow Noah and Big Quiz Thing on Twitter and hire him for all your corporate trivia needs.  Listen to Noah and past guest Bill Scurry tackle the hottest trends on the I Don't Get It Podcast. You can also hear your humble Movies My Friends Have Never Seen host on a recent episode gabbing about exotic ice cream.  Here's a defense of Garden State and a funny takedown.  Correction: The Twitter drama Zach Braff got into was about Pharrell Williams, not Kanye West as mentioned in the episode.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Oct 2018

1 hr 11 min

This week we're hitting the mat and pumping our fist in the air with wrestling expert and Paramount Network digital producer Brian Dermody stopping by to watch the '80s underdog sports movie Vision Quest for the first time.  Join us as we talk about why the film is beloved in wrestling and MMA circles, the film career of Hulk Hogan, '80s sports movie montages and much more. Plus, we go track-by-track through the movie's killer soundtrack.  Follow Brian on Twitter and head over to the Paramount Network to see his work on the digital side of Bellator MMA.  Watch fighter Michael Chandler's tribute to Vision Quest. Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Sep 2018

1 hr

This week we're talking about the most awkward prom ever with writer/performer/podcaster Don P. Hooper stopping by to watch the horror classic Carrie for the first time.  Join us as we talk about horror movies that scared us growing up, blunt 1970s teaching methods, old-school movie effects, the Carrie musical episode of Riverdale, real-life Get Out moments and much more.  Follow Don on Twitter and check out Jamtown Films to see his horror short film Page One and other work. Also give a listen to his podcast Brothers From Another Planet.  For a smart, feminist perspective on Carrie and other horror films, check out the Switchblade Sisters podcast and Graveyard Shift Sisters.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Sep 2018

1 hr 5 min

This week we're taking the highway to the danger zone with guest Camila Jones stopping by to watch Top Gun for the first time.  Join us as we get our breath taken away by the infamous volleyball scene, Tom Cruise's kissing style, anonymous '80s bad guys that are totally Russian but also not Russian and much more. Follow Camila on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to hit up her website to check out all the cool stuff she's creating and hosting.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.  (Apologies to Kelly McGillis for how many times I mangle her last name in this episode.) 

Aug 2018

59 min 13 sec

This week we're getting afraid, very afraid with Alama Drafthouse Brooklyn film programmer Cristina Cacioppo stopping by to watch Jeff Goldblum vomit goo for the first time in the David Cronenberg horror classic The Fly. Join us as we discuss how the film cemented the classic Goldblum persona, the many ways Cronenberg avoids horror movie cliches, how movies change as we grow older, the weird connection between The Fly and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Cristina's approach to film programming and much more.  Check out the excellent films Cristina programs at the Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn like the Australian film Puberty Blues screening in July.  Watch the deleted monkey-cat scene. (Content warning: the clip contains cruelty to both monkeys and cats.)  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Jun 2018

46 min 11 sec

This week we're grabbing a Diablo sandwich and a Dr. Pepper as John Cribbs from the film website The Pink Smoke stops by to watch the Burt Reynolds/Sally Field classic Smokey and the Bandit for the first time.  Join us as we discuss the ups-and-downs in Burt's career, the brilliance of Jackie Gleason, what our trucker handles would be and much more.  Follow John on Twitter and check out his writing over on The Pink Smoke. Also check out the Pure Cinema Podcast and John talking about The Burbs on Just the Discs. And if you'd like to support The Pink Smoke on Patreon, you can do that here.  Read the Vanity Fair article about Burt selling his Valhalla estate which (naturally) has a bar called "Burt's Place." Trucker movie fans will want to check out Mike Sacks' hilarious parody book Stinker Lets Loose.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released. 

Jun 2018

51 min 42 sec

This week we're hopping aboard The Pork Chop Express with returning guest Steve Flack watching Big Trouble in Little China for the first time.  Join us as we discuss the brilliance of Kurt Russell, John Carpenter's genre mastery, how the film both embraces and indulges in stereotypes, the current dearth of fun adventure movies on the big screen and much more.  Follow Steve on Twitter, Instagram and Vero if that's still a thing.  Get funky with the "Big Trouble in Little China" music video from John Carpenter and fellow genre filmmakers Nick Castle and Tommy Wallace. Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

May 2018

52 min 12 sec

This week we're checking our damage with writer Victoria McNally stopping by to watch the '80s high school comedy classic Heathers for the first time.  Join us as we discuss the film's impact on the snarky high school movie genre, how much has changed since it was released in 1989, the ill-fated Heathers TV series and much more.  Follow Victoria on Twitter and Instagram and hit up her website to check out her writing for places like Nerdist, The Mary Sue and Pajiba.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Mar 2018

52 min 1 sec

This week we're on double secret probation with comedian Alex Fossella stopping by to talk about watching Animal House for the first time.  Join us as we discuss the film's influence on modern comedy, viewing the problematic bits through modern eyes, the brilliance of John Belushi and much more.  Follow Alex on Twitter and listen to the podcast Modern Day Philosophers he does with comedian Danny Lobell. And check out his web series My Racist Toaster.  Check out the Netflix movie about Doug Kenney and the making of Animal House and Caddyshack, A Stupid and Futile Gesture, written by friends of the podcast Michael Colton and John Aboud. Also check out Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, the excellent documentary on the National Lampoon.  Here's a clip from Harold Ramis' group TVTV featuring Bill Murray.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Feb 2018

1 hr 13 min

This week Noah Tarnow of The Big Quiz Thing returns to the podcast to watch the Jimmy Stewart/Hitchcock classic Rear Window for the first time.  Join us we discuss the film's enduring influence on the thriller genre, watching classic films through a modern lens, the ethics of spying on your neighbors and much more.  Listen to I Don't Get It, the podcast Noah cohosts with Bill Scurry, on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher. Visit The Big Quiz Thing for info on Noah's live and private trivia events.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Jan 2018

1 hr 8 min

This week we're decking the halls with Ginger, Posh, Scary, Sporty and, uh, Baby with writer Emmy Potter returning to the podcast to watch Spice World for the first time.  Join us as we talk about why '90s kid Emmy missed the flick the first time around, what a Backstreet Boys versus *NSYNC crossover movie would've been like and much more.  Follow Emmy on Twitter and check out her writing for CultureSonar and Belladonna Comedy. (For her thoughts on Jim Henson and Bowie's infamous codpiece, check out the Labyrinth episode of this podcast.)  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.  

Dec 2017

46 min 40 sec

This week we're chasing dancing gophers with Shannon Walker from the Lower East Side Film Festival stopping by to watch Caddyshack for the first time.  Join us as Shannon reveals why Caddyshack is one of her dad's favorite movies and we talk peak Chevy Chase, comedians with '80s cartoons and much more.  Visit the Lower East Side Film Festival's site for more info and read Shannon's missives to 45 on her Instagram Notes To Trump. (You can also listen to the Shannon talk to filmmakers on the Below the Line Podcast.) And if you're looking to laugh, watch her hilarious Web series Vicky and Lysander.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Dec 2017

1 hr 7 min

This week we have a Halloween treat where I'm in the guest chair to watch the cult '80s horror comedy The Monster Squad for the first time. Friend of the podcast, filmmaker and co-host of the I Don't Get It podcast Bill Scurry joins me to discuss the 30th anniversary screening of the film we attended, talk about kids movies then and now, and cast the inevitable Monster Squad remake.  Follow Bill on Twitter and check out his short film work over on his YouTube page. Watch friend of the podcast Kevin Maher's supercut of the most traumatic moments from PG-rated '80s movies.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Oct 2017

50 min 26 sec

This week we have a spooky pre-Halloween treat with writer/social media guru Andy Webb (Big Think) stopping by to watch the David Cronenberg sci-fi chiller Scanners for the first time.  Join us as we discuss how the famous head exploding scene is an early meme, debate our favorite Cronenberg films and delve into how a low budget Canadian sci-fi/horror flick basically predicted the Internet.  Follow Andy on Twitter and check out his work with folks like Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson over on Big Think.  Enjoy the smooth stylings of every Scanner's favorite soft rock band The Atlanta Rhythm Section.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Oct 2017

43 min 42 sec

This week we're talking about the film that put Jim Carrey on the map with writer/comedian Emily Menez stopping by to watch Ace Ventura: Pet Detective for the first time.  Join us as we unpack the film's many problematic moments and discuss the highs and lows of the Carrey-ography. Plus, Emily reminds us of a forgotten Heather Graham/Chris Klein/Farrelly Brothers joint.  Follow Emily on Twitter and check out her writing for places like UCB and IFC.  If you're in the NYC-area, catch Emily's play Margene Salt at the Pit Loft. (Click the links below to get tix!) Thursday, October 26 at 7p Friday, November 3 at 6p Sunday, November 5 at 6p The Jim Carrey/Frank Darabont drama I couldn't remember the title of is The Majestic. Witness the birth of "Alrighty then!" in a dated In Living Color sketch. Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Sep 2017

44 min 57 sec

We're back with a new episode! This week we attempt to figure out if the culprit was Ms. Scarlett with the rope in the Conservatory as writer/filmmaker Timothy Cooper stops by to watch the '80s comedy classic Clue for the first time.  Join us as we solve the mystery of how Tim missed this movie growing up, pitch ideas for board game movie adaptations, discuss which of the multiple endings works best and much more.  Follow Timothy on Twitter and check out his hilarious Web sitcom Concierge: The Series starring Kate McKinnon and Lonny Ross. He also wrote and directed the short comedy Lemon, starring Jennifer Westfeldt and Noah Bean, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival—check out the trailer here! And if you're in the NYC area, why not sign up for Timothy's screenwriting course Blueprint Screenwriting Group?  Read Buzzfeed's oral history on the making of Clue.  Relive the glory days of 3D board games with 13 Dead End Drive, Fireball Island and the Ghostbusters board game. I'm dog meat! Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Sep 2017

1 hr 20 min

This week we continue our jaunt through '90s comic book movies with Alex Zalben from the Comic Book Club podcast stopping by to watch the Warren Beatty/Madonna vehicle Dick Tracy for the first time.  Join us as we talk about the phobia that caused Alex to miss the movie when it came out in 1990, the many amazing character actors in the film, where comic book movies are headed next and much more.  Follow Alex on Twitter and listen to the Comic Book Club podcast on Nerdist. If you're in the NYC area, why not see them live? Listen to Dick Tracy in B Flat, the 1945 radio spoof starring Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and many more. And watch Warren Beatty's bizarre Dick Tracy TV special here.   Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

May 2017

1 hr 1 min

This week we're putting on some white make-up, cranking our Cure CD and going back to the mid-'90s with comic book and animation writer Ivan Cohen stopping by to watch The Crow for the first time.  Join us as we discuss The Crow's lack of flying powers, the many strange comic book films that came out during the '90s, Ivan's pitch for where the Crow should go next and much more.  Follow Ivan on Twitter and pick up some of his comic books including the Wonder Woman story he wrote for General Mills cereals.  Check out Ivan's list of the best superhero movies and shows currently streaming on Netflix.  Here's the episode of You Must Remember This about the tragic deaths of Brandon Lee and Bruce Lee. Also, an article on Jon-Erik Hexum, star of the short-lived series Cover Up.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Apr 2017

1 hr 2 min

This week we head back to the early '90s with filmmaker Caroline Golum to find out why White Men Can't Jump.  Join us as we talk about the film's surprisingly downbeat ending, Caroline's experiences growing up in LA in the '90s, the era of peak "yo momma" jokes, Rosie Perez: Jeopardy Champion and much more.  Follow Caroline on Twitter and check out her film writing on Screen Slate.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Apr 2017

1 hr 1 min

In celebration of finally getting to 50 episodes of the podcast, I'm in the guest chair this week to watch a classic film that I've never seen for the first time. Yes, I finally watched The Shining. Joining me on this journey are Shining and Kubrick fans Kevin Maher, Matt Glasson and Amber Dextrous. We discuss the differences between Stephen King's book and the film, the many theories the film has inspired, why I am finally watching the film in my late thirties and much more.  Catch Kevin Maher's video variety show Kevin Geeks Out at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema and the Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn. This month's theme is wizards! Follow Matt Glasson on Twitter and check out his new podcast Mugs Movie Podcast Show. Episode one is all about the new King Kong movie. Check out Amber Dextrous on Instagram.  Here's the McSweeney's piece Kevin mentions, notes from Jack's literary agent. And here's The Pink Smoke piece on Burnt Offerings. And of course, The Shining as a rom com.  Note: This episode was recorded in October of 2016. 

Apr 2017

1 hr 28 min

This week we're getting a little blue for the holidays with returning guest Drew Pisarra (Korean Grindhouse) swinging by to watch Bad Santa for the first time.  Grab a spiked egg nog and join us as we discuss Billy Bob Thornton's creative facial hair acting, the brilliance of Bernie Mac, holiday viewing traditions and much more.  Follow Drew on Twitter and check out Korean Grindhouse, his excellent blog on Korean cinema. Here's his list of the top 10 Korean films of 2016. And, hey you guys, why not listen to Drew's previous episode of Movies My Friends Have Never Seen, where he watched Goonies for the first time? For more holiday fun, listen to past guests talk about watching Elf, A Christmas Story, Home Alone 2, Scrooged, It's a Wonderful Life and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation for the first time. Watch Bernie Mac make comedy magic out of the word "half."  Here's a clip from the bizarre Rankin/Bass holiday special The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. And here's Billy Bob Thornton's asymmetrical soul patch in Baytown Outlaws. Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

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Dec 2016

59 min 50 sec

This week we've got a special Halloween treat with filmmaker Bill Scurry returning to the podcast to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time at last year's 40th anniversary screening at the Ziegfeld Theater. Join us as Bill experiences Rocky the way it's meant to be seen -- with Barry Bostwick and 200 screaming, costumed fans. After the screening, Bill and I talk about Rocky Horror as the first movie "meme,"  Tim Curry's enduring greatness, whether or not it's actually a "bad" movie and much more.  Follow Bill on Twitter and check out his short film work over on his website. Here's an episode of his series No Talking During the Movie about Liquid Sky, a film (like Rocky Horror) that played at NYC's Waverly Theater.  Here's a nice piece on the cultural and social significance of Rocky Horror. And, hey, why not read about the late, great Ziegfeld Theater?  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Oct 2016

1 hr 7 min

This week Ear Hammer radio host Rommel Wood stops by to make some misty water-colored memories and watch The Way We Were for the first time.  We drink beer (for Redford) and white wine (for Babs) and talk about watching a classic 1970s romance through a modern feminist lens, movies we watched with our moms, just what exactly a nice Jewish girl like Katie sees in boring, preppy Hubbell and much more.  Follow Rommel on Twitter and listen to her show Ear Hammer over on Radio Free Brooklyn for great music and the hit segment The Dolores Claiborne Minute.  Here's Babs' version of "Putting it Together," featuring The Way We Were director Sydney Pollack and David Geffen as record industry douchebags.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

Oct 2016

1 hr 14 min

This week we're traveling back to the '90s with guest Andrew Sponholtz stopping by to watch Kevin Smith's debut film Clerks for the first time. Join us as we discuss whether or not the film means anything to the youth of today, my mixed feelings on Kevin Smith's filmography, where Andrew first heard the Star Wars "independent contractors" theory and much more.  Here's the Nic Cage Superman that almost was.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

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Aug 2016

59 min 59 sec

This week we celebrate our Independence Day with writer Chris Illuminati who's back to watch another iconic '90s blockbuster. Join us as we discuss the Judd Hirsch shared universe, alien Apple Genius Bars, our reboot-happy movie culture and much more.  Click here to listen to Chris talk about watching Jurassic Park for the first time. And be sure to visit his website and buy all of his books.  Get bummed out with the Dear John theme song. Here's an article on Andrew Keegan's cult.  Like Movies My Friends Have Never Seen on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also get the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Or paste the RSS feed into the preferred podcast player of your choice to get new episodes when they're released.

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Jul 2016

1 hr 7 min