All posts by Erik Marshall

Episode #41 – The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Episode #41

hateful8 and star wars

In episode #41, your hosts (Erik Marshall, Nick Schlegel and Chris Gullen) discuss Quentin Tarantino’s eighth feature film The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We start with a discussion of Tarantino in general before diving into the film. Spoiler: 2/3 of us loved the movie.

In segment 2, we turn into a bunch of salivating fanboys before launching into a slightly more critical stance on the latest in the Star Wars franchise, directed by JJ Abrams.

We also talk about children giving spoilers, people trying to retain ownership of things they’ve sold (*cough* *cough* George Lucas),  and our upcoming mini-episodes on all of the Best Picture Academy Awards nominees.


Nick Schlegel on The Projection Booth. Special Report: Death Game / Knock Knock with Special Guests: Sondra Locke, Larry Spiegel, David Worth.

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Episode #40: Holiday movies and A Very Murray Christmas

Episode #40


This time Nick, Erik and Chris tackle holiday movies, including movies explicitly about Christmas and movies we like to watch during the holiday season. It’s a fun, loose conversation with some cinematic gems. We then decided to watch the Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Paul Schaffer, along with Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus and a bunch more.

Some movies mentioned:

White Christmas, A Christmas CarolA Christmas StoryOdessa FileRudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Rankin/Bass, Cash on DemandChristmas Evil and more.

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Erik’s review of Rare Exports at the Odeon Review.

Facebook page for Nick’s Detroit Xmas movie event 12/15 (check the link out even if it’s after 12/15 for future events).



Episode #32 – Christopher Nolan

Episode #32


That’s a Wrap! takes a look at the career of one of the most respected, profitable, bankable and just plain interesting directors of the last 20 years, Christopher Nolan.  We examine his films and analyze his career up to, and including, Interstellar.  Do we reach a consensus? Tune in!


Paddy Chayefsky clip at Oscars 

Dime for Scale Movie Club – O Brother Where Art Thou? Erik was guest on this episode.


Episode #30 – XXX – Nymphomaniac! Pornography!

Episode #30



In this episode, we talk about Lars von Trier’s film Nymphomaniac, and pornography in general. If you haven’t seen the film, you can listen spoiler free until about the 50 minute mark, and then again at 1:20, when we start talking about porn in general.

Nymphomaniac, despite its polarizing reception, came in at #6 on the Cahiers du Cinéma Top 10 list for 2014.

We also put out a call for a new tagline to replace “Three guys with Ph.D.s talk about Film, Media and Culture.” Give us your suggestions down below, and if we end up with several good options, we’ll run a contest to choose the new tagline for 2015.

Episode #28 – Top 10 Films of the Millennium

Episode #28

The Dark Knight is not on any of our lists

The title says it all: Chris, Nick and Erik talk about their top 10 films of the Millennium (so far). Leave comments below to tell us what we missed, or give us your Top 10.





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Episode #24 – Zizek’s Pervert’s Guide Movies and Room 237

Episode #24


Nick and Erik tackle Zizek’s The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology and The Shining documentary Room 237 as two opposite sides of the spectrum of criticism.  Is one form of analysis privileged over another?  Should it be?  Tune in and let us know!

Links Mentioned:

South Park: Mystery of the Urinal Deuce

Pervert’s Guide to Ideology on Netflix

Room 237 on Netflix


Episode #23 – Our Top 5 Movie Endings

Episode #23


In this episode, we each list and discuss our 5 favorite movie endings of all time.  This necessarily means: SPOILERS AHEAD.   A list of our selections is provided below – as to temper any spoilers you truly wish to avoid.  Otherwise, enjoy!

As with all of our lists, they’re fun to do, promote discussion and give some insight into who we are and what affects us, cinematically that is 🙂


5. Cast Away
4. Kicking and Screaming (1995)
3. Roman Holiday
2. Cinema Paradiso
1. Rocky

Honorable Mentions (CarrieThe Verdict)


5. E.T.
4. The Wizard of Oz
3. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Citizen Kane
1. Sunset Blvd.

(Honorable Mentions: SawThe Blair Witch Project)


5. The Maltese Falcon
4. Memento
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. The Departed
1. Chinatown

(Honorable Mentions: CasablancaThe Empire Strikes Back)