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Episode #44 – Top 5 Biopics

Episode #44

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My mother thanks you; my father thanks you; my sister thanks you; and WE thank  you for joining us for our excursion into the world of biographical cinema!  In episode 44, the gang at That’s a Wrap! tackles their top 5 biopics.  What does each selection reveal about its selector? We have no idea, but we had a blast doing it! Let us know what tops your list.


Matinee: A cinematic love letter to the films of William Castle
Spoilers be here. Each of our Top 5 Lists are below:

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Episode #43 – The Coen Bros / Hail Caesar

Episode #43 – Part I


This is Part I of our discussion. Part II to follow shortly. 

Hail-Caesar-Character-Poster-1We hope you enjoy our COEN BROTHERS / HAIL CAESAR episode wherein we dicuss Joel and Ethan’s latest effort and cast retrospection on their canon.  Part of what makes these auteurs so fascinating is their cultivation of an aesthetic work ethic that spreads across a broad and diverse body of thematic/narrative/genre landscapes. Bold filmmakers unafraid to work within the template of genre; they subvert and mold them into Coen Brothers films. We discuss their highs, lows and middles. Join us!

Note: After pickups, we talk about Hail Caesar for about 40 minutes. If you’d rather hear us talk about the Coens in general, we start that discussion at the 51 minutes mark, and finish it in Part II of the episode.


Steven Soderbergh’s Speech on the State of Cinema (A MUST WATCH)


Episode #42 – The 88th Academy Awards


To cap off our week long Oscars extravaganza – we present our all-Oscars episode wherein we discuss our thoughts on this year’s best picture nominees, our own special favorites and, of course, our predictions.

Let us know if you’ve enjoyed our special Oscars coverage this year. We appreciate any and all feedback.

Here is the legendary Rob Lowe/Snow white opening number to the 1989 Oscars that we mentioned in this episode.  Careers went up in flames over this…

Here’s an explanation of the complex system of voting that resulted in 8 nominees this year.

The Year in Review – 2015: Special Episode

That’s a Wrap happily presents its 2015 year in review.  Chris may join in later with his picks but for this 365 day roundup Erik and Nick share their favorite films, television and books of 2015.

For Erik, Ex Machina took the top honor for his favorite film of the year (covered in-depth in Episode #39) while Nick chose the lesser-known meta horror-comedy The Final Girls.  All of our noteworthy picks are discussed at some length – tune in!!



The Art of Robert E McGinnis

Sandman Overture

Purity by Jonathan  Franzen’s 

We Stand on Guard by  Brian K. Vaughan and  art by Steve Skroce

Episode #39 – Ex Machina and Wes Craven

Episode #39


Please join us for episode #39 where we discuss the science fiction darling of many critics and audiences this year, Alex Garland’s  Ex Machina (2015).  Erik and Nick discuss their reactions to the film and also the topic of gendered/sexualized androids, robots and cyborgs trending now and  in the recent past.

In segment two, we remember and pay homage to the quiet genius of writer, producer and director Wes Craven.  Thank you for the scares Wes.



L. Mulvey’s “Visual Pleausure and Narrative Cinema.”

Freud and “The Uncanny”

Episode #38 – Our Top Movie Openings

Episode # 38


In this episode, we each list and discuss our top (favorite) movie openings of all time. We loosely define openings to include pre-credits, credits, post-credits – shots, scenes, sequences etc. Pretty much anything in the first ten minutes is fair game.

We hope, as always, that you enjoy our list episodes
– and as they say “your mileage may vary!” Our picks are below (as are the links we mention in the show) if you don’t mind knowing them before you listen, including an honorable mentions list for Nick


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Episode #37 – The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Netflix’s Daredevil

Episode # 37

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe & Netflix’s Daredevil

For Episode #37, Erik, Nick and Chris tackle the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the Netflix streaming series, Daredevil. The guys give a brief history of the superhero genre from the eighties up to the present including commenting on the (somewhat controversial) acquisition of the Marvel brand by The Walt Disney Company in 2009. Netflix’s Daredevil has become a surprise hit (and better received than the 2003 film), and the guys spend some time exploring the details of superheroes served up weekly. This will be a great episode with some (perhaps) very surprising opinions and comments!



Review of Nick’s Book at Turner Classic Movies

Interview with Nick on Erik’s WET Podcast

Wikipedia article on the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring a helpful chart

Article from the Guardian (UK) by Alan Moore on the “cultural catastrophe” of superhero movies

Article from the Guardian (UK) regarding Disney’s Marvel acquisition

How Marvel is killing the popcorn movie


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Episode #36 – Jurassic World & Jaws: 40th Anniversary.

Episode # 36


That’s a Wrap presents its Summer Blockbuster Extravaganza!

For their 36th episode the lads tackle 2015’s runaway summer juggernaut Jurassic World.  An exciting and insightful look at the franchise and its latest (record breaking) entry await you!  In the second segment, we perform our own “half-assed autopsy” on the original summer blockbuster, 1975’s JAWS.  From a historical standpoint, JAWS is likely the most “important” film of the 1970s and at 40 is still terrorizing beach patrons all over the world.

Additional Announcement:
Book Cover hi-resCo-host Nicholas Schlegel’s book: Sex, Sadism, Spain, and Cinema: The Spanish Horror Film has been released.

It’s currently on sale at 35% off at the publisher website,  Just enter 15SUMSALE at checkout to receive the discount. Sale is good through August and is just  too good to pass up!  Congratulations Nick!


SNL Richard Dreyfuss “I was in JAWS!” 


*Jaws tribute poster by Kris Kirven

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Episode #33 – Top Ten Films of the 1990s

Episode #33


It was, in retrospect (and despite the above image), a very good decade for film. The last gasp of a pre-blockbuster-superhero-dominated era when the new, “New Hollywood” (Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez – etc) found easy distributive flow from indie and import giant MIRAMAX.  Join Erik, Nick and Chris as they countdown their TOP 10 FILMS OF THE 1990s.  This episode was a lot of fun – we can’t wait to get to the 1980s!!

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Episode #31 – Special Guest: Film Historian Ted Okuda

Episode #31

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Happy New Year from That’s a Wrap!  We’re back for the new year and thrilled to have author and historian Ted Okuda wrap with us for Episode #31.  We talk about Ted’s books, the project of film history, the constant politicizing of films and upcoming projects.  It was a blast and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the show!

In Pickups, we also discuss documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s recent visit to Detroit and the Michigan premiere of his latest, The National Gallery. Nick and Erik attended the premiere and stayed for the Q&A afterwards. Nick was fortunate enough to have breakfast with Frederick the next morning where they talked about various subjects.


Detroit Film Theater Premier

Titticut Follies