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Episode #34 – Remakes: Out of the Past & Against All Odds

Episode #34


In this episode, Erik, Nick and Chris introduce a new feature!! Original Films and Their Remakes. They inaugurate with the 1947 film noir classic Out of the Past and its updated version, Against All Odds from 1984.

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Here is the amazon page of Nick’s upcoming book! It will be released in July, 2015.

Here is the music video for Against All Odds by Phil Collins. It was written explicitly for the film and won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance in 1985. It was Collins’ first #1 hit!

Compendia Podcast Episode 9

This American Life episode in which Phil Collins discusses how to write the perfect breakup song.

The WET podcast episode where Erik discusses Patreon with Erica Castello

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 #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 #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 

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 #29 – The One I Love & SNL at 40!

Episode #29


Join Erik, Nick and Chris as they discuss Charlie McDowell’s “The One I Love.”  This 2014 release was mostly well-received. The guys agree and weigh in from a narrative and aesthetic perspective, but more importantly, they talk about the film’s economics and its distribution model.

In segment two, we list some of our all-time favorite skits from Saturday Night Live, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

During pickups, the guys discuss Gone Girl for a few minutes. Here’s a more detailed explanation of why Erik didn’t like Gone Girl.

Links Mentioned:

KCRW’s The Business episode about Radius

The Fox and The Hedgehog



Nick Erik Chris
1 Jackie Rogers Jr. $100,000 Jackpot Wad (as discussed by Bill Hader) Joe Montana – Sincere Stu Schweddy Balls
2 I Need More Cowbell  Jim Carrey does Jimmy Stewart doing Jim Carrey on the Joe Pesci Show Elvis Costello + Samurai Delicatessan
3 Mokiki does the Sloppy Swish First Citywide Change Bank Debbie Downer Goes to Disneyland

Honorable Mentions:

Happy Fun Ball
Little Chocolate Donuts 


Sting in an elevator with Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey


Hannukah Song

Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood


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 #27 – Only Lovers Left Alive & Favorite Film Podcasts

Episode #27


In the latest episode, the guys (once again a trio) are back to discuss Jim Jarmusch’s masterpiece Only Lovers Left Alive. After waxing vampiric for awhile, Erik, Nick and Chris then discuss their favorite film podcasts, the links for which are below. Also, you can check out the thoughts of our friend and colleague, Dr. Steve Shaviro, on OLLA right here.


Battleship Pretension

The Dissolve

The Auteurcast


Media Carnivores



Noircast (blog); Noircast (podcast)


Warner Archive Collection Podcast (via iTunes)

Episode #26 – Under The Skin & Robin Williams

Episode #26


Hello everyone!  That’s a Wrap is proud to bring you Episode #26, which examines 2013’s Under The Skin, a powerful and brave film that has made many 10 Best lists while simultaneosly managing to “alienate” some audiences.  We tackle the complex film and then move on to segment two, which is dedicated to remembering Robin Williams.


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A few of Nick’s recent frame jobs:

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