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Feb 17, 2017

John and Max are talking about some of their favorite Valentine's Day movies this week. 

They start by talking about their recent trips, give some updates about some upcoming movies and continue with the trailer(s) of the week: The Beguiled and It Comes At Night. Then they move to talk about two of their favorite romance films: The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally. 

Finishing off with a What You've Been Watching Lately: John Wick 2 & Lego Batman (Max), Joy & Interstellar (John)

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Opening: "The Stars Look Different (Ziggy Stardust Mix)"
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Closing: "Pixie Pixels (featuring Kara Square)"
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Jan 23, 2017

John and Max are welcoming 2017 with their selections of most anticipated films of the year!

They start by making a boom/bust pick for the Academy Award nominations, continue with the trailer of the week: Logan. Then they move to reminisce on their 2016 most anticipated films. Then they announce the movies they are most looking forward to in 2017! 

Finishing off with a What You've Been Watching Lately: Blood Simple (Max), Gangs of New York (John)

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Opening: "The Stars Look Different (Ziggy Stardust Mix)"
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Closing: "Pixie Pixels (featuring Kara Square)"
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Jan 14, 2017

John and Max are saying goodbye (and f*ck you) to 2016 in the latest episode of It's the Pictures!

They start by remembering the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds before moving on to their respective top ten films of 2016, which includes discussion of movies like Jackie, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Arrival, among many others.

Download the episode today and tweet at John and Max (@itsthepicpod) to let them know your thoughts on their respective lists!

Opening Song: "Another Day of Sun" from the original soundtrack for La La Land
Closing Song: "City of Stars (Humming)" featuring Emma Stone from the original soundtrack for La La Land

Dec 20, 2016

Max and Shannon Covill share their Christmas season favorites. John couldn't make it for this episode because he forgot his gear, but we had a grand old time without him anyways. Also up for discussion is the Foreign Oscars selections, BOFCA selections, and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk trailer. 

Christmas Movies:

  • Muppets Christmas Carol
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • Elf
  • It's A Wonderful Life

They also discuss Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with full spoilers. 

Intro Music: "Welcome Christmas" from the original soundtrack for The Grinch Who Stole Christmas 

Outro Music: "Thankful Heart" sung by Michael Caine from The Muppets Christmas Carol original soundtrack 

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Dec 15, 2016

John and Max take their first dive into the 2016 Oscars season. Many of the favorites in multiple categories are discussed. Also up for discussion is some of the best trailers of the year and Tony award winning musicals. 

They also discuss Paterson and The Red Turtle as films they've been watching lately. 

Intro Music: "Montage" by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell from the original soundtrack for Swiss Army Man

Outro Music: "My Tamako My Sookee" by Jo Yeong-wook from The Handmaiden original soundtrack 

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Nov 30, 2016

For most, 2016 was a rough year. We lost a number of influential and beloved celebrities, and the less said about the American presidential election the better.

John and Max both agree that it won't go down as an all-time great year for movies, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to celebrate. In honor of Thanksgiving, they're recognizing some of the trends, performances, and unsung films that helped make 2016 special. 

They also discuss The Edge of Seventeen, Sausage Party, and the final trailer for Jackie. 

Intro Music: "The Dickhead Song" by Miles Betterman from the original soundtrack for The Edge of Seventeen

Outro Music: "The Great Beyond" by the Sausage Party cast from the original soundtrack for Sausage Party

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Nov 17, 2016

In their latest episode, John and Max share some of their favorite noir films, both new and old, in honor of Noirvember. These include films from the classic period and films of the modern age known as Neo Noir. They also remember the late Leonard Cohen and discuss Robert Redford's possible retirement from acting. 

They also discuss Arrival, Denial, and the trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Intro Music: "The Thrid Man" by Anton Karas from the original score for The Third Man

Outro Music: "The Stranger Song" by Leonard Cohen from the original score for McCabe and Mrs. Miller 


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Oct 27, 2016

In their latest episode, John and Max share some of their favorite horror films, both new and old, in honor of Halloween. 

They also discuss The Girl on the Train, Blue Velvet, and the trailer for John Wick 2

Intro Music: "Halloween Theme" by John Carpenter from the original score for Halloween 

Outro Music: "Title" by Disasterpiece from the original score for It Follows

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Oct 17, 2016

John and Max are following up their chat with Charlie Nash on female directors with reviews of four new releases, all of which were headed up by women.

The films are Ava DuVernay's 13th, Andrea Arnold's American Honey, Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe, and Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann. Max saw the last film at the New York Film Festival, and he shares a few quick thoughts on his experiences there.

Intro Music: "Human" by Rag'n'Bone Man 

Outro Music: "Kiwani" by Bobi Wine from the original soundtrack for Queen of Katwe

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Oct 5, 2016

John and Max talk about female directors with guest Charlie Nash from the Boston Online Film Critics Association. With new films such as Queen of Katwe, American Honey, and 13TH coming out there is no better time. Directors such as Ava DuVernay, Claire Denis, Chantal Akerman, Amy Heckerling, and Kathryn Bigelow are among the women highlighted for discussion. 

We're also talking about the New York Film Festival and the new Lion King adaptation coming out.  Our trailer of the week is Ava DeVernay's 13TH

Intro Music: "Glory" by Common and John Legend from the original score for Selma 

Outro Music: "Sans toi" by Agnès Varda and Michel Legrand for Cleo from 5 to 7 

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Sep 20, 2016

John and Max talk about the post 2000's career of Clint Eastwood. Films such as Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, American Sniper, and Sully are among the titles highlighted for discussing. What are some of Eastwood's best films of the last 16 years and is Sully one of them? 

We're also talking about the films Lawrence of Arabia, Snowden, Best in Show and wrapping up TIFF 2016. Our trailer of the week is Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals

Intro Music: "Blue Morgan" by Clint Eastwood from the original score for Million Dollar Baby 

Outro Music: "Flags of Our Father theme" by Clint Eastwood for Flags of Our Fathers 

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Sep 5, 2016


It's John and Max's first ever review special! As the calendar turns to fall, we've got thoughts on some of 2016's most interesting releases so far, including Hell or High Water, Love & Friendship, Weiner, and The Little Prince

We're also talking about Heaven's Gate, Southland Tales, the Mascots trailer, the BBC top 100 movies of this century, and the life and career of Gene Wilder.

Intro Music: "Scipione: March" by Mark Suozzo and the Irish Film Orchestra from the original score for Love & Friendship

Outro Music: "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers from Southland Tales.

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Aug 23, 2016

Come enjoy some hot iced coffee as John and Max are detailing the Fall festival circuit of 2016. We preview some titles from all the big festivals; NYFF, Venice, Telluride, and TIFF

We're also covering the new trailer for Arrival and news about the November Criterion releases. We close with reviews of Kubo and Florence Foster Jenkins

Intro Music: "Twin Peaks Theme" by Angelo Badalamenti from Twin Peaks

4:15 - News: Criterion November Slate
8:46 - Trailer of the week - Arrival
13:18 - Summer Movie Box Office Results
18:13 - Fall movie festival preview
50:45 - What we've been watching - Kubo (Max) / Florence Foster Jenkins (John)

Outro Music: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Regina Spektor from Kubo and the Two Strings.

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Aug 8, 2016

John and Max are donning their black hats this week for a discussion about Suicide Squad and our favorite movie villains.

We're also covering the new teaser for Christopher Nolan's 2017 film Dunkirk and news about an upcoming remake of Splash! starring Channing Tatum. We close with reviews of Terrence Malick's The New World and Sian Heder's Tallulah

Intro Music: "You Don't Own Me" by Grace from the soundtrack for Suicide Squad

News You Need - Splash! remake with Channing Tatum

Trailer of the Week - Dunkirk

Main Feature - Favorite Movie Villains and Suicide Squad

What We've Been Watching - The New World (Max) and Tallulah (John) 

Outro Music: "The Imperial March" by John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra from the soundtrack for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Jul 25, 2016

It's the Pictures is all about the Criterion Collection this week. John and Max look at the films released thus far in 2016 in the Collection and talk about their must-own titles, just in time for the bi-annual B&N sale.

They also discuss the possibility of Quentin Tarantino retiring and the trailers for Jeff Nichols's Loving and Damien Chazelle's La La Land

Intro Music: "Please Mr. Kennedy" by Oscar Issac, Justin Timberlake, and Adam Driver from the soundtrack for Inside Llewyn Davis

2:02 News You Need - Quentin Tarantino retirement rumors

6:45 Trailer of the Week - Loving and La La Land

11:15 Main Feature - Criterion Collection

1:15:00 What we've been watching - Dr. Strangelove and Fantastic Planet 

Outro Music: "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn from the soundtrack for Dr. Strangelove

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Jul 11, 2016

It's the tenth episode of It's the Pictures! John and Max look into the films of Steven Spielberg this week, including his new feature The BFG. They talk about the films Spielberg has made since the year 2000 and what films will stand the test of time. 

They also discuss the passing of directors Abbas Kiarostami, Michael Cimino, and Robin Hardy. Plus, they touch on the trailer for Clint Eastwood's Sully and a pair of new releases -- Independence Day: Resurgence and Swiss Army Man.  

Intro Music: "Closing In" by John Williams from the soundtrack for Catch Me If You Can

2:30 News You Need - Abbas Kiarostami, Michael Cimino, Robin Hardy

7:25 Trailer of the Week - Sully

11:15 Main Feature - Post 2000 Steven Spielberg Film Analysis 

1:03:00 The BFG

1:15:00 What we've been watching - John (Independence Day: Resergence) / Max (Swiss Army Man)

Outro Music: "The People's House" by John Williams from the soundtrack for Lincoln

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Jun 24, 2016

John and Max are exploring the films of Pixar Animation this week, including its newest feature, Finding Dory. They rank their each of the 17 films Pixar has released since Toy Story.

They also discuss the passing of actor Anton Yelchin, the trailer for Cannes Jury Prize winner American Honey, and their films of the week -- The Player and Perfect Blue!

Intro Music: "Bundle of Joy" by Michael Giacchino from the soundtrack for Inside Out

1:24 News You Need - Anton Yelchin

4:30 Trailer of the Week - American Honey

8:20 Main Feature - Pixar Filmography and Rankings

1:02:40 Finding Dory

1:13:30 What we've been watching - John (The Player) / Max (Perfect Blue)

1:23:19 Summer Box Office Update

Outro Music: "Married Life" by Michael Giacchino from the soundtrack for UP

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Jun 13, 2016

It's the end of the world, but John and Max feel fine.

This week, on the It's the Pictures podcast, we're discussing three 1990s apocalyptic action movies: Independence Day, Armageddon, and Deep Impact. Questions answered include:

  • What happens if you shoot in a gun in space? 
  • Why did Ben Affleck nearly get cut completely from Armageddon? 
  • Which of these movies has the most inspiring president?
  • And would we, John and Max, make it to the limestone caves of Missouri for saving? Or would we get left on the beach like Tea Leoni?

We also touch on our expectations for Independence Day: Resurgence, talk about the Rogue One reshoots, and review the new indie releases Love & Friendship and The Lobster.

Give the episode a listen, and follow us on Twitter, @itsthepicpod, where you can let us know what you think!

May 27, 2016

John and Max are exploring the films of Shane Black this week, including his new feature The Nice Guys. Disagreements are the name of the game this week.

They also discuss the 50th anniversary screening of Persona, the wrap up of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, The Beauty and Beast trailer, and what they've been watching lately. 

Intro Music: "Beauty & The Beast Prologue" by SalmondKeyMusic

1:38 50th Anniversary of Persona with Liv Ullmann
4:23 News You Need - Cannes Film Festival Wrap Up
10:44 Trailer of the Week - Beauty and the Beast (2017)
15:35 Main Feature - Films of Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys)
48:23 What we've been watching - John (Money Monster) / Max (Only Angels Have Wings)

Outro Music: "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire from the soundtrack for The Nice Guys


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May 13, 2016

John and Max dive headfirst into 2016's summer movie offerings. They come out of the process having selected five films each in It's the Pictures' first annual summer movie box office draft. Whoever's "team" makes the most bank domestically by the end of the summer earns bragging rights! Who do you think will win? Are you #TeamJohn or #TeamMax?

This week, they also discuss birthday movie memories, since both John and Max turn a year older in May, as well as a quick look at the beginning of the Cannes Film Festival, the Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk trailer, and much more. 

Intro Music: "Wedding Theme" by James Horner for the soundtrack of Deep Impact

:42: Birthday memories Deep Impact / Pearl Harbor 
4:20: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Trailer Impressions
7:00: Cannes Film Festival Update
10:52: Main Topic: Summer Movie Draft 2016


Finding Dory, Jason Bourne, Suicide Squad, X-Men: Apocalypse, Warcraft


Secret Life of Pets, Ghostbusters, Angry Birds, Independence Day: Resurgence, Star Trek Beyond

41:43: Films Watched Lately Captain America: Civil War (John), Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Max)

Outro Music: “I Don't Want to Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith for the soundtrack of Armageddon 

Film School Rejects Article:

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May 3, 2016

John and Max weave a joint review of the new Jungle Book adaptation in with a larger discussion of Disney animated classics that are being reimagined as live-action blockbusters. Is this an exciting trend? Or are we heading toward a bubble that will burst? 

They've also got some thoughts on the new streaming video platform launched by TCM and the Criterion Collection, as well as the HBO film Confirmation, Prince's Purple Rain, and Beyonce's video album Lemonade. Download and listen today!

Intro Music: "The Bear Necessities" by Bill Murray & Kermit Ruffins for the soundtrack of The Jungle Book

5:00: News: FilmStruck
9:15: News: Alicia Vikander cast as Lara Croft
11:00: Main Topic: Animated Films Go Live Action
20:30: The Jungle Book
40:00: Future Live Action Disney Films
56:50: Films Watched Lately- Confirmation (John), Purple Rain and Lemonade (Max)

Outro Music: “I Wan'na Be Like You” by Christopher Walken for the soundtrack of The Jungle Book

Apr 15, 2016

Cinephiles rejoice! John and Max cover the announced films for the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Listen to John and Max butcher the pronunciations of famous actors and directors, as well as, the name of the festival itself. It all concludes with talk of a former Palme d'Or winner All that Jazz and Richard Linklater's latest film Everybody Wants Some!! 

Intro Music: “Take Shelter” composed by David Wingo for the original score of Take Shelter
2:06: News: James Cameron announces four sequels to Avatar at Cinemacon
3:46: Main Topic: 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival 

  • Loving [Jeff Nichols] (10:45)
  • The Unknown Girl [Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne](12:56)
  • The Neon Demon [Nicolas Winding Refn] (15:30)
  • Paterson [Jim Jarmusch] (18:00)
  • Personal Shopper [Olivier Assayas] (20:50)
  • Julieta [Pedro Almodóvar] (24:55)
  • Cafe Society [Woody Allen] (28:35) *Out of Competition
  • Graduation [Cristian Mungiu] (32:49)
  • American Honey [Andrea Arnold] (34:50)
  • After the Storm [Kore-eda Hirokazu] (45:00)

49:40: Picks for Palme d'Or -  Julieta (Max) /It’s Only The End Of The World (John)

50:23: Out of Competition Titles - Nice Guys, Money Monster,The BFG

56:50: Films Watched Lately / All That Jazz (John), Everybody Wants Some!! (Max)
Outro Music: “Rubber Head” by Cliff Martinez for the original score of Drive

Mar 30, 2016

Spoilers abound when John and Max go deep on their favorite movies with ambiguous endings, but there's nothing ambiguous about this episode's conclusion as Max discusses his love for Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special

Intro Music: “Dream Is Collapsing” composed by Hans Zimmer for the original score of Inception
1:10: News: Indiana Jones Is Back!
7:45: Main Topic: The Best and Worst Ambiguous Endings in Movies

  • The Graduate (8:00)
  • No Country for Old Men (16:50)
  • Lost in Translation (24:30)
  • A.I. (29:00)
  • Inception (33:00)
  • Movies That Should Have Had Ambiguous Endings (43:00)
  • Post-Credit Sequences (46:30)

51:00: Films Watched Lately / Midnight Special (Max), The Program (John)
Outro Music: “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel

Mar 14, 2016

John and Max talk about some of their most anticipated films of 2016, as well as movies they have watched lately and other current movie news. 

Intro Music: “Nightcall” by Kavisky from the original score for Drive
0:30: Introduction and 2016 Oscars Wrapup
2:00: Sunset Song / Subtitles in English Films []
6:00: Main Topic: 2016 Films
45:00: Films Watched Lately / San Andreas & Working Girl
52:43: Sign Off
Outdo Music: “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon from the Oscar-winner Best Original Song in Working Girl

Mar 3, 2016

John and Max talk the February 2016 Criterion Flash sale, the88th Annual Academy Awards, and the most noteworthy films they've seen lately. 

Intro Music: “Overture” by Ennio Morricone from the Oscar-nominated original score for The Hateful Eight
1:00: Introduction and Criterion Flash Sale
7:00: 2016 Oscars
1:06:30: The Mermaid
1:09:00: JFK
1:12:30: Sign Off
Outdo Music: “The Beast” by Johann Johannson from the Oscar-nominated original score for Sicario