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Movie Date: "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Oldboy," "Black Nativity," "Homefront," "Frozen," and an interview with Josh Gad

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WNYC

The Thanksgiving movie rush is upon us and The Movie Date team is here to tell you what to see and what to skip this holiday weekend. On this special Wednesday version of the podcast, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman review "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Black Nativity," "Old Boy", "Homefront," and "Frozen. And bonus! Kristen interviews Josh Gad, who stars as Olaf the Snowman in "Frozen."

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Movie Date: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' 'Delivery Man,' and 'Christmas Candle'

Friday, November 22, 2013

WNYC

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," and "The Christmas Candle." They also answer listener mail in response to last week's review of "The Best Man Holiday" and offer some Movie Therapy to a listener who bemoans the lack of female action heroes. 

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Movie Date: 'Nebraska,' 'Best Man Holiday,' Angry Listener Mail, and Movie Therapy

Friday, November 15, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Nebraska," the latest from Alexander Payne and "The Best Man Holiday," the sequel to the 1999 African-American romantic comedy, “The Best Man.” They also help a Canadian listener who's in bad need of some Movie Therapy and answer a letter from a listener who's upset with Rafer.

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Movie Therapy Quiz

Friday, November 15, 2013

 

Dreading an upcoming family gathering? Sad about a recent breakup? Not sure about the best movies to show at your son or daughter's first slumber party? Ask Rafer and Kristen for help!
With absolutely no medical credentials, but a great deal of movie knowledge (and compassion), Rafer and Kristen will respond to your problems by prescribing a regimen of movies. It's a new Movie Date feature, called Movie Therapy.
Send along your questions and conundrums...and to get yourself in the mood, take our Movie Therapy Quiz.

Dreading an upcoming family gathering? Sad about a recent breakup? Not sure about the best movies to show at your son or daughter's first slumber party? Ask Rafer and Kristen for help! With absolutely no medical credentials, but a great deal of movie knowledge (and compassion), Rafer and Kristen will respond to your problems by prescribing a regimen of movies. It's a new Movie Date feature, called Movie Therapy. Send along your questions and conundrums...and to get yourself in the mood, take our Movie Therapy Quiz.

 

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Movie Date: 'Thor: The Dark World,' 'The Book Thief, 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Friday, November 08, 2013

It's mortals versus superheroes as Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman take on "Thor: The Dark World," "The Book Thief," and "Dallas Buyers Club."

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Movie Date: 'Free Birds,' 'Ender's Game, 'About Time,' and Special Guest Mary Steenburgen

Friday, November 01, 2013

Time travel and dystopia reign this week as Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman take on "Free Birds," "Ender's Game," and "About Time." Plus, Kristen interviews Mary Steenburgen who stars as a lounge singer in the new movie "Last Vegas."

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Movie Date: 'The Counselor,' 'All Is Lost' and 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

Friday, October 25, 2013

This week, Kristen and Rafer talk thrillers, French films, and films with barely any dialogue: "The Counselor," starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz; the Robert Redford film "All Is Lost"; and finally, the French film, "Blue Is The Warmest Color."

Kristen and Rafer also take on your problems with the new Movie Date feature, called Movie Therapy. 

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Movie Date Quiz Night! Live in Brooklyn!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Attention New Yorkers!

On October 27, for the first time ever, The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast is hosting a very special (and spooky) night of bar trivia. In honor of Halloween, questions will focus on scary movies, skin-crawling history, and some top-secret subjects that we won't divulge here. Rafer and Kristen will be there, reading off clues, offering moral support, and handing out prizes. We're expecting it to be very full, so if you want prime space come early!

Sunday, October 27
8pm - 9:30pm
Pacific Standard Bar
82 4th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Trains: 2/3/4/5/B/D/N/R/Q at Atlantic/Barclays
Admission: Free (plus the cost of drinks)

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Movie Date: 'The Fifth Estate,' 'Carrie' and '12 Years a Slave'

Friday, October 18, 2013

This week, Kristen and Rafer get serious as they talk about three new major releases: "The Fifth Estate," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange; the remake of "Carrie," starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore; and finally, Steve McQueen's film based on Solomon Northup's memoir, "12 Years a Slave."

Kristen and Rafer also launch a new Movie Date feature, called Movie Therapy, in which they help listeners with their questions and issues by prescribing movies. This week: a listener needs advice on make-out movies. If you have questions for Movie Therapy, ask them here, or on our Facebook page.

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Movie Date: 'Captain Phillips' and 'Machete Kills'

Friday, October 11, 2013

This week, Kristen and Rafer take on heroes and villains with this week's two major releases: 'Captain Phillips,' the new Tom Hanks-led film about the real hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009, and 'Machete Kills,' the latest Mexploitation film from Robert Rodriguez. And bonus: Kristen interviews the real Captain Richard Phillips, asking him to give his thoughts on the movie (and on Tom Hanks's interpretation of his accent). All aboard!

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Movie Date: Speed Date Round 2!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Rafer and Kristen switch gears for this week's podcast and review 10 movies in (about) 10 minutes. They also review Gravity, and make some very special announcements! 

 

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Movie Date: 'Thanks For Sharing,' 'Starlet,' 'Don Jon'

Friday, September 27, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk sex, sex addiction and porn. Tell your kids to leave the room because they're reviewing 'Thanks for Sharing,' 'Starlet,' and 'Don Jon.'

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Movie Date: 'Prisoners,' 'Rush,' 'After Tiller'

Friday, September 20, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk crime and fast cars. They also speak with Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, the filmmakers behind a documentary about the last four late-term abortion clinics in the country. Start your engines! It's time to review "Prisoners," "Rush," and "After Tiller."

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Movie Date: 'The Family,' 'Insidious 2,' 'Harry Dean Stanton,' 'Austenland'

Friday, September 13, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at strange array of movies, including an indie documentary ("Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction"), a horror flick ("Insidious: Chapter 2"), and an aging mobster comedy ("The Family"). They also look at "Austenland" with the help of Meg Levin, one of the New York City coordinators of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

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Movie Date: 'Riddick,' 'Salinger,' and Lots of Listener Mail

Friday, September 06, 2013

In the newest Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen explore the theme of seclusion in this week's big releases: from the self-imposed recluse life of J.D. Salinger (in the new documentary "Salinger") to the lonely survivalist life of Vin Diesel's character (in "Riddick"). Rafer and Kristen also share their own strange memories of being all alone, and read through a large pile of listener mail.

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Movie Date: 'Closed Circuit,' 'Our Nixon,' 'The Grandmaster,' 'One Direction: This is Us,' and Special Guest Morgan Spurlock

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen wonder if anyone trusts the government anymore, and consider whether beauty is enough to make up for a lack of substance. They also sit down with director Morgan Spurlock to discuss his newest and very surprising film project. It's all in honor of "Closed Circuit," "Our Nixon," "The Grandmaster," and "One Direction: This is Us."

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Movie Date: 'The World's End,' 'You're Next,' 'The Spectacular Now'

Thursday, August 22, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen and Rafer review movies that are about drinking...or that might be best watched while drunk. They include: "The World's End," which is about an alcoholic embarking on a 12-pub crawl gone wrong; "The Spectacular Now," which is about an alcoholic embarking on a romance gone wrong; and "You're Next," which is about a a bunch of rich people at a family gathering gone wrong. Also, Kristen and Rafer take a few minutes to complain about the current state of movie etiquette.

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Movie Date: 'The Butler,' 'Jobs,' 'Paranoia,' 'From One Second to the Next,' 'Kickass 2'

Friday, August 16, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen give five movies the Bechdel Test. Will any of them pass? On the chopping block are two biopics ("Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Jobs"), one suspense thriller ("Paranoia"), Werner Herzog's documentary short about texting and driving ("From One Second to the Next"), and the comic book sequel that swears like a sailor ("Kickass 2").

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Movie Date: 'Planes,' 'Percy Jackson,' 'We're the Millers,' 'Lovelace,' 'Elysium'

Friday, August 09, 2013

This week's Movie Date podcast features a wide range of movies that have Rafer and Kristen asking: When should a movie go direct to video? Is a Harry Potter ripoff ever as good as Harry Potter? How much nuance can an audience handle? Are fifty allegories too many? And is incest humor ever actually funny? On the chopping block: "Planes," "Percy Jackson," "We're the Millers," "Lovelace," and "Elysium."

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Movie Date: "The Canyons" and "Two Guns"

Friday, August 02, 2013

This week, Kristen wonders if the creators of "Two Guns" have difficulty counting, Rafer wonders if the creators of "The Canyons" have difficulty accepting that it's no longer 1983, Kristen has questions about porn, and Rafer feels the need to defend Lindsay Lohan's acting. It's all in honor of the highly anticipated new Bret Easton Ellis/Paul Schrader film, "The Canyons" (featuring porn star James Deen) and the new Mark Wahlberg/Denzel Washington action comedy, "Two Guns."

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