Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer host the Movie Date podcast.

Movie Date Podcast

Movie Date is a weekly podcast produced by The Takeaway in cooperation with Public Radio International and WNYC. It's hosted by Takeaway culture producer Kristen Meinzer and Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman

Each podcast includes movie reviews, trivia, listener mail, and lots of banter. Occasionally, celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, James Franco, Clive Owen, and Joss Whedon stop by, as do experts from the worlds of male stripping, zombie studies, ghost hunting, and tribute bands.

And at least once a month, Rafer and Kristen administer Movie Therapy (listeners write and call in seeking help with their life issues; Rafer and Kristen respond with a prescription of movies to help them through what ails them).

As co-hosts of the podcast, Rafer and Kristen appear live on The Takeaway every Friday; and on Soundcheck, BK Live, and the New York broadcast of All Things Considered several times a year. They've also appeared on The Brian Lehrer Show and Uptown Radio.

Movie Date has been written up by the Wall Street Journal, WomenInPodcasting.org, Babes of NPR, and other notable publications. It's been selected twice as the iTunes podcast of the day and was ranked by Stitcher as one of the top four podcasts covering The Hunger Games.

Subscribe to the Movie Date podcast, like Movie Date on Facebook, follow Kristen on Twitter, and leave a message for Rafer and Kristen anytime at 571-7MOVIES (571-766-8437).

You can also listen on-demand through Stitcher.

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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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Movie Date: 'The To-Do List,' 'Wolverine,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'Blue Jasmine'

Friday, July 26, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen tackle a strange, intense, and in some cases disappointing variety of movies, from the teen sex comedy, "The To-Do List" to the latest Woody Allen offering, "Blue Jasmine," and in between, the comic book action flick "Wolverine" and the biopic based on a tragic true event, "Fruitvale Station." They also answer voicemail, from one listener who's frustrated and another who sounds genuinely concerned.

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Movie Date: 'Act of Killing,' 'The Conjuring,' 'RIPD,' 'Red 2,' 'Turbo'

Friday, July 19, 2013

In this week's supersized Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen face what might be the worst opening weekend all summer. On the chopping block: "The Conjuring," "RIPD," "Red 2," and "Turbo."

But it's not all bad. They also sit down with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the critically acclaimed new documentary, "The Act of Killing." 

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Movie Date: "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2"

Friday, July 12, 2013

Things you'll learn in this week's Movie Date podcast:

  1. Taylor Lautner in "Grown Ups 2" may be the best Taylor Lautner you ever see.
  2. "Pacific Rim" is not a porno.
  3. Rafer and Kristen do not have a future career in singing. 
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Movie Date: 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Despicable Me 2,' 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain'

Thursday, July 04, 2013

When's the last time Johnny Depp played an average, regular guy? What exactly are those yellow egg-shaped things in the "Despicable Me" movies? And does Kevin Hart really need to explain anything? These and other questions are explored in the newest Movie Date podcast, as Rafer and Kristen review "The Lone Ranger," "Despicable Me 2," and "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain." To help them with "The Lone Ranger," and specifically with the depiction of Tonto, they're joined by Rick Chavolla, Education and Development Officer at the American Indian Community House in New York.

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Movie Date: 'The Heat,' 'White House Down,' '20 Feet From Stardom'

Thursday, June 27, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer wonders if "White House Down" might be the exact same movie as "Olympus Has Fallen,"Kristen tries to fake out Rafer with her feelings about "The Heat," Rafer talks about the most spine-tingling moment in "20 Feet From Stardom," and both imagine themselves as the lead characters in "Turner and Hooch."

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Movie Date: 'World War Z' and 'Monsters University'

Friday, June 21, 2013

 

This week, Rafer and Kristen look at two monster movies, one of which deals with the training and coming of age of monsters ("Monsters University") and one which deals with their apocalyptic rise ("World War Z"). To help Kristen and Rafer better understand the latter, they're joined by Scott Gordon, a recent honors graduate of Adelphi University whose bachelor's thesis was entitled, "Revolution of the Dead: The New Zombie Apocalypse."

 

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Movie Date: 'Man of Steel,' 'This is the End,' and 'The Bling Ring'

Friday, June 14, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk about the dark side of Superman, the bright side of the apocalypse, and the inside of Paris Hilton's closet. It's all in honor of "Man of Steel," "This is the End," and "The Bling Ring."

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Movie Date: "The Internship," "The Purge," "Much Ado About Nothing"

Friday, June 07, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review the new Owen Wilson - Vince Vaughn comedy, "The Internship," and look back at their own experiences as adult interns. They also review "The Purge" (which Kristen was surprised to discover, is not about bulimia) and Joss Whedon's take on the Shakespeare classic, "Much Ado About Nothing."

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Movie Date: 'After Earth,' 'Now You See Me,' 'We Steal Secrets'

Friday, May 31, 2013

In this very special episode of Movie Date, Rafer raps a full song that he composed himself, Kristen reveals some secrets about her childhood, and both of them issue a public apology for a spoiler alert that didn't go far enough. And, of course, they talk about some movies, as well. On the chopping block: "After Earth," "Now You See Me," and "We Steal Secrets."

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Movie Date: 'Hangover 3,' 'Fast & Furious 6,' 'The English Teacher,' 'Frances Ha'

Friday, May 24, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review two big releases with seemingly never-ending sequels: "The Hangover 3" and "Fast and Furious 6." They also climb into the backseat for a couple of female-led quickies: "Frances Ha" and "The English Teacher." Tune in to find out which satisfies better: the quickies or the big boys.

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Movie Date: Star Trek Into Darkness

Friday, May 17, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer explains to Kristen what red shirts signify in the Star Trek universe, Kristen confesses to having a crush on a certain Star Trek character, and their special guest, Scott Rosenberg, reveals which Enterprise crew member he'd most like to see headlining a spin-off series. It's all in honor of the highly anticipated "Star Trek Into Darkness."

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Movie Date: 'Peeples' and 'The Great Gatsby'

Friday, May 10, 2013

Is "The Great Gatsby" great? It's been the question on movie enthusiasts' minds for the past several months. Rafer and Kristen weigh in on the Leonardo Di Caprio-led movie, share their knowledge of the book, and compare the film to prior adaptations. They also weigh in on another Long Island movie about class differences hitting theatres this week: "Peeples," starring Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson.

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Movie Date: 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' and 'Iron Man 3'

Friday, May 03, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen discuss Gwyneth Paltrow's abs, Kate Hudson's divisive acting skills, action sequences that make Kristen clap, and the best terrorism-themed movies for making out during. It's all in honor of this week's two terrorism-themed films: "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" and "Iron Man 3."

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