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.
For listeners who prefer not to get dressed and leave the house in order to be entertained, Rafer and Kristen also offer weekly Sweatpants picks.
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.
You can also listen on-demand through Stitcher.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review seven of the big movies being released on Christmas Day 2013. The films touch on everyone's favorite holiday topics, including family fights, financial corruption, elder abuse, war, extramarital affairs, lay-offs, and samurais. So pour yourself a cup of eggnog, and hear what Rafer and Kristen have to say about: "Lone Survivor," "August: Osage County," "Invisible Woman," "47 Ronin," "Wolf of Wall Street," "Grudge Match," and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
This week's Movie Date podcast has Rafer wishing he knew how to do the hustle and Kristen questioning whether computers will eventually try to have sex with us all. On the chopping block: the star-packed heist film by David O. Russell, "American Hustle"; the long-awaited next chapter in the Ron Burgundy saga, "Anchorman 2"; and the Spike Jonze artificial intelligence romance, "Her." To help separate fact and fiction in her "Her," Kristen and Rafer are joined by a very special guest. Gary Marcus is an artificial intelligence expert and NYU professor, and, as he sees it, we could be only a few years away from living the plot of "Her."
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look back on their own magical childhood memories as they review the making-of-"Mary Poppins" movie, "Saving Mister Banks" and the second installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy, "The Desolation of Smaug." They also consider whether the Golden Globe Award nominations make any sense whatsoever, and help a listener who needs advice on how to make holiday travel a little less torturous.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at the intersections of music and film in three new releases: "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," and "Sound of Music Live." They also embark on some movie therapy with a listener who wants help with tracking down quality lesbian-themed films. And, as always, there's movie trivia.
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."
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.
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.
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.
It's mortals versus superheroes as Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman take on "Thor: The Dark World," "The Book Thief," and "Dallas Buyers Club."
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."
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.'
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."
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.
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.
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."