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.
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."
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.
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").
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."