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.
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Pointy objects and surprising leads abound in this week's Movie Date. But will the arrows of "Brave" or the silver kitchenware of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" be enough to sway Kristen and Rafer? And we're all wondering who would win in a scuffle: undead-stalking president or bow-wielding princess? Lincoln has the height advantage...
This week, Kristen and Rafer spray up their hair and pull out their leather pants for the new movie "Rock of Ages." Featuring Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the movie is a port of the Broadway musical, written from a pastiche of classic 80's rock songs--got all that? Also on the Date: special guest Robin Goodwin, lead singer of the first all-female Motley Crue tribute band, Girls Girls Girls.
This week, Kristen and Rafer watch Prometheus, the long-awaited prequel to the Alien franchise. Original director Ridley Scott leads us on a eerie journey in his latest space opera, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. Can this latest flick satisfy the fan boys? Listen to the podcast to find out.
This week, Kristen and Rafer watch another Snow White reboot. First-time director Rupert Sanders brings us the dark and shadowy "Show White and the Huntsman," starring Charlize Theron as Ravenna and Bella Swa—er, Kristen Stewart as Snow White. Is this the fairest date of them all? Listen to the podcast to find out.
This week's Movie Date podcast is out of this world! No, really. Kristen and Rafer get extraterrestrial reviewing this week's blockbuster, "Men in Black 3." Listen to The Takeaway's Movie Date team engage in some Will Smith gossip and hear about Kristen's emotional reaction to the end of the film.
Babies are cute, but the nine months before they come out aren't usually the best. That's at least true for some of the faux-moms in the new romantic comedy, "What to Expect When You're Expecting." The dads aren't at their most glamorous either, but the film delivers on the comedy of having a kid. Wondering if this pregnancy movie will make a good date? Kristen and Rafer let us in on what to expect out of this ensemble rom-com.
Finally, a vampire movie that really gets vampires. The undead get a bad rap, but this week Kristen and Rafer offer praise to "Dark Shadows," Tim Burton's latest foray into creepy. One part soap opera, one part Johnny Depp, and one part 70s shag carpet, "Dark Shadows" moves this cult classic into new territory.
This week, the fate of Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' hangs in the balance. Who will come to the rescue this awesome, hulking green monster of a film? And who will come down on the movie like a giant hammer? Listen to find out where Kristen and Rafer stand on this superhero saga.
In this week's Movie Date, Rafer bemoans what he considers the death of the romantic comedy. Kristen, as you'd expect, tell him to stop being a negative Nancy. It's all in honor of "The Five Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.
He's got to be strong. He's got to be able to build a barn and get along with children. Being able to play a sultry, sexy musical instrument also helps. In case it wasn't apparent already, this week we're talking about Kristen's fantasy man. And also some movie called "The Lucky One," starring Zac Efron. Let Kristen and Rafer's sultry voices and razor-sharp smarts woo you in this week's podcast.
Heavy stuff this week. "October Baby" tells the story of a woman's discovery that her mother almost aborted her. Intended or not, the movie's politics — see what happens when you don't have an abortion? — align comfortably with those of the religious Right. Likewise, the recent film "The Lorax" and 2006's "Happy Feet" decry the ills of global warming in a quintessentially liberal parlance. But not all movies have agendas, right?
The Titanic sank 100 years ago this month. To mark the anniversary, James Cameron is re-releasing his mega-blockbuster "Titanic" in 3D, prompting some critics to say its strictly a marketing ploy while others cheer the innovation.
Will "Titanic 3D" burn a hole in your wallet, or will it blow your mind? This week, Rafer and Kristen put that question to Daniel Engber, senior editor at Slate. Listen to find out what he's got to say.
This week, Kristen and Rafer watched "Bully," the new documentary from the Weinstein Company that takes on the controversial topic of grade school ridicule. "Bully" was in the news this week for hitting theaters unrated after the MPAA promised an R rating. The hype has certainly drummed up support for the movie, but does "Bully" do its subject justice? Or is "The Hunger Games" actually a better tool for teaching kids about violence?
The long-awaited 'The Hunger Games' is finally here! If you wanted to like the Twilight movies but thought Bella was kind of a wimp, this movie is for you. Protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leads a cast of young adults through a fictional reality TV show in which children battle to the death. It's an awesome take on the teen movie genre, but is this sci-fi flick about homicidal adolescents a good date movie?
Listen to this week's podcast to find out what Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway, think about this long-awaited and super-hyped blockbuster.
This week, Movie Date is heading back to high school. And so are Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as a couple of young-looking rookie cops in "21 Jump Street," a remake of the 80s TV show. Listen to find out what grade Kristen and Rafer give this revisited classic.
Jennifer Westfeldt's "Friends with Kids" asks an important question: do I really have to have kids? When two single friends realize that all of their friends are parents, they ditch bachelor life to have a baby of their own. "Friends with Kids" has an all-star comedic cast, but it's also rife with some language you might not want your own kids to hear. As always, Movie Date is brought to you by Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway.
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Remember those crazy parties in high school? Well, our Movie Date podcasters do. This week the Todd Phillips movie "Project X" rages into the movie theaters. The director of "Hangover" and "Old School" takes on teenage rebellion when three buddies decide to throw the party of their lives. As always we hear from Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway.
Excitement about the red carpet heats up as the 84th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday. Will "The Artist" walk away with best film? And will the Academy take "Bridesmaids" seriously and make Melissa McCarthy the victorious underdog? Find out who our Movie Date podcasters think will go home with a little statuette. As always we hear from Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway.
This week our Movie Date podcasters talk about the most unlikely movie story of the year: Jeremy Lin and his rapid rise to stardom in the NBA. As a script, the Jeremy Lin story is perfect. Beyond breaking down the aspects of the Lin story, our team looks at the most lin-spired movies. What movies remind you of the Jeremy Lin story? As always we hear from Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway.
Like "Snakes on a Plane" before it "Man on a Ledge" tells you exactly what to expect out of this thriller. There's a man, of course, and he is on a ledge. But what he's doing there, how he will get off, and what happens in between? We won't spoil the plot for you but our Movie Date podcasters will put this movie in context of other "literal-title movies" and let you know if it is a good date or not. As always we hear from Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway.