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, Rafer explains why "The Bourne Legacy" has no right to use the words "Bourne" or "Legacy" in its title. Kristen does a truly horrendous imitation of Alfred Hitchcock. And Rafer and Kristen try their best to dance around the "things" that Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones do together (and by themselves) in the new romantic comedy "Hope Springs."
Is "Vertigo" the greatest movie ever made? Is it better than "Citizen Kane"? Can you recall what's great about "Total Recall"? And why are Rafer and Kristen arguing about "Diary of a Whimpy Kid"?
This week: Kristen cheats on Robert Pattinson at the Summer Games while the neighborhood watches. No, that can't be right. Rafer is an expert on Olympic events. No, that's certainly not right, either.
We're all so upset over Kristen Stewart's diss of R-Patts, we don't know what's what. All of that will get ...
In the week since last Friday’s tragic shooting in Colorado, we’ve seen politicians, gun control advocates, and ordinary citizens react. But the film industry has reacted as well.
In this special Independence Day-week edition, Kristen and Rafer show their patriotism by reviewing three movies, Oliver Stone's "Savages," "Katy Perry: Part of me," and "The Amazing Spiderman."
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.