Episode 26: Ranking Christmas Movies from Worst to Best

In Episode 26, we welcome guests Zac and Sally Crippen, the founders of the Vernacular Podcast Network, for a very special episode where the four of us rank a selection of 11 Christmas movies from worst to best.

Two of the films chosen for our list were automatically added due to their classic nature (It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas). Then, to round out the list, each of us chose two films to add. Maureen chose Love Actually and Elf, Zac chose How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 2000 live action version) and The Holiday, Sally chose You’ve Got Mail and Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version) and Josh chose Home Alone and The Santa Clause. Since there were so many others we didn’t pick (hey we all have kids and fulltime jobs), we opened up the list for one wild card. Of the wild card options (Die Hard, A Christmas Story, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Christmas Vacation), A Christmas Story won out in a blind vote amongst the four of us. Animated classics like The Grinch, Rudolph and Frosty were not eligible since they are too hard to compare to feature length films.

Once the films were chosen, we individually ranked each film on a scale of 1-10 in three categories. 1. Overall enjoyment of the film. 2. Overall quality of the film. 3. Christmas spirit. We then averaged everyone’s score to get a total for each film out of 30. The film with the lowest score would be #11 and the film with the highest score would be #1. In the event of a tie (and there WAS a tie), the film with the highest average Christmas spirit score would prevail.

The results might surprise you!

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Episode 25: Golden Globe Hosts & Nominations Announced and Priyanka Chopra’s 75-Foot Wedding Veil

In Episode 25, we talk about the news that Friends would be leaving Netflix (and then the complete 180 just hours later that it would actually remain on the streaming service through 2019!), a debate on fashion standards between male and female musicians sparked by Beyonce and Ed Sheeran, Priyanka Chopra’s 75-foot wedding veil and the “Baby Shark” toy that (we are secretly so happy) is already sold out.

In our Marquee Topic, we chat about Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh being named the hosts for the 76th Annual Golden Globes and give our first impressions on the film and television nominations that were just announced on December 6.

PLUS, in our Teasers this week, Josh recommends new music from one of his favorite bands and Maureen suggests a fun card game.

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Episode 24: A Deep Dive into “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Reactions to the New “Lion King” Trailer

In Episode 24, we give our reactions to the first trailer for next summer’s live-action, sure to be blockbuster film, The Lion King, talk about a clothing line from Joanna Gaines (of Fixer Upper fame) and discuss the unofficial beginning of awards season by breaking down some of the winners from the New York Film Critics Circle awards that were handed out on November 29.

In our Marquee Topic, we do a deep dive into the Amazon original series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ahead of its second season debuting on December 5, 2018. We talk about the impact of the show, our favorite scenes, our favorite characters, our least favorite aspects of the show and, of course, close things out by picking out little annoyances about the award-winning comedy that bother us ever so slightly.

PLUS, in our Teasers this week, Josh and Maureen both recommend some music to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Episode 23: The One Where We Rewatch All 10 “Friends” Thanksgiving Episodes

In Episode 23, we talk about the death of Marvel genius Stan Lee, the new family photo of the British Royal Family (and imagine what was going on behind the scenes), an SNL sketch from 2017 that made a real-world impact on a multi-billion dollar movie franchise and the new TV network from HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.

In our Marquee Topic, after rewatching all 10 Thanksgiving episodes of Friends, we discuss our personal favorites, our least favorite, the BEST overall, the MVP of the episodes, what was most fun to see change over the course of 10 years and why Thanksgiving episodes are particularly fun to watch.

PLUS, in our Teasers this week, Josh recommends a recent Saturday Night Live sketch and Maureen recommends a podcast on personal finance.

Last note! No new episode next week - we are taking a week off to spend Thanksgiving with our family. We’ll be back with a brand new episode on November 30!

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Episode 22: Matthew McConaughey in "Titanic" (?!), the 2018 Sexiest Man Alive & the Spice Girls Reunited

In Episode 22, we have a PACKED Snack Bag. In it, we talk about the (totally and extremely unnecessary) Shrek reboot, Ariana Grande’s new single, Matthew McConaughey’s claim that he could have been in Titanic, Idris Elba being named People’s 2018 “Sexiest Man Alive” and the Spice Girls reuniting.

In our teeny Marquee Topic (the “Marqueeny Topic”) we talk about movie musicals and movie dramas with music, why they are such a consistent box office draw and some of our favorites and least favorites in the genre.

PLUS, in our Teasers this week, Josh suggests an informative podcast and Maureen suggests some new music she can’t get enough of.

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Episode 21: A Very "Wicked" Podcast, Fake Justin Bieber and Rami Malek's Awkward Fan Interaction

In Episode 21, we talk about Rami Malek’s extremely awkward fan interaction, the Justin Bieber burrito prank seen around the world and some big casting news for the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel.

In our Marquee Topic, we discuss the juggernaut musical Wicked, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Broadway after debuting on the Great White Way in 2003. We share our experiences with the show and Josh gives his very heated thoughts on why he thinks the show was robbed at the 2004 Tony Awards (talk about holding a grudge!). We also chat about the NBC special A Very Wicked Halloween, hosted by the original leads of the musical (Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth), that aired earlier this week and rank the seven songs sung during the special. Spoiler: the original stars were not as entertaining as we’d hoped they would be and pop superstar Ariana Grande surprised us in a good way.

PLUS, in our Teasers this week, Maureen offers some music to listen to while you work and Josh recommends a very good HBO dark comedy.

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Episode 20: The Halloween Franchise, Horror Films and Criminal David Schwimmer(?!)

In Episode 20, we have a special guest for our Marquee Topic - Tiara Guy, a friend, colleague and movie super fan. But first, Maureen and Josh talk about David Schwimmer possibly being a thief (not really but we talk about a story where his doppelganger was caught stealing beer in England as well as Schwimmer’s direct response to the uncanny similarity), the fact that NOW That’s What I Call Music! still exists today in the age of streaming, the Enya song “Orinoco Flow” as it celebrates 30 years since its release and what’s leaving Netflix starting November 1 (dino fans, listen up!).

In our Marquee Topic, Tiara and Josh talk about the Halloween franchise in the wake of the most recent film’s release just last weekend and it’s incredible box office performance. Since Josh and Maureen are scaredy cats and can’t handle horror films, Tiara joined us to fill you in on what you need to know about the new Halloween, Michael Myers (and where he ranks in the pantheon of horror villains) and a brief discussion of scary movies as a whole. WARNING: spoilers ahead!

PLUS, in our Teasers this week, Maureen and Josh each recommend movies you should definitely make an effort to see in theaters if you can. Both are likely to be BIG players this awards season.

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Episode 19: All About Hocus Pocus - A Deep Dive into the Cult Classic

In Episode 19, we discuss an excellent mash-up of a-ha’s “Take on Me” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Backstreet Freestyle” (with a special clip from the mash-up included IN the podcast), all things British royal family (including Princess Eugenie’s wedding and the Harry/Meghan baby coming next spring) and Piers Morgan’s idiotic commentary on dad’s around the world wearing their babies in front packs.

In our Marquee Topic, we take a deep dive into Hocus Pocus - the cult classic from Disney - as it celebrates its 25th anniversary since its release in 1993. We explore our favorite scenes, the MVP of the film, our favorite minor characters, what has and has not held up well in the past 25 years and much more.

PLUS, in our Teasers this week, Maureen recommends a book she listened to and Josh recommends a short film that could very well be an Oscar contender this year for Best Narrative Short Film.  

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Episode 18: The Cooking Show Boom and Snapchat’s Scripted TV Gamble

In Episode 18, we chat about Snapchat wading into the scripted television game (please, God, DO NOT let their shows be in a vertical aspect ratio) and a conversation about whether there are simply too many awards shows (what even ARE the American Music Awards?!).

In our Marquee Topic, we talk about the recent boom of cooking shows and specifically discuss some of our very favorite Food Network shows.

PLUS, in our Teasers this week, Maureen recommends a podcast she just discovered and Josh recommends what he says might be one of the best TV shows he’s ever watched (yes, even better than Breaking Bad). 

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Episode 17: Why You Should Be Watching Survivor (Yes, THAT Survivor) in 2018

In Episode 17, we kick things off discussing two stories with a Broadway twist coming soon on TV and the silver screen. Witches and singing and Spielberg, oh my! We also touch on the K-pop phenomenon and discuss how today's boy bands are 1) still a thing (?!) and 2) huge influences because of social media.

Our Marquee Topic may be a throwback to some, but it's solid gold to us. This week, we do a deep dive on Survivor, which premiered in 2000 and is still going strong (with high ratings and a creative hot streak) having kicked off its 37th (!) season two weeks ago. If you're a fan, you'll love this. And if you're not, we’ll give you some compelling reasons why you should be.

PLUS, the real hit of the show this week is Josh's Teaser which is so good we won’t even give any spoilers. Let's just say, it's the perfect example of how pop culture can have a physical effect on your life. And surprise, surprise, Maureen watched a movie and cried... again.

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Episode 16: A Brief Look at New Fall TV & Alex Trebek’s Beard

In Episode 16, we chat about how too many Hot Cheetos can apparently land you in the hospital (and subsequently, which shape Cheeto is the best Cheeto), Alex Trebek’s beard and Jeopardy celebrating their 35th season with a (team!) All-Star tournament.

For our Marquee Topic, we look at seven trailers for new TV shows premiering this fall on network television and give our thoughts on which ones we might check out and which ones are going to be a hard pass (spoiler: Maureen and I don’t agree on a single one).

PLUS, in our Teasers this week, Josh recommends some new music and Maureen suggests a movie you can still catch in theaters. 

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Episode 15: The 2018 Emmy Awards, Mark Wahlberg & Space Jam 2

In Episode 15, we chat about Mark Wahlberg’s insane daily schedule, confirmation of Space Jam 2 starring Lebron James (and Bugs Bunny!) and the rumor that Maroon 5 will perform at the halftime show of the 2019 Super Bowl.

For our Marquee Topic, we examine the 2018 Emmy Awards and give our overall impressions of the show including the best and worst moments (ugh the banter between presenters), the best and worst winners (ugh Game of Thrones) and what we thought of hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che (spoiler: meh).  

PLUS, in our teasers this week, Josh recommends a fascinating YouTube series and Maureen suggests a book about parenting (that’s a great read even for people who aren’t parents). 

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Episode 14: A Deep Dive into “This Is Us” & Live Trees on Amazon

In Episode 14, we chat about the newest members of the EGOT club, an unlikely HGTV personality being approached to be The Bachelor four (!) times, the new Dancing with the Stars cast (including Maureen’s take on why Grocery Store Joe from The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise really does deserve the distinction of “star”) and the fact that you can now buy live seven foot tall Christmas trees on Amazon.

For our Marquee Topic, we take a deep dive into the hit NBC show This Is Us, it’s overall impact in the television landscape, our favorite scenes and characters and some of our nitpicks and dislikes (including a very surface level issue in Josh’s eyes).

PLUS, in our teasers this week, Josh recommends an NBC comedy and Maureen suggests you check a little closer if you have a DVR to make sure you are taking full advantage of all its features. 

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Episode 13: Podcasting About Podcasts, The New Bachelor and the Sweatpants ONLY Happy Hour

In Episode 13, we chat about the change (of a previous change) to the Oscars, the newly named star of the upcoming 23rd season of The Bachelor, our reactions to the Geoffrey Owens story, Younger drama, Burt Reynolds passing away (and the INCREDIBLE roles he turned down in his career) and Anna Kendrick's lie to get out of hanging out with friends on her birthday (could she be any more relatable?)  

For our Marquee Topic, we are podcasting this week about podcasts (how meta). We give a little history on the medium, some fun stats, the effect of podcasts on pop culture since they began as "audio blogs" in 2003 and some of our favorite shows to listen to that you might like as well.

PLUS, in our teasers this week, Josh recommends an excellent biography on one of the greatest athletes of all time and Maureen suggests checking out what your local library might have to offer beyond books.  

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Episode 12: Possible 2018 Oscar Contenders, Revisiting La La Land and Killing Off a Sitcom Character

In Episode 12, we chat about Josh’s recent re-watch of 2016’s La La Land, The Conners’ decision to kill off the Roseanne character, the charming Netflix film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and the death of Neil Simon, one of America’s greatest playwrights.

For our Marquee Topic, we look at the trailers for seven films being released this fall (including Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and the Ryan Gosling led First Man) and discuss which ones could be a part of the awards conversation this year (super sorry for the shade, Lin-Manuel Miranda).

PLUS, in our teasers this week, Maureen throws it back to some great film scores and Josh recommends a (somewhat vulgar but ultimately very funny and well-done) Netflix true crime mockumentary.  

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Episode 11: New Leading Women in Hollywood and Action Star Liam Neeson on a Snowplow

In Episode 11, we chat about the ridiculous premise for a new Liam Neeson movie (snowplows! small Colorado ski town! drug cartels!), Meryl Streep's penthouse NYC apartment (and whether NYC is the dirtiest city in America), a potential Veronica Mars revival at Hulu and Danny Boyle leaving James Bond 25 (and also why a certain someone could help reinvigorate the franchise - or not - but also YES).

For our Marquee Topic, we discuss the new crop of leading women in film (in the second of a two part series on the new wave of movie stars in Hollywood - part 1 on leading men was discussed in Episode 10!).

PLUS, in our teasers this week, Josh suggests a fun board game and Maureen gives her recommendation for a new HBO original documentary on a star we lost too soon.  

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Episode 10: New Leading Men in Hollywood, Kristen Bell's Tears and RESPECT for the Queen of Soul

In Episode 10, we chat about Josh's extreme reaction to a BuzzFeed article, a Nicholas Cage movie marathon, why Kristen Bell was in tears recently, the groundbreaking Crazy Rich Asians (a tongue twister of a title if you were wondering) and the very sad passing of Aretha Franklin.

For our Marquee Topic, we discuss the new crop of leading men in film (in the first of a two part series on the new wave of movie stars in Hollywood - part 2 on leading women is next week!).

PLUS, in our teasers this week, Maureen shares a podcast that comes highly recommended by two of our most loyal listeners and Josh recommends a 25 year-old film starring Harrison Ford (a movie his colleague was VERY disappointed he hadn't seen). 

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Episode 9: The Brady Bunch House, Oscars' New Category and Will They/Won't They Couples

In Episode 9, we chat about the famous Brady Bunch House being sold to HGTV (and the stir the purchase caused), changes to MoviePass, a former Bachelorette's reaction to Becca's final episode and a BIG change coming to The Academy Awards. 

For our Marquee Topic, we talk through some of the best "will they/won't they couples" on TV and which of them went on a bit too long for our tastes. 

PLUS, our Teasers this week can be streamed for free everywhere - Josh shares a YouTube favorite and Maureen highlights a great watch from BuzzFeed. And be sure to stay tuned until the VERY end for a very special language lesson from Maureen (and a skeptical, though ultimately wrong, Josh).

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Episode 8: James Gunn's Twitter Past, A "McMonopoly" Scam for the Ages and a Deep Dive into GLOW

In Episode 8, we talk about country song "Meant to Be" that’s topped Billboard's Hot Country chart for 35 (!) weeks, the James Gunn Twitter PR nightmare (and the official statement from the cast of the Guardians movies) and a McDonald’s Monopoly game scam for the ages. In our Marquee Topic this week, we do a deep dive into the Netflix original show, GLOW (warning: spoilers ahead!). PLUS, in Teasers, Maureen talks about an ongoing written series on Refinery29 and Josh gives a suggestion for a Marvel Netflix show with a bad*** woman at the center.

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Episode 7: The Mission Impossible Franchise, BANNED Wedding Songs and Taylor Swift in "Cats"

In Episode 7, we discuss whether "zing" is a word, the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats starring (gasp!) Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, banned wedding songs and Chris Janson's song "Drunk Girl." In our Marquee Topic for the week, we take a deep dive into the Mission Impossible franchise (including a discussion of Tom Cruise's legacy AND Maureen's hilarious and half inaccurate recollection of her favorite/least favorite moment from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) ahead of the release of Mission Impossible: Fallout. PLUS in Teasers, Maureen talks audio books and Josh recommends a movie you might have missed back in 2016.

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