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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1989)

It’s time to look at ugly things through a beautiful lens, which means it’s time for 1989’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.

Sophie & Mitch talk about this grimy movie and what make it so intriguing to watch. We talk about the distance style creates between an audience and a piece of art. We discuss how presenting crass or vulgar content can serve a greater purpose. It’s a loaded conversation for a dense film!

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Music Credits:
“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Big Night (1996)

Ep. 61

We just watched the wonderful film Big Night (1996), aka Two Brothers with a Restaurant and They’re Italian.

We discuss the impressive directorial decisions, the written & visual storytelling, and a final scene that is one of the best from any movie we’ve seen – food-related or otherwise. Plus drunken octogenarians, Italian Bilbos, and so much more.

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Music Credits:
“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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The Search for General Tso (2014)

Ep. 60

Ever wonder why every hole-in-the-wall Chinese food restaurant has a General Tso Chicken dish on their menu? Well look no further than 2014’s The Search for General Tso.

Sophie & Mitch talk about this investigative documentary, sussing out the origins of this ubiquitous chicken recipe. We discuss the malleability of food, the relationship between food & culture, and we wish we could go to Big Wong Restaurant.

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Music Credits:
“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Merlin (1998) w. Sophie Gareau-Brennan

Ep. 98

Sophie Gareau-Brennan of the We Watch Food podcast is here to talk about a blast from her past: the 1998 TV miniseries Merlin.

We discuss how time changes our perspectives on certain media, how well this Sam Neil as Merlin adaptation does (even with it being made-for-90s-TV), and what our personal mentor wizards were growing up.

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Music credits:
Intro sample: “March of the Spoons” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Outro sample: “Port Horizon” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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The Chef Show (Season 1)

Ep. 59

A spinoff of a previous episode (Chef 2014), we’re talking about Netflix’s The Chef Show staring Jon Favreau & Roy Choi!

Sophie & Mitch address the subtle balance between interview shows & cooking shows, we talk about how successful Favreau & Choi are at expanding their behind-the-scenes antics into a series, and Mitch shares a history of Kraft Singles.

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Music Credits:
“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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TV Series: Episode 19

We’re back at it, folks: time to tackle yet another episode of the masterpiece that is the Animorphs TV Series. This time we talk about episode 19 called Face Off: Part 1. There are three parts to this arc and, not surprisingly, there aren’t really any face offs to speak of in the whole thing. This is also yet another showing of how terrible TV show Ax is.

Oh also, Jarred will be joining us, as usual!

This week’s Fanimail: @moviepollz and Sean Sprague

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Game of Thrones (Season 8) w. Jodie McRobbie & Dustin Meisinger

Ep. 97

Jodie & Dustin & I are back from our previous episode covering Game of Thrones Seasons 1-7…and now it’s time to talk about Season 8.

Now that we’ve had time for the ashes to settle, we break down how we feel about the final season and how it fits into the series overall (numbers included), we address the highs, lows, and middles of these six episodes, and we revisit our hopeless predictions from before the season aired.

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Music credits:
Intro sample: “March of the Spoons” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Outro sample: “Port Horizon” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Ep. 58

We’re talking about the 2019 Netflix film staring Ali Wong & Randall Park: Always Be My Maybe.

Sophie & Mitch gush about their new favourite movie, how refreshing it is for a mid-level romantic comedy that doesn’t just repeat tired tropes, and how these characters’ relationships with food reflect their inner struggles and all that good stuff.

Make sure to follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook to keep up with news, to join the discussion about food, and to check out all of our personal recipes!

Music Credits:
“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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TV Series: Episode 18

We’re still chipping away at this block, people. Today we talk about the Animorphs TV series once again, this time about Episode 18: The Release, the one where the Kandrona is busted and Tom has a sore tummy because of it.

Also, this is the one with the kind of badass teacher who has a weird understanding with Jake and the rest of the bandits.

This week’s Fanimail: @wizardofflame and @the_slan

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Okja (2017)

Ep. 57

We watched 2017’s Okja and now we’re going to talk about how we’ve been processing it.

We talk about the strengths and weaknesses of this film, the difference between making a movie about meat vs. one about corporatism, and we dive into the world of meat alternative burgers!

CW: This movie has a 3rd act that is essentially a pig-POV inside a breeding centre/slaughterhouse and Okja is personified to a degree that we wanted to ensure folks with sensitivities towards physical/sexual abuse are aware that those topics come up (around the 30 minute mark).

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Music Credits:
“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/