Ryan Syrek

Matt and Ryan talk about journalistic integrity (in regards to a movie, not in regards to this actual podcast's quality), The Post, and various ranty nonsense, per usual. more

Jan 15, 2018 9:09 AM Film

A free screening at Aksarben Cinema, thoughtful events at Film Streams and rambling nonsense about fun and not-fun murderers in movies, all in this column! more

Jan 12, 2018 3:24 PM Cutting Room

A muted, but important, retelling of the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers despite threats from Nixon, this features not-so-great performances but a truly important message. Perhaps this isn't meant for angry liberals but their parents? more

Jan 12, 2018 1:12 PM Film

Matt and Ryan talk about their Christmas presents, Molly's Game, and Aaron Sorkin's problems with ladies. more

Jan 5, 2018 2:40 PM Film

The real-life story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) is given the Aaron Sorkin treatment, which means loads of walking and talking, frustrating treatment of women and copious digressions. It's a draw at best. more

Jan 5, 2018 2:37 PM Film

Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill, the jerk who stood up to Nazis in World War II. The performance, which is sure to get an Oscar nomination, is all you'll really remember, unless you are a sucker for cigar smoke and wrinkled British people. more

Dec 29, 2017 2:41 PM Film

This weird Beauty and the Beast take is filled with explicitly icky content, both intentionally and unintentionally. The love between a mute cleaning woman and a fish-dude is less "Gothic fairy tale" and more "gross." more

Dec 22, 2017 5:36 PM Film

Immediately following the last episode, this new installment redefines the Force, reframes the central themes of the series, introduces the best new character, and gives us Porgs. In what galaxy is this not entertaining? more

Dec 15, 2017 1:07 PM Film

This adaptation of a novel starts slow, describing two families in Tennessee in the late 1930s/40s. But when it gets to the explicit horror of America's racist past, it shows how important it is to understanding America's present. more

Dec 13, 2017 11:43 AM Film

A young boy gets trapped in the Land of the Dead and has to get his ancestor's blessing to return to life in this resplendently vibrant, blissfully unique Pixar gem packed with endearing melodies and a message about ancestral respect. more

Dec 1, 2017 1:31 PM Film

Batman (Ben Affleck) sees a flying, alien, bug-looking dude in Gotham, so he gets Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to help convince the Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman to resurrect Superman (Henry Cavill). It's worse than it sounds. more

Nov 17, 2017 10:15 AM Film

Matt and Ryan talk about complicated mustaches and simplistic movies before celebrating the purge of sexual assailants in entertainment. BONUS SEGMENT: THE BOYS GOT A VOICEMAIL! more

Nov 11, 2017 11:42 AM Film

This new adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic is surprisingly unsurprising. Director Kenneth Branagh is a great Hercule Poirot, but overall, it is a competent tale competently told by exceptional performers given exceptionally little to do. more

Nov 10, 2017 9:54 AM Film

Matt and Ryan talk of the fantasy sci-fi shenanigans in Thor: Ragnarok more

Nov 3, 2017 11:08 AM Film

Matt and Ryan attempt to change the podcast format. Again. more

Nov 3, 2017 11:03 AM Film

Halloween is over when I say it is and get ready to cry, smell and watch a lot with this newsy roundup of film stuffs. more

Nov 3, 2017 11:01 AM Cutting Room

Read about a small sampling of amazing, talented, brilliant filmmakers who happen to not be straight white dudes. more

Nov 3, 2017 11:01 AM Film

Director Taika Waititi takes control over Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to gleefully strange effect. Jammed with far more comedy, insane visuals and Jeff Goldblum performing peak Goldbluming, this is the most entertaining film of the year so far. more

Nov 3, 2017 10:58 AM Film

Matt Damon plays a schlub in the late 1950s who gets embroiled in a murderous plot in this dark comedy that also tries to tackle the sins of racism. If you think that sounds like a weird combination that can't quite work, you're right. more

Oct 27, 2017 10:36 AM Film

A bevy of horror at The Alamo Drafthouse and a slew of events at Film Streams. When it comes to your autumn plans, consider your pumpkin stuffed! more

Oct 13, 2017 1:13 PM Cutting Room