Not Playing with Lex and Dan

Not Playing with Lex and Dan

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A podcast where two guys fill the gaps in their pop-culture knowledge by watching classic movies that they haven’t seen before.


6.3: Rudy
Jul 2 • 24 min
They said he was too small to ever make it, but Dan Moren gets encouragement from kindly old janitor Lex Friedman as they sit down to watch 1993’s Rudy. Hot topics include why Rudy would make a good superhero, young appearances by two well-known actors,…
6.2: Friday Night Lights
Jun 18 • 25 min
Get your mojo on with tough but fair coach Lex Friedman as he encourages serious quarterback Dan Moren to watch the 2004 film Friday Night Lights, but not the following TV show of the same name. Hot topics include the heavy weight of Texas high school…
6.1: Invincible
Jun 4 • 27 min
It’s a brand new season of Not Playing: Football Season. Join veteran Lex Friedman as he clears the way for rookie Dan Moren while they watch 2006’s Invincible, which is merely coincidentally about Lex’s favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles.…
3.11: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Apr 9 • 33 min
It all comes down to this. We return with a special bonus episode that sees the embodiment of all Jedi, Dan Moren, and the collection of all Sith, Lex Friedman, cover 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker, thus wrapping up their coverage of…
5.9: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Nov 14, 2019 • 30 min
Two tough guys who don’t always see eye-to-eye team up this week, which also happens to be the plot of the final (to date) installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, 2019’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Hot topics include the evolution of…
5.8: The Fate of the Furious
Oct 10, 2019 • 27 min
Family never gives up on you, and neither do Lex and Dan as they embark upon the final main sequence film of The Fast and the Furious franchise, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious. Hot topics include exactly how you program your military base’s gates to act…
5.7: Furious 7
Sep 26, 2019 • 26 min
We’re back, tracking down a techie McGuffin in the seventh installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, the concisely named Furious 7. Hot topics include the rat-a-tat nature of stunt sequences, whether this series would be better with supernatural…
5.6: Fast & Furious 6
Sep 12, 2019 • 20 min
To London we go in this, the sixth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. Hot topics include when a twist is not a twist, the increasingly comic book superhero nature of these films, too long runways, and why some…
5.5: Fast Five
Aug 29, 2019 • 25 min
We’re back, and it’s off to Brazil we go as we go from car racing to out-and-out robbery in the fifth installment of The Fast and Furious franchise, 2011’s Fast Five. Hot topics include whether The Rock can redeem this franchise, the trouble with rooting…
5.4: Fast & Furious
Jul 18, 2019 • 24 min
We may not be fast, but we’re definitely a little angry as we slog through the desert on the way to the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast & Furious. Hot topics include twists that nobody cared about, an ever-so-marginally…
5.3: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Jul 4, 2019 • 21 min
Hop the plane to Japan, because we’re drifting right into the third installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Hot topics include the inexcusable objectification of women right off the bat, unfortunate…
5.2: 2 Fast 2 Furious
Jun 20, 2019 • 29 min
Hit the NOS and jump that bridge! We’re back with the second installment of our trip through The Fast and the Furious franchise, 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious. Hot topics include going all-in on sequel names right away, cookie-cutter villains, literally…
5.1: The Fast and the Furious
Jun 6, 2019 • 23 min
We’re kicking off Season 5 of Not Playing by getting all speed and irascible with the first installment of the the storied automotive action franchise, 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. Hot topics include how bad a cop Brian O’Conner is, the disappointing…
3.10: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Mar 15, 2019 • 32 min
We’ve got a good feeling about this. It’s member season around these parts, and Lex and Dan are back to their old Star Wars tricks, especially for you. Join daredevil pilot Dan Moren and charming gambler Lex Friedman as they steal away with 2018’s Solo: A…
4.7: Skyfall
Aug 24, 2018 • 37 min
Season 4 of Not Playing draws to a close with a dealer’s choice: 2012’s Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig, and released on the 50th anniversary of the franchise. A fitting end. Hot topics include salt and pepper beards, Bond age, throwbacks to the beginning…
4.6: Casino Royale
Aug 10, 2018 • 27 min
James Bond is a hard man to catch up to, but Dan and Lex have done just that as they sit down to watch the role’s current (as of this recording) portrayer, Daniel Craig, in his debut outing: 2006’s Casino Royale. Hot topics include why blondes have more…
4.5: GoldenEye
Jul 27, 2018 • 29 min
We’ve hit the ’90s and with it the tenure of the effortlessly cool Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Lex and Dan settle in for his debut in the role in 1995’s GoldenEye. Hot topics include having your grim cake and eating it too, why the popular video game…
4.4: The Living Daylights
Jul 13, 2018 • 30 min
It’s the first of Timothy Dalton’s two outings as 007: 1987’s The Living Daylights, and Dan and Lex are buckled in for a new, more serious Bond. Hot topics include the regression of female characters, a decided lack of Bond-ish one liners, and oh my god…
4.3: For Your Eyes Only
Jun 29, 2018 • 27 min
It’s on to one of the longest-tenured Bonds—and the first English actor to play him—Sir Roger Moore. Dan and Lex take on 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, the fifth of Moore’s seven outings. Hot topics include Blofeld’s side gig on a particular Disney ride, a…
4.2: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Jun 15, 2018 • 20 min
Filling Sean Connery’s shoes is no easy task, perhaps even more so when you’re an Australian model. Dan and Lex return to consider the second actor to fill the title role in the storied franchise, and the only one with a single credit to his name: George…
4.1: Goldfinger
Jun 1, 2018 • 33 min
Four. Season four. Not Playing is back, and this time around we’re delving into a fifty-plus year franchise with its fair share of fans and detractors: James Bond. We’ll be picking the best entry from the tenure of each actor to play the legendary secret…
3.9: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mar 29, 2018 • 52 min
This is not going to go the way you think. Or will it? For this special bonus episode, we watch the most recent movie ever to appear on the show, and round out our viewing of one of the world’s biggest franchises. Join grumpy sequestered Jedi Master Dan…
3.8: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sep 7, 2017 • 58 min
The circle is now complete. We conclude our viewing of the Star Wars saga—for now, anyway—with the most recent installment in the main sequence of movies. Grizzled smuggler Dan Moren teams up with desert scavenger Lex Friedman to take in the spectacle…
3.7: Return of the Jedi
Aug 24, 2017 • 42 min
In our penultimate episode, we close out the original trilogy with the movie that began a sixteen year hiatus of the Star Wars franchise. Lovable Ewok Dan Moren leads rebel commando Lex Friedman through the 1983 version of Return of the Jedi. Hot topics…
3.6: The Empire Strikes Back
Aug 10, 2017 • 50 min
We return to season 3 of Not Playing with the rare sequel that arguably surpasses its predecessor—at least as far as one of our panelists is concerned. Roguish smuggler Lex Friedman puts his trust in card player, gambler, and scoundrel Dan Moren to lead…
3.5: Star Wars
Jul 27, 2017 • 39 min
On to the main course. It’s the 1977 classic that started this whole thing: Star Wars. (And not with any of that “Episode IV” jazz or anything.) Crazy old wizard Dan Moren and whiny farm boy Lex Friedman embark upon the epic beginning of the franchise as…
3.4: Rogue One
Jul 13, 2017 • 30 min
And now for something completely different. Rebel spy Dan Moren and reckless criminal-turned-freedom-fighter Lex Friedman take a break from the story of the Skywalker clan to watch 2016’s Rogue One, the first of the standalone anthology movies set in the…
3.3: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Jun 29, 2017 • 34 min
And with this, we conclude eating our vegetables for this special third of Not Playing covering the Star Wars saga. Dark Lord of the Sith Dan Moren and his apprentice Lex Friedman watch the final installment of the prequels, 2005’s Revenge of the Sith,…
3.2: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Jun 15, 2017 • 27 min
We return to a galaxy far, far away, a slightly less long time ago for the second installment of our epic third season, covering the entire Star Wars saga. Supreme Chancellor Dan Moren guides Senator Lex Friedman through the 2002 soporific bore film,…
3.1: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Jun 1, 2017 • 34 min
You’re not seeing things! We’re back with a very special season three of Not Playing with Lex and Dan. Right on schedule, as we promised. Go about your business. Move along. Regular listeners of the show know that among the most egregious holes in Lex’s…
2.12: Dude, Where’s My Scarface?
Sep 8, 2014 • 28 min
Special guest John Siracusa takes time out of his busy operating-system review schedule to join Lex and Dan for Not Playing’s season two finale. Neither John nor your regular hosts had ever seen Scarface. We fixed that. Of course, Siracusa’s known for…
2.11: Finders Sneakers
Aug 15, 2014 • 24 min
We missed you, too. We took a few weeks off, but then we felt that longing, that need to once again share the joy of watching a movie most everyone has seen, but that at least one of us hasn’t. In this case, Dan introduced Lex to 1992’s Sneakers, which…
2.10: Glengarry Glen Ross Glenn Fleishman
Jul 21, 2014 • 23 min
ABC: Always Be ‘Casting. Lex didn’t know how big a David Mamet fan Dan was; he just knew that Dan hadn’t seen Glengarry Glen Ross, and that was an oversight only Not Playing could fix. So put that coffee down and listen in as Dan experiences the Jack…
2.9: The Hunt for Red Octoberfest
Jul 11, 2014 • 24 min
When you need someone to perfectly embody a Russian military officer, there’s only one man to think of. And that man, of course, is Connery. Sean Connery. This week, Dan invites Lex to see a movie for the first time—a movie where Connery gets precisely…
2.8: Over There’s Something About Mary
Jul 5, 2014 • 25 min
History is littered with successful brothers: the Wrights, the Karamazovs, the Wayans, the Hansons, and so on. But perhaps no pair of brothers has become so famous for an extended masturbation joke as the brothers Farrelly. Dan had never seen their, ahem,…
2.7: You and What Army of Darkness
Jun 20, 2014 • 18 min
Sometimes things are simply dead. Other times, they are EVIL dead. But one thing will never die: Dan’s affection for Army of Darkness, the third film in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy—which Lex had never seen. Hot topics include director trademarks, when…
2.6: Spelling Beetlejuice
Jun 13, 2014 • 25 min
Michael Keaton only appears for 17 and a half minutes—but he’s still playing the title role. And he’s joined by Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara. It’s 1988’s Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice! Dan had never seen it, but…
2.5: Hudson Hawkward
Jun 6, 2014 • 28 min
You’re Bruce Willis, you’ve made it big with Die Hard, and there’s only one obvious next step: You make a goofily silly vanity project with unlikely musical numbers, James Coburn, and Leonardo da Vinci. And that project is the 1991 box-office bomb—but…
2.4: Twins Some, Lose Some
May 23, 2014 • 25 min
Black and white. Yin and yang. Cheech and Chong. Lex and Dan. Life is full of opposites that go together. This week, Lex shows Dan the 1988 comedy classic Twins. DeVito. Schwarzenegger. And let’s not forget Preston or Caruso! Hot topics include how much…
2.3: What the L.A. Confidential?
May 16, 2014 • 27 min
What do you get when you take a bunch of leading and character actors, mix them together in a 1950s-era neo-noir, and sprinkle on a helping of Not Playing? You get L.A. Confidential, that’s what. Dan knew Lex had never seen the Russell Crowe/Kim…
2.2: That’s No Moon!
May 7, 2014 • 27 min
We all go through moon phases. Amazingly enough, though Lex had seen the 2009 Sam Rockwell sci-fi film Moon, Dan had not. Fortunately, Lex recognized the gravity of the situation, and righted that wrong with Dan for this week’s episode. Hot topics include…
2.1: Fargo to Hell
May 2, 2014 • 31 min
We’re back. But we still haven’t seen a lot of movies. After season one’s romp through the 80s, Lex and Dan return for a new season of watching movies that everyone else has seen—but that they haven’t. And for season two, we’re now part of The…
12: I Karate Kid You Not
Feb 21, 2014 • 27 min
Wax on, wax off, wax nostalgic: It’s the season finale of Not Playing, and we have both a special guest and a special movie. Neither Lex or Dan had ever seen the seminal 1984 martial arts classic The Karate Kid. And neither had The Incomparable host Jason…
11: Doctor Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Feb 14, 2014 • 25 min
We’re not bad podcasters. We’re just drawn that way. Dan somehow never saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the 1988 American fantasy comedy classic directed by Robert Zemeckis, and starring every awesome cartoon character that ever was. And Roger Rabbit murders…
10: The Funtouchables
Feb 7, 2014 • 19 min
David Mamet. Brian De Palma. Lex Friedman. Dan Moren. There’s no prohibition on podcasts about 1987 American crime dramas, so this week, Not Playing watches The Untouchables. Hot topics include Sean Connery’s terrible accent, under-appreciated Naked Gun…
9: Unbecoming to America
Jan 31, 2014 • 24 min
When you think of people who haven’t seen a lot of movies that most people have, think of Lex and Dan. And when you think of garbage, think of Akeem. Dan had never seen the 1988 classic starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy and Arsenio…
8: Lethal Weapon of Mass Destruction
Jan 17, 2014 • 22 min
Lex is a gruff-but-loving family man. Dan is a maverick on the edge. Together, they team up for a mission only they can accomplish: watching the 1987 buddy-cop classic Lethal Weapon. Which Lex has never seen—otherwise he’d know exactly how that mission…
7: National Lampoon’s (Oy) Vacation
Jan 10, 2014 • 27 min
As the singer once sang, “Holiday ro-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ad.” Join us as we in turn join the Griswolds on their road trip across the United States in 1983′s comedy classic Vacation. The question: Will Dan, who’s never seen the Chevy Chase film,…
6: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Time
Jan 3, 2014 • 23 min
This week we travel through time. It’s 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which Dan feels confident Lex will love. Time travel, comedy, and Keanu Reeves—what’s not to love?! Hot topics include Back to the Future, the later careers of fine comic…
5: Mannequin Skywalker
Dec 20, 2013 • 24 min
Up this week is 1987’s Mannequin, one of Lex’s favorite ’80s comedies. It’s the story of Andrew McCarthy meeting Kim Cattrall, the woman of his dreams, even though she is mostly inanimate. And James Spader is at his weirdest, which is really saying…
4: Field of Dreamy
Dec 13, 2013 • 27 min
It’s another homage to the heyday of 1989 this week, as Dan takes Lex on a trip—through the imagination!—to a land called Iowa, and a sport called baseball. Yes, we’re watching Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams. Hot topics include the rules of magic, the…
3: UHF Yeah
Dec 6, 2013 • 21 min
If you’ve never seen the 1989 cult classic UHF, well, you’re in good company. This week, Lex leads Dan through the wonderful world of Weird Al. Hot topics include kitchen accessories, paragons of acting, and the surprising curriculum vitae of ‘Weird Al’…
2: Die Hardy Boys
Nov 29, 2013 • 20 min
What better way to kick off the holiday season than with Bruce Willis’s star-making turn as an everycop? Dan introduces Lex to the best Christmas movie ever, 1988′s Die Hard. Hot topics include Alan Rickman’s death scene, expletives in movies, and the…
1: Beverly Hills Copacetic
Nov 15, 2013 • 22 min
It’s true: Neither Lex nor Dan had ever seen Beverly Hills Cop before 2013. For the debut episode of Not Playing, they sit down together to watch the 1984 Eddie Murphy classic. Hot topics include vests, asses, and who exactly is the title character….