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A different lens on films.
The Best Films of 2016
Jan 24 • 68 min
In our very first episode of 2017, the BW/DR podcasters - Andrew Root, Chad Perman, Lauren Wilford, and Fran Hoepfner - look back at their favorite films of 2016, discussing Arrival, The Witch, La La Land, The Handmaiden, The Lobster, Manchester by the…
Friends & Enemies: The Magnificent Seven(s) Samurai
Oct 7, 2016
In this episode of the BW/DR Podcast, Senior Editor Andrew Root and magnificent guest Fran Hoepfner discuss Anton Fuqua’s 2016 remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio et al). We look at how…
BW/DR Shorts: Beauty and the Beast
Sep 4, 2016
In this edition of BW/DR Shorts, we interview writer/illustrator Sarah J. Shockey about her comic adaptation of Beauty & the Beast (, as well as a handful of TV, film and stage adaptations of the classic fairy tale…
Anna Karenina
Aug 30, 2016
In conjunction with our new Literary Adaptations issue, BW/DR editors Andrew Root, Fran Hoepfner and Lauren Wilford take a look at Joe Wright’s 2012 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, Anna Karenina. How does an 800+ page, multi-part book make the…
Steven Spielberg
Aug 7, 2016
In honor of our July issue, Andrew, Chad, and Karina discuss all things Steven Spielberg, including the director’s stylistic hallmarks and signature themes, their favorite (and least favorite) Spielberg films, his contribution to film history (for better…
BW/DR Shorts: American Ultra (2015)
Jul 7, 2016
Golden Vanity
Jun 28, 2016
BW/DR Debates: Steven Spielberg’s A.I.
May 27, 2016
Unloved & Overlooked Movies
Feb 15, 2016
We’re looking at unloved & overlooked films this month and making a case for why you should care. Elizabeth, Andrew, and Kelsey are joined by a special guest, poet Arielle Greenberg, to discuss some of their favorite unloved movies.
BW/DR Shorts: A Very Murray Christmas Debate
Dec 11, 2015
Last week, Netflix released its first holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas, and reaction has been divided. We look at both sides of the coin, with Chad and Elizabeth slugging it out to determine, once and for all, whether or not this new special is…
Nov 24, 2015 • 50 min
This month, we’re devoting an entire episode to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo. With special guests Karina Wolf and Chris Cantwell (co-creator and showrunner of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire).
Scary Movies And Other Things That Freak Us Out
Oct 27, 2015 • 54 min
With Halloween just a few short days away, we’re looking at our personal scariest movie moments in this month’s all new BW/DR podcast. Elizabeth, Chad, and Kelsey are joined by special guest Karina Wolf—who came prepared with her very own “Which Horror…
Coming of Age
Sep 29, 2015 • 51 min
Do you remember what it feels like to grow up? Because in this month’s episode, we’re here to remind you. We’re diving headfirst back into adolescence, looking at how movies have tried—successfully and not so successfully—to capture teenagers on screen…
The Paris Heartbreak Edition
Sep 5, 2015
This month we go to Paris! Or, more precisely, we reflect on memories of time spent falling in and out of love in The City of Lights. Chad, Andrew, Kelsey, and Michelle discuss their past Parisian adventures and take a look at some of their favorite…
Summer Nights. And Days. And Afternoons.
Jul 31, 2015 • 52 min
This month, BW/DR celebrates summer. We discuss our favorite summer films and try to dissect what, exactly, makes a summer movie a summer movie. Chad brings his theories, and Elizabeth and Michelle bring their embarrassing stories.
BW/DR Shorts: Halt and Catch Fire
Jul 22, 2015 • 57 min
In this week’s episode, BW/DR’s managing editor Elizabeth Cantwell interviews her husband, Chris, the co-creator of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire”, about basically everything: the creative process, behind-the-scenes HACF stuff, the critical narrative around…
BW/DR Shorts: Far From The Madding Crowd
Jun 26, 2015
In this episode, Senior Editor Andrew Root interviews regular contributor Fran Hoepfner about her viewing of the 2015 period film Far From the Madding Crowd.
BW/DR Shorts: It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad Men World
May 28, 2015
To complement our new (and entirely free) Mad Men issue, we catch up with staff writer—and official Mad Men recapper—Erika Schmidt to discuss the past season and the recent series finale. We discuss our thoughts on where the characters ended up, our…
Comedy Comfort Food
Apr 24, 2015
This month, in honor of our new “Funny Bones” issue, we try valiantly to explain why we like funny things. It’s harder than you’d think. 6:55: The Philadelphia Story (Chad) 21:30: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Michelle) 35:00: Tommy Boy (Andrew) 57:00:…
BW/DR Shorts: Frank
Mar 23, 2015
In this BW/DR Short, Senior Editor Andrew Root presents an audio essay on Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson.
Music Appreciation 101
Mar 12, 2015 • 58 min
Our music bonanza continues with our March issue, wherein we cover musicians as subjects, musicians as actors, and the fandom that surrounds it all. In this episode of the podcast, we focus on three movies: Amadeus, Stop Making Sense, and High Fidelity.…
BW/DR Shorts: The BW/DR Oscar Office Pool
Feb 24, 2015 • 60 min
In today’s BW/DR Short, Elizabeth and Chris Cantwell go over the ballots submitted by the BW/DR staff in order to find out who is the One True Oscar Genius.
Musicals, Musicals, Musicals!
Feb 17, 2015 • 60 min
Our February issue is all about musicals and soundtracks, so we took that theme and ran with it for this episode of the podcast. Andrew, Elizabeth, Chad, and Michelle discuss three very different musicals from three very different eras: Singin’ in the…
BW/DR Shorts: The Graduate
Feb 4, 2015 • 44 min
If you had read our January issue, you probably read our piece on The Graduate, featuring husband & wife Elizabeth and Chris Cantwell sparring over the classic Mike Nichols’ film. In our very first BW/DR Short, we’re proud to present the full audio…
The Three Eras of Mike Nichols
Jan 19, 2015
In this episode we look more closely at the subject of our January issue, Mike Nichols, through the lens of three different films made from three different eras: ’60s Nichols (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), ’80s Nichols (Working Girl), and 21st century…
The Best Films of 2014
Dec 16, 2014 • 54 min