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    Submit your pick for The Canon's Ultimate Listener's Choice!

    Fair point. If this is a five-contender, only one wins scenario - that's not much incentive to nominate our favs. That leads to less discussion time for each, and 4 movies that are then presumably put on ice/won't be up for their own episode anytime soon.
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    Submit your pick for The Canon's Ultimate Listener's Choice!

    My other candidates: "Charade"; "Night of the Hunter"; "Leave her to Heaven".
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    Submit your pick for The Canon's Ultimate Listener's Choice!

    That inspires me - how about "What's up Doc?" (1972). How does this work - do we put one per comment so we can tally the "likes"?
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    Episode 157 - Grease vs. Hairspray (w/ Adam Egypt Mortimer)

    I felt this way but for the opposite reason - I felt like Amy was trying harder to consider the merits of both films, while Adam was presenting some bad faith arguments against "Hairspray" in order to boost his own pick. Still a good listen, though, and an exciting pairing of films. I have to vote "Hairspray". Both films are distinct and worthy, but with "Grease" I think you have to squint harder and mentally fill in gaps to find much depth. It's a shiny, Hollywood musical - a fine example, but I don't see it as especially unique to the genre. "Hairspray" is its own thing, for better and worse; and Waters bringing some grit, quirk, and even politics to a more mainstream-friendly form is noteworthy.
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    Episode 140 - My Fair Lady vs. Mary Poppins (w/ Russ Fischer)

    Oliver! is marvelous, and it's a shame that no one really talks about it much anymore. I think it gets swept under the rug for being old-fashioned, but the scope and execution is so impressive. I'd probably pick "The Lion in Winter" for best picture that year, but "Oliver!" is still top 5.
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    Episode 136 - The Best of 2017

    Tough, tough call. I think "Lady Bird" is my personal favorite, but I would concede that it's less original than "Florida" or "get Out". I think we can all agree on one thing, though: "mother!" is just plain awful. It's a freshman year writing project with the caps lock left on.
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    Episode 5 - TGIF

    I was a #SweatpantsKid. TGIF confession - as a kid I didn't understand the premise of "Perfect Strangers" and thought Balki was from outer space. Mypos sounded like a planet, and he didn't understand anything, so I assumed it was like an ALF situation.
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    Episode 131 - His Girl Friday vs. The Philadelphia Story (w/ Chris Klimek)

    100% "Philadelphia", no hesitation. I've always found "His Girl Friday" to be wildly unpleasant; that's not banter, it's just a depiction of a fully abusive relationship. I want Hildy to start running and get the hell out of town.
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    Episode 114 - 9 to 5 vs. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (w/ Alan Scherstuhl)

    Enthusiastic yes vote for "Whorehouse", and I would say yes even if it wasn't half of a versus. It's breezy fun, comes from an underrepresented time in film history (in between the auteur 70s and the blockbuster 80s), is a good example of the musical, the star vehicle, the mid-budget studio film, and it was a popular hit in its time. All that, plus it's surprisingly satirical and subversive. The first iteration of The Canon admitted plenty of 80s cult favs, and I don't see why this shouldn't get in as well.
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    Episode 100 - Juno vs. Whiplash (w/ Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagen)

    I can't stand "Whiplash." It's all jazz, self-importance, and toxic masculinity, with very little insight about any of it. Repellent. Team Juno!
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    Episode #90: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

    Marginal yes, but this is definitely a flawed movie. I can never get past part of the central conceit: I really want to hear the cast actually sing! It's Peters, Harper, and Martin - the talent is there, and I don't think the lip syncing adds too much more to the proceedings, so I'm always frustrated that they denied us that. If we got real musical numbers I'd rate the movie way higher. I think Devin's questions about POV are fair-ish, but I also think that the whole "real or imagined" approach to musicals is something we have all over-valued ever since "Chicago". Just because one film utilized that frame doesn't mean we need to retroactively interrogate all prior musicals on those grounds. And I still think the "Pennies" approach to fantasy works even if it's not strictly rooted in any one character's psychology. Films rarely take place in the subjectivity of only one character, and it's not at all uncommon for movies to blur the lines for the benefit of an audience.
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    Episode 140 - Mannequin Two: On the Move (w/ Steve Agee)

    All-time, top 5 episode today. Holy hell. I confused Kristy Swanson with Kristy McNicol this whole episode, and now I want to hear the gang take on "The Pirate Movie". "Buckle your swash and jolly your Roger," indeed.
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    Episode 85: BOOGIE NIGHTS vs TWBB

    Both are great, but I think "Boogie Nights" is the clear choice. The heart, the sense of discovery, the ensemble, the playful validation of unlikely subject matter, the time spent with characters who would usually be underestimated or stereotyped, the "holy shit, this was in 1997, who was doing things like this in 1997?" factor. "Blood" is an accomplishment but has the weight of an auteur behind it, a blank-check factor that makes it slightly less remarkable to me than what PTA managed so early with "Boogie". Also, after last week's call to arms over where "fun" films belong in The Canon, I would hate to see "Boogie" lose out for feeling less important than the, frankly, overly self-important "Blood". I would actually dock points for "TWBB" being so damn portentous at all times.
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    Episode 84: RE-ANIMATOR

    Edited post because now I feel bad for criticizing. Film aside, I was frustrated with Devin's argument style. I did go and rewatch "Re-Animator" after this, and would still vote no. It's fine, but I disagree about the pacing - not enough actually happens in the film.
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    Episode 8 - Running Down a Stapler

    The caller didn't even mention that he acts and directs movies, too. His movie "Local Legends" is actually pretty good, and kind of illuminates his creative process/philosophy even more.