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The First Word Podcast - Venice Film Festival Recap, feat. Anton Volkov

The First Word Podcast

This latest episode of our The First Word podcast is a special episode recorded from Venice discussing the Venice Film Festival and a few of the films that premiered there at the beginning of the festival. The 75th Venezia just wrapped up this weekend, but earlier at the festival after the first weekend, Alex connected with Anton Volkov for a chat about their time in Venice. They discuss early thoughts on Damien Chazelle's First Man, Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite, and Rick Alverson's The Mountain. We also discuss our experiences at the festival and the history of it. This special episode only features Alex and Anton, as Mike is busy working on his documentary back in Chicago. Tune in below for our Venice chat.

The First Word Podcast - 'Mission: Impossible', feat. Leigh Whannell

Mission: Impossible - The First Word Podcast

"Your mission, should you choose to accept it." Our latest fun episode of The First Word podcast is a fun discussion about the Mission: Impossible movie series, with an extra focus on Mission: Impossible - Fallout, directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This long-running series starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt has had its ups and downs, but we all agree that Fallout is an awesome movie that sets an even higher bar for action from now on. Our very special guest for this episode is filmmaker / actor / screenwriter Leigh Whannell, director of this year's sci-fi film Upgrade (here's our interview with Leigh). We get into the entire M:I series and discuss the success/failures of the films. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a film podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. Tune in below to our latest episode.

The First Word Podcast - 'Hereditary' & Summer Horror, feat. Annette DiGiovanni

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"Evil runs in the family." Our latest episode of The First Word podcast is a full-on discussion about this year's hottest horror movies - mainly Ari Aster's Hereditary, and John Krasinski's A Quiet Place. Our guest is a genuine horror fan from LA – Annette DiGiovanni aka @uhnet on Twitter, who jumps into this lively podcast discussion bringing all of her horror knowledge to the table (or rather, to the microphone). We also chat about summer horror and how horror is evolving recently, and whether it can continue to draw big audiences. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a film podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. Tune in below to our latest episode. And tell us your all-time favorite horror movies.

The First Word Podcast - June Trailer Week Recap, feat. Anton Volkov

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We love movie trailers! This latest episode of our The First Word podcast is a special discussion recapping the epic week of trailers (from June 4th - 8th). Over those five days during that week, Hollywood debuted more than 20 new trailers for big movies throughout 2018 and the beginning of 2019. Our guest this time is Anton Volkov, the trailer expert behind the website and Twitter known as TrailerTrack. This recap was Anton's idea and we dive into a discussion about all the trailers. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a film podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this chat we geek out about trailers and everything we're excited about coming up from Hollywood. Tune in below to our latest episode.

Listen Now! The First Word Podcast EP - 10 Eps from Our First Album

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It all began in 2015. After seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we started messaging each other furiously. For nearly two weeks there was non-stop chatter - on theories, ideas, things to look for, things we noticed, fleeting thoughts, any- and everything related to the movie. Two years went by, and after many many more text message debates like this, Mike and I decided to launch a podcast so we could just talk directly about everything. So in December of 2017, with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we launched The First Word Podcast - in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones, too. We just released our 10th episode this week, so it's time for a recap of all the episodes so far. You know, in case you might've missed one. Or maybe you've never listened? There's no better time to start than now.

The First Word Podcast - 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', feat. Germain Lussier

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"You need an incredibly fast ship, and a brilliant pilot." Our latest episode of The First Word podcast is a discussion about Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, taking us full circle back to our very first episode last December when we discussed Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Our guest on this Star Wars episode is big-time Star Wars geek and entertainment journalist Germain Lussier from io9, who joins us for this full-on, spoiled-filled discussion about Solo and all the good and bad about it. Even if you didn't enjoy the movie as much as we did, it's still worth a listen. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a film podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. Tune in below to our latest episode.

The First Word Podcast - 'Avengers: Infinity War', feat. Alisha Grauso & Amon Warmann

The First Word Podcast - Avengers: Infinity War

"Where will you be, when it all ends?" Our latest episode of The First Word podcast is a full-on, spoiled-filled discussion about Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War, directed by the Russo Brothers. For this episode we brought on two esteemed guests from the movie world - Alisha Grauso and Amon Warmann (who we had previously for our Black Panther episode). We chat about all the good, the bad, theories about what's next, and what really happened in this movie, and much more in this Marvel mania episode. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. This is one of the best discussions we've had yet, covering just about every last aspect of Infinity War. Listen in.

The First Word Podcast - On DOGS + 'Isle of Dogs', feat. Tomris Laffly

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We love dogs! Our latest episode of The First Word podcast, featuring special guest film writer Tomris Laffly, is a discussion about everything dogs - dogs in movies, why dogs are the best, and so much more. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. We begin with a brief review of Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated film about dogs - Isle of Dogs - before continuing on to discuss our favorite dog movies and general doggie cinema love. Tomris is a big-time dog lover, as is Mike, and I'm glad we could everyone on together to discuss one of our favorite topics.

The First Word Podcast - Video Game Movies, feat. Jordan Vogt-Roberts

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"It's not a question of can you make a video game movie, it's a question of when." Our latest episode of The First Word podcast is a full-on discussion about video game movies, featuring a special guest - filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts of Kong: Skull Island, who is currently attached to direct a Metal Gear Solid movie in the works. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this episode, we wanted to discuss the new Tomb Raider but ended up just talking in general all about video games being made into movies, and why this so rarely works. Maybe it will one day? This is a good episode with Jordan and I'm glad we could have him on for this topic in particular. Listen in.

The First Word Podcast - The 2018 Academy Awards, feat. Sasha Stone

The First Word - 2018 Academy Awards

"They believed that a fairy tale about an amphibian God and mute woman done in the style of Douglas Sirk, and a musical, and a thriller, was a sure bet." After the Academy Awards show this past weekend, we recap the winners and nominees and discuss everything about the big awards show. Download our latest episode of The First Word podcast, featuring special guest Sasha Stone from the website Awards Daily. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. In this episode, we start with a general discussion on the importance of the Academy Awards and a chat about how they've changed over the years. Then we dive into full analysis on each of the winners in all of the categories, including Best Picture, for a comprehensive look at the 2018 Academy Awards. Listen in below.

The First Word Podcast - A Discussion on Alex Garland's 'Annihilation'

The First Word Podcast - Annihilation

"Did it communicate with you?" A surprise new episode of The First Word podcast is now available, for those who want to dive deep into the new science fiction thriller from filmmaker Alex Garland. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this episode, we needed to have a discussion about Alex Garland's Annihilation - what it all means, what's going on in the film, all the little details, leaving room for even more interpretations as well. Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman, is an extremely fascinating, exciting, intelligent sci-fi film that is truly worthy of in-depth discussion and analysis, so let's get things going by getting our thought out there. Listen in below.

The First Word Podcast - 'Black Panther' & Marvel, feat. Amon Warmann

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"The world is changing. Soon there will only be the conquered and the conquerors. You are a good man, with a good heart. And it's hard for a good man to be a King." Our fourth episode of The First Word podcast is a recap and analysis of Marvel's Black Panther, directed by the very talented Ryan Coogler. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this episode, we brought on our friend and film critic Amon Warmann (@awarmann) based in London for a full-on discussion about Black Panther and how awesome it is. At the end of the episode, we chat about our favorite Marvel movies so far and where we think they'll head next after this. Listen in below.

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