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

The First Word Podcast - Avengers: Endgame

"You could not live with your own failure, and where did that bring you? Back to me." Welcome back for another Avengers chat. Our latest episode of The First Word podcast is a full-on, spoiled-filled discussion about Marvel Studios' grand finale Avengers: Endgame, directed by the Russo Brothers. For this episode we brought back the same two guests we had on for our Infinity War episode one year ago - Alisha Grauso and Amon Warmann. We discuss all the incredible, jaw-dropping moments, our favorite scenes, a few of our criticisms, Alan Silvestri's tremendous score, and much more in this epic Marvel appreciation 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 a passionate, joyful chat about Endgame and everything about that made us so happy. Listen in.

The First Word Podcast - Theories on 2019's 'Endgame' + 'Star Wars'

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"We'll always be with you. No one's ever really gone." Listen in to our super fun speculation and theories discussion just before the summer movie season kicks off this year. For this episode of The First Word podcast, Mike & Alex chat about what they think might happen (or not?) in two of 2019's biggest movies: Marvel's Avengers: Endgame (directed by the Russo Brothers, opening April 26th) and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (directed by J.J. Abrams, opening December 20th). We decided to record this to listen back to later and see how totally off we were. 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. Ready to hear all the (fake) spoilers? Dive in.

The First Word Podcast - Jordan Peele's 'Us', feat. Aaron Neuwirth

The First Word Podcast - Jordan Peele's Us

"They look exactly like us. They think like us. They know where we are. We need to move and keep moving. They won't stop until they kill us… or we kill them." On this episode of The First Word podcast we dive right into a full-on, discussion covering all aspects of Jordan Peele's new horror film Us, his second feature following the highly successful Get Out (from 2017). 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, our friend and fellow podcaster Aaron Neuwirth (@aaronsps4 of the Out Now podcast) join us as our guest for this discussion about Us and why it's such an outstanding film. We talk about everything so watch out for spoilers. Listen in below.

The First Word Podcast - The 2019 Academy Awards, feat. Clayton Davis

The First Word - 2019 Academy Awards

"I want to thank the Academy for recognizing a film centered around an indigenous woman… a character that had been historically relegated to the background in cinema, as artists our job is to look where others don't." After the Academy Awards this past weekend, we recap the winners and nominees and chat about the big awards show. Download our latest episode of The First Word podcast now, featuring special guest Clayton Davis from the website AwardsCircuit.com. 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 Oscars recap episode, we analyze all the awards along with a great discussion about how voting works and how voters are influenced. Listen below.

The First Word Podcast - Shyamalan's 'Glass', feat. Amon Warmann

The First Word Podcast - Glass

"They always underestimate the mastermind." On this episode of The First Word podcast we dive right into a full-on, spoiler-filled discussion of M. Night Shyamalan's highly anticipated film Glass, his sequel to both Unbreakable (from 2000) and Split (from 2016). 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, our friend and film critic Amon Warmann (@awarmann) returns as our guest for this analysis of all the good and the bad of Glass. We also kick things off with a quick chat about the very first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer. Listen in below.

The First Word Podcast - Top 10 Movies of 2018, feat. Alicia Malone

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What were our favorites from 2018? Tune in now to listen to our latest episode of The First Word podcast, a recap of 2018 and a discussion on our Top 10 Movies of 2018. Our guest for this episode is none other than the wonderful Alicia Malone, who also joined us last year for our Top 10 of 2017 episode. We go around counting down our Top 10 with brief commentary on each of our favorite films. 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're happy to keep recording and releasing discussions for those who are interested. And we hope this episode gives everyone a chance to revel in the best movies and hear about all of our favorites from the previous year. Listen in below.

The First Word Podcast - A Discussion on Brady Corbet's Film 'Vox Lux'

The First Word Podcast - Vox Lux

"All that matters is that you have an angle." Playing in theaters now is an indie film titled Vox Lux, the second feature made by actor-filmmaker Brady Corbet (his first was The Childhood of a Leader). Natalie Portman and Raffey Cassidy both play a pop star named Celeste, and the film tells her story and follows her into fame. Mike and I have really wanted to talk about Vox Lux, and we finally recorded this episode - it's an intense back & forth discussion about the good, the bad, what it all means, what it doesn't mean, and everything else about the film. We also chat about a few new trailers including Avengers: Endgame and the new Men in Black. 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 time we dig into Brady Corbet's provocative film Vox Lux with a full breakdown.

The First Word Podcast - Documentary Love, feat. Amirose Eisenbach

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We love documentaries! And we hope to encourage more love for them. Our latest episode of The First Word podcast is a discussion about documentaries, including a chat about the doc films we love the most. Our discussion begins with a conversation between Alex and TFW co-host Mike Eisenberg, who made a documentary this year titled To Err Is Human, and guest Amirose Eisenbah, who is in post-production on a documentary titled Equal Playing Field. We talk about the challenges of making docs and their passion for non-fiction storytelling. Then we jump into a chat (starting at ~48:00) about the documentaries, from this year and beyond, that we love the most and those that have had an impact on us, good or bad. This is an episode we've been looking forward to recording for a while, so give it a listen and discover some new docs.

The First Word Podcast - The Great Netflix Debate, feat. Peter Sciretta

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It is time for the most important debate of our lives. Is Netflix really, truly good for cinema? In all honesty, there is no answer to this question (at least not yet), but it's a discussion worth having anyway. Our latest episode of The First Word podcast is a debate about Netflix's prominence in 2018 and how it's affecting the entertainment industry. Is it making things better? Is it making things worse? How can they improve? Have they released good films? Have they released bad films? We cover a variety of interesting topics in our discussion. Our special guest on this episode is Peter Sciretta, founder and owner and editor of movie site SlashFilm.com, whose extensive knowledge on both TV & film makes him the perfect guest for this episode.

The First Word Podcast - A Discussion on Damien Chazelle's 'First Man'

First Man - The First Word

"When you get a different vantage point it changes your perspective." This episode of The First Word podcast is a discussion on Damien Chazelle's First Man. Even though the film has been released for a few months now, Mike and Alex have been waiting to discuss this one. We're both big sci-fi nerds and big fans of Damien Chazelle, and we both went to see this film in IMAX before our recording. 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 time we discuss all of our thoughts about First Man, good & bad reactions, whether the IMAX experience is worth it, and more.

The First Word Podcast - 2018 Venice Film Festival Recap, feat. Anton Volkov

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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 CuarĂ³n'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 engaging 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.

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