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Michael and Us

Will Sloan and Luke Savage

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Michael and Us

Michael and Us

Will Sloan and Luke Savage

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A podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.Exclusive subscriber-only episodes: https://www.patreon.com/michaelandus/overview

Latest Episodes

PREVIEW - #161 - No Times But New Times

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/39239654 Orson Welles' THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942) tells the tragic story of an old-money family crushed by the wheel of progress, and has a complicated relationship with both old-money and progress. At least until the studio-imposed happy ending. We discuss a mangled masterpiece, and consider Orson Welles as an ideological challenge to Hollywood. PLUS: bad freelance writing experiences, and the "Cancel Culture" debate.

2 MIN8 h ago
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PREVIEW - #161 - No Times But New Times

PREVIEW - So It's Come to This: An Irresistible Episode (w/ Nathan J. Robinson and Aisling McCrea)

EPATREON BONUS - https://www.patreon.com/posts/39117214 As a special Patreon bonus, here is the inevitable episode on Jon Stewart's widely beloved and acclaimed IRRESISTIBLE - a powerful team-up between Michael & Us and Current Affairs Magazine. Travel back with us to 2004, won't you?

4 MIN4 d ago
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PREVIEW - So It's Come to This: An Irresistible Episode (w/ Nathan J. Robinson and Aisling McCrea)

#160 - All the President's Posts

ELess than a year after Trump's inauguration, Steven Spielberg rushed out an urgent message: "Journalism will save us!" We finally get around to watching THE POST (2017), discussing the limits of Spielberg's particular worldview. PLUS: movies and video games under COVID, and memories of the video games based on movies we played in our youth.

50 MIN1 w ago
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#160 - All the President's Posts

PREVIEW - #159 - A Person Like Other People

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/38666142 Listen you screwheads, here is a podcast who would not take it anymore. We revisited Martin Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER (perhaps you've heard of it?), the original Incel movie; discussed its perspective on gender, politics, and alienation; and considered how it plays in the a world where Travis Bickle is all around us.

5 MIN2 w ago
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PREVIEW - #159 - A Person Like Other People

#158 - Dinesh D'Souza: A People's History

EWe venture back into the oeuvre of conservative firebrand Dinesh D'Souza and watch AMERICA: IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT HER (2014). Seeking to offer a counter-narrative to Howard Zinn's counter-narrative, D'Souza dusts off his trademark thesis that, actually, America is NOT racist - although if it is, it's the Democrats who are REALLY racist. This was a rough one, folks. We suffer for you, the listener.

39 MIN3 w ago
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#158 - Dinesh D'Souza: A People's History

PREVIEW - #157 - Never Punch Out

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/38213135 By popular demand, we travel to Scranton, Pennsylvania to visit the denizens of Dunder Mifflin. We watched two episodes of THE OFFICE (U.S.) on the theme of Enforced Workplace Fun - "The Dundies" and "Company Picnic" - and discussed the show's evolution, and how its jaundiced take on the workplace both converges and diverges from its British source material. PLUS: how Coronavirus is paving the way from a work-from-home dystopia, and the (possible) death of NOW Magazine.

4 MINJUN 14
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PREVIEW - #157 - Never Punch Out

#156 - Send In The Troops

EWhile leaders from across the political spectrum continue to warn about "outside agitators," we watched INVASION U.S.A. (1952), a semi-legendary scare film about a hypothetical Communist invasion of the United States. PLUS: thoughts on the protests, the discourse, and Justin Trudeau's 21-second pause.

38 MINJUN 6
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#156 - Send In The Troops

PREVIEW - #155 - Outside Agitators

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/37719007 First, we discuss the protests in the United States, their bipartisan causes, and the ways that Blue Checkmark discourse seeks to delegitimize them. Then we discuss a quintessential Michael & Us movie, bringing together many of the themes and motifs that have defined this podcast: CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE? (2006), about the "insurgent" congressional candidacy of future-convicted-felon Jeff Smith against a machine-backed dynastic candidate in Missouri. Few films have better illustrated the limits of the American political imagination circa 2004 than this. PLUS: personal tales of the purest, most intense kind of politics there is : local politics.

5 MINMAY 31
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PREVIEW - #155 - Outside Agitators

#154 - Official History

EOscar Micheaux was the first African American to direct a feature-length film, and no other filmmaker of his age tackled the issues facing black America so directly and painfully. We watched his masterpiece WITHIN OUR GATES (1920) and discussed Micheaux's complicated career and the "race films" of the early 20th century. PLUS: Gone with the Wind! Glossy Time-Life magazines! Luke discusses debating capitalism v. socialism! Will works out his feelings towards Toronto's Garfield-themed restaurant!

37 MINMAY 24
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#154 - Official History

PREVIEW - #153 - The Gnome in the Garden, Part 1 - The Special Relationship

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/37268002 THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP (2010) charts the complicated dynamic between political allies/personal rivals Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid) and Tony Blair (Michael Sheen). This light docudrama gives us opportunity to consider the nature of Britain and the U.S.'s "Special Relationship," the political moment that sparked Blairism and Clintonism, and to what extent the personal relationships of world leaders matter. PLUS: Jean-Luc Godard and the Ontario French school curriculum.

2 MINMAY 19
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PREVIEW - #153 - The Gnome in the Garden, Part 1 - The Special Relationship

Latest Episodes

PREVIEW - #161 - No Times But New Times

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/39239654 Orson Welles' THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942) tells the tragic story of an old-money family crushed by the wheel of progress, and has a complicated relationship with both old-money and progress. At least until the studio-imposed happy ending. We discuss a mangled masterpiece, and consider Orson Welles as an ideological challenge to Hollywood. PLUS: bad freelance writing experiences, and the "Cancel Culture" debate.

2 MIN8 h ago
Comments
PREVIEW - #161 - No Times But New Times

PREVIEW - So It's Come to This: An Irresistible Episode (w/ Nathan J. Robinson and Aisling McCrea)

EPATREON BONUS - https://www.patreon.com/posts/39117214 As a special Patreon bonus, here is the inevitable episode on Jon Stewart's widely beloved and acclaimed IRRESISTIBLE - a powerful team-up between Michael & Us and Current Affairs Magazine. Travel back with us to 2004, won't you?

4 MIN4 d ago
Comments
PREVIEW - So It's Come to This: An Irresistible Episode (w/ Nathan J. Robinson and Aisling McCrea)

#160 - All the President's Posts

ELess than a year after Trump's inauguration, Steven Spielberg rushed out an urgent message: "Journalism will save us!" We finally get around to watching THE POST (2017), discussing the limits of Spielberg's particular worldview. PLUS: movies and video games under COVID, and memories of the video games based on movies we played in our youth.

50 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#160 - All the President's Posts

PREVIEW - #159 - A Person Like Other People

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/38666142 Listen you screwheads, here is a podcast who would not take it anymore. We revisited Martin Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER (perhaps you've heard of it?), the original Incel movie; discussed its perspective on gender, politics, and alienation; and considered how it plays in the a world where Travis Bickle is all around us.

5 MIN2 w ago
Comments
PREVIEW - #159 - A Person Like Other People

#158 - Dinesh D'Souza: A People's History

EWe venture back into the oeuvre of conservative firebrand Dinesh D'Souza and watch AMERICA: IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT HER (2014). Seeking to offer a counter-narrative to Howard Zinn's counter-narrative, D'Souza dusts off his trademark thesis that, actually, America is NOT racist - although if it is, it's the Democrats who are REALLY racist. This was a rough one, folks. We suffer for you, the listener.

39 MIN3 w ago
Comments
#158 - Dinesh D'Souza: A People's History

PREVIEW - #157 - Never Punch Out

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/38213135 By popular demand, we travel to Scranton, Pennsylvania to visit the denizens of Dunder Mifflin. We watched two episodes of THE OFFICE (U.S.) on the theme of Enforced Workplace Fun - "The Dundies" and "Company Picnic" - and discussed the show's evolution, and how its jaundiced take on the workplace both converges and diverges from its British source material. PLUS: how Coronavirus is paving the way from a work-from-home dystopia, and the (possible) death of NOW Magazine.

4 MINJUN 14
Comments
PREVIEW - #157 - Never Punch Out

#156 - Send In The Troops

EWhile leaders from across the political spectrum continue to warn about "outside agitators," we watched INVASION U.S.A. (1952), a semi-legendary scare film about a hypothetical Communist invasion of the United States. PLUS: thoughts on the protests, the discourse, and Justin Trudeau's 21-second pause.

38 MINJUN 6
Comments
#156 - Send In The Troops

PREVIEW - #155 - Outside Agitators

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE: https://www.patreon.com/posts/37719007 First, we discuss the protests in the United States, their bipartisan causes, and the ways that Blue Checkmark discourse seeks to delegitimize them. Then we discuss a quintessential Michael & Us movie, bringing together many of the themes and motifs that have defined this podcast: CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE? (2006), about the "insurgent" congressional candidacy of future-convicted-felon Jeff Smith against a machine-backed dynastic candidate in Missouri. Few films have better illustrated the limits of the American political imagination circa 2004 than this. PLUS: personal tales of the purest, most intense kind of politics there is : local politics.

5 MINMAY 31
Comments
PREVIEW - #155 - Outside Agitators

#154 - Official History

EOscar Micheaux was the first African American to direct a feature-length film, and no other filmmaker of his age tackled the issues facing black America so directly and painfully. We watched his masterpiece WITHIN OUR GATES (1920) and discussed Micheaux's complicated career and the "race films" of the early 20th century. PLUS: Gone with the Wind! Glossy Time-Life magazines! Luke discusses debating capitalism v. socialism! Will works out his feelings towards Toronto's Garfield-themed restaurant!

37 MINMAY 24
Comments
#154 - Official History

PREVIEW - #153 - The Gnome in the Garden, Part 1 - The Special Relationship

EPATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/37268002 THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP (2010) charts the complicated dynamic between political allies/personal rivals Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid) and Tony Blair (Michael Sheen). This light docudrama gives us opportunity to consider the nature of Britain and the U.S.'s "Special Relationship," the political moment that sparked Blairism and Clintonism, and to what extent the personal relationships of world leaders matter. PLUS: Jean-Luc Godard and the Ontario French school curriculum.

2 MINMAY 19
Comments
PREVIEW - #153 - The Gnome in the Garden, Part 1 - The Special Relationship
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