Can We Still Be Friends?
By Ryan Ebling and Nate Gass
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A podcast that tests the limits of the friendship between two people who mistake movie taste for personal morality. Whether you’re a film buff or a casual viewer, Can We Still Be Friends? is a great place to hear impassioned and entertaining discussion between Ryan and Nate, guys who know each other too well and hold their opinions too dear.
||CleanEp. 60: Moonstruck||Nate and Ryan watch Moonstruck, the perfect movie to either keep the romance of a successful Valentine’s Day going, or the perfect movie to make up for a lackluster holiday. This 1987 hit won Best Actress and Supporting Actress Oscars for stars Che||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 59: All the President’s Men||In a year that has everyone talking about presidential scandals, corruption, and collusion, Nate and Ryan felt it only appropriate to revisit the 1976 classic All the President’s Men. Listen as Nate and Ryan discuss what makes this film brilliant,||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 58: Elf||For our fourth annual Holiday Extravaganza, we’re re-watching Elf, the 2003 Will Farrell comedy hit that has become a must-see for many people each year. Our feelings for Elf have deteriorated over the years,||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 57: Willow||For some reason, something about November makes us want to watch movies with wizards. As per a listener suggestion, we’re watching Willow, the 1988 George Lucas-conceived, Ron Howard-directed fantasy epic. For many people,||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 56: The Thing (1982)||Welcome to our 4th Annual Holiday Spooktacular. This year, Nate and Ryan discuss John Carpenter’s The Thing, a 1982 horror flop that has become a bona fide classic. Listen as they discuss what has made The Thing into such a beloved film and how||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 55: Starship Troopers||Nate and Ryan continue their unofficial tour through 1997 by watching director Paul Verhoeven’s divisive sci-fi cult classic, Starship Troopers. Joined by guest (and Starship Troopers fan) Dan Wartsbaugh, Nate and Ryan try to find out if this is a||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 54: Wayne’s World and Austin Powers||For most of the ’90s, Mike Meyers’ catchphrases were repeated ad nauseam everywhere from dorm rooms to boardrooms (We’re guessing. We weren’t in a single boardroom in the ’90s, but you get it). With Wayne’s World celebrating its 25th an||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 53: Marie Antoinette||In 2006, Sofia Coppola’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning smash Lost In Translation was the hotly anticipated, but tepidly received Marie Antoinette. She recently returned to the spotlight as she won Best Director at Cannes with her most recent film||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 52: Close Encounters of the Third Kind||Nate and Ryan rewatch Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the other sci-fi classic released 40 years ago. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters solidified Spielberg’s aesthetic and helped bring hard(ish) sci-fi into the mainstream.||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 51: The Fast and the Furious||Not ones to be left out, Nate and Ryan decide to see what all the fuss is about with this The Fast and the Furious franchise. With The Fate of the Furious setting records at the box office, it seemed high time that they give the original a shot.||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 50: Network||Note: This episode and its clips contain language not suitable for all audiences. Also, as might be expected, this episode is pretty politically charged. We welcome your comments (and your anger), but please keep it civil. For their 50th episode,||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 49: Titanic||Nate and Ryan invite special guest Anne Singleton to revisit their high school days and watch Titanic, released 20 years ago. Titanic cemented its legacy when it won a record-tying 11 Oscars and became one of the highest-grossing films of all time.||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 48: Singin’ in the Rain||As La La Land continues to be an Oscar favorite (14 nominations), Nate and Ryan explore what might be the most revered of all movie musicals: Singin’ in the Rain. Though Singin’ in the Rain didn’t garner any Oscar wins (and only 2 nominations||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 47: Die Hard||It’s our 3rd Holiday Spectacular, and this year, Nate and Ryan are watching a more contentious entry into the Holiday Movie Canon: 1988’s Die Hard. For a Holiday Spectacular this outside the box, Nate and Ryan called in some back up.||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 46: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone||Nate and Ryan revisit the launching of a cinematic empire by watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Additionally, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released to enormous box office success ne||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 45: The Wicker Man (1973)||It’s our 3rd Halloween episode, and Nate and Ryan are taking the opportunity to watch The Wicker Man, another classic horror movie that’s always been on their list. Though it had an inauspicious release in 1973,||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 44: The Magnificent Seven (1960)||Nate and Ryan talk about their first western, The Magnificent Seven, starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen and directed by John Sturges. With Antoine Fuqua’s remake still in theaters, Nate and Ryan discuss how the original (itself a remake of Akir||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 43: Stand by Me||With Labor Day just behind us, and summer more or less over, Nate and Ryan watch and discuss Rob Reiner’s much loved coming-of-age movie Stand by Me. Based on a short story by Stephen King, Stand by Me was released 30 years ago,||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 42: JFK||Nate and Ryan revisit Oliver Stone’s controversial classic from 1991: JFK. Inspired by the incredible light-shedding documentary OJ: Made in America, Nate and Ryan wanted to rewatch another film that explores the details of one of the most famous||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 41: Ghostbusters||Nate and Ryan invite their friend Tim along to rewatch the 1984 hit comedy Ghostbusters, in anticipation of the new reboot. Many people have cried out against this new film, saying that changing it will “ruin their childhood.||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 40: LA Confidential||Nate and Ryan are no strangers to their own nostalgia, but for this episode, they rewatch LA Confidential and discuss how Hollywood handles nostalgia. LA Confidential‘s view of 1950s Hollywood takes the tropes of noir and the glamour of old Hollyw||6/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 39: Moulin Rouge!||Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 musical Moulin Rouge! became a bit of a slow burn hit. Its unfiltered story of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love struck a chord with some movie goers, but the unique and frenetic visual style left some viewers exhausted and annoy||5/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 38: Borat||For this episode, Nate and Ryan go back to their college years to re-watch Borat, a movie they haven’t seen since they were undergrads 10 years ago. Sacha Baron Cohen has a new movie, The Brothers Grimsby, in theaters,||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 37: Barton Fink||Inspired by the recent release of the latest Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!, Nate and Ryan revisit Barton Fink. Despite winning three major awards at Cannes in 1991, the film is usually one of the underseen,||3/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 36: Boyz N the Hood||With the Academy failing to nominate a single non-white actor in any acting category for the second year in a row, Nate and Ryan watch John Singleton’s breakout 1991 film Boyz N the Hood. The film earned the first-time writer/director nominations f||2/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 35: Birdman||This episode contains explicit language. Following Birdman’s Best Picture win at the Oscars last year, director Alejandro G. Inarritu seems poised once again to be the front-runner this year with his new film The Revenant.||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 34: The Muppet Christmas Carol||For this holiday season, in the spirit of togetherness, Nate and Ryan discuss The Muppet Christmas Carol. Last year’s Christmas episode turned out to be one of their bitterest episodes yet. In an effort to undo the negativity of that episode,||12/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 33: Goldfinger||Nate and Ryan reach way back into the James Bond archives to watch Goldfinger, the third installment of the James Bond franchise, starring Sean Connery. As Daniel Craig’s latest Bond adventure Spectre hit theatres,||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 32: A Nightmare on Elm Street||As Halloween approaches, Nate and Ryan prepare by watching A Nightmare on Elm Street, the slasher classic written and directed by horror master Wes Craven. A Nightmare on Elm Street helped write the rules for slasher horror pics and was the forebeare||10/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 31: Brazil (The Final Cut)||Thirty years ago, Terry Gilliam triumphed over studio exec Sid Sheinberg to bring his version of 1985’s Brazil to theaters. Gilliam’s final cut proved to be a truly unique piece of cinema and was perhaps the first and last time Gilliam would real||10/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 30: Mission: Impossible||Inspired by the release of the newest Mission: Impossible installment, Nate and Ryan go back to where it all began (well…began again) and rewatch Brian De Palma’s 1996 action thriller. In the cold light of adulthood,||9/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 29: Gone With the Wind||Nate and Ryan invite back Erick Fortmann to discuss Gone With the Wind, the 1939 classic that has always captivated moviegoers. However, over time, the reception of the movie and its messages have been called into question. Most recently,||8/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 28: The Incredibles||Nate and Ryan discuss Pixar’s 2004 hit The Incredibles, directed by Brad Bird. Though Nate and Ryan don’t disagree on many Pixar movies, they have never agreed on where The Incredibles fits into the overall Pixar universe.||7/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 27: The Blues Brothers||This week marks the 35th anniversary of the release of The Blues Brothers, the much-loved comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the titular brothers. The Blues Brothers was the first movie to come from Saturday Night Live and is widely re||6/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 26: Mad Max||With all the feverish praise that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is garnering, Nate and Ryan watch and discuss the film that started it all, 1979’s Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson. Set in the near future,||5/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 25: Pitch Perfect||Nate and Ryan get ready for one of the the most anticipated sequels of the year by watching Pitch Perfect, the 2012 film starring Anna Kendrick that struck gold with its acapella take on the classic underdog story.||5/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 24: The Net||For this episode, Nate and Ryan watched The Net, the 1995 thriller starring Sandra Bullock. The movie celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and with the recent passage of Net Neutrality by the FCC, they decided to watch this cautionary tale of t||4/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 23: Grey Gardens||Nate and Ryan welcome special guest Erick Fortmann to discuss the seminal documentary Grey Gardens, directed by the late Albert and David Maysles. The Maysles established themselves as pioneers of documentary in a time when documentaries were the stu||4/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 22: Batman||Birdman‘s Best Picture win at this year’s Oscars made Nate and Ryan want to revisit Michael Keaton’s turn as a superhero in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster Batman. This movie was a staple of Nate’s childhood, but one that Ryan only saw as an||3/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 21: The Darjeeling Limited||Even though Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel didn’t win big at the Oscars (you’ll notice we recorded the episode before the show, thereby sounding woefully out of touch), Nate and Ryan were still glad to rewatch Anderson’s 2007 film The Darj||2/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 20: Slacker||Inspired by the Oscar chances of Richard Linklater’s brilliant film Boyhood, Nate and Ryan go back to where it all began for Linklater and watch his breakout 1991 film Slacker. Slacker is often praised as one of the landmark films of the early||2/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 19: Punch-Drunk Love||The violent division of our last episode is healed as Nate and Ryan discuss Punch-Drunk Love, Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2002 romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler. Nate and Ryan discuss the intricacies of a movie that can seem inaccessible and confusing||1/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 18: A Christmas Story||Nate and Ryan have it out over 1983’s beloved A Christmas Story just in time for the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas movie season. This is one of their earliest film fights, and time has done little to calm the storm.||12/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 17: The Ice Storm||In this episode Nate and Ryan finally watch a movie they’ve both been meaning to get around to: The Ice Storm. Directed by Ang Lee and released in 1997, The Ice Storm explores the ennui of 1970s suburban Connecticut during an unseasonably cold Th||12/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16: The Avengers||With the recent release of the trailer for The Avengers: The Age of Ultron, Nate and Ryan decided to revisit Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster The Avengers. Considered by many to be the crown jewel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,||11/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre||As trees shed their leaves, and people frantically find ways to make a sexy version of any and every costume, Nate and Ryan celebrate Halloween by watching The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, one of the most revered horror films of all time.||10/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChange of Plans!||Quick Update- Contrary to what we said in our last episode, we will not be discussing Babel in our next episode. We are liars! Instead, we’ve decided to do something more festive. We will be watching and discussing the original 1974 The Texas Chainsaw||10/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14: Braveheart||In this episode, Nate rights a nearly 20-year wrong and gets Ryan to watch Braveheart for the first time. Nate’s been a fan since childhood, and given Ryan’s well known aversion to epic period movies, this has the makings of a battle worthy of||10/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 13: American Movie||In this episode, Nate and Ryan discuss the listener-suggested, landmark 1999 documentary American Movie. Director Chris Smith profiles independent filmmaker Mark Borchardt, a Milwaukee native who dreams of finally making the film that has been brewin||9/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12: Garden State||Ten years after the release of Garden State, writer/director/star/punching bag Zach Braff has come out with a new movie, Wish I Was Here. The reception was ambivalent to negative, a stark contrast to the general reception of Garden State.||8/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Hook||The recent death of Robin Williams came as a shock to everyone. It was especially shocking to us, as just days before Williams’ death, we recorded this episode on Hook. Though we couldn’t have known what would happen,||8/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Scott Pilgrim vs The World||We’re in full summer movie swing with a discussion about Edgar Wright’s 2010 action-comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. This energetic adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series stars Michael Cera as the titular hero. In this e||7/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: A Hard Day’s Night||Nate and Ryan welcome Evan Mather back to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of A Hard Day’s Night, starring The Beatles and directed by Richard Lester. Along with their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show,||7/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Quentin Tarantino||In honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of Pulp Fiction, Nate and Ryan invite their good friend Tim Yoder in to point guns at one another while screaming about the polarizing figure that is writer/director Quentin Tarantino.||6/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Gremlins||As a way of ringing in summer blockbuster season and celebrating the 30th anniversary of a great year in movies (see our list of 5 great ones from 1984), Nate and Ryan watched Gremlins, a film that, for some reason, neither of them had seen.||5/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Pinocchio||Evan Mather joins us once again to discuss Pinocchio, the 1940 Disney Classic that was recently named by Time Out New York as the best animated movie ever made. Since we hadn’t seen Pinocchio in a long time,||5/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The Sandlot||With summer just around the corner, we discuss a movie from our childhood that makes us long for the days of no school and no responsibilities. The Sandlot enjoys a place of unalterable honor in many people’s minds, Nate’s included.||4/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: All About Eve||In this episode, Nate and Ryan tackle All About Eve, a (nearly) universally lauded classic. Nate thinks that maybe the praise is undeserved, and the movie’s reputation has clouded people’s judgement. Ryan affirms that this movie is as good as eve||4/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Gladiator||In preparation for the March 28 release of Darren Aronofsky’s epic Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Nate defends another Russell Crowe epic set in ancient times: Gladiator. Ryan and Nate clash with the fury of slaves forced to fight for their survival.||3/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: 2014 Oscars Preview||In this episode, Nate Gass and Ryan Ebling invite their friend Evan Mather to join them as they weigh in on who got snubbed, who will win, and who should win in the major categories. Unfortunately, Evan’s views were so controversial,||2/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Being John Malkovich||Inspired by the brilliant and Oscar nominated Her, in our very first episode, Ryan Ebling tries to convince Nate Gass that Spike Jonzes’ 1999 film Being John Malkovich is much better than Nate gives it credit for.||2/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Consider, Apprehend, Engage
While the question seems appropriate the answer could be believable when the dialogue is genuine and the words dribble from seemingly uninterrupted airwaves. You do not need to agree but believe and behold for when you inhale the swells overwhelm and thoughts emerge. Listen . . . become informed . . . believe.
Great new film discussion
I enjoy this new film discussion podcast. The hosts are likable "know-it-alls." The robust discussion engages me to the point I want to respond to points in real time. The first episodes are so well done (sharp sound, good topics, well-supported opinions) that I'm sure future episodes will be as good or better!
Insightful, charitable, and funny
As a movie-goer listening to two film-goers, I often find myself learning from the insights offered by Nate and Ryan in their discussions. They point to many aspects of film that I, a Philistine, would never have thought either to celebrate or condemn.
The hosts are discussing opinions of films that are very close to their hearts, whether they hold a fond or a hateful place, and so their comments are well thought out and meaningful. But despite that, both maintain an air of charity toward the other's opinion. In discussing the films they discuss their initial reactions from the first time viewing a film, then their new thoughts based on re-watching it. In these thoughts, they reveal a willingness to change their long-held opinions that is very refreshing after so many experiences of discussions on film being simply dogmatic acclaim or vitriol.
On top of this, Nate and Ryan are also quite funny. I have laughed out loud several times in each episode. While listening alone. It's that good.
My best recommendation is that their podcast actually makes me interested in film rather than movies in a way that no other discussion has.