The Cold Open Podcast
By Whitman College Film & Media Studies
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On which two media obsessed college professors discuss all things film, TV, and popular culture.
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #33–The Pop Culture Deal Breakers/Fiery Passion Edition.||In The Cold Open #33, The Pop Culture Deal Breakers/Fiery Passion Edition, Matt Reynolds, Robert Sickels, and Kynde Kiefel discuss a litany of their pop culture deal breakers, including the way art and artists are depicted in film & TV, critical disda||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #32–The Spring Can Not Get Here Fast Enough Edition||In The Cold Open #32, The Spring Can Not Get Here Fast Enough Edition, Matt Reynolds, Robert Sickels, and Kynde Kiefel discuss movies released over the past few months, including, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mother!, The Shape of Water, The Post, Pha||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #31–The Lunar Eclipse /Welcome to Fall Edition||In The Cold Open #31, The Lunar Eclipse/Welcome to Fall Edition, Matt Reynolds, Robert Sickels, and Kynde Kiefel discuss their recent media consumption, which includes Game of Thrones, The Beguiled, Logan Lucky, Baby Driver, Detroit, Dunkirk, Atomic B||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #30–The Wonder Woman/Summer Day Drinking Vol. 2 Edition||In The Cold Open #30, The Wonder Woman/Summer Day Drinking Vol. 2 Edition, Matt Reynolds, Robert Sickels, and Kynde Kiefel start off by pouring some out for the recently departed Adam West. They then discuss what they’re currently consuming (The Kee||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #29–The Moonlight in Manchester Edition||In The Cold Open #29, The Moonlight in Manchester Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels discuss four high profile recent films, Rogue One, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and La La Land. Our intro this edition is The Goodie Mob’s “Cell T||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #28–The Hell or High Water Edition||In The Cold Open #28, The Hell or High Water Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels begin with a deep dive into the state of contemporary movie Westerns, using Hell or High Water and The Magnificent Seven as our jumping off point. We then briefly||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open # 27–The Welcome to Summer Day Drinking Edition||In The Cold Open #27, The Welcome to Summer Day Drinking Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels begin with a discussion of the pilot of AMC’s Preacher. We then take a look at the latest installment in the never-ending Marvel Comic Universe, Capt||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #26–The Force Awakens Edition||In The Cold Open #26, The Force Awakens Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels begin with a brief discussion of Sisters, Krampus, and the magical powers of Whiskey Punch before getting to their SPOILER FILLED take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.||12/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #25–The Thanksgiving Break Edition||In The Cold Open #25, the Thanksgiving Break Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels begin by discussing their favorite Thanksgiving related bits of media–A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for Robert and the original Twilight Zone TV series for Matt. W||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #24–The Decline of Western Civilization Edition||In the Cold Open #24, The Decline of Western Civilization/Back to School Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels begin by recounting their differing responses to a recent Wilco concert. They then delve into Straight Outta Compton and Shaun the Sh||8/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #23–The Maximum Security Media Edition||In the Cold Open #23, the Maximum Security Media Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels reveal the five essential pieces of media they’d each choose to have for the rest of their lives were they forced to make that choice. In addition to innume||6/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #22–The Doc Days of Summer Edition||In the Cold Open #22, the Doc Days of Summer Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels begin with a discussion of their recent early summer movie going experiences, including both Pitch Perfects, Mad Max: Fury Road (as well as its antecedents), Tomorro||6/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #21–The Fast and Furious Edition||In the Cold Open Podcast #21, The Fast and Furious Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels discuss their diametrically opposing points of view about Furious 7, the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. This leads to our talking||3/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #20–The March Madness Spring Break Edition||In The Cold Open Podcast #20, The March Madness Spring Break Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels revisit Television Delivers People, Richard Serra and Carlota Fay Schoolman’s landmark 1973 video art piece. We look at it as a work of art||3/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #19-The Winter is Coming Edition||In The Cold Open Podcast #19, The Winter is Coming Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels start with an old man digression about weather that unexpectedly leads to our naming our favorite gambling movies, Robert Altman’s California Split and J||11/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #18–The Welcome to Fall Edition||In The Cold Open Podcast #18, The Welcome to Fall Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels start off by discussing the lasting influence of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, which was released 20 years ago this month. We then go into a spoile||10/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #17–The End of Summer Odds & Ends Edition||In The Cold Open Podcast #17, The End of Summer Odds & Ends Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels talk about a little bit of everything. First, we discuss how having children has ruined our love of summer and that somehow leads to a breakdown of||8/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #16–The TV of Our Lives Edition||In The Cold Open Podcast #16, The TV of Our Lives Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels, two latchkey kids raised on TV, begin by discussing World Cup Soccer before moving on to the TV they’ve watched in their lives in five year intervals beginn||7/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #15–The Welcome to Summer Edition||In The Cold Open Podcast #15, The Welcome to Summer Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels begin by discussing Parquet Courts‘ recent show at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland before segueing into a look at summer movie season so far. We then wre||6/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #14–The Once There Was Only Dark Edition||In The Cold Open Podcast #14, The Once There Was Only Dark Edition, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels begin by discussing Britney Spears’ Las Vegas show, Piece of Me and Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave before moving on to Season Two of Netflix||3/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #13–The Music of Our Lives Edition||In The Cold Open Podcast #13, The Music of Our Lives Edition, two California kids, Matt Reynolds (SoCal) and Robert Sickels (NoCal) discuss the music they’ve listened to in their lives in five year intervals beginning at age five (1972 for Robert, 1||2/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #12–The Los Angeles Edition||In The Cold Open Podcast #12, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels commence with a discussion of the implications of Andy Greenwald’s essay, “The Year TV Got Small.” We then move on to Mob City, TNT’s “epic television event,R||1/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Cold Open #6–The Carl Deal on Docs Edition||The Cold Open #6 features a conversation with producer and director Carl Deal, who has worked on films including Fahrenheit 9/11, Capitalism: A Love Story, Trouble the Water, and his latest doc, Citizen Koch (co-produced and directed with his par||3/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
An Amazing Podcast!
The Cold Open is smart, fun, and informative—you will learn something interesting every time. The discussions are always thoughtful, relevant, and thoroughly entertaining!!