Podcast

  • Episode 63 – The House (2022)

    After a long break, we're back! In this episode we discuss The House (2022), a stop-motion anthology arthouse film on Netflix. We also discuss stop-motion in general. Join us!

  • Episode 62 – The Platform (2019)

    This week's film is The Platform (2019), a Netflix offering about a sort of social experiment prison, where the prison is over 200 stories into the ground with one cell per floor. Two people are kept in each cell, and everyday, a platform full of food is delivered in the center of each room for two minutes. A platform that runs out of food when it gets too low. Allegory abounds!

  • Episode 61 – The Raid 2 (2014)

    This week we revisit the Raid series with The Raid 2 (2014). Taking place almost immediately after the events of the first film, this time we see Rama being recruited to go undercover in a prison in order to bring the man who killed his brother to justice.

  • Episode 60 – Gypsy (1962)

    This episode it's back to the theater with Gypsy, the 1962 musical biopic based on the stage play about the most famous Burlesque dancer of all time, Gypsy Rose Lee, and her narcissistic stage mother who pushes her into stripping.

  • Episode 59 – Coda (2021), Coda (2019), and Coda (2016)

    What better way to celebrate the Oscars, now a month past due, than by watching a movie that shares a title with the best picture winner? Jenner and Hsien take a look at CODA (2021), an acronym standing for Child of Deaf Adults, and also the concluding passage of a piece of music. It's about a young woman pursuing a music career while trying to help her parents with communication. Nate, on the other hand, watched the epic Coda (2019), a Patrick Stewart vehicle with Katie Holmes as his... er, love interest. Yeah. He's a pianist with stage fright, she's a journalist who worships him. It's amazing.

  • Episode 58 – The Power of the Dog (2021)

    This week on What's On the Pile we ask the question "what was your eureka moment?" When did you realize the actual intentions of a movie? We also play some more of Hsien's games! Then, we discuss The Power of the Dog (2021), Jane Campion's film about toxic masculinity (amongst other things) starring Benedict Cumberbatch, currently on Netflix.

  • Episode 57 – Drive My Car (2021)

    We're back from vacation with another Oscar contender (it didn't win) about a month after the Oscars finished: Drive My Car, the 2021 film based on Haruki Murakami's short story works, about a husband whose philandering wife dies suddenly. It's a deeply depressing and melancholy film.

  • Episode 56 – Nightmare Alley (2021)

    It's Guillermo Del Toro night on What's on the Pile with another Oscar nominee, Nightmare Alley (2021), starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, freaking Ron Perlman and Mary Steenburgen, this cast is stacked! And although the Oscars are over and we know all about the outcomes and slaps that happened, we're going to continue with our Oscar viewings because we still really want to see the movies!

  • Episode 55 – Licorice Pizza (2021)

    This week we take on another Oscar contender with Licorice Pizza (2021), Paul Thomas Anderson's coming of age film.

  • Episode 54 – tick, tick… BOOM! (2021)

    It's musical theater night on What's On the Pile as we take a look at another Academy Award nominee, this time for best actor in Andrew Garfield, playing Jonathan Larson, writer of the Off Broadway sensation Rent. We'll also be discussing other musicals, so join us for the conversation!