Peak Viewing

Co-hosts Henry and Samuel go through filmographies and franchises in the vain hope of answering one simple question: How can we get the most out of the movies we watch?

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Episodes

6 days ago

We’re ending part one of our Coen Brothers miniseries with the dour and depressing drama The Man Who Wasn’t There. The good news? Henry was in the mood for it and loved it! The bad news? Samuel was not in the mood for it and was crawling through the seconds! Join us as we talk about Ed Crane being the ultimate poor sonofabitch, the odds that any random piano player is playing Beethoven, and the Political Alignment Chart of the Coen Brothers. Plus: the announcement of our next miniseries!

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Monday Jul 08, 2024

Monday Jul 08, 2024

This week we’re hiking through the Mississippi bayou on a hare-brained odyssey with O Brother, Where Art Thou? Henry may be constantly on the verge of losing his voice, but that doesn’t stop us from going through this delightful and surreal comedy! Topics covered include all the Odyssey references we can piece together, why the soundtrack here is so nostalgic, and watching this movie via TikTok.

The Big Lebowski

Monday Jul 01, 2024

Monday Jul 01, 2024

Jeff Bridges in bowling-related dream sequences? John Goodman pointing guns at people and kicking them out of wheelchairs? That’s right, it’s White Russian time! The Big Lebowski is the topic this week, and this cult classic continues the Coen’s winning streak of critically successful movies that capture all of their stylistic elements that people love. Plus: our two counter examples of how to have a peak viewing experience!

Fargo

Monday Jun 24, 2024

Monday Jun 24, 2024

Are we gonna be talking about Fargo this week? Oh yah, you betcha! What is it about this midwestern crime thriller that broke through into the mainstream? What makes it the Coen brother’s strongest overall film to date? How do you pronounce Buscemi? What are relations like between Minnesota and North Dakota? And most importantly: what kind of sick child is into The Accordion King?

The Hudsucker Proxy

Monday Jun 17, 2024

Monday Jun 17, 2024

The Hudsucker Proxy was considered a massive bomb at the time of its release, but is there more to it than that? Samuel thinks it’s the epitome of a three-star film, while Henry thinks it’s a few changes away from being a masterpiece. We discuss it and also provide an unhinged recap of the unhinged Hula Hoop montage, Deadpool DVD covers, and the hottest Big Ben-related conspiracy theories.

Barton Fink

Monday Jun 10, 2024

Monday Jun 10, 2024

Barton Fink is a movie that leaves you with more questions than answers. Questions like: do we want to see the life of the mind? What is the movie actually trying to say? Why is John Goodman always such a welcome sight? How fun is Tony Shaloub? Who still uses wallpaper? What’s the difference between all the “arts that take place inside a ring”?

Miller's Crossing

Monday Jun 03, 2024

Monday Jun 03, 2024

The Coen brothers continue their trend of doing something completely different each movie with their third outing Miller’s Crossing. This week we’re giving you plenty of rumpus, but don’t worry, there ain’t no hi-hat! (Unless you count Tom’s hat.) Topics covered include what that kid did with the toupee, why Henry relates to Steve Buscemi’s Mink character, and how the big guy was definitely Tic-Tac.

Raising Arizona

Monday May 27, 2024

Monday May 27, 2024

We’re coming in hot this week like a biker from hell, it’s 1987’s Raising Arizona! This podcast has everything you could possibly want to hear. We’ve got speculation about parenting from two guys who know nothing on the subject, theories about this and Blood Simple being the “templates” that shape the rest of the Coen brothers careers, and also: is Hi GOD?

Blood Simple

Monday May 20, 2024

Monday May 20, 2024

It’s time for a new miniseries! We’re going through the first half of the Coen Brothers collaborative career and we’re starting things off HOT with the western-infused noir Blood Simple. Join us as we get into all the important context surrounding this confident and stylish debut, including what makes the Coens “American” filmmakers, the airtight writing of Chekov’s three bullets (no more, no less!), what animals can crawl around without their heads, and why Ethan Coen needed to be buried alive.

Monday May 13, 2024

What a wonderful day! We’re entering the kingdom this week with Wes Ball’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, the follow-up to the iconic prequel trilogy. We discuss how it stacks up to all the other Apes films, and how we might be too close to this franchise now to fully discern what is even good anymore. Plus: praise for the more adventurous tone of the film, questions about the pants-wearing humans, and the announcement of our next miniseries!

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What is Peak Viewing?

After recording 400 episodes of the award-winning* Grumpy Young Men podcast, co-hosts Henry and Samuel decided to do something different: create a new podcast where they do basically the exact same thing! Join them mini-series by mini-series as they unpack popular franchises, iconic careers, and everything in between.

 

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