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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5 days ago

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!

Monday May 06, 2024

War for the Planet of the Apes marks the end of Caesar’s reboot prequel trilogy, and while Henry appreciates the Paul Dehn-esque nihilism, Samuel thinks it’s the worst of the trilogy. In between covering the plot of this bizarre movie we also coin a new term, discuss Woody Harrelson’s pretty mid performance, and learn about the depressing reality of gorillas riding horses.

Monday Apr 29, 2024

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes seems to be the most generally liked of the prequel trilogy, but how does it hold up? Turns out mostly pretty well, but we still don’t care about these dang dirty humans! Topics discussed include alternate titles (Armory of the Planet of the Apes?) and other “o” words Caesar could shout.

Monday Apr 22, 2024

We’ve made it to the modern era of Ape films with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It may not be as punchy as those original films, but there’s still plenty of meat on this bone! We’ve got James Franco’s crazy room, Draco Malfoy’s sadistic tendencies, and at the center of it all, a brilliant ape named Caesar. Plus: Samuel’s insights into how accurate all the science-y stuff is!

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Monday Apr 15, 2024

Monday Apr 15, 2024

We’re jumping through the electromagnetic storm this week and covering Tim Burton’s single attempt at reviving the Planet of the Apes franchise. Is it good? No! Is it bad? Kind of, but it’s mostly boring! In between tangents where we clearly avoid talking about this stinker of a movie, we get into Paul Giamatti’s committed performance, Mark Wahlberg’s complete lack of one, and marvel over how far ape makeup and prosthetics has come since the 1970s.


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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