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Ep. 68: What the Academy Got Wrong (and Right) - 1990 to 2013

September 21st, 2014

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Josh and Evan decide which Best Picture Winners the Academy got wrong (and, very rarely, correct) over the last 23 years. It's an undertaking that proves exhausting, yet oddly rewarding.
Music: Titanic soundtrack, produced by James Horner
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Ep. 67: Boyhood / and more

August 7th, 2014

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Josh and Evan revisit their collective Boyhood with an in-depth discussion of Richard Linklater's latest (and perhaps greatest?) film, which he wrote and directed. Also: Guardians of the Galaxy, Life Itself, Bookfraud, and random miscellany!
Music: moe. - "Silver Sun"
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Ep. 66: Only Lovers Left Alive / 22 Jump Street

July 8th, 2014

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Five years in, and Josh and Evan are still discussing vampire movies. Find out if Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive does anything different with the genre, or it if just.. sucks. Plus, the boys discuss 22 Jump Street. One host loves it, the other is pissed. It's an episode for the (dark) ages!
Music: 311 - "Sand and Dollars" / "Boom Shanka"
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Ep. 65: Night Moves / Neighbors

June 19th, 2014

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On Episode 65, Josh and Evan try out their Night Moves on some Neighbors. (These movie puns are for personal use and not intended for public consumption under any circumstances.)
Music: Phish - "Fuego" / "Waiting All Night"
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Ep. 64: Under the Skin / Nymphomaniac

April 21st, 2014

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Josh and Scott discuss Under the Skin, the new film from Jonathan Glazer, starring Don't Call Me ScarJo. Next, your hosts brave Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, starring CharGa, StelSka, and Mr. I Am Not Famous Anymore.
Music: Julie Ruin - "V.G.I." / "Apt. #5"
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Ep. 63: Noah / Bad Words

April 4th, 2014

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Josh and Scott discuss two new releases: Darren Aronofsky's Noah, starring ultimate actionman Russell Crowe; and Jason Bateman's directorial debut, Bad Words.  Thanks, Creator.
Music: Josh Nielsen - "Reflection" / "Harder"
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Soft Escape album release!

March 30th, 2014

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Josh discusses the exciting release of his new album Soft Escape, as well as its origin story, and asks for your help in getting it out there. Thank you for supporting independent, original music!
Link to Soft Escape on iTunes:
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Ep. 62: The Grand Budapest Hotel / TVFraud: True Detective and Girls

March 26th, 2014

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Evan Stewart checks in for a brief stay at Chez Moviefraud to talk Wes Anderson's latest adventure, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Next, your hosts explore the seasons and finales of True Detective and Girls, because Josh feels the need to reiterate his comments from last time.
Music: Josh Nielsen - "Meteor" / "Steal My Heart"
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TVFraud and Oscars Talk

March 1st, 2014

Josh discusses his current favorite TV shows and the inherent differences between storytelling in television and film. Next, your Fraud goes down the list of Best Picture Nominees, alternating between praise, disparagement, and a rant about the Academy's PC agenda. 
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Ep. 61: Our Top 5 Films of 2013

February 2nd, 2014

Josh, Scott and Joey count down their Top 5 favorite films of last year! Josh gets so drunk that he falls out of his chair and has to edit the episode the next morning.
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Ep. 60: The Wolf of Wall Street / Her

January 14th, 2014

Josh and Scott talk The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese's latest caper with Leo DiCaprio. Is it enough for a movie to be entertaining? The debate begins. Next, your hosts take a shine to Spike Jonze's Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Happy New Year from Moviefraud!

Music: Arcade Fire - "Supersymmetry" / Karen O - "The Moon Song" 
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Ep. 59: Inside Llewyn Davis / American Hustle

December 24th, 2013

It's the holiday show! Your troubadours sing their praises of Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Isaac and brought to you by the Coen Brothers. Next, a discussion of David O. Russell's American Hustle, with a top-notch cast and an unresolved ice fishing parable. Plus, Josh unleashes a slew of Indies; Scott talks Saving Mr. Banks.

Thank you so much for belonging to another year of Moviefraud. We love and appreciate our listeners. This goofy little group we have is pretty cool. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! and a drunken, happy New Year. - Josh Half-Nielsen and Scott "The Stud" Steussy

Music: Justin Rayfield - "Have You Seen Me Lately" / "W"
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Ep. 58: Dallas Buyers Club / Blue is the Warmest Color / The Sting

December 1st, 2013

Discussions of cliché and meta-text abound on Episode 58, as Josh and Scott discuss two new dramas: Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey; and Blue is the Warmest Color, the latest in French lesbian cinema. Plus, your hosts look at 1973 Best Picture winner The Sting as part of their Shamelist series. Happy Latesgiving from Moviefraud!

Music: Ben Folds and Nick Hornby - "Picture Window" / "From Above"

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Ep. 57: The Counselor / All Is Lost

November 3rd, 2013


Moviefraud has been all about Survival ever since Scott joined the lair. Your hosts continue to explore this enchanting theme with discussions of Ridley Scott's The Counselor, starring some quality cats, and the lost-at-sea character study All Is Lost, with (only) Robert Redford. Plus: Indies! fall movie talk! and predictable digressions on epo 57.

Music: White Denim - "At Night in Dreams" / "Come Back"  
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Ep. 56: Gravity / Captain Phillips

October 19th, 2013



Josh and Scott praise Gravity, the latest from Alfonso Cuaron, starring Sandy Bullock and The George. Plus, Moviefraud rockily traverses the waves of Captain Phillips, featuring the singular Tom Hanks. Your hosts fight like Rich and Muse! Ships!

Music: Haim, "Don't Save Me" / "The Wire"
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Ep. 55: This Is the End / Before Midnight / and more

June 23rd, 2013

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Josh and Evan fear This Is the End of their relationship with Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and perhaps even James Franco. (We like you, James. Sshhh.) Find out why this comic metapocalypse didn't quite work for us. Next, your hosts take a Grecian walk with Before Midnight, Richard Linklater's latest film starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as the eternally charming Jesse and Celine. Plus, Indies, and a tribute to the beloved James Gandolfini.

Music: John Butler Trio - "Used to Get High" / "Daniella"

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Ep. 54: To the Wonder / Upstream Color / Room 237

May 12th, 2013

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Episode 54 explodes with questions. Is Terrence Malick's To the Wonder a worthy follow-up to his Tree of Life? What, exactly, is Shane Carruth trying to say with Upstream Color? And how could we have missed the obvious Native American moon-landing Holocaust subtext in The Shining? Josh and Joey predictably disagree on answers, Truth, and everything in between on this latest installment of Moviefraud.

Music: John Fullbright - "Moving" / "Satan and St. Paul"

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Ep. 53: Spring Breakers

March 24th, 2013

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Josh reviews the new film Spring Breakers, from the very odd writer-director Harmony Korine, starring James Franco and four interchangeable young women, two of whom are former Disney sweethearts, thus causing uproar round the globe.

Music: Nataly Dawn - "Leslie"

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Ep. 52: Side Effects / Sound City / The Oscars

February 27th, 2013

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Josh is excited to welcome Scott Steussy back into the Moviefraud lair! Your hosts pop a bunch of Ablixa and see Side Effects, the latest and supposedly last movie from Steven Soderbergh. (This review is spoiler-free until the very end of the show, for your listening / medical safety). Then it's a discussion of Sound City, Dave Grohl's directorial debut about the famed Southern California recording studio. What the f*ck is 'real music'? Plus: Oscars, Indies, and warm, fuzzy feelings, all on Episode 52 of Moviefraud.

A big thanks to Scott Steussy!

Music: Pomplamoose - "Don't Stop Lovin Me" / "The Goodbye Song"

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Ep. 51: Our Top 5 Films of 2012

January 21st, 2013

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The Thr3e count down their Top 5 Movies of 2012! Joey is ecstatic to be back; Josh and Evan don't seem to notice. Then, a discussion of Zero Dark Thirty, the controversial new film from director Kathryn Bigelow. Plus, Indies; Joey's second-hand Internet reviews; and Our Top 5 Worst Movies of the Year. Moviefraud returns to rock your face (and also inform you about cinema) on Episode 51!

Music: Local H - "Cold Manor" / "Another February"

Pic: Josh, Evan, Joey

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Ep. 50: Django Unchained / Silver Linings Playbook

January 6th, 2013

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It's Episode 50 of Moviefraud! Josh and Evan trade deathblows over Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz. Is Tarantino a blatant racist? Josh says yes; Evan likes blood. Next, your hosts bet the farm on Silver Linings Playbook, from weirdo auteur David O. Russell. Evan hates the title.. but does he dig the movie? Plus: Indies, Shamelist, B.S., and a preview of our highly-anticipated Episode 51, with Joey "Long-Lost" Hackenjos. We've got vengeance and love, in equal parts, on this golden installment of your favorite film discussion podcast. Excelsior!

Music: Iration - "Time Bomb" / "Wait and See"

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! from Josh

December 23rd, 2012

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Ep. 49: Life of Pi / Network

December 1st, 2012

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Josh and Evan look at Ang Lee's latest, Life of Pi, about a boy and a tiger adrift at sea (based on the novel by Yann Martel). Which of your hosts gets misty-eyed not once, but thrice, over the course of the film? (Hint: it's Josh.) Plus, a discussion of the 1976 Sidney Lumet film, Network, as part of the Shamelist Project. We're mildly upset, and we're probably going to take it, here on Episode 49 of Moviefraud!

Music: Eric Hutchinson - "Oh!" / "Food Chain"

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Ep. 48: Lincoln / and more

November 20th, 2012

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Josh and Evan talk Lincoln, the new film from Steven Spielberg about our sixteenth president and his fight for the abolition of slavery, starring the one and only Daniel Day-Lewis. Does the movie shed light on Lincoln, the Man? Will Josh inevitably get lost in politic-ese? Is Tim Blake Nelson really in this movie? Plus, it's Evan's turn to review Cloud Atlas; he tells you true-true. Also, Josh has a lot of Indies to discuss, because like Kenny Powers, he is unstoppable and will always win, forever. Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving on Episode 48 of Moviefraud!

Music: John Brown's Body - "The General's Ambush"

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Ep. 47: Paranormal Activity 4 / and more

October 31st, 2012

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Josh and Evan continue the annual Moviefraud tradition of reviewing the latest Paranormal Activity movie for their Halloween show. Does 4 scare, or bore? Your hosts channel Toby for the answer. Plus: Josh reviews Cloud Atlas, the new sci-fi / mind-eff from co-directors Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. A very Happy Halloween (and an awesome birthday to Evan) on Episode 47!

Music: Green Day - "Stay the Night"

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Ep. 46: Argo / Seven Psychopaths / The Grapes of Wrath

October 21st, 2012

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Josh and Evan unearth Argo, the new, true film from Ben Affleck about a classified U.S. operation in 1980 Iran. Then your hosts talk Seven Psychopaths, from writer-director-playwright Martin McDonagh. Can the violence-obsessed auteur avoid the "sophomore slump", after his incredible 2008 film, In Bruges? Em eff don't lie. Finally, the Frauders chew on The Grapes of Wrath, John Ford's 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, as part of the Shamelist Project. Plus - Indies; MF momes; and fall/winter picks we can't wait to see... all on Episode 46 on Moviefraud!

Music: Trey Anastasio - "Scabbard" / Tribal Seeds - "Stillness of Night" / Tribal Seeds - "Dawn of Time"

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Ep. 45: The Master / Looper

September 30th, 2012

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It's auteurs only on Episode 45 of Moviefraud! Josh and Evan process The Master (starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman), the latest film from wunderkind writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. Then your hosts travel the mobius strip known as Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, brought to you by the singular mind of Rian Johnson. Surrogate fathers, lost sons, and missing moms (plus Indies and winter releases we can't wait to see)... all on the latest installment of your favorite Portland-based movie discussion podcast!

Music: Dave Matthews Band - "Snow Outside" / "Sweet"

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Ep. 44: Sleepwalk with Me / Cosmopolis / A Dangerous Method

September 10th, 2012

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Josh hates Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me; Evan thinks it's good times. WHO IS RIGHT? Also, Moviefraud gets Cronenberg crazy! We talk about the techno-sex auteur's latest capitalist venture, Cosmopolis, then examine A Dangerous Method, starring Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbinder (2011). Plus, Indies; mini-reviews of random things; and a big congratulations to Joey and his wife Heidi on their new baby boy, August!

Music: Father John Misty - "I'm Writing a Novel" / "Well, You Can Do It Without Me"

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Ep. 43: Total Recall / Game Change / and lots more

August 19th, 2012

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What's the difference between a movie podcaster and a pitbull? Lipstick! The Thr3e debate the HBO film Game Change, starring Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson, based on the book about the 2008 presidential election. But first, Joey and Evan implant their memories of Total Recall into Josh's nubile, attentive brain. Plus, tons of Indies; the Shamelist Project (Frank Capra's 1939 film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington); and a tasty bite of Bookfraud. Enjoy this filibuster-lengthed episode!

Music: Everlast - "Gone for Good" / "Little Miss America"

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Ep. 42: To Rome with Love / The Lie

August 1st, 2012

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Josh and Joey explore Woody Allen's new film as writer-director-actor, To Rome with Love.  Your hosts don't quite like the movie, yet they grudgingly recommend it.  (Huh?)  Plus, a discussion of Joshua Leonard's major directoral debut, The Lie, in which he also stars.  Q:  how many dead babies does it take to get out of work?  A:  one.

Music:  Manu Chao - "La Primavera" / "Mentira" (live, Baionarena)

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