What is The Sound of Music?

Let’s start at the very beginning.

 The Von Trapp children don’t play. They march. Their father, Georg Von Trapp, hides a heart of gold underneath a stoic demeanor. He’s a decorated naval captain who – ever since his wife’s passing – expects military discipline from anyone living under his roof. Enter Maria – the failed nun and spitfire governess who brings joy and laughter back to the family through song. Maria makes the sprawling Austrian mansion a home again and discovers her calling along the way.

 Soon, this buttoned-up bunch become the Von Trapp Family Singers, capturing the heart of a nation at the onset of a German invasion.

 Whether strolling through the markets of Salzburg or crossing over the Swiss Alps to safety, music provides a constant source of strength and hope throughout the movie. This week, we’re asking “what is the sound of music?” How do you make a good movie musical? And why has this story stood the test of time?

 Take in the entrancing mountain vistas and let each unforgettable song work its magic over you. Just in case you need someone older and wiser telling you what to do…give this one a listen.


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Is a Good Story More Important than the Facts?

Punk. Genius. Prophet.

Who is Mark Zuckerburg?

This week, we watched The Social Network to find answers. Instead, we found questions. Is a good story more important than the facts? How much is a friendship worth? And what’s so bad about the Winklevi?

We also dove into what makes The Social Network so memorable. Everything from Sorkin’s rat-a-tat dialogue and nonlinear storytelling to burning scarfs and Adidas flip flops. 

Do we have your full attention?


Do The Oscars Matter?

The Academy Awards. A night of sharp tuxedos and dazzling gowns, emotional speeches and questionable humor. This prestigious event draws as many viewers as the Super Bowl and the State of the Union...but do The Oscars matter? Does the Academy still have its finger on the pulse? Have we seen the last of Neil Patrick Harris? Join us as we explore these questions and more on this week's episode of Is It Really? 


Is Hannibal the Most Iconic Movie Villain?

Memory is what Hannibal Lecter has instead of a view. A former forensic psychiatrist, this Renaissance Man waxes poetic with the best of them when he isn’t polishing off his victims with a glass of red wine.

The question is, does Hannibal stack up as one of the great movie villains? That’s what we’re asking this week as we watch Silence of the Lambs. You’re going to want to turn the lights out for this one.

Darth Vader, Lord Voldemort, and Hans Landa also go under the microscope as we tackle questions of gender, power, madness, and the things that frighten us most. Enjoy this episode with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.


Why Do We Remember The Ducks?

Quack! Quack!! Quack!!!

This week we’re discussing the Minnesota Miracle Man, Gordon Bombay. The story of a lawyer who turns his life around by turning a losing team around. Under Bombay’s tutelage, District 5—the ragtag team of loveable losers—become The Mighty Ducks.

What makes this movie so memorable? Is it the adorable, foul-mouthed kids? The wacky hijinks on the ice? The inspirational scenes of triumph accompanied by Queen songs? We want to know.

On the way, we tackle other important topics like who are the franchise’s greatest coaches and most deplorable villains, what are the craziest moments we see on the ice, and—of course—Goldberg.

Ducks fly together.


Is Ocean's Eleven a Master Class for Ensemble Films?

You’re either in or you’re out. Right now. We’re going to America’s Playground to watch everybody’s favorite heist movie—Ocean’s Eleven. This movie’s got it all: pinches, high-rollers, balloon boys.

 We have one job to do…discuss why Ocean’s Eleven is the Rolls Royce of ensemble films. But we get side-tracked along the way and Mitch provides his 13-point ontological argument for why Now You See Me is a misunderstood masterpiece.

 Clooney and his Crew might be proper villains; but Brandon and the Reel Boys make bad look good.


Do You Believe in Santa Claus?

Do you remember staying up late with eyes glued to the weather channel hoping for school to be canceled? How about tumbling down a molehill that felt like a mountain on a Flexible Flyer sled? Maybe your snow days were spent chugging cocoa while curled under a blanket and watching movies.

For many of us, Christmas isn't just a day. It's a frame of mind. If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, look no further than this week’s double feature: Miracle on 34th Street (1947/1994). You’ll want to embrace your inner child, because this week we’re asking do you believe in Santa Clause?

We’ll hear testimony on what makes a good remake. We’ll examine the evidence to see how much influence nostalgia has in our affection for these Christmas classics. We’ll pour out our eggnog for the forgotten friend and unsung hero of children everywhere…the Mall Santa.

You’ll want to check this one out before the parade passes by.


Is Kevin McCallister a Sociopath?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. For most of us, Christmas time means laughter, toboggans in the snow; but, for young Macaulay Culkin, ‘tis the season to cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war. 

After revisiting John Hughes’ and Christopher Columbus’s holiday masterpiece—Home Alone—we knew there was only one question worth asking: Is Kevin McCallister a sociopath?

Take a trip down memory lane as The Good Son shoots, burns, and paint cans Jo Pesci and Daniel Stern into submission and join us as we sift through the shattered ornaments and assess the damage. 

We also discuss Mrs. McCallister’s fitness as a parent and the incomparable performance of Tim Curry as the concierge of the Plaza Hotel. So, buckle up, eat some junk and watch some rubbish, and get ready to see Home Alone in a whole new light. 

We’re not afraid anymore.