Episode 136: Netflix Goes for the Oscar, How to Watch a Movie, Jose James Covers Bill Withers

Episode 136

3rd October 2018

We ask some important movie questions in this week’s episode- Will Netflix release Alfonso Cuaron’s new film “Roma” in theaters to improve its Oscar chances? And how do you watch movies these days? On your phone? Tablet? TV? Is it getting too expensive to go to the theater? Are you waiting more often for films to be released on Netflix and HBO? We tackle all of these questions and discuss Jameela Jamil’s I Weigh movement and a new Jose James cover in the Big Sell.

Episode notes

This week we tackle the age old, innuendo laced question – ‘Does size matter?’ Our resounding answer is – ‘yes!’ – especially when it comes to the size of the screen on which one watches feature films.

This week news broke that Netflix is considering releasing Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma and the Coen Brother’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in movie theaters before these films play on its streaming service. This would be an unprecedented move by the media behemoth that might give these movies a much better chance of getting some awards love.

Is a movie still a ‘movie’ if it plays on your tablet before it hits theaters? Is the motion picture academy ready to change the way it defines films? Should movie directors have a say in how their works are distributed? We tackle all of these issues in this episode and discuss our ideal way of watching movies (fyi – if it’s The Conjuring 2 Sean likes it in the dark, on his couch).

Plus – Sean reviews Jameela Jamil’s “I Weigh” movement and Big Sells Amita a new Bill Withers cover by the great vocalist Jose James.


Watch the trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma.

Watch the trailer for The Coen Brothers The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Listen to Jose James’ rendition of Bill Withers’ ‘Hope She’ll be Better.’

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Inside Pop is the weekly podcast that dives deep ​inside the world of pop culture. Television producers Amita Patel and Sean David Johnson bring their knowledge of the entertainment industry and their passion for pop culture to cover the stories you need to know about and care about. Together this dynamic duo brings a welcome diversity (they are African American and Indian American; Male and Female, Gay and Straight, Married and Single and wannabe residents of Sunnydale, CA and Dillon, TX) into the pop culture podcasting landscape.


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