The Meaning Of The Movie

What is this movie actually about? What did it mean to the filmmakers and audiences when it was released? Has the meaning changed over time? Welcome to... The Meaning Of The Movie: A Podcast About What Matters Most. ” This is a place to wrestle over the big and small questions about a film. Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? What is really happening in The Shining? Is Titanic the highest-budget Hallmark love story of all time or a powerful take on a historic tragedy? Podcast hosts Rob Stennett and Andrew Harmon wrestle through what matters most in a movie. We‘re here to answer, ”What does it all mean?”

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Episodes

Scream

Tuesday Oct 17, 2023

Tuesday Oct 17, 2023

Do you like scary podcasts? So do we! So let's talk about Wes Craven’s self-aware meta slasher SCREAM. Is there depth? What is it trying to say? Let’s find out in this week’s episode.

The Social Network

Thursday Sep 28, 2023

Thursday Sep 28, 2023

This is the definitive story of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. But is it accurate? Does that matter? What does a movie that came long over a decade ago say about social media today? We get into it all in this week’s episode. 

Oppenheimer

Tuesday Sep 12, 2023

Tuesday Sep 12, 2023

It's time to discuss Christopher Nolan's summer blockbuster / biopic / epic film...Oppenheimer. What did we make of all of the cameos? How do you talk about meaning in such a dense film? What Oscars will it win next year? We get into it all in this week's episode. 

BARBIE

Sunday Aug 27, 2023

Sunday Aug 27, 2023

It’s time to talk about THE MOVIE of the summer. It’s made lots of money. It’s the talk of social media. Does this movie work? Does it unfairly attack men? Does it have the most outfit changes in cinema history? We have thoughts and it’s time to debate what it all means in this week’s episode…

Fargo

Tuesday Aug 08, 2023

Tuesday Aug 08, 2023

We finally discuss our first Coen Brothers film, the 1996 masterpiece FARGO. We debate the script, the setting, the characters, and of course what it all means. Follow us on INSTAGRAM Join the conversation on FACEBOOK 

The Founder

Monday Jul 17, 2023

Monday Jul 17, 2023

What if we told you The Founder holds a place right alongside films like Citizen Kane and The Social Network? We think it does and we're going to back up our claim (or at least Rob will try) in this week's episode.
Join us for Michael Keaton's film 2016 film...THE FOUNDER.
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Whiplash

Saturday Jun 24, 2023

Saturday Jun 24, 2023

Damien Chazelle (LA LA LAND) tells the story of a mentor relationship unlike any other.  This is no Yoda or Mr. Miagi… BUT it is a show-stopping Oscar-winning performance by JK Simmons. It’s time to dive into what it all means.

_NOPE

Friday May 26, 2023

Friday May 26, 2023

It’s time to talk about one of our most anticipated films of last year. But did it live up to they hype? We have a lot of questions and thoughts about Jordan Peele’s NOPE. 

Succession

Friday Mar 31, 2023

Friday Mar 31, 2023

It's time to talk about the best-written show on television! In the first part of the episode, we have a SPOILER-FREE discussion about why you should be watching the show (if you're not already) and why we love it. In the second part, we get SPOILER-Y as we talk about our most meaningful characters, moments, and what we hope to see leading up to the finale. Join the disgusting brothers Rob Stennett and Patton Dodd for today's episode of The Meaning Of The Movie (or show). 

The Empire Strikes Back

Monday Mar 20, 2023

Monday Mar 20, 2023

Luke, I am your podcast. It's time to cover one of the greatest sequels ever made. We'll talk about twists, the characters, and the surprising meanings we find in this film. Guest hosts Ryan Fraizer and Darren Shaw join Rob Stennett for this week's episode of The Meaning Of The Movie. 

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MOTM Podcast Hosts

Rob Stennett, Andrew Harmon, and John Bolin have worked together on films, ad campaigns, and A LOT of stage productions.

We debate movies a lot.

We're taking the debate out of the backstage and onto the main stage. What makes a movie meaningful? Is there a least meaningful part of the movie? 

Did we love it or hate it? You're invited into the journey.  

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