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Crooked Table Podcast

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On the Crooked Table Podcast, Robert Yaniz Jr. and company celebrate the creative, quirky and downright peculiar parts of the pop culture and, more specifically, the movie industry. Each episode provides in-depth reviews and lively discussions of current releases, lesser-known gems and nostalgic favorites. Pull up a chair and join the conversation... In short, welcome to the Table!

Latest Episodes

'Ball of Fire' (featuring Lori London)

EAuthor and vocalist Lori London is back to discuss 1941's Ball of Fire. Featuring an Oscar-nominated lead performance and a screenplay co-written by Billy Wilder, director Howard Hawks' movie deserves to be rediscovered. We'll cover how the movie captures the power of words, why Stanwyck is perfect in the lead role, and how it holds up nearly 80 years after its release. Of course, we'll also talk about the latest regarding Lori's children's book series, The Amazing Adventures of Tripi the Fly.

72 MIN1 w ago
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'Ball of Fire' (featuring Lori London)

'Jojo Rabbit' (featuring Karen Peterson)

EIn the right hands, the real-life horrors of World War II can underscore the futility of hate and the absurdity of prejudice. Such is the goal of this episode's movie, writer-director Taika Waititi's 2019 Oscar winner Jojo Rabbit. Karen Peterson returns the show to discuss how some moviegoers grossly misunderstood Jojo Rabbit, what Waititi changes in his adaptation of Christine Leunens' 2004 novel Caging Skies, and why Scarlett Johansson is the undisputed heart of the movie.

109 MIN2 w ago
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'Jojo Rabbit' (featuring Karen Peterson)

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' (featuring Jackson Smith)

EOur year-long journey through the Harry Potter series continues with year three: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. After back-to-back installments from director Chris Columbus, the franchise finally spreads its wings. Jackson Smith returns to discuss how Cuarón builds on Columbus' foundation, how Michael Gambon's Dumbledore compares to Richard Harris, and why Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is widely considered the best of the series.

92 MIN3 w ago
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'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' (featuring Jackson Smith)

'The Quiet Man' (featuring Caitlin Kennedy)

EJohn Wayne is, of course, synonymous with the classic Hollywood Western. But this episode, we're discussing his 1952 romantic comedy, The Quiet Man. And we were honored to welcome film critic Caitlin Kennedy to the show to discuss the movie. We'll discuss why The Quiet Man has endured after all these years, how the central relationship dynamic has aged, and what makes The Quiet Man Caitlin's favorite film.

52 MINJUL 8
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'The Quiet Man' (featuring Caitlin Kennedy)

'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' (featuring Kai Yaniz)

Another year has passed, and once again, Rob is celebrating his birthday with a special episode. Last year, he brought on his mom to talk Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Now it is Kai Yaniz in the hot seat for Judd Apatow's 2005 comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin. We'll discuss how well the movie's sense of humor has aged, the flawless ensemble cast, and how the movie's premise is ultimately a bit deceptive. Moreover, Rob and Kai will discuss why Apatow's directorial debut was such an impactful movie for him.

89 MINJUN 30
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'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' (featuring Kai Yaniz)

Holy Rusted Metal, Batman! (Crooked Commentary #6) (feat. Kai Yaniz)

EWith news Michael Keaton may return to the Batsuit, the Dark Knight's future has never been brighter. Sadly, that exciting news came out the same day we learned of director Joel Schumacher's passing. So, partially in tribute to Schumacher's work, Kai Yaniz joins the show as we watch and discuss his 1995 film, Batman Forever. The movie is often criticized for paving the way for Batman & Robin. Alas, on his 25th anniversary, we aim to reclaim Batman Forever.

141 MINJUN 30
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Holy Rusted Metal, Batman! (Crooked Commentary #6) (feat. Kai Yaniz)

'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (featuring Teri Sears)

EThis episode, we return to Hogwart's for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In many ways, Year Two feels like the end of an era for the franchise, with the exits of director Chris Columbus and the late Richard Harris. Teri Sears joins the show to help us unlock Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We'll address why the movie is too slavish to J.K. Rowling's novel, how it marks the series' first steps into the dark, and which character is needed way more development.

72 MINAPR 30
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'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (featuring Teri Sears)

'Aliens' (featuring Will Nexii)

EWill Nexii joins the show to discuss why James Cameron's Aliens is one of his favorite films, the impact of Sigourney Weaver's Oscar-nominated performance on mainstream cinema, and why it's still not too late for Aliens to get a worthy sequel itself. And as a bonus, we'll speculate whether Cameron -- the man behind two of the best first sequels ever made -- can possibly make the world excited about the Avatar franchise again.

70 MINAPR 25
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'Aliens' (featuring Will Nexii)

Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats (Crooked Commentary #5) (feat. Kai Yaniz)

EDirected by Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), Cats assembles an outstanding ensemble cast but also uses bizarre computer-generated "digital fur" effects. Still, we found ourselves unable to look away. Kai Yaniz, once again -- this time more begrudgingly than usual -- returns for this very "jellicle" Crooked Commentary episode. So get a saucer of milk and prepare to meet Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity, Skimbleshanks, and the rest of the gang. It's Cats, baby!

133 MINAPR 16
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Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats (Crooked Commentary #5) (feat. Kai Yaniz)

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (featuring Kimberly Cook)

EKimberly Cook returns to the show to dig into John Hughes' 1986 comedy, 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off,' and why it continues to resonate with all generations decades later. We'll discuss Matthew Broderick's iconic performance, his character's key relationships, how Ferris' serves as a litmus test of the viewer's own life journey, the movie's use of breaking the fourth wall, and that age-old question: is Ferris Bueller an asshole?

35 MINAPR 9
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'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (featuring Kimberly Cook)

Latest Episodes

'Ball of Fire' (featuring Lori London)

EAuthor and vocalist Lori London is back to discuss 1941's Ball of Fire. Featuring an Oscar-nominated lead performance and a screenplay co-written by Billy Wilder, director Howard Hawks' movie deserves to be rediscovered. We'll cover how the movie captures the power of words, why Stanwyck is perfect in the lead role, and how it holds up nearly 80 years after its release. Of course, we'll also talk about the latest regarding Lori's children's book series, The Amazing Adventures of Tripi the Fly.

72 MIN1 w ago
Comments
'Ball of Fire' (featuring Lori London)

'Jojo Rabbit' (featuring Karen Peterson)

EIn the right hands, the real-life horrors of World War II can underscore the futility of hate and the absurdity of prejudice. Such is the goal of this episode's movie, writer-director Taika Waititi's 2019 Oscar winner Jojo Rabbit. Karen Peterson returns the show to discuss how some moviegoers grossly misunderstood Jojo Rabbit, what Waititi changes in his adaptation of Christine Leunens' 2004 novel Caging Skies, and why Scarlett Johansson is the undisputed heart of the movie.

109 MIN2 w ago
Comments
'Jojo Rabbit' (featuring Karen Peterson)

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' (featuring Jackson Smith)

EOur year-long journey through the Harry Potter series continues with year three: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. After back-to-back installments from director Chris Columbus, the franchise finally spreads its wings. Jackson Smith returns to discuss how Cuarón builds on Columbus' foundation, how Michael Gambon's Dumbledore compares to Richard Harris, and why Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is widely considered the best of the series.

92 MIN3 w ago
Comments
'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' (featuring Jackson Smith)

'The Quiet Man' (featuring Caitlin Kennedy)

EJohn Wayne is, of course, synonymous with the classic Hollywood Western. But this episode, we're discussing his 1952 romantic comedy, The Quiet Man. And we were honored to welcome film critic Caitlin Kennedy to the show to discuss the movie. We'll discuss why The Quiet Man has endured after all these years, how the central relationship dynamic has aged, and what makes The Quiet Man Caitlin's favorite film.

52 MINJUL 8
Comments
'The Quiet Man' (featuring Caitlin Kennedy)

'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' (featuring Kai Yaniz)

Another year has passed, and once again, Rob is celebrating his birthday with a special episode. Last year, he brought on his mom to talk Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Now it is Kai Yaniz in the hot seat for Judd Apatow's 2005 comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin. We'll discuss how well the movie's sense of humor has aged, the flawless ensemble cast, and how the movie's premise is ultimately a bit deceptive. Moreover, Rob and Kai will discuss why Apatow's directorial debut was such an impactful movie for him.

89 MINJUN 30
Comments
'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' (featuring Kai Yaniz)

Holy Rusted Metal, Batman! (Crooked Commentary #6) (feat. Kai Yaniz)

EWith news Michael Keaton may return to the Batsuit, the Dark Knight's future has never been brighter. Sadly, that exciting news came out the same day we learned of director Joel Schumacher's passing. So, partially in tribute to Schumacher's work, Kai Yaniz joins the show as we watch and discuss his 1995 film, Batman Forever. The movie is often criticized for paving the way for Batman & Robin. Alas, on his 25th anniversary, we aim to reclaim Batman Forever.

141 MINJUN 30
Comments
Holy Rusted Metal, Batman! (Crooked Commentary #6) (feat. Kai Yaniz)

'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (featuring Teri Sears)

EThis episode, we return to Hogwart's for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In many ways, Year Two feels like the end of an era for the franchise, with the exits of director Chris Columbus and the late Richard Harris. Teri Sears joins the show to help us unlock Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We'll address why the movie is too slavish to J.K. Rowling's novel, how it marks the series' first steps into the dark, and which character is needed way more development.

72 MINAPR 30
Comments
'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (featuring Teri Sears)

'Aliens' (featuring Will Nexii)

EWill Nexii joins the show to discuss why James Cameron's Aliens is one of his favorite films, the impact of Sigourney Weaver's Oscar-nominated performance on mainstream cinema, and why it's still not too late for Aliens to get a worthy sequel itself. And as a bonus, we'll speculate whether Cameron -- the man behind two of the best first sequels ever made -- can possibly make the world excited about the Avatar franchise again.

70 MINAPR 25
Comments
'Aliens' (featuring Will Nexii)

Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats (Crooked Commentary #5) (feat. Kai Yaniz)

EDirected by Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), Cats assembles an outstanding ensemble cast but also uses bizarre computer-generated "digital fur" effects. Still, we found ourselves unable to look away. Kai Yaniz, once again -- this time more begrudgingly than usual -- returns for this very "jellicle" Crooked Commentary episode. So get a saucer of milk and prepare to meet Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity, Skimbleshanks, and the rest of the gang. It's Cats, baby!

133 MINAPR 16
Comments
Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats (Crooked Commentary #5) (feat. Kai Yaniz)

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (featuring Kimberly Cook)

EKimberly Cook returns to the show to dig into John Hughes' 1986 comedy, 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off,' and why it continues to resonate with all generations decades later. We'll discuss Matthew Broderick's iconic performance, his character's key relationships, how Ferris' serves as a litmus test of the viewer's own life journey, the movie's use of breaking the fourth wall, and that age-old question: is Ferris Bueller an asshole?

35 MINAPR 9
Comments
'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (featuring Kimberly Cook)
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