“Movie & An Argument” Podcast: ‘Revolution’ Politics, New Sitcoms & ‘Boardwalk Empire’

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On this week’s episode of A Movie & An Argument, With Alyssa and Swin, we discuss (scroll down for the audio player):

  • Revolution, a dystopian drama that premieres Monday, September 17 at 10 p.m. EDT on NBC. We chat about the series’ (quite possibly inadvertent) tea party-style politics, i.e. a powerful black man oppressing the masses, taking away their guns, taxing them, and threatening to “reeducate” their children.
  • Some of these new network sitcoms premiering this fall.
  • Sons of Anarchy, the gritty biker drama, which entered its fifth season last Tuesday on FX.
  • Boardwalk Empire, the gangster series set in the Prohibition era, which opens its third season on Sunday, September 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
  • Oscar-bait movies we’re looking forward to this fall and winter, like Cloud Atlas and Les Misérables.
  • And, naturally, Roger Ebert (and his autobiography from last year, which we named our very first “Movie and an Argument Book Of The Week.”)

Each week, I’ll be sitting down to chat with ThinkProgress critic Alyssa Rosenberg (who also does killer work at The Atlantic and Slate‘s “Double X“). We’ll talk, argue, and laugh about the latest movies, television shows, and pop-cultural nonsense—with some politics thrown in just for the hell of it.

Alyssa describes herself as being “equally devoted to the Star Wars expanded universe and Barbara Stanwyck, to Better Off Ted and Deadwood.” I (everyone calls me Swin) am a devoted lover of low-brow dark humor, Yuengling, and movies with high body counts. I hope you enjoyed this episode, and tune in during the weeks to come.

We’ll be featuring guests on the program, and also taking listeners’ questions, so feel free to Tweet them at me here, and we’ll see if we can get to them during a show.

Thank you for listening!

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