Accept The Mystery







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Josh and Jackie are back to accept another mystery! On a special ATM, they're joined by UCB's Peter Banifaz to talk about the Coens' love letter to Tinseltown, Hail Caesar, starring Josh Brolin and George Clooney. They'll also lament sibling rivalries, discover what a vomitorium is, and, yes, dive into #CoensSoWhite.

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And so it all comes down to this...Josh and Jackie reminisce about their favorite guests and episodes, count down their favorite ATM movies, and let you know what the future holds!

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Jackie and Josh are guest-free this week as they talk about the Tokyo-to-Minnesota odyssey Kumiko the Treasure Hunter. They also learn about the Armenian genocide, test Josh's travel-worthiness, and believe the Loch Ness Monster is real.

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On this week's Accept The Mini-Mystery, Josh and Jackie attend LA's annual Lebowski Fest.

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Josh, Jackie and writer/Braveheart descendant Margaret Nagle (The Good Lie, Boardwalk Empire) watch the final two chilling-yet-satisfying episodes of Fargo Season 1. They also riff on the artificiality of Vegas, wonder whether Noah Hawley could have done more to deliver on expectations, and finally turn the quiz tables on Josh.

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On the truest and grittest Accept The Mystery Yet, comic Nadia Kamil joins Josh and Jackie to discuss the original 1969 film of True Grit, starring John Wayne and Kim Darby. They also learn about superintelligent horses, propose starting a night law firm, and maaaaaybe get to hear Jackie's Elvis impression.

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Josh, Jackie and writer/director/complete sentence Emily Towers watch the British comedy classic The Ladykillers, released in 1955 and starring Alec Guinness. They also talk about weird Florida pets, nitpick the structural integrity of ladders, and learn which classical composer was terrified of Triscuits.

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Today's episode is for the completists! Josh, Jackie and Franco Pillsbury watch the Coen Bros' short films "World Cinema" and "Tuileries," read some excerpts from Ethan Coen's play trilogy "Almost An Evening," and round things off with a smoky, jazzy poetry reading session from Ethan's poem collection The Day The World Ends. Plus deep thoughts on the afterlife!

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Josh and Jackie welcome musician and radio host Christian Hand to discuss the Coen Bros' wintry folk ballad Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Isaac. They also trade strategies for surviving in a stalled elevator, pick our favorite Katy Perry songs, and go deep on the nature of success.

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Josh and Jackie continue their epic rewatch of Fargo Season 1, with help from actor and writer Ron Fassler. They also discover how much a babysitting job would net you back in the day, learn who was set to play Marge when Fargo was first in TV development, and travel back to the far off year of 2013.

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It's ATM's first trip to the theater, as Josh, Jackie and writer and improviser AJ Berna check out the Jolie/Coen collabo Unbroken. They also muse on the feasibility of killing a shark bare-handed, listen to the music of Miyavi, and learn about ancient nude deathmatches.

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Josh and Jackie continue their breakdown of the first season of Fargo, joined by podcaster and "Frank and Cindy" director GJ Echternkamp. They also learn the true cost of a toilet bowl, meditate on man buns, and, for a few intense minutes, revisit Fargo the film.

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Jackie, Josh and UCB’s Ben Siemon muster up the courage to discuss John Turturro’s Coen-produced “working class opera” Romance & Cigarettes. They also reveal Hollywood’s unspoken rules about smoking, marvel at the sexism of the past, and join the Star Wars Cutout Of The Month Club.

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Jackie and Josh, along with special guest Dan Wolfberg, begin their dark night of the Upper Midwestern soul with the first three episodes of the critically acclaimed series adaptation of "Fargo." They also muse on the joys of college nudity, discover the true price of temporary tattoos, and hear Dan's incredible true story of meeting the Coen Bros!

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Jackie, Josh and Frank Myhero watch and discuss the Coen Bros' throwback Western "True Grit," a remake of the 1969 film starring John Wayne. They also bring back the political roundtable, question whether this is the Coens' "Star Wars," and parse out just what Josh and Jackie consider "spoilers."

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Actor and comic Jake Regal joins Josh and Jackie to discuss the Coens' existential black tragicomedy A Serious Man, starring Michael Stuhlbarg. They also debate the value of saxophone, meditate on the origins of Jewish guilt, and learn about Adam's first, much mouthier wife.

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Ray Richmond joins Josh and Jackie to discuss the star-studded D.C. political satire "Burn After Reading." They also dig into the Cosby scandal, weigh in on the Richmond family preference for real vs. fake boobs, and wonder whether a Dogmaster is real.

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This week Josh, Jackie, and comic/Don Draper surrogate Eric Bauer discuss the Coens' Best Picture winning neo-Western "No Country For Old Men," starring Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones. They also learn about the world's rarest coins, debate the merits of Oliver Stone, and point out some unintended consequences of the British healthcare system.

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Josh, Jackie and friends play Fiasco and enact a poignant, Coenesque tale of revenge, betrayal and dessert. Starring Jackie Lechtholz-Zey as Carlo Zanetti, Frank Myhero as Felix Frisbee, Franco Pillsbury as Shlomo Gold, and Josh Richmond as Lana Zanetti.

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Josh, Jackie and comic and writer Alex Sherman sit through 2004's The Ladykillers, starring Tom Hanks in a role originated by Alec Guinness. They also praise the healing powers of Mel Gibson, wonder whether Tom Hanks' laugh is funny or annoying, and discover that the more you drink from the lake of fire, the thirstier you get.

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Zane Grant joins Josh and Jackie in the JFIO Studios to talk about Terry Zwigoff's Coen-produced black comedy "Bad Santa," starring Billy Bob Thornton. They also learn about Joulapukki the Yule Goat, gasp at BBT's true age, and rate their favorite candy deep cuts.

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Josh, Jackie and writer Jake Fleisher kick off the Coen's "studio comedy" period with the divorce comedy Intolerable Cruelty, starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They also discuss the ethics of big budget art films, learn what country has the highest divorce rate (it's not ours!) and brainstorm some really great ideas, pat pend.

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No movie reviews this week, but Josh shares some interviews he recorded at LA Podcast Festival, along with another super top secret exclusive interview.

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Today Josh and Jackie have actor and improvisor Josh Covitt to talk about the Coen's noir throwback "The Man Who Wasn't There," starring Billy Bob Thornton. They also dish on jail survival strategies, learn the definition of existentialism, and play a bitterly contested game about hair.

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Josh, Jackie and improvisor and podcaster Matt Gourley (Superego, James Bonding) trek through the Coens' Southern adventure O Brother, Where Art Thou?, starring George Clooney. They also discover which legendary bluesman really loves barbecue, question whether the Coens have even read The Odyssey, and read Jackie's first screenplay.

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Josh and Jackie bring in comic and improvisor Thomas Ouellette (aka improv4humans' 'Thomas The Intern') to discuss the surreallist cult classic The Big Lebowski. They also learn what weighted leather is, discuss the Tao of the Dude, and get into a legitimate argument over primary colors.

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Josh and Jackie have Jackie's cousin/best friend Lara Roizen on to discuss two Coen-scripted video releases, wrestling comedy The Naked Man and art heist flick Gambit. They also reveal their wrestling personas, learn about the world's most defiled painting, and discover that the root of all evil is spinal misalignment.

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Josh and Jackie welcome UCB improvisor and native Minnesotan Betsy Stover to their discussion of the Coen Brothers' "film blanc" Fargo, starring William H. Macy and Frances McDormand. They also discover which actor threatened to shoot the Coens' dog, learn why you shouldn't bring your journal on a first date, and marvel at the story of the Piggyback Bandit.

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Jackie, Josh and their friend and fellow improvisor Jeremy Turkin watch The Hudsucker Proxy, starring Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh. They also debate the meaning of circles and lines, learn what a sand hog is, and quickly discover who won the drinking game.

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Josh, Jackie and actor and comic Joe Hartzler (UCB, Funny Or Die) take apart the Coens' unconventional (to say the least!) Hollywood satire Barton Fink, starring John Turturro and John Goodman. They also learn what an applesauce machine is, debate the utility of a chocolate hotel room, and marvel when Barton becomes a ping-pong champion.

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Today Josh and Jackie are joined by writer Jarrett Golding to discuss two films the Coen Bros collaborated with their buddy Sam Raimi on, 1985's Crimewave and 1990's Darkman. They also learn about "toe-besity," dissect the damsel-in-distress trope, and convince Jackie that carnival games really are rigged.

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Josh and Jackie invite comic and improvisor Darrel Haynes to discuss the Coen's gangster saga Miller's Crossing. They also learn how to play craps, celebrate the utility of Cheetos, and discover where Pharrell's hat came from.

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Josh and Jackie invite stand-up comic Allie Zisfein into the JFIO studios to discuss the Coens' kidnapping farce Raising Arizona, starring Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter. They also dive into Allie's Nic Cage hatred, the time Josh almost stole from a food truck, and whether you can have twins with two different fathers.

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Josh and Jackie begin at the beginning with Joel and Ethan Coen's debut feature, a nasty little revenge thriller called Blood Simple. Together with comic and podcaster Jay Frosting, they pick favorites from the Motown canon, debate the value of flashy cinematography, and learn how to escape from a coffin.

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