Breakfast All Day

By Christy & Alonso & Matt & Ben

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 Jan 14, 2019


We're the most important meal of the day, all day long. Christy Lemire, Alonso Duralde, Matt Atchity and Ben Mankiewicz nourish your ears with weekly film reviews. We used to be What the Flick?!

Episode Date
Episode 014: A La Carte With Tracy Wells Tofte

These babies you see before you scarfing down cheesecake are Christy and one of her oldest and dearest friends, Tracy Tofte. You may know her better as Tracy Wells from when she played teenage daughter Heather Owens on “Mr. Belvedere” during the sitcom’s six-year run in the ’80s. Tracy and Christy have known each other since the seventh grade, having grown up together in Woodland Hills, Calif. But Christy had the pleasure of rediscovering her all over again during this Breakfast All Day A La Carte interview. We covered a ton of ground, including what it was like spending her formative years on television; the Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial she danced in; famous co-stars including Ricky SchroderKirk Cameron and Alfonso Ribeiro; her on-screen makeout with a pre-Hulk Mark Ruffalo; and making the tough transition from child stardom to adulthood. We also had to discuss the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” since she was so obsessed with Jackson when we were kids. And we trade plenty of embarrassing stories about each other. Here’s evidence we both turned out just fine. We hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as we enjoyed recording it.

Mar 18, 2019
Episode 013: Triple Frontier, Ash Is Purest White, The Aftermath, Sorry Angel, College Admissions Scandal

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It's a sampler platter of movies this week on Breakfast All Day, from indies to foreign films, great stuff to middling stuff. A very stuffy Alonso overcomes his allergies to join Christy in reviews of the all-star Netflix action thriller "Triple Frontier," the subtly powerful Chinese drama "Ash Is Purest White" (with a tour de force performance from Zhao Tao, above), the dull and safe post-World War II romance "The Aftermath" and the French film "Sorry Angel," about two men who fall in love in the midst of the AIDS epidemic. We also have a bit of movie news: the fallout from the college admissions scandal and how it's hurt Lori Loughlin's career (because any excuse to discuss Hallmark Channel movies is good for Alonso) and the announcement that James Gunn will once again direct the third "Guardians of the Galaxy."  

Mar 16, 2019
Episode 012: A La Carte With The Artist Shag

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This week, we're launching a little side podcast we've wanted to do for a while now. It's called Breakfast All Day: A La Carte. We'll be interviewing people who work in film or entertainment in some way --  sometimes just Christy, sometimes with the other Breakfast All Day guys joining us at the table.

We're so excited to begin this series with Josh Agle, better known as the artist Shag. He's a lovely and immensely creative guy who draws from his deep love of movies, television and mid-century modern design to create chic and colorful paintings with a clever, humorous twist. Christy and Matt are both big fans of his work, so we were thrilled that he wanted to join us to talk about his influences and career. Hope you enjoy, and we can't wait to bring you more of these.

Mar 10, 2019
Episode 011: Captain Marvel, Gloria Bell, Transit, I'm Not Here, Leaving Neverland

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We're all searching for our inner superheroes this week on Breakfast All Day. Alonso, Matt and Christy review "Captain Marvel," the first film to focus on a female character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and "Gloria Bell," in which Julianne Moore discovers her own powers as a Los Angeles divorcee. We also review the time-twisting German drama "Transit" and "I'm Not Here" starring J.K. Simmons, which plays with time in ways that are far less profound. And we made ourselves endure the grueling, four-hour HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland," about the sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson. Listen here or subscribe at iTunes, Stitcher or wherever fine podcasts are served.

Mar 07, 2019
Episode 010: Greta, A Madea Family Funeral, Climax, Apollo 11, The Hole in the Ground, True Detective S3 E8

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It's an all-night dance party all morning long here at Breakfast All Day. This is an extremely random week post-Oscars as Matt, Alonso and Christy review Gaspar Noe's thrilling and transfixing "Climax," the deliriously bonkers stalker thriller "Greta," starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz, and the gripping documentary "Apollo 11," which features never-before-seen footage of the moon landing. As the parents of boys, Matt and Christy made themselves endure the disturbing Irish horror film "The Hole in the Ground." Also, because we're Tyler Perry completists around here, Alonso and Christy paid actual money to see and discuss "A Madea Family Funeral." And we discuss the powerful finale of "True Detective" season three, which answers all the questions we (and you) have been asking all along. Have another sip of sangria and join in the celebration.

Mar 01, 2019
Episode 009: Oscar predictions, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, True Detective S3 E7

Image result for academy awardsIs awards season over yet? It seems to just keep going and going, but the end is in sight with this weekend's Academy Awards ceremonyAlonso, Matt, Ben and Christy run through who will win and should win the Oscar in various categories, with "Roma" and Alfonso Cuaron among the favorites (as well as "The Favourite"). Of course, we also review the big, new release of the week, the beautifully animated sequel "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World." And we recap the extremely eventful seventh episode of "True Detective." It's an honor just to be nominated, as they say, and we're honored that you chose to join us. Enjoy.

Feb 21, 2019
Episode 008: Oscars, Alita: Battle Angel, Happy Death Day 2U, Isn't It Romantic, Fighting With My Family, High Flying Bird, True Detective S3 E6

Image result for isn't it romanticWe are your valentine and so much more on this jammed episode of Breakfast All Day. Alonso, Ben, Matt and I are together again -- three weeks in a row! -- with reviews of the sci-fi extravaganza "Alita: Battle Angel," the horror-comedy sequel "Happy Death Day 2U" and the extremely meta rom-com "Isn't It Romantic." We also discuss "Fighting With My Family," the feel-good Dwayne Johnson wrestling comedy, and we play catch up with Steven Soderbergh's excellent "High Flying Bird" on Netflix. As always, we recap the latest episode of HBO's "True Detective" (and this one was gooood), and we discuss the Motion Picture Academy's ridiculous decision to omit crucial categories from the Oscars broadcast including cinematography (!!!) and editing (!!!). Chocolate counts as a breakfast food, so dig in and enjoy.

UPDATE: A couple hours after we posted this week's podcast, the Academy announced that it would indeed present all 24 categories live during its Oscar broadcast in response to the massive backlash it received. So maybe we helped ...?

Feb 15, 2019
Episode 007: The LEGO Movie 2, Cold Pursuit, What Men Want, True Detective S3 E5, Everybody Knows

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Everything is cool when you're part of a team, especially when that team is the Breakfast All Day Podcast. For the second week in a row, Alonso, Ben, Matt and Christy all made it to the table. We talk about the high-energy "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part," the annual Liam Neesoning with "Cold Pursuit" (as well as Neeson's off-screen troubles), the gender-flipping remake "What Men Want" and the latest episode of "True Detective." Alonso and Christy also do a quick, separate review of "Everybody Knows," an unusual Spanish-language drama from Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi. Our plate is full yet again, so dig in with us and enjoy.

Feb 07, 2019
Episode 006: Miss Bala, Velvet Buzzsaw, True Detective S3 E4, Football Movies

Super Bowl weekend means less-than-super options at the movies, but AlonsoMattBen and Christy managed to eke out a victory of our own. Yes, you read that right, Ben is with us for the latest episode of Breakfast All Day. This week, we review the English-language remake of the Mexican action thriller “Miss Bala,” the art world satire/horror flick “Velvet Buzzsaw” and the fourth episode of the latest “True Detective” season. And since the Super Bowl is happening, we discussed our favorite football movies. So whip up a batch of guacamole, listen and enjoy.

Feb 02, 2019
Episode 005: Serenity, The Kid Who Would Be King, True Detective S3 E2&3

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January is really Januarying this week on the Breakfast All Day Podcast. Alonso and Christy try to describe to you the insanely awful (and just plain insane) neo-noir "Serenity," starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, without spoiling its major twists. We also review the surprisingly fun "The Kid Who Would Be King," a modern-day take on the sword-and-the-stone legend, from British writer-director Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"). And we catch up with episodes two and three of the latest season of HBO's "True Detective," which we're really enjoying. It's a shorter episode than usual -- a nibble, if you will -- but hopefully you'll find it's just as sweet.

Jan 24, 2019
Episode 004: 2019 Oscar Nominations

It's Hollywood's biggest morning, if you're into that kind of thing. Alonso and Christy break down all of the Academy Award nominations, both the ones we're excited about and the ones we would've liked to have seen. "The Favourite" and "Roma" led all nominees with 10 apiece, which we were delighted to see, but then there were many egregious oversights including "Burning" in the foreign language category and Ethan Hawke in the best actor category for "First Reformed." We also very briefly dip our toe into the muck of the Razzie Award nominations. Listen and enjoy, and let us know what you're happy about and what you wish had been included.

Jan 22, 2019
Episode 003: Glass, Replicas, Fyre Festival, True Detective S3 E1

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It's a veritable smorgasbord of reviews on the latest Breakfast All Day Podcast: new stuff, catch-up stuff, streaming stuff. And hey, lookie here! We're back to discussing television, by popular demand. This week, Alonso, Matt and Christy review M. Night Shyamalan's third piece in his "Unbreakable"-"Split" trilogy, "Glass," and we play catch-up with the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller "Replicas," which wasn't shown to critics last week but was so batshit crazy, we'd be remiss if we ignored it. We also ponder the fact that not one but two documentaries on the notoriously failed Fyre Festival have come out within days of each other: "Fyre Fraud" on Hulu and "Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened" on Netflix. And since so many of you asked for it, we're dipping our toe back into television with a review of the first episode of the new season of "True Detective," starring Mahershala Ali. Enjoy, and be sure to come back on Tuesday when we'll discuss Oscar nominations.

Jan 19, 2019
Episode 002: The Upside, A Dog's Way Home, Bird Box, Golden Globes

That sound you hear is January movies slowly trying to kill us. This week on Breakfast All Day, AlonsoMatt and Christy review the painfully feel-good comedy “The Upside” and the shamelessly heart-tugging drama “A Dog’s Way Home.” We also play catch-up with “Bird Box” on Netflix and try to figure out what all the fuss is about. And there’s a ton of movie news to cover, including the baffling Golden Globe winners, who will host the Academy Awards next month, John Lasseter’s new gig after his ouster from Pixar, and some revelations that could hurt awards chances for “Green Book.” We’re so happy to see you again and we hope you’re happy to see (and hear us) again, too.

Jan 10, 2019
Episode 001: Best/Worst of 2018, Holmes & Watson, Escape Room, Kevin Hart

Good morning to you, whatever time of day it is in your world. AlonsoMattBen and I are excited to introduce you to our new incarnation, the Breakfast All Day Podcast. It’s still the four of us (whenever we can arrange our schedules to get in the same room with each other), reviewing films, occasionally discussing movie news and enjoying the same banter we’ve had for the past nine years. For our first episode of the new year, we look back at the best and worst of the old year. We also play catch-up with the Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly comedy “Holmes & Watson,” which Alonso says is terrible, and “Escape Room,” which is shockingly a lot of fun for a January horror movie. And we squeeze in a bit of movie news as Ellen DeGeneres lobbies for Kevin Hart to get his Oscar hosting gig back.

So thanks again for sticking with us. We’ll keep doing this throughout 2019 and beyond, and we’ll be adding more features as we go along. You can find us on social media here:




Endless thanks and hash browns to Graham Kolbeins for designing our new logo.

Jan 04, 2019