The Next Picture Show
A biweekly roundtable by the former editorial team of The Dissolve examining how classic films inspire and inform modern movies. Episodes take a deep dive into a classic film and its legacy in the first half, then compare and contrast that film with a modern successor in the second. Hosted and produced by Genevieve Koski, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson and Scott Tobias. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts.
TV & Film
Film History
Film Reviews
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#260: Stairways to Heaven, Pt. 2 — Soul
Pixar and the meaning of life.
81 min
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#259: Stairways to Heaven, Pt. 1 — A Matter of ...
Pixar's new "Soul" owes a debt to Powell and Pressburger's 1946 fantasy-romance.
62 min
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#258: At Home At The Movies: Our Top 5 Films of...
What the movies meant to us in a year like no other.
96 min
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#257: The Shape of Nature, Pt. 2 — Wolfwalkers
The latest from Ireland's Cartoon Saloon ("Song of the Sea", "The Secret of Kells") packs a visual - and an emotional - punch.
70 min
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#256: The Shape of Nature, Pt. 1 — The Secret o...
John Sayles' 1994 Irish legend is a children's film fit for the arthouse.
59 min
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#255: The Manking of Kane, Pt. 2 — Mank
David Fincher's latest invites comparison to "Citizen Kane"—for better and worse.
60 min
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#254: The Manking of Kane, Pt. 1—Citizen Kane
Is there anything new to say about Orson Welles' landmark 1941 directing debut? Why, yes there is.
74 min
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#253: Family Feuds, Pt. 2 — The Nest
Carrie Coon and June Law are an unhappily married couple in the latest from Sean Durkin ("Martha Marcy May Marlene").
64 min
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#252: Family Feuds, Pt. 1 — The Ice Storm
Considering Ang Lee's '97 period family drama another couple decades removed from its 70s setting.
65 min
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#251: Byrne-ing Down the House, Pt. 2 — David B...
The Byrne persona on stage and screen.
63 min
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#250: Byrne-ing Down the House, Pt. 1 — True St...
Songs and stories about buildings and food in David Byrne's 1986 directing debut.
59 min
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#249: Bonus - The Fall (with Elliott Kalan from...
A deep dive on Tarsem Singh's singular - and hard-to-find - 2006 masterpiece.
52 min
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#248: Parent Traps, Pt. 2 — Kajillioniare
What if Miranda July made her own version of "Dogtooth"?
66 min
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#247: Parent Traps, Pt. 1 — Dogtooth
The sadistic parental experiment in Yorgos Lanthimos' 2009 debut.
60 min
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#246: True/False, Pt. 2 — Dick Johnson is Dead
Or is he?
67 min
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#245: True/False, Pt. 1 — F For Fake
Orson Welles '73 film essay on fakes and the fakers who fake them.
54 min
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#244: Bonus - Mulan (2020)
Disney live-action skeptics Genevieve and Scott talk over the studio's latest remake.
24 min
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#243: The Mind of Charlie Kaufman Pt. 2 — I'm T...
Kaufman Kaufman Kaufman.
71 min
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#242: The Mind of Charlie Kaufman Pt. 1 — Being...
Kaufman Kaufman.
64 min
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#241: Boys Will Be Boys, Pt. 2 — Boys State
Teen tribalism deep in the heart of Texas.
76 min
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#240: Boys Will Be Boys, Pt. 1 — Lord of the Fl...
The fascinating new doc "Boys State" sends us back to Peter Brook's adaptation of the William Golding classic.
55 min
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#239: The Reichardt Way, Pt. 2 — First Cow
Kelly Reichardt's acclaimed new film shares more than just its 19th century Oregon setting with her 2010 masterpiece "Meek's Cutoff."
81 min
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#238: The Reichardt Way, Pt. 1 — Meek's Cutoff
Michelle Williams is on a road to nowhere in Kelly Reichardt's Oregon Trail-set anti-Western from 2010.
61 min
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#237: In the Loop, Pt 2 — Palm Springs
In the new spin on "Groundhog Day," Andy Samberg's doomed Nyles doesn't have to do the infinite loop alone.
70 min
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#236: In the Loop, Pt. 1 — Groundhog Day
With the new "Palm Springs" revisiting the infinite time loop concept, a look back at the classic '93 Harold Ramis comedy.
65 min
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#235: Mirth, Wind & Fire, Pt. 2: Eurovision Son...
The new Will Ferrell/Rachel McAdams comedy has a soft spot for the target of its satire.
69 min
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#234: Mirth, Wind & Fire, Pt. 1: A Mighty Wind
Christopher Guest's 2003 folk scene parody has moments of real feeling - something it shares with Will Ferrell's new Eurovision comedy.
55 min
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#233: The Price of Gold, Pt. 2 — Da 5 Bloods
The doomed treasure hunt at the heart of Spike Lee's latest is an extended riff on John Huston classic "Treasure of the Sierra Madre.".
66 min
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#232: The Price of Gold, Pt. 1 — The Treasure o...
The Bogart-starring John Huston classic runs in the veins of Spike Lee's new "Da 5 Bloods."
60 min
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#231: Studio Ghibli Special — Castle In the Sky
With the Studio Ghibli catalog finally available for streaming, a look at co-founder Hayao Miyazaki's first film for the studio.
93 min
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Introducing: Truth vs Hollywood
Hosted by Joanna Robinson and David Chen.
13 min
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#230: The House That Shirley Built, Pt. 2 — Shi...
Director Josephine Decker ("Madeline's Madeline") brings her expressive style to the life of writer Shirley Jackson.
60 min
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#229: The House That Shirley Built, Pt. 1 — The...
Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel "The Haunting of Hill House" inspired one of the scariest films of all time.
45 min
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#228: I'm With The Band, Pt. 2. - How To Build ...
Beanie Feldstein is a teen music journalist in the new film from Coky Giedroyc.
60 min
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#227: I'm With The Band, Pt. 1 — Almost Famous
They are not your friends.
68 min
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#226: Career Women, Pt. 2 — The Assistant
A split on Kitty Green's acclaimed new day-in-the-life drama.
79 min
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#225: Career Women, Pt. 1 — Working Girl
Gender and power dynamics in Mike Nichols' 1988 hit workplace comedy.
59 min
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#224: High School Confidential, Pt. 2 — Bad Edu...
Hugh Jackman is a corrupt Long Island superintendent in the new HBO film from director Cory Finley.
57 min
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#223: High School Confidential, Pt. 1 — Election
Reese Witherspoon is the iconic Tracy Flick in Alexander Payne's '99 high-school-set satire.
63 min
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#222: Home Sickness, Pt. 2 — Swallow
Carlo Mirabella-Davis' provocative feature debut has a lot on its mind.
79 min
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#221: Home Sickness, Pt. 1 — Safe (1995)
A mysterious illness strikes Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes '95 film.
61 min
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#220: Infection Point Pt. 2 - Contagion
Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film has never felt more timely.
68 min
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#219: Infection Point Pt. 1 - Panic In the Streets
The plague strikes New Orleans in Elia Kazan's 1950 crime drama.
56 min
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#218: Believe It Or Not, Pt. 2 - The Invisible ...
Director Leigh Whannell gaslights the classic H.G. Wells tale.
63 min
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#217: Believe It Or Not, Pt. 1 - Gaslight (1944)
Ingrid Bergman is the original gaslighting victim in the George Cukor-directed classic.
56 min
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#216: Bad Girls Club, Pt. 2 - Birds of Prey (An...
The superhero movie as emancipator.
66 min
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#215: Bad Girls Club, Pt. 1 - Thelma & Louise
Ridley Scott's 1991 hit brought female-empowerment to the big screen.
52 min
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#214: Fantasy Islands, Pt. 2 - Portrait of a La...
Repressed desires in repressed times in Céline Sciamma's award-winning 2019 film.
65 min
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#213: Fantasy Islands, Pt. 1 - The Piano
Irrepressible desires and complicated relationships in Jane Campion's 1993 film.
56 min
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#212: Men of War, Pt. 2 - 1917
Sam Mendes' long take through the trenches.
76 min
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#211: Men of War, Pt. 1 — Gallipoli (1981)
Oscar favorite "1917" has us looking back to Peter Weir's WWI drama starring Mel Gibson.
59 min
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#210: March Madness, Pt. 2 - Little Women (2019)
Greta Gerwig's new adpatation is bold, non-traditional—and faithful.
76 min
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#209: March Madness, Pt. 1 - Little Women (1994)
A quintessentially 90s adaptation of the Alcott classic from director Gillian Armstrong.
63 min
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#208: Betting Men. Pt. 2 - Uncut Gems
Finding connections to Cassavettes in the latest from the Safdie Brothers.
60 min
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#207: Betting Men, Pt. 1 - The Killing of a Chi...
The Safdie Brothers' "Uncut Gems" inspires a look back at John Cassavettes unconventional thriller.
57 min
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#206: Rian Johnson's Mystery Master, Pt. 2 - Kn...
Johnson's follow up to "The Last Jedi" is a crowd-pleasing, deconstructed whodunit.
73 min
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#205: Rian Johnson's Mystery Mastery, Pt. 1 - B...
Rian Johnson has been unending expectations since his 2005 debut.
61 min
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#204: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Pt. 2 - Marria...
Is Noah Baumbach's new divorce drama a stealth feel-good movie?
60 min
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#203: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Pt. 1 - Kramer...
Before Baumbach's "Marriage Story" there was the '79 Oscar-winner starring Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman.
54 min
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#202: Hitler Heil-arity, Pt. 2: Jojo Rabbit
Walking the tricky tonal tightrope with Taika Waititi.
69 min
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#201: Hitler Heil-arity, Pt 1 - The Producers (...
With "Jojo Rabbit" currently mining Nazis for laughs, a look back at the Mel Brooks classic.
57 min
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#200: Family Matters, Pt. 2 - Parasite
The only monsters in the Bong Joon-ho Palme d'Or-winner are inequality and greed.
71 min
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#199: Family Matters, Pt. 1 - The Host (2006)
Bong Joon-ho's '06 monster movie is an early riff on themes in his new "Parasite."
55 min
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#198: Watching Watchmen
Considering HBO's new "remix" of the classic Alan Moore/David Gibbon graphic novel in the age of "Joker."
54 min
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#197: The Man Who Laughs, Pt. 2 - Joker
Becoming the clown.
69 min
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#196: The Man Who Laughs, Pt. 1 - The Dark Knight
Considering Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance in light of the new "Joker."
65 min
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#195: Vice Principles, Pt. 2 - Hustlers
The art of seduction in Lorene Scafaria's new strip club drama.
55 min
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#194: Vice Principles, Pt. 1 - Casino
The new Hustlers recalls Scorsese's '95 gangster epic.
57 min
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#193: Most Dangerous Games, Pt. 2 - Ready or Not
It's all fun and games until someone gets murdered.
53 min
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#192: Most Dangerous Games, Pt. 1 - Clue
The 1985 comedy bombed on release, but has become a beloved cult classic.
54 min
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#191: Which Side Are You On? Pt. 2 - American F...
Unions, globalism and the American Dream in the new Netflix documentary.
58 min
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#190: Which Side Are You On? Pt. 1 - Harlan Cou...
Barbara Kopple's landmark 1976 doc kicks off a pairing of films devoted to labor struggles past and present.
53 min
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#189: Hollywood Endings, Pt. 2 - Once Upon a Ti...
Tinsel Town circa '69 comes to vivid life in the Tarantino epic.
62 min
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#188: Hollywood Endings, Pt. 1 - Shampoo
Hal Ashby's '75 satire shares its late 60s Hollywood setting with Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."
40 min
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#187: Man Up, Pt. 2 - The Art of Self-Defense
Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola bring Fight Club to the dojo in the new black comedy from director Riley Stearn ("Faults"s.
58 min
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#186: Man Up, Pt. 1 - Fight Club
Fincher's film was divisive in '99, but looks prescient today.
55 min
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#185: Print the Legend, Pt. 2 - Rolling Thunder...
Fact and fiction tangle up in Scorsese's new Dylan doc.
51 min
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#184: Print the Legend, Pt. 1 - Velvet Goldmine
Bowie fact and Bowie fiction in Todd Haynes' cult film.
49 min
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#183: Galaxy Defenders, Pt. 2 - Men in Black: I...
What went wrong with F. Gary Gray’s attempt to revive a franchise?
63 min
80
#182: Galaxy Defenders, Pt. 1 – Men In Black (1...
The NPS agents don their black suits and black ray bans.
53 min
81
#181: King of Monster Movies, Pt. 2 - Godzilla:...
Frustratingly incoherent, the new Godzilla still shows reverence for the Ishiro Honda original.
62 min
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#180: King of Monster Movies, Pt, 1 - Godzilla ...
The longest running film franchise in history starts here.
54 min
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#179: Escapes From New York, Pt. 2 - John Wick:...
John Wick doesn't horse around.
53 min
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#178: Escapes From New York, Pt. 1 - The Warriors
Walter Hill's 1979 cult classic anticipates John Wick 3's perilous NYC streets by 40 years.
49 min
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#177: Political Affairs, Pt. 2 - Long Shot
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan in Jonathan Levine's DC-set rom-com.
71 min
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#176: Political Affairs, Pt. 1 - The American P...
Clinton-era populism - and romance in the White House - in the 1993 Aaron Sorkin/Rob Reiner collaboration.
54 min
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#175: Twisty Mysteries, Pt. 2 - Under the Silve...
The latest from "It Follows" director David Robert Mitchell is an L.A.-based mystery that is as referential as it is impenetrable.
60 min
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#174: Twisty Mysteries, Pt. 1 - Chinatown
Going down the rabbit hole with Jake Gittes in Polanski's '74 neo-noir.
55 min
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#173: Big Little Guys, Pt. 2 - Shazam!
The new entry in the DCEU is charming and funny and owes a debt to a certain 1988 comedy starring Tom Hanks.
53 min
90
#172: Big Little Guys, Pt. 1 - Big (1988)
The horror lurking beneath the Tom Hanks body-swapping comedy.
58 min
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#171: Double Troubles, Pt. 2 - Us
It's close to midnight. Something evil's lurking from the dark.
62 min
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#170: Double Troubles, Pt. 1 - Invasion of the ...
Leonard Nimoy and the pod people.
54 min
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#169: Muscled Memories, Pt. 2 - Captain Marvel
Suppressed memories and superpowers in Marvel's latest.
62 min
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#168: Muscled Memories, Pt. 1 - Total Recall (1...
Paul Verhoven's '90 blockbuster traffics in some heady notions of memory and identity - not unlike the new 90s-set "Captain Marvel."
44 min
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#167: The Hustle Play, Pt, 2 - High Flying Bird
Baller life off the court and in the boardroom in Soderbergh's latest.
65 min
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#166: The Hustle Play, Pt. 1 - White Men Can't ...
Friendship, race and money in Ron Shelton's 1992 street-ball comedy.
58 min
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#165: The Bloody Act of Creation, Pt. 2 - Velve...
The latest from "Nightcrawler" director Dan Gilroy is an art-world satire wrapped around the bones of a horror movie.
59 min
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#164: The Bloody Act of Creation, Pt. 1 - A Buc...
Roger Corman's 1959 cheapie skewers the world of high art - and makes it bleed.
46 min
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#163: Chris Smith's Charismatic Dreamers, Pt. 2...
The "American Movie" director with another charismatic leader who overpromised and under-delivered.
58 min
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#162: Chris Smith's Charismatic Dreamers, Pt. 1...
It's pronounced COE-ven, man.
46 min