You love movies. We love movies. We want more people to love the movies we love. So here's a list of the films we explicitly talk about on the show. We will add more titles as we add more episodes. And we will add certain movies we love, even if we do not mention them on the website. If you end up watching one of these films and you love it (or you hate it and hate us for recommending it), send us an email and let us know your thoughts. 

Documentary Films

  • Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (Matthew Ornstein)
  • The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  • An Honest Liar (Tyler Measom & Justin Weinstein)
  • Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (Robert Gordo & Morgan Neville)
  • Citizenfour (Laura Poitros)
  • Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief (Alex Gibney) 
  • Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog)
  • Jesus Camp (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady)
  • The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  • Poverty, Inc. (Michael Matheson Miller)
  • Tower (Keith Maitland)
  • The Unbelievers (Gus Holwerda)
  • The Vietnam War (Ken Burns & Lynn Novick)
  • The White Helmets (Orlando von Einsiedel)
  • Weiner (Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg)
  • The Witness (James D. Solomon) 

Narrative Films

  • Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (Alejandro González Ińárritu)
  • Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick)
  • The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
  • Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
  • Oldboy (Park Chan Wook)
  • Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)
  • Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  • Watchmen (Zack Snyder)


No one is as well-read as they ought to be (ourselves included, of course). We hope to change that. So, from time to time, we will update this recommendation page for compelling books, old and new. We hope to provide a wide range of information, ranging from history to Greek tragedy to science-fiction and all the other things, too. As always, if you read one of the books listed in the section below, and if it speaks to you in any way, positive or negative, feel free to reach out and let us know what you thought of the material. Like the film section, we will attempt to add everything we mention on the show, but we will also add books that we hold close to our hearts. 

Drama Recommendations

  • King Lear, William Shakespeare
  • Medea, Euripides
  • Oedipus Tyrannus, Sophocles
  • Tamburlaine, Christopher Marlowe

Fiction Recommendations

  • Aesterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli
  • Maddaddam Trilogy
    • Oryx & Crake, Margaret Atwood
    • Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood
    • Maddaddam, Margaret Atwood
  • Maus I & II, Art Spiegelman
  • Monkey Bridge, Lan Cao
  • The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  • The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brian
  • T-Zero, Italo Calvino
  • Watchmen, Alan Moore
  • White Noise, Don DeLillo
  • The Zero, Jess Walter

Non-Fiction Recommendations

  • All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, Stephen Kinzer
  • Confederates in the Attic, Tony Horwitz
  • The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagan
  • The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age, James Kirchick
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkins
  • The Mao Trilogy (Not an Official Title)
    • The Tragedy of Liberation, Frank Dikötter
    • Mao's Great Famine, Frank Dikötter
    • The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, Frank Dikötte
  • The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, Sam Harris
  • The Post-American World and the Rise of the Rest, Farid Zakaria
  • Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi
  • Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, Ori and Rom Brafman
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing, Lawrence M. Karuss
  • The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People, Neil Shubin