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Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast

Nathan Rabin

Author and former The A.V Club and The Dissolve staff writer Nathan Rabin and co-host Clint Worthington bring the cult pop culture website Nathan Rabin’s Happy Place to the world of podcasts with Nathan Rabin’s Happy Cast, an audio wonderland for spe...Show More

1:08:02 | Sep 11th

We here at Nathan Rabin’s Happy Cast love to keep our finger on the pulse of pop culture, so naturally this week’s episode is about the hit #1 movie everyone’s talking about, the smash hit that’s blowing up the box office… the John Travolta-Fred Durs...Show More

1:04:27 | Aug 28th

What do Lance Reddick, disgruntled military contractors and black presidents under deadly threat have in common? They’re all contained in both films we’re talking about in this week’s podcast — Angel Has Fallen (the latest in the “Gerard Butler kicks...Show More
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1:03:13 | Aug 14th

Salut, mi familia - Nathan and Clint peel on their tank tops, slam a couple Coronas, and hop in their muscle cars for a double-dose of Fast & Furious mayhem? With Hobbs & Shaw now in theaters, we take a look at what happens when two buff, muscley dud...Show More

1:09:31 | Jul 31st

All right ramblers, let’s get rambling - Nathan and Clint are riding into town on their ‘69 Road Runner, listening to old-school surf rock and dropping ‘60s TV references like nobody’s business in our Tarantino-stuffed Happy Cast! Critic Alonso Dur...Show More

1:00:47 | Jul 17th

Howdy webheads! This week Nathan and Clint catch up on the latest cog in the Marvel machine, Spider-Man: Far From Home, a teen sex comedy wrapped up in Spandex and CGI. It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s a little subversive, but does it hold up to the great r...Show More

52:29 | Jul 3rd

All right, all right, all right listeners, throw on some crusty jorts and dig your bongo out of storage - it’s a McConnaissance double feature over here on the Happy Cast! This week, Nathan and Clint take a look at the wild-eyed movie star’s most r...Show More

1:05:31 | Jun 20th

Suit up, mutants — we’re breaking the X-Jet out of mothballs for a postmortem on Fox’s X-Men franchise! This week, Nathan and Clint look back at the haphazard production cycles and messy storytelling of both retellings of the Dark Phoenix Saga: Brett...Show More

1:50:40 | Jun 7th

This week on the podcast, Nathan and Clint talk about two very different kinds of monsters — the fictional beasties of Godzilla, King of the Monsters and the very real monster behind the tone-deaf anti-comedies The Test and Loqueesha, Jeremy Saville....Show More

1:17:18 | May 22nd

Pika-pika, listeners! This week, we Pokemon Go to the theater for the unabashedly adorable, incredibly opaque Pokemon Detective Pikachu, with acclaimed author and humorist Mike Sacks in tow. Together, we attempt to unpack a movie intended for a far y...Show More

1:16:27 | May 8th

Assemble, lovely Happy Cast listeners! This week, we finally offer the world our long-awaited takes on the (now) second-highest grossing film of all time, Avengers: Endgame. Does it bring the MCU to a close in a satisfying fashion? How much screentim...Show More

1:26:18 | Apr 17th

It’s silly cape movies for little babies this week, as pop culture musical parodist Insane Ian joins Nathan and Clint this week to talk about a couple kid-friendly superhero movies - DCEU’s recent (and surprisingly solid) Shazam!, and Disney’s mid-au...Show More

1:06:25 | Mar 27th

What about love? What about trust? What about (Jordan Peele’s) US? This week on the podcast, Nathan and Clint pull the most dastardly double feature - Us, Jordan Peele’s blood-curdling followup to Get Out, and Rob Reiner’s equally bone-chilling di...Show More

1:25:58 | Mar 14th

This week on the pod, Nathan and Clint strap on their big Feminist Ally hats and dig into the latest Marvel movie Captain Marvel, political context and all! And, just for balance, we take a look back at the last time a women fell to Earth from space ...Show More

1:16:04 | Feb 27th

With February taking its final bow, it’s our last chance to celebrate the fun and foibles of the romantic comedy with Todd Strauss-Schulson’s delightful Isn’t It Romantic - and Strauss-Schulson comes along for the ride as a guest! Together, we chat...Show More

1:17:33 | Feb 13th

Everything is awesome this week, as Nathan and Clint go it alone to delight in the toyetic goodness of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part! Of course, every rose has its thorns, so we have to balance out the pure-strain awesomeness of that film with th...Show More

1:24:12 | Jan 30th

Grab some tiramisu and your favorite comic books, because for this Happy Cast we’re going spelunking down the deep, twisty well that is M. Night Shyamalan’s mind! Eric Szyszka of We Hate Movies returns once again to talk about the ego, ambition and i...Show More

1:25:52 | Jan 16th

Now that the joy of the new year has passed, and we’ve all forgotten our resolutions, it’s time for a Happy Cast that is decidedly less happy! This week, Nathan and Clint go for a double-dose of arthouse didacticism with indie provocateur Lars Von Tr...Show More

1:07:45 | Jan 2nd

Happy Life Day, listeners! It’s 2019, so we thought we’d look back at that most hallowed of holidays, when the coke piled up like snow and Bruce Vilanch was allowed to touch the Star Wars universe! The Star Wars Holiday Special is an infamous piece o...Show More

1:25:03 | Dec 19th, 2018

🎵Happy Cast, Happy CastHas no deal with Conde NastStill we try, as we mightTo fill your earbuds with delightLook out!Here comes the Happy Cast!🎵 Howdy, true believers! For this friendly neighborhood episode of Happy Cast, we were thrilled to pull ...Show More

1:35:21 | Dec 4th, 2018

Howdy, listeners! This week, we’re thrilled to bring on writer-director Adam Rifkin to talk about his latest film, The Last Movie Star, which features the wonderful final performance of Burt Reynolds. Among other things, we talk to him about what it ...Show More

1:33:30 | Nov 20th, 2018

Ho-ho-ho, listeners! We’re celebrating Christmas in mid-November over on Nathan Rabin’s Happy Cast, as we get a sneak peek at the Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles, starring Kurt Russell as a Santa Who Fucks. Friend of the show and Christmas film ex...Show More

1:20:19 | Nov 6th, 2018

(Note: we didn’t even realize when recording that this is the one-year anniversary of Nathan Rabin’s Happy Cast! Thanks so much to everybody who listens, comments, likes, pledges, and subscribes. Here’s to another year o’ laffs!) This week, Nathan a...Show More

1:44:07 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Happy Halloween, ghouls and goblins! For our spook-tacular horror-themed episode of Happy Cast, we bring on 80s horror movie maverick Scott Weinberg (80s All Over) to take some evil, dark acid and wield overly-long chainsaws as we discuss the psyched...Show More

1:31:03 | Oct 10th, 2018

Oh hai, Happy Casters! For this latest episode of Happy Cast, Nathan and Clint are thrilled to bring on Greg Sestero of The Room fame to talk Tommy Wiseau, contending with cult fame, and re-contextualizing their friendship in the form of their ambiti...Show More

1:31:39 | Sep 25th, 2018

This week, Nathan and Clint are two ugly motherfuckers trying to catch some prey in an unforgiving world, as we talk about two different entries in the Predator franchise! First, we break down what Clint hated (and Nathan found not so bad) about Shan...Show More

1:22:18 | Sep 11th, 2018

It’s early September, which means late-summer/early-fall stinkers at the multiplex and the anniversary of 9/11. Lucky, for you, the latest Happy Cast has both! In this episode, Nathan and Clint return from the latter’s wedding to talk about Jennifer...Show More

1:16:13 | Aug 28th, 2018

This week, Nathan and Clint follow Tracy Jordan's credo of "live every week like it's Shark Week" by talking about two toothsome shark movies - Jason Statham's cheese-fest The Meg and the film that bought Michael Caine a very nice house, Jaws: The Re...Show More

1:27:47 | Aug 14th, 2018

This week, we get down with the swing-for-the-fences joints of Spike Lee! Film critic extraordinaire Amy Nicholson (of the podcasts The Canon and Unspooled) joins us to talk about his latest, BlacKkKlansman, and her experiences attending her first Ph...Show More

1:34:51 | Aug 1st, 2018

This week, we're dangling off helicopters and running at full speed, desperately trying to catch up to Tom Cruise's tiny, ageless form in Mission Impossible: Fallout. Also, we look back at a younger, Chiclet-toothed Tom Cruise as the elfen lead in Ri...Show More

1:18:55 | Jul 17th, 2018

Nathan and Clint go it alone for the latest Happy Cast, as we celebrate the Paul Ruddnaissance with a long-overdue discussion of Marvel's latest cog in the cinematic universe machine, Ant-Man and the Wasp! Plus, we talk about the mid-aughts Rudd rom-...Show More

1:34:45 | Jul 6th, 2018

In our ongoing quest to talk to two out of three members of our favorite podcasts, this week's episode of Happy Cast sees us bringing on We Hate Movies superstar Andrew Jupin! Together, the three of us talk about the shockingly charming feature-lengt...Show More

1:31:16 | Jun 20th, 2018

This episode of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast is exclusively for the kiddies, as we bring on pop culture wunderkind and friend of the show Charles Bramesco (The Guardian, Vulture, et al.) to talk about the many efforts of films both Pixar and Pixar-adjac...Show More

1:14:52 | Jun 5th, 2018

addle up, guys and ghouls, because it's another episode of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast! This episode, Nathan and Clint skip Solo: A Star Wars Story to talk about a smaller film with a bigger body count - Leigh Whannell's 80s-tinged cyberpunk action fl...Show More

1:29:52 | May 23rd, 2018

It's time to make the chimichangas this week, as we're joined by special guest Dan McCoy of The Flop House podcast to talk the many faces of that droll mischief maker Ryan Reynolds! From his latest hit, Deadpool 2, to his cult role as cool-guy-waiter...Show More

1:23:02 | May 8th, 2018

This week on Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast, we go it alone to sample from the vast buffet of superhero movies through the ages! First, we jabber about the TV season finale of movies, Marvels Avengers: Infinity War; then, we jam out to the slick 70s music...Show More

1:35:59 | Apr 24th, 2018

Howdy, Happy Placers! To celebrate our six-month anniversary of Happy Cast (and the one-year anniversary of Happy Place), Nathan and Clint bring on friend and collaborator Brock Wilbur - the man who brought ethics to video game journalism himself! To...Show More

1:59:18 | Apr 10th, 2018

Strap on your nostalgia goggles and assemble your Funko Pops, it's another episode of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast! This episode, Nathan and Clint peer through the rose-colored VR glasses of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, desperately dig deep int...Show More

1:40:43 | Mar 27th, 2018

The monkey business never stops on Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast, as Nathan and Clint go ape for the second movie where Clint Eastwood drinks with a pet orangutan, 1980's Any Which Way You Can! Along the way, we pick up a friend - We Hate Movies' Eric Sz...Show More

1:24:38 | Mar 13th, 2018

We're going ape on Happy Cast this week, as Stinker Lets Loose! author Mike Sacks joins us for a triple feature of monkey mayhem - Clint Eastwood's cult trucker/monkey saga Every Which Way But Loose, the execrable Golan-Globus comedy Going Bananas, a...Show More

1:59:48 | Feb 27th, 2018

Greetings, all you ghosties and ghouls! For this special pod-AGHAST of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast, we're de-FRIGHT-ed to welcome the one and only Elliott Kalan of The Flop House, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return and The Daily Show with John St...Show More

1:16:48 | Feb 13th, 2018

It's amore over on Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast, as Nathan and Clint light some candles, put on some slow jams, and suffer through some of the hokiest, most hackneyed romantic media the world has to offer!  We break down the mysterious appeal of the ki...Show More

1:30:52 | Jan 30th, 2018

The latest episode of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast drops today! This time around, we celebrate the highs of Peak Nicolas Cage with Mom and Dad, the lows of M. Night Shyamalan with The Last Airbender, and the no-respect doldrums of Rodney Dangerfield's k...Show More

1:15:10 | Jan 16th, 2018

This week on the Cast, Clint and Nathan get through the January blues with Liam Neeson's punch-throwing insurance salesman in The Commuter, gush about the filmmaking mastery of Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, and celebrate the highs and lows of Rodney Da...Show More

1:23:39 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Happy New Year! We're live in-studio once more at Clint's palatial podcast laboratory, with the ever-adorable Declan Haven Dilla Rabin as our special guest. To usher in 2018, we kvetch about everything from the toxic one-two punch of David Ayer's rec...Show More

1:31:03 | Dec 19th, 2017

To usher in the Christmas season, we brought in special guest Alonso Duralde (What the Flick?!, Linoleum Knife, author of Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas) to spin some Yuletide yarns with us. This week, we ruminate on the fan blowback to The L...Show More

1:25:06 | Dec 5th, 2017

Oh hai everybody! Welcome to Episode 3 of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast! This week, we worship at the altar of 2017's creative oddballs with The Disaster Artist and Brigsby Bear, tune our Videoboxes to the madness of Rapsittie Street Kids, and succumb t...Show More

1:08:04 | Nov 22nd, 2017

This week, Nathan joins Clint in-studio in Chicago for a real-life in-person episode of Happy Cast! For our second episode, we moan about kids these days and their Emoji Movies, suit up for the messy Justice League, and get prehistoric with the misgu...Show More

1:31:32 | Nov 8th, 2017

Nathan Rabin's Happy Place enters the exciting world of podcasting with an opening extravaganza featuring the following segments: 00:45 - Introductions 06:30 - The Juggalo March on Washington 28:34 - Scalding Hot Takes: Thor Ragnarok 47:22 - Harvey...Show More