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Lass is More with Josh Lasser

Focusing on the media, "Lass is More" sits down with the individuals who make the movies and shows that people are, or will be, talking about. The things we watch are not created in a vacuum, but rather as responses to far larger thoughts and issues. From why someone took a role to what it means to them to where they’re going next, we put the pieces of the puzzle together. The "Lass is More" podcast gets to the core of the issue, offering perspective on both the people involved in a project, and the project itself.
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Apr 26, 2022
Our initial reactions to things aren't always right.  You can't necessarily control said reaction, but you can pause and adjust your thinking.  This week, Josh does just that as he contemplates the new "West Side Story."
Apr 12, 2022
Starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, the stakes in "Marry Me" never prove terribly high, even if Lopez's character lives in the spotlight and the whole thing is about love, but there's an affability to the tale that works.
Apr 5, 2022

Kenneth Branagh's second Hercule Poirot movie, "Death on the Nile," is now out on Blu-ray and streaming and that makes this the perfect moment to discuss just how wonderful the films are.

Mar 29, 2022

Josh has some very complicated feelings surroudning Robert Redford's "Ordinary People."  Brewing for decades, they are things he has grappled with more than once.  With the new Blu-ray release, he has sat down to watch the film again and, while he's not sure it's better, he has decided that maybe the problems don't lie where he initially thought.

Mar 22, 2022
We are not going to lie and say that we loved everything about Guillermo del Toro's update to "Nightmare Alley."  What we are confident in telling you, however, is that del Toro's films, this one included, are beautiful.  Simply beautiful.  As for what didn't work for us here?  Take a listen and see.
Mar 8, 2022

The third movie in the "Kingsman" franchise is now out on Blu-ray and digital.  It's a prequel, and one that almost seems to be content keeping things afloat until a fourth film can be made.  That kind of makes us--ME--the problem, doesn't it?

Mar 1, 2022

You know those episodes where Josh gets a little excited and talks too fast?  The one's where he's uber-engaged and gets angry about something and rather than yelling speeds up?  

Well, that's what happens today with "Resident Evil:  Welcome to Raccoon City," a movie which he likes but still manages to get angry about anyway.  Take a listen.

Feb 22, 2022

The Oscar nominated "Summer of Soul" is now available on DVD and digital.  We happened to watch it the morning of the Oscar nominations and found it to be amazing and powerful.  It is a look at a music festival that took place in 1969, but it's more than that.  It's so much more and it ought to be seen.

Feb 15, 2022
Going from "Saturday Night Live" sketch to feature film is not easy and yet, in 1992 Mike Myers' "Wayne's World" showed (again) that it certainly is possible.  With a new Blu-ray out to celebrate the movie's 30th anniversary we take a look back at the Wayne and Garth and see if all those pop culture references still work today.
Feb 8, 2022

Here's the thing... nuance exists, shades of grey exist.  It is true that one's film diet shouldn't simply consist of Marvel movies, but it is also true that there are Marvel movies that have a lot to say.  More than that, Marvel movies come in all shapes and sizes and even genres.  One only need look at "Eternals" to see as much.

Feb 1, 2022

Imagine taking a bright and colorful animated film, one filled with incredible songs, and making it about something as deeply profound as what it means to put yourself out there, to reveal who you truly are and what scares you.  That is exactly what the filmmakers have done with Disney's "Encanto" and it's marvelous.

Jan 25, 2022

This month, the excellent "Juice" was released on 4K.  The new disk celebrates the film's 30th anniversary and even if Josh hadn't seen it before, he has now.  But, unlike with so many other films, watching the movie didn't immediately spark an idea for this podcast episode... why is that?

Jan 18, 2022

Here at this podcast we firmly believe that we are witnessing a massive shift in the way movies are watched, a shift away from theaters and into homes.  There will undoubtedly be growing pains and struggles as this shift continues but we need to still find and watch (wherever that might be) movies, like Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel," which deserve our attention.

Jan 4, 2022

The horror movie "Antlers" is fine, but what has Josh thinking this week is the question of what happens to the characters in horror movies after the film ends?  Take a listen as we contemplate the future.

Dec 28, 2021

Some movies tell the story they want.  They start when they want.  They stop when they want.  Other movies start telling the story that they want to tell and then kind of meander off into something else entirely.  On this week's podcast we're looking at one case of the former and one of the latter.

Dec 21, 2021

"The Wolf of Wall Street" is now out on 4K UHD.  It's a great movie, we can all admit this.  The thing of it is though, the man it focuses on, Jordan Belfort, is shown to not be a good human being.  The movie has no obligation to make him good, nor to yell that he's not good, but it is up to us to recognize the truth.  It makes Josh sad that too many of us don't.

Dec 7, 2021

A couple of episodes back, we discussed the greatness that is Tom Cruise.  With that (sort of) done, the time has come to set our sights (kind of) on Warren Beatty.  Two movies written by/directed by/and starring the multi-hyphenate just got new blu-ray releases, "Reds" and "Heaven Can Wait."  Let's take a look at both.

Nov 30, 2021

There is so much to enjoy in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."  Simu Liu and Awkwafina are great together and there's one really excellent fight.  But, a perfect movie it is not and a lot of its problems are rooted in issues the MCU has been facing for years, from bland villains to overly CG climactic battles.  This week, we discuss.

Nov 23, 2021

Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky" doesn't necessarily need Tom Cruise front and center, the actor is great in it, but the movie would undoubtedly be something special even without Tom Cruise.  But, rather than focusing on that, today we look at just how great Tom Cruise is and how great Tom Cruise has been for 40 years.  How could he not be?  He's Tom Cruise and when there's a Tom Cruise in your movie, it's a Tom Cruise movie.

Nov 16, 2021

There is a lot of stuff happening in Nia DaCosta's "Candyman."  The movie takes on a whole bunch of weighty ideas and attempts to explore them via the slasher film.  But it's just possible that by trying to fit into that subgenre, and need to not go over 90 minutes, that it loses too much along the way.

Nov 9, 2021

Some biopics simply do not do a good job of offering up insight into the person at their center.  "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" is an excellent example of such a film.  It is a movie that doesn't work for multiple reasons.  But, rather than giving away all our insights here in the description, listen to the episode and hear what we have to say.

Nov 2, 2021

Halloween may have been last week, but we're squeezing in one last horror movie discussion, even if it is a tad late.  "Scream" arrived in theaters 25 years ago and a new "Scream" will be in theaters next year.  The new one isn't a remake but rather the fourth sequel.  Let us discuss not just terrible naming conventions but the movie that started it all.

Oct 26, 2021

It may have taken him decades to work up the courage, but Josh has finally sat down to watch the first eight "Friday the 13th" movies.  Why did it take so long?  What does he think about them?  Why do so many folks in these movies just happen to have machetes?  We answer some of these questions and more on this week's episode.

Oct 19, 2021

Horror movie "The Night House" proves to be a powerful one not because of its story, which starts off well and then never quite succeeds, but rather because of the performance of the actress at its center, Rebecca Hall.  This week, we celebrate what Hall brings to an otherwise mediocre haunted house film, one that requires her to spend a whole lot of time on screen alone, and is perhaps best in those moments.

Oct 12, 2021

Out now on digital as well as Blu-ray, Ryan Reynolds' "Free Guy" is one of those movies that actually delivers on the fun of its premise.  We sit there and watch as this video game NPC becomes something more than just a background character.  Most importantly though, it pleased Josh's son, who has been anxiously anticipating the film for two years.

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