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Tim Grierson and Will Leitch are lifelong best friends who have been writing and talking about the movies for 25 years. Grierson is vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Leitch is doing his absolutely best to pretend. Read their work everywhere. But listen to this show for the pure juice, straight on tap.
 
The intersection of sports, culture, and politics is at the heart of the new weekly podcast, The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, premiering Wednesday, November 3rd. Hosted by LZ Granderson, formerly of ESPN, now an op-ed columnist for the L.A.Times and a political contributor to ABC News, and Will Leitch, founder of the late website Deadspin, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, and the author of How Lucky, The Long Game dives into the most relevant sports topics of the week to not only b ...
 
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On the final episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, Will and LZ reveal the teams they most want to see win a championship next; offer one change they hope will occur in the sports world one day; and explain the single event they'd love to see take place in their personal lives in the future (and no, it's not winning the lottery). Then they wrap…
 
Leitch is solo this week! (That's why the episode is so short.) Grierson is in Cannes still, so Leitch talks about Alex Garland's "Men" and the Stephen King remake "Firestarter." He also talks about the Jurassic Park movies for a while and mostly just reminds you why he needs Grierson on this show. Grierson will be back next week, promise. Thanks t…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, Will and LZ break down the NBA Conference Championships and make their predictions; talk about how the sports world would react if a male superstar athlete was incarcerated in Russia instead of Brittney Griner; and after their epic takedown of Skip Bayless last week, the two hosts continue their di…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, Will and LZ talk about the best moments of Round 2 of the NBA playoffs; explain why it's smart for the NFL, NBA, and MLB to avoid making statements about the Supreme Court's possible repeal of Roe v. Wade; and discuss their choice for the worst person in sports. Then they wrap up the show with thei…
 
Hey, look, it's another Marvel movie! This one's directed by Sam Raimi, and it, surprisingly, feels like a Sam Raimi movie: It's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." Then, in a remarkable (and very depressing) bit of timing, French abortion movie "Happening" hits screens. We also preview the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, which Grierson is le…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, Will and LZ are joined by Jack Flaherty, star pitcher of the St. Louis Cardinals, to discuss MLB's unwritten rules and what happened in last week's fight between the Cards and the Mets. Will and LZ also preview the second round of the NBA playoffs; nominate the smartest and dumbest moves in the rec…
 
We've got three foreign language movies for you, but stick with us, don't leave! They're all fascinating. The first is Gaspar Noe's "Vortex," which we're both really, really into, and then there's Finnish "elevated horror" film "Hatching." Then we have a Reboot, the Olivier Assayas 1996 film "Irma Vep." Good stuff! Timestamps: 11:13 "Vortex" 37:24 …
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, Will and LZ discuss why the NFL Draft matters less now than it ever has; break down the wild and crazy NBA Playoffs and explain why the next champion will hail from the East; and engage in a hot debate over Wimbledon's ban of Russian and Belarusian players. Then they are joined by Josh Kantor, the …
 
We don't want to spoil anything, but: We've got some good movies to talk about this week! First, it's Robert Eggers' "The Northman," which is about, and maybe for, Vikings. Then it's the Nicolas Cage-playing-Nicholas Cage meta comedy "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent." Then, in our Reboot, we discuss the 1967 classic "Le Samourai." Timestamp…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, Will and LZ discuss why some NFL quarterbacks have more leverage in contract negotiations than ever while others may not get paid what they expect; break down the alleged financial misdeeds of Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder and how Snyder's actions reveal what matters most to the league;…
 
We are back from our week off! We have one movie from this week, the third Harry Potter spinoff, "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore." Then we have two movies from the week before, and they are polar opposites: Michael Bay's "Ambulance" and Andrea Arnold's "Cow." 12:54 "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore." 37:51 "Ambulance"" 1:07:…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, Will and LZ preview the NBA playoffs and predict the next league champion, break down why it costs more every year to watch our favorite sports and explain why this trend will continue, and discuss the pros and cons of the public funding of NFL stadiums, most specifically the newly approved $1.4 bi…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, while Will spends a miserable vacation in Florida waiting for his luggage to arrive, he and LZ discuss which MLB teams are under the most pressure to win this year; make their NBA MVP picks and then debate who will be the future face of the league; and break down how the leagues should handle two p…
 
There was no Oscar slapping this week. We are relieved. Instead, just three news movies! The Marvel/Sony villain Jared Leto movie "Morbius," and then two Netflix movies: Richard Linklater's "Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood" and Judd Apatow's "The Bubble." 10:11 "Morbius: 34:33 "Apollo 10 1/2" 57:21 "The Bubble" Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Fri…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, LZ and Will discuss sports hate-watching and explain why, even though they loathe Coach K, they will miss him when he retires; unpack why baseball has been so resistant improving the entertainment value of the sport by making changes to its rules; and play a spirited game of Chatterbrain, The Recou…
 
Holy shit. Holy shit! The craziest Oscars ever--the craziest Oscars imaginable--just ended, and boy are we glad we stayed up to talk about them. What can you even say? Will Smith slapped Chris Rock! In the face! On the night he won Best Actor? Listen to our brains fry, in real time. Fortunately, we taped our reviews of the Sandra Bullock-Channing T…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, LZ and Will are joined by Michelle Beadle, formerly of ESPN and now host of the “What Did I Miss?” podcast, and Lindsay Jones, senior writer for The Athletic covering the NFL, to discuss the Deshaun Watson trade and the NFL’s bankrupt morals; predict whether LeBron, Joel, or Giannis will win the cl…
 
It's Oscar Week! See if you can stay up late enough! But first, hear our predictions. Also: We discuss the "erotic thriller" on Hulu, "Deep Water," as well, as the Netflix Hitchcock homage "Windfall." Timestamps: 15:33 "Deep Water" 44:23 "Windfall" Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend Mary, both of which are wonderful, for the music. We hope you enj…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, LZ and Will preview the NCAA college basketball tournaments and predict both final fours and tourney MVPs; examine why Coco Gauff is the only well-known athlete to criticize Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill, and explain why Jerry Jones is every bit the villain that Dan Snyder is. They wrap up with a …
 
So Pixar movies just go straight to streaming now? Apparently! The week, we take a look at Pixar's "Turning Red." Then we discuss the Ryan Reynolds action "comedy" "The Adam Project." Then it's a Reboot! It's 1990's "Joe Vs. the Volcano." Timestamps: 12:22 "Turning Red" 39:33 "The Adam Project" 57:52 "Joe Vs. the Volcano" Thanks to Dylan Mayer and …
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, L.A. Rams and Super Bowl champion head coach Sean McVay stops by to talk about how L.A. is treating him now that he's won the big one, the status of his relationship with Jon Gruden, and his personal connection to the ongoing war in Ukraine, among many other topics. Will and LZ also break down the …
 
Hey, the big spring/summer movie season is here, with "The Batman," the big three-hour battlecade of Batman business with Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves. Batman! Then we have two smaller movies, the indie "After Yang," on Showtime and in theaters, and the horror comedy "Fresh," a hit at Sundance. Timestamps: 11:11 "The Batman" 46:21 "…
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, Will and LZ discuss how the unified reaction of Russian athletes to the invasion of Ukraine reveals that athletes have more power than they realize; explain how Phil Mickelson could have been a hero instead of a pariah; and lament how MLB owners choked the joy out of baseball. Then they wrap up the…
 
It's the week before "The Batman" heralds a "return to movies," and we look at two classic movies from the '70s: Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" -- which is playing in some theaters now -- and Robert Altman's "Brewster McCloud." And then we discuss the world of the movies, two years into the pandemic. Timestamps: 14:22 "The Godfather" 49:22 …
 
On this episode of The Long Game with LZ & Leitch, LZ and Will explain why baseball's owners have already won their labor negotiation with the players; make their case for Ja Morant as NBA MVP, and concede that it's time for Kyrie Irving to play ball in New York City. Then they wrap up the show with a "This Week In Sports History" segment about "Th…
 
OK, we're not in person this time, but it's still a fun show. Three new movies: The Tom Holland/Mark Wahlberg joint "Uncharted," the horror reboot/sequel "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and the impressionistic movie about the Unabomber, "Ted K." Timestamps: 7:41 "Uncharted" 28:32 "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" 49:11 "Ted K" Thanks to Dylan Mayer and My Friend…
 
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