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No Excuses

A podcast where Mike Shutt and Jenny Nulf force each other to watch the movies and television shows they love which the other has not seen.
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Dec 4, 2017

Mike gets his first shot at forcing Jenny to watch a film before the embark on their journey through "Six Feet Under" at the beginning of 2018, and he chooses Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger's The Red Shoes. They discuss the beauty of Technicolor while bemoaning the lack of impressionable color in modern filmmaking, the importance of going back to early films to give their own moviegoing experiences greater context, their want for young people to be enthusiastic about experiencing different kinds of art, and the stunning centerpiece of the titular ballet. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Nov 27, 2017

Before Mike and Jenny start up Jenny's show choice, they are going to take a couple of weeks to force each other to watch some films. This week, Jenny forces Mike to watch the 2001 South Korean comic melodrama My Sassy Girl from director Kwak Jae-yong. They discuss how well certain kinds of comedy translate to other cultures, how endearing can one find an abusive relationship, and whether or not they weeped during the film's melodramatic climax. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Nov 20, 2017

Mike and Jenny have made it through the 92 episode journey to the conclusion of "Mad Men." They discuss whether the series finale was satisfying, the effectiveness of Don's arc, the lovely ending of Peggy and Stan, Joan starting a new business, Roger getting married, their favorite episodes and characters, and what show will Jenny force Mike to watch now. They also discuss the recent sexual harassment allegations against Matthew Weiner from writer Kater Gordon. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Nov 13, 2017

Mike and Jenny only have one more week of "Mad Men" before they move on to the next phase of the podcast. They discuss Betty's cancer diagnosis, Don heading out on the road, Pete getting a new job and reuniting with Trudy, and Peggy and Roger drinking to the end of SC&P. Leave us iTunes reviews!

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Nov 9, 2017

Mike and Jenny say goodbye to Sterling Cooper & Partners, as "Mad Men" nears its final episodes. They discuss the conclusion to the Glen Bishop storyline, the ineffectiveness of Don Draper speeches, Joan meeting a new guy, Sally getting some decent parenting from her father, and the end of SC&P. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Oct 26, 2017

Mike and Jenny have begun the second half of the final season of "Mad Men," going into 1970. They discuss a couple of characters' new facial hair, Don's new relationship with a waitress, Ken's quest for revenge, Harry continuing to be a complete slime ball, and whether or not season seven changed Megan's character. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Oct 19, 2017

Mike and Jenny are halfway through the final season of "Mad Men." They discuss Don and Megan finally calling it quits, Peggy making her pitch for Burger Chef, Roger setting up SC&P for acquisition by McCann, Cutler trying to force Don out of the agency, and the death an musical sendoff of Bert Cooper. Leave us iTunes reviews!

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Oct 19, 2017

It is season transition time for Mike and Jenny, which means it's Jenny's turn to force Mike to watch a film. She has chosen the 2008 French extremist horror film Martyrs. They debate what a filmmaker needs to do in order for you to empathize with a character, the effectiveness of shifting protagonists, and why Jenny wrote a paper on the film in college. Leave us iTunes reviews!

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Oct 10, 2017

Mike and Jenny both attended this year's Fantastic Fest, an Austin-based genre film festival. They discuss the great, good, and terrible films they saw at the festival, as well as the controversy of sexual assault allegations by people involved in the festival that loomed over the eight days. Though the mood of this year's festival was more somber, there was still a lot of fun to be had in the theater. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Oct 10, 2017

Mike and Jenny move further along in the final season of "Mad Men." They discuss Ginsberg going off the deep end, Peggy being forced to incorporate Don more in her Burger Chef work, Megan and Don's relationship falling apart on both coasts, Pete's personal life dissolving even more, and the return of Bob Benson. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Oct 2, 2017

Mike and Jenny make their way further into the final season of "Mad Men." They discuss Don's return to SC&P, some bad parenting from Betty, the office getting a new computer, Burger Chef, and Don being forced to work under Peggy. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Sep 29, 2017

Mike and Jenny have reached the final season of "Mad Men!" They discuss Don and Megan's bicoastal relationship, the return of Freddy Rumsen, Peggy's frustrations with just about everything, Pete's new California style, and Sally beginning a new step forward in her relationship with her father. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Sep 20, 2017

Mike and Jenny only have one more season of "Mad Men" remaining. They discuss Don getting fired, the infamous Hershey pitch, the many people who want to go to California, and whether or not Ted is a terrible person or just weak. Leave us iTunes reviews!

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Sep 11, 2017

Mike and Jenny have hit a show altering moment this week. They discuss the implications of Sally catching Don with Sylvia, how noble Don's intentions were when it came to helping the Rosens' kid, Peggy and Ted's budding affair, and, of course, the true mysteries of Bob Benson. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Sep 5, 2017

Mike and Jenny are really in the home stretch of "Mad Men" now. They discuss Betty and Don sleeping together, Joan trying to get an account, Pete getting some help from Bob Benson to find a nurse for his mom, and whether or not Roger taking his grandson to see "Planet of the Apes" rightfully causes the boy's mother to be angry. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Aug 30, 2017

Mike and Jenny are joined by Josh Kurp, who has been covering the HBO show "Game of Thrones" for UPROXX, to discuss the latest season. They debate what storylines were given their due in the shortened season, their issues with narrative shortcuts, their favorite episodes, and what they hope the show delivers on in its final season. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Aug 30, 2017

Mike and Jenny have reached the midpoint of season six of "Mad Men," and the second episode this week is quite the doozy. They discuss an office where everyone is high out of their minds, Sylvia's final straw with Dom Draper, whether or not their is legitimate sexual chemistry between Peggy and Stan, and a couple of not very interesting subplots. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Aug 21, 2017

Mike and Jenny have reached critical points both in plot of "Mad Men" and the real history of 1968. They discuss the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Don finding a new love for his son, Peggy searching for a new apartment, Megan desperately trying to rekindle the flame with Don, and the merger between SCDP and CGC. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Aug 14, 2017

Mike and Jenny continue with season six of "Mad Men." They discuss Trudy finally putting the foot down on Pete, Peggy being disrespected by her employees, Megan dealing with a recent miscarriage, Don's continuing complicated relationships with women, and competing Heinz Ketchup campaigns. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Aug 10, 2017

It is "Mad Men" season transition time, which means Jenny gets to force Mike to watch another film. This is the podcast where they force each other to watch the things they love after all. Jenny forces Mike to watch Ang Lee's family drama/food porn film Eat Drink Man Woman. They discuss whether plot lines need resolutions, the unfortunate universality of the patriarchy, and how delicious all of the food in the film looks. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Aug 7, 2017

Mike and Jenny are approaching New Years Day 1968 and begin the penultimate season of "Mad Men." They discuss Don's new neighbor friends, the death of Roger's mother, Megan's steady acting gig, ear jokes, and everyone seeing Don's ad being about suicide. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Aug 2, 2017

Mike and Jenny wrap up season five of AMC's "Mad Men." They discuss Megan trying to use Don to get a job, Roger and Marie hooking up again, Peggy's new gig over at CGC, Pete falling deeper into a pit of muck and depression, and Don having the most symbolic tooth pain ever. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Jul 24, 2017

Mike and Jenny have finally arrived at Mike's favorite episode of the show, "The Other Woman," as well as another one of his favorites. They discuss the awfulness of Pete Campbell for pimping out Joan, the escalating snottiness of Sally, Peggy deciding to leave SCDP, and the sad end to Lane Pryce. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Jul 21, 2017

The 2010s have been a wonderful time for independent and international cinema (and Hollywood has some gems to). With the crossing of the 75% complete threshold, Mike and Jenny look back at their favorite films of the decade so far to commemorate this benchmark. They discuss everything from films by Leos Carax to Park Chan-wook to the Coen Brothers. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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Jul 17, 2017

Mike and Jenny continue on with their watch of season five of "Mad Men" with two pretty great episodes. They discuss Roger once again doling out cash to an employee for extra work, Lane dealing with even more financial strife, Betty trying to sabotage Don and Megan's marriage through Sally, Ginsberg having to compete with Don for a campaign, and Joan and Don having afternoon drinks. Leave us reviews on iTunes!

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