Hollywood Prospectus Podcast: Mad Men, Mud, and Getting Clean on Game of Thrones

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On this week’s episode, boys become men, men go to the movies, fathers yell at their children, and children hang out and pump it up with Michael Shannon. First off, as a matter of housecleaning, our very own podcast, and all the other great pop culture shows on the Grantland Network, are getting their own feed. You can now subscribe to the Grantland Pop Culture and Grantland Sports family of podcasts separately. This is big for us. We’ve been in Jalen Rose’s shadow for too long. Everybody knows that.

Ah, but back to this week’s show. We started out with a little chat about the new film Mud (2:00). It’s a coming-of-age story set in Arkansas from director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter), and it’s one of the best movies of 2013. This led us to talk about some of our favorite coming-of-age movies (Stand by Me, Fresh) and segued nicely into a discussion of Mad Men (8:45). While all the talk was about the big historical event covered in last Sunday’s episode, we found ourselves more taken with the heart-exploding interaction between Don and Bobby Draper. Like a matinee of Planet of the Apes, we wished we could just run it back.

Parenthood dominated our conversation on Game of Thrones, as well (30:30) — namely, Tywin Lannister’s fathering style and how it’s both the best and the worst. We also made a lot of jokes about bathing in the North. So pull off your pelts and come on in. The water’s fine.

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Filed Under: Game of Thrones, Grantland Network, Mad Men, Parenthood