Aya Vs. The Big Boys

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By: Merry-Go-Round Magazine

A podcast about watching "boy movies" for the very first time. Meet Aya Lehman, dipped into the depths of the fiery infernos of “bro cinema”, and Kevin Cookman, her Virgil through the abyss known as “Why do men love GOODFELLAS so much?” On their weekly film review show, Aya adventures through some of the so-called “greatest films of all time” for the first time ever, with Kevin as a doting guide through uncharted waters. Attempting to understand the psychosis of the patriarchy? That’s the true divine comedy.

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
#75
Last Thursday at 8:42 AM

munch? her?


NETWORK
#74
11/13/2021

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Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

Kevin Cookman: https://twitter.com/KevinCookman

Contact/Mailbag: ayavsthebigboys@gmail.com

 

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THE FRENCH DISPATCH + TOP 5 WES ANDERSON MOVIES
#73
11/06/2021

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Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

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LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (feat. Trevor Dillon)
#72
10/30/2021

Aya & Kevin close out October with Trevor Dillion and Edgar Wright's LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021).


A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
#71
10/23/2021

WOW


THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (feat. Noah Marger & Mason Maguire)
#70
10/16/2021

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Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

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CARRIE (1976)
#69
10/09/2021

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THE FLY (1986)
#68
10/02/2021

Welcome to Spooky Month!!!!

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YOUR NAME
#67
09/25/2021

We wrap our Hispanic Heritage Month mini-series with the most Hispanic medium of all: anime.

 

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ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER
#66
09/18/2021

ay ay ayy !!!

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JFK: A 9/11 SPECIAL
#65
09/11/2021

America is broken !!

 

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DOG DAY AFTERNOON (feat. Robert Franco)
#64
09/04/2021

Sidney Lumet, prolific American cinema master whose catalogue spans the Golden Era to the 2000's auteur revitalization... And Aya has only ever seen THE WIZ. 

 

The duo is joined by Film Twitter magnate Robert Franco to discuss all things Al Pacino, the masculinity of bank robbing, and the ethics of making Hollywood movies about real-life deadbeat losers.

 

Also Rob casts himself as Spider-Man.

 

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...


CANDYMAN (1992)
#63
08/28/2021

Join us as we solve gentrification!!!

 

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Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

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STAND BY ME
#62
08/21/2021

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ALL THAT JAZZ
#61
08/14/2021

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THE SUICIDE SQUAD + LISTENER MAILBAG
#60
08/07/2021

You know what it is, only the hippest Latinx film podcast on the Internet – Órale guey !!! Hot cheetos!!

 

Ok, onto the show.

 

Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

Kevin Cookman: https://twitter.com/KevinCookman

Contact/Mailbag: ayavsthebigboys@gmail.com

 

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A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (feat. Hayley Bensmiller)
#59
07/31/2021

Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

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BURNING (feat. Jacqueline Codiga)
#58
07/24/2021

david ehrlich made all of us watch this! most of us loved it, some of us didn't get it! ooOoooo tension!!

 

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Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

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LOKI: Season 1
#57
07/17/2021

Aya and her friend Maddie hash out the latest in the MCU with LOKI (2021). Kevin is also occasionally present.


SHAFT (1971)
#56
07/11/2021

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INDEPENDENCE DAY
#55
07/03/2021

25 years of INDEPENDENCE DAY, 25 years of movies being ruined


F9: THE FAST SAGA (feat. Dorie Bailey)
#54
06/26/2021

Every single FAST AND FURIOUS movie. Every single one. Enjoy.

 

Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

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UNFORGIVEN (feat. Mitch Lehman)
#53
06/19/2021

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MOMMY
#52
06/13/2021

AYA VS. THE BIG BOYS vs. MOMMY.... How Freudian!

 

Closing out June's Pride programming double feature is Xavier Dolan's explosive, Tumblr-friendly MOMMY, one of the most discussed & adored films of the 2010s.... Until it suddenly became one of the decade's forgotten smash hits. Huh? How'd that happen?

 

Young men making movies in their 20s, MOMMY's huge year amongst film bros and subsequent burial from the critical consciousness, and Dolan's bizarre choice to inject dystopian sci-fi in a domestic drama. Also, the duo answers once and for all: why is Xavier Dolan in...


PINK FLAMINGOS
#51
06/05/2021

Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

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Kevin's Mom Vs. The Big Boys
#50
05/29/2021

Kevin asks his mom about raising a boy in a world designed to break their brains, and instead she reviews DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR, Guy Ritchie's WRATH OF MAN, MEET JOE BLACK, John Waters' CRY BABY & NOMADLAND.

 

Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

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ARMY OF THE DEAD
#49
05/22/2021

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WILD AT HEART
#48
05/15/2021

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ED WOOD
#47
05/08/2021

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NOMADLAND
#46
05/01/2021

Steps toward being productive! 

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UNDER THE SILVER LAKE (feat. Maddie Connors)
#45
04/24/2021

Steps toward being productive! 

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This is it.... The end of A(24)PRIL, and a deep dive into one of the looming cult classics of the coming decade, David Robert Mitchell's polarizing UNDER THE SILVER LAKE.

 

Comedian, writer, and New York Times minted journalist Maddie Connors joins the show to talk INHERENT VICE, neoliberal monocultures, Andrew Garfield's queerbaiting, and working through having crushes on skater boys with your therapist: there's a full spectrum of hate, light enjoyment, and  pure love in t...


AMERICAN HONEY (feat. Rachel Wood)
#44
04/17/2021

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GREEN ROOM (feat. A.E. Hodge)
#43
04/10/2021

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FIRST REFORMED
#42
04/03/2021

Pop back a blackpill with a short glass of Pepto, it's FIRST REFORMED time.

 

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CHASING AMY
#45
03/27/2021

Aya follows her lust for Ben Affleck and dips her toes into her very first Kevin Smith film with CHASING AMY, a truly demented combo of warped queer theory, Miramax leveraging, and a director telling you he's learned his lesson while very clearly not learning anything. Kevin Smith got GOOD WILL HUNTING made? This movie is about WHO?? Jason Lee is a Scientologist???

plus reactions to FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER and an end-of-episode announcement for our next mini-series....

 

Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

Kevin Cookman: https://twitter.com/KevinCookman


JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE SNYDER CUT
#40
03/20/2021

Look, just.... It's the Snyder Cut episode. Aya didn't even finish ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE! Flame her!!

 

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LET'S CANCEL CLASSIC MOVIES - March Vibe Check
#39
03/13/2021

Movie theaters re-opening, DRAGON SEED, Tucker Carlson, "cancel culture," and buying JUJUTSU KAISEN merch at anime conventions while on the frontlines of America's new culture wars.

 

Wrap it up, the American experiment was a flop.

 

Aya Lehman: https://twitter.com/ayalhmn

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WANDAVISION
#38
03/06/2021

Kevin and Aya watched a 6-hour long Marvel movie, and, yknow what: Scorsese's being too nice lmao.

 

American authoritarianism in the MCU ("You see, the difference between you and me is that you did this on purpose" jesus christ), appointment television, grief as window-dressing, and the logic of Scarlet Witch and The Vision settling down in... NEW JERSEY???

 

please stop turning Marvel movies into Big Boys so we can stop watching them.

 

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C...


TRAINING DAY
#37
02/27/2021

Finally, FINALLY: it's Denzel time. Denzel Washington, your parents' favorite actor and one of the top 3 superstars pumping out hit after hit still to this day, wins his lone Best Actor Oscar in the grimy, insane, GTA-inspiring TRAINING DAY, a dour portrait of a Los Angeles of Christmas Past when Sweetgreens didn't pollute every borough, Pacific Dining Co. was still alive and primarily funded by crooked ass cops ordering well-done steaks, and Echo Park before the transplants  gentrified it so hard that they could eat $23 take-out where bodies were once buried. 

Are you a wolf? OR ARE YO...


LETHAL WEAPON
#36
02/20/2021

To wash down the icky sticky sentimentality of Valentine's Day, the dynamic duo dances the tango with an all-timer 80s action duo: Murtaugh and Riggs. It's your estranged uncle's all-time favorite movie, and probably airing somewhere on cable as we speak, it's Richard Donner and Shane Black's LETHAL WEAPON. That's right.... It's an episode where Mr. Mel Gibson is discussed. Instantly cursed!

 

The truth is, LETHAL WEAPON is just not that interesting of a movie: it gets the job done, but its most intriguing aspects are sanded down to their most sellable features. Instead, Aya & K...