Modern Technology Watches

Modern Technology Watches is an off-the-cuff film-discussion podcast.

Follow along with Rob Vincent and Gila Drazen, a married couple of film geeks with very different tastes and a shared video library, as they take turns introducing one another to the films rattling around in their combined collection.

Please note that every episode features a full recap and discussion of the film featured, so be sure to watch anything for which you’re avoiding spoilers before listening to our take on it. Please also note that the movies we talk about often contain adult language and content, and so do our discussions on this podcast; listener discretion is advised.


Episode Guide


Season 1

Episode 101
Lifeboat (1944)
Released May 27, 2019
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Rob and Gila smash a bottle of something sparkly on their new film podcast by watching the 1944 Alfred Hitchcock film “Lifeboat.”

Episode 102
The Ten (2007)
Released June 10, 2019
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In this special Shavuot episode Gila introduces Rob to the 2007 David Wain film “The Ten,” an anthology of comedy sketches based on the Ten Commandments.

Episode 103
Rocketman (2019)
Released June 30, 2019
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Rob and Gila shake up the format and go to their local cinema to catch a film neither of them has already seen, 2019’s Elton John biopic “Rocketman.”

Episode 104
The Goonies (1985)
Released August 19, 2019
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Rob shows Gila 1985’s piratey-wish-fulfillment adventure “The Goonies,” and they discover together whether the old swashes can still be suitably buckled today.

Episode 105
The Tao of Steve (2000)
Released August 30, 2019
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Gila shows Rob the extremely indie 2000 Sundance-award-winning rom-com “The Tao of Steve,” which somehow results in our shortest episode to date.

Episode 106
The Warriors (1979)
Released September 24, 2019
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There’s a special screening of 1979’s cult dystopian gang-fight film “The Warriors” on Coney Island, and Rob invites Gila out to play. Can she dig it?

Episode 107
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Released October 25, 2019
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Gila takes Rob on a journey to Riverdale. Not the dark CW teen drama based on Archie comics, nor the neighborhood in the Bronx; this is the bubbly cinematic Riverdale populated by 2001’s live-action “Josie and the Pussycats.”

Episode 108
Without Warning (1994)
Released October 30, 2019
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The Modern Technology Watches Halloween Special consists of the fallout from Gila and Rob’s joyous annual Halloween viewing of 1994’s fake-news TV movie “Without Warning.”

Episode 109
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Released November 18, 2019
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Gila and Rob are joined on Modern Technology Watches by special guest Susie “Mother of the Bride” Drazen, who has brought the acclaimed 1959 comedy “Some Like It Hot” for us to enjoy.

Episode 110
Blade Runner (1982)
Released December 4, 2019
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Rob takes Gila on a Modern Technology Watches trip to the dark and mysterious future of… *checks notes* …November 2019, the futuristic setting of 1982’s cyberpunk film noir “Blade Runner.”

Episode 111
Camp (2003)
Released December 23, 2019
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Gila, a grownup theatre kid, invites Rob, another grownup theater kid, on a trip to “Camp,” a 2003 film about a theatrical Summer camp populated by theatre kids putting on theatre.

Episode 112
Network (1976)
Released January 13, 2020
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Rob connects Gila to 1976’s news-entertainment satire “Network” and its award-winning world of live-televised meltdowns, corporate machination, and human manipulation.

Episode 113
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Released February 13, 2020
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Gila caps off our inaugural season with 2012’s a-capella-competition comedy “Pitch Perfect,” a cinematic celebration of teen warfare via structured cover-band battles.

Season 2

Episode 201
Back to the Future (1985)
Released March 10, 2020
BTTF special 1/3
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In a very special second-season premiere Rob introduces Gila to the 1985 classic scifi action comedy “Back to the Future,” with assistance from BTTF fans and friends of the network Jen and Gabe of The Dork Web.

Episode 202
Empire Records (1995)
Released April 8, 2020
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Gila celebrates the day 1995’s “Empire Records” takes place by, strangely enough, making Rob watch 1995’s “Empire Records.”

Episode 203
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Released July 7, 2020
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The future is now (a.k.a. five years ago) as Rob shows Gila 1989’s “Back to the Future Part II.” Special guests Jen and Gabe from The Dork Web return as we all skew into some tangents together.

Episode 204
A New Leaf (1971)
Released August 6, 2020
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Rob shows Gila 1971’s cult Elaine May/Walter Matthau dark comedy romance “A New Leaf.”

Episode 205
But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
Released August 21, 2020
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Gila introduces Rob to the cult LGBTQIA+ film “But I’m a Cheerleader.”

Episode 206
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Released September 8, 2020
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Jen and Gabe from The Dork Web join us as we double back to Hill Valley one last time to complete the trilogy with “Back to the Future Part III.”

Episode 207
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)
Released September 22, 2020
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Rob shows Gila writer/director/star Gene Wilder’s 1975 spoof “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother.”

Episode 208
Bye Bye Birdie (1995)
Released October 29, 2020
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Gila shows Rob the 1995 made-for-TV adaptation of Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Episode 209
An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)
Released November 19, 2020
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Rob shows Gila the 2013 TV movie “An Adventure in Space and Time,” a docudrama about the origin of “Doctor Who.”

Episode 210
Election (1999)
Released December 15, 2020
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Gila introduces Rob to the 1999 Alexander Payne dark comedy “Election,” which was made in her hometown.

Episode 211
Metropolis (1927)
Released January 29, 2021
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Rob shows Gila 1927’s “Metropolis,” her first silent film.

Episode 212
Cheaters (2000)
Released February 20, 2021
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Gila shows Rob 2000’s “Cheaters,” a made-for-TV dramatization of a real-life high-school cheating scandal.