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Dead Eyes

Publisher: HeadGum

Critic Rating: 4.5/5

Description

Actor/comedian Connor Ratliff (The Chris Gethard Show, UCB, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) embarks upon a quest to solve a very stupid mystery that has haunted him for two decades: why Tom Hanks fired him from a small role in the 2001 HBO mini-series, Band Of Brothers.


Critic Reviews

Score: 4

Miranda Sawyer - The Guardian - May 23, 2020

"As an interviewee points out, the show is as forensic as Serial but about something utterly unimportant. Occasionally, I got frustrated with the nutty, self-regarding indulgence. But if you like Ratliff – and he is immensely likable – you will find yourself enjoying this show."

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Score: 4.5

Nicholas Quah - Vulture - May 5, 2020

"You could think of the show’s booking history as a map of the interviewer’s interests, or see the lines of questioning as an expression of their worldview. Each episode can offer a different window into the interviewer’s life, and across a body of work, a full picture of that person can be properly pieced together. These narrative portions are well-written and compelling in their delivery; they are often the most effective elements of the podcast."

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Score: 5

Sarah Larson - New Yorker - Apr 13, 2020

"In probing themes of opportunity, rejection, and turning failure into art, Ratliff and his guests (including Jon Hamm, Rian Johnson, and Aimee Mann) manage a level of entertainment and tonal nuance that is, frankly, surprising, while fondly connecting those themes to Hanksian touchstones such as “That Thing You Do!” and David S. Pumpkins."

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Score: 4.5

Katy Atkin - Stuff NZ - Mar 15, 2020

"As a listener, the ultimate end to this series would be for Ratliff to get the chance to talk to Tom Hanks. The interconnectedness of the entertainment business makes this a possibility but it's not a fixed ending and I think you'll enjoy Ratliff's reflective and comedic journey along the way. The interconnectedness of the entertainment business makes this a possibility but it's not a fixed ending and I think you'll enjoy Ratliff's reflective and comedic journey along the way."

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