Rafer Guzman is the film critic for Newsday and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. He is the co-host of the WNYC podcast "Movie Date" and a regular guest on the station's news show "The Takeaway."
Rafer has also been heard on "Soundcheck," "The Brian Lehrer Show" and the New York broadcast of "All Things Considered." On television, he is a frequent guest on NY1's "Talking Pictures on Demand."
He was previously a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, where he covered travel and tourism, before joining Newsday as a rock critic in 2002. He has written about music for publications small and large, including Rolling Stone, Blender, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The East Bay Express, The Buffalo News, The San Jose Metro, the New Times papers and Option magazine.
Rafer earned a bachelor's degree in English from UC Berkeley and graduated with honors from Columbia University's School of Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
In this episode: "Rock, Forrest, Rock!" Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche.
Then: We're in the thick of summer now, which means there's no better time to find a reprieve from the heat with a cold drink and the breezy, intoxicating sounds of Bebel Gilberto. As part of the first family of Brazilian music (she's the daughter of the acclaimed and influential João Gilberto), Bebel Gilberto has taken on traditional bossa nova rhythms and infused it with her trademark alluring vocals to create a hypnotic new sound. Hear the world renowned, multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter perform from her latest record, Tudo! in the Soundcheck studio.
And: You can call him an entrepreneur, a mogul and an actor. But Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee Nas -- is best known as one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.
This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ very first live television performance here in the U.S. However, today we thought we’d take a look at the Beatles – not on the small screen, but on the big screen. We talk with Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, about the Beatles' impact on film.
Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast pick some of their favorite bands that only exist on screen.
Plus: Songwriter and pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about his latest work, a children's book called My New Teacher and Me!
And: Jazz musician and best-selling novelist James McBride discusses his new book The Good Lord Bird and brings his band in for a live performance.
There was a lot happening musically during the summer of '93 -- and there was also a lot happening in the movie theaters. The blockbuster hit "Jurassic Park" -- directed by Steven Spielberg and scored by John Williams -- became the top earning film of all time (only to be beaten out a few years later by "Titanic"). But that wasn't the only memorable film to come out of that summer, especially when it came to soundtracks.
Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's "Movie Date" podcast join us to talk about their personal favorites from that summer -- from the rap-rock of "Judgment Night" to the indie pop of "So I Married An Axe Murderer."
The co-hosts of The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast debate big versus small screen holiday movie music.