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Richard Lawson (@rilaws on Twitter) is a film critic, and currently writes for Vanity Fair. He is also the co-host of the awards podcast Little Gold Men, with fellow film critics and awards obsessives Katey Rich, Mike Hogan, and Joanna Robinson.


Lawson is one of the most frequent guests on the Blank Check podcast and has now joined the Blank Check Double Digits Club, having been featured on the Lady in the Water, Vanilla Sky, Saving Private Ryan, K-19: The Widowmaker, Spanglish, Home Again, Big Eyes, Philadelphia, The Witches, and The Power of the Dog episodes. He refers to many of the actors in the films they cover—particularly Saving Private Ryan—as "his boys" due to his current or former infatuation with them (though he does not brand them as such like other past and future guest Karen Han.)

Lawson is openly gay, and claimed the Campion film The Power of the Dog "for gay reasons." [1]

March Madness[]

Lawson was included in the March Madness 2021 Guest Bracket, choosing the number 5 seed Wolfgang Peterson. He won his first round against JD Amato's pick Jacques Tati, but was absolutely trounced in round 2 by Karen Han's number 1 seed Gore Verbinski. After his defeat, his Little Gold Men cohost (and round 1 Guest Bracket loser) Katey Rich tweeted her sympathies, asking if their listeners would appreciate "a 5- month Wolfgang Petersen/Kelly Reichardt tribute." [2] He responded simply: "Air First Cow." [3]


Lawson is the second most frequent guest on the main feed behind Emily Yoshida, and is second only to her in the total number of appearances. On his 10th appearance, Griffin gave him the nickname Richard "Bo Derek" Lawson. His first and tenth appearances were released exactly six years apart.

Main Feed[]

# Title Audio Guest(s) Length Date Series
046 Lady in the Water 🔊 Richard Lawson 1:49 3/6/2016 Pod Night Shyamacast
067 Vanilla Sky 🔊 Richard Lawson 2:04 7/22/2016 We Pod A Cast
095 Saving Private Ryan 🔊 Richard Lawson 1:45 2/11/2017 Pod Me If You Cast
133 K-19: The Widowmaker 🔊 Richard Lawson 1:50 10/29/2017 Pod-19: The Widowcaster
160 Spanglish 🔊 Richard Lawson 2:11 4/22/2018 Podcast News
193 Home Again 🔊 Richard Lawson 1:59 11/25/2018 Something's Podda Cast
212 Big Eyes 🔊 Richard Lawson 2:04 4/14/2019 Podward Scissorcast
253 Philadelphia 🔊 Richard Lawson 2:20 1/19/2020 Stop Making Podcasts
309 The Witches 🔊 Richard Lawson 2:20 1/31/2021 Podcast Away
365 The Power of the Dog 🔊 Richard Lawson 2:24 3/6/2022 The Podcastiano

Special Features[]

# Title Audio Guest(s) Length Date Series
SF057 Trolls: The Experience 🔊 Richard Lawson 1:48 4/11/2020 Patreon Standalones


  1. @rilaws. Tweet Mar 20, 2018. twitter. Retrieved on March 6, 2022. “It is my dream to have one of those Wikipedia entries where the last line is "He is openly gay."”
  2. @kateyrich, My deepest sympathies Richard, how do you think the Little Gold Men listeners will feel when we announce a 5- month Wolfgang Petersen/Kelly Reichardt tribute. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  3. @rilaws, Air First Cow. Retrieved March 25, 2021.