#252 : Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

GUEST: Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson). Dr. Tyson discusses COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, his role in the production of the series, as well as what he looks for in art. Then the fellas recap the summer in movies and give a preview of upcoming titles in the fall!

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#251 : THE ZERO THEOREM / SIN CITY 2: A DAME TO KILL FOR

The fellas discuss the new films from Terry Gilliam and Robert Rodriguez.

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#250 : Blind Buying DVDs & BluRays

The guys discuss what considerations go into the blind purchase of a film they’ve never seen.

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#249 : BOYHOOD

The guys review Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD.

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#248 : 100th Episode Special: Top 5 Regrets

The 100th episode of Reel Fanatics!

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#247 : DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES / LIFE ITSELF

The gents discuss LIFE ITSELF and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

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#246 : Nostalgia Culture

Play the “Nostalgia Drinking Game” and take a drink every time the word “nostalgia” is spoken in this episode. Or maybe don’t do that.

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#245 : SNOWPIERCER

The fellas discuss the English-language debut of Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, SNOWPIERCER.

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#244 : WISH I WAS HERE Kickstarter Screening

GUEST: Mark Riechers (@markonfire), media blogger and co-host of 8-bit Dairyland podcast. Mark discusses his recent experience at a Chicago-area Kickstarter reward screening for Zach Braff’s new film, WISH I WAS HERE.

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Jared’s 2014 Half-Year Standouts

As I did in 2013, I’m calling out the notable efforts of the year’s first six months. Admittedly, the crop was stronger in 2013, but that’s not to say there hasn’t been anything to be excited about in 2014. The following films and performances are my favorites of the year so far, and there’s a good chance you’ll see some of these selections on my year-end lists. Note: For consideration, a film must have had a commercial U.S. release between 1/1 & 6/30, thus excluding some festival screenings I attended (like Boyhood and Stray Dogs). Continue reading

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