#132 : AMOUR


Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of “Singles Awareness Day” a.k.a. “SAD”, we bring you the Reel Fanatics review discussion of Michael Haneke’s 2012 Palme d’Or winning film AMOUR. Joe also tells you why he disliked GANGSTER SQUAD and Michael has PARKS AND RECREATION ruined for him on the air.

#132 – AMOUR


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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Reblogged from AboutFace Media.


Former Pixar Story Artist, Emma Coats tweeted 21 story basics in 140 characters or less way back that Pixar uses for the essence of good storytelling.

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

Read the whole list here.

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The Best of the 2013 Oscar-Nominated Short Films


“Asad”, my favorite of the live action short films.



Buzkashi Boys ★★★½

Curfew ★★★½

Death of a Shadow ★★½

Henry ★★½ Continue reading “The Best of the 2013 Oscar-Nominated Short Films” »

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#131 : Effects of Movie Violence


President Obama recently commissioned the CDC to do studies into the effects of entertainment violence as part of his plan to curb gun violence in the United States. In this episode, the guys discuss the effects of cinema violence, Quentin Tarantino’s recent comments to NPR, and all while Pudas broadcasts from the cozy confines of a bathtub.

#131 – Effects of Movie Violence


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GROUNDHOG DAY: Innocuous PG Romantic Comedy or Unsettling Nightmare?

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Let me start off by saying I love Groundhog Day, Harold Ramis’ classic 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray as a selfish weatherman finding redemption through reliving the same day over and over again. I first saw it in the theater with my father when I was six years old, and I’ve often found myself revisiting it over the past 20 years. It’s a funny, warm, even sentimental film – certainly one of the most unique romantic comedies ever produced – but those aren’t the elements that have stuck with me all this time. Even as a six-year-old, I could detect a deeply disturbing subtext that left a strange taste in my mouth; as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more and more fascinated by this otherwise cheerful film’s nightmarish traits. Upon watching it again this Groundhog Day, I’ve come to the conclusion that Groundhog Day is one of the more unsettling movies I’ve ever seen.

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Top 5 Romance Movies for Valentine’s Day

Well, it’s officially February, boys and girls. That means in 14 days we will celebrate a consumer holiday that brings bliss to thousands of couples and misery to millions of singles. But Valentine’s Day is also a great movie holiday with tons of great romance films to watch with your loved ones. Here is a list of Michael’s Top 5 Romance Movies you should be making out during in two weeks.

05. WALL-E

Most romantic line: “Eeeeee-vaaahh…”


One of the sweetest Disney/Pixar films of all time, Wall-E is the story of a little lonely robot left all alone on Earth after mankind has abandoned the planet. One day he encounters a cute female robot (if robots really have genders) named Eva and immediately wants to be around her all the time. He’s so happy with Eva until they are separated in space and Wall-E must embark on a quest to reunite with her. It’s Disney, folks, so nothing but cuteness all around in this one. Continue reading “Top 5 Romance Movies for Valentine’s Day” »

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