#452 : Annual Oscar Bitchin’

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Michael, Jared, and Joe discuss the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards and offer their predictions and alternative selections.

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#451 : Top Ten Films of 2016

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Michael, Jared, and Joe reveal their top 10 films of 2016. Halfway through the countdown, Joe and Jared share their favorite TV series of 2016, while Michael calls out the films he hated. The guys debate the validity of including O.J.: Made in America on a movie list. Joe coins the term “Sundance antics.”

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#448 : Essential Cinema for the Trump Era

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It’s no secret to regular listeners that Michael, Jared, and Joe are wary of the incoming U.S. president and his administration. Just before the inauguration, the guys, in the most overtly political RF episode to date, reveal their top five films for the Trump Era. Joe uses one of his selections as a stealth recommendation. Michael asks everyone to check their news sources.

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#441 : ARRIVAL

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The season’s prestige sci-fi film, Arrival, gets the Reel Fanatics treatment. Jared talks Noirvember and John Garfield. Joe compares a Mizoguchi movie to Whiplash and describes a bad theater experience.

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