#449 : SILENCE

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The hosts get philosophical in their lengthy analysis of Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Michael and Joe debate the purpose of a film like Patriots Day, as Joe busts out his Boston Mark Wahlberg impression.

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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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#406 : THE REVENANT

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The guys analyze the new film from Iñárritu, and there is dissension!

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#223 : AMERICAN HUSTLE / THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

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Happy Holidays from Reel Fanatics! This week, a very special two-review episode. Continue reading “#223 : AMERICAN HUSTLE / THE WOLF OF WALL STREET” »

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#145 : THE GREAT GATSBY / Kickstarter & Zach Braff

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On location in Atlanta, Georgia, the guys discuss discuss the new developments with Kickstarter being used as a fundraising tool by major Hollywood stars and review the new Baz Luhrmann film THE GREAT GATSBY.

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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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#130 : Oscar Bitchin’ 2012, Part 2

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The guys wrap up their 2012 Oscar preview and predictions. Jared expresses his frustrations over the omission of Kathryn Bigelow from the Best Director category and Joe verbally punches Quvenzhané Wallis in her six year-old face.

#130 – Oscar Bitchin’ 2012, Part 2

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#128 : Top 10 Films of 2012

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The guys count down their top ten films of 2012 and reflect on an uneven but above-average year in cinema.

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#127 : ZERO DARK THIRTY

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GUEST: Zach Gonzalez-Landis, screenwriter. The guys answer listener mail, discuss their favorite movie death scenes, least-favorite cinema tropes and debate Kathryn Bigelow’s new military procedural story, ZERO DARK THIRTY.

#127 – ZERO DARK THIRTY

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#125 : DJANGO UNCHAINED

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GUEST: Sebastian Haselbeck of The Quentin Tarantino Archives (www.tarantino.info), Spaghetti Western Database (www.spaghetti-western.net) and Grindhouse Cinema Database (www.grindhousedatabase.com). The guys discuss Quentin Tarantino’s new “Southern”, debate Spike Lee’s criticism of the movie and the subversive aspects of the film.

#125 – DJANGO UNCHAINED

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