Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 144 – Oscar Seasoning 2016 Kickoff!

Craig Hamilton and Ben Flanagan kick off the awards season with a discussion of the early Oscar buzz for films like Loving, La La Land, Arrival, Birth of a Nation, and many others! Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen in your browser with the audio player below! Click […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 143 – Top 5 Favorite 21st Century Comedies

Ben Stark and Craig Hamilton totally rip off Filmspotting’s 602nd episode and discuss our Top 5 Comedies of the 21st Century. The guys try to mention all of the major comedic voices of the last 16 years or so, including Judd Apatow, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Edgar Wright, but of course there is no genre more subjective than comedies, so personal taste reigns […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 142 – Classic Film Noir

Ben Stark and Craig Hamilton talk about the nebulous genre of “Classic Film Noir”, covering which movies qualify, and discussing favorites like Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon, Mildred Pierce, and many more! Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen in your browser with the audio player below! […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 141 – BBC’s Top 100 Films of the 21st Century

Ben Stark and Dawn of the Dad’s Franco Asmaeil discuss the BBC’s Top 100 Films of the 21st Century (so far). Franco lays down the facts, Ben gives his own top ten list, and the guys discuss overall reactions to the list. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 138 – Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of Fall/Winter 2016

Ben Stark brings on Dawn of the Dad’s Franco Asmaeil to discuss their top five most anticipated films of the year’s remainder. There are lots of big Hollywood movies and independent and foreign films on the horizon, and many of them look incredible. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 137 – Is Rotten Tomatoes fresh or rotten?

Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark discuss the recent Rotten Tomatoes/Suicide Squad controversy. They cover common misunderstandings of the site, its usefulness or lack thereof, and the general state of online film criticism. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen in your browser […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 135 – Who should direct Man of Steel 2?

Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark discuss the latest news about the next Superman movie, which is officially in development. Assuming Zack Snyder will be too busy with Justice League to direct the sequel to Man of Steel, the guys talk about who might make a fitting replacement. WARNING: This issue may contain spoilers for Man of Steel and this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Share […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 134 – Two Dads Chat about Suicide Squad (Spoilers)

Ben Flanagan is joined by the Thomas Wayne of Film Nerds Unlimited (and father of Ben and Graham), Steve Flanagan, to give a quick take on Suicide Squad! Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen in your browser with the audio player below! Click […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 133 – Top 5 Films of 2016, So Far

We’re well over halfway through the year, so Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan talk about their top five movies of 2016 so far! Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen in your browser with the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 132 – Comic-Con 2016 Movie Reactions

Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan cover just a few of the biggest bits of news and trailer sightings coming out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con! The guys talk about the new trailer for Wonder Woman, Justice League, and other films, as well as the newest bit of Marvel casting. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 130 – Star Trek Hype!

Ben Stark and Matt Scalici boldly go where a bunch of movie geeks have gone before and get pumped for this weekend’s release of Star Trek Beyond by ranking all the Trek movies from least favorite to most favorite! Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 128 – Lost in Translation Commentary

Craig Hamilton is joined by our good buddy Morgan Gargis to record another feature-length commentary, this time for Sophia Coppola’s acclaimed 2003 film Lost in Translation! Cue up your DVD, Blu-ray, or digital file and listen along with the guys as they break down this hotly debated classic. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 127 – Do We Really Want All These Disney Live Action Adaptations?

With all the marketing coming out for next year’s Beauty & The Beast, and the success of The Jungle Book, Ben Flanagan and Craig Hamilton decided it was time to discuss the ongoing trend of Disney live action adaptations. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 126 – Steven Spielberg, Top to Bottom

MORE SPIELBERG HYPE! That’s right, the Film Nerds aren’t done with the Steven Spielberg talk yet! Graham Flanagan and Ben Flanagan discuss The Beard’s top five and bottom five movies, among other topics. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen in […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 125 – Spielberg Hype!

Last weekend saw the release of the mega-smash hit The BFG, from one of Film Nerds Unlimited’s favorite directors, Steven Spielberg. Ben Flanagan and Matt Scalici published a great breakdown of their Spielberg favorites over at Al.com, and Graham Flanagan did the same over at Business Insider, so Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark decided it was time to weigh in! Listen to the […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 124 – Movie Warning Signs

Are there things in movies that are warning signs for you? Red flags? Raccoons? Wait, why does Craig keep saying “raccoon”? Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark have a lot of fun talking about their movie warning signs… Elements that make them skeptical about seeing a given movie. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 123 – Top Five Pixar

In anticipation of this week’s release of Finding Dory, Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan talk about their anticipation of the film, the general critical consensus of Pixar at this point, and their top five favorite Pixar films. Tune in, and check out their full lists on Letterboxd: Flanagan here, Stark here. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 122 – Rogue One Reshoots

In response to an alarming report by Page Six about extensive reshoots on Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan discuss their current feelings on the film and the culture surrounding it, and contrast previous reports with a recent article by Entertainment Weekly that suggests things are not what they seem. Share your thoughts with us on the […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 121 – Summer Movie Preview 2016

In a GIANT-SIZE issue of Film Nerds Unlimited, Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan tackle the in-progress Summer Movie Season of 2016, looking at all the big releases and their anticipation levels. Is it a weaker-looking Summer than others? Are there diamonds in the rough? Has the season already peaked, thanks to Captain America: Civil War? Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 120 – The Fast Eddie Felson Movies (Shelf of Shame)

Ben Stark had some time to knock a few classics off of his Shelf of Shame and recruited Franco Asmaeil to help him discuss Robert Rossen’s The Hustler and Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money, which tell the story of pool shark Fast Eddie Felson, possibly Paul Newman’s greatest on-screen character. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 118 – The Ghostbusters Trailer Controversy

Ben Stark talks to Dawn of the Dad’s Franco Asmaeil about the trailers for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, which has been met with unexpected fan backlash. The popular YouTube personality Angry Video Game Nerd has gone so far as to refuse to watch and review the new film. The guys discuss the roots of this backlash, and if it’s warranted at all. Share your thoughts […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 117 – Is Daniel Craig Done with 007?

Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark react to today’s “news” that Daniel Craig may be finished playing James Bond. They discuss what this means for the franchise, what may have caused the split, and… of course, fantasy casting! Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 116 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Shelf of Shame)

Craig Hamilton and Morgan Gargis get together to discuss a classic film that sat on both of their Shelves of Shame: John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, the 1962 Western that is legendary for a number of reasons, including its all-star pairing of John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. Did the guys like it as much as they SHOULD have? […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 115 – The DGA’s 80 Best-Directed Movies

Celebrating its 80th year in 2016, the Director’s Guild of America has released a list of the 80 best-directed films since 1936. Craig Hamilton and Morgan Gargis break down the list and talk about where the DGA went right and where they went wrong. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 113 – Captain America Hype!

Ben Stark and Matt Scalici get amped for Captain America: Civil War, as they discuss the previous four Marvel Cinematic Universe films featuring the character, his translation from the comics, and if the character has life beyond Chris Evans. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 112 – No More Inhumans and the Future of Marvel

Ben Stark and Matt Scalici discuss some recent Marvel news centered around the un-scheduling of the Inhumans film. This morphs into a greater conversation about the state of Marvel film and TV on the whole, as the guys discuss how recent leadership changes may mark a huge shift for the MCU. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 111 – FilmStruck Announcement

Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan discuss the exciting prospect of FilmStruck, a new streaming platform that TCM and Criterion plan to launch in late 2016. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen in your browser with the audio player below! Click Here to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 110 – Trailers for Cafe Society and Independence Day 2

Matt Scalici and Ben Flanagan preview the previews for two very different, but very colorful Summer 2016 movies: Woody Allen’s Cafe Society and Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen in your browser with the audio player below! Click Here to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 108 – The Troubling Warner Brothers Game Plan

Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan talk about a recent Hollywood Reporter story that suggests Warner Brothers will produce fewer films, and focus more on a select handful of franchise movies. The guys talk about the Warner Brothers legacy, what caused this change in attitude, and what kind of a direction change they’d like to see for the studio. Share your thoughts with […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 107 – Marvel’s Doctor Strange Trailer and Spider-Man: Homecoming

Ben Stark and Matt Scalici do their usual thing and totally freak out for Marvel movies, as they discuss two new bits of Marvel news: The brand new trailer for Doctor Strange and the announcement of the title for Marvel’s Spider-Man reboot. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 106 – Rogue One Trailer Reaction

Ben Stark and Matt Scalici discuss the brand new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They talk about their anticipation level for the film, how it may affect the Star Wars cinematic universe going forward, and more! Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Film Nerds Unlimited on iTunes. Feel free to listen […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 105 – The BFG Full Trailer Reaction

Graham Flanagan and Matt Scalici discuss the newly released full trailer for Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. The first teaser seemed very promising, but both guys have their reservations now that they’ve seen more of the film. Tune in and hear what they have to say! Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe to, rate, and […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 103 – Batman v Superman Hype!

Ben Flanagan follows up his Al.com post about the best of Batman and Superman with a discussion with Ben Stark. The Bens get hyped for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by talking about all the best elements from both the movies featuring these two massively popular characters. The guys cover casting, music, fight scenes, and so much more! Share your thoughts with us on the […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 101 – Spielberg and Ford return for Indiana Jones 5

Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan discuss the huge news that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford will return to make a fifth Indiana Jones movie under the Disney/LucasFilm banner, with Kathleen Kennedy on board as producer, to be released in the Summer of 2019. There are several “x factors” in determining how this project might turn out, so the guys discuss their […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 100 – Top 3 Movies of All Time

It’s another all-star lineup as the Film Nerds celebrate 100 issues of Film Nerds Unlimited! We picked another excruciating top three list, in the tradition of our 50th episode, and each of us had to make some hard calls in naming our top three movies of all time. Listen to Ben Stark, Craig Hamilton, Ben Flanagan, Graham Flanagan, and Franco Asmaeil as they list […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 99 – Want to pay $50 to watch a theatrical release at home?

Sean Parker (of Napster, Spotify, and other online successes) is shopping around “The Screening Room”, a day-and-date release platform that could revolutionize the way we watch new movies. Now, major directors such as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have spoken out in support of the new technology. Graham Flanagan and Ben Stark discuss the potential pros and cons of The Screening […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 96 – Carol’s ending and critical reception (Spoilers)

Franco Asmaeil of Dawn of the Dad joins Ben Stark to discuss Todd Haynes’ Carol, particularly the film’s ending, tone, and audience reception. Why wasn’t the film in the Best Picture race? What sets it apart from other prestige films of 2015? What are its strongest qualities? Tune in and find out! Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 94 – What’s with the hate for The Revenant?

With the Oscars this Sunday, Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark decided to talk about the confusing negative reaction that The Revenant has garnered in its Awards Season run, inspired in part by the popular Brutally Honest Oscar Voter article that recently hit The Hollywood Reporter. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 93 – The Wrong Lesson

Fox and Marvel’s newest comic book action movie, Deadpool, is a huge success. But, in the wake of the film’s popularity, what will film studios be taking away as the key to the film’s financial winnings? Ben Stark and Matt Scalici talk about movie studios learning the “wrong lesson” when they manage to deliver a hit. Make sure to subscribe to our brand […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 90 – When Should Franchises Be Terminated?

With news of the next Terminator movie losing its release date, the future of the franchise looks uncertain. Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark discuss whether this is a good or a bad thing, among other topics: Why does every franchise need to continue infinitely? Are there any franchises that are okay to keep going on and on? Make sure to subscribe to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 89 – Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, w/Lizzie Keiper

Craig Hamilton talks to Harry Potter expert Lizzie Keiper of The Leaky Cauldron about the tragic passing of Alan Rickman, and his memorable 8-film performance as the scourge of Hogwarts, Severus Snape. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 89

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 88 – 13 Hours (Spoilers)

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Michael Bay is releasing a rare non-Transformers film, and that’s definitely worth talking about. Graham Flanagan and Ben Flanagan discuss the new film 13 Hours, the story of the US military’s reaction to the 2012 Benghazi attack. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 88

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 86 – Oscar Seasoning (January 15)

Oscar nominations have been announced, so it’s about time for Ben Flanagan and Craig Hamilton to weigh in with their thoughts and analysis! They discuss snubs and the state of the Oscar race going forward! Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 86

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 83 – Joy (No Spoilers)

Ben Flanagan and Graham Flanagan discuss the latest collaboration between David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence, Joy. The film has not caught fire with critics the way their previous collaborations did, but is the film recommendable? Is there a chance critics are wrong? Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 81 – Sicario (No Spoilers)

With Sicario hitting blu ray and digital rental today, Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark thought it’d be a good idea to discuss this highly recommendable movie by Denis Villeneuve. The guys discuss the film’s tone, politics, cinematography, and much more. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 79 – The Hateful Eight (Spoilers)

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Another week, another massive movie event. It must be December! Matt Scalici and Ben Flanagan have seen the newest film from Quentin Tarantino in “glorious” 70mm, and with both being huge fans of the director’s output, are excited to discuss The Hateful Eight. Does the film live up to Tarantino’s high standards? Tune in and find out. Make sure to subscribe to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 78 – The Good Dinosaur (Spoilers)

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From the illustrious Milo’s in Tuscaloosa, Graham Flanagan and Ben Flanagan discuss the newest film from Pixar, The Good Dinosaur. The guys talk about the film’s emotional impact, animation, and other elements of what has come one of the studio’s more low-key releases. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 76 – Return of the Jedi (Spoilers)

The final confrontation unfolds as Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark discuss the ending to George Lucas’ original Star Wars saga, and the prelude to this weekend’s big release. How does the film compare to Empire Strikes Back? How does it tie things up? Are the Ewoks really all that bad? Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 75 – Brooklyn (Spoilers)

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Graham Flanagan and Ben Flanagan discuss the very well-reviewed film Brooklyn, a period drama about Irish immigrants. Does the film live up to its strong reviews? Are the performances as awards-worthy as rumored? Tune in and find out. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 74 – Oscar Seasoning (December 11)

Now that Golden Globe nominations have been announced, Oscar season is in full swing. Ben Flanagan and Craig Hamilton begin what will hopefully be an ongoing series of discussions about the current Oscar climate and the state of the race. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 72 – Attack of the Clones (Spoilers)

Ben Stark and Craig Hamilton continue the road to The Force Awakens with the second installment in George Lucas’ troubled prequel trilogy. Is this film a step up from Phantom Menace? Is it a step down? Are its revolutionary tech advancements a help to the film? Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 70 – What’s the big deal about Star Wars?

Ben Stark welcomes back Franco Asmaeil to discuss Star Wars from the perspective of a non-fan. Why is this franchise so beloved? How has a single sci-fi movie become bigger than its entire medium? What does the proliferation of Star Wars films mean for the future of Hollywood? Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 69 – Creed (Spoilers)

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Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan discuss the newest film in the Rocky franchise. Does the team behind Fruitvale Station do the series justice? Does the film measure up to its strong reviews? What are Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar chances? Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 69

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 67 – The Phantom Menace (Spoilers)

Ben Stark and Matt Scalici dare tread into prequel territory as they discuss George Lucas’ 1999 return to his Star Wars saga. They talk about anticipating the film during its release, what went wrong, what went right, and what it all means for The Force Awakens. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 65 – The Current State of Comic Book Movies

With the looming Marvel/DC war between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, Ben Stark talks to special guest Allen Drago about the current state of comic book movies, why they’re so appealing, and which brand has the advantage. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 62 – The Empire Strikes Back (Spoilers)

Ben Stark and Craig Hamilton continue the road to The Force Awakens with a discussion of the original trilogy’s dark middle chapter. The guys talk about the film’s effectiveness as a stand-alone movie, its relationship to the first film, and the particulars of exactly how much time passes during Luke’s training. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 58 – James Bond Hype!

Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan anticipate the newest James Bond film, Spectre, by discussing their favorite elements of 007 films. From the best Bond actor, to potential villains, to best Bond directors, the guys go in-depth on one of cinema’s most enduring icons. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 56 – The Force Awakens Trailer Debut on Monday Night Football

Graham Flanagan and Matt Scalici keep the Star Wars hype awakened with a discussion of the brand new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The new trailer debuted on Monday Night Football on October 19, and has the geek world – and the mainstream world – abuzz. How did the trailer affect Graham and Matt’s anticipation for the film? Tune in and […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 54 – They’re re-casting John McClane.

Today, the news dropped that Len Wiseman would be developing a Die Hard prequel that will feature a young John McClane and “show how he became a die hard kind of guy.” This is troubling indeed, so Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan had to talk about this news and the franchise as a whole. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 53 – Early Review for Bridge of Spies (No Spoilers)

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We have a surprise for our listeners! Graham Flanagan sits down with his colleague Arielle Berger to discuss her reactions to a very early screening of Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. Tune in and see what they have to say! Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 53

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 52 – What’s So Scary About Horror Movies?

It’s the Halloween season, so horror novices Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan discuss what they look for in a horror film, what elements of a film they find most scary, and which filmmakers flourish in the genre. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 52

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 51 – The Star Wars Hype Awakens

In about 3 months, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive in theaters. The deluge of trailers, toys, and various product tie-ins have begun, so Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark talk about their relationship to the franchise, their anticipation of the film, and the current cultural climate when it comes to what has to be the most buzzed-about movie of 2015. Make sure to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 49 – The Jungle Book and Other Live-Action Remakes of Disney Animation

Graham Flanagan and Ben Stark talk about the new trailer for Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and discuss the ongoing trend of Disney filming live-action remakes of their animated feature films. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 49

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Film Nerds Unlimited – Issue 47: The Double-Edged Katana of Tarantino’s Ego

Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark talk about a recent Vulture interview with Lane Brown (not Lane Butler), in which master filmmaker Quentin Tarantino showcases his trademark swagger, and attempt to analyze how this swagger relates to Tarantino’s filmography. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 47

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 46 – Colin Trevorrow is directing Star Wars 9

Lots of news came out of Disney’s big D23 convention, but one of the biggest bits was the announcement that Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World, would direct the 9th “episode” in the ongoing Star Wars saga after JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson deliver their entries. Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark discuss the decision, what it says about the future of Star Wars movies, what it says […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 45 – On the Waterfront (Spoilers)

Ben Stark continues his journey through his 2015 Shelf of Shame with Elia Kazan’s classic, On the Waterfront. Tune in as he discusses the film with Craig Hamilton. Topics covered include the film’s legendary performance(s), Leonard Bernstein’s score, the movie’s Oscar scorecard, and other notable Kazan works. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 43 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Spoilers)

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Tom Cruise fanboys Ben Stark and Ben Flanagan spend a tremendous amount of time gushing about the newest entry in the Mission: Impossible series. They discuss Chris McQuarrie’s contributions to the series, newcomer Rebecca Ferguson, the relationship of Cruise’s star image to the character of Ethan Hunt, and the film’s place in its franchise and in the 2015 Summer Movie Season. Make sure to subscribe […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 42 – Is Tom Cruise Our Greatest Working Action Star?

On the eve of release for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark discuss a surprisingly staggering notion: Tom Cruise is the best action star working in movies today. With the waning careers of Schwarzenegger and Willis, and the middling quality of films starring The Rock or Vin Diesel, it seems like Cruise is the clear king of the action mountain. Listen […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 40 – Tarantino Hires Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight

One of the big news items for fans of movie scores coming out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was the reveal that master composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) would be scoring Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming The Hateful Eight. As huge fans of both Morricone and Tarantino, Graham Flanagan and Matt Scalici talk about this news, what it means for […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 39 – San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Movie Reactions

It was a big year at San Diego Comic-Con for movies, especially those from DC and Warner Brothers. Neither Ben Flanagan nor Ben Stark attended Comic-Con, but both have internet access and, therefore, have valid and firmly held opinions about all of SDCC’s goings-on. *Note: The guys totally failed to mention the Hateful Eight panel, which warrants a full podcast discussion of its own. That very […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 38 – Are 1974-1976 the best “Best Picture” years ever?

What is the best “Best Picture” year ever? That’s the kind of question that gets tossed around a lot in the corporate offices of FilmNerds.com, so Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark decided to address it. Very quickly the answer got whittled down to a very narrow set of years, and then the conversation became much tougher: Figuring out which was a better Best Picture […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 36 – The Wolfpack (Spoilers)

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Graham Flanagan is joined by Aspect Radio co-host and ArtsBHAM contributor Corey Craft to discuss the Sundance documentary The Wolfpack, about a group of home-schooled teens that see the world primarily through the lens of re-enacted movies. Graham and Corey were able to catch the film during Corey’s recent visit to New York, but the film is also hitting festivals and theaters nationwide. […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 35 – Are Pixar Movies Really For Kids Anymore?

Ben Flanagan and Matt Scalici are both shaken by the emotional experience of watching Pixar’s latest, Inside Out, and discuss the animation studio’s approach to making films that appeal to both children and adults. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 35

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 33 – James Horner

Ben Flanagan and Graham Flanagan remember the composer James Horner, who died on June 23. They discuss classic Horner scores from Braveheart, Titanic, Aliens, and many others. All the Film Nerds are grieving the loss of Horner, but Ben and Graham bring a personal perspective to a composer who was so prolific during many of our developmental years. Make sure to subscribe to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 32 – Inside Out (Spoilers)

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Franco Asmaeil of the podcast Dawn of the Dad joins Ben Stark for a discussion of Pixar’s latest critical and financial hit, Inside Out. They begin with a brief discussion of the short attached to the film, Lava, and continue on to talk about art history, tears, and death being preferable to being forgotten. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 31 – Jurassic World (Spoilers)

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WARNING: There are some cell connection issues at times. If they come up, relax! It’s only for a little bit and is marginally inconsequential. Ben Stark talks to Ben Flanagan, Matt Scalici, and Craig Hamilton about 2015’s latest smash hit, Jurassic World. The long-developing sequel summons some strong opinions from a few of the Nerds, and between the three conversations, every possible angle of […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 30B – Graham Flanagan’s Shelf of Shame

Graham Flanagan takes a break from his Cuban vacation to commend Craig and Morgan on their Shelves of Shame. In the process, he asks important questions about what it means to be a Film Nerd, the logistics of trans-Caribbean trolling, and the true definition of the term “jake ace”. The staff of FilmNerds.com apologize for this. Make sure to subscribe to […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 30 – Craig and Morgan’s Shelves of Shame

Craig Hamilton and special guest Morgan Gargis talk about a FilmNerds.com tradition: The dreaded Shelf of Shame, or the list of movies we all, as movie buffs, really should have seen by now. Everyone has their own Shelf of Shame, so don’t judge Craig and Morgan too harshly… Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 29 – Anticipating Batman v Superman and DC Films

Craig Hamilton and special guest Morgan Gargis discuss the prospects of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the DC cinematic universe in general, and what Warner Brothers should do to make their films successful. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 29

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 25 – Are Fifth Movies Always Bad?

Ben Stark has a long and rambling conversation with Ben Flanagan about the rare case of a fifth movie in an ongoing franchise. Is Rocky V the high water mark? If so, is Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation doomed? Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 25

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 24 – Superhero Movie Casting

Craig Hamilton and Ben Stark discuss casting in superhero movies, from the spot-on casting of Marvel Studios, to the creative casting of the X-Men and Batman films, to the arguably worse casting decisions in superhero movie history. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 24

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 23 – The Rise & Fall of Sylvester Stallone

In celebration of the return of Back to the Movies, Matt Scalici talks to Ben Stark about the oddity that is Rhinestone, and the bizarre career that made the film possible: That of action movie superstar and comedy movie wannabe Sylvester Stallone. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! Click […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 22 – Tomorrowland (Spoilers)

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Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark go in-depth on Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, which didn’t set the box office on fire in its release weekend, and currently has a “Rotten” designation on RottenTomatoes.com… Is the movie bad? Is it worth talking about? Is it saying anything worth thinking about? Touch the pin and find out. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 21 – Pros and Cons of Mystery Box Movie Marketing

Movie marketing is a topic that has come up on FNU before, but the recent strategy for Tomorrowland has spurred on a conversation between Ben Flanagan and Ben Stark about whether or not a “mystery box” approach is a wise movie for studios and for the filmmakers that studios employ. How much marketing power should a filmmaker be given? How much […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 19 – Simon Pegg’s Indictment of Blockbusters

This week, Simon Pegg made comments suggesting that geek culture in mainstream film was dumbing down audiences, and Damon Lindelof admitted a disinterest in working on an “unoriginal” franchise like Star Wars. These comments, combined with the usual “popcorn movie malaise” that can set in for many film fans in the Summer, sparked the ire of Matt Scalici, and Ben […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 16 – Mad Max: Fury Road (Spoilers)

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Ben Stark talks to Graham Flanagan about the highly anticipated and highly acclaimed action epic Mad Max: Fury Road. Matt Scalici hops in to add his thoughts on this weird and unlikely summer blockbuster. Beware: Spoilers abound! Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below!   Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 16

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 15 – Summer 2015 Box Office Preview, Part I (May-June)

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Dawn of the Dad’s Franco Asmaeil and Ben Stark go in-depth on Summer 2015, talking about the big movies of the season and trying their best to guess which will be the money-makers and which will be flops. Will Avengers: Age of Ultron stay on track? Will Jurassic World be a Green Lantern-level flop? Will this weekend’s Mad Max: Fury Road make a stand for R-rated action movies? Make sure […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 11 – You can’t get rid of The Babadook

Francesca Scalici and Ben Stark discuss Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook, recently added to Netflix Instant. They give their opinion on the film, its meaning, and its representation of parenthood, among other things. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below!   Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 11

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 10 – Getting Hyped for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

This Friday, the second “phase” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe culminates in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Matt Scalici and Ben Stark assemble to talk about their favorite Marvel movies, psychoanalyze their Marvel nerdiness, and address various other bits of Marvel business. It’s Avengers week. ‘NUFF SAID. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below! […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 9 – Will The Visit be Shyamalan’s return to glory?

The trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit dropped last week, and while Matt Scalici is skeptical, Graham Flanagan sees an opportunity for M. Night Shyamalan to shine up a career that some Film Nerds might consider tarnished. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in the audio player below!   Click Here to Download: Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 9

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 2 – Blade Runner 2 Casting / Oscars 1957

Welcome back to Film Nerds Unlimited, our new podcast series from the FilmNerds crew in which we discuss, argue about, and rant with each other on the movie-related topics that we’ve been thinking about lately. In the latest “issue” of our new Film Nerds Unlimited podcast series, Ben Flanagan reacts to the news of Ryan Gosling being cast in the Blade […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 1 – Summer Movie Seasons / The Force Awakens Trailer

Greetings, Nerds! Welcome to Film Nerds Unlimited, a brand new podcast series from the FilmNerds crew in which we discuss, argue about, and rant with each other on the movie-related topics that we’ve been thinking about lately. What, you may be asking, makes it different than our previous podcasting ventures? Well, for one thing, we’re doing it! Thanks in large […]

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Baseball Movies: From ‘Major League’ to ‘Moneyball,’ here’s the true hall of fame

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AL.com Birmingham news manager and deliriously hapless Chicago Cubs fan Alex Walsh joins “Aspect Radio” co-host Ben Flanagan to explore the best examples of the baseball movie genre, as we list each of our top three favorite films set on or around a diamond. Warning: We will leave out a couple that we know you hold near and dear to […]

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Shelf of Shame: Comedy Edition – Withnail & I (1987)

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WITHNAIL & I (1987) Bruce Robinson’s crudely shot but deeply personal meditation on friendship and alcoholism follows a pair of unemployed actors living in squalor and taking an impromptu trip to the English countryside to continue an ongoing avoidance of any actual responsibility. Richard E. Grant (in his film debut) stars as the troubled and self-absorbed Withnail with an at-first […]

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Cinematrimony – Guardians of the Galaxy

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Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy. Does the movie exceed Matt’s fanboy hype? Does it play well with notoriously anti-superhero Francesca? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Guardians of […]

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Cinematrimony – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest edition of the sci-fi reboot franchise. Matt was thrilled with the first film in this new imagining of Rod Serling’s bizarre sci-fi tale but will Francesca come around after this heavily-praised sequel? Matt and Francesca […]

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Shelf of Shame: Comedy Edition – Midnight Run (1988)

MIDNIGHT RUN (1988) Martin Brest’s road action/comedy marks the first essential film in this 10-part comedy series thanks to a deft script loaded with memorable action and dialogue delivered by pros in their absolute primes. Robert De Niro obviously still had about a decade of brilliant work in him, this on the cusp of “Goodfellas” and “Awakenings.” As no-nonsense, world-weary […]

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Shelf of Shame: Comedy Edition – Silver Streak (1976)

SILVER STREAK (1976) Fun action/comedy blending exciting set pieces. Mostly a showcase for Gene Wilder, especially during the first hour when it goes for more of a Hitchcockian vibe. Richard Pryor only comes more than an hour into it, when it drifts almost entirely into pure action territory. Hops from light romance to mistaken identity thriller to disaster movie blockbuster […]

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Gordon Willis, 1931-2014

Arguably the greatest cinematographer ever, Gordon Willis passed away at 82 on Sunday. He shot the entire “Godfather” trilogy, “All the President’s Men” and every Woody Allen movie from 1977-1985, a run that included “Annie Hall” and perhaps his greatest work “Manhattan” (above). Read this tribute and take a look at some of my favorite Willis images.

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Cinematrimony – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Does the latest offering from the Marvel universe overcome Francesca’s inherent boredom with the superhero genre? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Cinematrimony – Grand Budapest Hotel

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Wes Anderson’s latest colorful quirky drama Grand Budapest Hotel. How does it stack up to the rest of Anderson’s long line of offerings? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Grand Budapest Hotel

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