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 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 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 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 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 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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Ben Stark’s Shelf of Shame 2015

Thanks to a new baby and a film project, it’s already been a busy year for me. This post is several months late, but the shame of having not seen certain cinematic classics is too great not to attempt to quell. Here are the titles I vow to see in 2015.   January – The Jerk February – Groundhog Day March […]

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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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Shelf of Shame 2014 – Ben Stark

In 2013, I watched 12 “classic” films that I hadn’t ever seen before. It worked out well, and I’m doing it again in 2014! Here are the final 12 films I’ll be watching. Friends from Film Nerds, Aspect Radio,  and the Hollywood Gauntlet and Fabisch Factor facebook groups voted and helped me whittle down the list to just 12. Needless […]

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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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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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Back to the Movies 1984 | No. 49: Oh, God! You Devil!

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Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1984 in order from 50 to 1.

The next film on my list forced me to confront a problem inherent to doing a project like this, yet somehow one I managed to avoid during my cinematic voyage through 1983. What do you do in a project like this when you encounter a sequel to a movie you haven’t seen? Do I add to my workload by forcing myself to watch the film’s predecessors in order to add the context I need to truly appreciate the movie?

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The List of Lists

“We’re all going to die some day.” The morbid thought above is what motivated me to start using my IMDb app to log every single movie I’d like to see from every year that cinema has existed. This was two years ago, and after hopping over to Letterboxd to house my myriad of “To See” lists, I’ve found myself on […]

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Cinematrimony – Noah

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. How does Aronofsky’s imaginative take on the biblical tale play with Matt and Francesca? Has Francesca finally come around on the controversial director or is she still haunted by what he did to her brain in Black Swan? Matt and Francesca […]

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11 truly tremendous moments in movie music in 2013 (audio)

The 2013 film year didn’t disappoint, and neither did its soundtracks featuring beautifully composed original scores and brilliantly chosen songs to accompany the films. Take a look back at some of the shrewdest choices the filmmakers made and the unexpected collaborations between them and many of the best composers in Hollywood, including the likes of Hans Zimmer and Cliff Martinez. […]

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Cinematrimony – Gravity

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Does Bullock’s performance carry the weight of this intense, character-driven thriller?  Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Gravity

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Cinematrimony – The World’s End

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Edgar Wright’s genre-bending sci-fi/action/adult relationship comedy The World’s End. How does the film compare to Wright’s previous collaborations with leading men Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? Does the ambitious film manage to pull all of its various elements together into a cohesive blend or […]

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Cinematrimony – Blue Jasmine

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Woody Allen’s San Francisco-set drama Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. Does Blanchett’s performance live up to the early Oscar hype? Where does Allen’s latest effort rank among his other female-driven dramas? Does this film have the potential to be another mainstream […]

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Cinematrimony – Elysium

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Neil Blomkamp’s sci-fi/action thriller Elysium starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Charlto Copley. Does the South African director’s follow up to Best Picture nominee District 9 deliver the same kind of social commentary-tinged action? Is Copley’s performance over-the-top or one of the year’s best? […]

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INTERVIEW with actor Dan Aykroyd

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview acting legend Dan Aykroyd. While our main focus was the 30th anniversary of “Trading Places,” I veered into the far-nerdier territory of Aykroyd’s seldom-discussed working relationship with Steven Spielberg. Spielberg gave Aykroyd his first role in a major motion picture in 1979 with his World War II Comedy Spectacle […]

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INTERVIEW with Filmmaker Ken Burns

Back in April, I experienced what I can honestly say has been the highlight of my career as a television producer so far. I interviewed legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for Bloomberg TV. I was fortunate enough to spend about a half-hour with Burns, who spoke candidly about his long-running relationship with PBS, his feelings about the future of media […]

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Cinematrimony – Monsters University

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Pixar’s latest animated effort Monsters University, the sequel to their 2001 classic Monsters Inc. Does this college-set comedy stack up to the laughs and emotional sincerity of its predecessor? Is Pixar still on their game? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this […]

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Cinematrimony – This Is The End

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s apocalyptic horror comedy This Is The End. Do the Hollywood in-jokes get old or have Rogen and Goldberg recaptured the sincere buddy comedy chemistry that worked so well in their debut feature Superbad? Matt and Francesca discuss this and […]

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INTERVIEW with Producer Lynda Obst

Recently, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to sit down with veteran movie and television producer Lynda Obst. She was in New York to promote her new book Sleepless in Hollywood. The book looks at the many ways in which Hollywood has changed and continues to change; the growing importance of China as both an audience and financier, […]

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Review: BEFORE MIDNIGHT

Over the weekend, my girlfriend downloaded BEFORE SUNRISE (1994) on iTunes to watch on her iPad during a 3-hour train ride. Naturally, that led to her downloading its sequel BEFORE SUNSET (2004), which I also watched. Since we’d both caught “Before-Fever,” the next logical step was to see the recently released third installment of Richard Linklater’s relationship saga BEFORE MIDNIGHT, […]

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Cinematrimony – Star Trek Into Darkness

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. Does Abrams’ latest take on the classic sci-fi franchise appeal to both a mild fanboy (Matt) and the completely uninitiated moviegoer (Francesca)? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: […]

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Cinematrimony – The Great Gatsby

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Baz Lurhmann’s 3D hip-hop music video-style adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and give their thoughts on the cast, how the story holds up and whether Luhrmann’s signature style helps or hurts the story come alive on the screen. Matt and Francesca […]

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Remake It: 5 remakes that need to happen

We asked the FilmNerds contributors to pitch us their idea for a successful (critically and/or commercially) remake that Hollywood hasn’t thought of yet, complete with cast and crew suggestions. Here’s what they came up with: Westworld by Ben Flanagan “Westworld” is Michael Crichton’s own adaptation of his science fiction-thriller starring Yul Brynner as an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement […]

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Cinematrimony – Jurassic Park 3D

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss the 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. How does the film hold up 20 years later? Which moments stand out on the big screen? Does the 3D add anything to the experience? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of […]

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Cinematrimony – Side Effects

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Stephen Soderbergh’s dark and surprising thriller Side Effects. Does Soderbergh still have gas in the tank as he winds down his filmmaking career? Does the surprising plot twist ruin the entire movie for notorious twist-hater Matt? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and […]

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Cinematrimony – Silver Linings Playbook

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss David O. Russell’s latest Best Picture nominated film Silver Linings Playbook. Do Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have believable romantic chemistry? How does this film stack up against Russell’s last Oscar-nominated effort The Fighter? Does Robert DeNiro actually give a performance in which he […]

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Cinematrimony – This Is 40

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss the Judd Apatow’s latest big screen dramedy This Is 40. Is this movie too melodramatic to be funny? Does the oversized ensemble cast bring enough to the party? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here […]

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Cinematrimony – Les Miserables

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss the latest big screen musical to receive serious Oscar consideration, Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. Does the film appeal to both musical theater nerds and film lovers alike? Is it worthy of the Oscar hype? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on […]

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Cinematrimony – Django Unchained

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss the new film from Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED. Does QT find the right balance between over-the-top violence and respect for the travesties of slavery? Does the screenplay live up to the insanely high standards Tarantino has set for himself in his previous masterpieces? Listen […]

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Cinematrimony: Lincoln

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss Steven Spielberg’s historical epic LINOLN. Does Daniel Day Lewis hit another potential Oscar-winning home run? Who else shines among the star-studded cast? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Lincoln

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Cinematrimony: Argo

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss Ben Affleck’s Iranian hostage thriller Argo. Does Affleck successfully thrill an audience that is fully aware of how the story turns out? Can the actor-turned-director finally impress our stingy critics with his work behind the camera? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and […]

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FilmNerds Recommends: Halloween 2012

Looking for some last-minute rentals to pick up at the library, download or stream online? Look no further. Our FilmNerds team has you covered with some overlooked Halloween classics to make your viewing party as creepy as possible. Check out picks from Ben Flanagan and Matt Scalici along with some bonus recommendations from our other FilmNerds contributors. Scariest Movie Ben […]

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Cinematrimony: The Master

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master featuring buzzed-about performances by Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. Does PTA’s latest effort pack the same punch as There Will Be Blood? Will this movie be one of 2012’s top Oscar contenders? Listen as Matt and […]

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Cinematrimony: The Campaign

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss the Will Ferrell/Zack Galifinakis comedy The Campaign. In a summer with so few comedies, do Farrell and Galifinakis deliver the laughs we’ve been looking for? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony […]

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Cinematrimony – The Dark Knight Rises

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss the epic (i.e. three-hour-long) conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga The Dark Knight Rises. Does the third and final film wrap up the trilogy in a satisfactory way? Does Tom Hardy’s performance as Bane hold a candle to Heath Ledger’s legendary role as The […]

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Cinematrimony: Moonrise Kingdom

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss Wes Anderson’s latest effort Moonrise Kingdom starring Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis. Is Anderson’s peculiar style still as fresh as ever or is the gimmick starting to wear thin? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of […]

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Cinematrimony – The Amazing Spider-Man

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss The Amazing Spider-Man and debate whether rebooting this beloved franchise was the right decision. They also discuss the casting choices, the special effects, and how freaking adorable Emma Stone is. Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony. […]

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Cinematrimony: Anniversary Edition – Brave

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. It’s a very special episode as Matt and Francesca celebrate their 5th anniversary by taking in a screening of Pixar’s newest effort, Brave. Matt and Francesca discuss how the film defied their expectations (and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing), what the film’s box office success could […]

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7 Summer Movie Memories: 1997

1997 was quite a watershed for internet movie nerd culture, wasn’t it? The 20th anniversary of Star Wars saw LucasFilm’s infamous reissue of the original trilogy with revamped special effects, functioning as a dry run for the full-on return of Star Wars two years later. It was certainly the beginning of my own internet nerddom, as I had finally had […]

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7 Summer Movie Memories: 1995

It’s that time of year. The sun is blazing and the theaters are packed! I’d like to start a new series, taking a personal look at Summer movie seasons of years past. In each 7 Summer Movie Memories entry, I’ll select seven movies for each year. The retrospective is more a look at the overall season, rather than individual films, […]

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Cinematrimony – Snow White & The Huntsman

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. In this episode, Matt and Francesca discuss Snow White & The Huntsman and reveal whether Francesca was able to stomach Kristen Stewart, how excited Matt got when he discovered who plays the dwarfs, and whether Charlize Theron continues her recent run of acting excellence. Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and […]

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Cinematrimony: Prometheus

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. In this episode, Matt and Francesca discuss Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror/pseudo-prequel Prometheus. Is this brainy sci-fi thriller too smart for its own good or does Scott recapture some of the terrifying tension of Alien? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony.     Click […]

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Great Scenes: “Perfect Organism” from ALIEN

The Setup: When the crew of the spaceship Nostromo becomes the prey of a deadly extra-terrestrial being, Science Officer Ash (Ian Holm) enacts an order to bring the “life-form” back to corporate headquarters, regardless of the danger in which it puts the ship’s surviving members. When Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) angrily confronts Ash about this, he attacks her until […]

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Ben Stark’s Shelf of Shame, Revisited

In September, I sacrificed my pride on the Film Nerds alter, confessing that I had not seen five highly regarded cinematic classics. Per the Matt Scalici edict for the Shelf of Shame, I was to give myself six months to watch these “blind spots” and, thinking a challenge was what I needed to conquer a few monsters, gave myself quite […]

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The Great Scenes: “Come Home” from Junebug

The Movie:                Junebug Spoiler Level:             Zero point Zero The Setup: Madeleine is an arts dealer living in Chicago with her new husband, George.  Madeleine plans a trip to North Carolina in order to convince an obscure artist to allow her to showcase his art.  This artist just happens to live very close to George’s hometown.  Madeleine and George have only […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – War Horse

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. At last, Matt & Francesca take on Stephen Spielberg’s Best Picture-nominated War Horse and Francesca reveals whether her two least favorite things, war and horses, were able to come together and make a great movie. Does this highly-touted award-contender live up to the hype?   DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – War Horse

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – The Artist

Matt and Francesca are back again with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time they take a look at the silent, black and white film that has taken Hollywood by storm, The Artist. Matt and Francesca discuss whether this film is more than just a gimmick and what the film’s success says about today’s audiences and critics.   DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – The Descendants

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another new episode of Cinematrimony. In this episode, our dueling wedded critics take a look at Alexander Payne’s latest effort, the George Clooney-starring, Hawaiian-set drama The Descendants. Matt and Francesca discuss the film’s performances and consider whether this movie changes Francesca’s mind about how much she hates Alexander Payne. DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – The Descendants

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