Thursday, August 16, 2018

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Alpha'


Kodi Smit-McPhee ("X-Men: Apocalypse") stars in "Alpha," a new historical adventure about the first domesticated wolf, and the young boy who depends on his new best friend for survival. The film is directed by Albert Hughes, making his solo directorial debut after years of collaborations with his brother, including "Menace II Society," "Dead Presidents" and "From Hell."

In his review at The Wrap, William Bibbiani praises the film's "impossibly gorgeous" cinematography, and the "fantastic and transformative performance" of the wolf, while criticizing the film's story and protagonist, which "aren't quite rich enough to take ["Alpha"] to the next level."

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Alpha" at The Wrap

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William Bibbiani Reviews 'Mile 22'


Mark Wahlberg reteams with Peter Berg for "Mile 22," a hard-edged action thriller about a black ops team escorting a high priority suspect out of a country where everyone wants them dead. Lauren Cohan ("The Walking Dead"), Ronda Rousey ("The Expendables 3"), John Malkovich ("Crossbones") and Iko Uwais ("The Raid 2") co-star the fourth collaborations between Wahlberg and Berg, after "Lone Survivor," "Deepwater Horizon" and "Patriots Day."

In his review at IGN, William Bibbiani argues that "Berg tries to hide the script's deficiencies by treating the material like it's Black Hawk Down," while critiquing the film's "choppy" action and "waste" of athletic co-star Iko Uwais.

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Mile 22" at IGN

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Only The Best #4: The Best Picture Nominees of 1929/1930


It's an all-new episode of Only The Best, the podcast where William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review every single nominee for Best Picture, in chronological order! 

In this Patreon-exclusive podcast, Bibbs and Witney look back at the second annual Academy Awards, and review the hardboiled prison thriller "The Big House," the stodgy historical biopic"Disraeli," the salacious marital melodrama "The Divorcee," the gender-reversing screwball musical "The Love Parade," and arguably the greatest anti-war film ever made... "All Quiet on the Western Front."

Only The Best is a Patreon-exclusive podcast, but you can listen right now for a $10 monthly pledge! You'll also get more bonus podcasts, the chance to vote for future episodes and the power to assign articles to Witney Seibold and William Bibbiani!

Head on over to sign up, and listen to Only The Best!


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Canceled Too Soon #109 - 'Crazyhead' (2016)


A young woman goes off her meds and starts seeing demons in "Crazyhead," a horror-comedy series from Netflix and E4, in which maybe the demons are real or maybe they're not. (Except they're real, but anyway.) It's a short-lived series which tries to take the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" format and update it for a crasser, more eccentric audience, and maybe, just maybe... it was Canceled Too Soon!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they look at this short-lived cult show, and figure out what made "Crazyhead" work, what held it back, and what makes demons tick!

Give it a listen!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Critically Acclaimed #40: 'The Cat in the Hat' and 'Funny Games'



"The Cat in the Hat" is one of the most notoriously terrible children's movies of the 21st century. So why is the the purr-fect double feature with Michael Haneke's brilliant, acidic, and horrifying home invasion thriller "Funny Games?"

You'll find out in this week's episode of Critically Acclaimed! You'll also get reviews of the new releases "The Meg," "BlacKkKlansman" and "Slender Man," and a long, detailed discussion about why the new changes to the Academy Awards are terrible, terrible idea.

Give it a listen over at Podcast One!

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William Bibbiani Reviews 'Slender Man'


Joey King ("Wish Upon") does battle with another supernatural entity in "Slender Man," an adaptation of the popular internet meme, created by Victor Surge. In the film, the faceless, tall, handsomely suited boogeyman gets into the heads of bored teenagers, driving them insane with fear, and eventually... doing... bad stuff?... to them... apparently. Sylvain White ("Stop the Yard") directs, and Juliana Goldani Telles ("The Affair"), Jaz Sinclair ("Paper Towns") and Annalise Basso ("Ouija: Origin of Evil") co-star.

In his review of "Slender Man" at The Wrap, William Bibbiani says "the most terrifying moment came when someone dropped a beer bottle at the back of the theater," critiquing the film's "boring" and "underwritten" story, and the incredibly dim lighting, which makes the film "so dark we have to take most of the jump scares on faith."

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Slender Man" at The Wrap

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Witney Seibold Calls the New 'Most Popular Film' Oscar a 'Terrible Mistake'


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced this week the addition of a new Oscars category, for "Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film." Although the exact criteria for the award has yet to be explained, the inclusion of an award specifically created to appeal to mainstream audiences is a major change for the awards ceremony, and a lot of people aren't happy about what it represents.

Writing for IGN, Witney Seibold says "these ideas are unilaterally terrible and threaten the very integrity of the Academy Awards themselves," and explains why the Academy is "essentially giving up any pretense of authority they had in dictating a film's quality."

Read: Witney Seibold Argues "The Oscars' New Popular Film Category is a Bad Idea" at IGN

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