Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - The Flash Gordon Serials!


One of the best ways to learn about film history is to take a popular movie and work backwards, to discover its many influences. And there is perhaps no movie that embodies the fascinations, obsessions and inspirations of its director more than STAR WARS!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they examine a film that directly inspired STAR WARS every single week, starting with the original FLASH GORDON serials, which inspired George Lucas so much that he tried to make a FLASH GORDON movie, couldn't get the rights, and had to make STAR WARS instead! 

It's our brand-new podcast, STAR WARS: EPISODE ZERO!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #120 | Stuart Gordon, Daniel Isn't Real, The Decline, Crip Camp, There's Something in the Water, Uncorked, and Moonstruck


It's HUGE week for movies on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore tons of new streaming movies, including Shudder's horror film DANIEL ISN'T REAL, the Netflix documentaries CRIP CAMP and THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE WATER, the Netflix thriller THE DECLINE, and the Netflix comedy UNCORKED!
Also this week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, we're celebrating the life and career of the late, legendary horror filmmaker STUART GORDON, director of cult classics like RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND and ROBOT JOX!
Plus, it's an all-new installment of THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, where we unearth great movies from streaming services and watch them together! This week it's Cher and Nicolas Cage in the Oscar-winning romantic comedy MOONSTRUCK!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #184 | Star Wars: Droids (1985-1986)


Not every STAR WARS was a blockbuster smash. The Saturday morning cartoon show STAR WARS: DROIDS, starring Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and R2-D2 as himself, only lasted one season, despite featuring huge cameos from popular characters like Boba Fett and IG-88, and tons of ideas, vehicles, planets and even podraces which would eventually turn up in the prequel trilogy!

It was co-created by Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt, and featured a theme song by Stewart Copeland from The Police! That's pretty cool, so maybe - just maybe - STAR WARS: DROIDS was... CANCELED TOO SOON!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold take a trip to a galaxy far, far away to unearth this overlooked chapter in STAR WARS history, just before the premiere of their new STAR WARS podcast: EPISODE ZERO!

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

We've Got Mail #23 | What's the Best Pokemon Movie Ever?


It's an all-new episode of WE'VE GOT MAIL, the podcast where film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold answer YOUR letters!

This week, Bibbs and Witney talk about their favorite movie drinks, the must-see documentary THE CELLULOID CLOSET, why TV shows always seem to end with a marriage, the secrets of movie projectionists and, of course, the best POKEMON movie ever!

Email us at letters@criticallyacclaimed.net, so we can read your correspondence and answer YOUR questions in future episodes!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Iron List #5 | The Best Fantasy Movies Ever Made (That Aren't Blockbuster Franchises)


Every month on THE IRON LIST, the Patrons of the Critically Acclaimed Network get to pick a topic for a giant-sized episode! And this month, since we could all use a little escapism, they picked THE BEST FANTASY MOVIES EVER MADE (THAT AREN'T HIT FRANCHISES)!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they highlight the fantasy films that changed our lives and dazzled our senses, but that aren't part of billion dollar studio-driven film series like the live-action THE LORD OF THE RINGS, HARRY POTTER or CHRONICLES OF NARNIA films!

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #119 | The Platform, Big Time Adolescence, Stargirl, Blow the Man Down and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner!


There aren't any new movies in theaters, but there are still LOTS of new movies! 

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the sci-fi thriller THE PLATFORM (Netflix), the coming of age drama BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE (Hulu), the other coming of age drama STARGIRL (Disney Plus) and the quirky small-town crime film BLOW THE MAN DOWN (Amazon Prime)!

And since we're all staying home and streaming movies, Bibbs and Witney also kick off the CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, where they watch classic films currently available on your favorite services. First up, it's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, the Oscar-winning drama about Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy dealing, badly, with the news that their daughter is engaged to Sidney Poitier. How does it hold up today? Let's find out together!

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

We've Got Mail #22 | Is '1917' the Best Video Game Movie?


It's an all-new episode of WE'VE GOT MAIL, the podcast where film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold answer YOUR letters!

This week, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold talk about how to watch movies from different perspectives, the early films of David Lynch, TV edits of movies, and the art of video game adaptations!

Email us at letters@criticallyacclaimed.net, so we can read your correspondence and answer YOUR questions in future episodes!

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