Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #131 | Carl Reiner, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, My Spy, House of Hummingbird, Yummy, Dummy, Stolen Kisses



CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is coming at ya with movie reviews aplenty!   

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold celebrate the life and career of the late, great comedy legend CARL REINER, and review the new releases EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA, MY SPY, HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD, YUMMY and DUMMY!  

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney venture into the wonderful world of the Criterion Channel to explore the French New Wave classic STOLEN KISSES, Francois Truffaut's wonderful sequel to the beloved classic THE 400 BLOWS


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #191 | Samurai (1979)


In the late 1970s, when TV shows like WONDER WOMAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK ruled the airwaves, there were a lot of failed TV series that tried to jump on the vigilante money train. Enter SAMURAI, a failed television pilot about a district attorney who also moonlights as a samurai-themed crimefighter!

It's weird, it's ill-conceived, and they could never get away with it today. But could it be that SAMURAI was... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold travel back to the era of the "Shag Carpet Superhero," when vigilante shows were basically like every other tv series but with one half-assed superhero scene in them at the end!


Friday, June 26, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - The Dirty Dozen!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are working backwards through film history, using STAR WARS as the starting point!

This week on EPISODE ZERO they enlist Robert Aldrich's rowdy and violent World War II "men on a mission" classic THE DIRTY DOZEN, a film that helped inspire ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY's updated perspective on intergalactic conflicts, and its comparatively brutal approach to heroic sacrifice! 


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Your Critically Acclaimed | Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


Our Patrons have the power to sponsor an episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED of their choice, and we're calling it YOUR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!

In this episode, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold have been asked to revisit a comedy classic from Aardman Animation, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature but nobody talks about anymore! Does WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT hold up a decade-and-a-half later, and if so, does it belong on the list of the best werewolf movies ever?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We've Got Mail #35 | Video Game Logic vs. Movie Logic


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 why it's a good time to re-evaluate your favorite movies, why critics don't say "in my opinion" all the time, underrated movies from great filmmakers and great sci-fi/fantasy movies that AREN'T grim 'n' gritty!  

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


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #130 | Joel Schumacher, Ian Holm, You Should Have Left, Wasp Network, A Whisker Away, Mr. Jones, 7500, You Don't Nomi, Disney's Robin Hood

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED returns with a giant-sized mega episode!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold pay tribute to the careers of director Joel Schumacher and actor Ian Holm, and then review the new releases YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT, WASP NETWORK, A WHISKER AWAY, MR. JONES, 7500 and YOU DON'T NOMI!

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney take a trip to DISNEY PLUS and explore the beloved yet remarkably cheap and shabby animated classic ROBIN HOOD, which may be wonderful or may just be weird!

Give it a listen!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #190 | Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987-1988)

From sci-fi icon J. Michael Straczynski comes CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE, an ambitious live-action sci-fi adventure series with a giant toy line, interactive TV ray guns, and huge action sequences and fantasy ideas!

It was big, it was exciting, it was extremely controversial for its violence and its marketing ploys. Was CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE justly canceled, or was it... CANCELED TOO SOON

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore the short-lived cult series to determine if it was good enough to warrant the second season that fans have been demanding for decades!

Give it a listen!