Saturday, September 21, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #163: The Starlost (1973-1974)


Celebrated sci-fi author Harlan Ellison created a show Amish people who learn they're living in outer space, in a ship containing everyone on Earth as they flee an uninhabitable Earth! It's the very ambitious and extremely cheap TV series THE STARLOST, starring Keir Dullea from "2001: A Space Odyssey!"

Harlan Ellison had his name taken off "The Starlost" and replaced with, for some reason, "Cordwainer Bird." Was he right, or was this TV show... CANCELED TOO SOON?


Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold dissect this failed sci-fi experiment, debate its complex themes and try to endure its many silly, silly, SILLY episodes.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

The Two-Shot: Dungeons and Dragons and The Adventures of Robin Hood!


The year before THE LORD OF THE RINGS changed cinema forever we finally got a live-action movie based on the RPG game DUNGEONS & DRAGONS… and it sucked. With an embarrassingly low budget, a cast of actors who are either out of their element or way too good for this, and a story that seems to be missing whole scenes, it’s one of the most embarrassing adventure films of the century.


So why is DUNGEONS & DRAGONS the perfect double feature with THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, the iconic 1938 action-adventure classic starring Errol Flynn? And why does ROBIN HOOD play so much better today than a film made in recent memory?

You’ll have to listen to THE TWO-SHOT to find out! Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold talk about the best and worst of cinema, every single week! And this week they’re joined by fellow critic Liz Shannon Miller!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #94: Hustlers, Tigers Are Not Afraid, Letters and More!


Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu are strippers scamming stock market moguls in HUSTLERS, one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year! 

How fitting, then, that film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are reviewing this smash success, and also several indies including TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, DEPRAVED, CHAINED FOR LIFE and ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE, and also answering your fan letters in an all-new episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!



Friday, September 13, 2019

The Two-Shot: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and The Love Witch!



What if Hansel and Gretel were badass witch murderers with steam punk guns and snarky attitudes? You’d probably get something like HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as ultraviolent action heroes. 

Why did critics balk at this weird attempt to jumpstart an R-rated fantasy franchise, and why is it the perfect double feature with Anna Biller’s acclaimed horror comedy THE LOVE WITCH, about a young witch whose attempts to find love go horribly awry?

You’ll have to listen to THE TWO-SHOT to find out! Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold talk about the best and worst of cinema, every single week! And this week they’re joined by fellow critic Liz Shannon Miller!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #162: The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell (2018)


It's our first cooking show! This week on CANCELED TOO SOON, internet sensation Christine McConnell gets her own Netflix series about how to make delicious, spooky desserts. But it's also a sitcom about living with adorably homicidal monsters, brought to life as charmingly creepy puppets!
It's THE CURIOUS CREATIONS OF CHRISTINE MCCONNELL, and it may very well have been... Canceled Too Soon! Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they dive into McConnell's tv series and recipes, and figure out what this show needed to do to get noticed. (Not debuting on the same day as "The Haunting of Hill House" probably would have helped...)
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #93: Every Stephen King Movie, from Carrie to It: Chapter 2!


Stephen King has been dominating Hollywood for over 40 years, and in this very special episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are reviewing every* theatrically-released adaptation of his work! 


That’s dozens of movies, and it’s all leading up to the eagerly awaited release of IT: CHAPTER 2! (We also review the new dance movie NEXT LEVEL, because that also opens this weekend.)

*Except one. Yeah, sorry, we forgot one and we didn't realize it until it was too late. But try to guess what we missed! We'll review it on the next episode to make up for the error.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

The Two-Shot: The Dark Tower and The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T!


If you thought Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER was hard to adapt, how do you make a movie out of the wild imagination of Dr. Seuss way back in the 1950s? 

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore why King’s movie went wrong, and why THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T gets Dr. Seuss just right, and may be one of the best fantasy movies you’ve never heard of!

It's an all-new episode of THE TWO-SHOT!



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #92: Don't Let Go, Falling Inn Love, The Fanatic and More!


Did Hollywood shirk an age-old trend and release something, anything good in the last week of August? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold find out in an all-new episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, with reviews of "Don't Let Go," "The Fanatic," "Official Secrets," "Spider in the Web," "Falling Inn Love" and "Belzebuth!"

Plus, more fan mail, with topics ranging from "The Joker" to Gus Van Sant's "Psycho!"

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #161: American Gothic (2016)


Our AMERICAN GOTHITHON concludes with another failed TV series called AMERICAN GOTHIC! The second series stars a fantastic ensemble - including Virginia Madsen, Justin Chatwin, Juliet Rylance and Catalina Sandino Moreno - in a complex whodunnit murder mystery, about what happens when one of the richest families in American learns that one of them is a serial killer!

Film critics William Bibbiani delve into this insidious series, and reveal whether it was really CANCELED TOO SOON, and whether it's better or worse than the other (completely unrelated) AMERICAN GOTHIC!

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Four-Shot: All the Breakin' Movies!


ELECTRIC BOOGALOO is the most famous subtitle in all of movie history, but have you ever actually seen the BREAKIN’ movies, and did you know there were technically FOUR of them?! We’re taking a look at all the films that captured the cultural zeitgeist of the mid-1980s in this all-new episode! 


Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they show you the place where good taste and bad taste collide, every week on THE TWO-SHOT! 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #91: Angel Has Fallen, Ready or Not and More!


Gerard Butler tries an American accent one more time and Samara Weaving cements her claim to horror superstardom in an all-new episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new releases "Angel Has Fallen," "Ready or Not," "Brittany Runs a Marathon," "American Factory" and "Jacob's Ladder." They also talk about Spider-Man's return to Sony and answer YOUR emails!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #160: American Gothic (1995-1996)



Sarah Paulson, Lucas Black and Gary Cole star in a supernatural horror series from the minds that brought you "The Evil Dead" and "Emerald City!" 

It's AMERICAN GOTHIC, a creepy and kooky small-town drama about murders and mysteries and temptations and salvations, which aired almost completely out of order and then, adding insult to injury, was released on DVD... also in the wrong order!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold try to decode the mystery of "American Gothic" in this all-new episode of CANCELED TOO SOON!

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #90: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, Good Boys, and Peter Fonda!


We’ve got TONS of new movie reviews on this week’s CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED podcast! 

Get ready, because film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are dissecting "Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus," "Good Boys," "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?," "The Banana Splits Movie," "Gwen," "Cold Case Hammarskjold" and "Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles!" 


Also this week, Bibbs and Witney say goodbye to the late great movie star iconoclast Peter Fonda and the legendary animator Richard Williams, and read YOUR fan mail!

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #159: Badlands 2005 (1988)


The year was 1988 and post-apocalyptic wastelands were EVERYWHERE. That's why ABC enlisted director George Miller* to direct a new pilot for a TV series called BADLANDS 2005, aka 2005 BADLANDS, about heroic road warriors saving the future from bad guys in supercharged muscle cars in the desert!

Lewis Smith and Sharon Stone co-star with Miguel Ferrer, playing a sometimes-animatronic robot, in an action-packed weekly thrill ride... that only lasted one week. Was "Badlands 2005"... CANCELED TOO SOON, or was there a good reason why this awesome-sounding TV series crashed and burned?

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold delve into this forgotten chapter of TV's sci-fi stunt spectacular past in an all-new episode.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Two-Shot: Caddyshack II and The Rules of the Game!


CADDYSHACK II has often been called one of the worst sequels ever made... but not by us. In the latest episode of THE TWO-SHOT, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold compare "Caddyshack II" to the original comedy classic, and discover that the sequel is actually the better of the two!

And what's even crazier, they think "Caddyshack II" is the perfect double feature with Jean Renoir's THE RULES OF THE GAME, a film about class divides that, like "Caddyshack II," was originally criticized but now, unlike "Caddyshack II," is considered one of the best movies ever made!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #89: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and The Kitchen!


One of the most iconic book series for young horror fans finally makes its way to the big screen in SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK! This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold dive into their earliest experiences with those beloved tales of terror, review the new film in depth, and also review the new crime thriller THE KITCHE, starring Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish!

Plus! More fan mail, because YOU demanded it!

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Two-Shot: Faust: Love of the Damned and Max Max: Fury Road!




Not a lot of people talk about it, but Brian Yuzna's FAUST: LOVE OF THE DAMNED is probably the most disgusting live-action superhero movie ever made! So why is this ultra-low budget film, about a guy who makes a deal with the devil to get Wolverine claws so he can behead people, the perfect double feature with George Miller's celebrated action classic MAD MAX: FURY ROAD?

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold guide you through a notorious misfire and an all-time classic every single week on THE TWO-SHOT!

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #158: The Weird Al Show (1997)


"Weird" Al Yankovic is a comedy legend AND a music legend, but even he couldn't keep a kids television series on the air for more than 13 episodes! THE WEIRD AL SHOW starred Yankovic as an insecure weirdo living in a cave under the surface of the Earth, who learns valuable lessons about life with the help of celebrity guests like Patton Oswalt, Fabio, John Tesh, Randy Savage, Hanson, Barenaked Ladies and more!

Why didn't THE WEIRD AL SHOW last longer? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold dig deep into this oddball failed TV series and explore their own lifelong love of "Weird" Al Yankovic in an all-new episode of CANCELED TOO SOON!

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Critically Accclaimed #88: Hobbs and Shaw, The Nightingale and Fan Mail!


Hobbs and Shaw are back, and they're still reasonably fast and moderately furious! This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold crack open the hood on the FAST & FURIOUS franchise and review the brand-new spin-off, and also review the new indie releases THE NIGHTINGALE and LOVE, ANTOSHA as well as the Netflix Original OTHERHOOD.

Plus, just how snooty are Bibbs and Witney? One of our listeners found out!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Three-Shot: All the Sharktopus Movies!


Half shark, half octopus, all cheese! 

This week on THE TWO-SHOT (or in this case, THE THREE-SHOT), films critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review all three of the SHARKTOPUS movies - "Sharktopus," "Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda" and "Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf" - to figure out which one's the good one, what cinematic value they have, and why we all should care!

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #87: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Fan Mail! (Special Guest: Liz Shannon Miller)


Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is one of the most polarizing films of the year! 

We needed some extra help reviewing this film in-depth on this's week CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, so esteemed critic and Movie Trivia Schmoedown competitor Liz Shannon Miller is here to discuss the film in SPOILERIFFIC detail with William Bibbiani, and also help answer your fan mail.

Plus, Witney Seibold also reviews the new Jeff Goldblum drama "The Mountain," they all pay tribute to the late, great Rutger Hauer, by saluting his best and most overlooked films.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #157: Suburban Beat (1985)


One year after "A Nightmare on Elm Street," Heather Langenkamp teamed up with Dee Wallace ("Cujo"), Shelly Fabares ("Coach") and acclaimed singer Patti Austin to play suburban housewives who solve murders and impersonate sex workers and get in car chases between hearses and diaper vans and take a killer's dictation in SUBURBAN BEAT!

It's clever, it's funny, it's got a dynamite cast, but somehow SUBURBAN BEAT only lasted one episode! Was it really CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold try to solve that mystery in the latest episode of the podcast.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Critically Acclaimed BONUS: The Best Superhero Movies Ever! (Special Guest: Ben Bateman)


It's a very special episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED! Witney Seibold is out for the week and Ben Bateman, MOVIE TRIVIA SCHMOEDOWN superstar and co-host of THE ACTION GUYS, is joining William Bibbiani to present their picks for THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIES EVER!

They have very different taste in movies, so strap in, because it's an eclectic group of films that are guaranteed to give you hours of entertainment, whether you love them already or only just realizing how brilliant they are now.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #156: Pasadena (2001)


Dana Delany and Alison Lohman lead an all-star cast in PASADENA, the critically acclaimed soap opera from "School of Rock" creator Mike White! It's a sexy and sadistic series about a billionaire family who cover up murders, sexual scandals and corruption, all taking place in CANCELED TOO SOON co-host William Bibbiani's hometown!

"Pasadena" was critically acclaimed but it was canceled after only four episodes. Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold have tracked down the whole series to figure out if the show was actually... CANCELED TOO SOON! Check out the episode to learn more about the series, its mysteries, and its incredible weirdness.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

The Two-Shot: G-Force and Mystery Men!


You asked us to review a movie in which Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz and Tracy Morgan play secret agent guinea pigs, and Nicolas Cage plays a secret agent mole, and that's just what we do on this week's episode of THE TWO-SHOT! 

Is the live-action/CGI hybrid G-FORCE really as bad as it sounds? And why is it the perfect double feature for MYSTERY MEN, a superhero comedy that bombed in its initial release, only to be rediscovered over time as one of the best superhero comedies ever?

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are here to combine the best and the worst cinema has to offer, every week, on THE TWO-SHOT. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #86: The Lion King, Crawl, The Farewell and Fan Letters!


"The Lion King" is a visual marvel, but does it also kind of suck? This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the latest Disney remake, along with new releases "Crawl," "The Farewell," "The Art of Self-Defense," "Point Blank" and "Into the Ashes!"


Also this week, Bibbs and Witney say goodbye to the late, great Rip and answer YOUR letters! 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #155: Here and Now (2018)


From Alan Ball, the creator of "Six Feet Under," comes the ambitious HBO series HERE AND NOW, about a diverse family in Portland, Oregon who struggle to adapt to turbulent social times. Oscar-winners Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins headline an ensemble cast through a series about racial tensions, infidelity, mental illness and - possibly - magic.

Despite the impressive pedigree, HERE AND NOW was canceled after only one season. But was it... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore this ambitious misfire to figure out what went right, what went wrong, and what the heck 11:11 means.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Two-Shot: 3 Dev Adam (a.k.a. Turkish Spider-Man) vs. Dick Tracy!


Most people don't know that the first live-action Spider-Man movie was made in 1973, in Turkey. That's because it wasn't official, it's never been released in America, and because it turned the friendly neighborhood wall crawler into a serial killer who also counterfeits money! It's 3 DEV ADAM, aka TURKISH SPIDER-MAN, and it also features Captain America and El Santo as the international team of superheroes enlisted to take Spidey down.

It's cheap, it's strange, it's got almost nothing to do with the characters we know and love. So why is it the perfect double feature with Warren Beatty's DICK TRACY, the Oscar-winning comics adaptation with an all-star cast, and one of the most painstakingly accurate translations of comic book panels to the screen in movie history?

You'll find out in this all-new episode of THE TWO-SHOT, featuring film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold!

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Witney Seibold Presents The Best Horror Films of the Millennium!


Movies are only a century old, but they've shaped our perspective of history by turning the past into a living, breathing reality. And that reality is often terrifying.

In his latest article for Bloody-Disgusting, Witney Seibold presents The Best Horror Films of the Millennium, highlighting the greatest scary movies that take place every century, from A.D. 1,000 to A.D. 2000!

Read: Witney Seibold Presents The Best Horror Films Set Within Each Century at Bloody-Disgusting!

Top Photo: Criterion

William Bibbiani Reviews 'The Art of Self-Defense'


Jesse Eisenberg plays a mild-mannered office drone who gets beaten up by a motorcycle gang and starts taking karate classes to protect himself, only to wind up in a cult-like community of macho monstrousness in "The Art of Self-Defense." Alessandro Nivola and Imogen Poots co-star in the new dark comedy from writer/director Riley Stearns.

In his review of "The Art of Self-Defense" at The Wrap, William Bibbiani calls the film "fiercely satisfying" and "one of this year's best," and praises Stearns' intelligent re-imagining of the toxic masculinity narrative popularized by "Fight Club."

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "The Art of Self-Defense" at The Wrap

Top Photo: Bleecker Street

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Crawl'


Kaya Scodelario ("The Maze Runner: The Death Cure") stars in "Crawl," a new claustrophobic thriller from director Alexandre Aja ("Horns") about a college student trapped in a crawlspace in the middle of a hurricane with her injured father, played by Barry Pepper, and a man-eating alligator. 

In his review of "Crawl" at Bloody-Disgusting, William Bibbiani says the film boasts an "exhilarating sense of hopelessness," and argues that in addition to being scary, it's pretty inspiring too!

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Crawl" at Bloody-Disgusting

Top Photo: Paramount

William Bibbiani Reviews 'The Lion King' (2019)


Disney's 2D animated classic becomes a CG-animated blockbuster with photorealistic animals in Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book!" Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, John Oliver, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones co-star in the ambitious new remake.

In his review of "The Lion King" at The Wrap, William Bibbiani says the film is "mostly to be recommended for its visual spectacle," but argues that the new technology almost completely undermines the story.

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "The Lion King" (2019) at The Wrap!

Top Photo: Disney

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

William Bibbiani Compares 'Midsommar' to Larry Cohen's 'A Return to Salem's Lot'


Ari Aster's acclaimed new horror thriller "Midsommar" is impressing audiences all over the world, but there's something familiar about its story of morally compromised anthropologists getting suckered into a deadly cult. No, it's got nothing to do with "The Wicker Man" or "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," but it's eerily similar to Larry Cohen's forgotten and underrated "A Return to Salem's Lot!"

In his latest editorial for Bloody-Disgusting, William Bibbiani looks back at the "Salem's Lot" sequel to figure out what it does better than "Midsommar," and why "Midsommar" seems destined to be remembered instead.

Read: William Bibbiani Writers "Larry Cohen's A Return to Salem's Lot and Its Surprising Parallels to Midsommar" at Bloody-Disgusting!

Top Photo: Warner Bros.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Two-Shot: Silent Rage and The Guest!


In SILENT RAGE, Chuck Norris is an all-American macho male named Dan Stevens, who fights an evil super soldier. Meanwhile, in THE GUEST, Dan Stevens plays an all-American macho male who IS an evil super soldier. 

Wait... what, WHAT?!

It's a match made in heaven and hell, and it's the latest episode of THE TWO-SHOT, where film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold put notoriously bad movies (like "Silent Rage") side-by-side with some of the best movies ever made (like, believe it or not, "The Guest")!

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #85: Spider-Man: Far From Home, Midsommar and The Best Movies of 2019 So Far!


We're halfway through 2019 and it's time to take a look back at the films most critics will forget about at the end of the year! This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold present their five favorite films of the year, and there isn't a single film that appears on both of their lists! 

What films earned acclaim from the critics at CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED? And what did they think of the new releases SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME and MIDSOMMAR? And what the heck happened between Bibbs and Witney on this week's episodes of THE MOVIE TRIVIA SCHMOEDOWN?

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #154: Wizards and Warriors (1983)


Thirty years before HBO's "Game of Thrones" came another fantasy epic about warring factions, sorcery and swordplay. But CBS's WIZARDS AND WARRIORS was a little different. Instead of telling harsh, violent stories about political strife, it was a bright and silly series about quirky jokes and invisible dragons.

It won an Emmy Award and has a cult following, but was "Wizards and Warriors" really... CANCELED TOO SOON? William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold take a look at a show that was either ahead of its time, or had too much of it!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Five-Shot: All the 'Peanuts' Movies!


Charles M. Schulz's melancholic comic strip PEANUTS is a pop culture juggernaut, with toys, amusement parks, holiday specials and five feature films produced about its unforgettable characters! 

Now, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy and Woodstock are getting their very own episode of THE TWO-SHOT, in which film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review all those theatrically released features and reveal what works, what doesn't feel like it's an accurate representation of Schulz's vision, and why these films may have had a lasting and painful emotional impact on one of our hosts!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they show you the place where good taste and bad taste collide, every week on THE TWO-SHOT

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #84: Toy Story 4, Child's Play and Annabelle Comes Home!


It's a cavalcade of all-new movie reviews on this week's CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold catch up on the new releases "Toy Story 4," "Child's Play," "Annabelle Comes Home," "Anna," "Ophelia" and "Endzeit" on the latest episode of the podcast, as they gear up for next week's big episode, with their picks for the best movies of the year so far!

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Witney Seibold Reviews 'Midsommar'


"Midsommar," Ari Aster's follow-up to "Hereditary," evokes "The Wicker Man" and, like its predecessor, a whole lot of emotional angst. It's a harrowing film with a slow pace and a lot of wailing and weeping. And, yes, it will eventually explode into violence, even as the Swedish citizens remain placid and smiling. 

In his review of "Midsommar" on IGN, Witney Seibold calls "Midsommar" a "languorous and meticulously crafted slow-burn horror films about real-life grief interrupted by encroaching, unexpected outerworld dread." It's a film of emotional isolation, but, unfortunately, it has some of the same structural problems as "Hereditary." 


Read: Witney Seibold Reviews "Midsommar" at IGN 


Top Image: A24

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #153: Gene Roddenberry's Spectre (1977)


Everyone knows Gene Roddenberry created the utopian sci-fi series "Star Trek," but most people don't realize he also produced a failed TV pilot for a show about demons and orgies! SPECTRE starred Robert Culp and Oscar-winner Gig Young as paranormal investigators who get roped into a supernatural conspiracy involving John Hurt and fetish outfits aplenty.

It might seem like an odd chapter in Gene Roddenberry's career, but as film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold point out in this episode the podcast, it's not that much of a stretch if you track the subtext (and text) of Roddenberry's work. 

But the real question is, was "Spectre" really... CANCELED TOO SOON? !

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Monday, June 24, 2019

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Annabelle Comes Home'


The evil doll Annabelle is back in "Annabelle Comes Home," a supernatural thriller about teenagers who get trapped in a house with an army of demons while the paranormal investigator Warren family is out for the evening. Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife star in a supernatural thriller from writer/director Gary Dauberman.

In his review of "Annabelle Comes Home" at Bloody-Disgusting, William Bibbiani calls the film "satisfying, dramatic and spooky spin-off," and praises the performances as well as the new, demonic additions to the "Conjuring" franchise.

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Annabelle Comes Home" at Bloody-Disgusting

Top Photo: Warner Bros.

Canceled Too Soon #152: Exo-Man (1977)


In 1977, just a few weeks after the release of "Star Wars," came a failed TV pilot that so much like "Iron Man" people thought it was actually Iron Man for decades! It's the story of a physics professor who gets paralyzed by the mob and uses a high-tech supersuit to exact his vigilante revenge on the mob! 

It is... EXO-MAN!

On the latest episode of CANCELED TOO SOON, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold sit down with EXO-MAN and decide, once and for all, if this notorious failed pilot deserved to go to series.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Two-Shot: Virtuosity and Enchanted!


In the 1990s, when cyborg Denzel Washington wasn’t fighting white supremacists in a futuristic prison, he was hunting virtual reality serial killers in nanotech bodies that looked just like Russell Crowe. That’s the premise of the supremely weird VIRTUOSITY, a cyber thriller about artificial intelligence and Russell Crowe eating glass.

And somehow, it’s the perfect double feature with ENCHANTED, a modern Disney classic about an animated princess who gets trapped in the cynical, real world! See where we’re going with this?

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they show you the place where good taste and bad taste collide, every week on THE TWO-SHOT

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

William Bibbiani Ranks All the 'Child's Play' Movies!


Chucky the killer doll has been committing heinous acts of murder for over 30 years now, and that means - with the release of the new remake of "Child's Play" - the time has come to look his whole franchise!

Check it out, because William Bibbiani has ranked all of the "Child's Play" movies, from the original to the weirdo sequels to the remake, this week at The Wrap!

Read: William Bibbiani Ranks the "Child's Play" Movies at The Wrap

Top Photos: United Artist

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Child's Play' (2019)


The killer doll franchise gets an update in Lars Klevberg's "Child's Play," a remake of the 1988 horror classic about a boy whose best friend, a toy, turns out to be a serial killer. Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman co-star in the new version, in which Chucky is a high-tech luxury item that can also control other household objects and use them to commit murder.

In his review of "Child's Play" at Bloody-Disgusting, William Bibbiani says the film is "fast-paced, gory, inventive" but held back by its awkward attempts to harken back to, whilst differentiating itself from, the original film.

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Child's Play" at Bloody-Disgusting

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Midsommar'


Ari Aster's follow-up to the critically acclaimed horror thriller "Hereditary" is here, and it's "Midsommar," an ambitious folk horror fable about American students getting swept up in a Swedish cult. Florence Pugh ("Fighting With My Family") and Jack Reynor ("Free Fire") and Jack Reynor star, in a film produce by A24.

In his review of "Midsommar"at Bloody-Disgusting, William Bibbiani calls it "as ambitious and overpowering a horror movie as you are likely to see this year," but finds fault with the film's familiar structure, slow pacing and ham-fisted allegories.

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Midsommar" at The Wrap

Top Photo: A24

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #151: Still Star-Crossed (2017)


Did you ever wonder what happened AFTER the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? If you hadn't, there's no need to start now! STILL STAR-CROSSED has all the answers, in a historical epic set in Verona, where the surviving cast of William Shakespeare's timeless tragedy continue their never-ending feud even after they were supposed to have learned their valuable lesson.

"Still Star-Crossed" hails from Shondaland, the hit television production company that brought you "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder," but this one only lasted one season! On the latest episode of CANCELED TOO SOON, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold dive into this ambitious, slightly campy series to figure out what worked, what didn't, and what's just plain weird.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #83: Men in Black: International, Shaft and Listener Mail!


You took the time to write us and we're going to answer your emails in the latest episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED! 

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold answer questions about everything from "Home Alone" to the purpose movies can serve in these tumultuous times in the latest episode of the podcast!

Also this week, Bibbs and Witney review the new releases "Men in Black: International," "Shaft," "The Dead Don't Die" and "The Spy Behind Home Plate!"

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Witney Seibold Reviews 'Toy Story 4'



It was nine years ago when “Toy Story 3” seemingly closed out its series on a perfect note: Woody the cowboy, Buzz the spaceman, and all his toybox compatriots were handed – in a wistful scene that evokes tears just in the recollection – from the hands of Andy, their now college-aged owner, into the waiting arms of an enthused toddler named Molly. Kids grow up. It was time to put away childish things. And, once again, Pixar, with rare universal access to it, opened up the pipeline directly into our collective hearts.

As such, the announcement of a late-in-the-game follow-up to “Toy Story 3” elicited rage from my blackened soul. 

The Two-Shot: The 15:17 to Paris and The Best Years of Our Lives!


Clint Eastwood cast real-life heroes in "The 15:17 to Paris," a biographical film about the American friends who seemed fated to save the day when a terrorist strikes aboard a train in Europe. And yet critics balked, the mainstream audiences didn't go for it, and generally speaking - when it comes to the movie at least - most people didn't seem to care.

So why is "The 15:17 to Paris" the perfect double feature with "The Best Years of Our Lives," a 1946 drama made by and for real-life veterans, about the trials and tribulations that befell soldiers after they returned home from war? One film made no impression, while the other was a box office blockbuster that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. 

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore what makes one film work and another fall flat in the latest episode of THE TWO-SHOT!

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