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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