Wednesday, October 30, 2019

We've Got Mail #3 - Is Darth Vader Redeemable and Horror Movies for Adults

You took the time to write us, so we're taking the time to listen! 

This week on the CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NETWORK's weekly podcast WE'VE GOT MAIL, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold answer questions about how Darth Vader could ever be redeemed, why mature horror films don't get written about, why film critics get abusive comments, ambitious films that didn't quite hit the mark and more!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #100: Dolemite is My Name, Countdown, Girl on the Third Floor, The Gallows Act II and Making Waves!

Eddie Murphy is back and in top form with DOLEMITE IS MY NAME, a brand new biopic about comedy trailblazer Rudy Ray Moore and the production of his blaxploitation classic! This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review that new biopic and MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND, a new documentary about motion picture sound design! 

And if that's not enough for all you movie lovers, Bibbs and Witney also a review a bunch of new horror movies, just in time for Halloween. Get ready for reviews of COUNTDOWN, GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR and THE GALLOWS ACT II!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #168 - Tremors: The Series (2003)

The cult monster movie classic TREMORS spawned five straight-to-video sequels and, over a decade later, its own SYFY tv series! But how the heck do you turn a movie about folks stranded in the desert with underground sonar monster worms into an episodic TV show?

The answer... may surprise you. But what we really want to know is, was TREMORS: THE SERIES canceled too soon?! 

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold dig into the mythology of the underground hit and reveal why they love this franchise, and whether TREMORS: THE SERIES is worth exhuming.

Give it a listen, as GHASTLYTOBER continues!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #99 | Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Zombieland: Double Tap, Jojo Rabbit, The Lighthouse and Eli!

Disney made a sequel to "Maleficent," for some reason, and it's called MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL! And it's really dumb! Bibbs and Witney review this blockbuster dud on an all-new CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, as well as the all-star horror sequel ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP and the new Netflix haunted hospital movie ELI!

Plus, Bibbs and Witney review two of the most anticipated arthouse movies of the season: Taika Waititi's Nazi comedy JOJO RABBIT, and Robert Eggers' sanity-jangling THE LIGHTHOUSE! Are they really two of the best movies of the year?

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #167 | Jekyll (2007)

Before Stephen Moffat updated Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century, in the megahit BBC series "Sherlock," he went back in time and brought back a monster. JEKYLL stars James Nesbitt ("The Hobbit") as Dr. Tom Jackman, a mild-mannered scientist who keeps transforming into an amoral, violent and uncontrollable new personality. But there's more to the story than meets the eye, and more than you'd ever find in the book!

JEKYLL lasted only one season, six short episodes, but although Moffat claims to have written a second season that never came to fruition. Was the series... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold will find out in an all-new episode of the podcast, as our GHASTLYTOBER continues!

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Friday, October 18, 2019

The Two-Shot | The Candyman Trilogy!

CANDYMAN isn't just a song from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," it's one of the most acclaimed horror movies of the 1990s, and it led to two mostly forgotten sequels which... yikes, those two sequels. 

But we'll get to that. Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold dissect the whole CANDYMAN movie trilogy on this week's THE TWO-SHOT!

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

We've Got Mail #2 | Why Aren't Film Critics Objective? Can High Frame Rates Work? Is Joker Brilliant?

You have burning questions and we've got burning answers! 

In this week's episode of WE'VE GOT MAIL, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold tackle the misunderstood concept of objectivity in film criticism, come up with new ways for filmmakers to use high frame rates, reflect on their favorite movies that became musicals that became movies again, and consider the very real possibility that they were completely wrong about JOKER!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #166 | Mockingbird Lane (2012)

Everyone's second-favorite 1960s sitcom about a family of monsters living in suburbia got an all-star reboot with 2012's MOCKINGBIRD LANE! This reimagining of THE MUNSTERS stems from HANNIBAL producer Bryan Fuller, and stars Jerry O'Connell, Portia De Rossi, Charity Wakefield and Eddie Izzard as creepy creatures trying to live inconspicuously in polite society, while also occasionally killing some people. 

It's creepy, it's kooky, but it's ain't THE ADDAMS FAMILY. It's the Munsters all over again, and it may very well have been CANCELED TOO SOON!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold exhume this notorious failed pilot to determine if MOCKINGBIRD LANE deserved to buried alive in foul earth of pop culture history, or whether it's worthy of resurrection.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #98 | The Addams Family, Parasite, Gemini Man and Robert Forster

They're creepy and they're kooky, but are they altogether ooky? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold visit the brand new animated version of The Addams Family in the latest episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, and also review the new releases "Parasite," "Mary," "Gemini Man" and High Strung Free Dance!

Plus, Bibbs and Witney bid a fond farewell to one of the great character actors, Oscar nominee Robert Forster.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

We've Got Mail #1 | Joker, Mental Health and Bad Movie Subtitles!

It's a brand new podcast on the CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NETWORK, and this one is all yours! 
WE'VE GOT MAIL is the podcast where film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold answer your emails, and in this debut episode they tackle everything from mental health in movies, to bad movie subtitles, to how they'd recast "Casablanca," to whether "Joker" is the worst movie of the year!

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Two-Shot | All the Prom Night Movies!

Everyone knows the most famous slasher movie franchises, but do you recall the most prom nighty slashers of all? 

This week on THE TWO-SHOT, film critics William Bibbiani explore all six entries in the PROM NIGHT franchise, from the original proto-slasher to the lousy remake, to all the utterly bizarre and forgotten sequels in between! 

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Canceled Too Soon #165: Mistress of Suspense, a.k.a. Chillers (1990)

Anthony Perkins hosts a series of sinister stories in MISTRESS OF SUSPENSE, an anthology based entirely on the works of Patricia Highsmith, the author of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY. With an all-star cast that includes Ian Holm, Ian Richardson, Ian McShane and Niccol Williamson, MISTRESS OF SUSPENSE - or, as it was called in America, CHILLERS - is an unusual entry in the horror anthology genre, in which the supernatural doesn't seem to exist... except maybe in a rooster.

Did MISTRESS OF SUSPENSE deserve to fade into obscurity, or was it... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore its extremely British tales of murder and madness in an all-new episode of the podcast, which kicks off GHASTLYTOBER... our Halloween celebration of short-lived horror shows!

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #97: Joker, Pain and Glory, In the Tall Grass and More!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold have moved their movie review show to THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NETWORK! 

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, they tackle the controversial blockbuster JOKER, Pedro Almodovar's celebrated PAIN AND GLORY, the latest Stephen King adaptation IN THE TALL GRASS, the video game movie sequel/remake DOOM: ANNIHILATION, the Natalie Portman astronaut drama LUCY IN THE SKY, the gritty young adventure LOW TIDE, and the Marine Corps. prison break drama SEMPER FI!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Two-Shot | All the 'Fright Night' Movies!

It’s GHASTLYTOBER here at THE TWO-SHOT, and all month we’re reviewing the horror movie franchises that YOU voted for! 

First up: FRIGHT NIGHT, a series of four films about horror movie fans who run afoul of real life vampires. The first film is a classic, but what about the big budget remake? And what about the two sequels that nobody ever talks about?! Is this one of the best horror movie series, or does FRIGHT NIGHT… bite?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Critically Acclaimed #96: The Best Movies of the 2000s!

It’s the last episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED at the Schmoes Know network! William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are picking up stakes and moving to THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NETWORK (the soon-to-be-renamed CANCELED TOO SOON podcast feed), but before they go they want to say goodbye to all you lovely listeners, and take one long, last look at the best motion pictures of 2000-2009, now that we’ve had a decade to think them over!

Which films are standing the test of time? Which films that once seemed important don’t make much an impression anymore? Bibbs and Witney answer these questions and give you a great long list of great movies to watch, many of which you’ve probably never heard of!

Don’t weep for CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED! We’ll be back next week in our new podcast feed, and our other podcast THE TWO SHOT will stay at Schmoes Know!