Thursday, September 17, 2020

We've Got Mail #45 | Our Favorite Movie Urban Legends!

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 which classic stories need modern movie updates, the depiction of mental illness in cinema, more queer movie recommendations, whether films need sympathetic protagonists or not, blockbusters vs. indies in the year 2020, their favorite urban legends about movies, international film distribution and more!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Your Critically Acclaimed | A Celebration of Queer Film!

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 are joined by their patron B Peterson, who wanted to to share - along with our hosts - some of the queer films that mean the most to them! 

So join them as they all explore important films like WATERMELON WOMAN, CERTAIN WOMEN, BOUND, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER and many, many more!

Follow B Peterson on LetterBoxd at BlueGreyCloset and Twitter at @BlueGreyCloset, and be sure to check out these other great podcasts B Peterson recommends: Citizen Dame, Linoleum Knife, Who Shot Ya, Bad Romance and Latinx Lens!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #142 | Cuties, The Social Dilemma, #Alive, Unpregnant, All Dogs Go to Heaven

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has quite a few films to review this week!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review three new Netflix releases - CUTIES, THE SOCIAL DILEMMA and #ALIVE - and the new HBO Max comedy UNPREGNANT!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney revisit one of Don Bluth's classic animated films, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN!

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Your Critically Acclaimed | The Films of Mel Brooks!


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 are joined by their patron Samuel Shearer, who wanted to dedicate a whole podcast to Oscar-winning comedy filmmaker MEL BROOKS

Join them as they explore classics (and not-so-classics) like THE PRODUCERS, BLAZING SADDLES, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SPACEBALLS, LIFE STINKS and DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

We've Got Mail #45 | Why Did the Parody Genre Die Out...?

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 Hollywood needs to rethink international release dates, the real reasons why the parody movie genre died out, who was miscast in Martin Scorsese's GANGS OF NEW YORK, the films of Dario Dargento and Daria Nicolodi, and the scenes that flew over their heads as kids!

Monday, September 7, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #141 | Mulan, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Love Guaranteed, The Andora Hustle, Feels Good Man, Measure for Measure, and And God Created Woman

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has a whole smorgasbord of films this week!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review Disney's epic live-action remake MULAN, Charlie Kaufman's mind-bending I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, the new Netflix rom-com LOVE GUARANTEED, the banking conspiracy documentary THE ANDORA HUSTLE, the dark side of culture documentary FEELS GOOD MAN, and the Australian Shakespeare adaptation MEASURE FOR MEASURE!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney dive back into cinema history with Roger Vadim's AND GOD CREATED WOMAN, one of the most controversial films of the 1950s!

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Your Critically Acclaimed | The Iron Giant (1999)


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 were asked to explore Brad Bird's feature directorial debut THE IRON GIANT, about a weapon of mass destruction who develops a soul, and chooses to become a hero. Is the film a cult classic? A bona fide classic? Or is it merely completely wonderful?

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Friday, September 4, 2020

We've Got Mail #44 | Which Sci-Fi Movies Should Be Taught in Sociology Classes?

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 the ugliest parts of Guy Ritchie's THE GENTLEMAN, sci-fi movies that should be taught in sociology classes, how BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC could be even better, why "Lunchables" is the funniest word in the English language and more!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #140 | Chadwick Boseman, Bill and Ted Face the Music, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Rogue, The Midnight Meat Train

 

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED sure does have some movies this week!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the long-awaited sequel BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC, the Charles Dickens adaptation THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, and the Megan Fox vs. Killer Lions movie ROGUE!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney revisit the Ryuhei Kitamura's Clive Barker adaptation THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, starring Bradley Cooper and Vinnie Jones!

But first, and most importantly, a tribute to the late and unbelievably great actor CHADWICK BOSEMAN, the star of Black Panther, Get On Up and 42.

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Iron List #10 | The Best Movies With Ridiculously Long Titles!

Every month on THE IRON LIST, the Patrons of the Critically Acclaimed Network get to pick a topic for a giant-sized episode!

This month we're highlighting the best films that have really, really, REALLY, distractingly, absurdly, distractingly and weirdly long titles!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they pick out amazing films that may be best known for their titles, but actually deserve to your appreciation and love!

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Wings!


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 explore the first film to win the Oscar for Best Picture (kinda), a World War I epic with unbelievable imagery and beautiful melodrama, WINGS! How did it inspire elements of STAR WARS, and large swaths of THE LAST JEDI in particular? We're about to find out! 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

We've Got Mail #43 | Where to Begin with Werner Herzog!

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 writing screenplays, we they'd choose to replace them on the podcast, the best summer movies released in May, where to begin your journey into the films of Werner Herzog, the films of Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, weird director/premise match-ups, movies we didn't realized we like until much later, and the much-maligned "torture porn" genre of the mid-2000s! 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #139 | The One and Only Ivan, Chemical Hearts, Words on Bathroom Walls, The Pale Door, Live from the Space Stage: A HALYX Story, Tesla, The Stepford Wives

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has so many movie reviews this wee, it's ridiculous!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review Disney's THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, the teen romance CHEMICAL HEARTS, the teen mental health drama WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS, the western/horror hybrid THE PALE DOOR, the bizarre Disney documentary LIVE FROM THE SPACE STAGE: A HALYX STORY, and the new Ethan Hawke biopic TESLA!

Also this week on The Critically Acclaimed Streaming Club, Bibbs and Witney revisit the 1970s horror classic THE STEPFORD WIVES, which is just as terrifying as ever!


Monday, August 24, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #197 | Princess Jellyfish (2010)

ANIME MONTH continues with a series about an introverted jellyfish enthusiast whose life turns around when she befriends a cross-dressing extrovert! 

PRINCESS JELLYFISH is part comedy, part drama, part romance, and it may very well have been... CANCELED TOO SOON! William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are once again joined by author/illustrator M. Lopes da Silva for an in-depth conversation about anime! 

Follow M. Lopes da Silva on Twitter at @_MLopesdaSilva and on Instagram at @AuthorMLopesdaSilva, and be sure to check out her upcoming queer, feminist, pro-sex work, vigilante vs. slasher novel HOOKER when it comes out in October!

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Your Critically Acclaimed | Ultimate Summer Blockbuster Movie Draft!

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 were asked to draft their ultimate summer movie blockbuster schedule, and they each approached the assignment VERY differently! 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

We've Got Mail #42 | Popsicle Fever!











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 screenplays, old-fashioned film styles we miss, why comedies shouldn't punch downward, the Movie Trivia Schmoedown and - finally! - their favorite popsicles!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - John Carter (aka A Princess of Mars)!

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 move into Edgar Rice Burroughs' A PRINCESS OF MARS, which inspired STAR WARS, and which was eventually adapted into Andrew Stanton's sci-fi epic JOHN CARTER, which was inspired by STAR WARS

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #138 | Project Power, Sputnik, The Bay of Silence, Endless, Cool Runnings

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is chock full of movies this week!  

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review Netflix's new Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Jamie Foxx superhero movie PROJECT POWER, the Russian sci-fi/monster movie SPUTNIK, the thriller THE BAY OF SILENCE, and the supernatural teen romance ENDLESS!  

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs revisits the Disney classic COOL RUNNINGS for the first time in decades and Witney watches it for the very first time! 

Give it a listen! 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #196 | High School of the Dead (2010)

ANIME MONTH continues with a series about teenagers fighting off the zombie apocalypse using all the ultra-violence at their disposal, and a heck of a lot of fan service!   

Was HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD nothing but mindless sex and violence, or is it a clever meta-commentary about western storytelling? And was it... CANCELED TOO SOON?  

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are joined by author/illustrator M. Lopes da Silva for a scintillating conversation about the anime medium, the zombie apocalypse genre and more! 

Follow M. Lopes da Silva on Twitter at @_MLopesdaSilva and on Instagram at @AuthorMLopesdaSilva, and be sure to check out her upcoming queer, feminist, pro-sex work, vigilante vs. slasher novel HOOKER when it comes out in October!

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

My Dinner With My Dinner With Andre (with First Cut!)

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are inviting fascinating people to watch MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, a film about fascinating people having a conversation, and have their own conversation about it!

This week's guests are Robert Butler III, Sabrina Ramirez, and Andres Cabrera from FIRST CUT and THE MEANING OF podcast! Subscribe to their YouTube Channel and follow them on Twitter at @FirstCutTMO@DirectorRB3, @SabrinaxMonica and @SquadLeaderAce!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

We've Got Mail #41 | What Are Our Favorite Bands?

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 the best horror anthologies on television, the legacy of HEAVEN'S GATE, directors whose films got worse over time, what happens when you find out your favorite part of a movie was an accident or a placeholder, our favorite bands, and why it's important to step aside from the zeitgeist and find out what you REALLY like!

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #137 | Paramount, An American Pickle, The Secret Garden, Work It, Out Stealing Horses, She Dies Tomorrow, The Burnt Orange Heresy, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is overflowing with movies this week!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold ponder the ramifications of undoing the Paramount decision - potentially opening the door to studios buying movie theaters and developing monopolies - and review the new Seth Rogen comedy AN AMERICAN PICKLE, the latest adaptation of THE SECRET GARDEN, the Netflix dance film WORK IT, the psychological horror film SHE DIES TOMORROW, the Norwegian drama OUT STEALING HORSES and the art heist film THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY.

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney explore William Greaves' experimental documentary SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM, about the making of the making of a movie, and it's decades-later experimental sequel!

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #195 | The Devil is a Part-Timer! (2013)

ANIME MONTH begins on CANCELED TOO SOON!

First up, Satan himself takes a part-time job at McDonalds after he accidentally finds himself stranded in modern day Japan! Can he work his way from french fries to world domination? Or will he discover that working class life is what life is all about?

And most importantly, was THE DEVIL IS A PART-TIMER... canceled too soon? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold find out for themselves in an all-new episode!

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Metropolis!

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 move into Fritz Lang's silent masterpiece METROPOLIS, which envisioned an unthinkable future full of class warfare, income disparity, unchecked industrialism, and corrupt capitalists running the government. In addition to its influential imagery of gigantic supercities, METROPOLIS also laid the foundation for every movie about robots - or, yes, even droids - that followed!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

We've Got Mail #40 | Do You Need Context to Watch Classic Movies?

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 the DVD boxed sets that got away from them, movies that have been ruined by bad editing, our worst movie theater experiences, whether classic movies need context to play today, our favorite movie scenes, and the difference (if there is one) between shocks and scares in horror movies!

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #136 | Wilford Brimley, Host, Black is King, The Fight, Summerland, The Secret: Dare to Dream, I Married a Witch

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is bursting with cinema this week!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold say goodbye to the late, great Wilford Brimley and review Shudder's new supernatural/found footage/COVID-19 horror film HOST, Beyonce's Disney Plus visual concept album BLACK IS KING, the ACLU documentary THE FIGHT, Jessica Swale's World War II drama SUMMERLAND, and Katie Holmes learning the secret to life and love in THE SECRET: DARE TO DREAM!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney explore René Clair's witty, stylish, romantic and weird I MARRIED A WITCH, starring Veronica Lake as a witch who accidentally falls in love with a man she's cursed!

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Your Critically Acclaimed | The Best and Worst of Our Physical Media Collections!

[Note: Due to tech issues, the audio quality in this episode is lower than usual. We apologize.]

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 present the physical media releases that they are extremely proud to own, and also the ones that they cannot believe are part of their collections... in the bad way.

Plus: This episode is co-hosted by our Patreon sponsor!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #135 | Olivia de Havilland, John Saxon, The Rental, Radioactive, Yes God Yes, and The Deer Hunter

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED may not be discovering new elements, but they sure are analyzing a whole lot of elements in new and classic films!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are reviewing Dave Franco's new slasher THE RENTAL, Marjane Satrapi's biopic about Marie Curie RADIOACTIVE, and Karen Maine's coming of age teen comedy YES, GOD, YES!

But first, they say goodbye to the Hollywood legends we lost this week: Olivia de Havilland, the star of THE HEIRESS and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, and John Saxon, the star of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and ENTER THE DRAGON.

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney finally catch up with one of the most controversial war movies of all time, THE DEER HUNTER! It's the film that changed the way Oscar campaigning worked forever, and introduced the world to one of the deadliest and most irresponsible games ever conceived.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

My Dinner With My Dinner With Andre (with Screen Drafts!)


William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are inviting fascinating people to watch MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, a film about fascinating people having a conversation, and have their own conversation about it!

This week's guests are Clay Keller and Ryan Marker, the hosts of the SCREEN DRAFTS podcast! Follow them on Twitter at @ScreenDrafts and check out their Patreon at Patreon.com/ScreenDrafts.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #194 | Spider-Woman (1979-1980)

When Disney Plus launched it came with a gargantuan bevy of animated Marvel superhero shows from across time and space, and a lot of them were potentially CANCELED TOO SOON!

This week, critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore the failed 1979-1980 animated television series SPIDER-WOMAN, a superhero with vaguely spider-like powers who (in the show, not so much the comics) runs a magazine and fights monsters and mad scientists and for some reason hangs out almost exclusively with an incompetent and sexist photographer!

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Your Critically Acclaimed | A Star is Born (1954)

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 review A STAR IS BORN, the first (and possibly the second) remake of a classic Hollywood tale about a young rising star who falls in love with an aging mentor, whose alcoholism destroys his career just as her own is taking off.

The 1954 version was directed by George Cukor and stars Judy Garland and James Mason, and it's considered a Hollywood classic, but is it really better than the celebrated Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga version? 

Let's find out!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Jurassic Park!

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 sneak into Steven Spielberg's JURASSIC PARK, a blockbuster monster movie about genetically-engineered dinosaurs that run amok at eat people! George Lucas cited JURASSIC PARK as the film whose effects proved that his visions for the future of STAR WARS were possible, and it's also a bona fide classic in its own right.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

We've Got Mail #39 | What's the Point of Buying Physical Media...?

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 the bizarre Brucesploitation genre, movies that actually play better at drive-in theaters, movies that were funnier when they were edited for TV, which public domain movies are worthwhile, and why it's still a good idea for people who really love movies to invest in physical media!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #134 | Shelf Life, Bad Boys for Life, Bad Education, Onward, The Painted Bird, Marathon Man!

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is playing catch-up this week!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold dig back into the rest of 2020 and review some of the biggest films they missed the first time around: BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, BAD EDUCATION and ONWARD! They also review the new release THE PAINTED BIRD and explore recently unearthed Paul Bartel movie SHELF LIFE, which is being released for the first time EVER after being finished over 25 years ago.

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney try to keep pace with the classic thriller MARATHON MAN! It's a political thriller starring Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider, William Devane and Sir Laurence Olivier, about a history student who gets a lot of cardio, who also gets embroiled in a post-WWII conspiracy!

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #193 | Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953 or 1955)

The jetpack-wearing superhero who inspired THE ROCKETEER made the jump from Republic movie serials to serialized television in the 1950s, but was COMMANDO CODY: SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE a serial that aired on tv, or a tv show that played in theaters?

And most importantly, was this imaginative early sci-fi adventure... CANCELED TOO SOON? William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold strap on their rocket-boosters and explore the history, the influence, the silliness, and sometimes the sleepy boredoms of COMMANDO CODY: SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE, the oldest series we've ever covered on our show!

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Friday, July 17, 2020

The Iron List #9 | The Best 8th Movies in a Franchise!

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 we're delving deep into the realm of long-running film series, with an episode dedicated to THE BEST 8TH MOVIES IN A FRANCHISE!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they highlight the films that came VERY late in a series and somehow still felt inspired, exciting, brilliant... or at least kinda entertaining!  And there's less overlap between their lists than you might think!

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Your Critically Acclaimed | The Films of John Carpenter!

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 explore the entire filmography of director JOHN CARPENTER, the director who gave us the original HALLOWEEN, in addition to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE THING, THEY LIVE, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and many, many more classic (and not so classic) films!


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

We've Got Mail #38 | Why Does Social Media Make Movies Feel Like Work?


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 filmmakers they think were wrong about their own movies, when it's okay to set aside a genre you don't like (and why critics don't really have that luxury), how to book guests on your own podcasts, why social media sometimes makes movies feel like work, why Hollywood needs to completely overhaul the way they think about casting, and more!

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

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #133 | Ennio Morricone, Kelly Preston, The Old Guard, Palm Springs, Relic, Greyhound, Home Movie: The Princess Bride, Castle Freak

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is stuck in a time loop!

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is stuck in a time loop!

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is stuck in a time loop! 

This week, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold say goodbye to composer Ennio Morricone and actor Kelly Preston, and review the new sci-fi action-thriller THE OLD GUARD, the time loop comedy PALM SPRINGS, the slow burn horror movie RELIC, the World War II naval adventure GREYHOUND, and the all-star PRINCESS BRIDE remake!

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney release CASTLE FREAK from the catacombs! It's one of the lesser known films from the late, great horror filmmaker Stuart Gordon, and it's extremely loosely based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, and it's VERY cheap and VERY gory! 

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - The Searchers!


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 take a trek to Monument Valley for John Ford's THE SEARCHERS, starring John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter as cowboys searching for a lost girl in the American frontier. The film is considered one of the greatest westerns ever made, and it's easy to see why, but its legacy is conflicted and complicated, even though its influence on STAR WARS is clear.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #192 | My Own Worst Enemy (2008)

[NOTE: We apologize for the lower-quality audio in this episode.]

Christian Slater gets his own television series... and so does Christian Slater! 

MY OWN WORST ENEMY is all about a secret super spy who has a microchip in his brain that activates an alter ego with no memory of saving the world, who has his own completely separate life in suburbia! But when the chip malfunctions and they have to share each other's lives, are either of them up to the task?

MY OWN WORST ENEMY may or may not be the best tv show based on a song by Lit, but was it... CANCELED TOO SOON? William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore this short-lived spy series with a twist in the latest episode, and figure out whether it's a great series about middle-aged power fantasies, or a bad series that gets trapped by its own internal logic.


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Your Critically Acclaimed | Galavant!


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 GALAVANT, a cult musical fantasy epic sitcom from Dan Fogelman (THIS IS US) and songwriter Alan Menken (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), in which heroes and villains alike break into wacky songs, with special guests like "Weird" Al Yankovic, Kylie Minogue, Hugh Bonneville, Ricky Gervais and Nick Frost (to name a few)!

Was GALAVANT a failed TV experiment, a goofball camp oddity, or a legitimate television classic? Let's find out!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

We've Got Mail #37 | Is 'Hamilton' Really a Film...?


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 the debate whether the Disney Plus release of HAMILTON qualifies as a 'film,' the oft-overlooked Vansploitation genre, the movies that completely disappointed us, the age-old STAR WARS vs. STAR TREK conflict, and the best college movies that actually reflect what college is like!

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

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #132 | Hamilton, Metamorphosis, The Truth, and Bugsy Malone!


There's a million things that CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED hasn't done, but just you wait! Just you wait! 

This week, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore the brilliance and understandable criticisms of the hit musical HAMILTON, venture into the gory world of the possession thriller METAMORPHOSIS, and ponder the works of Hirokazu Kore-eda with his new French film THE TRUTH!

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney unearth one of the weirdest musicals ever made! BUGSY MALONE launched the career of Alan Parker and Dexter Fletcher, with a story about Prohibition Era gangsters played entirely by kids! Sure, it's got great music by Paul Williams, but is that premise just too danged weird to work?

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Radar Men from the Moon!

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 strap on jetpacks and fly around with COMMANDO CODY: SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE in his very first cinematic adventure, RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON! It's a serialized action series with lots of fist fights, lots of cheapness, and several connections - direct and indirect - to the STAR WARS series! 

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Friday, July 3, 2020

My Dinner With My Dinner With Andre (With Grae Drake and Steve Gelder!)


In our new podcast, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold invite fascinating people to watch MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, a film about fascinating people having a conversation, and have their own conversation about it!

What happens when everyone watches the same film and makes a podcast about it? How do different people view the same film differently? We'll find out in... MY DINNER WITH MY DINNER WITH ANDRE!

This week's guests are illustrious film critic and interviewer Grae Drake, and actor Steve Gelder! Follow them on Twitter and InstaGram at @GraeDrake and @SteveGelder!


Thursday, July 2, 2020

We've Got Mail #36 | Is TikTok the Future of Cinema...?


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 TikTok may be the future of cinema, how to find the right crossword puzzles, our favorite slice of life anime and the best needle drops in movie history!  

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


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!