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! 

Give it a listen!

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! 


Thursday, June 25, 2020

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


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

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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


It's an all-new episode of WE'VE GOT MAIL, the podcast where film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold answer YOUR letters!  

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

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


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED returns with a giant-sized mega episode!

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

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

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - The Navigator


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 unearth Buster Keaton's silent comedy classic THE NAVIGATOR, starring the legendary filmmaker as a hapless bourgeois hero who winds up drifting at sea on a giant ship with the woman who doesn't love him! Keaton's unique physicality and distinctive gags were a clear influence on the creation of Jar Jar Binks and his wacky in the climactic battle in STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE, but why are Keaton's comedic characters more well-received than George Lucas's CGI creation? 


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

We've Got Mail #34 | What Are the Great AND Positive Sci-Fi/Fantasy 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 why it's a good time to re-evaluate your favorite movies, why critics don't say "in my opinion" all the time, underrated movies from great filmmakers and great sci-fi/fantasy movies that AREN'T grim 'n' gritty!  

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


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Iron List #8 | The Best Movies That Begin with the Letter "A"


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 focusing on our filing systems, because it's THE BEST MOVIES THAT BEGIN WITH THE LETTER A!  

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they highlight the films that just happen to start with the first letter of the alphabet, which turns out to be a list of many of the best movies ever made! We've got sci-fi classics, comedy blockbusters, art house legends and some of the scariest movies ever!


Monday, June 15, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #129 | Da 5 Bloods, Artemis Fowl, The King of Staten Island, Warning: Do Not Play, My Dinner With Andre


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is back with one of the biggest movie weekends of the year!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review Spike Lee's Vietnam drama DA 5 BLOODS (Netflix), Kenneth Branagh's YA fantasy ARTEMIS FOWL (Disney Plus), Judd Apatow's latest dramedy THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND (VOD) and Kim Jin-won's Korean horror movie about horror movies WARNING: DO NOT PLAY (Shudder)!

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney explore one of the best films of the 1980s, MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, starring Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory as two theater professionals who have dinner together. And somehow... it's absolutely breathtaking.

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Casablanca!


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 Michael Curtiz's Oscar-winning and seemingly timeless classic, CASABLANCA! Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman lead an all-star cast in a romantic adventure set during the rise of fascism, where a notorious cad begins to realize he needs to pick a side in the war. 

It's not just an influence on Han Solo, but also the production design, background characters and - in RISE OF SKYWALKER - one of the dumbest STAR WARS plot points ever!

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

We've Got Mail #33 | Why Does the Criterion Collection Rule?



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 recent commentary tracks for the Shout! Factory, the best Canadian movies, why it's important to criticize movies with ugly themes, why IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK feels revolutionary, 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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Monday, June 8, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #128 | The Vast of Night, Tommaso, Shirley, I'm No Longer Here, Scream Queen!, The High Note, Becky, Intuition, The Core


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is chock full of movies this week!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the instant sci-fi classic THE VAST OF NIGHT (Amazon), Abel Ferrara's triumphant new drama TOMMASO (Kino Lorber),the creepy quasi-biopic SHIRLEY (Hulu), the Mexican musical style icon I'M NO LONGER HERE (Netflix), the heartfelt horror documentary SCREAM, QUEEN! (Shudder), the slick music drama THE HIGH NOTE (VOD), the intense Kevin James thriller BECKY (VOD) and the detective thriller prequel INTUITION (Netflix)!

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney are relive the turn of the century big budget disaster piece fad, and explore all the inexplicable inanities of THE CORE, starring Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, Stanley Tucci, DJ Qualls and Delroy Lindo!

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Distant Drums!


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 Raoul Walsh's quasi-western DISTANT DRUMS, the film that introduced the Wilhelm Scream! It's one of the most popular and recognizable sound effects in motion picture history, but the film that originated the Wilhelm Scream is disturbingly entrenched in deeply offensive colonialist fiction! 

And sadly, that's a literary tradition that films like STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES have, directly and indirectly, been inspired by.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #189 | Space Force (1978)


The late, great comedian Fred Willard co-stars in the new Netflix comedy series SPACE FORCE, but did you know he also starred in another television series with the exact same name? It's called SPACE FORCE, it came out in 1978, and it's basically THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW (a.k.a. SGT. BILKO) in space!

Is that a bad idea? Or could it be that SPACE FORCE was... CANCELED TOO SOON? Critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold take you rocketing through space - and history - to explore a failed TV pilot that riffs on STAR TREK and beyond!

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #188 | Nancy Drew (1995)


You've probably read her books, seen her 1970s tv series, and binged her new CW series, but do you recall the most '90s NANCY DREW of all? 

And was it... CANCELED TOO SOON?


William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold solve these mysteries, and ponder the depressing head canon of Scott Speedman, in an all-new episode dedicate to the history of NANCY DREW, and a syndicated series most people never heard of, and which might have been really good? Or, you know, it might not.

Give it a listen and find out!


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Silent Running!


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 Douglas Trumbull's SILENT RUNNING, a sci-fi epic starring Bruce Dern as an environmental activist who defies orders to destroy Earth's last remaining forests! 

With a screenplay by Michael Cimino (THE DEER HUNTER) and Stephen Bochco (NYPD BLUE), and early effects work by STAR WARS vfx pioneer John Dykstra, SILENT RUNNING inspired the creation of R2-D2 and even the tv series MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000!

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #187 | The Orson Welles Show (1987)


Orson Welles may be best known for directing classic films like CITIZEN KANE, TOUCH OF EVIL and CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT, but he also had his own talk show! For one episode! That never got picked up by a network!

THE ORSON WELLES SHOW featured special guests Burt Reynolds, Angie Dickinson, and The Muppets, along with their voice Jim Henson and Frank Oz! It sounds like an amazing show, so could it be that it was... CANCELED TOO SOON?


Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are about to find out!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

We've Got Mail #32 | Film Criticism vs. TV Criticism!


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 what the difference is between film criticism and television criticism, the rarely discussed problem with recommending films on streaming, why Star Wars should start adapting Shakespeare and the movies that inspired them to learn more about movies!

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

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #127 | The Lovebirds, Blood Machines, Fire (Pozar), Modest Heroes, The Painter and the Thief, and Hell Comes to Frogtown


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has the hottest new movies this week!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae rom-com THE LOVEBIRDS (Netflix), the eye-popping sci-fi spectacular BLOOD MACHINES (Shudder), David Lynch's new short FIRE (POZAR) (YouTube), the anime anthology film MODEST HEROES (Netflix), and the unusual new documentary THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF (Hulu)!

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney are forced to revisit the 1988 cult oddity HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN, in which wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper plays the last virile man on Earth, who has to rescue women kidnapped by humanoid frog monsters in order to perpetuate the species!


Is there any way that's actually a good movie? Anyway at all? 

Give it a listen and find out!


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Dersu Uzala!


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 gorgeous and contemplative story of DERSU UZALA, a Russian film directed by Japanese master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa! This true story about a cartographer who befriends a small, uneducated, but impossibly brave and wise man in the wilds of Siberia was the direct influence for the creation of Yoda, and some of the most iconic moments in STAR WARS

And it may also be the key to unlocking the deeper meaning behind the different planets we visit in the franchise!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

We've Got Mail #31 | How to Watch Director's Cuts!


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 they owe Mighty Man and Yukk an apology, the movies they grew to love, the future of film festivals after the pandemic, how to watch director's cuts, the movie sequels we can't believe are real, and the difference between slasher movie violence and action movie violence!


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

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Iron List #7 | The Best Dystopian Movies Ever!


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 it's a little not the nose, because they picked THE BEST DYSTOPIAN MOVIES EVER!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they highlight the films about sci-fi societies that explore the failures of the past, our anxieties about the present, and our terrors about the future! From well-known classics like METROPOLIS and 1984 to off-the-wall picks like CHERRY 2000 and ROBOT JOX!

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #126 | Scoob!, Capone, Mother's Little Helpers, and Antz!


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has the biggest new movies this week! Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the animated Hanna-Barbera reboot SCOOB!, the bizarre Tom Hardy/Josh Trank passion project CAPONE and the character drama MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPERS!

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney dig up the third CG-animated film ever made, Dreamworks' bizarre kids movie ANTZ! It was a blockbuster smash when it came out, but without the benefit of historical context, does it still work today?

Give it a listen and find out!


Saturday, May 16, 2020

The 4th Annual Canceled Too Soon Awards!



The fourth annual CANCELED TOO SOON AWARDS are finally here! Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold highlight the best, the worst and the weirdest failed TV series they've reviewed in the last year, featuring cult classics, forgotten oddities, and missed opportunities aplenty!  

Who will win this year's Soonies? There's only one way to find outt: by listening to this mammoth mega-episode!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

We've Got Mail #30 | What We Miss Most About Video Stores!


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 what they miss most about local video stores, the best films adapted from stage plays, the little moments in movies that amazed us, books should have been adapted by women a long time ago, and why we may need to expand our conversations about a filmmaker's gaze!


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

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #125 | The Half of It, Blood Quantum, Bull, Driveways, Clementine, Porno, Arkansas, and Green for Danger!


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has a metric ton of movies this week! Film critics William Bibbiani are reviewing new releases from all over the streaming world, along with a murder mystery classic that'll make any fan of KNIVES OUT happy!  

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, Bibbs and Witney explore the new the amazing LGTBQIA+ rom-com THE HALF OF IT, the First Nation zombie thriller BLOOD QUANTUM, the rodeo drama BULL, the exceptional Brian Dennehy drama DRIVEWAYS, the lesbian coming of age drama CLEMENTINE, the prurient horror-comedy PORNO, and the crime comedy ARKANSAS!  

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney explore the excellent but largely forgotten murder mystery GREEN FOR DANGER, now streaming on the Criterion Channel!  

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - King Kong!


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 fantastical world of KING KONG, the original 1933 blockbuster action/horror epic that pioneered new visual effects, new techniques in sound design, and an innovative musical score that's still influential today! 

How did KING KONG break new ground, is it overdue for a reevaluation, and why is it - for better and worse - one of the key precursors to STAR WARS?

Give it a listen and find out!


Friday, May 8, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #186 | FlashForward (2009-2010)


Everyone on Earth blacks out at the same time and gets a vision of their own future!

It's FLASHFORWARD, a short-lived series that combines OEDIPUS, LOST and 24 to create a distinctive blend of drama, mystery and action, with an all-star cast including Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Gabrielle Union, Dominic Monaghan, Ricky Jay, Courtney B. Vance, Shohreh Aghdashloo and more!

FLASHFORWARD may have been ambitious, but was it... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore the past and possible future of the series in an all-new episode!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

We've Got Mail #29 | Why Don't More People Talk About Ernst Lubitsch?


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 blockbuster filmmakers who have been forgotten by the mainstream, dance movies, trucker movies, issues in international cinema and podcast cats!

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - The Wizard of Oz!


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 revisit THE WIZARD OF OZ, a towering, epic production which - like STAR WARS - pioneered new effects and technologies, and inspired a ceaseless wave of imitations and homages! Bibbs and Witney break down the genius of THE WIZARD OF OZ and the many ways it directly and indirectly inspired scenes, characters and ideas in STAR WARS.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

We've Got Mail #28 | What Are the Movies Always Make Us Cry?


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 a movie doesn't have to be popular to be a classic, the movies that always make them cry, why superheroes might be too violent, and why long takes in movies like 1917 and EXTRACTION might be hurting the story!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #124 | Extraction, The Willoughbys, Circus of Books, 0.0mhz, To the Stars, and Paint Your Wagon!


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has boatloads of movies this week! Film critics William Bibbiani are reviewing new releases from all over the streaming world, and also one of the worst movie musicals they've ever seen (which is saying something)!

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, Bibbs and Witney explore the new ambitious action thriller EXTRACTION (Netflix), the dark animated family film THE WILLOUGHBYS (Netflix), the local bookstore documentary CIRCUS OF BOOKS (Netflix), the Korean supernatural thriller 0.0MHZ (Shudder) and the coming of age drama TO THE STARS (VOD)!

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney dig up the oft lampooned but rarely actually watched Clint Eastwood/Lee Marvin western musical PAINT YOUR WAGON, which is just... just terrible, folks.

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Iron List #6 | The Best Movies About Movies Ever Made!


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, since we could all use a little escapism, they picked THE BEST MOVIES ABOUT MOVIES!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they highlight the films about filmmakers that illuminate what works about the industry, and what's an absolute and unforgivable nightmare! The walls between fiction and reality are about to crumble!

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - 21-87!


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 Arthur Lipsett's experimental short film 21-87, a montage of imagery and ideas about the interconnectivity of all things! How did this film inspire George Lucas to create "The Force," and how does it connect to and impact his whole filmography, including THX-1138? We're about to find out!  

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

We've Got Mail #27 | Which Old Movies Are Eerily Relevant Today?


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 trickster movie characters, how press screenings really work, old movies that seem eerily relevant today, whether we need to re-evaluate KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD 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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Monday, April 20, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #123 | Brian Dennehy, Sergio, Endings Beginnings, Selah and the Spades, Rising High, and Fist of Fury


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is overflowing with movies this week! Film critics William Bibbiani are reviewing new releases from all over the streaming landscape, and a kung fu classic starring Bruce Lee!
This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, Bibbs and Witney explore the incredible career of the late, great BRIAN DENNEHY, and review the new streaming releases SERGIO (Netflix), ENDINGS BEGINNINGS (Amazon), SELAH AND THE SPADES (Amazon) and RISING HIGH (Netflix).
And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney explore the groundbreaking kung fu classic FIST OF FURY, starring the legendary Bruce Lee!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - The Dam Busters!


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 Michael Anderson's blockbuster epic THE DAM BUSTERS (1955), about the real-life low-flying air attacks that destroyed German dams in World War II, which directly inspired George Lucas's unforgettably dogfighting finale in the original STAR WARS!

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Friday, April 17, 2020

We've Got Mail #26 | Is Paul Thomas Anderson the Great American Auteur of the 21st Century?


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 legacy of CONAN, the past, present and future of movie musicals, movie-watching relationship advice, the glories of CLUELESS, the most stylish menswear in the history of film, and whether Paul Thomas Anderson is America's great 21st century auteur!

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

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