Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - The Flash Gordon Serials!


One of the best ways to learn about film history is to take a popular movie and work backwards, to discover its many influences. And there is perhaps no movie that embodies the fascinations, obsessions and inspirations of its director more than STAR WARS!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they examine a film that directly inspired STAR WARS every single week, starting with the original FLASH GORDON serials, which inspired George Lucas so much that he tried to make a FLASH GORDON movie, couldn't get the rights, and had to make STAR WARS instead! 

It's our brand-new podcast, STAR WARS: EPISODE ZERO!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #120 | Stuart Gordon, Daniel Isn't Real, The Decline, Crip Camp, There's Something in the Water, Uncorked, and Moonstruck


It's HUGE week for movies on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore tons of new streaming movies, including Shudder's horror film DANIEL ISN'T REAL, the Netflix documentaries CRIP CAMP and THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE WATER, the Netflix thriller THE DECLINE, and the Netflix comedy UNCORKED!
Also this week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, we're celebrating the life and career of the late, legendary horror filmmaker STUART GORDON, director of cult classics like RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND and ROBOT JOX!
Plus, it's an all-new installment of THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, where we unearth great movies from streaming services and watch them together! This week it's Cher and Nicolas Cage in the Oscar-winning romantic comedy MOONSTRUCK!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #184 | Star Wars: Droids (1985-1986)


Not every STAR WARS was a blockbuster smash. The Saturday morning cartoon show STAR WARS: DROIDS, starring Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and R2-D2 as himself, only lasted one season, despite featuring huge cameos from popular characters like Boba Fett and IG-88, and tons of ideas, vehicles, planets and even podraces which would eventually turn up in the prequel trilogy!

It was co-created by Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt, and featured a theme song by Stewart Copeland from The Police! That's pretty cool, so maybe - just maybe - STAR WARS: DROIDS was... CANCELED TOO SOON!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold take a trip to a galaxy far, far away to unearth this overlooked chapter in STAR WARS history, just before the premiere of their new STAR WARS podcast: EPISODE ZERO!

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

We've Got Mail #23 | What's the Best Pokemon Movie Ever?


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 movie drinks, the must-see documentary THE CELLULOID CLOSET, why TV shows always seem to end with a marriage, the secrets of movie projectionists and, of course, the best POKEMON movie ever!

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

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Iron List #5 | The Best Fantasy Movies Ever Made (That Aren't Blockbuster Franchises)


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 FANTASY MOVIES EVER MADE (THAT AREN'T HIT FRANCHISES)!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they highlight the fantasy films that changed our lives and dazzled our senses, but that aren't part of billion dollar studio-driven film series like the live-action THE LORD OF THE RINGS, HARRY POTTER or CHRONICLES OF NARNIA films!

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #119 | The Platform, Big Time Adolescence, Stargirl, Blow the Man Down and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner!


There aren't any new movies in theaters, but there are still LOTS of new movies! 

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the sci-fi thriller THE PLATFORM (Netflix), the coming of age drama BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE (Hulu), the other coming of age drama STARGIRL (Disney Plus) and the quirky small-town crime film BLOW THE MAN DOWN (Amazon Prime)!

And since we're all staying home and streaming movies, Bibbs and Witney also kick off the CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, where they watch classic films currently available on your favorite services. First up, it's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, the Oscar-winning drama about Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy dealing, badly, with the news that their daughter is engaged to Sidney Poitier. How does it hold up today? Let's find out together!

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

We've Got Mail #22 | Is '1917' the Best Video Game Movie?


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, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold talk about how to watch movies from different perspectives, the early films of David Lynch, TV edits of movies, and the art of video game adaptations!

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

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #183 | Earth*Star Voyager (1988)


TEENS! IN! SPACE! 

The expensive Disney sci-fi mini-series EARTH*STAR VOYAGER was a pilot for a television show that never took off, about attractive and precocious space teens in the future, on a fifty year mission to find a new planet for humanity to live on!

Featuring the stars of REVENGE OF THE NERDS, THE MONSTER SQUAD and THE LONE GUNMEN (and many more), and a score by the great Lalo Schifrin, it's weird that EARTH*STAR VOYAGER has been almost completely forgotten by popular culture. 

Was it really CANCELED TO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold embark on an important mission of their own, to find out!

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

We've Got Mail #21 | What Makes a Movie an Instant Classic?


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 how the industry is going change because of the global pandemic, the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, the art of art house horror movies, what defines a cult film, and what makes a movie an instant classic!

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

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #118 | Onward, The Hunt, First Cow, The Way Back, Spencer Confidential, and Beneath Us!


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is back and we're catching up on all the movies we missed, and setting the stage for the next phase of the podcast, as the film industry makes gigantic adjustments because of current events.

So in addition to review the new releases ONWARD, THE HUNT, FIRST COW, THE WAY BACK, BENEATH US and SPENCER CONFIDENTIAL, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are announcing a new segments - THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB - to help navigate the various streaming options while we're all staying home.

Also this week, Bibbs and Witney say goodbye to the late, great COFFIN JOE and MAX VON SYDOW!

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #182 | Mulholland Dr. (2001) w/ Special Guest: VideoDrew!


The network passed on David Lynch's surreal Hollywood mystery MULHOLLAND DRIVE, but the joke's on the network, because Lynch reshot the ending and released it in theaters, and won awards all over the world for how brilliant it was!

MULHOLLAND DRIVE has got Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Billy Ray Cyrus and Rebekah Del Rio. It's been called one of the best films of the century. But was it... CANCELED TOO SOON?


William Bibbiani, Witney Seibold and their very special guest Drew Grant (aka VIDEODREW) take a look back at a classic movie to see if it would have also made a classic series.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

We've Got Mail #20 | Are 'Cats' and 'Midsommar' the Same 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 eery similarities because the critically acclaimed horror film MIDSOMMAR and the notorious dud CATS, filmmakers who are great but also inconsistent, movies that changed our perspective on the world, lots and lots of Swedish movies, and the art of film criticism itself!

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

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #181 | Jean-Claude Van Johnson (2016-2017)


Jean-Claude Van Damme is back, and this time he's a depressed has-been who nobody likes! JCVD stars in JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON, a short-lived Amazon Prime action-comedy series in which action superstars like Van Damme are also secret super spies who use their movie productions as a cover for their covert missions!

It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, it's from the creator of THE EXPENDABLES, and yet it couldn't last more than one season. Was JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON... CANCELED TOO SOON?

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold pick apart every subversive and ridiculous joke to figure out what makes this weird, wonderful show work!

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

We've Got Mail #19 | New Star Wars vs. New Star Trek!


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 whether the new STAR TREK franchise is better than the new STAR WARS franchise, whether a new category would fix the Oscars, if CAHIERS DU CINEMA was totally out of touch!

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

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #117 | The Invisible Man, Saint Frances, All the Bright Places, and Greed!


Leigh Whannell's remake of THE INVISIBLE MAN really as brilliant as you've heard? Is it - GASP?! - even better than the original?!  

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the latest horror reboot, the quarter-life crisis drama SAINT FRANCES, the teen coming of age film ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, and the 1% comedy GREED!

The Invisible Man - 1:35
Saint Frances - 28:27
All the Bright Places - 42:53
Greed - 48:47  


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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #180 | Julie's Greenroom (2017)


Julie Andrews, the legendary star of MARY POPPINS and THE SOUND OF MUSIC and VICTOR/VICTORIA, teams up with Jim Henson's puppet workshop to host a TV series teaching kids about the theater! And she's bringing some of the most talented people in the world with her, including Idina Menzel, Josh Groban, Alec Baldwin and Sarah Bareilles!  

JULIE'S GREENROOM has its heart in the right place, but does it do what it set out to do? And was it really... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore this charming kids show and analyze how effectively it teaches kids lessons about art and inclusivity and which of the special guests work best with puppets. They also share some of their personal anecdotes from working in the theater!

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

We've Got Mail #18 | The Art of Movie Soundtracks!


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 makes a great jukebox soundtrack, how to critique a film you don't agree with politically, the origin of Critically Acclaimed, the Bong Joon-ho movie that neither of our hosts like, and much, much 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, February 24, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #116 | Brahms: The Boy II, Emma, The Last Thing He Wanted and Buffaloed!


Why, oh why did they make a sequel to THE BOY? And why, oh why did they make it like BRAHMS: THE BOY II?

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the latest horror sequel, the Jane Austen remake EMMA, the dense political thriller THE LAST THING HE WANTED, and the light political comedy BUFFALOED!


Brahms: The Boy II - 5:15
Emma. - 27:12
The Last Thing He Wanted - 37:25
Buffaloed - 48:02 


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Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Iron List #4 | The Movies That Defined the 1990s!


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 90s nostalgia is everywhere, they picked THE MOVIES THAT DEFINED THE 1990s!

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they highlight the films that, for better or worse, represent 1990s culture, politics, film and more! From the embarrassingly dated flicks to the all-time classics of the decade!

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

We've Got Mail #17 | Is Sonic the Hedgehog's Villain Dr. Robotnik or Dr. Eggman?


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 subconscious (or conscious) bias against animation, the movies that changed them, the unexpected problems that befall movie projectionists, the Movie Trivia Schmoedown, nitpicky online movie criticism, and the difference - if there even is one - between the Sonic the Hedge character(s) Doctor Robotnik and Doctor Eggman!  

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

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #115 | Sonic the Hedgehog, Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon, The Photograph, The Thing About Harry


Is SONIC THE HEDGEHOG really the best video game movie ever made? This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics Witney Seibold and William Bibbiani crack open the blockbuster kids flick and find out!  

Also this week, Bibbs and Witney review the new animated comedy A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON, and two promising new romances for Valentine's Day: THE PHOTOGRAPH and THE THING ABOUT HARRY!  

Sonic the Hedgehog - 5:10  
Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon - 33:00   
The Photograph - 49:57  
The Thing About Harry - 57:14 

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #179 | Hammer House of Horror (1980)


There are very few brands that are more beloved amongst horror fans than Hammer, the production company that redefined classic monsters and pumped the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s full of sensuality and bright red blood. But their television series, HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR, only lasted one season. What gives?!  

It's got all the style and all the amazing cast members as the classic Hammer horror movies, but was HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR really... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold crack open the tomb of this forgotten series and discover fascinating episodes starring Peter Cushing, Brian Cox, Pierce Brosnan, Denholm Elliott, Simon McCorkindale and more!

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

We've Got Mail #16 | Ingmar Bergman vs. The Dinosaucers!


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 explore the inner workings of the Oscars, offer their opinions on STAR TREK: PICARD, reveal so-called "great" movies that they don't actually like, explain what "lampshading" is and why it's so important to movies you love, 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, February 10, 2020

Oscars Wrap-Up | Parasite Makes History and More!


Surprise! Bong Joon-ho's PARASITE has won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and that's a historic first! 

In this bonus episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold break the Oscars down award by award, moment by moment, drop fascinating Academy Awards trivia and debate the best and worst parts of the movie industry!

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #114 | Birds of Prey, The Lodge, Come to Daddy, And Then We Danced and Redoubt!


The first big superhero movie of the decade is here, but is BIRDS OF PREY AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN one of the best superhero movies of all time, or a missed opportunity to go even weirder?

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold debate the new DC superhero film and also review the new releases THE LODGE, COME TO DADDY, AND THEN WE DANCED and REDOUBT on this week's CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED podcast! They also say goodbye to the filmmakers we have lost recently, including Terry Jones, Orson Bean and Kirk Douglas.


Kirk Douglas, Terry Jones and Orson Bean - 2:06
Birds of Prey - 16:12
The Lodge - 43:05
Come to Daddy - 58:41
And Then We Danced - 1:06:23
Redoubt - 1:12:58 


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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #178 | Masquerade (1983-1984)


A spy series where the spies are all amateurs, and get swapped out every week?! MASQUERADE starred Rod Taylor, Kirstie Alley and Greg Evigan as espionage agents who recruit everyday Americans to do freelance spy jobs for the U.S. government, and it's the perfect excuse to get dazzling guest stars like Cybill Shepherd, Ernest Borgnine, Susan George, John Saxon, Eve Arden, Richard Roundtree, Robert Morse, Ruth Buzzi and more!

It sure is a neat idea, but was MASQUERADE really... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold unearth this forgotten action series in an all-new episode!

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

We've Got Mail #15 | Did Mystery Science Theater 3000 Do More Harm Than Good?


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 explore the complex legacy of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, and consider whether MST3K may have actually done more harm than good! 

They also consider the potentially apocalyptic future of Pixar's MONSTERS INC., ask why so many modern comedies are raunchy, find out about exciting Brazilian films, pick the best movie montages ever and pitch some exciting new ideas for classic literature movie adaptations!

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

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Monday, February 3, 2020

The Critically Acclaimed Oscars Preview Special 2020!


The Academy Awards are almost here, and film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are here with their picks for who should win, and who actually will!  

Will Joker prevail over Parasite? Does Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stand a chance against 1917? And what about all those finicky technical awards and short subjects that lots of people in the audience (and maybe even some of the voters) know next to nothing about? 

You'll find out in THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED OSCARS PREVIEW SPECIAL 2020!

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Critically Acclaimed #113 | Gretel and Hansel, The Rhythm Section and The Oscar-Nominated Short Films


You may think that "Super Bowl Weekend" was a slow time for new movies but you'd be wrong! In addition to a new horror film from an exciting auteur, and an action-thriller starring Blake Lively, this was the week the Oscar-nominated short films finally arrived in theaters. And that's ALWAYS good news!

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED (where we do "Critically Acclaimed" things!), film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the creepy new fairy tale GRETEL AND HANSEL, the bafflingly bad new thriller THE RHYTHM SECTION, and all fifteen of the Oscar-nominated short films, including the live-action, animated and documentary nominees!

Gretel and Hansel - 6:23
The Rhythm Section - 16:34
The Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts - 32:20
The Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts - 59:26
The Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts - 1:26:35 


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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

We've Got Mail #14 | More of the Best Movies of the Decade!


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 explore tons of our listeners' picks for the best movies of the decade, which include films they love, films they have issues with, and a handful of films neither of our critics have even heard of! (Plus, one of our listeners corrects our vocabulary, and we absolutely LOVE you for that!)  

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

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #112 | The Gentlemen, The Color Out of Space, What Did Jack Do?, The Last Full Measure


Guy Ritchie is back and he's doing Guy Ritchie things! David Lynch is back and he's doing David Lynch things! Richard Stanley is back and he's doing Richard Stanley things!  

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED (where we do "Critically Acclaimed" things!), film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new crime comedy THE GENTLEMEN, the unexpected David Lynch short film about a monkey interrogation WHAT DID JACK DO?, the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE, and the all-star military drama THE LAST FULL MEASURE!  

The Gentlemen - 4:49  
The Last Full Measure - 35:30  
What Did Jack Do? - 43:55  
The Color Out of Space - 52:58 

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #177 | Agent X (2015)


Sharon Stone becomes the Vice-President of the United States and discovers that there's a secret amendment to the Constitution that puts her in charge of a badass super spy who she controls from a secret Masonic dungeon!  

Now THAT's an elevator pitch. But can AGENT X possibly live up to that awesome-sounding premise? Was it really... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore the possibilities and potential of this swiftly forgotten TNT television series in an all-new episode!

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #111 | Dolittle, Fall from Grace, Underwater, The Grudge, Just Mercy, Like a Boss, Spies in Disguise, Corpus Christi, Les Miserables


We're back and we're catching up with the best, the worst and the weirdest new releases in January!  

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the Robert Downey Jr. disaster DOLITTLE, the death row drama JUST MERCY, Tyler Perry's death row drama A FALL FROM GRACE, the underwater monster movie UNDERWATER, the grudge movie THE GRUDGE, the animated kids flick SPIES IN DISGUISE, the buddy comedy LIKE A BOSS, the Oscar-nominated Polish drama CORPUS CHRISTI, and the Oscar-nominated French cop thriller LES MISERABLES!  

Dolittle - 5:33  
Just Mercy - 30:53  
A Fall from Grace - 40:32  
Underwater - 55:17  
The Grudge - 1:03:45  
Spies in Disguise - 1:16:37  
Like a Boss - 1:26:04  
Corpus Christi - 1:32:57  
Les Miserables - 1:40:11


Saturday, January 18, 2020

We've Got Mail #13 | YOUR Picks for the Best Movies of the 2010s!


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 take a look at YOUR picks for the best movies of the decade, as well as when we lost faith in the Oscars, whether Siskel & Ebert would make an impact today, and which old movies we'd like to remake!  

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

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #110 | The Best Movies of the 2010s!


This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold look back at an astoundingly great decade for film, and present their individual picks for the best movies of the 2010s! It's a giant episode full of great recommendations and controversial picks!

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #176 | Father of the Pride (2004-2005)


Everyone knows Siegfried and Roy were the biggest stage show in Las Vegas, combining magic tricks and white lions and tigers! But what you didn't know was that all those trained animals lived in a gated community and had sitcom adventures, and were played by folks like John Goodman, Cheryl Hines, Danielle Harris, Orlando Jones and Carl Reiner in the Dreamworks Animated series... FATHER OF THE PRIDE!  

And of course, Siegfried and Roy were there too, being absolutely lovable goofballs. 

Was FATHER OF THE PRIDE... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold guide you through the history of this ambitious CG-animated primetime series and reveal whether all that magic made the transition to the small screen!

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Friday, January 10, 2020

The Iron List #3 | The Best January 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, since it's December, they picked THE JANUARY MOVIES EVER!  

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they highlight some of the weird genre films that Hollywood had no faith in whatsoever, which surprised the heck out of us by actually being really, really good!  

In other words... finally, an excuse to talk about MONSTER TRUCKS!

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

The (Last) Two-Shot | All the Police Academy Movies!


Because YOU demanded it, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are reviewing all of the POLICE ACADEMY movies on this, the last-ever episode of THE TWO-SHOT!

This isn't just the last episode on the Movie House network, it's the last episode anywhere! William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are saying goodbye to this long-running podcast by making a HUGE announcement about what their next project is, which you can only listen to at THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NETWORK, along with their other shows: CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, CANCELED TOO SOON, THE IRON LIST and WE'VE GOT MAIL!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

We've Got Mail #12 | The Best Movies Over Three Hours Long!


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 debate the right way to watch older, problematic movies in historical context without giving up your modern principles! They also select some of the best movies ever made that are over three hours long, figure out where you should start if you're just getting into Ingmar Bergman, and ponder the weird history of network TV stations making movies shorter and - sometimes - longer!

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

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #109 | The Worst Movies of 2019!


This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold follow-up their list of THE BEST MOVIES OF 2019 with their list of THE WORST MOVIES OF 2019, full of films that deserve at least one last look from audiences, critics, studios and filmmakers, because we can all learn from their mistakes!  

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

We've Got Mail #11 | Is 'Batman' Film Noir...?


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 debate whether BATMAN, and especially BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM, is a film noir! They also talk about SHADOWHUNTERS for some reason, YA books that still need to be adapted, why some people "crowdpleaser" is a bad word, whether filmmakers have the right to dictate how you watch their work, and the folly of revenge!

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

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