Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Iron List #14 | The Best Mystery Science Theater 3000 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!

This month it's THE BEST MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 movies! We're not talking about the best episodes of MST3K, we're highlighting the best of the (allegedly) bad films that were scrounged up to be part of the series!

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #156 | Wonder Woman 1984, Soul, Promising Young Woman, The Midnight Sky, News of the World, We Can Be Heroes

Santa gave us a whole lot of new movie releases, so let's review them on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED! 

This week, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984, the latest Pixar fantasy SOUL, the revenge thriller PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, the George Clooney sci-fi film THE MIDNIGHT SKY, the Tom Hanks western NEWS OF THE WORLD, and the Robert Rodriguez superhero film WE CAN BE HEROES!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - Hygiene Films and You!

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are working backwards through film history, and in Season 2, they're using THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW as the starting point!  

This week on  they travel back in time to the heyday of the "social guidance" or "hygiene" films, which children were forced to watch for decades, and which were essentially government propaganda promoting the way Americans were "supposed" to look and act!  

It's a giant genre, so Bibbs and Witney pick a few to highlight on this week's episode: BODY CARE AND GROOMING, WHY STUDY INDUSTRIAL ARTS, WHY STUDY HOME ECONOMINCS, BOYS BEWARE and THE TERRIBLE TRUTH!

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

The Critically Acclaimed Yule Log Commentary Track 2020!

The year was 2017, and William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold had the very silly idea to record an audio commentary track for a video fireplace, aka a yule log. And somehow it became one of our most popular episodes ever!

So here, at last, is the long-awaited sequel: THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED YULE LOG COMMENTARY TRACK 2020, with Bibbs and Witney adding updates to the history of the video yule log, seriously examining the video fireplace's value as cinema, and sharing stories about their lives and Christmas plans!

Synch it up to the FIREPLACE FOR YOUR HOME on Netflix, or the video yule log of your choice, or just listen in like a regular podcast! And have a happy holiday!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

We've Got Mail #60 | Was Last Action Hero REALLY That Bad?

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 are come up with their perfect movie-themed ringtones, highlight movies that are better when you're young than when you're old (and vice-versa), re-litigate the reputation of LAST ACTION HERO, debate new and exciting ways to teach cinema history, reconsider the value of artistic canon, and revisit Joe Wright's unusual but largely forgotten adaptation of ANNA KARENINA!

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #155 | Small Axe: Education, Monster Hunter, Fatale, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Dial M for Murder


We got movie reviews galore right here at CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review EDUCATION, the final installment of Steve McQueen's SMALL AXE cycle, the new Paul W.S. Anderson video game movie MONSTER HUNTER, the Michael Ealy/Hilary Swank thriller FATALE and Chadwick Boseman's final film, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM!  

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney reflect on one of Alfred Hitchcock's most playful homicidal thrillers... DIAL M FOR MURDER!  


Thursday, December 17, 2020

We've Got Mail #59 | What's On the Critically Acclaimed Film School Syllabus?

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 are challenged to come up with a film history syllabus, full of screenings that represent the vast swath of movie history! 

Plus, they ponder the filmmakers whose work they admire despite their personal politics, filmmakers fans wouldn't expect them to love (even though they do), and why it's 100% perfectly okay to give up on a movie franchise - like STAR WARS - that you've loved your whole life!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - Doctor X (1932)

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are working backwards through film history, and in Season 2, they're using THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW as the starting point!  

This week on EPISODE ZERO they take a dip into two-strip Technicolor with Michael Curtiz's pulpy horror classic DOCTOR X, about a cannibalistic serial killer who's pursued by a heroic mad scientist with a scheme lifted straight out of HAMLET!

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #154 | Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr., The Prom, Wild Mountain Thyme, Gunda, I'm Your Woman, Funny Boy, Alex Wheatle, Dragonslayer

Get your red hot movie reviews, right here at CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review Ryan Murphy's star-studded musical THE PROM, John Patrick Shanley's Irish rom-com WILD MOUNTAIN THYME, the animal documentary GUNDA, Julia Hart's crime thriller I'M YOUR WOMAN, the coming of age film FUNNY BOY, and Steve McQueen's latest SMALL AXE installment, ALEX WHEATLE!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney explore the rich and fiery lair of the cult classic DRAGONSLAYER!

But before they get to any of that, we have to say goodbye to Zeus himself, the late and great Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

We've Got Mail #58 | What Does It Mean To Be "Well Read?" (Special Guest: M. Lopes da Silva!)

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 are joined by author M. Lopes da Silva, whose new novel HOOKER is a retrowave, feminist, pro-queer, pro-sex work slasher/vigilante thriller about a sex worker in 1980s Los Angeles who uses hooks as weapons to fight a misogynistic serial killer!

Our listeners sent in a bunch of questions for Bibbs, Witney and M., including what it actually means to be "well read," which fictional books we'd like to own, and what our unproduced screenplays are like!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - Hercules (1958) and Hercules Unchained (1959)

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are working backwards through film history, and in Season 2, they're using THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW as the starting point!  

This week on EPISODE ZERO they venture back to ancient Greece, or at least Italy in the 1950s, for an epic double feature of HERCULES (1958) and HERCULES UNCHAINED (1959). These two superhero blockbusters put brawny men front and center, with glorious homoerotic subtext that can't possibly be ignored!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #153 | Small Axe: Red White and Blue, Nomadland, Black Bear, Godmothered, 12 Pups of Christmas, Sisters

Movie reviews? CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has 'em!

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review Steve McQueens RED, WHITE AND BLUE, Chloe Zhao's NOMADLAND, the trippy Aubrey Plaza indie BLACK BEAR, Disney's fantasy comedy GODMOTHERED, and the bizarre discovery 12 PUPS OF CHRISTMAS!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney solve the bizarre mysteries of Brian De Palma's acclaimed murder thriller SISTERS!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

We've Got Mail #57 | What Are Our Favorite Musicals?

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 films and shows would have worked on QUIBI, the rules for the ALL OUR YESTERDAYS drinking game, the best movies about coming home, the ongoing issue with fat-shaming in movies and television, the parodies and references that accidentally introduced them to classic movies and music, and their favorite movie musicals and orchestral scores!

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #152 | David Prowse, Hillbilly Elegy, Happiest Season, Lovers Rock, Zappa, Porno, The Christmas House, The Watermelon Woman

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has more movie reviews than you can shake a movie review at! 

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review Ron Howard's new biopic HILLBILLY ELEGY, Clea DuVall's genre-defying queer rom-com HAPPIEST SEASON, Steve McQueen's partygoing LOVERS ROCK, Alex Winter's new documentary ZAPPA, the horror comedy PORNO, and the landmark Hallmark Christmas movie THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney explore Cheryl Dunye's indie classic THE WATERMELON WOMAN, and say goodbye to the late DAVID PROWSE!  

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Iron List #13 | The Best Movie Remakes Ever!

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 it's THE BEST MOVIE REMAKES, with monster movies, musicals and mind-blowing international films galore!

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #201 | Quibi (2020)


We've reviewed a lot of failed TV shows in the past, but we've never reviewed a whole network before!   

This week, join us for a very special super-sized episode of CANCELED TOO SOON, featuring Witney Seibold and special guest host B Peterson, entirely dedicated to the failed streaming service QUIBI, a unique platform designed to be watched while people were out socializing... which debuted in the middle of a global pandemic that forced everybody to stay indoors.  

It's already a pop culture punchline, but did the shows on QUIBI really fall flat, or do they deserve another chance to be discovered? 

Let's find out if nearly 20 tv shows, and a whole network, were... CANCELED TOO SOON! 

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

We've Got Mail #56 | Are Americans Really Like They Are Portrayed in 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 what's wrong with so many coming of age movies, exploring the history and relevance of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, give Bibbs a chance to review some shows on QUIBI, and reveal which movie tropes about Americans are actually 100% true!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #151 | Wolfwalkers, Small Axe: Mangrove, Run, Collective, The Last Vermeer, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has returned from the grave and we've brought a bunch of new movie reviews with us!

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new animated fantasy WOLFWALKERS, Steve McQueen's Amazon film SMALL AXE: MANGROVE, the Hitchcockian Hulu thriller RUN, the hard-hitting documentary COLLECTIVE and the World War II drama THE LAST VERMEER!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney are forced to sit through the cult horror-western hybrid JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER, which is... quite a thing.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - Forbidden Planet (1956)

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are working backwards through film history, and in Season 2, they're using THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW as the starting point!  

This week on EPISODE ZERO they travel to the influential 1956 sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET, which blazed new trails in sound design, special effects, out of this world ideas and repressed sexuality! 

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

We've Got Mail #55 | Which OTHER Movies Deserved a D+ Rating?

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 find out why snow sucks, recommend how to introduce movies to your kids (and pick out their first movie ever), explain why the credits are important, ponder the big questions about their fandom of STAR TREK and reveal which older movies would have received their lowest rating... which has only ever been given to CATS!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #150 | Mank, Freaky, Ammonite, The Climb, The Life Ahead, Jingle Jangle, Wild Wild West

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has a chalice from the palace full of movie reviews!  

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new releases MANK, FREAKY, AMMONITE, THE CLIMB, THE LIFE AHEAD and JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY!  

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney venture way out west to watch WILD WILD WEST, the massive blockbuster flop from 1999! Is it really as bad as they say?  

Friday, November 13, 2020

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - Scorpio Rising (1963)

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are working backwards through film history, and in Season 2, they're using THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW as the starting point!  

This week on EPISODE ZERO they gear up for Kenneth Anger's experimental queer short film SCORPIO RISING, about a group of masculine bikers who defy popular convention. Bibbs and Witney explore the way that SCORPIO RISING forever changed how filmmakers used movie music, paved the way to help legalize controversial and risquĂ© motion pictures, inspired Martin Scorsese and David Lynch and Nicolas Winding Refn, and much, much more! 

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

We've Got Mail #54 | Which Movie Props Do We Want the Most?

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 learn more about FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, reveal the movie props they want to add to their collections, ponder the links between extended universes and fandoms, debate the difference between "good taste" and "wrong taste," and choose the movie theme months they'd want to get started!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #149 | Proxima, Let Him Go, Attack of the Demons, Operation Christmas Drop, Holidate, Fiddler on the Roof

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has a giant cornucopia of movie reviews!  

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new releases PROXIMA, LET HIM GO and ATTACK OF THE DEMONS, and the Netflix Christmas comedies OPERATION OF CHRISTMAS DROP and HOLIDATE!  

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney look back at the highest grossing movie of 1971, the iconic and Oscar-winning musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.  

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - The Old Dark House (1932)

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are working backwards through film history, and in Season 2, they're using THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW as the starting point!  

This week on EPISODE ZERO they explore the way ROCKY HORROR took its influences from the horror, sci-fi and queer films that preceded it, starting with Jame Whale's brilliant yet often-overlooked THE OLD DARK HOUSE! It's the film that helped introduce many of the horrifying tropes we take for granted today, and it's kooky as hell to boot. 

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

My Dinner With My Dinner With Andre (with Tentpole Trauma!)

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 Sebastian and Jennifer from TENTPOLE TRAUMA, the podcast where they do post-mortems on would-be blockbusters that weren't! Subscribe to TENTPOLE TRAUMA on ApplePodcasts!!

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #199 5/6 | 'Way Out (1961)

Before he was world-renowned for children's books like MATILDA, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and THE WITCHES, Roald Dahl was world-renowned for being really, really creepy. That's why CBS gave him a horrifying television series called 'WAY OUT in 1961!  

With a cast of future stars and an impressive team of eerie writers - including future IT'S ALIVE and THE STUFF writer/director Larry Cohen! - 'WAY OUT was about as "way out" as it could get in 1961.  

But was it... CANCELED TOO SOON? William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are about to find out! 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

We've Got Mail #53 | Which Classic 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 ponder what America really means on Election Day, and also get more into generational divides, what makes a great movie franchise, which serial killers would be least likely to kill them, and which classic movies feel eerily prescient about our current circumstances?

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #148 | Sean Connery, The Craft: Legacy, Come Play, Love and Monsters, The True Adventures of Wolf Boy, Big Rad Wolf and Alfie


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has more movies than you can shake a shaky thing at!  

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new releases THE CRAFT: LEGACY, COME PLAY, LOVE AND MONSTERS, THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLF BOY and BIG RAD WOLF!  

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney meet Michael Caine's iconic 1966 character ALFIE, a lothario who may or may not be an unforgivable piece of crap.  

But before we get to any of that, we have to say goodbye to SEAN CONNERY, the second and most iconic James Bond, and one of the biggest movie stars in history.  

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #199 4/5 | Harper's Island (2009)

Before AMERICAN HORROR STORY, there was another TV series that played like one giant horror movie stretched out over the course of a self-contained season!  

It was called HARPER'S ISLAND, it was considered too weird to succeed, but was it really... CANCELED TOO SOON? 

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore this forgotten but possibly amazing horror series in our penultimate installment of SCARYTOBER

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

We've Got Mail #52 | What Will We Miss Most About Quibi?

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 what they'll miss about the soon-to-be-dead streaming service Quibi, biopics they'd make if they could, magical body swapping movies, adaptations that capture the spirit of the original books, movie franchises they had the worst possible introduction to and more!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #147 | Tremors: Shrieker Island, Borat Subsequent Movie Film, The Witches, Rebecca, On the Rocks, Doomsday

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has your movie reviews, piping hot! 

This week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new releases TREMORS: SHRIEKER ISLAND, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIE FILM, REBECCA and ON THE ROCKS!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney get ready for Neil Marshall's DOOMSDAY, which may be a cult classic in the making... and also may not!

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Iron List #12 | The Best Ghost 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!

This month it's THE BEST GHOST MOVIES, with terrifying haunted house flicks, tragic supernatural romances and even some kids movies!

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

We've Got Mail #51 | Was Star Trek: Voyager REALLY That Bad...?

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 great movies with troubled productions, generational divides in popular culture, the importance (or lack thereof) of genre studies, whether or not STAR TREK: VOYAGER was actually a bad show, and the artistic value of fan fiction!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #146 | Hubie Halloween, The Trial of the Chicago 7, The 40-Year-Old Version, Theater of Blood, Let's Scare Jessica to Death and MANY More!

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED is overflowing with films!   

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new releases HUBIE HALLOWEEN, POSSESSOR, YELLOW ROSE, THE WALL OF MEXICO, THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION, CHARM CITY KINGS, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, BLACK BOX, TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL and AMERICAN UTOPIA!  

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney accept Vincent Price's invitation to the THEATER OF BLOOD, and wonder if they should go along with LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH!  

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - Clerks.


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 how Kevin Smith's micro budget slice of life comedy CLERKS changed the conversation about Generation X, about independent film, about retail jobs, and about STAR WARS, while having a surprising impact on the franchise itself! 

PLUS: Bibbs and Witney reveal which pop culture phenomenon they'll be exploring on the NEXT season of EPISODE ZERO!

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #199 3/4 | The Ghost Busters (1975)


Before Ivan Reitman's GHOSTBUSTERS, Filmation had a live-action series called THE GHOST BUSTERS, starring Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch from F-TROOP, as supernatural investigators with a pet gorilla and a serious case of the sillies!  

Was the original THE GHOST BUSTERS... CANCELED TOO SOON?

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are about to find out, as our annual SCARYTOBER event continues! 

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

We've Got Mail #50 | What Hath Disney Plus Wrought?!

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 longest TV binges they've ever done, the re-evaluation of art after disturbing revelations about the artists, movie twists that have been ruined by pop culture references, the music they've discovered through movies and TV, how Disney Plus may have permanently changed the movie marketplace, and Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #199 1/2 | W.E.I.R.D. World (1995)

The producers of TALES FROM THE CRYPT went mad (science) on Fox with W.E.I.R.D. WORLD, a failed TV pilot starring Ed O'Neill as the leader of a secret think tank where anything is possible. Robots, time travel, youth serums, and more!

And of course... all of those things will kill you! 

Our annual SCARYTOBER horror event begins with W.E.I.R.D. WORLD, and your hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are about to find out if it was... CANCELED TOO SOON!

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Star Wars: Episode Zero - The Power of Myth


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 delve into Joseph Campbell's astounding career and teachings, focusing on THE POWER OF MYTH, a series of interviews about the impact mythic stories have on society, and vice-versa! George Lucas patterned his movies after the works of Joseph Campbell, and in turn, Campbell was one of the intellectuals who canonized STAR WARS as an important work of art.

How does Campbell's work inform STAR WARS, and was he a little too quick to rubber stamp this franchise as the ultimate modern mythos? 

We'll find out on EPISODE ZERO!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

We've Got Mail #49 | What's Wrong With Watching Movies at Home?

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 movie references that are better known than the actual films, transmedia storytelling, weird title translations, how acting styles have evolved and their favorite old-fashioned toys! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #145 | Vampires vs. The Bronx, Save Yourselves, The Binding, Eternal Beauty and Train to Busan!

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has so many movies this week, it's scary! 

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new teen horror comedy VAMPIRES VS. THE BRONX, the millennial sci-fi comedy SAVE YOURSELVES, the Italian villa thrilla THE BINDING, and the Sally Hawkins rodramedy ETERNAL BEAUTY!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs introduces Witney to the celebrated zombie thriller TRAIN TO BUSAN

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Friday, October 2, 2020

We've Got Mail #48 | Who Are The Best Movie Dogs?

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 jukebox musicals they wish Hollywood would make, movies that make us sad (but not in that way), the greatest movie dogs ever and even more queer film recommendations! 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Iron List #11 | The Best William Shakespeare Movies

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 it's THE BEST WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE MOVIES, with films that adapt the greatest playwright in history to the big screen! We've got war movies, sci-fi movies, samurai movies, sexy comedies and more!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #144 | Enola Holmes, The Swerve, The Artist's Wife, Gaslight

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has several movies to review this week! Not as many as usual, but some! 

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new YA adventure ENOLA HOLMES, the despairing drama THE SWERVE and the marriage melodrama THE ARTIST'S WIFE!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney journey into the dark and tortured world of George Cukor's GASLIGHT!

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #199 | Clerks (1995)

 

Kevin Smith's first film, CLERKS, was a motion picture sensation in the early 1990s, speaking for a disenfranchised generation and making pop culture discourse part of the cinematic lexicon, along with the films of Quentin Tarantino. So naturally they made it into a boring sitcom!

Was CLERKS, a failed TV pilot that Kevin Smith had nothing to do with, CANCELED TOO SOON? William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold explore this epic misfire, featuring future stars Keri Russell and Jim Breuer, to see where the heck it all went wrong! 

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Friday, September 25, 2020

We've Got Mail #47 | Why Do We Make So Many Podcasts?

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 they make so many danged podcasts, why they don't want to be quoted all the time in movie marketing, movie scores we know best from other movies, why you should (or shouldn't) meet your heroes, more queer movie recommendations, how to get started writing movie reviews and why so many movies about racism seem to be made for white audiences! 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Critically Acclaimed #143 | Antebellum, The Devil All the Time, Spiral, Alone, Wireless, Cape Fear


CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED has a shocking number of films to review this week! 

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new VOD horror film ANTEBELLUM, the Netflix southern gothic drama THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, the Shudder thriller SPIRAL, the VOD thriller ALONE and the Quibi thriller WIRELESS!

Also this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney delve into the scuzzy neo-noir realm of the original CAPE FEAR!

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Canceled Too Soon #198 | Baccano! (2007)

ANIME MONTH concludes - really, really late - with a series about prohibition era gangsters, a few immortals, some serial killers and a heck of a lot more!

Is BACCANO! the most complex series we've ever seen at CANCELED TOO SOON? And was it... CANCELED TOO SOON? William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold unravel the threads of this cult favorite anime show! 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

We've Got Mail #46 | 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!

Give it a listen!