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 risqué 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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