Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #169 | Thunder Force, The Man Who Sold His Skin, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

It's like thunder! Lightning! They we we review movies is enlightening!  

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new Netflix superhero coomedy THUNDER FORCE, starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, and the Oscar-nominee THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN!  

And on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney revisit the cult classic MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME!  

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Canceled Too Soon #209 | Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (1976-1977, 2001, 2016)

ELECTRA WOMAN AND DYNA GIRL were fighting all evil deeds! And then they were canceled. So they tried it again 25 years later! And they were canceled. So they tried it again 15 years later!  Are we seeing a pattern here?  

This week on CANCELED TOO SOON, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold venture into the psychedelic world of SID AND MARTY KROFFT with the original 1970s kids TV series, the failed turn of the century reboot starring Markie Post, and the 2016 streaming series starring YouTube superstars Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart!  

Were they... CANCELED TOO SOON? Let's find out!

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Your Critically Acclaimed | Sherlock Holmes vs. Sherlock vs. Elementary!

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

This time on YOUR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, our listener Eric Fusco asked William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold to compare the three modern versions of Sherlock Holmes - the Robert Downey Jr. movie, the Benedict Cumberbatch BBC series, and the Jonny Lee Miller CBS series ELEMENTARY - and figure out if Holmes really is the most influential fictional character in history!

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #168 | All 15 Oscar-Nominated Short Films!

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review all 15 of this year's Oscar-nominated short films in a special bonus episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

The nominees for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT are COLETTE, A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION, DO NOT SPLIT, HUNGER WARD and A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA.  

The nominees for BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT SUBJECT are FEELING THROUGH, THE LETTER ROOM, THE PRESENT, TWO DISTANT STRANGERS and WHITE EYE.  

And the nominees for BEST ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT are BURROW, GENIUS LOCI, IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU, OPERA and YES PEOPLE!

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #167 | Godzilla vs. Kong, About Endlessness, This is Not a Burial It's a Resurrection, Born in Flames

William Bibbiani and Witney review the giant monster fight movie GODZILLA VS. KONG, Roy Andersson's bizarre new film ABOUT ENDLESSNESS, and Lesotho's Oscar submission THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT'S A RESURRECTION on this week's episode of CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

Also this week, on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney review the eerily prescient BORN IN FLAMES, a nearly 40-year old work of revolutionary feminism and afrofuturism that uncannily predicted the future!  

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

We've Got Mail #73 | The Cult Movie Musicals We Forgot About!

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 problem with George Cukor's THE WOMEN nobody's talking about, what future episodes they want to do in SCREEN DRAFTS, the movies that changed based on the jobs our hosts have had, the importance of non-binary casting, the ethics of movie piracy, the bands they wish they saw live, and the cult movie musicals they left off their recent list of THE BEST MOVIE MUSICALS EVER

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Your Critically Acclaimed | King of Boys (2018)

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

This time, at the request of our patron David Cooper, we're taking a look at the award-winning Nigerian crime saga KING OF BOYS, starring Sola Sobowale as the leader of a criminal underworld, whose empire begins to fall due to shortsighted underlings and sexist competitors for her throne! 

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) and Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

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, Bibbs and Witney are indulge in some shirtless hunkiness with TARZAN THE APE MAN (1932) and TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934), two iconic and influential adventure movies that are half sexual empowerment fantasy, and half colonialist bullsh*t.   

How did the Johnny Weismuller TARZAN movies influence THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW? 

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are about to find out!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #166 | The Father, The Mole Agent, Violation, Bad Trip and Vampyr!

William Bibbiani and Witney review the Oscar nominees THE FATHER and THE MOLE AGENT, the new horror movie VIOLATION, and the prankster comedy BAD TRIP on this week's CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

Also this week, on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney review the absolutely nightmarish 1931 horror movie VAMPYR!  

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

My Dinner With My Dinner With Andre (With The Screen's Margins!)

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 guest host is B PETERSON, the founder of THE SCREEN'S MARGINS, a podcast network dedicated to cinematic voices that many other podcasts ignore! 

The episode features interviews with great movie minds like ANNA CAMPION, MARK EDWARD HEUCK and HAROLD URTEAGA, and (after a short introduction by Bibbs and Witney) it's EXACTLY as long as MY DINNER WITH ANDRE. So it also works as a commentary track!

Subscribe to THE SCREEN'S MARGINS for new and classic movie reviews, join their Patreon at PATREON.COM/SCREENSMARGINS to get more exclusive shows, and follow the show on Twitter at @ScreensMargins!

This week's guest hosts can be followed on Twitter at @BlueGreyCloset@IAmTheCampion@The_Hoyk and @Haroldtxt.

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Iron List #17 | The Best Musicals 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 MUSICALS EVER!

Film critics William Bibbiani present their sometimes eclectic choices for the best movies that fit the musical mold, from all-time classics to cult oddities and animation and beyond!

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Canceled Too Soon #208 | Marker (1995)

First, there was the world. Then, there was UPN... and MARKER!  

This week on CANCELED TOO SOON, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold cash in their chip and explore one of the first shows ever produced for the failingest network in TV history! 

MARKER stars Richard Grieco and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION's Gates McFadden, as they are forced to do favors for everyone who happens to have a shiny piece of plastic. In Hawaii!  

Could it be that MARKER was... CANCELED TOON SOON? Bibbs and Witney are about to find out!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

We've Got Mail #72 | Awesome Australian Films!

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 explain the ins and outs of out of print DVDs, reveal some of their favorite Australian films, discuss the what streaming services get wrong - and right - in their international offerings, explain how criticizing documentaries is different from criticizing narrative fiction, and ponder soap operas and the animated LucasFilm cult classic TWICE UPON A TIME!

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #165 | Yaphet Kotto, Justice League: The Snyder Cut, Slaxx, Rose Plays Julie, Quo Vadis Aida, Infernal Affairs

If you love THE SNYDER CUT, you may be somewhat interested in our review at CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

This week, William Bibbiani and Witney say goodbye to the late, great YAPHET KOTTO, and also review the new releases SLAXX, ROSE PLAYS JULIE, QUO VADIS AIDA and ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE SNYDER CUT!  

And also this week, on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney review the Hong Kong classic INFERNAL AFFAIRS, the film Martin Scorsese's THE DEPARTED is based on!  

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - Reefer Madness (1936)!

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, Bibbs and Witney are stricken with REEFER MADNESS, the original 1936 exploitation cult classic that told the world that marijuana turns everyone into insane ax murderers! How the heck did this cartoonish propaganda film become a midnight movie, and how does this connect to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW?

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are about to find out!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

We've Got Mail #71 | The Best Movies of 1994

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 "Show, Don't Tell" is good advice or not, reveal their favorite films that aren't on home video, pick out the best films of 1994, discuss how satire is supposed to work, and give a serious Spongebob fan a chance to review SPONGE ON THE RUN!

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #164 | Coming 2 America, Chaos Walking, Raya and the Last Dragon, Boogie, Pixie, Lucky, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run, My Salinger Year, Lazarus, Yes Day, Glen or Glenda?

WHO LIKES MOVIE REVIEWS?! 

We do, so we're doing them on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

This week, William Bibbiani and Witney review the new releases COMING 2 AMERICA, CHAOS WALKING, RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON, BOOGIE, PIXIE, LUCKY, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN, MY SALINGER YEAR, LAZARUS and YES DAY!  

And also this week, on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney review fascinating cult classic GLEN OR GLENDA!    

Friday, March 12, 2021

Canceled Too Soon #207 | Steven Spielberg's Savage (1973)

Before Steven Spielberg became the biggest director in the world, he was one of the most promising directors on television!  

This week on CANCELED TOO SOON, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold unearth the failed pilot for SAVAGE, directed by Steven Spielberg! Martin Landau stars as a TV journalist investigating a conspiracy revolving around a new Supreme Court justice, and the fate of the free world could hang in the balance.  

Could it be that SAVAGE was... CANCELED TOON SOON?! 

Bibbs and Witney are about to find out!

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

We've Got Mail #70 | Is 8 1/2 the Most Pretentious Movie Ever Made?

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 share their experiences at film festivals, explain their "hot take" views on Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, debate whether film critics need to consider a film's target demographic or not, ponder the ethical considerations of shock humor, wonder why so many films are about writers and/or filmmakers, and finally find out what the average rating for ALL MEDIA is on Rotten Tomatoes!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - The Women (1939)

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, Bibbs and Witney meet THE WOMEN, a 1939 George Cukor film with an astounding ensemble cast of only female actors! Norma Shearer! Joan Crawford! Rosalind Russell! Joan Fontaine! Butterfly McQueen! Hedda Hopper! It's one of the most unique films of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and it had an intriguing impact on THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Canceled Too Soon #206 | Mad TV (1974)

It was best of times, it was the maddest of times! 

Decades before MAD TV became a hit live-action sketch comedy series, the beloved satirical magazine made a pilot episode for an animated sketch comedy series, which brought the cartoons from the pages to life!  It eventually aired as THE MAD MAGAZINE TV SPECIAL, and nobody seemed to notice. 

Was the original version of MAD TV, made by "The Usual Gang of Idiots"... CANCELED TOO SOON?  

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are about to find out!l

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Friday, March 5, 2021

My Dinner With My Dinner WIth Andre (with From Beyond the Broadcast!)

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 CHELSEA SPIRITO and FARRAH DESGRANGE of FROM BEYOND THE BROADCAST, a new scripted web series full of weird and wonderful tales, hosted by our very own Witney Seibold! 

Subscribe to FROM BEYOND THE BROADCAST, and follow the show on Twitter at @FromBTBPod and Instagram at @FromBTBPod!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #163 | Tom and Jerry, Cherry, Wrong Turn, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Starman

They fight, they fight, they fight and fight and fight! And they're fighting on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

This week, William Bibbiani and Witney review the new releases TOM & JERRY, CHERRY, WRONG TURN and THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY!  

And also this week, on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney review Oscar-nominated John Carpenter sci-fi/romance STARMAN!  

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

We've Got Mail #69 | Can a Film Critic Really Close a 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, Bibbs and Witney talk about the history of fan re-edits, more of the best movies ever made about sex, the best Best Picture winners in Oscars history, and whether critics really have the power to ruin movies with bad reviews!

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Canceled Too Soon #205 | Brave New World (2020)

Alden Ehrenreich from SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, Hannah John Kamen from Marvel's ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, and even Demi Moore unite for a big budget TV version of Aldous Huxley's dystopian classic BRAVE NEW WORLD, exclusively on Peacock! 

It had the intrigue, it had the strange setting, it had lots and lots and LOTS of sex, so why was Peacock's attempt at a GAME OF THRONES canceled after one season? 

And was it... CANCELED TOO SOON? Let's find out! 

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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, Bibbs and Witney revisit THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, an early sci-fi sensation from future Oscar-winner Robert Wise, about first contact with an alien species, who have a message for humanity about how we should live! Is it still one fo the best science fiction movies ever? And how, oh how, did it influence ROCKY HORROR?

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Iron List #16 | The Best Movies About Sex!

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 MOVIES ABOUT SEX!

That doesn't necessarily mean the most erotic motion pictures, or the most graphic. It means the films that are about the topic of sexuality and have something interesting and engaging to say about them. Some of them are fun, some are harrowing, but they all attempt to speak meaningfully about sex!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

We've Got Mail #68 | Which New Categories Should the Oscars Add?

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 importance of production design in movies, which new categories the Oscars should add to the ceremony, why some critics need to rethink the way they critique romance in movies, why critics need to champion old films nobody has heard of, the half-remembered scenes in movies we just can't place, and more!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #162 | Flora and Ulysses, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, The Mauritanian, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, After Midnight, Judas and the Black Messiah, Blithe Spirit, Cinema Paradiso

AAAAAARGH we're reviewing so many new movies this week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED! 

This week, William Bibbiani and Witney review the new releases FLORA AND ULYSSES, THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS, THE MAURITANIAN, BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR, AFTER MIDNIGHT, BLITHE SPIRIT and JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH!

Also this week, on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney review the celebrated and nostalgic Italian classic CINEMA PARADISO

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - The Celluloid Closet (1995)

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, Bibbs and Witney explore one of the greatest documentaries ever made about movies and Hollywood: THE CELLULOID CLOSET (1995) puts the whole of film history - up until 1995 - in context by exploring the way movies depicted queerness, and the impact those depictions had on multiple generations of moviegoers!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

We've Got Mail #67 | What's Wrong With Revenge 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 the history of GODZILLA, their favorite unusual entries in popular film franchises, the behind the scenes revelations about Buffy and Angel, why it's okay not to like a filmmaker's filmography, what the fundamental problem is with revenge movies, and whether old-fashioned "b-movies" are dying out!

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

My Dinner With My Dinner WIth Andre (with The Movie Guys!)

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 Paul Preston and Adam Witt from THE MOVIE GUYS, two of the funniest movie commentators in the business, whose video STAR WARS: A PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTARY is one of Bibbs's favorites. 

Follow them on Twitter at @TheMovieGuys, @PPrestonLA and @Adam_Witt!

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Your Critically Acclaimed | Black Lightning & Sunshine on Leith

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 it's a special double feature of films that aren't well known in America: the Russian superhero blockbuster BLACK LIGHTNING, and the Scottish jukebox musical SUNSHINE ON LEITH, featuring songs by The Proclaimers!  

Do these films deserve a bigger overseas audience? Bibbs and Witney are about to find out!

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Friday, February 12, 2021

We've Got Mail #66 | Do We ACTUALLY Miss Blockbuster Video?

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 we need to rethink the way talk about art for older demographics, which Muppets they'd like to puppeteer, the difference (if there is one) between "film criticism" and "film reviews," and why maybe we shouldn't get too nostalgic over Blockbuster Video!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Canceled Too Soon #204 | Utopia (2020)

Our annual SUDDENLY LAST SEASON event continues! William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are exploring some of the biggest shows that lasted only one season (or less) within the last year on CANCELED TOO SOON!

This week, it's UTOPIA! This Amazon Prime series, based on a cult British TV show, tells the story of conspiracy fanatics who track down a rare comic book that predicts the future of viral outbreaks, on the eve of a global pandemic! The timing... may have been bad on this one.  

William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are about to find out if UTOPIA was... CANCELED TOO SOON!

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #161 | Hal Holbrook, Christopher Plummer, Malcolm and Marie, Earwig and the Witch, A Glitch in the Matrix, Searching for Bobby Fischer


We're saying goodbye to MORE legends and saying hello to some REALLY mixed bag films on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

This week, William Bibbiani and Witney review the new releases MALCOLM AND MARIE, EARWIG AND THE WITCH and A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX!  Also this week, on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney review Bibbs's favorite movie... SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER!  

But first, they must say goodbye to two more dearly departed acting titans: HAL HOLBROOK and CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - Rope (1948)

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, Bibbs and Witney get tied up with Alfred Hitchcock's ROPE! The innovative suspense thriller about two young, queer-coded men who decide to commit the perfect murder was filmed to look like one, long, continuous take, and tackles difficult philosophical concepts while also just being a heck of a lot of fun! And wouldn't you know it, it plays suspiciously like a certain ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW dinner scene...

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

We've Got Mail #65 | What Hitchcock Film Should You Start With?

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 film you should watch first if you're just starting out with Alfred Hitchcock, advice for the mid-20s, older movies our listeners discovered for the first time in 2020, the anxiety that comes with realizing you can't see every film, and the impact of SCORPIO RISING on the heavy metal music scene!

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #160 | Cloris Leachman, Cicely Tyson, The Little Things, The Queen of Black Magic, Palmer, The Stunt Man

We're saying goodbye to legends and saying hello to some mixed bag films on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

William Bibbiani and Witney are back and reviewing the new releases THE LITTLE THINGS, THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC and PALMER!  

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney get meta in the Oscar-nominated cult classic THE STUNT MAN!  

But first, they must bid farewell to some dearly departed acting titans: CICELY TYSON and CLORIS LEACHMAN!

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - It Came From Outer Space (1953)

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, Bibbs and Witney find out if IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE! Jack Arnold's sci-fi classic tells the story of an alien spacecraft that crashelands outside a small town in the desert, but are they here to take over the planet, or do they not give darn about humanity whatsoever? Big ideas, amazing visual effects!

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Friday, January 29, 2021

We've Got Mail #64 | Weird Things We Believed as Kids!

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 important it is for Americans to watch international TV, the WEIRD things they believed as kids, strange head canons for CATS, how Hollywood tackled the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how natural it is to grow out of a subculture!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Iron List #14 | The Best Movies That Begin with the Letter B!

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 MOVIES THAT BEGIN WITH THE LETTER B! 

A few months ago William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold presented THE BEST MOVIES THAT BEGIN WITH THE LETTER A, and now it's time to continue their cinematic journey through the alphabet, featuring classic films with only one thing in common... the letter B! 

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #159 | Psycho Goreman, Our Friend, Identifying Features, The Marksman, Pixar Popcorn, Notturno, Coming Clean, MLK/FBI, In and Of Itself, One Night in Miami, Outside the Wire, The Dig, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

It's January, but there are actually some danged good movies this week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

William Bibbiani and Witney are back and reviewing the new releases PSYCHO GOREMAN, OUR FRIEND, IDENTIFYING FEATURES, THE MARKSMAN, PIXAR POPCORN, NOTTURNO, COMING CLEAN, MLK/FBI, IN AND OF ITSELF, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, OUTSIDE THE WIRE and THE DIG!  

And this week on THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STREAMING CLUB, Bibbs and Witney get ready for GODZILLA VS. KONG with a look back at the original GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA!

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Canceled Too Soon #203 | High Fidelity (2020)

Our annual SUDDENLY LAST SEASON event continues! William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are exploring some of the biggest shows that lasted only one season (or less) within the last year on CANCELED TOO SOON!

This week, it's HIGH FIDELITY! It's a Hulu series based on the book by Nick Hornby, which was previously adapted into an acclaimed film starring John Cusack, about a record store owner who explores their history of romantic failures while listening to awesome music. Does the Zoe Kravitz version tell the same story better, or worse, or just different?  

And most importantly, we wanna know if HIGH FIDELITY was... CANCELED TOO SOON!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

We've Got Mail #63 | Can Pretentiousness Be a GOOD Thing?

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 to balance watching new movies and old movies, the older movies they saw for the first time in 2020, why movie trailers should try harder, more of our listeners' picks for the best movies of last year, and why pretentiousness doesn't mean what most people think it does, and why it can be a good thing!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Rocky Horror: Episode Zero - Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

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, author M. Lopes da Silva joins Bibbs and Witney to go FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! Russ Meyer's cult classic stars Tura Satana as the leader of a drag racing, kidnapping, murdering go go dancers who run afoul of a family of misogynistic creeps.  

Find out more about the unusual filmography of Russ Meyer, and how FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! became one of the most celebrated, iconoclastic films of the 1960s! And follow M. Lopes da Silva on Twitter at @_MLopesdaSilva and buy her feminist, pro-queer, pro-sex work, retrowave 1980s vigilante/slasher novel HOOKER right now!

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Your Critically Acclaimed | The CATS Commentary Track!

Our Patrons have the power to sponsor an episode of their choice! We call it YOUR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED!  

This week on YOUR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold have been asked to record a free, downloadable commentary track for the notorious box office and critical dud, CATS! 

How the heck did one of the most beloved Broadway shows in history turn out like, well, CATS?! Synch up the film at home, or listen up like a regular podcast, to find out!

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

We've Got Mail #62 | Are We Bad Trekkies...?

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 movies deserve shot-by-shot analysis, double features they'd like to schedule, why cinematographers deserve more credit, the much-debated ending of HAPPIEST SEASON, who they'd cast in THE MUPPET GREAT GATSBY, why they might not be great STAR TREK fans and more!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Canceled Too Soon #202 | Marvel's Helstrom (2020)

Every year, dozens of new TV shows fail. And we're here to eulogize them! 

It's our yearly SUDDENLY LAST SEASON event on CANCELED TOO SOON, where William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the most recent crop of TV shows that lasted only one season or less! 

First up: HELSTROM, a Hulu series based on the Marvel comic book SON OF SATAN, which is all about the son of Satan... ish. Was Marvel's first foray into horror a devilishly good time, or should it go straight to h-e-double-hockey sticks? 

Let's find out if HELSTROM was... CANCELED TOO SOON!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Critically Acclaimed #158 | The Best Movies of 2020!

It was one of the worst years ever. But the movies were pretty great!  

This week on CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold highlight their picks for the very best films that 2020 had to offer, including big budget action, daring horror, intimate dramas and hilarious comedies!

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