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!

Give it a listen!

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!  

Give it a listen!

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.

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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!

Give it a listen!

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! 

Give it a listen!