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March 16, 2017  

Ahead of the Netflix series, we decided to address Justin Simien's debut film Dear White People.

Full disclosure: We are, indeed, two white guys (if you didn't already know), so we can't comment on the film from inside black culture, but we can look at it from the perspective of, well.. white people. (No worries, we love the film, which is why we're giving it the deserved attention).

We also expound on some of the deeper, more universal social issues the film brings up because hey, we have things to say about them too.

So join us for this hidden gem of a film!

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February 24, 2017  

And the Winner is... 

Okay, unlike what you probably expected, this is not an Oscar prediction cast, but a long overdue rant exposing the seedy underbelly of what the Oscars really are. We'll most notably pick on the 2015 Oscars because it's the most notable example in recent memory, but we're talking the ceremony in general. 

We are, of course, speaking from a standpoint of hey, we've been following it all our lives and continue to follow them because they are influential. 

So, For Your Consideration.. The Oscars. Enjoy!

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Up next: Man, we've been super serious lately. Don't worry, because levity is coming! Sort of. We're doing Dear White People next!
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February 15, 2017  

Welcome to a deadly serious edition of The Film Room

Due to recent events, we have decided to do two things. One is to cover an Iranian film, an area of film we've neglected until now. Not just any Iranian film, but Asghar Farhadi's 2011 masterpiece, A Separation! Two is to donate this month's Patreon funds to the ACLU for their efforts in the event in question (we wouldn't do this unless we absolutely knew that our supporters wouldn't mind us doing so).

This drama focuses on a couple who has separated, and the events that their separation is directly responsible for. 

So come join us as we get serious!

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February 7, 2017  

In this week's episode, we give lip service to a great (largely overlooked) Irish animated film, Song of the Sea. As Celtic as they come, this great film by the director of The Secret of Kells tells the story of Saoirse (not at all pronounced how it's spelled) and her brother as they search for a magic coat. As we recount the film, we'll also dive into what exactly happened to 2D theatrical animation after 2000. Come join us as we talk this magical film!

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January 31, 2017  

*cue Star Wars Theme*

Welcome! Can you believe it's been 20 years since the Star Wars Special Editions were released? Especially weird considering THAT release was in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original film's release!

No matter your opinions on the special editions (now sadly the only editions), you have to admit, if you were alive at the time, it was exciting. You got to see the phenomenon in theater! And in a way you hadn't seen them before! Added shots, cleaned-up  picture and sound (the film prints were apparently in terrible shape), and improved effects! So come join us in nostalgiaville as we talk the Special Editions, and really the trilogy as a whole.

(Look out for more Star Wars talk in the not-so-long future!)

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January 28, 2017  

Austin has said he wasn't going to review The Killing Joke for Comics For Rent, SO we decided to go bigger.

The week we're covering two Batman animated movies that were bafflingly released back-to-back, Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, and Return of the Caped Crusaders, the '66 Batman movie (with returning cast). One is bad beyond belief, and one is Return of the Caped Crusaders (yeah, you knew which we were going to like). Join us as we contrast these two wildly different interpretations of Batman!

 

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January 14, 2017  

As you may well know, Time Travel is an easy way to sell a film for us. Not always, but say it involves time travel, and we're all "go onnnn..". WELL strap in because this week have the mother (and father) of all time travel films to talk about, and we have a guest along for the ride!

We have columnist AJ Muller with us to talk Predestination! A movie that was seemingly dropped into the filmic landscape with no other explanation besides itself, Predestination is impossible to talk about with delving into MASSIVE spoilers, so be warned.. this cast is one giant spoiler. HOWEVER that's not to say that knowing what happens prepares you for the film, because it does not. So grab your seatbelts folks, as we talk Predestination!

You can find AJ Muller's writings at Daily Grindhouse as well as Horror View, where you can read his article on Predestination.

You can also find AJ on Twitter: @aj_macready

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December 25, 2016  

Ho ho ho! Do we have a Christmas present for you!

Thanks to our wonderful patrons (you have NO idea how much fun we are having with a website at our disposal, thankyouthankyouthankyou!), we return with the long-promised sequel to God's Not Dead, aptly titled God's Not Dead 2. Though not as.. toxic as the original, this one is its own special kind of bad. This Little-Rock-shot, Melissa-Joan-Hart-starring bundle of awful makes so much mockery of the legal system, that you'll wish the characters of My Cousin Vinny would swoop in and kick their asses. Oh yeah, and Laura Palmer's father is the prosecuting attorney, so have fun with that.

There's just so much so say about this film that we can't fit into a blog blurb, so join us, won't you, for God's Not Dead: Dead Harder!

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December 21, 2016  

Yes, we have two Christmas Specials for you this year! Only one actually having to do with Christmas! At long last we are covering the Christmas classic Love, Actually.

Made in 2003 and inspiration to at least half a dozen holiday-themed films that failed to capture lightning in a bottle twice, this film has, over time, become a Christmas staple along with the likes of neo-classics Elf and Jingle All the Way (wait a couple years, we might cover that one). With the all-star cast, great Brit humor, moving plot threads, and overall Christmas-ness of it, who could hate it?

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December 15, 2016  

Welcome to the finale for our series on family films! We end it with what is probably the mother of all family films, the Wachowski's Speed Racer!

A flop when it came out (we know by now that hey, that doesn't determine a film's longevity), this film has rightly become somewhat of a cult classic. We explore what makes this sibling-directed visual feast what is sure to be a family staple for years to come.

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