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Episode 236: A Charlie Brown Christmas

18 Dec

In this episode, Tyler discusses Bill Melendez’ A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The Fear of God: Halloween (2018)

15 Dec

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss David Gordon Green’s Halloween!

The Fear of God: Alien: Covenant

8 Dec

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.

The Fear of God: The Shallows

1 Dec

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Shallows.

Naughty and Nice, by Bob Connally

29 Nov

In 1987, Mel Gibson played Martin Riggs, a cop with a death wish in Lethal Weapon, which has become an untraditional Christmas classic. 33 years later, Gibson is back for more Christmastime violence – in the role of Santa, no less – in the gleefully inventive Fatman

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The Fear of God: Crimson Peak

25 Nov

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak.

The Fear of God: Nightcrawler

17 Nov

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler.

The Fear of God: Under the Skin

11 Nov

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Jonathan Glazer’s surreal Under the Skin.

The Ties That Bind, by Reed Lackey

8 Nov

Releasing this week on most VOD platforms is a strong and haunting story of a woman’s struggle to maintain her agency and her sanity as she wrestles with sudden grief and the apparent threat of indefinite captivity. Kindred is the debut feature from director and co-writer Joe Marcantonio and starring Tamara Lawrence, Fiona Shaw, and Jack Lowden. It owes an immediate and apparent debt to Rosemary’s Baby, but manages to forge its own unique path with some deliberate shifts in key elements.

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Hallmark Hall of Shame, by Bob Connally

5 Nov

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” Dying – or drama – and comedy have one key thing in common. Both of them tend to work best when they are treated seriously. Even when the comedy is a very silly parody. Throughout the 1980’s, the team of David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams demonstrated how to do this right with Airplane!, the all-too-short-lived TV series Police Squad!, and that show’s much more successful spin-off film, The Naked Gun. They achieved this through brilliant writing and equally brilliant casting, emphasizing sincerity from the performances. Dramatic actors such as Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, and Leslie Nielsen delivered utterly ridiculous dialogue with complete seriousness in Airplane!, and that very simply is why it worked. If Nielsen had said, “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley,” pulling a goofy face, it would have killed the joke. The makers of Cup of Cheer would have done well to heed that lesson.

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