Beauty and the Beast

With a live action version about to hit theaters, we travel back to the golden age of modern Disney animation—1991 to be exact—for a re-view of the animated musical classic, Beauty and the Beast. For millennials, the…

Unbreakable

In the early aughts, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan could do no wrong. Coming off the monumental success of The Sixth Sense, he was heralded as the next Spielberg—a young directorial genius that was bound to change…

Gattaca

A critical darling, but a box office bomb, Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca is perhaps a movie that was just released at the wrong time. With its heady “thinking-man’s” sci-fi concept of a dystopian future where one’s…

It’s A Wonderful Life

When it was first released in 1946, Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life was a failure, underperforming at the box office and receiving mixed reviews. But, several decades later, it’s  one of the most beloved Christmas movies of…

The Shining

Halloween might have come and gone, but we’re keeping things spooky on the podcast with yet another Stephen King cinematic adaptation: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Although reception was lukewarm upon its release in 1980, the film is…

Misery

As the weather gets colder, we turn to director Rob Reiner and screenwriter William Goldman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Misery. One of the rare Stephen King adaptations that was both a commercial and critical hit…

Hook

Although it was a commercial hit when it was released in 1991, Steven Spielberg’s Hook took a critical beating. A creative extension of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan universe, it’s often considered to be one of the worst…

The Royal Tenenbaums

Often considered to be one of—if not the best—film from auteur Wes Anderson, The Royal Tenenbaums hit theaters in 2001 exposing audiences to a stylish world of upper class New York City quirk. The film is a…

Aliens

Game over man! To celebrate its 30th anniversary, we give a re-watch to James Cameron’s Aliens. Often heralded as one of the best sequels of all time, it’s a departure from the original film both…

Ghost in the Shell

It took us 65 episodes, but we FINALLY managed re-view an anime film! Or, in the case of all of us—apart from subject matter expert and special guest Jon West—a “new view” of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost…

Witness

What happens when you take a high-concept premise (i.e. a big city cop is forced to live with Amish people), but combine it with a strong and subtle directorial hand? You get Peter Weir’s Oscar-nominated…