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Cinema Clash Podcast: Dear Evan Hansen; I’m Your Man; The Eyes of Tammy Faye; The Guilty and more!

Since I’m seeing more films than I have time to formally review in writing, I’m sharing out the latest edition of the Cinema Clash podcast featuring yours truly – and Charlie. This way, you can hear my thoughts on a bunch of flicks and know before you go – or don’t go. This week, we’re chatting about: the film adaptation of Broadway’s award-winning musical drama Dear Evan Hansen; the German romantic psychological drama I’m Your Man (Ich Bin Dein Mensch); the televangelist biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye; the American remake of the intense Danish crime thriller The Guilty. Plus, Charlie’s take on the family-friendly mystery horror film Nightbooks and the new sci-fi drama series “Foundation.” And we reveal the earworm that dominates episode 10 of season two of the Emmy-winning dramedy “Ted Lasso.” Tune in — and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your favorite podcasts!

Quickie Review: Annette

It’s been a couple of weeks since I watched Annette and frankly I’m still processing. I’d love to be able to recommend it because it’s got music! And Academy-Award nominee Adam Driver! And Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard!

If only it made sense (at least to the average person). Alas, Annette is just too odd to put into words. Maybe if I broke out into song instead. Nah. My head might ‘splode. Or my cat may turn into a singing marionette. Valid concerns if you’ve seen Annette.

Cinema Clash Podcast: The Little Things, Supernova, Palmer, Apollo11 Quarantine

I recently reviewed Supernova, which is an understated film elevated by its two stars, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth. I also watched a few other movies out this week including The Little Things, which sadly could not be elevated by the presence of a trio of Oscar-winning actors (Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto). And then there was Palmer, an Apple TV+ original movie that was satisfying to watch even if totally formulaic, thanks to the sweet dynamic between Justin Timberlake and his young co-star Ryder Allen. Find out more about these films, as well as what my co-host Charlie Juhl had to say about The Dig on Netflix and the foreign film Dear Comrades!, and my quick watch of a short documentary with leftover footage from Apollo 11… on this edition of The Cinema Clash podcast!

Cinema Clash Podcast: The Climb, Come Away

I wasn’t blown away by Come Away. But I was somewhat entertained by The Climb. To find out why, tune in to this edition of the Cinema Clash podcast!

Charlie and I hash over the mash-up of two childhood classics (Come Away), find common ground on a wry dramedy about friendship and betrayal (The Climb), and chat about other new releases, his kid’s introduction to ParaNorman, a look ahead to Dune, and the possible return of the Has Fallen franchise.

Cinema Clash Podcast Reviews: Holidate, Come Play, The True Adventures of Wolfboy

Happy Halloween and Pre-Election Day Weekend! On this quaranstream edition of the Cinema Clash, I chat about Holidate, the bawdy holiday romcom now on Netflix, Charlie talks about the horror movie Come Play (which I opted to skip ’cause it’s really not my genre of choice), and we both weigh in on a quirky coming of age indie called The True Adventures of Wolfboy.  Tune in!

Cinema Clash Podcast: Antebellum; Blackbird; The Way I See It; H is for Happiness; Cobra Kai

Need a break from reading? Take a listen to the Cinema Clash podcast to hear me (Mainstream Chick) debate and discuss a slew of flicks including Antebellum, Blackbird, The Way I See It; and the Aussie feel-good flick, H is for Happiness. Plus, a shout-out to my latest guilty-pleasure binge watch, “Cobra Kai” on Netflix. And hear my cinema nemesis Charlie give his take on a few things I did not have a chance to watch – The Devil All the Time, I’ve Got Issues, and The Long Way Up. Check it out.

Cinema Clash podcast: Radioactive; Yes, God, Yes; The Rental

I thought about writing up a quick review for Yes, God, Yes. But then I thought, no, God, no. It was awkward enough talking about it with my podcast partner Charlie. The film is a coming-of-age dramedy about a Catholic school teenager who goes off to a religious retreat (aka “Jesus Camp”) for a few days to purify her soul after stumbling upon a racy AOL chatroom, and getting caught up in a scandalous rumor involving a classmate – and salad.

Review: Hamilton

Let’s be real. Hamilton is critic-proof. Everyone I know who desperately wanted to see it has, by now, seen the filmed version of the hit Broadway musical at least once since its debut on Disney+ in the wee hours of the morning on July third. A slew of others have seen it too, out of sheer curiosity or pop culture public shaming. And some – declaring their independence from peer pressure, or harboring an inexplicable disdain for musical theater – will simply take a pass. That’s okay. You are excused. This show will go on.

Arty Chick’s AFIDOCS 2020 Wrap-up

We’ve been going to AFIDOCS since 2014. It’s usually a great long weekend of documentaries and mixing with film lovers and filmmakers. This year because of COVID-19, it was a virtual festival, entirely online and though the films were great, I really missed that human interaction, as well as the live Q&A sessions after many of the films. Nevertheless, it was a great few days of intensive documentary watching. Here are my takes on what I saw.

The Cinema Clash talks Shirley, You Don’t Nomi, Spelling the Dream, And We Go Green

It feels like films are streaming our way faster than we can possibly watch, especially when day jobs get in the way! So once again, I refer Chickflix readers to my Cinema Clash podcast for lively discussion relating to some of my most recent viewing adventures! They include: the odd psychological drama Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss as a fictionalized version of acclaimed horror/mystery writer Shirley Jackson; You Don’t Nomi, a documentary that seeks to spin the 1990s fleshy flop Showgirls as some sort of misunderstood cinematic masterpiece; Spelling the Dream, a conventional albeit interesting documentary about Indian-American kids’ long-running domination of the National Spelling Bee competition; And We Go Green, a documentary about Formula E racing (yes, there is such a thing as environmentally-friendly racecars!); and, my 10-episode binge of the sitcom Space Force on Netflix.