Cinemaholics Review: The Florida Project and Happy Death Day

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We actually did more than review The Florida Project and Happy Death Day, but headlines can only be so long. This might be our biggest episode of Cinemaholics yet, with reviews for The ForeignerThe Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) on Netflix, The Babysitter on Netflix, and Mindhunter Season 1 on Netflix. In addition to all of that, I did a special On Tap segment with Alisha Grauso to discuss the Harvey Weinstein scandals and Hollywood’s sexual assault problem.

Needless to say, this is a Cinemaholics you don’t want to miss, especially because The Florida Project is gunning for my favorite film of the year, and from director Sean Baker no less, who also directed the 2015 gem, Tangerine. Keep your eyes on Baker for anything he does next, especially if it’s with A24.

Maveryke Hines and Will Ashton joined me on the show as always, and our reviews for The Foreigner and Happy Death Day were decidedly more divisive, but I wouldn’t have it any other way on this podcast.

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Is ‘Blade Runner 2049’ a Masterpiece? — Cinemaholics

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Blade Runner 2049 is out in theaters, and critics have showered the sci-fi sequel with praise, with many calling it a masterpiece. Unfortunately, this didn’t translate to box office success for the film. It opened with an abysmal $31.5 million domestically, far behind the blockbuster’s reported budget of $150 million. Keep this in mind the next time Hollywood tries to blame Rotten Tomatoes for underperforming weekends.

I reviewed Blade Runner 2049 with Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines this week on the show, and it’s spoiler-free, of course. For those of you itching to hear our spoilery thoughts, check the time stamp above to hear when our spoiler section begins. And as always, we reviewed a few other releases you might want to know about.

Will saw The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. This is a movie I’ve shown no interest in seeing for myself, and Will’s thoughts only confirm that decision. I talked about The Good Place Season 2 with a preface for checking out the first season, which is now on Netflix (newest episodes on Hulu). And Maveryke saw Long Shot on Netflix, a documentary about how a man on death row had his life saved by an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Seriously.

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A Short Review of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

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I’m excited to dig into Blade Runner 2049 throughout the entire weekend, notably on the Cinemaholics podcast coming out Sunday. But for now, I’ve written some short, spoiler-free thoughts about the film just a day after seeing it.

In general, I’ve been moving away from the standard film reviews you’ve seen on this site since it launched in 2012, mainly because my long form writing has been dedicated elsewhere. And honestly, I find it just as fun and fulfilling to share my immediate thoughts on a film with all of you on Twitter.

For many of you who don’t use Twitter, however, here’s my take on Blade Runner 2049 and whether or not you should take the time to see it.

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‘American Made’ Is Fun, But Not Mandatory — Cinemaholics

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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared a Cinemaholics episode here, but in my defense it’s been a traumatic few weeks for me personally. But the show went on despite my time shortages, and we managed to publish review episodes for Kingsman: The Golden Circlemother!, and It since our Fall Movie Preview. You can dig into all those episodes, along with our bonus episode about MoviePass, here.

This week’s show features a thrilling discussion of American Made, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Doug Liman. It’s an episode you don’t want to miss because in addition to reviewing the film with Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines, I had a chance to mini review Battle of the Sexes, one of my favorite films of 2017. Other mini reviews this week include Jerry Before Seinfeld on Netflix, Star Trek Discovery on CBS, and Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany (another 2017 movie vying for my Top 10 of the year).

There’s a fun surprise for longtime fans halfway through the show. Sam Noland from Part-Time Characters jumped on for a quick intermission, and we tag-teamed some housekeeping for the work he’s doing on that show. And we opened the entire episode with a mini review from one of our listeners on 9/11. If you want to submit your own mini reviews or other feedback, be sure to email us anytime: cinemaholicspodcast (at) gmail.com.

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Retro Reviews 3: Yojimbo, Sound of Music & More

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This week on Part-Time Characters we delve into the old movie shelf and pick up some classic movies to talk about. Yup! It is time for our third Retro Reviews episode! Bridget talks about a sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Jenny watched the strangest movie ever made, Fantastic Planet, Sam watched one of the most praised musicals, Sound of Music, and I (Maria) watched the great Mifune in Yojimbo.

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‘Moana’ Is Basically ‘The Little Mermaid’ In Reverse

The idea is that Disney’s Moana is almost a perfect inverse of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and let’s not forget that both films were directed by the same duo: Ron Clements and John Musker.

Horror Movie Remakes & IT / Part-Time Characters

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This week on Part-Time Characters we face our biggest fears, whether it’s watching a horror movie from our childhood or talking face to face with Jerry-Garry-Larry. The gang gets together to discuss the remake of IT, adapted from Stephen King’s novel. We bring in a special guest to review the film and compare it to the classic TV movie from 1990 starring the one and only Tim Curry.

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