Another year of film is about to pass, so I did something a bit different to mark the occasion. You’ve probably seen a few tributes like the one shown above, but hopefully you’ll find that this one is a bit more thematic than others. Each song choice, scene, and even some edits plays into a larger theme of what 2018 meant to me as a filmgoer. Also, I purposefully chose 162 films to highlight, which obviously includes movies I haven’t even seen yet, as well as films I didn’t even particularly like. But I know many of you watching did, and I want to celebrate the universal appeal of cinema for everyone. Not just me.
The “Winter Movie Season” is truly unique. On the one hand, it’s a dumping ground for Oscar season contenders and arthouse favorites hitting limited release, then a wider release in January in lead up for the big event. But it’s also packed with major holiday blockbusters and family films to warm up to during the holidays. The horror afterthoughts start in January, then get a bit better in February. Well, to break down all these upcoming films and what we’re most looking forward to, I sit down with Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines for our seasonal movie preview.
Ralph Breaks the Internet (or just Wreck-It Ralph 2) is smashing its way through box office records, but is it true that Ralph breaks hearts, as well? Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines are on Cinemaholics with me this week to review the film, along with Green Book, Robin Hood, The Christmas Chronicles, and Cam.
Next week: We’re thinking of doing our annual Winter Movie Preview episode, covering some of our most anticipated films releasing between December and February. Let us know in the comments or become a patron to vote in our weekly Patreon poll.
Special guest Tyler Carlin of the Bacon and Eggs podcast joins Cinemaholics this week to help us review Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest “Wizarding World” film based on the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Will Ashton is also on the show this week as we discuss The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Instant Family, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Burning, and more.
At last, Pixar has revealed its first big marketing materials for Toy Story 4, which includes a brief teaser trailer, several character posters, and more recently a “teaser trailer reaction” video that pokes self-aware fun at the franchise in almost parody form.
Overlord is an original horror action-war movie released after Halloween. And they say Hollywood isn’t full of surprises. It’s just me and Will Ashton reviewing films this week, which include The Grinch, the latest adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss holiday story, this time made by Illumination. There’s also Widows, a heist ensemble from director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and starring a packed cast led by Viola Davis. We talk about Outlaw King, a new war epic from Netflix starring Chris Pine. And Will gives his thoughts on The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman and covering the Gary Hart political scandal from the late 1980s.
We tend to be mostly polite and civil during episodes of Cinemaholics, but this is an outlier of an episode. Things got heated during our discussion of Bohemian Rhapsody, the new biopic about Freddie Mercury and the band Queen during their rise to fame in the 70s and 80s. Long story short, I enjoyed the film but wished it could have been a masterpiece deserving of Mercury’s legacy. Will and Maveryke had far larger issues, making for a fascinating discussion around how films depict homosexuality, especially regarding true-life stories.
As you can imagine, though, things loosened up quite a bit as we got into our other reviews, to the point where we were laughing almost too much for me keep the conversation coherent during editing. We hope you enjoy our discussions around Suspiria, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The Haunting of Hill House, Wildlife, and Boy Erased.
Next week: We need your help deciding which film to do for our featured review. The choices include The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch, and Overlord. You can also become a patron and vote your decision in our weekly Patreon poll.