Cinemaholics Review: Black Panther

Black Panther

I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off Season 2 of Cinemaholics than to dive into Black Panther, one of the most hyped movies of the year and yet another huge hit for Marvel and Disney. I’m sure most of you had gotten a taste for how gargantuan this movie has become in the last few months, but putting aside all the hype, I had a great conversation about Black Panther with cohosts Will Ashton, Maveryke Hines, and special guest Adonis Gonzalez (yes, it’s a Now Conspiring reunion!)

A highlight of the episode is probably the heated discussion about Early Man between me and Will Ashton, and by heated I mean meteoric. And we’ve got some other mini reviews to get to that deserve to be on your radar: The RitualGame Night (which we’ll be probably talk more about in the coming weeks), Tamborine, and  the new video game Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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Cinemaholics Review: The Cloverfield Paradox and Peter Rabbit

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On the pod this week, we review The Cloverfield ParadoxPeter RabbitThe 15:17 to Paris, and quite a few more flicks and shows you can see above. We also had a few big announcements for the show, which is partly why we had special guest Sam Noland join us for the full episode.

First up, Cinemaholics is now on Spotify, so if that’s your streaming platform of choice, you can find our full archive right here.

Second, we are now on Patreon, which means you can support this podcast and get access to a bunch of new perks we’re rolling out, including some hilarious bonus audio from this week’s show. It’s an uncensored conversation between me and Will Ashton as we waited for Sam to get ready for the episode, as we normally talk about random tangents, ideas for the podcast, and other inside baseball topics.

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Cinemaholics: Sundance Film Festival 2018 Breakdown

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It’s the 50th episode of Cinemaholics, and to celebrate, we invited special guest Alex Billington of FirstShowing.net to talk about all things Sundance. The iconic festival has been home to countless great movies over the years, but it’s almost impossible to see all of them. Fortunately, we manage to talk about a good number of good flicks, including The TaleAssassination NationWon’t You Be My NeighborTully, Bodied, and plenty more.

Question for you: We have a lot of movies to pick from for this coming week to be our featured review. Let us know what you would rather hear a review for: Peter RabbitThe 15:17 to ParisFifty Shades Freed, or The Cloverfield Paradox?

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Cinemaholics Review: Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Hostiles

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I’m not entirely sure why I care so much about the Maze Runner series at this point, now finishing with The Death Cure. I enjoyed the first film and even the second one to an extent (silliness and all). But it’s been nearly three years and I’m struggling to figure out if there’s much of a fan base left after all this time.

If there is, then this latest episode of Cinemaholics will do you good. If you couldn’t care less, that’s also fine. We also took a look at some other noteworthy releases. There’s Hostiles, a new western starring Christian Bale. Black Lightning, the new CW superhero show. Please Stand By, a new indie film that just hit VOD. A Futile and Stupid Gesture, a new original Netflix film about the making of National Lampoon. And The Breadwinner, which was just nominated for Best Animated Feature by the Academy Awards.

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Cinemaholics Review: Phantom Thread, 12 Strong, Den of Thieves

Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread is the newest film from director Paul Thomas Anderson, reuniting with Daniel Day-Lewis, one of my favorite actors in Hollywood (and one of the best cinematic performers of all time). I sat down with Will Ashton and special guest Kimber Myers of The Playlist to discuss the new movie, which also stars Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps.

In our Mini Reviews segment, we covered a wide range of different movies, from the patriotic true story war film 12 Strong to the laid-back airport romance flick Forever My Girl. Plus Den of Thieves, a new heist action movie starring Gerard Butler, along with a quick review of The Alienist, a new show coming to TNT. Netflix has a new original film out called Step Sisters from the same director of Drumline. And an under-the-radar VOD release called Mom and Dad starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair.

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Snarcasm: Lady Bird Is Far From Perfect, So It’s Bad

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Warning: the post you are unfortunately about to read is filled with snark and sarcasm, known to many of you as Snarcasm. Please refrain from taking anything said here seriously, because as usual, none of it actually matters at all.

Those of us who put an extraordinary amount of hopes and dreams into Rotten Tomatoes had our hearts crushed recently. You see, a movie can only be good if an arbitrary percentage of arbitrarily chosen tastemakers arbitrarily place said movie on an arbitrarily designed spectrum. And so it is for Lady Bird, one of the most successful indie films of all time and until the release of Paddington 2, the best reviewed of all time according to a website that brings vegetables into a literal equation.

What soiled the 100% rating for Lady Bird on said vegetable counter platform? Well, none other than someone you’ve never heard of. Cole Smithey rated the film a gentleman’s C+, just barely putting the film under a “fresh” rating for Rotten Tomatoes.

What does this mean? Not much, except that we now have a chance to roll our eyes at someone’s alleged opinion. Surely, this is an honest review and not one designed to draw attention to an unrecognizable website few would bother to read a review from unless it was the sole contrarian in a sea of praise and released weeks and weeks after every other critic published their review. Surely.

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Cinemaholics Review: Paddington 2 and The Commuter

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Everyone’s favorite marmalade-loving bear is back for seconds in Paddington 2, the sequel to the film that utterly charmed me back in 2015. On the show this week, I review the film with cohosts Maveryke Hines (who never saw the original) and Will Ashton. The movie has an incredible 100% review aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean everyone on Cinemaholics agrees.

In our Mini Reviews segment, we covered a lot of other movies and shows you might want to check out. Will reviewed The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson. Maveryke and I talked about the The End of the F****** World, a binge-worthy new show on Netflix. Will recommended Blame, an indie gem directed by Quinn Shephard. Then we both dug into The PostMolly’s Game, and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.

We also talked at length about the Golden Globes this week, but less about the actual awards and more about the impact of the MeToo and TimesUp movement, plus our plan to take part in the 52 Films By Women Challenge.

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