Venom and A Star is Born Review – Cinemaholics Episode #85


This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines to discuss Venom, Sony’s latest exploration of the Spider-Man mythology, this time focusing on the symbiotic nightmare played here by Tom Hardy. This is a double feature episode, so we also dive into A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper’s first foray into direction and co-starring with Lady Gaga in this third remake of the 1937 classic film. Afterward, hear our exclusive interview with legendary actor Joe Morton, star of the new CBS show “God Friended Me.”

Next week: Once again, we’re planning on doing a double feature episode, this time reviewing both First Man and Bad Times at the El Royale. Help us decide which review comes first by voicing your opinion in the comments. You can also become a patron and vote your decision in our exclusive Patreon poll.

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Now Conspiring: ‘Burnt’ Review; Halloween Costumes That Should Be Discontinued

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This week on the podcast, we review Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper, and get our feet wet with some movie news. We also unpack some “fun-sized” questions and debate some hallmarks of cinema, such as: is 3D better than 2D?

As always, we read your feedback from last week’s show, deliver our Netflix recommendation of the week, and finish the episode with new movie releases coming to a theater near you.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Which Halloween costumes do you think need to stop?

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Review: ‘Burnt’ Is a Decent Chef Movie You’ve Already Seen

Bradley Cooper has had a rough go this year. Though American Sniper was a hit and got him an Oscar nomination, it greatly polarized critics and audiences. Serena and Aloha were train wrecks, though Cooper’s next ensemble with Jennifer Lawrence is still on the horizon. Strangely, Burnt is probably the quirkiest of these offerings. The film was directed by John

‘Aloha’ Review — Jerry Maguire Goes Hawaii

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There’s a good, maybe even special, movie somewhere inside of Aloha, the latest Cameron Crowe offering that wants to recapture the magic of Crowe’s early, infectious work. Unfortunately, that hidden movie is quite exactly that: hidden. And it’s beneath a final product that feels harshly edited, despite being pretty confident.

Mounds of character-building scenes are replaced with conspicuous exposition and quick bits of dialogue that are meant to be “enough” for us to keep following along in this strange romantic story about a former-military privateer helping a billionaire launch a weaponized satellite. Or something. Oh, and there’s a quirky romance.

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