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The evidence against Mikhail revealing him as a closet geek continues to mount as he invites two Star Wars fanatics, Ganesh Nair and Sam Kaminsky, onto the show for another discussion of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm EST

Love him or hate him, there is no ignoring Quentin Tarantino. His latest film 'The Hateful Eight' is now rampaging its way across the country in a 70mm roadshow in a battle to preserve film as a viable medium. Listen as the hosts of Wrong Reel sit down to discuss the film and everything else that pops into their head about the iconoclastic filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm EST

We welcome back Becky D’Anna (Executive Director, International Promotions at Sony Pictures Entertainment) to discuss the global phenomenon of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', a film that proudly proclaims that the heart and soul of Star Wars is officially back. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:41am EST

James welcomes producer Adam Rackoff to discuss his new project, 'Merry Xmas' directed by Boman Modine, starring Dick Van Dyke, Matthew Modine and Valerie Harper. And in a special news segment, we indulge in a marathon trailer breakdown session about 'Star Trek Beyond', 'X-Men: Apocalypse', and 'Independence Day: Resurgence'.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

Mikhail sits down with friend of the show, Brittany Starna, to discuss a wide range of topics from the Golden Globe nominations to Adam McKay's adaptation of Michael Lewis's book 'The Big Short'. And in a first for the podcast, Mikhail and Brittany reopen negotiations over Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth', a film that did not get its due in a previous episode.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

This episode Mikhail Karadimov welcomes Hanna Kozlowska (staff reporter for Quartz) to discuss the acclaimed drama 'Spotlight', based on the true story of the Boston Globe's investigation into child molestation within the Catholic Church. And for history buffs, Mikhail and Hanna also revisit the Watergate scandal with a look back at Alan J. Pakula's 'All the President's Men' (1976).

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EST

Nick Stevens drops in to discuss the latest movie adaptation of The Scottish Play aka William Shakespeare's 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'. We dig into Michael Fassbender's interpretation of the character before giving Nick a turn to perform some of this favorite passages from Shakespeare.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm EST

This episode we take a look at some of the latest foreign films with Tetsuya Nakashima's 'The World of Kanako' and Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth', two wildly different movies that ignite a little heated debate between your faithful co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:21pm EST

This episode we welcome Czech-Canadian filmmaker and podcaster Martin Kessler to discuss one of his favorite films, Milos Forman's unforgettable 1984 adaptation of Peter Shaffer's 'Amadeus'.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm EST

Hope you've had your chance to binge-watch the show because this episode we review the excellent 1st Season of 'Jessica Jones', the latest collaboration between Marvel and Netflix. We also dig into some movie news and exchange some high fives about 'Creed'.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:25pm EST

We welcome back friend of the show Brittany Starna to talk with Mikhail about the latest film from Todd Haynes, 'Carol', his adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel 'The Price of Salt', starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:20pm EST

Nick Stevens joins us for an unfiltered exploration of the documentary 'Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films'. Led by the larger-than-life Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, Cannon Films produced low-budget films of every conceivable genre, many of which we eagerly devoured in the 1980s. Most people called their films schlock but nobody can deny their now infamous cultural footprint.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm EST

It is our pleasure to welcome Lady P from Flixwise to discuss one of her favorite filmmakers, Ernst Lubitsch, a director who belongs among the giants of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

This episode Parker and James rant and rave about the latest trailers and movie news before diving into a review of the 24th installment in the James Bond franchise, 'Spectre'.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm EST

This episode we welcome spy thriller and espionage novel connoisseur Nick Barry to discuss more than half a century of the James Bond franchise. From Ian Fleming's service in WWII to his extraordinary novels and the mega movie franchise they inspired, we dig into everything that makes James Bond one of the most enduring pop culture phenomenons of all time.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:50am EST

This episode James welcomes one of his oldest friends, John Martin, for a look into the troubled history of Sam Peckinpah's lyrical and poetic 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid' (1973).

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:32am EST

This episode we welcome back our most loyal fan, Becky D'Anna, to discuss one of her favorite filmmakers, Ingmar Bergman. Furthermore, for the first time in many weeks, we have the entire Wrong Reel crew together for a deep dive into 'Persona' (1966) and 'Hour of the Wolf' (1968).

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

This week we welcome artist and teacher Wilfredo Ortega aka Wolf to discuss one of the all-time great New York-based gangster movies, Brian De Palma's 'Carlito's Way' (1993), a movie based on the novels of Judge Edwin Torres. In addition to discussing the film and Wolf's experiences growing up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, we take a break to shamelessly geek out about the countless hours we spent as teenagers playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm EST

This week we welcome back friend of the show, producer Adam Rackoff, to review the brilliant new film by director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin, 'Steve Jobs'. Adam also shares some of his experiences from his time working at Apple and what it was like to see Steve Jobs in action first hand.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EST

Our hardcore horror preparation for Halloween continues with one of the most beloved cult films ever to come out of Britain, 'The Wicker Man' (1973, dir by Robin Hardy).

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

This week we sit down with Indie animation icon Bill Plympton and friend of the show, producer Adam Rackoff, to discuss their latest film, 'The Loneliest Stoplight' starring Patton Oswalt. Bill also speaks at length about the early days of animation, his favorite pioneers, and which animated films continue to inspire him to this day.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm EST

We kick off the Fall movie season with a double feature of reviews, Johnny Depp in 'Black Mass' and Denis Villeneuve's devastating new film 'Sicario'.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

Halloween is just around the corner so pull up a chair beside us and enjoy our commentary to George A. Romero's classic horror film, 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968). Special guest Nick Stevens joins us and treats us to a burst of singing.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:25am EST

We welcome back friend of the show Brittany Starna to tackle two very different approaches to the horror genre, M. Night Shymalan's 'The Visit' and the Austrian import 'Goodnight Mommy' from writer-directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

This episode we welcome writer-director Mitch Cohen to discuss his film 'Super Zero: Badass Journey into Awesomeness'. We also find time to geek out shamelessly about zombie films, superhero movies and the overlap between cinema and video games.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EST

Parker Dixon welcomes his friend Jordan Schursky (editor & colorist) to discuss two very different movies about war. First up is Larisa Shepitko's devastating film 'The Ascent' (1977) about two Russian soldiers captured by the Germans during WWII. Then we switch gears to discuss the best propaganda film ever made for a war that never happened, Paul Verhoeven's 'Starship Troopers' (1997). 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EST

'The Seven Five' is a riveting new documentary about police corruption in 1980s Brooklyn and the man who was arguably the dirtiest cop in NYC history, Michael Dowd. Due to a lucky chance encounter with his ex-partner Ken Eurell after a screening of the film, it is our privilege to have Ken on the show to discuss his time working in the most dangerous precinct in the country.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

This week we welcome Paul M. Cobb, Professor of Islamic History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of 'The Race for Paradise', to discuss David Lean's epic film 'Lawrence of Arabia' which we all saw in 70 mm at the Museum of the Moving Image. As a special feature, friend of the show Nick Stevens joins us to reenact an exchange between David Lean and Peter O'Toole. Enjoy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

Megan Elledge (freelance editor, independent filmmaker) joins us to discuss USA Network's breakout hit, Sam Esmail's 'Mr. Robot', a brilliant show about a hacker vigilante attempting to take down an evil corporation.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

Through the magic of Skype, we welcome Becky D'Anna (Executive Director, International Promotions at Sony Pictures Entertainment) to celebrate one of her favorite filmmakers, Albert Brooks. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

This episode Mikhail Karadimov welcomes back friend of the show Brittany Starna to burn the midnight oil discussing a genuine cult classic, 'Better Off Dead...' (1985), starring 80s icon John Cusack.

00:00 - 19:23 - Introduction/News

19:24 - 1:19:09 - 'Better Off Dead' (1985)

1:19:10 - 1:21:53 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

For fans of bite-sized chunks of entertainment, Mikhail Karadimov and Parker Dixon enjoy a brief meandering conversation/pitch session about everything from flatulance to border collies. Enjoy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

Based on the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and novelist David Foster Wallace, 'The End of the Tour' is a riveting new film in limited release starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Using David Foster Wallace's thoughts on David Lynch's work as a springboard, this week we also look back at 'Lost Highway' (1997).

00:00 - 21:37 - Introduction/News

21:38 - 1:19:22 - 'The End of the Tour' Review

1:19:23 - 1:53:30 - 'Lost Highway'

1:53:31 - 1:56:51 - Closing Comments/Blooper

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

It has been entirely too long since Wrong Reel sat down to record a commentary track and for this momentous occasion we decided on the ever-controversial but always entertaining Russ Meyer and his film 'Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens' (1979). Put the kids to bed and enjoy. Strictly #NSFW.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

This week we welcome back Adam Rackoff, a producer with a slate of amazing projects from animated films with Bill Plympton to the creation of the iPad app and audiobook 'Full Metal Jacket Diary' with actor Matthew Modine. We go deep into all the news and announcements from San Diego Comic Con, review Marvel's latest production 'Ant-Man' and discuss everything we're excited about in the world of superhero movies and television shows coming our way over the next few years.

0:00 - 57:49 - Intro/News

57:50 - 1:58:07 - 'Ant-Man' Review

1:58:08 - 2:14:15 - Closing Remarks

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

This week we review the breakout hit of the 2015 Sundance Film festival, 'Tangerine' from director Sean Baker. Shot exclusively on the iPhone 5S, the film follows a transgender woman on a rampage looking for the man who broke her heart. For our follow up film, we discuss 'Mala Mala', a documentary about living as a transgender in Puerto Rico. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:37am EST

With the release of 'Terminator Genisys' we take a look back at the entire franchise to compare the essential classics with those that are completely unwatchable. For any hardcore fan the conclusions might already be obvious.

00:00 - 40:32 - News/Intro

40:33 - 1:43:16 - Terminator Rant

1:43:17 - 1:51:01 - Conclusion/Blooper

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

In preparation for next week's pop culture extravaganza, San Diego Comic Con, we sit down with animation producer/Star Wars savant/studio manager for Bill Plympton Studios, John Holderried. We discuss his many years in the trenches at Comic Con and what new projects Bill Plympton will feature at this year's convention including his new film starring Patton Oswalt - 'The Loneliest Stoplight', his WIP 'Revengeance', and the new blu-ray for his feature film 'Cheatin''. We also dig into the most exciting movie panels and which we feel will explode in popularity or land with a thud. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

The New York Asian Film Festival is back with their 14th program including 54 feature films playing primarily at the Film Society of Lincoln Center through July 11th. We were lucky enough to have a sneak peak at Kinji Fukasaku's classic Yakuza epic 'Battles Without Honor and Humanity' (1973) which will be playing Friday, July 3rd at the Walter Reade Theatre.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

This episode we speak with award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival, Dan Mirvish ('Between Us' - 2012). Dan Mirvish is in the final stretch of his Kickstarter campaign to bring to the screen 'Bernard and Huey', a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, author, screenwriter and playwright Jules Feiffer ('Carnal Knowledge' - 1971). Check out the link to this amazing campaign:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/844519392/bernard-and-huey-film-by-dan-mirvish-and-jules-fei

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's controversial Ukrainian film 'The Tribe' is one of the most audacious directorial debuts in years and it was our pleasure this week to celebrate the film during its opening weekend in the US. 

0:00 - 23:37 - Introduction/News

28:38 - 48:01 - Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's 'The Tribe'

48:02 - 1:13:45 - Tribes in Cinema Bound by Violent Codes

1:13:46 - 1:16:18 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

Hold onto your butts. This week we tackle 'Jurassic World' and discuss to what extent it measures up against the rest of the franchise. We also share our earliest memories of going to the movie theater.

00:00 - 19:45 - Introduction/News

19:46 - 52:21 - 'Jurassic World' Review

52:22 - 1:10:37 - First Movie Theater Experiences

1:10:38 - 1:17:37 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm EST

In honor of the Glorious Technicolor Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art playing through August, we decided to make an episode celebrating the technicolor process and one of the most famous musicals from that period, Vincente Minnelli's 'An American in Paris' (1951) starring the indomitable Gene Kelly.

0:00 - 24:53 - Introduction/News

24:54 - 50:33 - Glorious Technicolor

50:34 - 1:23:25 - 'An American in Paris' (1951)

1:23:26 - 1:28:45 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

This episode we welcome guest host and friend of the show Aaron West from criterionblues.com. We discuss Samuel Fuller's classic film noir 'Pickup on South Street' (1953) which was recently restored and rereleased at the New York Film Forum.

00:00 - 22:18 - Introduction/News

22:19 - 55:19 - 'Pickup on South Street' (1953)

55:20 - 1:03:29 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

We get old school this week with a look at the 3rd part of Alexander Dovzhenko's Ukrainian Trilogy, 'Earth' (1930), which played recently at the Anthology Film Archives. After Mikhail has a chance to get in touch with his cultural roots we switch gears and discuss what we would choose as the perfect double feature for our last night on Earth.

00:00 - 25:34 - Introduction/News

25:035 - 1:05:02 - Alexander Dovzhenko's 'Earth' (1930)

1:05:03 - 1:28:32 - Double Feature for Last Night on Earth

1:28:33 - 1:31:07 - Closing Remarks

 

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Category:Film -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

This week, we review the remake of 'Poltergeist', compare how favorably (or unfavorably) it compares to the original and discuss what goes into making a worthwhile remake.

00:00 - 1:03:21 - Introduction/Remake Discussion/News

1:03:22 - 1:36:42 - 'Poltergeist' (2015) Review & 'Poltergeist' (1982)

1:36:43 - 1:39:08 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

This episode we look at two documentaries about police corruption that stylistically straddle the line between straight documentary and narrative filmmaking. Tiller's Russell's 'The Seven Five' takes a hard look at the most dangerous neighborhood in New York in the 1980s and the two corrupt cops that tried to squeeze every dollar out it they could. 'The Thin Blue' is a genuine masterpiece by Errol Morris, arguably the best documentary filmmaker of the last 40 years.

0:00 - 0:16:42 - Introduction/News

0:16:43 - 0:44:54 - 'The Seven Five' Review

0:44:55 - 01:25:30 - 'The Thin Blue Line' (1988)

01:25:31 - 01:40:39 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

George Miller delivers one of most heart pounding, visionary action films in years with his victorious return to the Mad Max franchise, 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. In order to understand the roots of this post-apocalyptic roller coaster ride, we look back at the classic Australian genre films of the 70s & 80s in the amazing documentary 'Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!' (2008).

0:00 - 0:25:58 - Introduction/News

0:25:59 - 01:25:16 - 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Review & 'Not Quite Hollywood' Discussion

01:25:17 - 01:32:53 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

This episode we discuss Joss Whedon's latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. If that isn't enough comic book insanity for you, we also dig into the documentary 'Comic Book Confidential' (1988), an amazing movie about the first 50 years of comics.

00:00 - 0:18:52 - Introduction/News

0:18:53 - 1:12:27 - 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Discussion

1:12:28 - 1:53:50 - 'Comic Book Confidential' (1988)

1:53:51 - 1:58:56 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 5:03pm EST

This week we review Gerard Johnson's 'Hyena', a film that Nicolas Winding Refn calls 'the future of crime films'. For our follow up, we deprive Mikhail of the opportunity to discuss Herzog's 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans' (2009) and force him finally to sit down and watch Abel Ferrara's original and highly controversial 'Bad Lieutenant' (1992).

00:00 - 19:20 : Introduction/News

19:21 - 57:30: 'Hyena' Review

57:31 - 01:39:56: Abel ferrara's 'Bad Lieutenant'

01:39:58 - 01:47:30: Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 1:21pm EST

Few bands have had a bigger impact on defining an era than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. From the height of the Swinging Sixties in London to the death of flower power at the Altamont Speedway, the films 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964) and 'Gimme Shelter' (1970) neatly bookend one of the most fascinating chapters in music history. Featuring guest host Henry Schiller.

00:00 - 18:14 - Introduction/News

18:15 - 56:00 - 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964)

56:01 - 01:37:46 - 'Gimme Shelter' (1970)

01:37:47 - 01:44:00 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 10:04pm EST

This episode we review Zaza Urushadze's "Tangerines" which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards and is just now being released in New York. Set during The War in Abkhazia (1992-1993) the film examines ethnic and religious tensions in a post-Soviet Georgia where many Estonians, save one, have chosen to return to Estonia. Continuing with the topic of racial tension, we go back to the pre-Civil Rights era of Hollywood to look at "The Defiant Ones" (1958) starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier.

00:00 - 18:12 - Introduction/News

18:13 - 38:44 - 'Tangerines' Review

38:45 - 01:08:53 - 'The Defiant Ones' (1958)

01:08:54 - 01:11:58 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

We welcome back guest host Brittany Starna to discuss the latest film by writer-director Olivier Assayas, "Clouds of Sils Maria", a story about an aging actress starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart & Chloë Grace Moretz. Seeing an opportunity to discuss one of his favorite movies on a similar theme, Mikhail Karadimov walks us through Paolo Sorrentino's extraordinary award-winning film "La Grande Bellezza" (2013).

00:00 - 19:50 - Introduction/News

19:51 - 50:01 - "Clouds of Sils Maria" Review

50:02 - 01:37:10 - "La Grande Bellezza" (2013)

01:37:11 - 01:41:20 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 11:54am EST

This episode we sit down with Samuel Jamier and Rufus de Rham from Subway Cinema, an organization devoted to the appreciation of Asian film culture. Their flagship event is the annual New York Asian Film Festival but the topic of this podcast is the Old School Kung Fu Fest '15: Enter the Ninjas!! screening at the Anthology Film Archives 4/16-4/19. From Japanese classics such as "Shinobi No Mono" (1962) to the high octane insanity of "Five Element Ninjas" (1982), this is an essential series for anyone seeking to understand the dark, secret arts of the Ninja.

Tickets available at http://oldschool15.brownpapertickets.com/

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Category:Film -- posted at: 9:27am EST

In a special episode we sit down with legendary animator Bill Plympton and his producer Adam Rackoff to discuss their Kickstarter Campaign to finance Bill's next feature film, "Revengeance". For the first time, Bill is collaborating with another animator, Jim Lujan, and the result is a wild and irreverent story that explores the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. Bill need s your help to make the film happen and the rewards include an opportunity to appear as a character in the film.

Direct download: Revengeance_Kickstarter_v2-AAC_File.m4a
Category:Film -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

This episode we review the season 5 premiere of one of the greatest and most cinematic television shows ever produced, "Game of Thrones", based on the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin. Loosely inspired by the War of the Roses, we stay on the topic of dynastic wars and succession by revisiting Fred Zinnemann's classic adaptation of Robert Bolt's play "A Man for All Seasons", an essential classic for any Anglophile or lover of theater.

00:00 - 11:02 - Introduction/News

11:03 - 39:15 - "Game of Thrones" Season 5 Premiere Review

39:16 - 01:05:09 - "A Man for All Seasons" (1966)

01:05:10 - 01:07:57 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 9:43pm EST

This episode we review Alex Garland's directorial debut, "Ex Machina", a dark and erotic new science fiction film that is sure to delight fans of the genre for many years to come. While on the subject of stunningly beautiful AI, we look back at the cyberpunk classic "Ghost in the Shell" (1995) by Mamoru Oshii.

00:00 - 20:55 - Introduction/News

20:56 - 54:19 - "Ex Machina" Review

54:20 - 01:18:55 - "Ghost in the Shell"

01:18:56 - 01:22:16 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 3:18pm EST

With "Furious 7" shattering box office records for the month of April around the world, we sit down with guest host Brittany Starna (and rabid connoisseur of the series) to review the latest installment in the franchise and discuss why audiences are in such a frenzy over this movie.

00:00 - 16:10 - Introduction/News

16:11 - 01:36:59 - "Furious 7" Review

01:37:00 - 01:24:30 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 4:24am EST

It is Generation X versus the Millenials as James Hancock and Mikhail Karadimov put their chins down and their fists up for a heated discussion about "Repulsion", "Citizen Kane" and a variety of other topics upon which they don't agree. Parker Dixon wisely chose to start recording about halfway through the argument, one that was never intended to be an episode. Enjoy.  (no animals were harmed in the recording of this podcast)

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Category:Film -- posted at: 5:48pm EST

In anticipation of the theatrical and digital release of his new animated feature film Cheatin', Wrong Reel sits down with Indie Animaton legend Bill Plympton and executive producer Adam Rackoff to discuss Plympton's career to date and where it is headed. Full disclosure, Wrong Reel co-host James Hancock is one of the executive producers on Cheatin' so any notion of objectivity is completely abandoned. Cheatin' begins a nationwide tour on 4/3/15 (see www.cheatinmovie.com for screenings) and will be available on Vimeo On Demand 4/21/15.

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Category:Film -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Will Ferrell's latest outing "Get Hard" (directed by Etan Cohen) might not be his strongest vehicle but we used the film as an excuse to dig into the career highlights of one of the greatest comedic performers of his generation. Kevin Hart manages to shine in the movie as well, but we're all hoping he and Ferrell get hooked up with better material in the future.

00:00 - 23:07 - Introduction/News

23:08 - 53:57 - Will Ferrell's Career

53:58 - 01:17:17 - Get Hard Review

01:17:18 - 01:24:30 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EST

This is a special episode for gear heads and alcoholics alike as guest host Brittany Starna and Mikhail Karadimov introduce us to their favorite drinking game while providing color commentary to Justin Lin's "Fast Five" (2011). James Hancock and his little brother Chunk tie on a nice buzz in the process. #NSFW

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Category:Film -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

With David Robert Mitchell's new horror film "It Follows" delighting horror fans across the country, we take a look at what makes the film tick before diving into one of the most beautiful black and white horror films ever made, Roman Polanski's "Repulsion" (1965). Featuring guest host Nick Stevens.

00:00 - 17:42 - Introduction/News

17:43 - 01:17:51 - "It Follows" Review

01:17:52 - 01:59:47 - Roman Polanski's "Repulsion" (1965)

01:59:48 - 02:03:58 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

 

 

 

 

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Category:Film -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

In honor of Friday the 13th, we take a look at two of the finest horror films ever made, F. W. Murnau's silent film classic "Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens" (1922) and Werner Herzog's 1979 remake "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht" (1979). Featuring special guest host (and Mikhail Karadimov's producing partner), Brittany Starna. 

00:00 - 13:48 - Introduction/Frozen Debate

13:49 - 35:16 - F. W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" (1922)

35:17 - 01:13:14 - Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu" (1979)

01:13:15 - 1:19:43 - Closing Remarks/Blooper

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Category:Film -- posted at: 12:37am EST

A key figure in the New German Cinema of the 1970s, Wim Wenders is one of the most distinctive, original voices in film working today. The Museum of Modern Art has assembled an extraordinary retrospective covering much of his career from his award winning "Wings of Desire" (1987) to his more recent films like "Pina" (2011), giving the folks at Wrong Reel the chance to see his films in the best way possible.

 

00:00 - 23:12 - Introduction/News

22:13 - 01:04:46 - Wings of Desire

01:04:47 - 01:25:48 - Pina

01:25:49 - 1:32:50 - Closing Remarks

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Category:Film -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

In this episode, the gang delves into the life and work of one of film's biggest contributors to the art of film of the latter half of the 20th century, John Cassavetes.  Paying particular attention to "Faces" and "A Woman Under the Influence," Parker, James, and Mikhail discuss the raw emotional power of Cassavetes' undisputedly unique style of filmmaking.

00:00 - 19:55 - Introductions/News

19:56 - 51:51 - Faces

51:52 - 1:22:12 - A Woman Under the Influence

1:22:13 - 1:29:34 - Closing Remarks

1:29:35 - 1:34:13 - Bloopers/Dramatic Reading

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Category:Film -- posted at: 12:42am EST

With the release of David Cronenberg's new Hollywood satire/ghost story "Maps to the Stars" we take the opportunity to review the new film and compare the two major stages of Cronenberg's career as bodily horror maestro and art house director.

00:00 - 10:47 - Introductions/News

10:48 - 43:32 - "Maps to the Stars" Review

43:33 - 1:12:50 - "Dead Ringers" Review

1:12:51 - 1:17:59 - Closing Remarks/Upcoming Episodes

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Category:Film -- posted at: 2:59am EST

"Wild Tales" is not only the biggest indigenous hit in Argentina's history, but also puts the world on notice that a filmmaker named Damián Szifrón is out there making some of the most blackhearted, hysterical cinema imaginable. In this episode we also look back at Lucrecia Martel's film "La Ciénaga" (2001), a movie often described as Chekhov in contemporary Argentina. 

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Category:Film -- posted at: 8:26pm EST

In this week's episode we offer up some Oscar predictions before diving into an intense discussion of the films of John Carpenter, a director whose films had an enormous impact on our childhoods. 

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Category:Film -- posted at: 11:51pm EST

Matthew Vaughn's latest film "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is not just a deliriously entertaining nod to the classic spy movies of the past, the movie also tips its hat to the Arthurian Legends that were captured so well in John Boorman's classic "Excalibur" (1981) now playing at the New York Film Forum alongside his other films. In this episode we leap to the defense of Matthew Vaughn's latest movie which is under attack by humorless critics with a blatant agenda while also singing the praises of "Excalibur", the best adult fantasy movie ever made.

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Category:Film -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

In honor of the retrospective of John Boorman's work at the Film Forum (Feb 11th-17th) we recorded our second commentary episode while watching Boorman's truly strange and offbeat post-apocalyptic adventure film "Zardoz" (1974). Starring Sean Connery and Charlotte Rampling in a film often described as the best bad movie ever made, we try and determine for ourselves if this is a misunderstood classic deserving of rediscovery.

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Category:Film -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

This week we review the latest sci-fi extravaganza from the imagination of the Wachowskis. Sadly the experience fell short of our expectations. Thankfully we rebound with the animated cult classic "Heavy Metal" (1981) and wallow in all of its juvenile glory.

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Category:Film -- posted at: 11:57pm EST

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" is a groundbreaking new film employing a rare 1:1 aspect ratio. After our review we look back at the classic "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945), a movie often described as a film noir in color starring Gene Tierney in the role of a lifetime.

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Category:Film -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

We enter strange new territory in the world of S&M as depicted in Peter Strickland's new film "The Duke of Burgundy" now available in limited release in the US and on VOD. We close the episode with a look at the dark, often misunderstood, films of Todd Solondz and his masterpiece "Happiness".

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Category:Film -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

In an episode that will go down in infamy as the one that nearly killed the podcast, we celebrate the centennial of Orson Welles and discuss the incredible retrospective of his work at the New York Film Forum.

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Category:Film -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

We sit down with the brilliant animator Signe Baumane and her voiceover director/co-producer Sturgis Warner to discuss her new feature film "Rocks in My Pockets". Available for pre-order at rocksinmypocketsmovie.com

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Category:Film -- posted at: 12:22am EST

If you have a weak heart, turn back. This episode is not for you. For our first audio commentary track, we settled on Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial film "Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom" (1975), a movie that shocks and polarizes audiences to this day. There was no shortage of screams as we plunged into the abyss of Pasolini's notorious statement on the horrors of Fascism. (fast forward to 01:13:25 and 01:21:00 to enjoy our shock and awe)

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Category:Film -- posted at: 5:00am EST

Grab yourself an espresso and get ready for our epic discussion about the best films of 2014. Some call movies like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Godfather" epics. They pale in comparison to the marathon we ran in producing this episode of our top ten movies of the year. It has been a great year for cinema.

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Category:Film -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

2014 was an amazing year for movies and there are no two examples that are better than Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan" and J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year". Mikhail Karadimov discusses how he was moved on a personal level by the new film from Russia while James Hancock and Parker Dixon enjoy a friendly debate over Chandor's best film to date.

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Category:Film -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

With the Film Society of Lincoln Center exhibiting their remarkable John Huston retrospective Let There Be Light until January 11th, we decided to go deep into the career of one of the greatest filmmakers in history. A larger than life individual whose personal life almost overshadows his amazing filmography, we go over several of his career highlights before taking the proper time to relish one of his greatest movies, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre".

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Category:Film -- posted at: 2:07am EST

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