The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy summon the ultimate powers of positive affirmation to decipher the latest efforts of director Chris McKay and Nicolas Cage, Renfield. The Hellish Helsings break down the latest iteration of the Prince of Darkness in film, led by the most likely person to actually become Dracula: Nicolas Cage. But has the charm of Cage and his zany acting methods run its course? Or has Chris McKay and his team created (dark) magic that this film wields with perfection? Grab your wooden stakes & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy powerslide into the latest video game-film adaptation with Videogame BANG! host Cory Vincent, as they each run the gauntlet to discuss Nintendo and Illumination’s latest film, The Super Mario Bros (2023). The Jumping Jumpmen (and Jumpwoman) return to their childhood to revel in their delight at the film scorned by critics but loved by fans. Has the mega-team-up of Illumination and Nintendo finally given the House of Mouse a run for its money? Or has the curse still not been lifted off the impossible task of creating a video game-adapted film? Grab your power gloves & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy engage in blind combat (through conversation) as they discuss the latest entry in the John Wick franchise, John Wick: Chapter 4. The Cunning Choreographers unload their thoughts as they revel in their take on the film franchise that created a new image for Keanu Reeves for almost the last 10 years. Will this latest chapter of the John Wick saga continue the tradition of expertly crafted choreography and backstory? Or has the tank finally run out through the efforts of an older Keanu and cast? Grab your nicest suit & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
Through fire and flame, the Filmlosophers and Intern Amy scale the depths of caverns deep to unearth the joy found in the latest film adaptation of the tabletop game, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The Miming Mimics have set their sights on Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s directorial efforts to discover whether fans finally get a sincere homage to the game of imagination and exploration. Have the directors finally appeased the massive fan base that has waited patiently for a decent portrayal? Or has the time passed for even the most clever of directors to take a roll at it? Grab your dice & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy fight against the surge of films beating their way into theaters to bob and weave through Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut in the latest entry of the Creed franchise, Creed III. The Lean, Mean Reviewing Machines take the battle to Michael B. Jordan and his cast as they discuss the efforts he makes, as well as its evident lack of that Sly charm. Has the removal of the Rocky/Journeyman element doomed the first-time director, and possibly this franchise? Or have we entered into a new generation of the every-man story, with Jordan and Coogler at the pulse? Grab your gloves & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy endure the painful yet emotionally charged tale of Charlie in Darren Aronofksky’s 2022 film, The Whale. The Auteur Authors discuss the implications of Aronofsky’s latest film, and whether the impact outweighs its implications. Knowing the director’s filming style, does The Whale meet expectations? Or has this film become a vehicle to resurface the magnificence of Brendan Fraser’s acting ability? Grab your Milky Ways & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
In lieu of the awards season being fully in swing, The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy take a hard look at the films we got a chance to review this past year, and see who are some of the top (and bottom) films of 2022. As the trophies and speeches gear up, the question that remains is who do we feel deserves to walk the stage, and who needs to just walk out? Strap in and grab your popcorn for some fun conversating in this week’s Best of 2022 Extra Credit!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy use the art of deduction and logic to determine the impact of Rian Johnson’s whodunnit sequel released on Netflix, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. The Sensational Sleuthers bust out their magnifying glasses to examine the long-awaited sequel to Johnson’s amazing mystery film led by the Southern-accented Daniel Craig. But has the gimmick of his accent and sleuthing style in this story lost its southern charm? Or is Johnson creating cinematic gold with the depth of character and unique modern whodunnit motif? Grab your napkins & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers drop some late holiday cheer as they try to wrap their brains around Intern Amy’s CLEAR definition of what dictates a holiday movie. With the overwhelming jolly flicks out there, Amy explains why she thinks some movies are categorized as holiday, and why some aren’t. Strap in and grab your popcorn for some fun and confusing chatter in this week’s Holiday Extra Credit!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy sweetly savor mid-holiday delights with Guillermo del Toro’s stop motion masterpiece, Pinocchio. The Conversational Cinephiles regal in the perfection of Del Toro’s ability to tell the classic tale in a new light. Has this retelling of the Disney-laden wooden boy breathed new life into the property? Or has the House of Mouse stamped the last light that no blue fairy can revive? Grab your chisels & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers begin their month of Yule with a look at the visually appetizing yet maniacally enthralling foodie movie of the year, Mark Mylod’s The Menu. The Charismatic Canapes lay their napkins in their laps as they digest the film that holds a statement on the very nature of the foodie community entirely. Does the message get lost in the weeds of the script? Or is there more to this movie than just a protest sign and burgers? Grab your amuse-bouche & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers celebrate the birth of Intern Amy as they take a hard stare at one of her favorite films of all time, Paddington 2. The Celebratory Cellmates create a lively conversation about the positivity and joy brought by the bear in the duffle coat. Is there some magic formula for the goodness this movie brings? Or is the film merely banking on the nostalgia and cuteness for its claim to fame? Grab your marmalade sandwiches & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy reflect sincerely on the cinematic thanatological study presented by director Ryan Coogler in the latest Marvel drop, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The Solemn Soldados examine the processing of grief put on prominent display in the continuation of the character’s tale while processing the loss of its iconic performer, Chadwick Boseman. Does the director create a vacuum of grief that feels more like a memorial than a Marvel film? Or does the film give an honest look at grief in the scope of the MCU, while remembering a great character and human being? Grab your conch shells & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy give one last final hurrah to the Halloween season in this Extra Credit episode with an overdue review of Guillermo Del Toro’s own ghost tale, The Devil’s Backbone (2001). After much delay, the Menacing Menagerie finally get to dive into the ethereal tale created by the master of Macabre. Strap in and grab your popcorn for some fun and ghostly chatter in this week’s Extra Credit!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy aren’t finished with the spooky season yet as they immerse themselves in the world of stop-motion Henry Selick’s latest work released by Netflix, Wendell & Wild. The Puppeteering Patrons regal the history of the long-lost art form as they review the much anticipated film starring the Key and Peele duo. Will the children’s flick come off a bit too heavy handed with their messaging? Or has Selick and Peele created a new way to breathe new life into the art form? Grab your boom boxes & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers get into the holiday spirit of All Hallows' Eve in this Extra Special Extra Credit as our hosts and friend of the show Ben dish out their favorite Halloween flicks! The Vicious Variety Pack dive deep through the memories of Halloween’s past, and offer up some of their favorite movies highlighting the holiday! Is your pick on our list? Strap in and grab your popcorn for some frightful fun and maniacal mayhem in this week’s Extra Credit!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy wrestle with the shake-ups at WB, the immense amount of CG, and the people’s Champ in the latest entry of the DCEU, Black Adam. The Raging Revenants pull back the curtains on their thoughts of The Rock’s latest performance and weigh it against what we’ve already seen with the DCEU. Has this latest offering out of Warner Bros breathed new life into the franchise? Or do we need the Deadman to deliver this film its tombstone? Grab your favorite cassettes & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy celebrate Eddie’s latest trip around the sun as they review the latest -and final- entry in the famed Halloween franchise, Halloween Ends. The Spookity Specters don their appropriate apparel for a haunting look at the traditional viewing of Eddie’s birthday movie selection! Will the franchise finally be laid to rest with a proper burial and respect? Or will the dead be forced to rise again and perform again after it’s been given their last rites? Grab your burnt pie & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy kick off the spooky season with a closer look at mastermind Guillermo del Toro’s everlasting tale, Cronos (1993). The Ethereal Educators are whisked away to a world of gothic fairytales with a deep dive into a film by one of Eddie’s idols. Has time minimized the efficacy of this eternal love story? Or will the genius of Del Toro’s work continue to shine? Grab your antiques & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Ensign Amy say hello and goodbye to the TNG cast as we walk out the door for the last film of Star Trek Month, Star Trek: First Contact. Does a TNG era film live up to the legacy of the TOS films? Or does this movie spell the beginning of the end of the Star Trek franchise? Find out on this week's episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Cadet Amy say goodbye to the TOS cast as they venture into new lands with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. 25 years' worth of stories, adventures, and camaraderie with this cast and crew end here, as the Starless Searchers take their conversation to areas unknown. Will the film end the exploits of the Enterprise on a high note? Or will they get lost in the rocky terrain of its own story? Let’s sail into the last sunset and find out on this week's episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Cadet Amy continue their voyage across space and time with 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The Voyaging Voyeurs break down the plan from this entry with their time travel shenanigans, nuclear wessels, and whales to save the earth. Does this movie with its odd whale-based plot still hold up? Or is this film better left at the bottom of the ocean? Get ready to hit warp speed and find out on this week's episode of The Filmlosphers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy enlist in Starfleet for the month of September, exploring the best of the Star Trek film franchise, starting with the first sequel of the saga, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Often marked as one of the best of the Star Trek movies, the Tribble Troglodytes shine a light on the film that really brought the best parts of the series to the surface. Does this movie still hold up over the decades of technological advancement in film? Or has the campiness of the film really just proved that it was better left stranded on a barren planet? Get ready to beam up and find out on this week's episode of The Filmlosphers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy camp out under the stars in hopes of seeing shooting stars in NBC’s new horror film streaming on Peacock, They/Them. The Outdoorsy Orators work to find the message executed in this new spin on the timeless camp horror trope.Does the execution and writing style say something fresh and new for the genre? Or will the soaring ambition create an experience that falls vastly short? Grab your microphones & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!