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!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy take on Skeletor and the ward of evil 80’s tropes as they regale the 35th anniversary of one of the iconic crown jewels of that era of cinema, Masters of the Universe (1987). The Parallaxing Pariahs find the keys to unlock the tone of this 80’s classic, both in contrast to it’s cartoon counterpart and it’s role in cinematic history. Do the campiness and consistent presence of 80’s tropes become too much for viewers? Or has this film stood the test of time as a lost classic formula for high fantasy? Grab your chicken wings & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy travel back to a simpler time of foraging, nature, and hunting -as well as being hunted- in the latest prequel installment to the Predator franchise from Hulu, Prey. The Worrying Warriors unlock their Predator franchise knowledge and do a deep dive into the prequel potential of the film saga that started with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Has director Trachtenberg stumbled upon a lost opportunity that could revitalize this dying franchise? Or has the studio and the filmmaker simply continued to prove that these films just can’t seem to make anyone “stick around”? Grab your flintlock pistols & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
TOOT TOOT!! The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy hop on to the latest non-stop action film from Deadpool 2 director David Leitch, Bullet Train. The Locomotive Locos discuss the cinematic trip that wouldn’t stop…in a good way! Has the director found the formula for the perfect trifecta in filmmaking? Or will the many cameos and plot points give fans cinematic motion sickness? Grab your sparkling water & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy are on an alien binge as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the M. Night Shyamalan classic thriller, Signs (2002). The Interstellar Introverts chat it up about the long career Shyamalan has had, and how his alien thriller changed the scope of original extraterrestrial films are created. Does the director’s work still hold up to today? Or does Shyamalan’s work hold one too many cracks for fans? Grab your foil hats & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers, Intern Amy and Jr Filmlosopher Sarah peel back the layers on Jordan Peele’s latest film that has taken the world by spectacular storm, Nope. The Apropos Aliens detail the many perspectives they gathered after seeing the genius trifecta that is Jordan Peele in his writing, producing, and directing. Has Peele reawakened the sci-fi genre and set the bar to a new level? Or has the eccentric filmmaker finally hit his wall, and become the next M. Night Shyamalan? Grab your cactus slushies & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
At the height of Summer Blockbuster territory, the Filmlosophers unlock a special level of nostalgia and memory with a recollection of the timeless classic film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Not to be confused with the 2005 remake, the Chill Chocolatiers unwrap the deepest parts of their core memories related to this movie. Does the combination of Gene Wilder and an incredible script truly create something special that is “pure imagination”? Or has time slowly exposed the film to being something that was grander when we were kids? Grab your chocolate bars & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
Between retro cuts and Marvel butts, the Filmlosophers engage in a discussion about the latest chapter in phase 4 of the MCU, Thor: Love and Thunder. The Weathered Wayfarers dive head first into the film’s comedic measures and raw moments, while also delving into new information behind Marvel’s treatment towards its creative staff. Are the walls cracking for the superhero factory over at Marvel? Or has Taika and other like minded directors breathed new life into the genre? Grab your grapes & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
The Filmlosophers are FINALLY joined by both Jr Filmlosophers, Sarah and Logan, to discuss one of the most talked about horror films of this year, Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone. The Troublesome Troglodytes open up about the visceral fear and dread that master writer Joe Hill concocts with his impeccable work. Does the film solely recreate all of Hill’s father’s tropes and pitfalls? Or has Joe ushered a new kind of era of horror with his adaptations and body of work? Grab your rotary phone & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!
**Note: this episode contains adult themes and situations that may not be suitable for young listeners or sensitive ears. Listener discretion is advised.**
The Filmlosophers and Intern Amy take a break and visit a little piece of literary paradise in the latest Hulu offering with Fire Island. The Prodigious Progeny display their pride with a deep discussion of the unique adaptation of the Jane Austen tale, Pride and Prejudice, with a queer twist! Does Fire Island fall into the same Rom-Com tropes that plague really bad Rom-Coms of the past? Or does this interpretation of the classic novel give a new and pure view of romance and love, actually? Grab your ice cream cones & your popcorn, & tune in to find out in this week’s episode of The Filmlosophers!