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Feelin' Film

In a time when film criticism is as provocative as ever, Feelin' Film ventures to change the discussion from what we hate about a film to what we love about it. We judge more on emotional experience than technical merit. Every movie makes us feel something.
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May 20, 2018

In Episode 110, Aaron takes a break to continue Seattle International Film Festival coverage, so Patrick calls in a friend of the show who is well-versed in the movies of old, Francisco Ruiz from Retro Rewind Podcast. Big Trouble in Little China has become a cult classic and there is a lot of admiration present as the guys discuss John Carpenter's famous fantasy-comedy-adventure. 

Big Trouble in Little China Review - 0:02:28

The Connecting Point - 0:42:17


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May 16, 2018

The 44th Seattle International Film Festival runs from May 17, 2018 through June 10, 2018 and Aaron is joined by returning guest host, and fellow Seattle film critic, Mike Ward to discuss some of the many films SIFF has to offer moviegoers this year. 

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF): https://www.siff.net/festival

Beast - 0:12:03

Catwalk: Tales From the Cat Show Circuit - 0:19:00

Champions (Campeones) - 0:26:13

The Russian Five - 0:33:38

On Chesil Beach - 0:42:50

Bodied - 0:47:54

Mountain - 0:55:13


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May 16, 2018

In this second round of Seattle International Film Festival coverage, Matt Oakes from Silver Screen Riot joins Aaron to discuss and make recommendations for some of the films they've seen. (Showtimes for SIFF screenings are included with each review.)

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF): https://www.siff.net/festival

Eighth Grade - 0:04:21

American Animals - 0:09:26

Boundaries - 0:15:35

Revenge - 0:21:04

Blue My Mind - 0:27:33

First Reformed - 0:32:32

Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 0:43:47


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May 12, 2018

Please enjoy this teaser for our Top 5 Favorite Film Score bonus content. Our Patreon supporters at $2/month and up get access to monthly bonus content as well voting privileges to help choose our monthly donor pick episode. If you like what you hear, please consider supporting the podcast as it helps us pay the bills and continue to bring you a high quality of content. 

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May 11, 2018

Joining us for Episode 109 is a special first time guest - soundtrack superfan, and film music reporter and media reporter, Benson Farris. We discuss first-time director Matt Schrader’s Score: A Film Music Documentary, which was shot over a 2 1/2-year period after raising more than $160,000 through two crowd-funding campaigns. Matt has said, “I’ve always been a big fan of movie music, and as I realized a lot of people love film scores, I knew there would be an audience for this film,” and you can consider us and this episode proof that he’s correct. If you love film music already, this is an episode for you. And if you don't, listen to this one and you might just change your mind.

 

Score: A Film Music Documentary Review - 0:02:17

The Connecting Point - 0:40:37


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May 7, 2018

Here in Episode 108, we try to strike fast, strike hard, and show no mercy in discussing the memorable and iconic 1984 hit film, The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elizabeth Shue and William Zabka. But like Cobra Kai, this is a team effort, so we’ve recruited the “the best... around”, Adam Rackoff, to help us talk through this classic. We also spend a bit of time reviewing YouTube Red's newly released premiere episode of the aptly named sequel series, Cobra Kai.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:50

(All - Cobra Kai)

The Karate Kid Review - 0:15:29

The Connecting Point - 1:15:05


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May 4, 2018

In this special minisode, we kick-off Patrick's "Summer of Anime" movie challenge by confronting the late Isao Takahata's masterpiece, Grave of the Fireflies. But to lighten things up, we also have a short and entirely spoiler-free review of the first feature film from Studio Ponoc, Mary and the Witch's Flower. 

Mary and the Witch's Flower Spoiler-Free Review - 0:03:53

Grave of the Fireflies Review - 0:15:27


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Apr 29, 2018

For this departing month of April, we are pleased to present you a conversation about 1953’s Shane.  Newer or younger audiences may recognize this film as the allegorical pairing made in James Mangold’s Logan, but this classic western sits at #46 on the AFI Top 100 10th Anniversary list for good reason.

One of the goals for "Connecting With Classics" is listener participation. We will be hosting prize drawings for a poster of the Connecting With Classics movie of their choice plus podcast swag and more at the end of each calendar year. Entries into the drawing can be earned for every episode by watching the film and posting your own review or thoughts about the podcast episode in the comments section of the episode announcement post in our Feelin' Film Facebook Discussion Group. For listeners who do not wish to be a part of the discussion group, emailing reviews to feelinfilm@gmail.com will also be accepted. 

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Apr 29, 2018

After 10 years and 18 films, Marvel's ambitious, unique interconnected world of superhero films comes to this, a team-up movie the likes of which we have never seen before. Historic in its scope and in its box office success, Avengers: Infinity War is a special blockbuster and one that provides plenty to discuss. We've been chomping at the bit to talk about this one, its place in the MCU, and where Marvel goes from here.

Avengers: Infinity War Review - 0:02:33

The Connecting Point - 01:27:30


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Apr 25, 2018

Welcome to our April Donor Pick, Minisode 40, where we’ll be discussing Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition, the film adaptation of the Max Allan Collins graphic novel. We were pleasantly surprised to be provided an opportunity to revisit this great Tom Hanks gangster flick and have a wonderful conversation about not only its themes but its stunning cinematography and score.

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Apr 23, 2018

Baseball season is back so we're celebrating the start of America's favorite pastime by discussing Moneyball with Chad Hopkins from The Cinescope Podcast. It's hard not to be romantic about baseball and we hope to capture that in this conversation about a wonderful film based on Michael Lewis' book of the same name.  

What We've Been Up To - 0:02:50

(Aaron - La La Land Film & Theology, The Cat Returns )
(Patrick - Teaching Podcasting to 6th Graders)
(Chad - Fan Expo Dallas )

Moneyball Review - 0:13:43

The Connecting Point - 1:07:29


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Apr 20, 2018

March was Women's History Month and to honor that we asked our Patrons to choose from a list of female-directed films for the Donor Pick Episode. Sofia Coppola’s incredible LOST IN TRANSLATION came out on top and we were happy to discuss a film that gives us plenty to feel. 

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Apr 16, 2018

We square off in the octagon (aka Google Hangout) this week to talk Gavin O'Connor's incredibly powerful fight film, Warrior. Its story of brothers chasing the same goal for very different reasons is told with an emotional depth that makes it stand out among similar films and evokes a powerful response from us both. 

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:29

(Aaron - Michael Mann and anime fever)
(Patrick - Jiro Dreams of Sushi)

Warrior Review - 0:20:22

The Connecting Point - 1:09:30


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Apr 13, 2018

In February we tasked our Patrons with choosing a romantic comedy for us to talk about in honor of Valentine’s Day and by a runaway vote, Crazy, Stupid, Love came out on top. We weren't surprised, but we are thrilled because this resulted in one of our best conversations yet. We hope you enjoy this conversation!

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Apr 12, 2018

On this episode of FF+, Patrick and friend of the show Francisco Ruiz take a crack at walking through one of Patrick’s favorite types of storytelling: documentaries. Here they explore what makes a documentary entertaining, how real people can turn into heroes and villains, and why 80’s video games are the best ever. Hope you enjoy!

(This episode was originally released on June 8, 2017 as part of a sister project called Feelin' Film Plus. It is being re-uploaded to our main feed so that it is available again.)

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Apr 9, 2018

This week we're discussing the new horror thriller A Quiet Place a couple of weeks sooner than we planned after a surprise opening weekend in which it hauled in over $50 million. John Krasinski's film is an intelligent, family-centered, emotionally-driven creature feature that is as great as it is unique. Joining us for this conversation is special first-time guest Patrick Willems, YouTube Video Creator and host of the We Heart Hartnett Podcast. 

What We've Been Up To - 00:01:17

(Aaron - Sleeping Beauty)
(Patch - A Kim Jong Il Production by Paul Fischer)
(Patrick - Unsane)

A Quiet Place Review - 0:20:57

The Connecting Point - 1:34:18


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Mar 30, 2018

It's time to enter the OASIS! This week we were so excited to drop our new episode that we bumped up the release date because we've been anxiously awaiting this film ever since it was announced.We're talking Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's sci-fi novel, Ready Player One. We have a joyful conversation and also discuss some of the criticisms we've heard. Enjoy, gunters! 

What We've Been Up To - 0:02:57

(Aaron - The Hunger Games Quadrilogy & "Making Of" Documentaries)
(Patrick - Krypton)

Ready Player One Review - 0:17:22

The Connecting Point - 1:28:58


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Mar 26, 2018

For the second week in a row, we tackle a new blockbuster action film, this one featuring heavy CGI work. We both love Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, and a sequel with more giant robots punching giant monsters can't possibly be messed up, right? We discuss our reactions to and (lack of) feelings for the fun but forgettable Pacific Rim Uprising. Also included are reviews of Wes Anderson's new stop motion film, Isle of Dogs, and the 1971 Steven Spielberg thriller, Duel.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:10

(Aaron - Isle of Dogs, The Films of Wes Anderson)
(Patrick - Duel)

Pacific Rim Uprising Review - 0:15:59

The Connecting Point - 0:53:43


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Mar 22, 2018

March is Women’s History Month, so for Episode 3 we did researched some of the best female performances of all-time and found the perfect film to discuss on AFI’s Top 100 10th Anniversary list.  We didn’t have to go far because slotted at #16 on their original list and #28 on their anniversary the list is Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve.  Before this podcast, this was a “blind spot” for both of us.  That’s the beauty of this "Connecting With Classics" series. We all can find new greats to enjoy, even the hosts.

One of the goals for "Connecting With Classics" is listener participation. We will be hosting prize drawings for podcast swag and more at the end of each calendar year. Entries into the drawing can be earned for every episode by watching the film and posting your own review or thoughts about the podcast episode in the comments section of the episode announcement post in our Feelin' Film Facebook Discussion Group. For listeners who do not wish to be a part of the discussion group, emailing reviews to feelinfilm@gmail.com will also be accepted. 

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Mar 18, 2018

This week we are joined by returning guest Andrew Dyce of Screenrant.com to discuss the latest video game adaptation - TOMB RAIDER. We have a great conversation about the genre's previous failures and what this movie does to set itself apart. 

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:14

(Aaron - Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague)
(Patrick - The Brainwashing of my Dad)
(Andrew - Star Wars Rebels, Bob's Burgers)

Tomb Raider Review - 0:19:15

The Connecting Point - 1:24:23


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Mar 12, 2018

We conclude our 100th episode celebration of TOY STORY with the final (for now) film. Once again, we are moved by many of the deeper themes that Pixar so brilliantly weaves into this tale, and we consider whether there has been a better animated villain than Lots-O' Huggin' Bear. We also give recall two last memorable episodes and discuss both this series' place in history and whether or not we want TOY STORY 4.

Toy Story 3 Review - 0:11:04

The Connecting Point - 0:57:33


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Mar 9, 2018

Part two of our TOY STORY Trilogy conversation was the most surprising, as we were reminded of the deep themes at work in this film. Our discussion centers around two big ideas: mortality and community. We also remember more of our favorite past episodes.

Toy Story 2 Review - 0:08:18

The Connecting Point - 0:47:50


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Mar 7, 2018

Episode 100! Woooooooohoooooo! We had a bit of a hard time deciding what single movie would be memorable enough to cover on such a special episode, and so we’re cheating. Instead of one, we’re doing three, our first ever coverage of a trilogy in fact. In part one we reminisce about the two years of Feelin' Film, talk about some of our favorite episodes, and (of course) discuss TOY STORY in depth. To Infinity and Beyond.

Toy Story Review - 0:18:38

The Connecting Point - 1:10:02


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Mar 5, 2018

Patch and Aaron hop on the mic directly after the Oscars for a conversation about the show and all its winners. They also announce the 2018 Feeler's Choice Award winners. Don't miss this fun conversation.


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Mar 2, 2018

In this week's episode we are talking about what could be the most divisive film of 2018, although it’s still early in the year. Alex Garland’s latest film Annihilation, based on the novel of the same name by Jeff Vandermer, brings with it a lot of questions, both from the story, and the audience. We wrestle with a bit of both in our discussion and give our reactions to the incredible creation that is The Shimmer. We also offer some quick thoughts on Duncan Jones' new film Mute and the incredible documentary Five Came Back.

What We've Been Up To - 0:02:02

(Aaron - Mute, Five Came Back)

Annihilation Review - 0:09:23

The Connecting Point - 0:55:19


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