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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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Sep 24, 2018

It's week four of what has been a thoroughly awesome #SciFiSeptember and we are excited to be covering this 2008 Pixar gem. This is a movie that definitely hits on the feelin’ aspect of our show and it was a good chance for us to both revisit it for the first time in nearly 10 years. The result? What we feel is a wonderful conversation about love, consumerism, and ultimately a film that enters The Trophy Room!

 

WALL·E Review - 0:03:29

The Connecting Point - 0:55:08


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Sep 18, 2018

Having already gone to the moon this month we are now taking a trip to the sun for our week three conversation in #SciFiSeptember. Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland, is frighteningly beautiful and contemplative in that way that the best sci-fi always is - giving us themes of spirituality, science, and humanity to consider while being thoroughly entertained in a tight, tense 100 minutes. All that makes for a fantastic conversation. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:26

(Aaron - Science Fair, A Simple Favor, The Predator, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, Five Fingers for Marseilles)

Sunshine Review - 0:15:19

The Connecting Point - 1:09:38


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Sep 10, 2018

For week two of Sci-Fi September, we get deep... real deep. Primer is one of those time travel movies that demands multiple viewings just to understand, and we frame our discussion around the question of whether that's actually a good thing or not. We also talk about some of the technical aspects of this low-budget cult classic and, of course, share our emotional responses to the story being told. We are 71.8% sure that our conversation will not require you to take Tylenol afterward, so tune in now!

 

Primer Review - 0:01:14

The Connecting Point - 0:56:22


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Sep 3, 2018

It's week one of Sci-Fi September and we are visiting base of Lunar Industries on the moon for this discussion about Duncan Jones' debut film. Sam Rockwell's incredible performance is just one of the many things to like about this gem and we give it plenty of love, but the big ideas to be considered provide us a lot of material for some great conversation, too.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:29

(Aaron - Searching and By Request podcast)
(Patrick - Borg vs. McEnroe)                        

Moon Review - 0:12:29

The Connecting Point - 1:10:49


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Aug 31, 2018

Searching is an incredible combination of innovative filmmaking, anxiety-inducing thrills, emotionally complex characters, and relevant commentary on the internet as both a danger and potential tool for good. Aaron and Don were both floored by writer/director Aneesh Chaganty's debut feature film and John Cho's performance in it, so they sat down for a conversation about what makes the film so special.

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Aug 30, 2018

To celebrate the upcoming new Jack Ryan series on Amazon, we decided to cover one of the character's films. Our donors voted and overwhelmingly chose The Hunt For Red October, and we are so glad they did. 


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Aug 29, 2018

For this month, we’ve chosen to close out the dog days of summer with a classic worthy of the sweltering heat August is known for. 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia is an AFI Top 10 entry which turned 56 years old this year. The longest days of summer brought out one of the longest films we’ll watch for our podcast.  If you have yet to watch this, set aside the time and then join us for some history and conversation about this epic. 

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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Aug 26, 2018

This week we wrap up our Director #BattleMonth with a bang, or a series of them. Actually, there are a whole lot of bangs. We discuss the fourth winner in our listener polls. Martin Scorsese's fantastic Best Picture winner, The Departed.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:29

(Patrick - The Natural)
(Both - recap of bracket picks)                        

The Departed Review - 0:12:38

The Connecting Point - 1:10:34


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Aug 20, 2018

It's week 3 of 4 in our Director #BattleMonth, and the listeners in our Facebook group chose Hayao Miyazaki's anime masterpiece Spirited Away for us to cover. We dive into the mystical, magical world of soot sprites and water spirits and talking frogs as we attempt to make some sense of all the fantastical elements on display. 

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:08

(Aaron - Puzzle, Alpha, Polytechnique)
(Both - recap of bracket picks)                        

Spirited Away Review - 0:14:54

The Connecting Point -0:55:51


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Aug 13, 2018

We discuss the second winner in our Director #BattleMonth bracket, Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic, Seven Samurai. This marks the first time we’ve covered a film as long as this one (nearly 3.5 hours) and also our first black & white foreign film. 

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:31

(Aaron - The Meg, BlacKkKlansman, Dog Days)
(Both - recap of bracket picks)                        

Seven Samurai Review - 0:24:57

The Connecting Point -1:17:15


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Aug 10, 2018

In a briefly belated July Donor Pick episode we discuss the time-looping alien-slaughtering action of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow


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Aug 5, 2018

This week marks the first conversation about one of our final four Director #BattleMonth winners. We were thrilled to see our listeners choose Ridley Scott’s 2000 Roman epic Gladiator and have an excellent discussion nailing down why we resonate with this story (and ones like it) so much.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:22

(Aaron - Christopher Robin)
(Both - recap of bracket picks)                        

Gladiator  Review -  0:15:29

The Connecting Point - 1:25:29


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Jul 30, 2018

We’re here to discuss one of our most anticipated films of the year, the newest entry in Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series. This film is the first to serve as a direct sequel story-wise to one before it, and also the first to feature a returning director. I know that we both are huge fans of Christopher McQuarrie’s direction in Rogue Nation and couldn’t have been happier that he was coming back. But with all this hype, expectations were high. Did it deliver? Your mission, listeners, should you choose to accept it… is to stick around and find out what we thought, after we briefly the first five films, of course.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:28

(Both - Mission: Impossible series)

Mission: Impossible - Fallout  Review - 0:17:27 

The Connecting Point - 1:17:08


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Jul 24, 2018

We've had this Hitchcock classic circled ever since the film celebrated its 60th anniversary in May 2018. It may be only #9 on AFI's latest Top 100 list, but checks in at #1 all-time on the Sight & Sound list. Joining us is a special guest, who last year completed the enormous challenge of watching Alfred Hitchcock’s entire filmography. He is Reed Lackey, from the podcast The Fear of God, and one of the biggest Hitchcock fans we know. 

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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Jul 22, 2018

This week officially kicks off what will hopefully be the first of many opportunities for our listeners to have a say in what we talk about on the show. We’re calling these our Premium Picks, where you can “sponsor” a film that you’d like to see covered. Meredith, one of our long time listeners, chose Life is Beautiful, and we have a conversation about this very unique Holocaust film from director, writer, and star Roberto Benigni. 

Life is Beautiful Review - 0:04:08

The Connecting Point - 0:49:59


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Jul 22, 2018

We've got something special brewing for the month of August and we're here to tell you all about it. This next series of upcoming podcast episodes will be ones you can influence directly, so be sure to listen and find out how. We're very excited for this event and think our listeners are going to enjoy it, too.

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Jul 21, 2018

Aaron and Don from Every Movie Has a Lesson get together for a chat about rookie director Bo Burnham’s new feature film Eighth Grade. The film is currently generating a lot of buzz and most everyone who has seen this darling indie has loved it - us included. The film stars Elsie Fisher as thirteen-year-old Kayla and follows her as she endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence while making her way through the last week of middle school -- the end of her thus far disastrous eighth-grade year. Director/Writer Bo Burnham is most known for his comedy so humor was definitely a big part of the film, but it has an amazing amount of heart and life lessons (Don’s favorite) for us to discuss, as well.

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Jul 16, 2018

Back on the show with us this week to discuss the over 3-hour long Director’s Cut of Wolfgang Petersen’s 2004 epic Greek tragedy Troy, is Andrew B. Dyce from Screenrant.com. We tackle this violent, emotional epic telling of a classic tale as thoroughly as possible, and we hope you enjoy.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:09

(Boxed In - Patrick's short film from the Little Rock 48-Hour Film Project)

Troy Review - 0:16:23

The Connecting Point - 1:49:50 

 

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Jul 13, 2018

Aaron recently had the opportunity to share an interview of Gus Van Sant and Beth Ditto with John from the About to Review podcast. We discuss Gus' latest film, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, as well as many unique topics brought up by our always interesting guests. This interview is spoiler-free. Enjoy, and be sure to check out John's podcast when you're done!


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Jul 10, 2018

This week we are covering the sequel to the 2015 hit, and one of Aaron’s favorite Marvel characters, Ant-Man. It’s got jokes, it’s got heart, and it’s got the word QUANTUM being used more than a few times. We also have a great conversation about the recently released documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?

What We've Been Up To - 0:00:56

(Aaron & Patrick - Won't You Be My Neighbor?)

Ant-Man and the Wasp Review - 0:18:50

The Connecting Point - 1:09:03


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Jul 1, 2018

It’s donor pick time, and it looks like we were too fast for our own good, seeing as how we sped right past June and are bringing you that pick a few days into July. Thanks for being forgiving and we hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we do. We’re talking Rush, Ron Howard’s 2013 biopic about the Formula One racing rival between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.


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Jul 1, 2018

Happy 4th of July! To celebrate this patriotic American holiday, we are finally getting around to discussing the beloved sci-fi adventure film, Independence Day. Josh from LSG Media's Science Fiction Film Podcast joins us to as we try to figure out why so many love the cheesy nature of this film, but reject similar dialogue and plots in other movies. Spoiler alert, we definitely talk about "the speech" and even play it, too, so get ready to wipe your eyes and pump your fist!

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:30

(Aaron - Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Beirut)
(Patrick - The West Wing Weekly/Aaron Sorkin)
(Josh - Anthropoid, Mr. Nobody)

Independence Day Review - 0:19:06

The Connecting Point - 1:17:39


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Jun 26, 2018

Indie Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are making a name for themselves with smart, strange, sci-fi, horror films that explore big ideas grounded in emotionally layered characters. Their latest film, The Endless, is available now on Blu-Ray and VOD after a brief theatrical run and is one of the best films of 2018 most have not seen yet. In this interview we talk with Benson and Moorhead about working as a director duo, the challenges and benefits of indie filmmaking, the universe their three films exist in, and we also hear what stories have emotionally impacted them.

Most of this interview can be listened to without seeing the films, but we encourage you to seek out their fantastic filmography to get the most out of this discussion.  

Spoiler Section (not major, but light) - 0:29:49

Guests Pick an Emotionally Impactful Film 0:43:57


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Jun 25, 2018

Episode 115 may prove to be the least positive in our show's history, but that doesn't mean we aren't feeling this film. We try and go beyond what doesn't work by having a discussion about why this kind of storytelling is still financially successful. We also chat about the series as a whole and compare this newest entry to its predecessors. Joining us for this episode is first-time guest and contributor, the author of our weekly #YouShouldBeWatching article, Jacob Neff.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:08

(Aaron - Making Fun: The Story of Funko)
(Patrick - Hearts Beat Loud)
(Jacob - Jurassic Park series & J.A. Bayona filmography)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review - 0:18:45

The Connecting Point - 1:07:08


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Jun 22, 2018

It took us two tries but our second attempt succeeded in producing Episode 114: Incredibles 2. We are joined by returning guest Blaine Grimes (who also joined the show for Episode 36: The Incredibles) for this conversation about Brad Bird's action-packed, culturally relevant, family superhero extravaganza. A sequel anxiously awaited for 14 years creates a lot expectations. Hear whether we felt the film lived up to ours or not in this fun discussion.

What We've Been Up To - 0:02:40

(Aaron - Tag)
(Blaine - National Treasure 1 & 2)

Incredibles 2 Review - 0:11:00

The Connecting Point - 1:09:04


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