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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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Dec 29, 2018

Hail to the King... of the box office, at least. James Wan's undersea adventure fantasy film is earning gobs of cash and has enormous fan support for its unique and bombastic storytelling style. We have our good friend Andrew B. Dyce from ScreenRant.com join us once again to discuss the new DC Extended Universe entry while using as many water puns as we can fit in. An epic film deserves an epic conversation and we think this is one you'll enjoy.

 

Aquaman Review - 0:03:18

The Connecting Point - 1:40:07


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Music: Going Higher - Bensound.com 

Additional Music: "Arthur" and "Kingdom of Atlantis" by Rupert Gregson-Williams

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Dec 28, 2018

In this special SPOILER FREE "minisode," we wrap up the year by discussing some of our favorite things about 2018. Instead of just a top ten list of favorite films, we talk about the moments and performances that really resonated with us personally. This is a super-sized bonus episode with a ton of content and we really hope you enjoy.

Favorite First-Time Viewings (non-2018) - 0:01:56

Favorite Performances - 0:34:06

Films that Most Exceeded Expectations - 1:07:00

Films that Were Biggest Disappointments -  1:16:13

Favorite Episodes of the Year - 1:22:30

Our Feelin' Five Films - 1:32:05

Most Anticipated Films of 2019 - 1:59:26 


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Dec 28, 2018

December's Donor Pick was a runaway winner and we are thrilled to have a conversation about one of the hap-hap-happiest Christmas movies. We talk a lot about what makes this particular film so special for us, and determine it lies not just in the great comedy, but in the fantastic relatable character writing of John Hughes.


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Dec 24, 2018

December and movie musicals go together like peanut butter and jelly. Did this long-awaited sequel satiate our hunger for enjoyable song and dance? We dig into Rob Marshall's follow-up to the Disney classic and discuss one of our favorite topics, intertexuality, and whether MARY POPPINS RETURNS is really more of a sequel, remake, or reimagining. 

Mary Poppins Returns Review - 0:01:28

The Connecting Point - 0:55:15


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Dec 17, 2018

Let's cut to the chase - this week we get to discuss our favorite animated film of 2018. Into the Spider-Verse isn't just the ultimate Spider-man, it's amazing, spectacular, and astonishing too, and provides us ample material to cover like sympathetic villains, the idea that everyone can be a superhero, and what a playground for telling diverse stories can look like going forward. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review - 0:01:36

The Connecting Point - 1:06:26


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Dec 9, 2018

Listen to this podcast, step in time, it'll be a good one, step in time. We dig into this classic Disney fable chock full of wisdom and magic as we prepare for its upcoming sequel by remembering just how wonderful the original is. A few things surprised us in our most recent viewings and it's a good conversation around who this story is really about.

 

Mary Poppins Review - 0:02:59

The Connecting Point - 0:51:47


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Dec 7, 2018

We're catching up with November's Donor Pick, a film all about cooking, and in this conversation we talk Pixar mythology, empathetic villains, and film criticism. 


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Dec 3, 2018

This week we chat about one of the most expertly acted films of the year, the moving story of an unlikely friendship between Dr. Don Shirley, an accomplished classical piano player, and Tony Lip, an Italian bouncer who is enlisted to drive Shirley on a concert tour through the racially divided deep south. Though it may be easy to predict, the film is based on real-life events and the relationship between Shirley and Lip. Green Book has seen rave critical and audience response, but is not without its critics. We try to navigate the complicated material it covers in this latest conversation about a film that definitely makes us feel.

 

Green Book Review - 0:04:06

The Connecting Point - 1:05:44


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Nov 26, 2018

 

This week we continue our franchise talk and discuss a sequel that we both very much wanted to love. Our conversation about Creed II is one of shared admiration and we thoroughly enjoyed unpacking its theme of fatherhood,  weighing the way it continues the stories in both Rocky IV and Creed, and pondering whether we think this is a fitting end for our beloved Rocky Balboa.

Creed II Review - 0:1:59

The Connecting Point - 1:25:10


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Nov 19, 2018

We've patiently waited for this week to come so that we could discuss one of our favorite films. Ryan Coogler's Creed refreshes the Rocky franchise with as much heart and style as it has ever seen, introducing a new character for us to join on his emotional journey to discover his identity and find relationship. In this super-sized episode, we thoroughly explain everything about Creed that makes it so special to us, and even rank the Rocky franchise before diving into this week's main conversation.

Rocky Franchise Ranking - 0:01:47

Creed Review - 0:44:06

The Connecting Point - 1:58:39

Link to Patrick talking Rocky on Cinescope Podcast *


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Additional Music this episode: "Lord Knows / Fighting Stronger" (performed by Meek Mill, Jhené Aiko and Ludwig Göransson) and "Gonna Fly Now" (by  Ludwig Göransson)

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Nov 16, 2018

Instant Family is one of the year's best feel-good family films, and offers a hilarious, intimate, and genuinely heartfelt look into the adoption process. Aaron sits down with director/co-writer Sean Anders to discuss how his own story inspired the film and why it means so much to him.


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Nov 13, 2018

A Private War serves as an incredible testament to the legacy of celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, but also pays respect to her by re-telling the stories she so passionately dedicated her life to sharing with the world. It takes Colvin’s words off the page and lets us experience just why her work was so important, making this one of 2018’s most essential films. In this special minisode, Aaron interviews Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award winning director Matthew Heineman about his first narrative feature film, followed by a discussion with Feelin' Film contributor Don Shanahan.

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Nov 11, 2018

In honor of Veterans Day, we discuss Oliver Stone's 1986 Best Picture winner, perhaps the most authentic fictional depiction of boots on the ground life in the Vietnam War and a harrowing look at battles both external and internal that forever changed the men who fought them. This is a hard film to watch, but it offers a lot of material for a great discussion. Join us for ours.

Platoon Review - 0:01:24

The Connecting Point - 0:53:52


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Nov 5, 2018

This week, Patrick is joined by M.J. Smith of the Reel Perspective Podcast to discuss the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic starring Rami Malek. Did the film rock them and have them screaming "Mamma Mia", or it just another one that bites the dust? The two have a wonderful conversation about this energetic, entertaining film.

 

Bohemian Rhapsody Review - 0:02:07

The Connecting Point - 1:19:57


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Oct 27, 2018

To celebrate Halloween, we're covering this 2018 sci-fi action thriller with horror elements to it. We love a good exploration of how humans interact with new technology and Leigh Whannell's UPGRADE gives us not only plenty to ponder but an entertaining, kick-ass delivery system for its big ideas. This is a fun conversation and one that had us asking ourselves some tough questions. Enjoy!

 

Upgrade Review - 0:01:47

The Connecting Point - 0:54:20


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Oct 25, 2018

Thanks to a Patron vote in October, we take on THE MONSTER SQUAD, a 1987 film that attempts to pay a loving homage to the classic Universal Studios monsters, while altering their designs just enough to avoid infringing on any copyrights. This is a film that oozes geek-love for its subject matter and we thoroughly enjoy discussing why that is.


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Oct 23, 2018

 

With Patrick away on a cruise, Aaron is joined by Reed and Nathan from The Fear of God Podcast to discuss the new sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic that helped create the slasher genre as we know it today.

 

Halloween Review - 0:05:13

The Connecting Point - 1:01:30


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Oct 19, 2018

Free Solo takes us on an intimate and intense journey with National Geographic's 2018 Adventurer of the Year, rock climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares for and attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite National Park’s 3,200 foot high El Capitan wall. In this episode, Aaron briefly reviews the film and chats with Alex Honnold to learn more about his famous climb, lifestyle, and (of course) what kind of movies he likes best.


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Oct 15, 2018

 

This week we are talking about one of our most anticipated films of the year and we are so thrilled that it did not disappoint. We both resonated with Damien Chazelle's telling of Neil Armstrong's story and discuss why the blending of drama and technically brilliant action sequences worked perfectly for us.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:17

(Patrick - Sierra Burgess if a Loser)
(Aaron - Guest Appearance  on Reel World Theology talking A Star is Born, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, Basketball: A Love Story)

First Man Review - 0:15:18

The Connecting Point - 1:08:39


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Oct 8, 2018

This week, Feelin' Film contributor Jeremy Calcara joins us to discuss a tale as old as time. No, not BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but rather the fifth iteration of A STAR IS BORN. This beautifully tragic musical journey is one full of emotions that we enjoyed unpacking together and we hope that you enjoy as well.

* We apologize for the slight audio issues in this episode. Unfortunately the bandwidth gremlins got us for a portion of it.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:09

(Jeremy - The Good Place
(Patrick - Magic For Humans)
(Aaron - Private Life, Venom, Free Solo)

A Star is Born Review - 0:12:33

The Connecting Point - 1:21:29


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Oct 3, 2018

 

For this September Donor Pick episode we are sticking with our 2018 #SciFiSeptember theme and covering the Steven Spielberg science fiction film our listeners chose. We're joined by Mark O'Connell, author of Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg, and Us, both for our discussion of the film and for an insightful interview about his written work.

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Review - 0:01:05

Interview with Mark - 1:04:10


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Oct 1, 2018

It's feeling like music appreciation week around Feelin' Film and as part of that we are discussing Brett Haley's heartwarming new film that has become one of our favorites of 2018. We are big fans of its simple, subtle, completely satisfying storytelling and wonderful father/daughter and romantic relationships. Oh, and the music is incredible, too. Get ready to hear us gush.

 

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

(Aaron - Avatar: The Last Airbender)
(Patrick - Manifest)

Hearts Beat Loud Review - 0:14:38

The Connecting Point - 1:01:35


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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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