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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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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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Jun 13, 2018

For this month’s pick, we took the opportunity to discuss a film about a paleontologist during the same week that another dinosaur-centric series is getting its newest entry and celebrating its original film's 25th anniversaryWe’re going back a little further and a little sillier than that series, though, with the loosest movie interpretation of a paleontologist possible. 1938’s Bringing Up Baby, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, may not be scary but it is a classic screwball comedy with plenty to enjoy.

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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Jun 8, 2018

This episode marks the first of a two-part crossover event celebrating the classic Rudyard Kipling tale, The Jungle Book. We’ve brought in the guys from the Retro Rewind Podcast, Francisco Ruiz and Paul Powers, to talk about Jon Favreau's 2016 live-action/CGI update of the 1967 animated Disney feature, and we'll be covering the latter on Retro Rewind Podcast together as well. 

The Jungle Book Review - 0:04:40

The Connecting Point - 0:51:13


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Jun 4, 2018

Director Bart Layton leverages his history with documentaries in American Animals, a bold feature debut about four privileged real-life college friends who rely on their knowledge of movies to plan and execute a rare book heist. With a unique style that overlays interviews of the actual subjects into the narrative, this exhilarating crime drama is notable in how it depicts differing perspectives of how the events unfolded. Aaron sat down with Bart to discuss why he is fascinated with stranger-than-fiction tales, what it was like using the real life heist participants in this film, and what one film that impacted him emotionally was.

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Jun 4, 2018

Grab a marmalade sandwich and get ready to smile as we discuss the surprise hit of 2018, a beary special, family-friendly film called Paddington 2. We also chat some about the adorable bear's first adventure before getting into all of the reasons this sequel has charmed viewers old and young, critical and casual alike.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:21
(Aaron - Paddington, Adrift, Upgrade)
(Patrick - Paddington)

Paddington 2 Review - 0:16:39

The Connecting Point - 0:57:29


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May 31, 2018

Fresh out of our screenings of First Reformed, we jump on the mic to talk through what we just saw. Paul Schrader’s latest film hit us hard with its intellectually profound script regarding matters of faith and environmentalism, providing plenty of questions and few answers. One of the strengths of the film is its ability to be a powerful conversation-starter, and this episode is proof of that.

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May 29, 2018

The stars align here at the end of May. Ron Howard’s new film Solo: A Star Wars Story hits the big screen featuring a backstory of the iconic character made famous by Harrison Ford. The happenstance of Ron Howard treading into Harrison Ford’s territory led us to an American classic that turns 45 years old this year.  Hop in your car of choice, roll the windows down, turn your music up, and drive it slow as we talk American Graffiti.

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May 28, 2018

In appropriately numbered Episode 111, we talk all things Han Solo, and we do mean ALL things. With so many origin stories there is plenty to discuss.  We talk about which ones worked, which ones didn't, where Star Wars spin-off films go from here, and how sometimes it's okay to just have a little fun at the movies.

What We've Been Up To - 0:01:10
(Aaron - Star Wars marathon)
(Patrick - Monsters)

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review - 0:19:36

The Connecting Point - 1:23:05


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May 25, 2018

It's Judgment Day at Feelin' Film. Our Patrons voted for us to cover Terminator 2 for May, because nothing celebrates Mother's Day like talking about Sarah Connor. We honor the genius of this classic and dive into some of the bigger themes it presents like fatherhood and sacrifice. Come with us, if you want to live.


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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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