TFR 96: Prodigy (w/Guests Alex Haughey, Brian Vidal, Richard Neil, and Savannah Liles)

Hello and welcome to a very special edition of The Film Room!

This week we talk to the makers of the independent film Prodigy! We have filmmakers Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal, as well as lead actors Richard Neil and Savannah Liles! Straight from their success out of the Kansas City Filmfest, the cast and crew of this wonderful film talk inspirations as well as what went into making it. Keep on the lookout for its release, we highly recommend it!

Massive Spoiler Alert on, but it doesn’t ruin the experience.

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Up next: The Life Aquatic!

TFR 95: Rogue Wonderful W/Guest Paul Andolina

I am one with the Force, the Force is with me, I am one with the Force, the Force is with me…

Welcome, Star Wars fans! We said we weren’t going to do a full episode on Rogue One, but well… we lied! Actually, this one is a much welcome Patreon request from Paul Adolina, who is also our guest!

So here we talk what makes Rogue One so special, namely that it’s a Star Wars movie with all the war movie tropes put in! All new characters (along with a few familiar faces), and a great story that was only hinted at in the main trilogy!

Come join us as we explore the most unique Star Wars film to date!

Paul Andolina runs the blog Wrestling With Film. Click here to check it out!

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Up next: Prodigy!

TFR 94: WooOO-oo

Who remembers when they made movies from cartoons? Well, I mean they still do, but with the actual resources from the cartoon? We do! In that spirit, it’s about time we did couple! This week we talk The Jetsons Movie and Ducktales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp!

Both with original casts (with one GLARING exception), both lead by show creators, but only one theatrical, and it’s not the preferred one. Which is which? Well listen in to find out! Meanwhile, we’re gonna listen to that sweet, sweet theme song on repeat. You know the one.
Dun-DUN-dun-DUN-dun-DUNduhduhDUN

(Not to mention only one of these films has a sweet poster drawn by the legendary Drew Struzan)

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Up Next: Rogue One!

TFR 93: Steven of All Trades (w/Guest Shaun Higgins)

Hello, all! Say, it’s been a while since we’ve done a director retrospective, hasn’t it? It’s a big job, so we brought in mega Soderbergh fan Shaun Higgins to help us! (..okay, he suggested it and we agreed we were sorely lacking on Soderbergh coverage.)

Join us as we talk every experiment Soderbergh has done from The Girlfriend Experience to the Oceans films to The Informant! to Traffic to etc, etc. Each film may as well be its own genre of movie as different from one another as they are! So strap in as we explore the career of a true journeyman!

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Up Next: Ducktales! (Yes, really!)

TFR 92: That’s Problematic

Welcome!

This week we decided to follow up on Al’s article on how to deal with problematic art with a full-on episode. It’s a big topic and we absolutely can’t cover everything, but we can certainly take a bite out of the issue. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts via Twitter or Facebook.

Now please enjoy this completely unrelated picture of Woody Allen at the beginning of Annie Hall.

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Up Next:Soderbergh!

TFR 91: In the Moonlight

Hello and welcome!

This week we’re highlighting film that we feel we need to help remove an asterisk on. See, every time a film wins best picture at that year’s Oscars carries a stigma because it is then drenched in the popularity contest that is the Academy Awards. Well, every so often, a film ACTUALLY DESERVES it because it is indeed the best film of the year. That’s right, we’re discussing Moonlight. The film is a tone poem of pure cinema and emotions that washes over the viewer, and we’re going to do our best to try to get at what makes this movie great.

WARNING: Full spoilers are ON, though we’re not sure if it makes much difference, as you really need to see the film to experience it, and no amount of talking will spoil that.

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Up Next: Problematic Art!

TFR 90: Easter Sunday (Ragsdale Finale)

Hello and welcome!

This week we pay tribute to our friend, filmmaker Harold Ragsdale, who went out in a literal blaze of glory when his hotel room caught fire on New Year’s Eve this last year. He had just that day supervised the final cut of what would turn out to be his final film, the religious ensemble Easter Sunday. Since it is a religious film, we of course brought in Thomas to help us out in picking this one apart. (We SWEAR we’ll have you on for a good film soon, Thomas).

Harold, this one’s for you! RIP, sir.

Bonus: a look at another, equally awful Christian epic from Sebastian Villegas.

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TFR 89: Stinky the Hutt

Hey, does anybody remember the Star Wars animated film that came out in theaters around 2008? Me neither. …at least, that’s what we’d be saying if the resulting Cartoon Network animated series didn’t, um… get really good.

Yes, we’re covering the 2008 theatrical Clone Wars movie, aka the Thing That Almost Killed Star Wars As a Viable Franchise. Barring the actual Clone Wars series, we get into the nitty gritty of the era of Star Wars between Episodes III and the Disney takeover where George Lucas just sort of gave up. Between the awful pilot being released as a theatrical movie, the Dark Horse comics being subpar, and prospect of any more live action films being made basically dead, it was a dark time.

So grab your lightsabers and lets rip and tear Clone Wars: Hutt Family Reunion!

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Up Next: Easter Sunday!

TFR 88: Two White Guys on Dear White People

Ahead of the Netflix series, we decided to address Justin Simien’s debut film Dear White People.

Full disclosure: We are, indeed, two white guys (if you didn’t already know), so we can’t comment on the film from inside black culture, but we can look at it from the perspective of, well.. white people. (No worries, we love the film, which is why we’re giving it the deserved attention).

We also expound on some of the deeper, more universal social issues the film brings up because hey, we have things to say about them too.

So join us for this hidden gem of a film!

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Up Next: The Clone Wars!

TFR 87: For Your Consideration

And the Winner is…

Okay, unlike what you probably expected, this is not an Oscar prediction cast, but a long overdue rant exposing the seedy underbelly of what the Oscars really are. We’ll most notably pick on the 2015 Oscars because it’s the most notable example in recent memory, but we’re talking the ceremony in general.

We are, of course, speaking from a standpoint of hey, we’ve been following it all our lives and continue to follow them because they are influential.

So, For Your Consideration.. The Oscars. Enjoy!

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Up next: Man, we’ve been super serious lately. Don’t worry, because levity is coming! Sort of. We’re doing Dear White People next!