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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.