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Don't know what to watch? Join Jon Negroni, Will Ashton, and Abby Olcese for no-nonsense conversations about the latest films coming to theaters and streaming online. We may not always agree, but one thing's for sure. We're all Cinemaholics.

Don't know what to watch? Join Jon Negroni, Will Ashton, and Abby Olcese for no-nonsense conversations about the latest films coming to theaters and streaming online. We may not always agree, but one thing's for sure. We're all Cinemaholics.

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Don't know what to watch? Join Jon Negroni, Will Ashton, and Abby Olcese for no-nonsense conversations about the latest films coming to theaters and streaming online. We may not always agree, but one thing's for sure. We're all Cinemaholics.

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Episodes

In & of Itself

1/27/2021
Directed by Frank Oz, In & of Itself is a filmed version of the live stage production of the same name, which features Derek DelGaudio as a conceptual magician and storyteller who leads a live audience (and us) through an unpredictable maze of questions and ideas that address our individual identities. LINKS Follow us on Twitter: Jon Negroni, Will Ashton, Abby Olcese Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can watch us live every week! Support our show on Patreon. Follow Cinemaholics on...

Duration:00:10:50

The White Tiger

1/26/2021
Now on Netflix, The White Tiger is the latest film from director Ramin Bahrani. Based on Arvind Adiga's debut novel of the same name, the film centers around a young Indian servant (Adarsh Gourav) who falls in with a wealthy couple (Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra) who push him to rethink his place in society. LINKS Follow us on Twitter: Jon Negroni, Will Ashton, Abby Olcese Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can watch us live every week! Support our show on Patreon. Follow...

Duration:00:10:58

News of the World

1/25/2021
Start spreading the news. The Cinemaholics are back this week to discuss the latest Tom Hanks movie directed by Paul Greengrass, which just happens to be a western set in post-Civil War Texas. Fun! We also review The White Tiger, In & of Itself, Our Friend, Some Kind of Heaven, and The Marksman. Intro music: “In Green” by No. 18 & Soul Food Horns Show Notes: 00:00:00 – Intro & Off-Topics 00:05:45 – Voicemails: What is the best Tom Hanks performance? 00:15:55 – Mini Reviews: Our Friend, Some...

Duration:01:17:53

Herself

1/20/2021
Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady, returns to the big screen with Herself, a new uplifting drama starring and co-written by Clare Dunne. The film had a warm reception at Sundance last January and is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. LINKS Follow us on Twitter: Jon Negroni, Will Ashton, Abby Olcese Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can watch us live every week! Support our show on Patreon. Follow Cinemaholics on Facebook and Twitter. Send us an email...

Duration:00:11:34

Locked Down

1/19/2021
The first "major" COVID movie is here! And it's a romantic comedy...heist movie? Sort of? Join us as we parse through the insanity that is Locked Down, which just released on HBO Max. It was directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) and written by Steven Knight (Locke). The film stars Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and a star-studded cast of Zoom call cameos we probably shouldn't give away here. LINKS Follow us on Twitter: Jon Negroni, Will Ashton, Abby Olcese Subscribe to our YouTube...

Duration:00:20:51

One Night in Miami

1/18/2021
One afternoon on a Sunday, the Cinemaholics got together to review Regina King’s debut feature film, One Night in Miami, which stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Leslie Odom Jr, Eli Goree, and Aldis Hodge. Also in this episode, you’ll hear some mini reviews for “WandaVision,” The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, and more. And some extended discussion over Locked Down and Herself. Show Notes: 00:00:00 – Intro & Off-Topics 00:12:15 – Pop Culture Catchup: “WandaVision,” The Ultimate Playlist of Noise,...

Duration:01:25:21

Top 10 Films of 2020

1/11/2021
OK, “reel” talk. 2020 was…interesting. It was definitely the most unique year of film in the last century of moviegoing. But throughout all the weirdness, we here at Cinemaholics found ourselves captivated by no small number of great projects from veteran filmmakers, first-time directors, and plenty of independent voices. In our annual “best of the year” show, we each discuss our general thoughts on 2020, our honorable mentions, and of course, our respective Top 10 choices. Plus, we share...

Duration:02:06:03

Pieces of a Woman, Sylvie's Love, The Midnight Sky

1/4/2021
We’re celebrating the new year with some tonally different new movies this week. First up is Pieces of a Woman, a new melodrama hitting Netflix this week, which stars Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf. Then we get into Sylvie’s Love, a new throwback romance on Amazon Prime starring Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha. Finally, Will and Abby discuss The Midnight Sky on Netflix, directed by George Clooney, who also stars in the film alongside Felicity Jones. We also cover a few mini reviews in...

Duration:01:22:40

Brazil (1985), Edward Scissorhands (1990)

12/31/2020
To officially conclude this year's Extra Milestone lineup, Jon Negroni and Will Ashton of the Cinemaholics podcast joined forces with me one last time to discuss two distinct (and oddly holiday-centric) auteur-driven classics. We start our conversation by digging through the muck of Terry Gilliam's Brazil, a bureaucratic odyssey of madness often regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. After that, we jump forward to Edward Scissorhands, an intensely personal story from Tim Burton...

Duration:02:09:28

Soul, Wonder Woman 1984, Promising Young Woman

12/28/2020
We had an out-of-body experience over the holidays checking out some major blockbuster films that hit streaming instead of theaters. There’s Pixar’s Soul, the latest from Pete Docter, which stars Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. And we also cover the controversial Wonder Woman 1984 from Patty Jenkins, which stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal. Finally, we end the show with review of Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, another controversial film that was a hit on the...

Duration:01:31:41

Holiday Special – Our Favorite Alternative Christmas Movies

12/25/2020
We love watching movies around Christmastime, but we all have our favorite "unconventional" picks for the holiday season. Julia Teti joins us for a bonus discussion to discuss some of the best alternative Christmas movies, from recent favorites like Hustlers to perennial classics like The Apartment (which Julia contends is a New Year's Movie for some reason). Intro Music: "Silver Bells" by Leif Shires Hosted by: Jon Negroni & Julia Teti Support the show on Patreon:...

Duration:00:48:26

Barry Lyndon (1975), Spartacus (1960), Ran (1985)

12/23/2020
Welcome to (perhaps) the largest Extra Milestone yet! In an Anyway, That’s All I Got reunion for the ages, I’m joined by Anthony Battaglia, Guy Simons Jr., and Jason Read to discuss three of the biggest epics of the 21st century! First up is Barry Lyndon, the passion project of Stanley Kubrick released in 1975, and a film that’s quite well-loved among hardcore cinephiles. After that, we circle back to Spartacus, an earlier Kubrick film that is rarely discussed in the context of his...

Duration:02:24:35

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Nomadland, Greenland, Small Axe

12/22/2020
We’re sounding off this week for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the new Netflix film that has Oscars in its sights for Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman. We also cover Nomadland, a Best Picture frontrunner from writer/director Chloé Zhao and starring Frances McDormand. And there’s also Greenland, the newest Gerard Butler disaster flick that is surprisingly decent! Last, we do a retrospective of Small Axe, a collection of five films from director Steve McQueen, which you can now stream on...

Duration:01:42:49

Battleship Potemkin (1925), Harvey (1950), Clue (1985)

12/17/2020
Emily Kubincanek makes her welcomed and triumphant return to Extra Milestone, and this week's selections are among the most varied yet! We begin by celebrating the 95-year anniversary of Sergei Eisenstein's magnum opus Battleship Potemkin, a film more fundamentally significant than almost any other when it comes to the art form of editing and propaganda storytelling. After that, we take a lighthearted and melancholy stroll into the world of Henry Koster's Harvey, a rich and complex comedy...

Duration:01:46:32

Interview – Colman Domingo Talks 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' and Working with Chadwick Boseman

12/16/2020
Colman Domingo stars alongside Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which hits Netflix on December 18 after its limited theatrical release. In addition to his acting work in films like If Beale Street Could Talk, Assassination Nation, Zola, and the upcoming Candyman, Domingo brings a wealth of experience as a writer, director, producer and actor on the stage, making him an obvious choice for Ma Rainey, which is based on the August Wilson play. I talked about the film...

Duration:00:23:00

The Prom, I’m Your Woman, Let Them All Talk, Wolfwalkers, Wander Darkly, Songbird

12/14/2020
The holiday season is upon us, so you know what that means! Time to celebrate the…prom? Well, OK, we’re really celebrating the annual big-budget December movie musical, which this year is Ryan Murphy’s The Prom, now streaming on Netflix and starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, and Keegan-Michael Key. We cover several other movies as well, which include Julia Hart’s new indie noir drama I’m Your Woman on Amazon Prime Video starring Rachel Brosnahan, Steven Soderbergh’s Let Them...

Duration:01:53:08

Heat (1995), Gimme Shelter (1970)

12/10/2020
This week on Extra Milestone, I'm joined by returning guest and fellow cinephile Andrew McMahon to break down an enticing double feature spanning numerous decades and genres. First up is a cinematic and musical appetizer in the form of Gimme Shelter, the iconic Rolling Stones documentary directed by Charlotte Zwerin and the Maysles Brothers, chronicling the doomed Altamont Speedway concert outside of San Francisco in December of 1969, a tragic failure that swiftly signaled the downfall of...

Duration:01:49:47

Mank, Sound of Metal, Black Bear, Godmothered

12/7/2020
Cinemaholics is what you Mank of it. Which is why we’re reviewing David Fincher’s latest film, Mank, now streaming on Netflix and starring Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and Charles Dance. Manks in advance for listening. We also review Sound of Metal starring Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke, Black Bear starring Aubrey Plaza and Christopher Abbot, and Godmothered starring Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher, and June Squibb. Show Notes: 00:00:00 – The Minutely 00:07:45 – Intro & Off-Topics 00:17:00 – Jon...

Duration:01:54:56

Toy Story (1995), Unbreakable (2000)

12/3/2020
This week on Extra Milestone, I'm joined once more by my good friend Guy Simons Jr. to dissect a pair of (relatively) recent classics that have garnered acclaim over the years, and which have almost nothing whatsoever to do with each other! First up is Pixar's groundbreaking debut feature Toy Story, the first-ever wholly computer animated movie that has gained a reputation as an indispensable landmark in special effects and storytelling. After that, we jump ahead to M. Night Shyamalan's...

Duration:01:42:19

Happiest Season, Lovers Rock, The Twentieth Century, Uncle Frank, Zappa

11/30/2020
Not all of us are in love with Clea DuVall’s latest film, Happiest Season, which is a Christmas romantic comedy on Hulu starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Aubrey Plaza, and many more. Will and Abby take some time to review the latest “Small Axe” film from Steve McQueen on Amazon Prime Video: Lovers Rock. The whole gang joins the fun of The Twentieth Century, Matthew Rankin’s absurdist festival indie that might’ve stolen all our hearts. We also cover our mixed feelings on Alan Ball’s...

Duration:01:44:20