Prey (2022)

Tendrils of fog spread across the landscape. A lone hunter emerges from the darkness, weapon drenched in blood, eyes gleaming in the moonlight. The destiny of a thousand generations has culminated in this single moment. Only one question remains: Will you be predator, or prey? In this episode, we take a deep dive into Prey, the latest movie in the Predator film series. Once again, or maybe for the first time depending on your point of view, a member of a technologically advanced alien race that seemingly consists entirely of trophy hunting jerks comes to Earth to stalk his prey. In a much-needed departure for the series, we find ourselves going the prequel route with this particular predator wreaking havoc in Eighteenth Century North America and facing off against Naru, a young Comanche warrior. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Predator series looking forward to how the filmmakers will weave in fan favourite lines like “If it bleeds, we can kill it,” or just starting your journey into the exciting world of murderous, half-invisible aliens, tune in to find out whether…

Bottom 5 of 2022

Every year, there is an event in the film industry so momentous that throngs of people gather from every corner of the globe, hanging on every word as though bestowed upon them by a mighty prophet bringing tidings of wisdom and insight on a scale previously unheard of. That’s right, it’s time for The Reel Film Chronicles yearly top 10 episode. Join your intrepid hosts as they reminisce and wax philosophical about their favourite movies of 2022. Better than the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs combined, this countdown of films that made an impact on us from the last (calendar) year covers the gamut from low-budget indie films to intestine-rattling blockbusters. Using our patented and scientifically proven method to assess movies, we break down exactly why these motion pictures touched our hearts and our minds and places in between. So listen in to find out what all the kids are talking about, and maybe discover some new favourite movies along the way.  Chapters 0:00 – Introduction & Overview 3:38 – 5: Dual (Nathan) 6:23 – 5: Spiderhead (Brian) 8:07…

Top 10 of 2022

Every year, there is an event in the film industry so momentous that throngs of people gather from every corner of the globe, hanging on every word as though bestowed upon them by a mighty prophet bringing tidings of wisdom and insight on a scale previously unheard of. That’s right, it’s time for The Reel Film Chronicles yearly top 10 episode. Join your intrepid hosts as they reminisce and wax philosophical about their favourite movies of 2022. Better than the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs combined, this countdown of films that made an impact on us from the last (calendar) year covers the gamut from low-budget indie films to intestine-rattling blockbusters. Using our patented and scientifically proven method to assess movies, we break down exactly why these motion pictures touched our hearts and our minds and places in between. So listen in to find out what all the kids are talking about, and maybe discover some new favourite movies along the way.  Chapters 00:00:00 – Introduction & Criteria00:04:04 – Honorable Mentions00:12:23 – Movie Count00:15:04 – 10 – Avatar The…

The Banshees of Inisherin

Tie up your donkey and come on down to the pub to grab a pint with the Reel Film Chronicles as we discuss the The Banshees of Inisherin. Set on the… let’s call them “sunny” shores of a remote Irish island in the early 1920s, Banshees follows the aftermath of the fallout between two longtime friends. This deteriorating friendship sets into motion a darkly comedic series of events involving beatings, destruction of property, and unnecessary amputations. Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell reunite with writer/director Martin McDonagh for another tragicomic outing, fulfilling the destinies foretold by the Fates after the success of In Bruges back in the mist-shrouded days of yore in the ancient past of 2008. Can the trio recapture the magic they first conjured up 14 years ago? Listen in to find out if Banshees of Inisherin was blessed with the luck of the Irish or if its demise was presaged as though by the mythical creature from whence the film takes its very name. THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN (2022)directed by Martin McDonagh starring: Colin Farrell – Brendan Gleeson…

Crimes of the Future

Do you enjoy deconstructing hierarchies of sexual, political, and artistic power within our society? Have you ever depicted stunning imagery blurring the lines between pleasure and pain? Have you ever found yourself described as “body horror?” Do you find yourself consistently having to work on a very tight budget, often with support from Telefilm Canada? Have you ever had to have your violence toned down by some kind of ratings board? Well then, you might be a David Cronenberg film. One of Canada’s favourite sons is back with his latest and greatest, Crimes of the Future. Fully encapsulating all phases of his earlier work, Cronenberg’s newest endeavour is as much an ode to his own repertoire as it is a movie in its own right. Set in a dystopic future where humanity is forced to face – or deny – the next stage in our evolution, Crimes of the Future dares to ask questions about how future generations will adapt to an environment increasingly darkened by the shadow of the byproducts of our industrialized society. It also asks questions about the…

Nope

There are few things as scary as the certainty that so often accompanies our most deeply held beliefs. Well, that and spiders. But mostly humanity’s unfailing confidence in our own most fallacious viewpoints. What does this have to do with Jordan Peele’s latest feature-length film, Nope, you may ask? Well, you devilishly handsome / dazzling beautiful, incredibly perceptive, mysterious, definitely-not-imaginary stranger I didn’t just invent for rhetorical purposes, I’m glad you asked. Like his previous two movies, Peele’s latest offering is a horror movie that explores a plethora of current social issues while at the same time scaring the pants and/or skirts off of audiences. Tackling everything from the more exploitative aspects of the entertainment industry to the struggle against the erasure of black history, Nope offers intelligent social commentary along with its fair share of thrills, spills, and kills, drawing on a broad array of influences, from Akira to Jurassic Park. Join your intrepid hosts as we explore Jordan Peele’s latest entry into the horror pantheon and discover whether he manages to entertain and inspire or whether you should indeed…

Wonder Woman 1984

It’s been just over two years now since we launched our podcast, and to celebrate, I figured I would create a little work for myself and “remaster” the first episode: Wonder Woman 1984. After a half dozen or so episodes, I was quick to find some better, more efficient editing software – I was initially using Audacity. After a few months of a trail version of Hindenburg, and testing out some other pieces like Reaper, I settled in on investing in Hindenburg and haven’t looked back since. Regardless of software, I’ve learned a lot about editing, and wanted to go back to the raw audio to apply these techniques, as well as run the audio through the quality filters that we use now. It’s a net positive – to me at least – and I hope you enjoy revisiting (or experiencing for the first time) our very first episode! WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020)directed by Patty Jenkinsstarring: Gal Gadot – Chris Pine – Kristen Wiig – Pedro Pascaladventure – action – fantasy151 min

RRR

In the future, historians will look at human history as two distinct epochs: the time before RRR and the time after RRR. A true epic in every sense of the word, RRR took the world by storm in 2022, effectively acting as a gauntlet thrown down by Tollywood that dared everyone else to try and top them. Full to the brim with action sequences that will surprise even the most jaded moviegoer and (melo)drama to spare, RRR is the full package. Whether you’re looking for action; adventure; romance; bromance; throwing a leopard at the head of a bitter enemy; or epic dance competitions, RRR has got you covered. Join your intrepid hosts as they dive into one of 2022’s worst-kept secrets and prepare to Rise, Roar, and Revolt as audiences have done worldwide. RRR (2022) directed by S. S. Rajamoulistarring: N. T. Rama Rao Jr. – Ram Charan – Alia Bhatt – Ajay Devgn – Ray Stevensonaction – drama187 min

Avatar: The Way of Water

The future is now, and it is blue. Return to Pandora with Avatar: The Way of Water, a vibrant, fully realized alien world populated by sexy, blue cat people who will make you feel things you didn’t know were possible. After thirteen years, James Cameron is back with the sequel to his incredibly popular movie Avatar in a bid to unseat Marvel and Star Wars from their thrones as the monarchs of modern blockbuster films. What the film lacks in subtlety it makes up for in spectacle. Bear witness as Cameron and his team of technical wizards take us to the edge of photorealism, creating a world so visually stunning that it wouldn’t be surprising to learn they had actually filmed real aliens on a distant planet. Armed with thirteen years of technological advancements, Avatar: The Way of Water boasts a runtime of more than three hours, so CGI action is your cup of tea, prepare yourself for a really big cup. Join Jake Sully, Neytiri, their children, and the rest of Na’vi as they continue to fight against the…

The Fabelmans

In this episode, your intrepid hosts dive into The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg’s loving, personal tribute to Steven Spielberg. A semi-autobiographical journey back to the 1950s and 60s, The Fabelmans follows young Sammy Spielberg Fabelman and his family as he discovers his true calling as a maker of films. As the power of cinema compels him, Sammy hones both his technical skill and artistic expression as he grows into an amateur writer/director/editor/savant as he and his family face their own personal and collective trials and tribulations. So join us as we explore the latest movie from one of the greatest directors of all time and discover the magic of cinema all over again, if that’s what you’re into. Just make sure to keep your eye on that horizon. THE FABELMANS (2022) directed by Steven Spielbergstarring: Gabriel LaBelle – Michelle Williams – Paul Dano – Seth Rogendrama | 151 min

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