• Bottom 5 Films of 2023
    In this very special episode, your intrepid hosts dive into the depths of cinematic disappointment as they unveil their Bottom Five Films of 2023. Welcome once again to our annual rundown of the cinematic catastrophes that left us bewildered, disappointed, and perhaps a little angry over the past year. From cringe-inducing sci-fi flops to poorly executed franchise entries, and forgettable thrillers, the bottom five list represents a cautionary tale of what happens when creative vision goes awry or when the alchemy of storytelling fails to transmute into cinematic gold. This is where, as the saying goes, we wade through the murky waters of mediocrity, and we mark the passing of another rotation around our nearest star with a grimace and a shake of the head, as we recall the films that failed to leave any positive impression on us or left us disappointed. This annual tradition serves as a solemn reminder of the diverse landscape of cinema, where not every endeavor reaches the heights of greatness, and some inevitably crash and burn in spectacular fashion. So join us, The Reel…
  • Top 10 Films of 2023
    In this very special episode, your intrepid hosts run down their Top 10 Films of 2023. Welcome once again to our annual rundown of our top 10 films, as we review the movies that moved, entertained, awed, or otherwise inspired us over the past year. From mega blockbusters to independent dramas, established action franchises to emerging horror icons, giant radioactive lizards to famous historical figures, there’s a little something for everybody. This is where, as the saying goes, the rubber meets the road, and we mark the passing of another rotation around our nearest star with a look back at the cinematic stories that left their impression on us. This annual tradition is a way for us to take some time to reflect on a few of our new favourite films and share our love of movies with our listeners, hopefully inspiring those of you on your own film journey with a mix of the comfort of the familiar and the excitement of the undiscovered. So listen along with The Reel Film Chronicles, and maybe discover a few new favourite movies as well.…
  • Rebel Moon
    What do you do when an unstoppable, evil army threatens your peaceful village? Why, you scour the countryside to retain the services of a small group of reluctant warriors with troubled back stories looking to make up for the sins of the past. And if it’s your peaceful moon that’s threatened, well then you scour the galaxy for your group of misfit warriors to defend you and your peaceful townsfolk. Hey, it worked for Akira Kurosawa. Rebel Moon, the latest action extravaganza from Zack Snyder, draws on some heavy inspiration from the likes of such classic and beloved films as Seven Samurai, Star Wars, and Eight Legged Freaks to bring you a story only Zack Snyder could tell. Filled to the brim with mythological creatures; sweaty, shirtless men; and broken warriors with checkered pasts looking for one last chance at redemption, Rebel Moon is nothing if not ambitious, seeking to stake a claim among the pantheon of great science fiction movies. In this episode, your intrepid hosts provide their insightful insights about Rebel Moon and whether it lived up (or…
  • Extraction 2
    Extraction 2 is a 2023 American action thriller film directed by Sam Hargrave and written by Joe Russo. It is based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Fernando León González and Eric Skillman. It is the sequel to the 2020 film Extraction, where Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani and Adam Bessa reprise their roles from the first film, while Tornike Gogrichiani, Tornike Bziava, Tinatin Dalakishvili, Daniel Bernhardt, Olga Kurylenko and Idris Elba appear in pivotial roles. In the film, Tyler Rake is initially hired to rescue the family of an abusive crime lord from a prison in Georgia. Following the successful debut of the first film, Netflix announced a sequel in May 2020 with Joe Russo returning to write, Hargrave returning to direct and Hemsworth returning in the lead. By December, Joe and his brother Anthony hoped that the sequel would develop the characters enough to start a cinematic universe. Filming was scheduled to begin in Sydney in September 2021, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually started in Prague in November, before…
  • Godzilla Minus One
    The smoke clears. The dust settles. For one, brief moment, it seems as though the stillness of the air could be a tranquil silence. A peaceful rearrangement of particles. That rare alignment of the cosmos that grants those most rare moments of serenity, where the world is in harmony, and the forces of nature and man align. But then, the moment passes. As your gaze trails ever upwards, your eyes slowly taking in the sight in front of you. Slowly, so that your brain has time to process the signals being sent to it. To try to make sense of this scaly monolith. This prehistoric behemoth. This harbinger of death. Godzilla. For everything there is a season, and for every generation there is a Godzilla. Luckily for us, Godzilla Minus One (like its most recent predecessor, Shin Godzilla) has emerged as a unique voice, shepherding both us and its protagonist into a new golden age. Unlike the recent spate of Hollywood Godzilla-verse offerings, which are, at best, popcorn flicks, Godzilla Minus One delivers not only on the action (which, again, unlike its…
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