Bonus: A Monster Calls with J.A. Bayona and Patrick Ness!

• December 29th, 2016

The director and writer of the acclaimed new fantasy A Monster Calls are here in the studio for a special episode of The B-Movies Podcast! It's a film that's making audiences cry all over the world, about a young boy whose mother is dying of cancer, who finds an unlikely ally in a giant tree monster who tells him stories that are gorgeous, unusual, and not what he wants to hear. It's based on the award-winning novel by Patrick Ness and illustrator Jim Kay, based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and it's directed by J.A. Bayona, the director of The Orphanage and The Impossible.

Join film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold as they interview Patrick Ness and J.A. Bayona about writing A Monster Calls, coping with grief, and bringing this fantastic and fantastical story to life on the big screen. It's an in-depth look at A Monster Calls, and it's an episode you won't want to miss!

So download the episode and listen up to The B-Movies Podcast Presents: A Monster Calls with J.A. Bayona and Patrick Ness! Follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast and follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold. You can also follow Patrick Ness at @Patrick_Ness and J.A. Bayona at @FilmBayona. And of course, subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes so you don't miss a single, solitary episode of movie news, reviews, commentary tracks, exclusive interviews and more!

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Ep. 304 - The Rest (of 2016) is Silence

• December 24th, 2016

The last week of the year always comes with a deluge of motion pictures, big and small, Oscar-worthy and just weird. So on this week's episode of The B-Movies Podcast we're reviewing (almost) all of them! It's time to take one last look at movies that might just end up on our best of the year lists, and to help you decide which films to see over the holiday weekend.

Is Silence one of Martin Scorsese's best movies, or is it too forgiving of its colonialist heroes? Is Passengers really as bad as the critics are saying? Is it wise to underestimate the feel good charms of the talking animal flick Sing? Why is Paterson like a cup of tea? Why does only one of our critics think A Monster Calls is one of the best films of the year? Will high schools be showing Hidden Figures in their classrooms in the years to come? Is Julieta the best film to get you started on Pedro Almodovar? Why is Patriots Day a teensy bit problematic? And why is The Autopsy of Jane Doe of the creepiest films of 2016? 

The answers await you on  The B-Movies Podcast #304: The Rest (of 2016) is Silence! Follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast and follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold. And of course, subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes so you don't miss a single, solitary episode of movie news, reviews, commentary tracks, exclusive interviews and more!

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Ep. 303 - Rogue One: Bad or Mediocre?

• December 17th, 2016

Rogue One is one of the biggest and most anticipated movies of the year, so why does it seem like such a letdown? This week on The B-Movies Podcast, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold spend the better part of an hour with a spoiler-free, and later a spoiler-filled review of the latest Star Wars prequel. How does Rogue One fit into the series? Was it a bad idea from the get-go? How political is this movie, and all of the Star Wars films so far? Why do all of the characters seem so two-dimensional, and what the heck is up with Darth Vader?

Also on this week's episode, Bibbs and Witney review the utterly baffling new Will Smith drama Collateral Beauty and the new Denzel Washington drama Fences. They also consider the future of the DC Extended Universe and more, more, more!

Plus, we keep getting your letters, so we'll keep reading them on the air! Be sure to drop us a line at bmoviespodcast@gmail.com with your comments, opinions, suggestions, the films that inspire you, your picks for the best films of the decade (so far) and your questions about Bibbs and Witney.

You'll find out all kinds of things on  The B-Movies Podcast #303: Rogue One: Bad or Mediocre! Follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast and follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold. And of course, subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes so you don't miss a single, solitary episode of movie news, reviews, commentary tracks, exclusive interviews and more!

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Bonus: Sonic the Hedgehog and 12 Deadly Days with Josh Miller

• December 14th, 2016

Our old friend Josh Miller finally comes back to The B-Movies Podcast for a very special episode, dedicated mostly to his new YouTube Red series 12 Deadly Days, a daily horror-comedy anthology set during the holiday season. It's a series of spooky stories about Ebeneezer Scrooge hiring ghostbusters, deadly Christmas tree spirits, romantic vampires, cursed fruitcakes and more, and we're learning all about the production, casting, and the strange new storytelling environment that is YouTube Red!

Plus, while we've got Josh Miller here we're also learning a lot more about the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie! Yup, he's co-writing that too. So what's the difference between Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Eggman? Is there room for Jaleel White in the new movie? We ask all our burning questions, and he answers them as best he can without getting in trouble with the studio.

Plus, we keep getting your letters, so we'll keep reading them on the air! Be sure to drop us a line at bmoviespodcast@gmail.com with your comments, opinions, suggestions, the films that inspire you, your picks for the best films of the decade (so far) and your questions about Bibbs and Witney.

 

You'll find out all kinds of things on The B-Movies Podcast Presents: Josh Miller on 12 Deadly Days and Sonic the Hedgehog! Follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast and follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold. And of course, subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes so you don't miss a single, solitary episode of movie news, reviews, commentary tracks, exclusive interviews and more!

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Ep. 302 - This La La Land of Mine

• December 11th, 2016

La La Land is one of the most talked about movies of the year, but is it really something to talk about? This week on The B-Movies Podcast we're taking a long, hard look at La La Land and letting you know whether it's this year's The Artist or this year's better-than-The Artist.

Also on this week's episode, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new Las Vegas noir Frank and Lola, and debate all the biggest news stories of the week, like the new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the remake of The Mummy and the absurd new title of the eighth Fast and the Furious movie!

Plus, we keep getting your letters, so we'll keep reading them on the air! Be sure to drop us a line at bmoviespodcast@gmail.com with your comments, opinions, suggestions, the films that inspire you, your picks for the best films of the decade (so far) and your questions about Bibbs and Witney. 

You'll find out all kinds of things on The B-Movies Podcast #302: This La La Land of Mine! Follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast and follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold. And of course, subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes so you don't miss a single, solitary episode of movie news, reviews, commentary tracks, exclusive interviews and more!

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Ep. 301 - You Don’t Know Jackie

• December 3rd, 2016

While the venerable William 'Bibbs' Bibbiani is out of town on his long-awaited honeymoon (congratulations, Bibbs!), Witney Seibold will be joined instead by the equally venerable (not to mention breathtakingly charismatic) Scott Mantz of Access Hollywood fame. Perhaps you've also seen Mr. Mantz at your local gas station screen, where he encourages you to see the greatest movies of all time. Seeing as Scott and Witney are both frothing Trekkies (or Trekkers, depending on your preference), it takes them a few minutes to get on topic, but once the Xindi have been defeated, the two of them get around to reviewing the week's big releases. 

And, since it's a slow week (the week after Thanksgiving always is), the week's big releases include the Kennedy biopic Jackie, the enjoyably stupid (or stupidly enjoyable) Incarnate, and the spooky horror thriller The Eyes of My Mother

Scott and Witney have strong opinions on the Hollywood blockbuster machine and its unfortunate attempts to make the next two-billion-dollar hit, all while little horror studos are being creating with 1/1000th of the money. And, yes, they talk all about Star Trek Beyond (because of course they do), positing theories as to why it may have been a modest hit rather than a runaway hit. 

Be sure to write to us with opinions, compliments, complaints, and anything else that may be on your mind at bmoviespodcast@gmail.com. Oh we'll read them. 

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Ep. 300 - Would You Like to Know Moana?

• November 26th, 2016

Is Moana a glorious return to the Disney formula, or just plain formulaic? It's a debate we're going to have on this week's episode of The B-Movies Podcast, and holy crap! It's our 300th episode! Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold have been doing this show forever, and they want to thank you for all your support.

And they're going to do that by doing the same thing they've done for 300 solid episodes: reviewing new movies (like Moana, Allied, Bad Santa 2 and Lion) and talking about all the latest movie news and whatnot, like Adam McKay's upcoming biopic about Dick Cheney, the future of the Star Wars franchise and Paul W.S. Anderson directing Monster Hunter: The Movie!

Plus, we keep getting your letters, so we'll keep reading them on the air! Be sure to drop us a line at bmoviespodcast@gmail.com with your comments, opinions, suggestions, the films that inspire you, your picks for the best films of the decade (so far) and your questions about Bibbs and Witney.

 

Why aren't we doing anything special for our 300th episode? You'll find out the mysterious reason on The B-Movies Podcast #300: Would You Like to Know Moana! Follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast and follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold. And of course, subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes so you don't miss a single, solitary episode of movie news, reviews, commentary tracks, exclusive interviews and more!

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Ep. 299 - Not-So-Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

• November 20th, 2016

Harry Potter fans were clamoring for Fantastic Beasts, and we sure did want to know where to find them. The director returned, the new cast is great and everybody loves monsters, so what the heck happened? What does Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them suck so much?

Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are back with another episode of The B-Movies Podcast to dissect these beasts and tell you what went wrong. And a LOT went wrong. They also take you on a journey through the infinitely more interesting other films that came out this weekend, including Manchester By The Sea, Nocturnal Animals and The Edge of Seventeen, and tackle the biggest news stories of the week.

Plus, we keep getting your letters, so we'll keep reading them on the air! Be sure to drop us a line at bmoviespodcast@gmail.com with your comments, opinions, suggestions, the films that inspire you, your picks for the best films of the decade (so far) and your questions about Bibbs and Witney.

Why does Saving Mr. Banks still piss us off two years later? We'll be sure to tell you on The B-Movies Podcast #299: Not-So-Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast and follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold. And of course, subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes so you don't miss a single, solitary episode of movie news, reviews, commentary tracks, exclusive interviews and more!

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Bonus: Arrival Screenwriter Eric Heisserer!

• November 16th, 2016

Arrival is one of the most acclaimed science fiction movies in years, and we have Eric Heisserer to thank. The film - about a linguist who makes first contact with an alien species - was a passion project for the screenwriter, who adapted the script from the short story called Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang. And now, years after he began working on Arrival, he's taking the next logical step by appearing on The B-Movies Podcast!

This week, film critic William Bibbiani takes you on a journey through the secrets of Arrival, by interviewing Eric Heisserer about the adaptation process and what changed as it moved from the page to the screen. We learn more about the unanswered questions of Arrival's surprising finale, so be warned: SPOILERS lie ahead.

Eric Heisserer also takes you through some of his earlier motion picture credits, and explains what happened behind the scenes of the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, the prequel to The Thing, and what he has in mind for Universal's upcoming reboot of Van Helsing!

Plus, we keep getting your letters, so we'll keep reading them on the air! Be sure to drop us a line at bmoviespodcast@gmail.com with your comments, opinions, suggestions, the films that inspire you, your picks for the best films of the decade (so far) and your questions about Bibbs and Witney.

 

Follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast and follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold. Follow Eric Heisserer on Twitter at @HIGHzurrer, and see his film Arrival in theaters everywhere right now!

And of course, subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes so you don't miss a single, solitary episode of movie news, reviews, commentary tracks, exclusive interviews and more!

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Ep. 298 - Arrival and Kicking

• November 13th, 2016

The world is collapsing but there's still some hope, because people are trying to find common ground and make our collective future better. The time is definitely right for Arrival, the new sci-fi drama from Denis Villeneuve, and we give this ambitious and topical film a thorough review on this week's episode of The B-Movies Podcast

Also this week, film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the new releases Elle, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree and The Mistletoe Promise. They also say goodbye to Robert Vaughn and tackle some of the biggest movie news of the week, like the remake of An American Werewolf in London, the Birds of Prey movie and more!

Plus, we keep getting your letters, so we'll keep reading them on the air! Be sure to drop us a line at bmoviespodcast@gmail.com with your comments, opinions, suggestions, the films that inspire you, your picks for the best films of the decade (so far) and your questions about Bibbs and Witney.

 

Are movies machines that produce empathy? We'll tackle that topic on The B-Movies Podcast #298: Arrival and Kicking! Follow The B-Movies Podcast on Twitter at @BMoviesPodcast and follow your hosts at @WilliamBibbiani and @WitneySeibold. And of course, subscribe to The B-Movies Podcast on iTunes so you don't miss a single, solitary episode of movie news, reviews, commentary tracks, exclusive interviews and more!

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