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The Repeat Viewing Podcast

A compare and contrast podcast of cinema past & present. Hosted by artist-filmmakers and longtime friends, Kraig Rasmussen & Seamus Smith.

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Crumb, Ghost World, Art School Confidential

Terry Zwigoff director spotlight/No Capes Allowed finale

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We conclude our No Capes Allowed block with a spotlight on the first filmmaker to truly utilize the visual potential of a comic and collaborate with it's creator, Terry Zwigoff. Known now for Bad Santa, Zwigoff actually cut his teeth on this de facto trilogy about creative outsiders, and left his mark on comics without ever making one himself. This epic conversation takes many surprising turns, and is without a doubt our most personal episode to date! If you're a creative, you will probably really connect to this one.

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.


Road to Perdition & A History of Violence

No capes allowed part 5

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Our "No Capes Allowed" block continues with a meditation on American Violence, featuring two wildly different yet parallel portraits of fathers trying to protect their families from the fallout of their own brutal lives. The filmmaking is as diverse as the approach to subject, and we dig deep into the work of both Sam Mendes and David Cronenberg to reveal their subtle motivations and the hidden themes they wield. We also discuss the powerful casts of both films, including Ton Hanks, Paul Newman, Daniel Craig, Viggo Mortenson, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, and the delightfully odd William Hurt.

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.


Judge Dredd vs Dredd

No capes allowed part 4

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Our No Capes Allowed block continues with a deep dive into dueling visions of the same character, from two drastically different eras of filmmaking, with two lead actors who could not be more distinct from each other, to say the least. It is no challenge to compare and contrast these related-yet-vastly-separate films using the standard of the incredibly cool and incisive, long-running comic book Judge Dredd, from 2000ad in the UK, and it is a perfect example of why we love doing this show!

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.


Josie & the Pussycats and Scott Pilgrim vs the World

No capes allowed part 3

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We continue our No Capes Allowed block with a dive into the world of dueling bands and young love, with one from the Archie-verse, and one from the Oni-verse (not a thing). Josie and Scott Pilgrim are two strangely similar films on almost every level, so we share quite a dive into these multi-leveled culture bob-ombs. Plus, two such creative films are the exact fuel we need for a great talk about filmmaking! Hope you watched ahead boys n girls!

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.


Sin City and 300 - Frank Miller Spotlight

No Capes Allowed pt 2

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No Capes Allowed continues with our spotlight on graphic novelist Frank Miller, and the two adaptations of his work that changed the game for comic book movies, Sin City and 300. We discuss how both intensely testosterone packed, delightfully violent, and surprisingly deep films, are also visually compelling and unforgettable in many ways. We also discuss Frank Miller as a creator, and what sets his projects apart from other comic books and their adaptations, besides the common lack of capes.

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.

Tank Girl & Snowpiercer

No Capes Allowed, part 1

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In the first episode of our new block "No Capes Allowed," we travel the wasteland with two sci-fi graphic novel adaptations, Tank Girl & Snowpiercer. We take a super deep dive into their surface similarities,  follow the tracks as they diverge wildly in execution, and we devolve into film conspiracy theory & laughs as each film reveals it's secrets. Naturally we make a point of page to screen comparisons, discovering some fascinating details along the ride. All aboard & buckle up!

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.

MCU overview and Captain Marvel

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As a celebration of the release of Avengers: Endgame, we finally discuss the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, covering favorites & least faves, casting, stories, filmmakers and more. Plus, we have a fiery talk about the newest edition to the MCU, Captain Marvel. Although we no doubt left plenty out, we cover a lot of ground, comparing the whole canon so far, and ranking Captain Marvel among the films before it.

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Legend and The Princess Bride

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To close out the 80s Fantasy block, Seamus and Kraig are joined by special guest, producer and director James L. Reid, to dive deep into a couple of unique classics in the genre. We discuss both the theatrical and Director's Cuts of Legend, revealing several huge details about the filmmaking and storytelling, it's Tolkein/Judeo Christian imagery, it's troubled production and more! Then we talk book vs film with the Princess Bride, it's beloved cultural status, the late great screenwriter William Goldman, the impeccable cast, and so much more. We complete our fantasy foray in a perfect, critically charged, and entertaining way.

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Ladyhawke and Goonies

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The fourth installment of our 80s fantasy block doubles as a final spotlight (for now) on the films of director Richard Donner, who was a force to be reckoned with in the 80s and 90s. Ladyhawke and Goonies are two films he released the same year, just months apart, and both are culturally beloved. We break down why that is, and many other enduring or not so enduring qualities of the two films, and continue to analyze what made Donner such a powerhouse in his prime.

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The Secret of NIMH and FIRE & ICE

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We continue our foray into 80s fantasy with a departure from the average canon, with animated classic vs cult classic, Don Bluth vs Ralph Bakshi, in a detailed and lively talk about the Secret of Nimh and Fire & Ice. It's a truly anti-Disney episode, focused on two animators who changed the industry with their respective, and very different approaches to animation. This one is full of behind the scenes history, and being hosted by two artists, is chock full of love for the craft that made these possible, as well as a real dissection of the results.

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The Neverending Story & Willow

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The 80s fantasy block continues with a permanent classic facing off against an infamous underdog, that may have been ahead of its time. Hosts Seamus & Kraig examine the hero's journey in both films, the nature of children's/young adult fantasy tales, and the dark fairy tale origins of the genre. We also heavily discuss the special effects, the directors or each, and the issue of tone that we love to harp on. The results of this one might surprise you if you haven't seen these in awhile.

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Dark Crystal & Labyrinth w/ guest NeilMcLean

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Stop-Motion animator Neil McLean lends his expertise and massive fandom of both films to a nerdy, hilarious, and very deep talk about Jim Henson's biggest films of the 80s. We dissect minutae about puppetry, special effects, story, and the massive behind the camera talents that made these films happen. We also reveal a surprising amount of BTS details, history, and cultural impact of each beloved movie.

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.


Lethal Weapon, the Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - A Very Shane Black Christmas

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We cap off our holiday podcasts with a celebration of the Shane Black and his flare for including the holiday in his action-crime stories. We cover as much as possible about Black's career, from his debut as a screenwriter at 19 with Lethal Weapon, to his directorial debut with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang almost 30 years later. We talk about his very particular peculiarities as a writer, and the many special talents that separate him among the ranks of studio scribes. We naturally also discuss why he has the proclivity of placing his stories within the Christmas holiday, while not paying much attention to the actual holiday. It's a Christmas just as Black as we like it, and we hope you do too.

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Trading Places & Scrooged - A White Privilege Christmas!

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Join us as we continue our Christmas roast with two surprisingly timely classics, Trading Places and Scrooged. Hosts Kraig & Seamus carve into the socially biting nature of both movies, which exemplify both what we have learned in the last 30 years, but also what we still have yet to grasp, all while feeling holiday cheer... or at least sharing  laughs about some verified classic comedies. We discuss the terrific concepts for each film, and the brilliant executions by all involved.

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.


Holiday Heists - Die Hard and Bad Santa

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To kick off our Christmas movie bonanza, hosts Seamus & Kraig ease in with the controversial holiday choice of Die Hard, and combine it with a more recent holiday heist film, of a decidedly more holiday, but disgusting nature, Bad Santa. We share lively observations from a 30 year old classic, revealing that you can still see a movie as new after a long time, and then we share therapy over the epic downhill slide that is Bad Santa. Without going too holiday yet, we manage to ring in the season with what is probably a very appropriate start.

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles &

Home for the Holidays

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In a continuation of our holiday themed episode, Seamus and Kraig tackle perhaps the two most popular Thanksgiving films, Plains Trains, and Automobiles & Home for the Holidays. First, it's a talk of Steve Martin then vs Now, Martin vs Candy, the forever magic of John Candy, and the enigma of a filmmaker, John Hughes. Then, we discuss Jodie Foster as a director, the brilliant ensemble, and unique story of Home for the Holidays. We also compare and contrast the two, all while roasting Turkey-day itself. Pun intended.

Happy Thanksgiving from Repeat Viewing, and thanks to you all!

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National Lampoon's European Vegas Vacation -

Repeat Viewing Challenge #2!

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Seamus and Kraig tackle their second Repeat Viewing Challenge with National Lampoon's European Vacation, after receiving wild claims it is the best of the series. To test that, we watched European and Vegas Vacations back-to-back for a stark, but very lively compare and contrast discussion. The entire franchise is assessed on the criteria of character, comedy and filmmaking, with clear results. This was so fun, you can expect us to complete the Griswold saga around Christmas time.

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.


Angel Heart and Jacob's Ladder

Two halves of the same whole

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Kraig and Seamus close out their Halloween month with personal favorite (unsung) horror films, Angel Heart & Jacob's Ladder, and reveal the amazing level of similarities and complementary elements that may tie these two together permanently. MAJOR SPOILERS are discussed, but you can jump onto Amazon Prime and watch both films before you listen to us ruin their many secrets. If you've caught up with them, enjoy our foray into the mysterious pairing of what might be the horror double feature most made to fit together. Happy Halloween from Repeat Viewing!

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Theme music by Samuel Oak.


It Comes At Night and A Quiet Place

Post-apocalyptic, brooding bearded dad edition!

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Seamus and Kraig talk about two recent films with strangely similar DNA, but vastly differing results, in the dueling post apocalyptic survival tales, It Comes at Night and A Quiet Place. We discuss the contrasting world building, palpable tension, interesting performances, respective bearded dads Joel Edgerton and John Krasinski, and the differing appraoches each director took. Plus, we talk about the way being a real life married couple impacts the chemistry between Emily Blunt and Krasinski, and our thoughts on Krasinski's first outing as a director.

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Cabin in the Woods and Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Trope-tastically delicious!

Repeat Viewing Episode 24: "Cabin in the Woods - Tucker and Dale vs Evil" - Trope-tastically delicious! Seamus & Kraig discuss two very subversive and clever horror comedies, Cabin in the Woods and Tucker & Dale vs Evil, both using the genre against itself and making something new out of what remains. Both films are examined in the way they use structure and character to deliver the unexpected, and ultimately remain not only true to their roots, but improve on the genre.

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Blade Trilogy

Suck on this, Cinema of the Vampire Part 2

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Seamus & Kraig dissect the unique vampire films of the Blade trilogy, noting the extreme difference between each filmmaker along the way, and getting to the core of why this franchise, besides being immortal, refuses to die. We also talk about the absent-but-not-lost wonder of Wesley Snipes as an action star and actor, as well as the part David S. Goyer played in the short lived dynasty of the franchise.

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The Crow, Kill Bill, True Grit

Sweet Revenge Cinema 2

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Seamus & Kraig continue their epic talk about the revenge genre with 3 uniquely connected films. We discuss the cult status of the Crow, if it ages well or not, Brandon Lee, Alex Proyas, and the movie magic used to complete the film after Lee's death on-set. We profess our love on all levels for Kill Bill and Quentin Tarantino, and foray into interesting details that QT hid in the narrative & style. Then we break down why the Coen Brother's True Grit ages better and better, and the excellent work by all involved.

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The 40 Year Old Virgin

& our Judd Apatow favorites

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Kraig & Seamus discuss the first feature film directed by Judd Apatow, as well as several of his other projects. From directing and producing movies, to creating or producing powerful television, Apatow has become a fixture in American entertainment, and we examine why that is rightly so, based on an immense and highly relatable library of work, amassed in a relatively short number of years. We are sure to talk about on of your favorite movies in this one!

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Batman Mask of the Phantasm

& other animated Batman

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We continue our discussion of the Joker with a seminal entry into his lore, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, featuring a bravura performance by Mark Hamill as the Clown Prince of Crime. We break down many reasons it is still one of the best, not just animated, but best Batman films overall. We also run down a list of favorite and not so favorite other Batman animated films that have come in the 25+ years since Mask of the Phantasm. For fans of the Bat, and newcomers alike.

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The Joker on film

Cinematic variations on the Clown Prince of Crime

In advance of the new Joker origin film, starring Joaquin Phoenix, directed by Todd Phillips with Martin Scorcese producing, Seamus & Kraig run down the list of actors who have played the iconic role so far, and discuss hopes for the new interpretation. Plus, there is plenty of Batman talk, and overview discussion on the DCEU in general. Plenty of details to keep the Bat-nerds happy, but informative enough for those who few who may be unfamiliar with the Joker canon and character.

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Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, Out of Sight

Elmore Leonard 3-fer

Hosts Kraig Rasmussen & Seamus Smith discuss the three seminal woks adapted for film from the writings of Elmore Leonard, as well as Leonard's swan song Justified, which served as a summation of his career in crime world building. We delve into the reasons these 3 films in particular are very unique, and the fascinating ways they are interconnected, both by their root in Leonard's work, but also through the work of their respective filmmakers. Join us as we break down three of our favorite films, and celebrate the amazing era of the late Elmore Leonard.

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Clue vs Game Night

Repeat Viewing Listener Challenge #1

Hosts Seamus Smith & Kraig Rasmussen compare and contrast the beloved comedy classic Clue, and the recent comedy stand-out, Game Night. We look closely at the way both films are made, how they treat their characters, and how they represent their times. This is our first listener supplied Repeat Viewing Challenge episode, so buckle up for a lively take on a movie we didn't choose, and a deep look at comedy as a cinematic genre.

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Hard Target and John Wick 2

Action cinema evolution

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Seamus Smith and Kraig Rasmussen share laughs and an in depth, sometimes snarky discussion of an unexpected, but complimentary film pairing, delving into the evolution of action films over the years, and the ever morphing action hero.

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The Devil Wears Prada

& HBO Watch part 3

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Or two dudes talk about what just appears to be a chick flick. Kraig & Seamus break down why the Devil Wears Prada is a standout, intelligent dramedy of personal empowerment, making sacrifices, and going after what you want in life. We discuss the powerhouse quadruple leads Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt & Stanley Tucci, as well as the work of director David Frankael. Also, this is another installment of HBO watch, where we discuss how this very film is being run on HBO in the WRONG ASPECT RATIO. #HBOjerks

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Death Wish (74), Leon: The Professional, John Wick

Sweet Revenge Cinema 1

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We kick off a dive into movie themes discussing the age old genre of revenge, featuring the original Death Wish, Leon: The Professional, and John Wick. These are just the first 3 revenge films we will discuss, but we feel they are exemplary of the genre in very specific, unique and game changing ways. We share a lively chat about their connections, memorable elements, and their deepest themes, all while tying them to the greater genre of revenge cinema as a whole.

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White Men Can't Jump

Sports Comedy Masterpiece

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Spoiler: Seamus & Kraig can't hide their love the high level execution of Ron Shelton's superb basketball buddy dramedy.

We discuss the surprisingly well choreographed, high energy gameplay, trash talking, and top notch chemistry between every member of the cast. Also, we talk about the truly well developed characters, the beautifully mature handling of romance, as well as the powerful underlying themes or realistic (& hilarious) race relations, social struggles, and precarious life choices.

#vodkast

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The Last Jedi

Success or Failure?

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Kraig & Seamus dissect the seemingly much hated, most recent Star Wars film, the Last Jedi. We get into the intentions of Rian Johnson, what this film needed to be after The Force Awakens, and we look hard at the two films in comparison. This film lends itself perfectly to examining story in film, what sequels should be, two very different directors, and two divergent views of what Star Wars is-- those of J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson. This is one of our best film discussions yet!

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R. Lee Ermey

RIP tribute episode

Kraig & Seamus take a few minutes to discuss the lesser known works of America's Drill Sergeant, R. Lee Ermey, who passed away this week. We emphasize his softer side, comedic roles, and chat about a few favorites such as Se7en and the Frighteners. Also, we discuss another Hollywood Legacy, that somehow I'd missed before now.

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Milos Forman RIP tribute

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Seamus & Kraig run through some recent news and have a tribute chat to the films of the recently departed, 2-time Oscar winning director Milos Forman. Hear about Wakanda-con, new Terminator & Predator bits, SCTV & Scorcesse (?), and more. Then we dig into the incredible, but small, library of masterpieces left behind by Milos Forman, such as Man on the Moon, the People vs. Larry Flint, Amadeus, and One flew over the cuckoo's nest.

Milos Forman passed away Friday, April 13th at the age of 86.

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Ready Player One

1st Take - Is Spielberg back?

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We tackle Steven Spielberg's virtually epic new film, complete with (mostly spoiler free) book to screen comparisons. After a couple weeks of mixed headlines and a bravura box office take, we decided to look at Ready Player One, as filmmakers, artists, and fans of the book by Ernest Cline. Everything from the way the IP is handled, to the deft script by Zak Penn and Cline, to the terrific performances by the incredible cast, and dig deep into the very present social commentary and Spielberg as a filmmaker.

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The Ladies Man

starring Tim Meadows, directed by Reginald Hudlin - 2000

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Hosts Kraig & Seamus dig into one of the most unique, unsung, and heartfelt comedies in the last 20 years. The talk covers, performance elevating material, great bits or scenes we can't forget, director Reginald Hudlin, a wicked cameo by one of the biggest actresses in film, and the strength of character and world building. (It's no spoiler that we love this movie, and we have a blast discussing it!)

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NewsReel Minisode2 - Vin Diesel as Bloodshot & more

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Seamus & Kraig discuss a selection of interesting film news, including Vin Diesel as the Valiant Comics hero Bloodshot, Rob Cohen returning to finish the Fast & Furious franchise he started, and more! We also tout our super fun Repeat Viewing Facebook page, talk about our Repeat Viewing challenge and why we enjoy rewatching imperfect films-- such as David Lynch's Dune.

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Dogma

the 1999 Catholocism Satire by Kevin Smith

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Hosts Kraig & Seamus share a divisive talk about Kevin Smith's ambitious road movie skewering his childhood religion. We both tend  to breakdown filmmaking style, script, and performances with an unflinching gaze, and sometimes, like in the case of this discussion, the results are somewhat divergent. Is this a film we recommend you watch? Does it hold up to repeat viewing for us? Find out with a listen!

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Charlie Wilson's War

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Kraig Rasmussen & Seamus Smith discuss Mike Nichols' blistering 2007 drama/satire Charlie Wilson's War. We cut into it's reflection on current politics, the fact that this story literally changed the face of the future, and how a politician like Charlie Wilson would be a welcome help in our current climate. We also talk about the great performances by Hanks, Roberts & Hoffman, as well as supporting actors Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, and Ned Beatty.

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NewsReel minisode: Avengers: Infinity War, The Crow remake, Greta Gerwig

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Hosts Seamus Smith & Kraig Rasmussen run down some recent film news, including Jason Mamoa in the Crow remake, directed by Corin Hardy, Greta Gerwig's planned Sacramento Quadrilogy, Avengers. Also, we share a lively talk about Luc Besson's Valerian.

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2018 Oscar Predictions

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Seamus Smith & Kraig Rasmussen discuss the 2018 Oscar nominees for best picture, and Seamus makes his predictions for all the winners at this year's Academy Awards.

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Near Dark

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Kraig Rasmussen & Seamus Smith talk Kathryn Bigelow's 1987 cult classic Near Dark. This is the first of severl Bigelow films we will visit, as well as the first in two series "Suck on This!: Cinema of the Vampire" and "Cult Corner".

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Black Panther w/ guest Dave Roshay

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Guest David Roshay, Seamus Smith & Kraig Rasmussen break down the first 2018 Marvel release, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.

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Episode 1!

Get Out

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Kraig Rasmussen & Seamus Smith discuss Jordan Peele's 2017 masterpiece Get Out.

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Episode 0:

Meet our film podcast, the concept, & intro to us

Welcome the brand new Repeat Viewing podcast into the world, as Seamus Smith & Kraig Rasmussen discuss the (obvious) concept of the show and introduce themselves.

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