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You don’t have to love Christmas to love this podcast. Film critic Collin Souter and renowned sheep expert Kerry Finegan delve into every type of Christmas movie they can find. Classics, non-classics, horror, Hallmark, obscurities, foreign, shorts, TV specials, unnecessary sequels and remakes. Even films that you might not think of as traditional Christmas movies. The great, the awful and the unusual, all year round.
 
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Having made three films as a director, Sarah Polley has become one of my favorite storytellers. All of her work has reflected an experience I’ve had to one degree or another and I’ve been a fan of hers going all the way back to her roles in films like GO and THE SWEET HEREAFTER. Joining me for an insightful discussion on her extraordinary three mov…
 
Director's Club is proud to present a special episode hosted by regular contributor Bill Ackerman of the Supporting Characters podcast. He is joined by filmmaker and film programmer Chris O'Neill to talk about the latest film, Zeros and Ones from the last director we covered on the show, Abel Ferrara. In addition, there is an interview with the dir…
 
The first major Christmas movie of the season and has been unleashed on poor, unsuspecting Disney+ subscribers. Matt Fagerholm joins Collin and Kerry for a look at "Home Sweet Home Alone," another inexplicable entry into what should have been just a single, solitary movie. Does this have anything new to offer? Has slo-mo slapstick ever been funny? …
 
The Chicago Critics Film Association throws an annual film fest, giving the public a chance to see buzzed-about unreleased films that deserve to be seen on the big screen. This year's lineup includes a 40th anniversary 35mm midnight screening of Michael Mann's THIEF in addition to several titles that critics are raving about including Maggie Gyllen…
 
The first of two episodes centering on the 75th anniversary of "It's A Wonderful Life." We spoke with Anwei Law, one of the founders of the It's A Wonderful Life Museum in Seneca Falls, NY where they are having the ultimate celebration of this classic film, from December 8-12, 2021. She gives us many details as well as an overview of what the museu…
 
Patrick Ripoll (Tracks of the Damned, Director's Club) joins Collin and Kerry to talk about the sequel to the notorious 1984 slasher film, about 30 minutes of which is shown in Part 2! How do they get away with that? Is Eric Freeman's performance the stuff of bad-movie legend? When is garbage day? All this and more as they continue to explore this …
 
One of the best guests you can have on any movie podcast would be Supporting Characters host Bill Ackerman, who returns for a yearly visit, this time to talk about the down & dirty gritty auteur Abel Ferrara. Usually for October, we try our best to talk about a horror director and though Ferrara isn't classified as one, you can certainly look at hi…
 
"What's this?!" Kerry and Collin are joined by Christine Sellin to discuss the immortal Halloween/Christmas classic. Seemed pretty mortal when it was released, though. What made it endure? How is it different watching it as an adult? What does Minnie The Moocher have to do with any of this? We get to the bottom of all this and more as we take a per…
 
The climax of the career of the greatest horror star of all time and also a miserable failure critically and commercially, The Devil Commands was the product of a hungry up and coming director, Edward Dmytryk, being paired with material best described as "Lovecraftian" decades before that word meant anything to anybody. In this episode of Tracks of…
 
Inspired by one of my favorite podcasts, Screen Drafts, I decided to revise their general format for just this episode in which Movie Madness host Erik Childress and I collaborated on what we feel are the top ten Richard Donner movies. Yes, this is subjective and we consider these to be personal favorites overall but there were a couple of twists a…
 
I wasn't sure what to say or write about today or even what happened 20 years ago. So I just got out a microphone and put out my thoughts through this quick bonus episode in addition to including a previously recorded review of 25TH HOUR that Patrick and I once shared for the Spike Lee podcast. Hopefully you are reflecting, remembering and holding …
 
Kerry and Collin are joined by their friend Jim Peebles (A Very Brady Christmas episode) to talk about what might be the worst film reviewed on this show so far. Has Kirk Cameron actually read the Bible? What is the most shameless way to stretch a 40 minute movie into an 80 minute movie? How does all of this tie in with Oliver Stone's "JFK"? Find o…
 
The year was 2007, we were all drinking Four Loko, playing Super Mario Galaxy, listening to MIA's "Paper Planes" and taking to our Livejournals and message boards to argue about "torture porn" films. Were they pumped up cinema sadism designed to please craven adolescent creeps? Or angry political works calling back to horror's glory days of the 70'…
 
Jim here! I'm back as your monthly host! And since this era of filmmaking isn't necessarily my area of expertise, of course I had to recruit a "magnificent" returning guest by the name of Sergio Mims who of course adores the Western genre and even came up with the roster of underseen titles by the great John Sturges. You may know him as the directo…
 
Nearly ten years ago, Jim and Patrick tried doing an episode on this beloved Hong Kong filmmaker but technology wasn't entirely cooperative back then. It was still released, but incomplete. Now many episodes later, Patrick returns sans Jim to try again with some great help as always from reliable, returning guest and podcaster extraordinare Bill Ac…
 
Joining us in person(!) is the Murtaugh and Riggs of film criticism--Erik Childress and Sergio Mims (but which is which?). We talk about Richard Donner's iconic buddy-cop movie, "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and its impact as well as its sequels. Which one is the best? How does Sammy Davis Jr. figure into all this? Is "Star Angel" worth seeing? How should…
 
No, the old format didn't go away. This is just something special. If you want more bonus content like this, please join the Director's Club Patreon for only $5/month. You'll help support this show, Voices + Visions and the Now Playing Network. In the introduction, I establish a new monthly offering for those wanting more shorter content in the fut…
 
Great Scott! Patrick returns to host a different approach to an episode in which he and returning guest Andrew James run down an entire filmography. So no more what we watched segment or parody songs just three and a half hours focused on action director Tony Scott starting at the beginning of his career all the way to the end. Follow along with th…
 
Film critic Nell Minow joins us for a spirited talk about the Hepburn-Tracy comedy "Desk Set" (1957). Where does it rank among the nine films they made together? What other "Sets" existed during this time? What is a "Floating Island"? Find out all this and more as we talk about technological terrors and the origins of one of John Goodman's most mem…
 
Jim is taking the summer off but Patrick is back as your host for the next three official episodes of the show! First up is the renowned French director Louis Malle who has had a lot of varied work throughout his career, several of which are brought up during the episode but the main focus is on Elevator To The Gallows along with Vanya On 42nd Stre…
 
I’ve done a lot of podcasts in my time but this one might be the craziest I’ve ever been a part of. Thanks to my dear friend Patrick Ripoll, this is one of those birthday gifts that I’ll cherish forever. What Patrick did was invent 43 movie and music-related games for my 43rd birthday and we turned them into 43 segments. Not to mention the 10 hours…
 
One of the year's most incredibly fun horror movies is coming out this weekend and it'll be in theaters as well as VOD on May 21st. Joining me for this bonus episode, writer/director Simon Barrett of Seance joins me today to talk about his experiences making the film as well as previous collaborations with Adam Wingard making two of my favorites, Y…
 
Celebrate Mother's Day with us as we talk about the 2017 mom-based Christmas sequel that you should really skip. Film critic Peter Sobczynski returns as we talk about this forgettable comedy. We also give some better alternative Mother's Day pics, some parenting tips and where to find a good Richard Dreyfuss imitation.…
 
80% of the crew for Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman were women. For this episode, I needed the perspective and insights from two of the smartest women I know. Returning guest Kate Blair and newcomer Sharon Gissy join me to discuss this remarkable (and oftentimes challenging) Belgian director that completely changed European cinema back in the mid-…
 
Break open the cognac and settle in as Collin, Kerry and guest Brad Strauss unwrap Ingmar Bergman's celebrated, Oscar-winning "Fanny & Alexander" (1983). Which should you watch, the theatrical or TV version? How far are any of us from Lapland? And which of the great directors made the best and worst final films of their careers? All this and more i…
 
After a slew of bonus episodes, we return to our regularly scheduled program all the way up until the summer. Film Junk’s very own Sean Dwyer and Frank Knezic return to the show for an energetic conversation about a fascinating filmmaker by the name of David O’Russell. No stranger to controversy but also one of the better directors of screwball-sty…
 
Collin and Kerry are joined by their friend Christopher Grace for a 45-minute discussion on Nora Ephron's ensemble comedy, "Mixed Nuts" (1994). The runtime is notable because Siskel & Ebert could barely talk about this movie for two minutes. How does it compare to Martin Scorsese's "After Hours"? Why did Steve Martin dye his hair? What's the connec…
 
So you might remember him as Arnie from Christine and that's where I first became aware of the terrific talent of one writer/director/actor extraordinaire Keith Gordon. He's been on Voices + Visions / Director's Club a few times now, thus beginning a yearly tradition where we check in and take the opportunity to nerd out about cinema of years past.…
 
What started back six years ago with 1985 continues. This time it’s one entire episode instead of split into two: all six hours plus of an annual tradition co-starring yours truly, Collin Souter and Erik Childress as we run down nearly every film that came out thirty years ago. This time it’s all about 1991! If you’re a fan of nostalgia, sound clip…
 
In a world full of rip-off artists the key is how you rip something off. Sean S. Cunningham, the director of two separate Bad News Bears knockoffs, was not the first guy to go "Hey, this Halloween movie is real popular and seems cheap to make" but he was the guy who did it the exact right way at the exact right time to change the world of horror fo…
 
It's been a long while since I was contacted about possible interviews, probably because there has been a lot going in the world or more than likely, I've been too busy to reply every single one. Well here are two I simply did not want to pass up because I thoroughly enjoyed the films we discuss. First up, as you heard during Episode 185, I sang th…
 
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