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FILM FRAK PODCAST #34: 2020 Films Catch-Up

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Welcome to Episode 34 of the Film Frak podcast.

That’s right! It happened!
Film Frak has entered a brave new virtual age. The dawning of sight and sound broadcasting on a global scale with Jon in New Hampshire and Adam in Perth.

For this premiere video episode we pack in all the cinephilic (cinephalic?) banter you’ve come to expect but with an added obstacle beyond the obvious camera thing. For A/V reasons Adam & Jon must try not talk over each other in the Zoom studio. No small ask.

So what are our smiling frakking hosts talking about on camera today anyway? Looking back at a few 2020 titles we have escaped into during these “unprecedented times”

NOT FOR RESALE
CAPONE
EXTRACTION
THE GENTLEMEN
UNDERWATER
THE INVISIBLE MAN
COLOR OUT OF SPACE
COME TO DADDY

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FRAKKING TOP 20 FAVOURITE FILMS OF 2019

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Adam & Jon’s Frakking Favourite Films of 2019

***DISCLAIMER: We apologize for the poor audio quality of our first international broadcast. The intent was to share a video chat we had via Skype but the app defaults to 15 fps instead of 24-30 fps and no matter how it was converted both audio and video were unusable. We are now looking into alternatives to enter the video age. Thank you. 

Good news Frak fans. The wait is almost over!

As regular readers/listeners will know Film Frak has been on hiatus the last 9 months, but the new and improved or is that improvised Film Frak podcast will be returning very soon...

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The Irishman (2019)

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THE IRISHMAN (2019)

A review by Adam Lovett

Writer/Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Jesse Plemmions, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston

“What kind of man makes a call like that…”

Martin Scorsese has made his GODFATHER instead of another GOODFELLAS, not to detract from that films magnificence. This is a far more mature and contemplative gangster film than anything in his past canon.

The distinction begins with the way THE IRISHMAN never for a frame makes anyone look cool but instead exposes their scummy, selfish and petty underbelly...

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FRAKKING TOP 20 FAVOURITE FILMS OF 2018

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Adam & Jon’s Frakking Favourite Films of 2018

2018 saw our Film Frak podcast continue to flourish even as we failed to mentally mature a single frame. Aside from the audience multiplying we also managed to get some modicum of attention from filmmakers we admire via interweb/social media kismet interaction. Namely we loved their work and they happily encouraged us. Sure that’s probably more exciting for us than you, but hey this is the end of year wrap up and it’s time for a little self-love from this pair of wankers.

Staying on that theme this year was the stuff that dreams are made of as far as guest interviews. Thanks to fan of the show Steve Joiner for reaching out and offering his services...

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BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018)

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BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018)

A review by Adam Lovett

Writer/Director: Drew Goodard
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Cynthia Erivo, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, Shea Wigham

“Shit happens, get the whisky.”

Let’s be clear, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE is a movie made by movie lovers for movie lovers. That simple. The type of pulpy goodness that grooves me made by a filmmaker fluent in the language of cinema.

Right from the extended opening static shot that sets it all in motion its clear we are in the hands of professionals. Unashamedly B-movie fodder, it’s a playful, stylish neo-noir tale full of characters that talk like they are in a movie without being meta…except for when they slyly are.

Packing a vibrant Hitchcockian quality that’s like i...

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First Man (2018)

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FIRST MAN (2018)

A review by Adam Lovett

Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Shea Wigham, Patrick Fuggit, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll, Lukas Haas

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

This is what the cinematic sensory experience is all about. I’ve studied the moon landing all my life. I’ve read biographies on Neil Armstrong. ’I’ve watched hours of archival footage through documentaries. My imagination has been fueled by it since I was a child but I never ever expected to actually LIVE it!

In FIRST MAN I feel like I was thrust as close to the white knuckle reality of what it felt like to be in a Gemini or Apollo capsule...

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Film Frak: The Podcast#28: THE VENOM OF MANDY

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Film Frak: The Podcast#28: THE VENOM OF MANDY

Welcome to Film Frak: Episode 28

Well you frakkers it’s October and you know what that means. It’s the month of horror. Sure we cover some other genres this show as the month has only just begun but of the nine flicks discussed 4 are new horror titles that achieve varying degrees of success or failure.

Aptly as a bonus Jon also deep dives into the traumatic nightmare of mental illness that is the console video game HELLBLADE.

We hope you have a frightfully ghoulish all hallows month full of things that go bump in the night. If you’re doing the 30 for 30 horrortober challenge would love to hear about some of the titles your screening.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor 

Director: Morgan Neville

Starring: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, Betty Aberlin, Francois Clemmons, David Newell

A review by Jon Caron

Won’t You Be My Neighbor affected me far more than any other film I can think of in recent years. It has stirred a lot of memories and feelings inside of me that I have either chosen to put aside or suppress entirely. This review is going to get personal. I never get personal. Some of the closest people to me only know vague details of my upbringing, it’s something that while I acknowledge had a substantial part in forming who I am as a person, I choose not to dwell on or use it as either a crutch or some kind of ‘I overcame’ type story. It’s just my life...

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FilmFrak Jon’s Marvel Rankings

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FilmFrak Jon’s Marvel Rankings

By: Jon Caron

Ever since I can remember, the numerous characters of the Marvel universe have been a giant part of my life. I’ve gone on countless adventures with these fictional beings that have shaped the way I view the real world and what could be possible in the infinite cosmos that we take for granted as we casually drift through it with our eyes forward, instead of up into the vast wonderment of it all. These heroes and villains, which make up this fantastical universe have gone through many iterations, changing throughout the years, dying, being reborn, finding love and losing it.

Part of what makes Marvel so wonderful, is their understanding of what makes a character great...

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FilmFrak Interview Special: The Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage interview starring Shahin Sean Solimon

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FilmFrak Interview Special: The Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage interview starring Shahin Sean Solimon

Shahin_Sean_Solimon_Actor_Director_SinbadThank you for taking the time for this email interview. As my knowledge is limited, I would like to start at the beginning with a snapshot of your childhood and formative years? Can you share a little of what shaped you as an individual? -FilmFrak Adam-  

Shahin Sean Solimon: You are very welcome, thanks for having me. I was raised in FL with a great adoptive Amercian family. My adoptive father, George, taught me a lot about film and the arts. One summer he took me to see Star Wars on it’s second run in theaters and I was hooked. I had to make films if it was the last thing I did...

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