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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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: The Jaws 43rd Anniversary Starring Carl Gottlieb

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Film Frak Podcast Interview Special: The Jaws 43rd Anniversary Starring Carl Gottlieb

This week marks the 43rd anniversary of JAWS and to celebrate I had the privilege of chatting to the films screenwriter Carl Gottlieb.

This is one of those interviews I’ve dreamed about all my life. To chat with the man who had a major hand in scarring my childhood with a deep seeded fear of the oceans apex predator by adapting Peter Benchley’s novel JAWS into a screenplay. It’s safe to say that few writers have had such a powerful effect in influencing my reality as Carl Gottlieb.

THE JAWS LOG was a revelation...

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Film Frak Podcast Special: Grease and Wargames Starring Eddie Deezen

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Grease and Wargames Film Frak Podcast Special: Starring Eddie Deezen

In honor of the 40th anniversary of GREASE, Film Frak is pleased to welcome Mr. Eddie Deezen to the show.

Eddie’s Deezen has had an extensive career. His personality dominates the frame anytime he is on camera. He singlehandedly defined the iconic onscreen persona of the “nerd” and was also the first to play what we now call a “computer geek”. His contribution to the history of cinema is easy to overlook but impossible to ignore once witnessed.

Some actors are just engrained on your psyche no matter how big or small the role. Eddie Deezen as Eugene in GREASE and as Malvin in WARGAMES is that type of actor...

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Film Frak Podcast 25: SOLO’s REVENGE

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Welcome to Film Frak Podcast 25

The humidity was high on a scorching Boston day as your voyeuristic frakkers sat down to record Episode 25 of the Film Frak Podcast, appropriate considering the scorcher of a film that we talk about first.

The month of May was one of the busiest yet with life getting in the way of other plans but there is ALWAYS time for movie watching. How could we not make time when the attractions included a new Star Wars film. A Deadpool sequel some quality exploitation and genre deconstruction, head fuckery, real world fantasy and WWII survival.

On this episode we talk:

  • Revenge
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Deadpool 2
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • The Endless
  • Hostiles
  • I Kill Giants
  • The 12th Man
  • An...
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FILMFRAK Interview Special: IN SATURN’S RINGS Starring Director Stephen van Vuuren

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FILMFRAK Interview Special: IN SATURN’S RINGS Starring Director Stephen van Vuuren

FilmFrak’s Adam & Jon both share not only an obsession with cinema but also a passion for science and astronomy. The chance to view the technological wonder that is this new documentary IN SATURN’S RINGS and interview its Director Stephen Van Vuuren was a highlight of the job.

As you will see from the answers below Stephen is an educated and thoughtful filmmaker, musician and photographer who has, to quote the official website: “directed, produced and/or shot over twenty feature and short narrative, documentary, experimental and animation films that have screened at numerous festivals and in cyberspace”

We hope you glean as much from this interview as we did doing it and that you all make sure to ...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#24: AVENGERING ANIMALS

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Welcome to Film Frak: The Podcast 24

Episode 24 of the FilmFrak Podcast comes with a big, flashing neon SPOILER WARNING tag.

We read your comments. We saw the text messages. We received your emails. Today we finally answer the question that’s been on the lips of millions of film lovers the last week…Did Adam and Jon like Avengers?

So it is that this mighty month of May Film Frak Adam & Jon assembled to discuss all things Infinity War. It gets loud, it gets excited and yes it was impossible to discuss this epic without swimming in a pool of spoilers.

Fear not though, for those who have not yet witnessed the cosmic Thanos dance, just skip to the 1 hour and 8-minutes mark to avoid us ruining some of the films...

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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 Podcast Special: The Neverending Story Starring Tami Stronach

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The Neverending Story FilmFrak Podcast Special: Starring Tami Stronach

Life is filled with pleasant surprises and one of the rarest and also most spirit lifting is when childhood icons grow into real life adult’s worthy of their fictional counterparts. Tami Stronach, best known as the Childhood Empress in the 1984 fantasy classic THE NEVER ENDING STORY was one such treasure.

Grounded and charming Tami is an absolute jewel as she happily gushes right along with Adam & Jon about all things Fantasia. The magic of childhood, the gift of imagination and following your heart. We reminisce, we explore life from the 80’s to the present and beyond.

So give it a listen and feel no shame with guilt free nostalgi...

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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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FilmFrak: The Podcast#23: A Quiet Place for Dogs

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Welcome to Film Frak: The Podcast 23

After a slow start to 2018 the quality cinema is starting to flow. Getting serious. Dedicated to being as current as possible for you, our dear listeners this is why a sleep deprived Jon and Adam attended a double bill the morning before the show just so we could give you the low down on what’s in cinemas this week…well that and we really love films.

So what did we see you may ask? Well this episode FilmFrak’s Adam & Jon chat:

  • ISLE OF DOGS
  • A QUIET PLACE
  • DEATH OF STALIN
  • READY PLAYER ONE
  • PACIFIC RIM 2
  • THE LAST MOVIE STAR
  • GOLDSTONE
  • BORG VS MCENROE

Until next month, as always we encourage all feedback and thank you for listening.

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