Fraking Favourite 25 Films of 2016

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Adam & Jon’s Frakking Favourite Films of 2016

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Well that happened. In April 2016 Jon and Adam teamed up to broadcast the very first episode of the podcast…and someone listened. Spawned out of desperation to somehow legitimize a lifetime spent individually feeding their obscene cinema obsessions and their singular drives to endlessly discuss all things motion picture with anyone in shouting distance. The mere whiff of encouragement they received from a small band of merry frakkers was enough so that this pair of anti-social degenerates is now airing their 10th episode. So first we would like to say thank you so much for tuning in.

2016 toyed with expectations as many of the franchise blockbusters disappointed but the sleeper and creeper hits from around the...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#9: Linguists Wars

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Welcome to FilmFrak: The Podcast Episode 9. As usual, the arrival of November sees a temptation alley of titles hit cinemas. So many on the must-see list are releasing right now and Jon and Adam got to check a few off their list. There are still a slew of 2016 films due before the end of the year we want to catch and you should get out there too because there seems to be something for everyone at the moment.

So what are we going to talk about today? Let’s start with Dennis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated sci-fi ARRIVAL. After that it’s a trio of WWII combatants with HACKSAW RIDGE, ANTHROPOID and ALLIED. Next we do horror Director Ti West’s B-Western IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE before slipping south of the border for TRANSPECOS...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#8: We Are Strange

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Welcome to FilmFrak: The Podcast#8. A little less cinematic consumption of 2016 releases since last we hung out doesn’t reduce the chatter. Jon takes the opportunity to lay some knowledge on us about the game changing home cinema tech marvel that is LG OLED screens.

As for the reason you tune in (other than our charming personalities) the film reviews this month take off with the latest MCU adventure DR. STRANGE. We then chew on some Korean horror in the form of TRAIN TO BUSAN and THE WAILING followed by THE ACCOUNTANT, GIRL ON THE TRAIN, A BIGGER SPLASH and NERVE.

The 4K/HD Werner Herzog documentary INTO THE INFERNO is next before we go retro with WILLOW and a little more Pam Grier love for JACKIE BROWN.

Our main feature of the day is the much buzzed about, highly anticipated THE HANDMAI...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#7: The Horror. The Horror.

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Welcome to FilmFrak: The Podcast#7 . It’s October and as the gauntlet of the Halloween challenge is picked up by cinephiles everywhere we front load the 7th episode to focus on horror.

That’s why this month’s chatter starts with talk of BASKIN, BLAIR WITCH, 31, JERUZALEM, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER and LIGHTS OUT. After that it’s onto TOO LATE, SNOWDEN, CAFE SOCIETY, BORN TO BE BLUE, HARD TARGET 2 and the documentaries RAIDERS: THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE and FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK. On the retro-bigscreen Carpenter’s THEY LIVE and a 70mm festival including WEST SIDE STORY, SPARTACUS and Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY are reviewed. Topping it all off is a 35mm screening of FOXY BROWN and JACKIE BROWN with Pam Grier in attendance at the cinema.

As always if you want these frakkers t...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#6: WE HAVE THEME MUSIC

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Welcome to FilmFrak: The Podcast#6. We’re taking it to the next level people, getting all professional and shit. As of this month we have state of the art recording technology in the booth so you can hear our soothing tones in the highest fidelity. Most exciting of all for a pair of narcissistic assholes like us a lifelong dream is fulfilled as we now officially have our own theme music courtesy of composer extraordinaire Timothy Fife. (You can check out Tim’s amazing work at www.timothyfife.com/ or via FaceBook) As of last week you can also subscribe to us via iTunes and Android as well as download the podcast to your devices. (See links below)

With all this new infrastructure in place we tackle a bunch of new 2016 releases,  BLOOD FATHER, KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS, HELL OR HIGH WATER, DON&...

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Kubo: And the Two Strings (2016)

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A Review by Jon Caron

Director: Travis Knight
Writer:
Shannon Tindle, Marc Haimes
Starring: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara

If you must blink, do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual it may seem. If you look away, even for an instant, then our hero will surely perish.

These days it is so very rare that an animated film crosses the threshold of becoming more than just a kids film, but a film for anyone of any age to enjoy. Kubo and the Two Strings manages to do this with such effortlessness, that one can only hope that relative newcomer Laika Studios (ParaNorman, Coraline, Boxtrolls), sees another success with this film and can continue on creating such beautiful stop motion wonderment...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#5: SOME THINGS ARE FANTASTIC!

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So it is that with the earworm, “Ricky Baker…Ricky Baker…Ricky Baker” refusing to leave our heads that we present you with Podcast #5. Tune in to hear our patented half-finished sentences, rambling nonsensical logic trees and consistently shouty delivery as we ponder the state of modern civilization, libertarianism, the definition of “real world fantasy” and other themes from this month’s new releases.

Proving his lack of dedication, yet again Adam has managed to avoid the cinematic gambles and left poor old Jon to slog through the dregs...

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Captain Fantastic (2016)

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A Review by Jon Caron

Writer/Director: Matt Ross

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn

To paraphrase a line from the film, “That’s the plot, tell me how it made you FEEL.” So, without regurgitating too deeply on what Captain Fantastic is about, I will attempt to do just that…tell you how it made me feel. This is no easy task mind you, a film this deeply layered with philosophy, beauty and unabashed intellect, could be discussed for days. This is not just one of the best films of 2016, this is one of the best films ever made. Period.

In summation, Viggo Mortensen (Ben) is a super badass, hippy genius, who has been living in the woods for the better part of two decades along with his brood of seven children and up until recently ill wife, who now stays in a hos...

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HIGH-RISE (2016)

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A Review by Adam Lovett

Director: Ben Wheatley

Starring:  Tom Hiddelston, Elizabeth Moss, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, James Purefoy, Peter Ferdinando

This hallucinatory societal allegory is savage visual poetry sure to repel some viewers. They don’t make them like this anymore. Not in the old fashion storytelling sense but something more cinematically experimental. Bold artistry that pushes the language of genre by connecting on a far more nerve twanging visceral level that abandons traditional narrative. Director Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, SIGHTSEERS) makes HIGH-RISE a litmus test spiraling into a singular level of chaotic madness that demolishes equilibrium. I left the theatre shell shocked, numb with a feeling comparable to what a film like WAKE IN FRIGHT achieved.

The fi...

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

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A Review By Jon Caron

Writer/Director: Paul Fieg

Starring: Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson

Tonight I caught an advanced screening of Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters film with my sister. I felt it was appropriate to take her, because we grew up together on Ghostbusters. We must have watched it together at least 100 times on vhs and that’s not an exaggeration. Hell, I used to bring my official proton pack to school with me, along with my ghost trap which I made myself out of “Construx” and put on little shows during recess for everybody. Then I’d come home from school and we’d watch the cartoon together, or the movie yet again. Ghostbusters was sacred to us.

Now, there has been a tremendous amount of controver...

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