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FilmFrak: The Podcast#13: GUARDIANS OF THE PERSONAL SHOPPER

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Welcome to FilmFrak Podcast 13. Things get a little rowdier than usual this episode when Jon and Adam break their SPOILERS rule while exchanging body blows discussing PERSONAL SHOPPER. Consider this a courtesy warning for those who haven’t seen it. (Review starts at the 59.00 minute mark for those who wish to avoid knowing the films secrets)

It’s not all violence and mayhem, first there’s an impromptu state of the MCU chat fuelled by the release of GAURDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2. Next is GHOST IN THE SHELL, COLOSSAL, THE LOST CITY OF Z and then comes PERSONAL SHOPPER.

After that things calm down as THE PROMISE, PATERSON, A MONSTER CALLS, GIFTED, THE ASSIGNMENT and THE FOUNDER are focused on. The Netflix documentary 5 CAME BACK is briefly touched on as is a retro-screening of TREMORS.

Until nex...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#12: ABANDON HOPE

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We’re back for our second show of 2017 and it’s one that will go down in history. This episode we go off script to singlehandedly solve all of Hollywood and society’s problem regarding diversity and quality representation.

If the sheer genius of our wisdom beholden upon humanity isn’t enough to make you listen we also discuss a slew of new releases starting with the creature feature LIFE. Then it’s onto the horror of GET OUT, THE VOID, THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, DEVIL’S CANDY and THE LOVE WITCH. Finally we cover 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, LOGAN, KONG: SKULL ISLAND and I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE. There is even talk of the retro EVILD DEAD 2/ARMY OF DARKNESS screening hosted by Jon himself.

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

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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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FilmFrak: The Podcast#4: ARE WE THAT SHALLOW?

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What a fucking ride! Running on minimal sleep and a hazy hangover we’ve just driven many miles from an overnight adventure to NYC to worship at the temple of John Carpenter Live. Dedicated to our small but loyal audience we’ve decided to forego personal hygiene, cerebral lucidity or a snooze to record a rambling retelling of our cinematic adventures.

Aside from our pilgrimage to witness the synthesized power of JC we will also talk about retro 35mm screenings of THE BREAKFAST CLUB and EL TOPO along with SWISS ARMY MEN, NEON DEMON, THE SHALLOWS. DEMOLITION, KNIGHT OF CUPS, FINDING DORY, ID4: RESURGENCE, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN, THE TRUST, EYE IN THE SKY and the bewildering documentary TICKLED.

As if that’s not enough we are so in love with our own voices that we rattl...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#3: WE’RE NOT THAT NICE

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Well, it’s a trilogy. This thing is happening and after 3 shows we are happy as Bruce Willis dancing a Last Boyscout jig.

June 2016 was littered with cinematic black holes of apocalyptic proportions and guess which one of us High Noon-ed that shit for the good of the cause? Quick clue: It wasn’t your friendly narrator who may, or may not have been turned into an Orc on this month’s banner.

So what did we watch since last we met? What will we talk about? Well there was a screening of the LOST BOYS DCP on a giant IMAX screen. There was also SCARFACE on a brand new 35mm print. On the 2016 releases front we try to stay on topic with THE NICE GUYS, MOJAVE, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, ZOOTOPIA, MONEY MONSTER, CONCUSSION, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2, GODS OF EYGPT, KINDERGARTEN COP 2 and MR. RIGHT...

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From the Vault: The Fisher King (1991)

Before I was the Fraker I was John Doe and like everything else in this universe all cinema itself is interconnected on a molecular level. Slowly over time I plan to import many of my older reviews over to this new site under the banner of FROM THE VAULT. The format is simple, anytime I review a film here and it can be thematically (actor, Director, narrative etc) linked to a previous critique from the old site I will be sharing. When a review or article can coincide with a real world event like a retro-screening, personal curiosity or current event can be reflected, transfers happen.

Farewell Robin Williams

Today Robin Williams died. My heart is broken. Depression often comes with tormented genius and the psychological pain he suffered must have been as immense as his talent...

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Dom Hemingway (2013)

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Writer/Director: Richard Shepard

Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Demian Bichir, Madalina Diana Ghenea

“Oh. I’ll tell you who I am. I’m the fucker who’ll tear your nose off with my teeth. I’m the fucker who will gut you with a dull cheese knife and sing Gilbert and Sullivan while I do it. I’m the fucker who’ll dump your dead body in a freezing cold lake and watch you sink to the bottom like so much shit. I am that fucker. That’s the fucker who I am.” Dom Hemingway

A witty comedy drama; DOM HEMINGWAY is an inebriated fraking nihilist prick searching for sexual gratification and financial retribution…things don’t go as planned.

We meet our toxic title character Dom, as he pontificates about the daunting force of his throbbing male arsenal while sta...

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From The Vault: Sorcerer (1977)

From the Vault: Sorcerer (1977)

Before I was the Fraker I was John Doe and like everything else in this universe all cinema itself is interconnected on a molecular level. Slowly over time I plan to import many of my older reviews over to this new site under the banner of FROM THE VAULT. The format is simple, anytime I review a film here and it can be thematically linked to a previous critique from the old site I will be sharing. 

Excited! Tonight my local retro-moviehouse is screening the new William Friedkin supervised Blu-Ray restoration of his masterpiece SORCERER. Seeing this film on the bigscreen is one of those bucket-list cinema experiences that only comes around once a decade if that...

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From the Vault: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Before I was the Fraker I was John Doe and like everything else in this universe all cinema itself is interconnected on a molecular level. Slowly over time I plan to import many of my older reviews over to this new site under the banner of FROM THE VAULT. The format is simple, anytime I review a film here and it can be thematically linked to a previous critique from the old site I will be sharing. With the release of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES this weekend and my subsequent review which you can read HERE I figured this would be an ideal time for world’s to collide. Hope you like this trip into my past writerly adventures.

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RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011)

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Starring: James Franco, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Andy Serkis, Frieda Pinto, Tom Felton, James Harris,

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Prisoners (2013)

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Prisoners (2013)

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaaul, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Terence Howard

“They didn’t cry until I left them.”Alex

PRISONERS’ is a crime thriller that asks tough fraking questions.

A tightly bound domestic nightmare that constricts around its subject with suffocating tension before taking its intense but familiar set up to a bleaker place. PRISONERS thrives on murkier morality than the genre usually dares, even when it  loosens its grip with an uneven final quarter the emotional devastation and raging desperation of earlier scenes resonates.

Prisoners film stillIt’s Thanksgiving Day in an outlying Philadelphia suburb. The Dover and The Birch families are celebrating the holiday...

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