Brandon Davis

Front Row Network Host

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CLASSICS: Patton

Mar 3, 2021
20th Century Fox

Front Row Classics begins March with one of the greatest biopics to ever come from Hollywood, Patton. Jay Hoffman, from Front Row Flashbacks, joins Brandon and Eric to break down the Best Picture winner from 1970. Jay's military experience adds a special element to the discussion.  The hosts break down the career-defining performance of George C. Scott as the legendary general. They also touch on the many scenes and dialogue that make this film a standout among other standard Hollywood biopics. 

CLASSICS: His Girl Friday

Feb 18, 2021
Columbia and Sony

Front Row Classics is closing out February with the legendary screwball comedy, His Girl Friday. Brandon and Eric are joined by Beyond the Mouse's Brett Rutherford & Vanessa Ferguson as they breakdown this hilarious, newsroom comedy. The crew discusses the palpable chemistry between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as well as the rapid-fire dialogue which demands repeat viewings. The discussion also focuses on early feminist representation in the character of Hildy Johnson. 

 

Avid Reader Press (Simon & Schuster)

The Front Row is pleased to welcome Michael Riedel to the podcast. Riedel has been the columnist for the New York Post since 1998. His new book, "Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway" focuses on the Broadway theater in the 1990s.  In this interview, Riedel discusses the formative decade that brought and end to Broadway's "British Invasion". He also recounts the advent of Rent, the resurrection of the classic America Musical Comedy and how 9/11 affected the theater community. Please join the Front Row's Brandon Davis for this delightful conversation.

CLASSICS: Annie Hall

Feb 7, 2021
United Artists

Front Row Classics is heading back to the 1970s this month. We're looking at the Best Picture winner of 1977, Annie Hall. This influential romantic comedy was a break through in modern movie making and still casts a giant shadow today. Flashback's Erin McCabe joins Brandon and Eric to discuss the many aspects of the performances, script and the complexity of viewing a Woody Allen film in 2021.

Flashbacks: Fargo

Jan 22, 2021
Gramercy Pictures

Front Row Flashbacks is kicking off 2021 with a snowy independent film from 1996 that had a huge impact as it snow blew the Coen Brothers into the world of mainstream cinema and received an avalanche of award nominations. We are discussing the impact of Fargo as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. Along with your Flashbacks hosts Ryan, Jay & Erin we have Front Row Classics host Brandon Davis and friend of the pod, Ryan Hunt.

CLASSICS: City Lights

Jan 20, 2021
United Artists

Front Row Classics is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's 1931 masterwork, City Lights. Join Brandon and Eric as they pay tribute to Chaplin's genius in a film that's still funny and heartwarming nearly a century later. Topics include: the precision of some of Chaplin's greatest comedic set pieces and the world events surrounding the film. The hosts also discuss the importance of going back and watching silent movies

Paramount Pictures

Just when we thought we were out, they pull us back in! Brandon and Lou are back to talk about The Godfather saga one last time as we discuss Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. After 30 years, Francis Ford Coppola offers up a new version of The Godfather: Part III. We get into all the changes and which version we prefer.

Featuring Lou Hare & Brandon Davis

CLASSICS: The Sound of Music

Jan 2, 2021
20th Century Fox

Front Row Classics rings in 2021 with one of the most enduring movie musicals ever made, The Sound of Music. Robert Wise's production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical features some of the most iconic musical moments in film history. Brandon and Eric are joined by first time Front Row guest, Kelly Lohrenz. The three discuss the cast, score and never-ending behind-the-scenes trivia that have made this inspirational story a favorite of audiences for the last 55 years. 

CLASSICS: The Great Race

Dec 23, 2020
Warner Bros

Front Row Classics brings you something a little offbeat for the holiday season. Our editor-in-chief, Jeremy Goeckner, makes a return to Classics to discuss Blake Edwards' big budget salute to slapstick, The Great Race.  This episode covers topics that include Jack Lemmon's insanely zany dual role, the underrated talents of Tony Curtis, the professionalism & beauty of Natalie Wood and the most expensive pie fight ever put to film. We also give our thoughts on aspects of the film that might not hold up through the lens of 2020.

CLASSICS: Auntie Mame

Dec 5, 2020
Warner Bros

Let's ring in the holiday season with our newest episode of Front Row Classics! We bring you 1958's Auntie Mame starring Rosalind Russell, recreating her Tony nominated stage role for this film. Brandon and Eric are joined by Beyond the Mouse's Brett Rutherford to discuss this legendary comedy. The hosts discuss among many topics: Russell's hilarious performance, the amazing roster of character actors in the supporting cast and the life affirming themes that still resonate today.  We know 2020 has been a challenging year for us all.

FULL DISCLOSURE - Mank

Dec 3, 2020
Netflix

We're kicking off a packed December slate with FULL DISCLOSURE of the new Netflix drama Mank from acclaimed director David Fincher. Telling the behind-the-scenes inspiration for what many call the greatest film ever made, just how much of an Oscar shoo-in is this black and white tour-de-force? We're spoiling it all!

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Jay Hoffman & Brett Rutherford

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Netflix

1941’s Citizen Kane is considered among many critics and cinephiles to be the greatest film ever made, even 70 years after its release. The story behind Kane’s creation has proven to be just as compelling. One of the key architects of the film classic is the lead character in David Fincher’s new film, Mank. Herman Mankiewicz was a charismatic, brilliant screenwriter who became a favorite among the Hollywood elite due to his entertaining wit.

Classics: The Big Sleep

Nov 25, 2020
Warner Bros.

Front Row Classics brings you the episode voted on by our listeners in this month's Noirvember poll. We close out the month of November with the legendary film noir, The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart steps into the shows of legendary gumshoe, Phillip Marlowe. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to discuss the phenomenal chemistry between Bogart and Lauren Bacall in this movie based on Raymond Chandler's crime novel. The hosts also try and make sense of the famously confusing plot, partly penned by William Faulkner.

Turner Classic Movies

Front Row Classics is celebrating Noirvember this month with a very special guest. The "Czar of Noir", Eddie Muller joins Brandon and Eric to celebrate the Film Noir genre. Eddie is a celebrated author, film historian and is the host of Turner Classic Movies' Noir Alley. The interview covers the history of noir as well as discussion of modern and classic examples of the genre. We encourage our listeners to also visit The Film Noir Foundation's website to see how you can get involved in preserving film history.

www.filmnoirfoundation.org/

Classics: Spartacus

Nov 6, 2020
Universal Pictures

We're kicking off the month of November in a big way. Front Row Classics tackles the mammoth-sized epic, Spartacus. Brandon and Eric are joined by Jay Hoffman and Erin McCabe from Front Row Flashbacks to discuss Stanley Kubrick's classic film. The group discusses the film's timeless theme of the fight for human rights as well as the legendary all-star cast including the late, great Kirk Douglas.  We also spotlight how Spartacus was a timely comment on both the Civil Rights Movement and Hollywood Blacklist of the 50s and 60s. 

Universal Pictures

Front Row Classics closes out MonsterCast with what many have called, "the greatest horror comedy ever made". The legendary comedy duo of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello encounter three of Universal's most legendary monsters in this zany farce that packs both laughs and scares. Brandon and Eric discuss some of the most famous gags of the film as well and the personalities behind the camera.

To close out the month of September, Front Row Classics brings you a very special interview. Brandon and Eric welcome Todd Fisher to the Front Row. Todd has worn many hats in the entertainment industry: director, producer, cinematographer, CEO and avid collector. He also happens to be Hollywood royalty: brother of Carrie Fisher and son of Debbie Reynolds. In this interview, Todd brings us many funny and touching anecdotes about his sister and mother along with his own insights into the film industry.

United Artist

Front Row Classics tackles one of the most popular and in influential films of the 1970s. Erin McCabe and Jay Hoffman join Brandon and Eric to pay tribute to Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The discussion includes Jack Nicholson’s career defining performance as McMurphy. We also praise Louise Fletcher’s terrifying performance as Nurse Ratched, one of cinema’s greatest villains. This 1975 film also features memorable early performances by some of the most enduring character actors in the business.

Front Row Network

CLASSICS is very happy to conduct our very first interview and wow is it a great one. We're honored to welcome the widow and biographer of the late great Gene Kelly to the show, Patricia Ward Kelly. We talk about some amazing stories from Kelly's prolific career, the job he REALLY wanted all along and bust some myths about the legend as only Patricia can do. Check it out and here social media page keeping Gene's legacy alive.

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Eric Flick & Jeremy Goeckner

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Apollo 13

Apr 29, 2020
Universal Pictures

Apollo 13 is one of the top 90s films. The film is 25 years old and we are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event. So, a perfect time to revisit this classic!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Anna McFarland and Brandon Davis

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Classics is so psyched to finally launch our annual celebration of all things Marx Brothers, Marx Madness! In the first episode, we're taking a look at Duck Soup and A Night At The Opera.

FEATURING: Brandon Davis & Allison Means

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Netflix, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, El Deseo

Our #OscarSpotlight category series continues with a look at the absolutely STACKED year that it was for leading male performances. Who's the favorite and can anyone pull an upset? #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
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OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Actress

Feb 6, 2020
Netflix, Sony Pictures Releasing, Focus Features, BBC Films, Annapurna Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight category series turns its attention to the race for Best Actress and whether or not anybody can pull a surprise upset of favorite Renee Zellweger. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Jay Hoffman & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
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OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Supporting Actress

Feb 5, 2020
Netflix, Sony Pictures Releasing, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Misher Films, Annapurna Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight category series continues with a deep dive on the insanely talented ladies nominated for Best Supporting Actress. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Jay Hoffman & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
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OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Supporting Actor

Feb 4, 2020
Sony Picture Releasing, Netflix, Columbia Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight category series continues and now we're getting into the acting categories. First up is the showdown for Best Supporting Actor. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
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OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Judy

Jan 29, 2020
BBC Films

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a look at what many consider the best female performance of the year in the late-life biopic #Judy. Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7549996/

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner, Brandon Davis & Sara Baltusevich

CLASSICS - Christmas In Connecticut

Dec 24, 2019
Warner Bros. Pictures

#Classics is getting in the holiday spirit this Christmas Eve as the crew takes a look at the holiday favorite Christmas In Connecticut. A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037595/

FEATURING: Brandon Davis & Eric Flick

CLASSICS - The African Queen

Nov 21, 2019
Romulus Films

#Classics is celebrating Thanksgiving by reviewing a movie we all should be very thankful for. Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn combined for one of John Huston's most beloved adventures, The African Queen. In WWI Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043265

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Eric Flick & Craig McFarland

Universal Pictures

#Classics gets in on the #MonsterCast fun by going all the way back to 1931 and the beginning of the movie monster craze with Bela Lugosi's classic Dracula. The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021814/

FEATURING: Brandon Davis & Eric Flick

When you think of how iconic the Carol Burnett Show was, one of the key parts of that success was the impeccable physical and improv comedy of one Mr. Tim Conway. Consistently on a vendetta to make his fellow actors crack, Conway was a master at reading the audience and taking them exactly where he wanted them to go. His comedic genius will be insanely missed in this world. Our Brandon Davis remembers him.

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