Jeremy Goeckner

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An Interview with Tamzin Merchant

Feb 25, 2021
Norton Young Readers

Tamzin Merchant is known by many for her roles in Pride and Prejudice, The Tudors and Carnival Row. She's a wonderful actress, and now she is a published author! We were delighted to read Tamzin's first book, The Hatmakers."Full of magic, surprise, and adventure, Tamzin Merchant’s sparkling debut introduces a captivating heroine and her extraordinary world." We can't recommend enough that you go out and pick up this book. We speak to Tamzin about The Hatmakers and her acting career.

Flashbacks: Thelma & Louise

Feb 23, 2021
Metro-Goldwyn-Maye

  

Front Row Flashbacks is going on an outlaw road trip with one of cinema’s greatest duos, Thelma & Louise. These ladies leave the toxic men in their lives and truly find themselves as they make their way through the beautiful scenescape that America has to offer with the wind in their hair and a great 90’s country mix tape in the cassette player. As their valiant escape to Mexico gets headed off by the law, these ladies write their own ending with one of the most memorable endings in cinema history.

FLASHBACKS: Pretty in Pink

Feb 9, 2021
Paramount Pictures

Front Row Flashbacks is going to the prom in a handmade pink dress to revisit the Molly Ringwald classic Pretty in Pink. We’ll get into the socioeconomic disparities as well as the great expressions of teenage awkwardness littered throughout this John Hughes production. Can Andie navigate life through her final year of high school with boys longing for her attention? Are you Team Duckie or Team Blaine? Join us as we seek to answer all those questions and more on Flashbacks!

Golden Globes 2021 Nominations Reaction

Feb 3, 2021
Hollywood Foreign Press Association

After a necessary delay, the movie awards season has officially kicked off with the nominations for the 2021 Golden Globe awards! Jeremy and Ryan are here to break down all the nominees, who the early favorites are and who was snubbed!

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Netflix

Join your co-sensei's Larry Smith and Jay Hoffman as they walk you through all things All-Valley Karate and breakdown Season 1 of the Netflix hit Cobra Kai. They talk about how Cobra Kai pays homage while simultaneously pointing out the sheer silliness of Karate Kid, all while being the most bingeable show on TV. 

  

  Future episodes can be found on the Front Row Flashbacks podcast feed on whatever app you use to listen to podcast. STRIKE FIRST! STRIKE HARD! NO MERCY!

FLASHBACKS: Trainspotting

Jan 27, 2021
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Front Row Flashbacks is diving into the Scottish, drug-fueled, modern-day classic, Trainspotting. We’re gonna get into how this movie simultaneously shows the allure and extremely destructive power of hard drugs. This movie kickstarted the careers of director Danny Boyle, who gave us films such as 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire, and actor Ewan McGregor. Join Ryan, Jay, and Erin as we dive into the emotional highs and lows and the punk rock, manic energy provided in Trainspotting. Choose Life my friends!

Peakingat70.com

John Del Vecchio is a best-selling author and a National Book Award Finalist who offers his unique perspective on a variety of topics and their historical antecedents. He uses his time as a Vietnam veteran to tackle issues such as race, economic issues, mental health, and the changing family dynamics in society. In our interview with John, we will get into the many themes present in his latest book “Demise: A Novel of Race, Culture Wars, and Falling Darkness” and his personal experiences littered throughout. Please join us as we get the author’s perspective on his latest book.

6th Annual Geek Year In Review (2020)

Jan 13, 2021
Front Row Network

Once a year the geekiest podcasts in all of Central Illinois gather together to discuss the year that was. It is true that 2020 was a year we may want to forget, but the content creators gave us lots to sink our teeth into! Join Craig and Jeremy from the Front Row, Mitch from The Geek Awakens, Bailey from Lincolns Legends and (for the first time) Meghan and Jacqueline from I Think You're Gonna Like This as we break it all down for you.

Netflix

The Front Row is thrilled to welcome writer and lyricist, Chad Beguelin. Chad is an Illinois native and is an accomplished lyricist for the Broadway stage. His musical, The Prom, is now a brand new feature film on Netflix with an all-star cast. Join Jeremy as he discusses the many aspects of the film with Chad in this delightful conversation.

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Full Disclosure - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Jan 7, 2021
Netflix

Netflix's Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is one of the most celebrated films of the year and The Front Row is breaking it all down. We are thrilled to have August Wilson scholar Dr. Joan Herrington along with Davenport Junior Theatre’s Creative Director Ben Gougeon joining Lou to review the film and how it honors the legacy of August Wilson.

Non-Spoiler review to start, Full Disclosure (spoilers) discussion at 8:20.

Panel – Lou Hare, Dr. Joan Herrington, Ben Gougeon

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.

FULL DISCLOSURE - The Prom

Dec 19, 2020
Netflix

FULL DISCLOSURE's packed December continues with a deep dive look at Netflix's new musical hit The Prom. We're talking the ways it was adapted from Broadway, the stacked cast, our favorite musical numbers and hit briefly on that possible controversial casting. It's time to dance!

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Netflix

This is a biased review. I’m putting it out there early because it’s going to become pretty obvious pretty soon. I’m a huge musical lover, do live theatre and musical and have a particular love of The Prom stage production. I remember watching this show and not only feeling the laughter but also the undeniable importance mixed with a heart that so few stage productions can seem to master. Put simply, when you can merge a message with genuine heart and comedy, that is a recipe for success.

Hulu

You read the synopsis of a film like Happiest Season and you think you know exactly where this is going to go: “A holiday romantic comedy that captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family's acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.” It sounds like a heavy on the comedy Christmas romp that is also heavy on the cheese. Add in the presence of comedy superstar Dan Levy in a supporting role and you’d wouldn't be crazy to assume such things.

Hulu

Being a parent is just plain hard. As the father of a 3 year-old and a 7-month old, I can personally attest that the hardest moments of life are often associated with the crippling insecurity and self-doubt that accompanies every decision you make for your child. You second-guess literally everything no matter how simple or mundane.

FULL DISCLOSURE - The Queen's Gambit

Nov 30, 2020
Netflix

FULL DISCLOSURE returns with a deep dive into Netflix's latest miniseries hit The Queen's Gambit. Following the life of a young female chess prodigy, this miniseries is packed with an incredible lead performance, a pace that never dulls and some of the best and most accurate depictions of chess ever put to screen. It's not to be missed and we're spoiling the hell out of it!

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World Wrestling Entertainment

WWE's annual brand battle Survivor Series has come and gone and while it was filled with one big head-scratcher (what are we doing with Lana here?), there were some absolute classics including a fire main event and, of course, finally saying goodbye to the iconic Undertaker.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & John Sivak

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Priority Pictures

We're very honored to welcome two incredible filmmakers to the Front Row to talk about their new documentary. Nelson and Maxx have spent the last 4 years compiling, interviewing and editing this never-before-seen look at the street-level courage and hardships of the unending pro-democracy protests in Venezuela. We discuss the remarkable way they gathered this footage, the incredible stories within and how each of us can help make a difference.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner, Nelson Navarrete & Maxx Caicedo

Priority Pictures

Documentaries have a wondrous power to beam directly into our hearts and minds. Sure movies are, in their most basic form, just wonderfully produced stories but when those stories come with the intensity of real-life issues in the world, those stories are able to penetrate barriers and give us an understanding and empathy we might otherwise never experience.

Michael Grecco Photography

A few months ago we had the pleasure of speaking with celebrity photographer Michael Grecco about his career. Now we're so happy to welcome him BACK to the Front Row to talk about his brand new book "Punk, Post Punk and New Wave" and the incredible never-before-seen photographs that populate this incredible record of one of the most iconic periods in music and cultural history. 

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner, Craig McFarland & Michael Grecco

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Netflix

FULL DISCLOSURE is kicking off a busy month with a look back at the most critically acclaimed release of October. We dive into the unreal ensemble, the Sorkin-ese and the awards chances for Netflix's The Trial of the Chicago 7.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Steve Sykes & Louis Hare

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MONSTERCAST 2020 - The Ruins

Oct 31, 2020
Paramount Pictures

We are officially closing out in insanely packed month of content with our last episode of MonsterCast in 2020. For our final horror film spotlight, we're diving into the "don't mess with nature" bloody gore-fest that is The Ruins, chronicling 5 people's fight to survive after being trapped on the top of an ancient pyramid with a unexplained force slowly hunting them.

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Hulu

MonsterCast is nearly over but we have two more bit of terror-filled fun before we done! We start with one of our favorite mainstays of MonsterCast: The Huluween Bite Size Horror Film Fest. This year Hulu has made it bigger than ever with 28 horror shorts and, just like the last two years, we've ranked them all to give our top prize. Who wins it this year? You'll have to listen to find out!

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Amazon Studios

FULL DISCLOSURE is closing out their MonsterCast slate by taking a look at the first two episodes of the new Amazon Prime paranormal comedy series Truth Seekers from the creative minds of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

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Buena Vista Entertainment

Episode 45 of "Are You Afraid of the Podcast" is continuing Season 4 by looking at The Tale of the Long Ago Locket. A teenager is mysteriously transported to the Revolutionary War, where he must help a solider return to his girlfriend, before she marries another man. We talk about Will Friedle's non-changing wardrobe, the importance of local historians and is William his first or last name? YOU DECIDE!

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Buena Vista Entertainment

Episode 45 of "Are You Afraid of the Podcast" is continuing Season 4 by looking at The Tale of the Long Ago Locket. A teenager is mysteriously transported to the Revolutionary War, where he must help a solider return to his girlfriend, before she marries another man. We talk about Will Friedle's non-changing wardrobe, the importance of local historians and is William his first or last name? YOU DECIDE!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner (@jgoeck) & Sara Baltusevich

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World Wrestling Entertainment

Five Star Pod Splash is getting in on the #MonsterCast action bringing you the definitive review of WWE's Hell In A Cell payperview. 3 cell matches highlighted a night of new champions some genuinely shocking developments for the rest of the year!

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Hulu

MonsterCast just can't be stopped! We're continuing our look at some amazing horror shorts by welcoming the writer and director of our top choice of the 2018 Huluween Film Fest, Josh Tanner, to talk his inspiration and behind the scenes stories from The Rizzle.

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Blumhouse Pictures

MonsterCast 2020 continues with another round of FULL DISCLOSURE! Horror mega-studio Blumhouse has released the final two films in their October "Welcome To The Blumhouse" film series. We take a spoiler-filled look at "Evil Eye" and "Nocturne".

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Columbia Pictures

MonsterCast roars on with the 3rd of our horror film spotlights. In this edition Sara and Jeremy are looking at the good and very, very bad parts of I Know What You Did Last Summer and the unfortunate I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Long story short, if you hit someone with your car, just call the cops. Avoid the hook-wielding revenge feud.

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