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  • Local Host Craig McFarland & Jeremy Goeckner

Are you a movie-lover? Do you look for the good before the bad? Do you think hater critic culture has gone a little too far? Well then this is the podcast for you! At The Front Row, we're the podcast for people who ACTUALLY LIKE MOVIES. We have over 10 different shows that all bring their unique perspectives to the world of entertainment. Check them all out, and we'll see you in the front row!

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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.

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.

FLASHBACK - The American President

Nov 30, 2020
Warner Bros. Pictures

FLASHBACK is closing out our November by taking a nostalgic look back at the 1995 Aaron Sorkin drama The American President. The template for what would become The West Wing boasts an amazing cast but does it really still have something to teach us about politics today? Our crew breaks it all down!

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Jay Hoffman & Craig McFarland

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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!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

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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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Walt Disney Publishing Worldwide

From the drawing board to the opening day of an attraction, Disney Imagineers are behind every step of building the rides fans love in Disney parks. But what does an Imagineer actually do?

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.

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

FULL DISCLOSURE - Hillbilly Elegy

Nov 24, 2020
Netflix

We're stepping into Oscar movie season once again with another EARLY REVIEW from our friends at Netflix. Ron Howard directs the film adaptation of the best-selling novel Hillbilly Elegy, in which a Yale law student is drawn back to his hometown and grapples with his family history, Appalachian values and the American dream.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford & Ryan Lootens

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GUILTY PLEASURES / FULL DISCLOSURE - Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square

Nov 23, 2020
Netflix

It’s a Holly Dolly Christmas! Guilty Pleasures continues its “Sleigh, What?” series of Christmas Movie podcasts by breaking down the craziest movie of the year, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.” There is so much going on in this movie and the GP crew will leave no yule log unturned! Non-Spoiler review at 0:00, then a Full Disclosure deep dive at 9:00!

FEATURING: Lou Hare, Tiffany Topol, Steve Ponzo

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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/

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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GUILTY PLEASURES - The Godfather: Part III (CLASSICS Crossover Special)

Nov 13, 2020
Paramount Pictures

It's time for another crossover! Lou joins back up with Classics hosts Brandon & Eric to complete their review of The Godfather trilogy with the infamous The Godfather: Part III. Does the conclusion to the Corleone saga deserve it's notorious reputation? Let's get into it and find out! FEATURING: Lou Hare, Brandon Davis, Eric Flick Don’t forget to follow/reach us at:

Beyond the Mouse: The Super Secret Hive!

Nov 12, 2020
Kid Save the World

This week we are so happy to invite to the show the cast the new podcast “The Super Secret Hive”. Julie and Mike are furloughed Disney cast members. They”ve spent the last 6 months writing/recording/producing a musical & educational kids’ adventure podcast, “The Super Secret Hive,” to help kids, parents, and educators navigate these challenging times. They created: 6 full-length adventures, 14 original songs, and online activities galore (ALL FREE!). We can’t recommend enough that you check out all that’s going on in The Hive!

VETERANS DAY SPECIAL 2020 - The Steel Helmet w/ Captain Dale Dye

Nov 11, 2020
Lippert Pictures

A tradition at the Network continues in 2020. Resident veteran Jay Hoffman welcomes our friend Captain Dale Dye back to the Front Row to talk the 1951 Korean War film The Steel Helmet. This film was the first to depict the Korean War and was the first of many war movies from filmmaker Samuel Fuller.

FEATURING: Jay Hoffman & Captain Dale Dye

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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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SUPER GG RADIO - Session 88 - Abby Russell

Nov 8, 2020
Super GG Radio

We were delighted to have the one, the only, Abby Russell of Giant Bomb fame join this week’s episode!  We dipped into the Midnight Ghost Hunt and Elypse betas, Abby seduced the news, her love of Red Dead Redemption gets her to try Red Dead Revolver, and she gives us some tips in starting Sims 4 in the Backlog Blog.  After that, we pick her brain with the most important questions, and play a round of Indie or OUTdie.

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. 

Beyond the Mouse: Brett's Big Business Birthday Bash

Nov 6, 2020
Touchstone Pictures

This week we are celebrating all things Brett as we help our friend and cohost ring in his upcoming birthday! One of his all time favorite films is the 1988 film “Big Business.” This fun comedy starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin is available right now on Disney+. So, put on some headphones and a party hat while we all discuss “Big Business.”

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

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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.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

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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!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

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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.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

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FLASHBACK - The Craft & The Craft: Legacy

Oct 30, 2020
Columbia Pictures & Blumhouse Pictures

Flashback is closing out their MonsterCast slate for the month with a special DOUBLE EPISODE! Blumhouse has released their new iteration of The Craft so the crew is taking a look at the 1996 original and then doing a FULL DISCLOSURE review of the new The Craft: Legacy.

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Erin McCabe & Jay Hoffman

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Walt Disney Studios

This week we bring you a real treat, as the Beyond the Mouse crew talks with D.J. MacHale. In addition to bringing Are You Afraid of the Dark into our lives, D.J. also wrote and directed the Disney cult classic Tower of Terror! Based on the attraction, Tower of Terror thrills with a tale of Old Hollywood and the mysterious events that occurred on Halloween night at the Hollywood Tower Hotel. We can’t recommend this film enough. We speak to D.J. about how he came to the project, the production design, the cast and so much more!

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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C2E2

MonsterCast continues to close strong! We're proud to debut an interview we conducted all the way back in March at C2E2 with horror mainstay Sandy King Carpenter. Aside from being the wife of horror master John Carpenter, Sandy has blazed a trail in entertainment as a film producer and script writer. She talks to our own Alex Orona about the launch of Storm King Comics and why she loves the comic book world so much.

FEATURING: Alex Orona (Super GG Radio)

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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.

On this exclusive episode of Convince Me with Larry Smith, playwright Kevin Kautzman joins Larry to talk about his new play “Moderation,” which has just been released as a podcast (and is brilliant), why he is in loath of awards shows, and why he loves theatre. 

FEATURING: Larry Smith (@poundsmith2)

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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!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & John Sivak

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