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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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Beyond the Mouse: Big Shot on Disney+ with Jessalyn Gilsig

Apr 15, 2021

In honor of the release of the Disney+ original series Big Shot we are thrilled to bring you our interview with Jessalyn Gilsig. Jessalyn is a prolific actor in television and film having been on screen in iconic shows such as Nip/Tuck, Glee, Vikings, Boston Public and more.


Apr 14, 2021

It's Oscar season and Front Row Classics is taking a look at the Best Picture winner of 1958: Gigi. The movie was the winner of our Best Picture poll on our Facebook page back in February. This original film musical won 9 Oscars and is famous for its melodic score and gorgeous sets & costumes. Yet, our hosts explore the outdated plot and archaic themes which hold the film back from aging well. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric for what may be our most polarizing episode yet.

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In 2006, Eddie Murphy sat on the stage of the iconic Inside the Actors Studio. Relaxed and confident, the former King of the Box Office was getting rave reviews and Oscar buzz for his performance in Dreamgirls. It had been 10 years since his last comeback, 1996’s smash hit The Nutty Professor. After that, the comedian found some success giving his star power to mostly bland family comedies (Dr.

Super GG: Esports as a College Minor

Apr 9, 2021

We were delighted to sit down with Dr. Josh Shuart (Director of Sports Management) and Professor Andrew C. Miller (Director of Sports Communication and Media Graduate Program) of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT to discuss their new Minor in Esports program.


Beyond the Mouse: 101 Dalmatians

Apr 8, 2021
Walt Disney Animation


There was really only one choice for our 101st episode. We are joined by Front Row Classics host Brandon Davis to talk about the 1961 Disney animated classic. We also discuss the films impact, and multiple remakes and sequels. There is also a special check in from Disney Legend Floyd Norman, who worked on the film. This week has completely gone to the dogs!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson


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Convince Me with Larry Smith: Jesse David Fox

Apr 6, 2021

Jesse David Fox, Senior Editor of Vulture and host of Good One podcast was kind enough to take some time to talk to Larry about the curse of needing to be correct, comedy “booms,” and the phenomenon that is people’s relationship with Saturday Night Live.

FEATURING: Larry Smith (@poundsmith2)

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FLASHBACKS: Star Trek: First Contact

Apr 5, 2021
Paramount Pictures

Join the crew of Front Row Flashbacks and the crew of the S.S. Enterprise in the fight to battle their villainous, space zombie enemies, The Borg. After successfully destroying the Borg Cube, the Borg were able to abort their Borg Sphere to enact their Plan B of enslaving humanity, which is to travel back in time to prevent the discovery of warp drive. Well, the artist formerly known as Locutus and crew follow them through time where we get the perfect two-part movie we never knew we wanted, Back to the Future meets Dawn of the Dead.

Full Disclosure: Godzilla vs Kong

Apr 2, 2021
Warner Bros. & Toho

Join the Front Row Network as we give another Full Disclosure, this time on the Earth-shattering Godzilla vs Kong. Cinema’s kings of kaiju come back to the big screen five decades after their first encounter to see who the true king of the monsters is. The Full Disclosures team gives a brief historical run down of everyone’s favorite monsters, as well as our personal history with these characters. Does this movie offer a new look at two classic monsters or does it go off the rails? Can two alpha titans exist on Earth?

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Thrilled… Honored… Grateful… So many words can be used to describe our feeling as we release our 100th episode. It’s such a special treat that we were able to speak about one of our favorite movies with three men who brought it to the screen. We invite back to the podcast, Kevin Lima, who not only directed A Goofy Movie but also is such an inspiration to our show. We are joined for the first time by Disney Legend Bill Farmer, who has voiced Goofy for over thirty years.

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FLASHBACKS Presents Cobra Kai Season 3, Episode 1

Apr 1, 2021
Sony Pictures Television

Join Larry Smith and Jay Hoffman as they continue to navigate through the intense karate world located in Reseda, California. This time we’re going episode by episode for season 3, and there is a high likelihood that we get our episodes confused and meander off track, but much like the ebb and flow of great karate, we always find our way back to our center…mostly.

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Special Episode: Friday Night Flicks

Mar 26, 2021

We're a year into the pandemic and we've all found creative ways to share our movie experiences. Three of our Front Row contributors have found a way to stay connected and share movies they love. Join Craig, Anna and Brandon as they recount the past year of long-distance movie viewing each Friday night. You'll find movies of almost every genre represented in the conversation. We hope it inspires you to share the movies you love with friends both near and far.

Beyond the Mouse: Two Vanessas with DisLove Podcast

Mar 25, 2021
Brett Rutherford


Who knew there would be TWO Vanessa Fergusons in the Disney podcasting scene? We are excited to be joined by Vanessa and Kris of DisLove Podcast. We speak to them about their love for Disney, how they started their show and we do some deep diving into the world of Disney weddings. The two Vanessas also share fun stories of John Stamos ruining their meals.

Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a BIG announcement about our 100th episode.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson



Mar 24, 2021

We've got a bonus episode for our listeners this month! Just in time for Easter, Front Row Classics brings you Ben-Hur. Brandon and Eric break down the landmark biblical epic that won a record-setting 11 Oscars. The hosts discuss the mammoth production, including the legendary performance of Charlton Heston in the lead role. We also focus on the long and storied history of the production behind the film. A large portion of the episode is devoted to the chariot race, which remains one of the greatest action sequences in film history.  


Mar 23, 2021
Warner Bros.

Front Row Flashbacks goes on a whirlwind adventure with the 1996 disaster hit, Twister. We dig into the technical aspects of a film that blew past the competition at the box office and inspired disaster movies for years to come. As one of the few blockbusters that takes place in rural America, this movie is near and dear to our Illinois-countryside hearts.


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Beyond the Mouse: An Interview with Billy Campbell

Mar 18, 2021
Walt Disney Studios

We are thrilled to welcome Billy Campbell to the show. Billy played Cliff Secord in The Rocketeer and we speak to him about his time in the role. We also discuss his roles in Cardinal, Dynasty, and other performances he has had over his stellar career. Billy is set to star in a pilot for ABC called National Parks and we discuss that with him as well. 


FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson


Full Disclosure: Nomadland

Mar 17, 2021
Searchlight Pictures

Join us on our Oscar Spotlight- Full Disclosure breakdown of the critically acclaimed Nomadland. This movie has been on a tear during the movie award season, winning loads of awards with its minimalist approach. While this movie has been a critical darling, it has been divisive amongst the Front Row Network hosts. Give this episode a listen and see what side of the experience you fall.

Featuring: Brandon Davis, Ryan Lootens, Steve Sykes, and Jay Hoffman

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FLASHBACKS: Highlander

Mar 16, 2021

Front Row Flashbacks is travelling around the world covering centuries of battles between immortals who must decapitate one another to become the final immortal! Will it be Connor McCloud, the titular Highlander, or will it be the barbarian bred for battle, The Kurgan? Join us as we talk about one of the definitive cult cinema classics, which spawned five sequels, an anime movie, two television shows, a kids cartoon, and a card game. Join us on this frolicking urban fantasy and remember, “There can be only one!”


FLASHBACKS: Highlander

Mar 16, 2021

Front Row Flashbacks is travelling around the world covering centuries of battles between immortals who must decapitate one another to become the final immortal! Will it be Connor McCloud, the titular Highlander, or will it be the barbarian bred for battle, The Kurgan? Join us as we talk about one of the definitive cult cinema classics, which spawned five sequels, an anime movie, two television shows, a kids cartoon, and a card game. Join us on this frolicking urban fantasy and remember, “There can be only one!”


Full Disclosure: Promising Young Woman

Mar 14, 2021
Focus Features

The Front Row Flashbacks team is giving you an episode of Full Disclosure on Promising Young Woman. This movie is loaded with heavy emotions while taking a complex look at the nature of the sexual assault issues that have been brought to the fore front of discussion over the last decade in our country. Join us as we discuss this movie that hits on heavy subject matter while also being extremely re-watchable. We have a lot of thoughts and even more questions as we dig into this award-winning film that does not waste a single frame.

Beyond the Mouse: Disney Fine Art with Dave Avanzino

Mar 11, 2021



We had such a great time speaking with Disney Fine Artist Dave Avanzino. Brett had a chance to meet Dave recently at the Epcot Festival of the Arts. We talk to Dave about how he came to work with Disney and so much more.

Classics: High Noon

Mar 10, 2021
United Artists

Front Row Classics returns to examine one of the most popular and critically acclaimed westerns ever made. High Noon might even be better categorized as a suspense thriller set in the Old West. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to examine the themes of loyalty, cowardice and standing up for what is right. The hosts also examine the backdrop of the Hollywood Blacklist, which looms large over the film to this day.

Full Disclosure: Raya and the Last Dragon

Mar 10, 2021
Walt Disney Studio

The Beyond the Mouse crew takes over Full Disclosure as they share all their thoughts about the new film, Raya and the Last Dragon. Prior to talking spoilers the crew takes on the number one question they were asked, is this worth $30 on Disney+ Premier Access. So, if you’ve been wondering that question, they may have your answer. 

Featuring: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford and Vanessa Ferguson


SPECIAL EPISODE: An Interview with Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Mar 9, 2021

Phillip Kennedy Johnson is the Eisner-nominated comic writer behind original comics like the popular The Last God series and Warlords of Appalachia. He has also worked on numerous super hero series such as Aquaman, Captain America, and Marvel Zombies Resurrection. Kennedy will be taking the lead on the King Daddy of super heroes with his run on Superman and Action Comics starting this month. He is also tasked with launching Marvel's upcoming comic run on the famed Alien series. Johnson is a soldier, a musician, a trainer of MMA, and most importantly a dad.

Convince Me with Larry Smith: Clay Foley

Mar 4, 2021

  Larry talks to Clay Foley, standup comic, host, writer, and producer of Foley Informed, about why he loves sitcom writing and how he doesn't love a certain delicious (and popular) confection. Also, veganism, being a straight edge punk rocker, and you get to experience what it's like "on the road" with two comics in a car. 

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It’s March let’s start the madness!

We are thrilled to bring you this very special episode. We invited back three close friends of the podcast, Justin from Disney Dads Podcast, Matthew from Imagineer Podcast and John from Joined by Brett and Vanessa these five take on narrowing down the best attraction at Walt Disney World. Who will cut down the nets at the end? Will a Cinderella story be in the making? Find out!

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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. 

Beyond the Mouse: Brett's Disney World Trip Report

Feb 26, 2021



This week’s Beyond the Mouse Podcast includes ALL of Brett’s “unedited, charming side trips and anecdotes and ramblings” from his recent trip to WDW. It’s the “wildest podcast in the wilderness!”

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson


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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.