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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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Let’s get one thing clear from the start.

This is NOT one of those “Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?” articles.

For one, this discussion has gone from ironic, to serious to irritating so many times there’s no more ground to cover regarding Die Hard’s Christmas bona fides. Second, after the year we’ve all had, if you find Christmas Spirit in ANYTHING, then I say have at it. Die Hard puts you in the Christmas spirt? Great! Gremlins? Sure! Boogie Nights? Why not? Now is not the year for gatekeeping Christmas cheer.

An Interview with Disney Legend Rolly Crump

Dec 24, 2020
The Walt Disney Company

We have quite the treat for you at Beyond the Mouse. We recently had the amazing opportunity to chat with Rolly Crump. He was awarded the Disney Legend award in 2004 for his tremendous work as an animator and as an Imagineer. Rolly worked on attractions from The Haunted Mansion to The Tiki Room. We talk about it all in this episode!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson __________________________________________ 

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.

VIEW FROM THE BACK ROW - Unbreakable (w/ Larry Smith)

Dec 23, 2020
Buena Vista Pictures

VIEW FROM THE BACK ROW returns with a look at M. Night Shyamalan's superhero drama Unbreakable. Steve is joined by CONVINCE ME host Larry Smith to talk about the film and how well it portrays it's wheel chair bound antagonist.

FEATURING: Steve Sykes & Larry Smith

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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!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

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Beyond the Mouse: Disney Christmas at Home

Dec 16, 2020
Walt Disney World

This is a Christmas season like no other, and we are here to help you celebrate the season. One of the best times of year to be a Disney fan is during Christmas. Craig, Brett and Vanessa give you all the ways that Disney helps them enjoy this time of year.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson __________________________________________ 

Named one of the top 60 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot! 

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Paris Visone

We are thrilled to welcome Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake to the show! Chris is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band. Their new album Silver Linings was just released last week. Craig and Scott have been fans of Less Than Jake for over twenty years, and had a lot of questions for Chris. The interview covers the new album, Chris' favorites from the bands 28 year career, his new podcast and much more. Thanks for listening and be sure to subscribe to The Front Row Network!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Scott McFarland

*This interview does include explicit content*   

Beyond the Mouse: Disney Investor Day Recap

Dec 13, 2020
Walt Disney Company

There was an incredible amount of news coming out of the Disney Investor Day presentation last Thursday. The whole crew is here to breakdown the biggest announcements from Lucasfilm, Disney Theatrical, Disney Animation, Pixar and Marvel!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson __________________________________________

Named one of the top 60 Disney Podcasts by Feedspot!

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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.

Beyond the Mouse: Disney Gift Extravaganza!

Dec 10, 2020

There are only a couple weeks left to Christmas. What gifts do you get for the Disney fan who has everything? We have the answers! The crew reviews some of their recommendations and then we jump into two very special items. The first is a new book called "Boundless Realm" by Foxx Notle. This book really dives deep into the Haunted Mansion, and it's an incredible account of the attraction that holds a special place in all our hearts. The second is a board game provided to us by Ravensburger. We all love the Jungle Cruise, and now you can experience the attraction in your own home!

CONVINCE ME WITH LARRY SMITH - Jeremy Nunes

Dec 10, 2020

Larry sits down with comedian and podcaster Jeremy Nunes where they discuss Jeremy’s comedy career, improv, his transition to clean comedy, and Jeremy tries to convince Larry certain foods are of the devil and conspiracy theories can be fun!

FEATURING: Larry Smith (@poundsmith2)

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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.

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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Beyond the Mouse: An Interview with Brenda Chapman

Dec 3, 2020
Pixar

We are incredibly excited to speak with Academy Award winning director, and Central Illinois native, Brenda Chapman. We had the chance to speak with Brenda about her career from her time working in animation during the Disney renaissance to her bring Pixar’s Brave to life. Brenda’s live-action directing debut, Come Away, is out now on any video on-demand platform. This wonderful reimaging of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland will have you filled with whimsy throughout the picture.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

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!

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