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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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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.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

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.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

BEYOND THE MOUSE - Disney Goes To The Oscars!

Feb 5, 2020
Walt Disney Pictures

It's Oscar season once again at the Front Row and #BeyondTheMouse is getting in on the fun. In this special episode, the crew takes a look at some of the biggest moments for the Moues House at the Oscars. #BTM #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

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.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Original Screenplay

Feb 3, 2020
Netflix, Amblin Pictures, Columbia Pictures, CJ Entertainment, Lionsgate Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight category series now turns to Best Original Screenplay in a race that has become increasingly too close to call. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Phil Rockwell & Jay Hoffman

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

Democratic Candidates as Best Picture Nominees

Feb 3, 2020
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

It’s a harrowing time for Hollywood Democrats. As we speak, Academy voters are logging in and submitting their votes for the Academy Awards. At the same time, voters everywhere are preparing for their state’s primaries to select a candidate in the Democratic primary (The Republicans already have their candidate, so Jon Voight can rest easy). While on the surface, these seem like very disparate events (with only one having some actual stakes behind them), this year’s contests seem very similar.

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Adapted Screenplay

Feb 2, 2020

Our #OscarSpotlight series now turns to the big 8 categories as we take a look at the nominees, talk some snubs and tell you who should and will win on Oscar Sunday. First up is Best Adapted Screenplay. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Jay Hoffman & Craig McFarland

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Marriage Story

Feb 2, 2020
Netflix

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a look at one of the best drama's of the year boasting 3 nominated performances in #MarriageStory. Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7653254/

FEATURING: Lou Hare, Tim Tierney & Erin McCabe

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - 1917

Feb 1, 2020
Amblin Partners

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a packed panel to discuss what very well might be taking home the top #Oscar prize this year; the epic World War 1 one-shot #1917. April 6th 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message, that will stop 1,600 men, from walking straight into a deadly trap.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8579674

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Bombshell

Jan 31, 2020
Annapurna Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a look at the true story of one of the most tumultuous times in American media history and the 3-time nominated #Bombshell. A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6394270

FEATURING: Brett Rutherford & Vanessa Ferguson

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood

Jan 30, 2020
Columbia Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a re-release of our #FullDisclosure review of Quentin Tarantino's 9th film. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood has been called everything from a schlock to masterpiece. It's undoubtedly one of the most awarded films of the year.

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7131622/

FEATURING: Phil Rockwell, Erin McCabe & Bryan Dressel (After The Hype)

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

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Parasite

Jan 28, 2020
CJ Entertainment

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a breakdown of the wire-to-wire best-reviewed film of 2019; Bong Joon-Ho's searing social drama #Parasite. All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6751668

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Brett Rutherford & Craig McFarland

CLASSICS - The Apartment

Jan 27, 2020
The Mirsisch Corporation

#Classics is back in the midst of all the #Oscar craziness. But in the spirit of the big awards, they're taking a look at an instant dramedy classic in #TheApartment. A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053604/

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Erin McCabe & Eric Flick

DISCOVERING STAR TREK - Picard Ep. 1

Jan 26, 2020
CBS Entertainment

It's been a long nearly 2 year wait, but it's finally here! Enterprise Captain Jean Luc Picard is back and he's bringing some friends with him! The #DiscoveringStarTrek team is back to break down the first episode of #Picard. #FRN #NPR

Featuring Scott McFarland and Blake Whitson

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Please enjoy this episode of DISCOVERING STAR TREK and as always, we'll see you in the front row!

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Ford v Ferrari

Jan 26, 2020
20th Century Fox

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a look at one of the earlier released titles of the year in the racing true story #FordVFerrari. American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1950186/

FEATURING: Erin McCabe, Ryan Lootens & Jay Hoffman

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - JoJo Rabbit

Jan 23, 2020
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a look at the most original, infuriating and quite possibly brilliant film of the year with Taika Waititi's #JojoRabbit. A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2584384

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Jay Hoffman

Warner Bros. Pictures

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a look at the most nominated and quite possibly the most divisive film of the year; the 11-time nominee #Joker. In Gotham City, mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck embarks on a downward-spiral of social revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his infamous alter-ego: "The Joker".

FRN REVIEW - Joker Sends Mixed Messages

Jan 22, 2020
Warner Bros. Pictures

As films like Parasite and Knives Out put on a clinic eviscerating the upper crust’s ambivalence toward those under its heel, Joker looks like an insecure delinquent screaming from the back of the class that he’s just as smart as the teacher’s pets. Joker is troll level incitement - low information, low insight, high self-confidence.

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - The Two Popes

Jan 21, 2020
Netflix

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a look at #Netflix's #TwoPopes, the drama no one saw coming and the two nominated performances that power it.

Featuring: Craig McFarland & Ryan Lootens

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
MORE INFO: https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

Netflix

The #OscarSpotlight series continues! Martin Scorcese's The Irishman is next up as we re-release our #FullDisclosure review from last year. A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1302006

FEATURING: Lou Hare, Erin McCabe & Ryan Lootens

Sony Picture Releasing

The Oscars are here and once again the Front Row Network is giving you comprehensive coverage with our #OscarSpotlight series. Here we'll break down all of the most-nominated films and break down all of the categories. We start it out with Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's iconic novel #LittleWomen.

Featuring: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

Front Row Network

January 13, 2020

We're proud to debut our newest mini-show on the network: BOX OFFICE MINUTE. Here we will give you the rundown on what won the weekend at the theaters. 1917 opens big as the box office boasts only one new-comer in the top 5.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

Yes movie fans, the day has come once again. The nominations for 92nd Annual Academy Awards have been announced and, as always, there’s equal parts joy and anger to go around. I don’t think there’s quite anything in the movie world that inspires so much happiness and head-scratching at the exact same time as the yearly Oscar nominations. Per usual, there’s plenty of snubs and surprises to catalog.

SNUB: Frozen II Left in the Cold

5th Annual Geek Year In Review

Jan 10, 2020

It's the end of the year so it is time once again for the 5th Annual Geek Year In Review crossover podcast extravaganza! This year we welcome back our good friends Jeremie Bailey from the Lincoln's Legends podcast and Mitch Ladd from The Geek Awakens. We cover a wide variety of topics from movies to TV shows to Comics and even some video games. This is always one of the highlights of our podcasting year so a big shout-out to our co-collaborators and of course to all of you! So please enjoy this special episode!

Featuring: Craig McFarland, Mitch Ladd & Jeremie Bailey

January 10, 2020

Here we tell you the latest movies releasing in theaters every weekend so you can always be up to date on when the movies you're most looking forward to are out. This week returns a full slate of movie openings including the newly crowned Golden Globe Best Drama winner. Here is what's #OpeningThisWeek

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

The 2020 movie awards season has officially kicked off with the 77th Golden Globe Awards that took place last night in Hollywood, California. In many ways it’s been a truly whirlwind year in the world of movies. Record-breaking box office numbers have often given way to a thinking of diminishing returns when it comes to mid-budget studio fare. The emergence of streaming giant Netflix from cute upstart to legitimate leading studio in the Awards season has similarly led to a shifting window of what the movie industry is currently soon to be turning into.

January 03, 2020

Here we tell you the latest movies releasing in theaters every weekend so you can always be up to date on when the movies you're most looking forward to are out. This week literally has only one major studio film being released. Will it be enough to claim the box office crown?

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

Columbia Pictures

#Flashback is kicking off the new year with America's favorite romantic comedy and the perfect film to watch for New Year's! #WhenHarryMetSally is 30 years old and it's time to examine how it changed the rom-com landscape forever. #FRN #NPR

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098635/

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens & Vanessa Ferguson

FRN's Best Movies of 2019

Dec 31, 2019

2019 is officially in the books and in many ways the year in movies was as eclectic, chaotic and satisfying as everything else we encountered in 2019. We had a brand new all-time box office champion, a record-setting year for Disney as a studio that is unlikely to ever be challenged, the emergence of Awards front-runners on streaming services and one of the truly most baffling films in recent memory (Cats). As such here on the Front Row Network we put the task out to our writers to come up with the best films of the year in given categories. 

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