Film

Every October once again brings MONSTERCAST to the Front Row Network! We're once again very excited to bring you our personal rankings of the 2nd annual HuluWeen Film Fest. These are 7 horror shorts from up and coming film-makers competing for the top prize of $50,000 toward making their short into a feature film. Which of the shorts tops our list? You'll have to listen to find out!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

It's one of the most divisive films of the year and probably one that will be for quite some time after. Joaquin Phoenix brings the character of the Joker to new life in Todd Phillips' truly bleak Gotham City origin one-shot. Now it's time for the #FullDisclosure treatment. 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".

Every October once again brings MONSTERCAST to the Front Row Network! We're excited to kick off the first of our four horror film spotlights for #MonsterCast by taking a look at the entire #ParanormalActivity Franchise. This is one of the most profitable film franchises of all time and changed the game for found footage's mass appeal. Just, you know..... ignore the last 3.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranormal_Activity_(film_series)

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

We at the Network are beyond excited to once again kick off October and our annual MonsterCast! This year we've packed the month with more content than ever and we're kicking it all off with a FULL DISCLOSURE of the recent horror fun-fest Ready or Not. A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7798634/

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

FULL DISCLOSURE continues it's string of #Mini spoiler reviews by reviewing the PBS storming of the Fall Box Office and the movie adaptation/sequel of the prestige drama Downton Abbey. The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.

GUILTY PLEASURES is putting on its hardcore 90s nostalgia glasses and seeing just how guilty the panel can get while watching the Disney "classic" Man of the House from 1995. Starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Chevy Chase, A young boy refuses to accept his mother's new boyfriend, a lawyer, despite the man's attempts to win his respect, while disgruntled relatives of a criminal he prosecuted seek revenge.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113755/

CLASSICS - Vertigo

Sep 25, 2019

CLASSICS returns by diving into the suspenseful world of Alfred Hitchcock once again with the film that many consider his masterpiece: 1958's Vertigo. A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman. We're also beyond psyched to welcome Mr. Eric Flick to the Network for the first time!

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Jeremy Goeckner & Eric Flick (debut)

It's never a dull time at the Network when con season comes around. Even though everyone in the home office was busy with assignments we were lucky enough to have guest correspondent Trey Johnson cover the Heroes & Villains and Walker Stalker FanFest in Chicago. He got interviews with all ranges of people from stars, authors, artists and of course the COSPLAYERS! Enjoy!

FEATURING: Trey Johnson

In 2017 Andy Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror novel It took the world by storm. 2 years later we get the epic conclusion to the horrifying story. Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back to do battle with the demon clown once and for all.

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7349950/

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

There might not be a more divisive director to discuss than Mr. Quentin Tarantino. His 9th film has been called everything from a schlock to his masterpiece. We've got an amazing panel to give it the FULL spoiler treatment on the latest episode of Full Disclosure.

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

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

With the release of It: Chapter 2, POP CULTURE DRAFT NIGHT saw it fit to take a look at the undisputed king of modern horror Stephen King and draft teams based on the adaptations of his work. This draft goes in many different directions! Vote for who you think won at the link below! 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QP5Y6PR

FEATURING: Phil Rockwell, Steve Sykes & Ryan Lootens

It's time yet again for another knock-down, drag-out movie bracket fight here at the Network! This time we've got the impossible task of sifting through all the amazing and uplifting sports films through the decades to arrive at the greatest to ever be made.

FEATURING: Lou Hare, John Bowser, Tim Tierney, Erin McCabe & Jeremy Goeckner

After a far-too-long hiatus, CLASSICS is finally back on the Front Row Network! To mark it's grand return, Brandon and the crew are breaking down one of the best comedies of all time: Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles. In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Louis Hare & Steve Sykes

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071230/

Pop Culture Draft Night: From Here to There Draft

Jul 31, 2019
Front Row Network Pop Culture Draft Night
Jeremy Goeckner

POP CULTURE DRAFT NIGHT is back with one of the most unique drafts you're ever going to see. In the pop culture world, it's so important to figure out how to get from point A to point B. There are many methods you can choose, but some are just inherently way cooler than others. Hence, it's time to put our GMs to the test and see which modes of pop culture transportation they're picking above all others!

FEATURING: Steve Sykes, Louis Hare, Ryan Lootens & Phil Rockwell

It's the biggest weekend of the year for all things pop culture and especially all things nerd! And the Front Row is once again proud to bring you comprehensive coverage of all the news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International 2019! Here is your brief recap of the biggest news from Day 4! We're covering news from Star Trek, the final season panel from Supernatural as well as a quick take on Marvel's Phase 4 strategy!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

It's the biggest weekend of the year for all things pop culture and especially all things nerd! And the Front Row is once again proud to bring you comprehensive coverage of all the news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International 2019! Here is your brief recap of the biggest news from Day 3! We're covering news from PicardThe Orville, and Watchmen as well as a comprehensive breakdown of Marvel's Phase 4 announcement!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Scott McFarland

It's the biggest weekend of the year for all things pop culture and especially all things nerd! And the Front Row is once again proud to bring you comprehensive coverage of all the news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International 2019! Here is your brief recap of the biggest news from Day 2! We're covering the first trailer for Netflix's The WitcherThe Walking Dead and the deleted scenes from Avengers: Endgame plus MUCH MORE!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 - Day 1 Recap

Jul 19, 2019
Front Row Network Specials
San Diego Comic Con

It's the biggest weekend of the year for all things pop culture and especially all things nerd! And the Front Row is once again proud to bring you comprehensive coverage of all the news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International 2019! Here is your brief recap of the biggest news from Day 1!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

FULL DISCLOSURE - Child's Play

Jul 18, 2019
Front Row Network Full Disclosure
Orion Pictures

It's the remake that no one wanted but defied expectations. The Front Row is live and talking about the surprising (but still flawed) Child's Play. A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

FEATURING: Phil Rockwell & Ryan Lootens

Front Row Network Rapid Reaction
Sony Pictures

It's the end of Marvel's massive Phase 3 and the capper on the awesomeness that was Endgame. The Network's Lou Hare is here with some SPOILER-FREE rapid thoughts on Spider-Man: Far From Home. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

FEATURING: Lou Hare

FULL DISCLOSURE: John Wick 3

Jun 26, 2019
Front Row Network Full Disclosure
Summit Entertainment

FULL DISCLOSURE continues it's Summer Blitz with another #Mini episode. This time out Lou Hare is reacting to the return of everyone's favorite dog-avenging assassin John Wick. Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head - he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

FEATURING: Lou Hare

GUILTY PLEASURES - Road House

Jun 17, 2019
Front Row Network Guilty Pleasures
Silver Pictures

Welcome to the newest episode of Guilty Pleasures! Here we discuss the movies you love even though you probably shouldn't. Serene and laconic, yet powerful and lethal, Dalton is an expert in martial arts and the best professional bouncer in the business. With such a reputation, Dalton is summoned in a small town in Missouri to clean up the sleazy bar called The Double Deuce from the troublemakers who terrorize the customers, without knowing, however, that the villainous local entrepreneur, Brad Wesley, wants things to remain unchanged.

Featuring: Lou Hare, Tara Erickson & Sam Weller

Front Row Network Full Disclosure
21st Century Fox

Welcome to the newest evolution of FULL DISCLOSURE on the Front Row Network with our solo MINIS! Today Jeremy is talking about his reactions to the latest and final chapter in the First Class X-Men franchise with Fox's adaptation of Dark Phoenix and what he thinks the future of the X-Men under Marvel Studios should be.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

With the Summer movie season officially on us, it's time for our annual tradition at POP CULTURE DRAFT NIGHT: 4 teams, 10 movies each, most money wins. It's time for the Summer Box Office Draft!

FEATURING: Phil Rockwell, Randi Rockwell, Megan Rockwell & Andrew Rockwell

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FULL DISCLOSURE - Aladdin

Jun 3, 2019
Front Row Network Full Disclosure
Walt Disney Pictures

The BEYOND THE MOUSE crew is pulling double duty this month to bring you the latest episode of FULL DISCLOSURE. The mouse house has continued their run of live-action remakes of their animated classics and now it's Aladdin's turn. How was Guy Ritchie's direction? Does Will Smith make the Genie work in live-action? Are the songs still as good as they were? The crew answers it all!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson & Brett Rutherford

Front Row Network Specials
Amblin Entertainment

As we celebrate and remember the brave men and women who have given the fullest measure of devotion in protection of our country, we welcome back our good friend and veteran Jay Hoffman and fellow veterans John Mizer and Ian Flug to talk what is undoubtedly one of the best war and overall movies of all time: 1998's Saving Private Ryan.

We at the Front Row send our sincerest thanks to all the brave servicemen and women who defend our country every day. And we remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion to keep our country safe. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

In an age of glamorous movie stars, Doris Day stood out form the rest. Whether it be in her girl-next-door looks or completely disarming and genuine charm, Doris Day forged a path for herself that only gives her one legitimate label: Legend. Our own Brandon Davis remembers her amazing life.

Featuring: Brandon Davis

 

graphic of film clips 90 through 81
Front Row Network

100 BEST is back and continuing the countdown of Jeremy and Brandon's 100 greatest films of all time. The lists are starting to really reflect the personalities of these 2 yahoos. Find out what surprises are around the corner as they reveal their picks for 90-81.

The NPR Illinois Foreign & Independent Film Series takes place every semester at the University of Illinois Springfield's Brookens Auditorium with one movie shown each month.

Join NPR Illinois at our Suggs Studio for a special Halloween screening of the best short horror films from previous Route 66 Film Festivals.

Free popcorn and candy, cash bar. Some films may not be suitable for children. Free admission!

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