Film

6th Annual Geek Year In Review (2020)

Jan 13, 2021
Front Row Network

Once a year the geekiest podcasts in all of Central Illinois gather together to discuss the year that was. It is true that 2020 was a year we may want to forget, but the content creators gave us lots to sink our teeth into! Join Craig and Jeremy from the Front Row, Mitch from The Geek Awakens, Bailey from Lincolns Legends and (for the first time) Meghan and Jacqueline from I Think You're Gonna Like This as we break it all down for you.

Netflix

The Front Row is thrilled to welcome writer and lyricist, Chad Beguelin. Chad is an Illinois native and is an accomplished lyricist for the Broadway stage. His musical, The Prom, is now a brand new feature film on Netflix with an all-star cast. Join Jeremy as he discusses the many aspects of the film with Chad in this delightful conversation.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

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FLASHBACK - Clue The Movie

Dec 29, 2020
Paramount Pictures

FLASHBACK is closing out 2020 by taking a look at what might just be the best murder comedy ever made. Based on the Parker Brothers board game and featuring an all-star comedy cast, CLUE is one of those movies that just gets better with every watch. Let's break it down with the entire Flashback crew!

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Jay Hoffman, Erin McCabe & Rob

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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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:

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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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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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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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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FLASHBACK - The Shining (w/ Derry Public Radio Podcast)

Oct 26, 2020
Warner Bros. Pictures

MonsterCast is coming to a head this week and we're kicking it off with a MONSTER-SIZED podcast. Flashback is going back to 1980 to look at Stanley Kubrick's iconic scare-fest The Shining. And for this episode we're welcoming not only Brandon from Classics, but all three amazing hosts of the Derry Public Radio podcast!

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Jay Hoffman, Erin McCabe, Brandon Davis (Front Row Classics), C.M Alexander (DPR) & Joshua Kahn (DPR)

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Hulu

MonsterCast just can't be stopped! We're continuing our look at some amazing horror shorts by welcoming the writer and director of our top choice of the 2018 Huluween Film Fest, Josh Tanner, to talk his inspiration and behind the scenes stories from The Rizzle.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

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Blumhouse Pictures

MonsterCast 2020 continues with another round of FULL DISCLOSURE! Horror mega-studio Blumhouse has released the final two films in their October "Welcome To The Blumhouse" film series. We take a spoiler-filled look at "Evil Eye" and "Nocturne".

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

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Columbia Pictures

MonsterCast roars on with the 3rd of our horror film spotlights. In this edition Sara and Jeremy are looking at the good and very, very bad parts of I Know What You Did Last Summer and the unfortunate I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Long story short, if you hit someone with your car, just call the cops. Avoid the hook-wielding revenge feud.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

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FLASHBACK presents - Raised By Wolves Eps. 9 & 10

Oct 20, 2020
Home Box Office Entertainment

FLASHBACK is proud to present a very special series of episodes recapping the new HBO sci-fi series Raised By Wolves. Each episode will recap the latest 2 episodes of the show and examine through the lens of 80 and 90s sci-fi influences. The fifth episode breaks down Episode 9: Umbilical & Episode 10: The Beginning.

FEATURING: Jay Hoffman & Erin McCabe

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MonsterCast rolls on with a very special interview with actress Diane Franklin. You may remember her as the dream girl in LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (1982) or the crush-worthy exchange student Monique in the 1985 comedy BETTER OFF DEAD. But she’s also built a solid horror resume with such films as AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION, TERRORVISION and the recent reboot, THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS. And in this episode, she talks about all of it with Steve Sykes. Enjoy!

FEATURING: Steve Sykes

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GUILTY PLEASURES - Mr. Boogedy

Oct 16, 2020
Walt Disney Pictures

Guilty Pleasures is officially getting in on the MonsterCast fun with their first October offering. And man oh man is this film guilty as hell as they break down the made-for-television Disney film Mr. Boogedy. which sees a family move to the New England city of Lucifer Falls, which they soon find to be haunted by ghosts from the colonial period.

FEATURING: Lou Hare, Donna Hare & Christian Krauspe

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