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FWOAC 239: Films of June 1999

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FWOAC discusses four films of varying quality, released in June 1999: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeWild Wild WestSouth Park: Bigger, Longer, & UncutRun Lola Run

FWOAC 238: Dark Phoenix | The Thing (1982)

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FWOAC tussles with a malicious interstellar threat discussing Dark Phoenix, only to freeze our faces off in the antarctic of John Carpenter's The Thing.

FWOAC 237: May 1999 Films

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In FWOAC's third discussion of the films of 1999, we battle The Mummy, fall in love in Notting Hill, and lose it all going up against Ghost Dog.

FWOAC 236: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

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FWOAC runs for its life in order to discuss John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum || PROLOGUE ~ Homage

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As I type this it has been roughly 24 hours since I took my reserved seat to see John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. A title and naming convention that lays out how much the filmmakers are aware of the monster they've created.

Normally, I'd save all my thoughts for the podcast but the John Wick series is special and this third installment illuminates something I've been failing to decode from the films. Parabellum is an aggregation of, and homage to, the films that came before it. This isn't a judgement on the quality of the film, simply a statement of fact. Look no further than the connection to Casablanca, the Raid films, and my favorite head-nod; the ceremonial film final fight. 
Parabellum picks the perfect actor and martial arts personality to counter John Wick for the climactic battle of the film. Who may you ask? Mark Dacascos. Before you Google Mr. Dacascos, you know him from the Food Network's American version of Iron Chef. He was the ceremonial figurehead…

FWOAC 235: Summer Cinema 2019

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FWOAC takes a look ahead to discuss how the films of summer 2019 are shaping up.

FWOAC 234: Avengers Endgame | 1999: GO, All About My Mother, Election

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FWOAC travels all throughout time to discuss three important films from 1999, followed by Marvel's culminating adventure Avengers: Endgame.

FWOAC 233: Shazam!

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FWOAC can't figure out the name of the super hero but we're reviewing a film named Shazam!

FWOAC 232: The Matrix Franchise

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FWOAC takes the red pill and goes as deep as the rabbit hole allows discussing each installment in The Matrix franchise..

FWOAC 231: Captain Marvel

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FWOAC dances with Kree, Skrulls and Flerkens in order to discuss Marvel's Captain Marvel.

FWOAC 230: Predict 2020 Oscars |10th Academy Awards

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FWOAC travels forward and backward in time to predict the 2020 Oscars as well as review the Outstanding Production nominees of the 10th Academy Awards in 1938.

Let's not burn Green Book just yet

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If you watched the 91st Academy Awards, you felt it the moment it happened. Green Book winning the Best Picture Oscar deflated the beautiful night of progressive wins. Black Panther winners felt justified and exactly the right choice, Roma's awards were cathartic artistic wins for small stories and a people maliciously and baselessly assaulted daily in this country, and Spike Lee's screenplay victory was both a fantastic make good as well as right for the moment, but Green Book...

Look, Green Book is not a bad film. It is not the ideal, progressive vehicle to discuss race relations in the 50s, but still it has value. At times it is easy to get caught up in the world of hard right conservatism vs hard left progressiveness, but that is not dichotomy is not the world writ large.

Calling these statues awards is ridiculous. Art isn't about competition or besting your peers. Somewhere around the time the event started being telecast, the Academy Awards went from recognition of ou…

FWOAC 229: Damsel

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FWOAC dances in the sun of the old & new west with the 2018 Sundance film, Damsel.

FWOAC 228: Glass | 2019 Cinematic Wishes

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FWOAC gets its hopes up for the cinematic year of 2019 plus a discussion of M Night Shyamalan's Glass.

FWOAC 227: Best Films of Last Year (2017)

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FWOAC counts down the films we enjoyed the most from the year 2017..