Podcast

Die Hard 2 (1990)

The debate about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie should be deader than disco.  It is, and it always has been.  If anything, this Bruce Willis classic is a delightful piece of counter-programming to the sticky fluff we have to deal with this time of year.  34th Street can keep its miracles, and Jimmy…

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The Holiday (2006)

We’re gonna kick off this season with a series of very different Christmas flicks.  That begins with The Holiday, a prototypical offering of Hollywood schmaltz.  It was written and directed by Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give), who has a strong command of frothy rom-coms.  In fact, she might be the best this side of…

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The Beatles: Get Back (Episodes 2 & 3)

For this week’s Cinemavino, Sean and I continue our look at Peter Jackson’s mammoth documentary, The Beatles: Get Back.  Jackson did an outstanding job of ironing 160 hours of raw footage into three coherent acts.  Not surprisingly, part II takes the Beatles into some of their darkest depths, as they try to bring George Harrison back into…

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The Beatles: Get Back (Episode 1)

The Beatles are my all-time favorite band, and I’ve spent my life as a walking encyclopedia of their music and history.  Like millions of fans, their music has changed my life.  Long story short:  This isn’t just another podcast for me. I’ve been pumped for Peter Jackson’s documentary since I saw his work on They Shall…

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) *spoilers

Welcome to a very special episode of Cinemavino!  We’re all huge Ghostbusters fans, so we were eager to take a look at the latest sequel, Afterlife.  Everybody enjoyed it, to varying degrees.  In my personal opinion, it’s probably the best Part III they could’ve possibly put together. My review of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is right here.   This one’s exclusively in…

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The Last Waltz

Thanksgiving is already here, and we’ve found the perfect movie for the occasion. Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz is often held as the greatest rock documentary every made, and it’s easy to see why:  The Band’s farewell concert bottles everything cool, everything tragic, and everything beautiful about being a rock star, all in one magnificent film….

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Another Round (2021)

For this week’s Cinemavino, it’s one of the more decorated movies we’ve covered in a good long while:  Another Round won the Academy Award for Best International Feature, and Thomas Vinterburg was nominated for Best Director.  After a steady stream of Halloween flicks, this art house flick was a nice palate cleanser. The crux of the…

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Eternals (2021) *spoilers

Our discussion of Marvel’s Eternals was planned to be a mini-episode, but it turns out that each of us had a lot to say.  So, we present you a full episode discussing the MCU’s latest offering.  Spoilers abound, so do proceed with caution.  This film is only in theaters, so if you haven’t seen it, do…

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Thirteen Ghosts (2001)

Thirteen Ghosts marks the final entry in our Halloween season.  Everyone seemed to enjoy this one a little more than me.  It does have the cheesy, guilty pleasure factor in its favor, but I also found Ghosts to be jarring, uneven, and poorly executed. Even the stylized title is confusing:  Thir13en Ghosts.  It looks kinda like Thirlben…

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Dune (2021) *spoilers

This week’s “mini” episode of Cinemavino is more like a full-length one.  After all, Dune is a complex film that tackles half of a beloved sci-fi novel.  Frank Herbert’s magnum opus has been labeled as “unfilmable,” and after two previous debacles, it’s easy to see why.  His work is loaded with plot, subtext, and hundreds of…

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