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We’re staring into the abyss of 1973’s The Wicker Man to see what will stare back. As we crash upon the shores of Summerisle, we’re greeted with strange musical numbers, discussions on the toxicity of religion and much more. Strange things happen here in Summerisle. Music for this episode comes courtesy of What Lies Below (https://linktr.ee/wlbpa) …
 
On this episode, we are sitting down with Natasha Kamani, the director Lucky (0:50). Plus we give spoiler-free reviews on Tailgate (19:57), an official selection of North Bend Film Festival, and the conclusion of the Fear Street trilogy in 1666 (34:46). Lucky is now streaming exclusively on Shudder. You can pick it up on DVD and VOD beginning Augus…
 
Anthony Bourdain was a world renowned cultural icon. Not solely in the kitchen but as a celebrated author and world traveler. In the documentary, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, viewers are given intimate details from those who knew him best. In this podcast we celebrate the life of Bourdain. We discuss the importance of addiction recove…
 
Is Pig worthy of high praise? While Nicolas Cage and Alex Wolf are on the hunt for Cage’s pet pig. We examine the latest drama from the Academy Award winning actor is worth his legacy. Join us as we discuss the importance of value, self-worth, kindness, the positive mental health effects of pets and much more. Pig is now playing in limited release.…
 
We’re staring into the abyss of 1985’s Ghoulies to see what will stare back. Joined by Ghoulies superfan and Psycho Cinema (https://bit.ly/agguest01) hostess, Faye Guerra, to discuss the Gremlins legacy attached to the film, the unusual sequels, the underlining themes of religion and much more. Strange things can happen when you look into the toile…
 
Black Widow gives more context for Natasha's backstory after a decade of fan requests, but it did it live up to that tall order? Dan and Josh break down this film in almost real time to highlight what it does well and where it missed the mark. Check out our spoiler-filled discussion on the highly anticipated Black Widow film. If you or someone you …
 
Is Willy's Wonderland worthy of high praise? The movie in which pits Nicolas Cage against a horde of evil animatronics will no doubt draw comparisons to Five Night at Freddy's. On the surface we find Cage facing off against Willy and his gang of animatronics. There is so much more to the wonderland including some epics horror gags, unpacking trauma…
 
Len and Vincent from Micheaux Mission (https://bit.ly/390guest) join us to discuss the HBO Max original movie, Charm City Kings, in the season finale for our series: Celebration of Diversity. Join us as we discuss the vision behind the mission for Len and Vincent. Along with Len's other project, The Black Tribbles (https://bit.ly/390guest1). In thi…
 
Is the purge really over? Or is it forever? Join us as we dissect the fifth, and supposedly final, entry into the Purge franchise. Join a hardcore franchise fan and someone who is fresh to it as we navigate our way through the complex world of the purge through its immigration commentary, politics and brutal violence. If you or someone you know is …
 
What would you do if you won the Lottery? Nicolas Cage apparently splits his winnings with random strangers he forgets to tip in this surprisingly wholesome mid-90s romantic comedy, It Could Happen to You. In this episode, we discuss the toxicity of abusive relationships, good guy archetypes in Hollywood, the importance of acceptance and much more.…
 
A natural progression of stories and realities. As we move from Moonlight's coming of age, sexual identity journey to the prejudice which haunts the LGBTQIA community. Journey with us as the look at the journey of Malik through the Shudder original movie, Spiral with Wi-Moto of Black Women are Scary. Sometimes acceptance could be the way to save a …
 
Saddle up because we’re talking about Concrete Cowboy for the fifth chapter in our Celebration of Diversity Series. We chat in studio with local RVA entrepreneur Jasmine Robinson-Hence to talk about her business Body for Love (https://www.bodyforlove.co/). Find out how a hobby grew into a nail and body butter business. We’re also talking about the …
 
In this mini-episode we are discussing our spoiler-free thoughts on the documentary, Pray Away from executive producers Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy. The film showcases the conversion therapy ministry Exodus International and their rise and fall. The film premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and hits Netflix this August. If you or someone y…
 
We are joined by romance author, Lucy Eden (https://www.lucyeden.com/) , to discuss the 2020 romantic comedy, The Photograph for our fourth chapter in our Celebration of Diversity series. Lucy shares her diverse line of books and mixing genres. Along with joining us to discuss relationships, learning from the past, growing into new ones and much mo…
 
In the third chapter of our Celebration of Diversity series, we turn our attention to the coming of age 2017 Best Picture Winner, Moonlight. As we celebrate black stories and creators, we equally celebrate the LGBTQIA story of Chiron as well. Journey with us as we look at the struggles of sexual identity, finding true love, encountering bullying an…
 
On this episode we are sitting down with Justin G. Dyck and Keith Cooper; the director and writer behind Anything for Jackson (1:48). Jason Seaux, the artist behind Nercoman, joins us to talk about The Conjuring:The Devil Made Me Do It on our audio version from our Twtich stream on June 7th, 2021 (21:43). Anything for Jackson is currently streaming…
 
The sequel or prequel depending on how you look at it, to 1993’s Deadfall (https://bit.ly/hipraise01) comes in the form of 2017’s Arsenal. Nicolas Cage returns to play Eddie King; one of his most bizarre and insane roles in this crime thriller. We discuss the Zach Snyder connection to this movie, our own ties to the world of drugs, film trivia and …
 
The Flash is at it again. Though is it really his fault this time. Journey with us back to the age of World War II as we talk about the latest DC animated adventure in Justice Society: World War II. Justice Society: World War II is available now on digital platforms, Blu-Ray and DVD. If you or someone you know is reading this right now and struggli…
 
Can you become addicted to marijuana? Or is just the effects? Dave Chappelle answers those questions through his 1998 comedy Half Baked. In our second chapter of Celebration of Diversity, we dive into our first stoner comedy as Chappelle gives us an in detailed breakdown of the culture and breaks stereotypes along the way. Plus, we’ll address the s…
 
Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger, will you travel down nostalgia road with us? Andy and Masha, from Love What I Love Podcast (http://bit.ly/385guest), joins us to kick off our celebration of diversity series with Good Burger. Learn why a Nickelodeon movie, like Good Burger, is important to the subgenre of black cinema and what it mea…
 
On this episode we are sitting down with Introducing Jodea writer Chloe Traicos (0:47), giving a spoiler-free review of A Quiet Place: Part II (28:07) and giving our thoughts on the Shudder original film, Caveat (34:45). Introducing Jodea is available on VOD and digital beginning June 4th 2021. A Quiet Place: Part II is now playing in theaters ever…
 
Welcome to Claymore! A place where Capt. Nostalgia and Abigail Bardwell welcome Abigail's mom to discuss the film Girl, Interrupted. Girl opens up conversations to properly understand what Borderline Personality Disorder is and how to understand the signs that an individual might have it. Plus we're breaking down all the characters and their mental…
 
We had a chance to sit down with Andrew Thomas Hunt, the director behind the rocking independent action movie Spare Parts. Spare Parts is available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital beginning June 1st from RLJE Films. You can read our spoiler free review here: http://bit.ly/spbluray If you or someone you know is reading this right now and struggling with…
 
Have you ever wondered what your soul looks like? We’re gonna take a glimpse into what Paul Giamatti’s looks like with the 2009 film, Cold Souls. Filmmaker Braden Duemmler (Director of What Lies Below, Now Streaming on Netflix) joins to talk about the mystery (& strangeness) of the movie, the importance of finding long-standing joy, the importance …
 
We sit down with Justine Mastin, therapist and co-author of the new book Starship Therapise: Using Therapeutic Fan Fiction to Rewrite Your Life. In this episode Justine reveals the therapeutic benefits of fandoms discussed in her book, and how pop culture can be a catalyst for positive changes within ourselves. You can pick up her book here: https:…
 
Whether we are trying to keep up with the big heads or you’re attempting to be find a decent seat in the movie theatre; we’re winding back the clocks to 1993 to discuss the first season of Rocko’s Modern Life. You’ll get to here Dan and Josh’s memories of the show and the adult humor that flew over our heads as children. Rocko comes with a surprisi…
 
Following their interview with writer-director Jaret Martino (https://bit.ly/Vmini17), Captain Nostalgia and Abigail Bardwell share their spoiler free (and filled) thoughts on Donna: Stronger Than Pretty. Donna: Stronger Than Pretty is now available on all digital platforms. If you or someone you know is reading this right now and struggling with s…
 
Way back in episode 67 (http://bit.ly/vicep67) we sat down with a filmmaker who had a powerful story that he turned in an inspiring short film. It’s no surprise that the film’s content resonated with people and this filmmaker evolved the short film into a feature-length movie. That feature-length film is out now on all major streaming platforms and…
 
Is Michael Bay’s The Rock worthy of high praise or not? We put it through the trials to find out if it is or not. This 1996 blockbuster pits Nicolas Cage with the legendary Sean Connery and future National Treasure: Book of Secrets co-star Ed Harris. This thrilling md-90s action film offers a lot in the way of action but also offers up hope. We dis…
 
What do we know about the motorcycle boy? Perhaps not as much as RustyJames who aims to step into his older brother's legend. On this episode of That's High Praise: A Nicolas Cage Podcast, we journey back to the year 1983 for a black and white coming of age movie that prompts the importance of identity, dangers of conformity and has Nicolas Cage sp…
 
This episode is dedicated to Dino Gangale, the host of the Huhuh? Podcast (https://gangalley.com/huuuh/). Dino was a friend of the show. He and Captain Nostalgia met while writing for our friends over at The Farsighted Blog (http://farsightedblog.com/). He recently passed away and had an infinite love of horror films. Rest in peace. Captain Nostalg…
 
Does 2021’s Mortal Kombat delivery a fatality? In this spoiler-filled episode we answer that very question from both a life long fan and a new comer to the franchise. We’ll be addressing the heavy mental health themes of the film including the journeys of Cole, Sonya Blade & Jax. Plus we’re talking about possible future sequels, Power/Rangers conne…
 
On December 22nd, 1989, pop culture forever changed. The Simpsons ushered into the homes of people around the globe and Simpsons fever was born. Nearing nearly 33 seasons and over 600 episodes, which episodes are really the best? Captain Nostalgia and Allen Cramm, of You Have to Watch This Podcast (), team up to count their picks for the top 10 fav…
 
What happens when the uncontrollable hurricane known as Nicolas Cage meets the great director of Martin Scorsese - the dead come out to play. At least that’s how it was in 1999 when Cage played an EMT who struggled with sleep and depression with Bringing Out the Dead. In this episode, we’re discussing finding someone to cope with, being haunted by …
 
We promised no pies, or any other baked goods, were mutilated during the making of this podcast. However, I do promise that we are discussing the 1999 movie, American Pie, during this movie. Journey back with us to the year of the pact as we beg the question of how this film aged by our modern standards. We’ll be revealing film trivia, discussing w…
 
Two titans enter and one is promised to fall. Will it be the King of the Monsters in Godzilla? Or the King of Skull Island in Kong? Only time will tell. We’re teaming up with our friends over at Geek Devotions (https://geekdevotions.com/) to talk about the latest entry into the MonsterVerse, Godzilla vs. Kong. Whether your Team Godzilla or Team Kon…
 
Hell is a teenage girl and a girl who has certainly earned herself a cult following since she lit up on the big screen in 2009. Jennifer’s Body is an intelligent look at feminism, symbolism, purity and much more. The film is a layered composition at how we process grief; while also look forward towards healing. The relationship between Megan Fox an…
 
Welcome to Hourglass Cinema! The show where we discuss spoiler-free reviews of films that Victims and Villains are talking about that week on their website. On this episode we are discussing films from the Unnamed Film Festival 2021. For more information on the festival, check out the website: https://www.unnamedfootagefestival.com/. The films bein…
 
Fear terrifies us. It is the source of what can make us feel alive and keep us away at night. What if fear had an identity crisis? What if he became unsure of his purpose in the grand scheme of things? Victims and Villains and Matthew A. Basile is proud to present Fear’s Tribulation, an audio drama that is Inside Out all grown up. We hope you guys …
 
Let us tell you a tale of a man who you wouldn’t believe. “It was as if he was always walking in a shadow. I mean every step he took towards the light, just when you thought his face was about to be revealed, it wasn't. It was as if the lights dimmed, just for him.” We’re talking about the early works of Robert Rodriguez in 1995’s Desperado. Brentl…
 
Much like Superman returning from the grave to bring more hope, we are back to discuss more of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. If you missed our first part, you can listen here: https://bit.ly/vicep371. Steppenwolf is among the best characters to see redemption in this revised film. Ciaron Hinds performances bring to life an empathetic villain with r…
 
IN THIS EPISODE… From Man of Steel to Wonder Woman the DCEU’s road have led to this; the long fabled film is finally here: Zack Snyder’s Justice League. In its four-hour runtime, Snyder brings to life a larger than life story so epic it took us two whole episodes to cover it. In this first part, we’ll address the redefined versions of Aquaman, Cybo…
 
We discuss the groundbreaking film, Wonder Woman. Before she ever found herself in a twirling transition from Diana Prince to Wonder Woman (ala Linda Carter) she forever changed the face of the comic book medium. She challenged the notion that comics were merely for boys. Over her tenure in the medium, she has evolved to other mediums as well inclu…
 
It feels strange to think that 2016’s Suicide Squad is an Academy-Award-winning film. Yet, this is the reality we live in as we discuss the 2016 David Ayer film for our third chapter in our Road to Snyder Cut series. We’re joined by Capes on the Couch (https://capesonthecouch.live/) to discuss their show, the mental health of the film’s rosters, th…
 
Staff writer Matthew Basile sat down with Chris Thomas, the composer behind the drama, Haymaker, to discuss crafting the film's score and emotional impact through his music. Haymaker is now available on VOD and all major digital platforms. Check out our spoiler-free review now for the movie: https://bit.ly/Vmhaymaker If you or someone you know is r…
 
Batman said Superman brought the war to them. Now, the Bat of Gotham and the Last Son of Krypton battle it out as we talk about the second chapter of DCEU in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. BvS really opens the universe wide as we are introduced to Wonder Woman, a new Batman and new Lex Luthor. Mick Manhattan of The Scene Snobs (https://thescen…
 
He’s not up in the sky. He’s not a bird. He’s not a plane but a man searching for his true identity. An identity that will eventually lead a man from Kansas and a far-off planet called Krypton to the mantle of Superman. In this episode, we begin our road to the long-awaited Snyder Cut version of the Justice League by looking back at the films which…
 
Among the forgotten ruins of cinema lies the 1993 film, Deadfall. Deadfall depicts the story of a grieving son, who is also a con man, who gets roped into one more score with his uncle. He just happens to encounter a decent amount of strangeness along the way. It happens said strangeness includes a pool shark noir villain in Morgan “Fatts” Grip (Ch…
 
Jill Gevargizian is fresh off her directorial debut with The Stylist. A film that depicts a hair stylist with an unhealthy appetite for bloodlust. The film is now exclusively streaming on Arrow Player (https://www.arrow-player.com/). In this in-depth interview with the writer-director she’ll break down the biggest challenges from transitioning the …
 
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