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The Film Stage Show Ep. 356 – The Lion King

Written by Brian Roan, July 22, 2019 at 7:57 am 

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I are joined by Jesse Hassenger to discuss Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, sapping the personality out of a classic animation, the artistic merits of photorealism, and more.

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 355 – Crawl

Written by Brian Roan, July 15, 2019 at 12:14 pm 

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I are joined by Mike Mazzanti to chew over the horror thriller Crawl, from director Alexandre Aja.

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 354 – Midsommar

Written by Brian Roan, July 8, 2019 at 7:52 am 

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Bill Graham and I are joined by Josh Lewis, host of the Sleazoids podcast, to discuss Ari Aster’s second feature Midsommar, now in theaters. To get our thoughts on his first feature, Hereditary, listen here.

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Bonus: Watch a one-hour discussion of Midsommar with Ari Aster, including details on the director’s cut.

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 353 – The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Written by Michael Snydel, July 2, 2019 at 8:54 am 

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Bill Graham and I are joined by Alex Heeney of Seventh Row to discuss Joe Talbot’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco, now in theaters.

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 352 – Toy Story 4

Written by Brian Roan, June 27, 2019 at 8:12 am 

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham, and I are joined by Monica Castillo to talk about Pixar’s fourth outing for the Toy Story gang.

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The B-Side – Tom Hanks and Tim Allen (Toy Story Edition)

Written by Dan Mecca, June 26, 2019 at 1:57 pm 

Welcome to The B-Side, from The Film Stage. Here we explore movies from established stars that flopped at the box office, have been forgotten by time, or remain hidden gems. These aren’t the films that made them famous or kept them famous. These are the other ones.

Today, we get animated! Ahead of The Film Stage Show’s Toy Story 4 review, we dive into the B-Sides of the voices behind Woody and Buzz, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Conor O’Donnell and myself talk The Man With One Red Shoe, Joe Versus The Volcano, Big Trouble, and Redbelt. It’s a wide variety that speaks to the diversity of these two talented performers. As always, much more is covered and referenced.

Click here for some interesting perspective on the philosophy behind Joe Versus The Volcano, or here for the book The Devil’s Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco, Julie Salamon’s fascinating account of the flawed making of The Bonfire of the Vanities, co-starring Hanks.

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The B-Side – Warren Beatty

Written by Dan Mecca, June 20, 2019 at 10:51 pm 

Welcome to The B-Side, from The Film Stage. Here we explore movies from established stars that flopped at the box office, have been forgotten by time, or remain hidden gems. These aren’t the films that made them famous or kept them famous. These are the other ones.

Today, we talk about one of the movie stars. A man who has been famous for longer than you have been alive. We’re talking Warren Beatty. Conor O’Donnell and I bring on movie nerd and good friend Adam Drosin to discuss McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Fortune, Dick Tracy, and Rules Don’t Apply. Yes, we cheated with a couple of A-Sides in there, but not to worry, we talk about a whole lot more.

Much from the gossipy Peter Biskind book Star is mentioned, along with this 2018 Variety article about the failure of Rules Don’t Apply and the aftermath.

* Correction Note: Splendor In The Grass was released in 1961 & An Affair To Remember was released in 1957

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 351 – Domino

Written by Brian Roan, June 13, 2019 at 9:22 pm 

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I are joined by Adam Nayman to talk about the embattled new release from Brian De Palma, Domino.

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 350 – Aniara

Written by Brian Roan, June 3, 2019 at 9:23 pm 

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel and I discuss Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja’s existential sci-fi drama Aniara, which is now available on VOD.

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The B-Side – Meg Ryan

Written by Dan Mecca, May 30, 2019 at 8:05 am 

Welcome to The B-Side. Here we explore movies from established stars that flopped at the box office, have been forgotten by time, or remain hidden gems. These aren’t the films that made them famous or kept them famous. These are the other ones.

Today, we celebrate America’s blonde-haired sweetheart Meg Ryan. In honor of a belated Mother’s Day and making her triumphant return, Dan and Conor are joined by Dan’s mom Julie to talk Hanging Up, Proof of Life, and Against The Ropes. Don’t fret, In The Cut and Restoration get some play as well. So many accents! So little time!

A recent New York Times Magazine interview is referenced in the episode, along with the Vanity Fair piece that was the inspiration for Proof of Life.

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