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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Cinebanter Special Edition: TOP 10 OF 2013 (PART 1)

The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula disagree on THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and find common ground with CAPTAIN PHILLIPS as they announce their long-awaited TOP 10 of 2013. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 TOP 10 of 2013 (10 - 6)
• Break
• 23:01 TOP 10 of 2013 (5 - 1)
• Break
• 1:03:51 Credits & Outtakes

Special thanks to Brad Daane, Mark Cummins and Vincent Do for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at cinebanter@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cinebanter Special Edition - OSCAR PICKS AND PREDICTIONS 2014

The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula battle over their annual OSCAR PICKS AND PREDICTIONS. They also point out glaring omissions and respond to listener feedback. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 OSCAR PICKS AND PREDICTIONS (part 1)
• Break
• 11:45 OSCAR PICKS AND PREDICTIONS (part 2)
• Break
• 31:43 Listener Feedback (Bret in DC and Chris in San Jose)
• 44:04 Credits

Special thanks to Brad Daane, Mark Cummins and Vincent Do for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at mailto:cinebanter@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cinebanter - 8th ANNUAL TELEBANTER

The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula take their criticism to the small screen in the 8th ANNUAL TELEBANTER episode, where they share their best television shows of 2013. The pair rated two shows exactly the same on their lists. Can you guess which ones? The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 TOP 10 - 5 of 2013
• Break
• 26:42 TOP 4 - 1 of 2013
• 1:13:24 Credits and Outtakes

Want to contribute to the show and help with production costs and server fees? Click on the "Make a Donation" button to the left of this blog.

Special thanks to Brad Daane, Mark Cummins and Vincent Do for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at cinebanter@gmail.com.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Cinebanter #128 - Nebraska

The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula are underwhelmed by NEBRASKA. In The Last Five®, Michael attempts to turn his daughter into a film snob, while Tassoula sees several flicks in honor of her own birthday. The final segment features the hosts responding to listener feedback about their show on 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and announcing January's show. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Review of NEBRASKA
• Break
• 20:04 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 22:49 The Last Five®
• Break
• 53: 07 Listener Feedback (Jordan in Boston)
• 1:02:34 Credits & Outtakes

Michael's Last Five in this episode were: DOLPHINS; WHISPER OF THE HEART; TOY STORY 3; LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM and STORIES WE TELL. Tassoula's Last Five were: DELIVERY MAN; GREMLINS; THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE; REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and SAVING MR. BANKS.

Want to contribute to the show and help with production costs and server fees? Click on the "Make a Donation" button to the left of this blog.

Special thanks to Brad Daane, Mark Cummins and Vincent Do for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at cinebanter@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cinebanter #127 - 12 YEARS A SLAVE

The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula wonder what they're missing in 12 YEARS A SLAVE. However, after finding some common ground in their review, all hell breaks loose in The Last Five®, when Michael accuses Tassoula of spoiling two films during the segment. Michael also announces the film for December. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Review of 12 YEARS A SLAVE
• Break
• 24:30 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 25:48 The Last Five®
• Break
• 1:00:15 Credits

Michael's Last Five in this episode were: ENOUGH SAID; BONNIE & CLYDE; CAPTAIN PHILLIPS; ALL IS LOST and DOLPHINS. Tassoula's Last Five were: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS; STORIES WE TELL; 500 DAYS OF SUMMER; BROADCAST NEWS and LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER.

Want to contribute to the show and help with production costs and server fees? Click on the "Make a Donation" button to the left of this blog.

Special thanks to Brad Daane and Mark Cummins for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at cinebanter@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cinebanter #126 - GRAVITY


The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, things get heavy as Michael and Tassoula review GRAVITY. In the Last Five®, Michael sees a heartbreaking HBO documentary, while Tassoula watches one too many bad horror flicks. The hosts also respond to a new listener from Africa. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Review of GRAVITY
• Break
• 24:14 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 25:04 The Last Five®
• Break
• 56:05 Listener Feedback
• 1:01:02 Credits and Outtakes

Michael's Last Five in this episode were: LOVELACE; HAPPY TOGETHER; SHORT TERM 12; DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERY MAN'S JOURNEY and VALENTINE ROAD. Tassoula's Last Five were: ENOUGH SAID; THE AWAKENING; HEAVENLY CREATURES; THE CANTERVILLE GHOST and TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME.

Want to contribute to the show and help with production costs and server fees? Click on the "Make a Donation" button to the left of this blog.

Special thanks to Brad Daane, Mark Cummins and Vincent Do for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at cinebanter@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cinebanter #125 - THE WORLD'S END


The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula return to familiar British ground with their review of THE WORLD'S END. In the Last Five®, Michael revisits a female favorite, while Tassoula is moved by a 9/11 documentary. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Review of THE WORLD'S END
• Break
• 13:14 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 13:54 The Last Five®
• 50:50 Credits and Outtakes

Michael's Last Five in this episode were: GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; PERTH; MAGIC MIKE; THE SPECTACULAR NOW and LOVELACE. Tassoula's Last Five were: WAR GAMES; THE SPECTACULAR NOW; DRINKING BUDDIES; OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY and RAISING ARIZONA.

Want to contribute to the show and help with production costs and server fees? Click on the "Make a Donation" button to the left of this blog.

Special thanks to Brad Daane, Mark Cummins and Vincent Do for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at cinebanter@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

CInebanter #124 - FRUITVALE STATION and BLACKFISH


The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula provide a double header of reviews: FRUITVALE STATION and BLACKFISH. In the Last Five®, Michael gets to a few new indies, while Tassoula continues her bender of HBO documentaries. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Review of FRUITVALE STATION
• Break
• 19:38 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 20:16 Review of BLACKFISH
• Break
• 44:33 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 45:00 The Last Five®
• 1:01:47 Credits

Michael's Last Five in this episode were: BEHIND THE CANDLEABRA; THE CRASH REEL;  GASLAND; SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE and CLEAR HISTORY. Tassoula's Last Five were: THE CHESHIRE MURDERS; MISS YOU CAN DO IT; THE DREAMERS; BLUE JASMINE and FORREST GUMP.

Want to contribute to the show and help with production costs and server fees? Click on the "Make a Donation" button to the left of this blog.

Special thanks to Brad Daane and Mark Cummins for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at cinebanter@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Thanks for the shout out, Valentina!

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cinebanter #123 - THE HEAT

The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula clash over the humor of THE HEAT. In the Last Five®, Michael dives into some HBO documentaries, while Tassoula takes in a mediocre horror flick. The two also respond to Listener Feedback about their BEFORE MIDNIGHT episode. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Review of THE HEAT
• Break
• 21:27 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 22:15 The Last Five®
• Break
• 57:06 Listener Feedback
• Break
• 1:07:27 Credits

Michael's Last Five in this episode were: UNTOLD SCANDAL; HANNAH ARENDT; BEHIND THE CANDLEABRA; THE CRASH REEL and GASLAND. Tassoula's Last Five were: LOLA VERSUS; LOVE, MARYLIN; MORE THAN HONEY; CHERNOBYL DIARIES and THE EAST.

Want to contribute to the show and help with production costs and server fees? Click on the "Make a Donation" button to the left of this blog.

Special thanks to Brad Daane and Mark Cummins for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at cinebanter@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cinebanter #122 - BEFORE MIDNIGHT

The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula are smitten with BEFORE MIDNIGHT, the third installment in their favorite trilogy of all time. In the Last Five®, Michael revisits a Paul Thomas Anderson hit, while Tassoula discovered a new European thriller. Tassoula also provides a wrap-up of her coverage of the 39th Annual Seattle International Film Festival. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Review of BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Part 1
• Break
• 20:02 Review of BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Part 2
• Break
• 46:49 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 47:25 The Last Five®
• Break
• 1:09:44 Tassoula's Top 3 from SIFF 2013
• Break
• 1:20:32 Credits

Michael's Last Five in this episode were: RUDY; THE EAST; STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS; SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON 2; and THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Tassoula's Last Five were: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DICK CHENEY; WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET; BEING FLYNN; THE HANGOVER III and THE PREY.

Want to contribute to the show and help with production costs and server fees? Click on the "Make a Donation" button to the left of this blog.

Special thanks to Brad Daane and Mark Cummins for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

Feedback is always welcome - you may leave comments here or e-mail the hosts at cinebanter@gmail.com.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

SIFF Sighting: LOVE IS IN THE AIR (romance; France)

Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) is a woman living in New York, headed home to France to marry her boyfriend, who is a respected lawyer.

Antoine (Nicolas Bedos) is a mess—traipsing through life with one woman after another, none satisfying him for more than two weeks.

As often happens in romantic comedies, our two stars here have a "meet cute," and this time it's on an airplane in the seats right next to one another.

They both discover (Julie in horror; Antoine in delight) who they're seated with and we quickly learn they were longtime loves before Antoine did something horrible to wreck it all.

Through glasses of champagne and an abundance of turbulence, they recount their relationship for those within earshot and remember why they parted.

As often happens, the memories recalled make the mood bittersweet and the two must contemplate if they'll go their separate ways once the plane lands, or try one more time to be a successful couple.

Sagnier's manner is reminiscent of early Meg Ryan performances; Bedos nails his role as a careless playboy effortlessly, but what stops this film from being as charming as it wants to be are the continued formulaic scenarios.

The ending also risks leaving a bad taste in the mouth. Anyone who has ever had another person sabotage them for selfish reasons may not appreciate the resolution here.

The classic French Kiss would probably be a better option for those seeking a happily ever after rom com.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR screened at the 39th Annual Seattle International Film Festival.


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