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  • 39. #139 - The Cinedicate Holiday Party (Part 2) - Lights, Camera, Trivia!

    From the Red 5 Stage at WSTRmedia Studios, the holiday festivities continue as Aaron and Ali return to participate in the first ever Jeopardy Trivia Game! Join on all the fun and test your movie trivia skills along with all of us.----------Listen to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public AccessFollow Ali on X----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community

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  • 38. #138 - The Cinedicate Holiday Party (Part 1) - Silent Night (2023) - The Importance of Dialogue, Visual Storytelling, and John Woo's Return to Filmmaking

    Silent Night is a movie that has sparked mixed reactions from viewers. Directed by renowned filmmaker John Woo, it was chosen for review at a holiday party due to its unique premise of being a silent action film. However, some viewers, particularly fans of Woo's previous work, felt that the absence of dialogue hindered their engagement with the story and characters. While a movie without dialogue can be an intriguing experiment, it may not always fully satisfy the viewers' desire for a complete narrative. Dialogue complements visual storytelling by adding layers of complexity and depth to the storytelling. It allows for conversations and exchanges that can reveal characters' intentions, emotions, and conflicts in a more direct and relatable way.This raises the question of the importance of dialogue in movies and the power of visual storytelling. Additionally, the use of Christmas as a framing device in Silent Night has sparked debate, with some questioning its significance to the overall plot. This episode will explore these aspects of the film, as well as delve into John Woo's filmography, the portrayal of complex characters, and the missed opportunities in portraying villains.Read More on to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public AccessFollow Ali on X----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
  • 37. #137 - The Nightmare Before Christmas - Self-Discovery, Identity, and Isolation in Tim Burton's Timeless Classic

    The Nightmare Before Christmas is a classic that has captured the hearts of viewers of all ages. For many, like Carla, it has been a part of their lives since childhood. With its release in 1993, this claymation masterpiece added a new dimension to the world of animation. The stop motion technique used in this film made it feel tactile and real, setting it apart from the traditional hand-drawn Disney movies. This unique presentation still holds up today, making it a timeless experience.With Halloween kicking off the festive season, followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' perfectly encapsulates the spirit of this joyful and celebratory time of the year. It serves as a bridge between Halloween and Christmas, making it an ideal movie choice throughout the months of September, October, November, and December. While it may have initially been associated more with Halloween, due to its aesthetic and its popular viewing during that time, it certainly invokes Christmas vibes as well. In fact, if you were to watch it before Christmas, it would still feel fitting. Other holiday horror stories, such as 'Gremlins', also exist, further solidifying the idea that 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' is a delightful blend of both Halloween and Christmas, and a perfect treat for the festive season.Read More on to Carla on her podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public Access----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
  • 36. #136 - Thanksgiving (2023) - A Faux Trailer that Excites, but a Film that Falls Short

    Thanksgiving, a once highly anticipated horror film, generated immense excitement through its captivating and gruesome trailer in Tarantino & Rodriguez's Grindhouse . However, as viewers flocked to the theaters, they were met with a lackluster film that failed to live up to the promises of its trailer. This podcast explores the disappointment and missed opportunities of Thanksgiving, delving into the reasons behind its downfall. From the lack of violence to the missed chance for campy hilarity, join us as we unravel the discrepancy between the highly anticipated trailer and the lackluster reality of Thanksgiving by Eli Roth.The trailer for "Thanksgiving" had a perfect balance of campiness and humor that had viewers excited for what was to come. Lines like "all will be carved" and the turkey puppet scene were both horrifying and funny at the same time. But unfortunately, the movie didn't fully embrace this campy route. Perhaps the director, in his serious directorial approach, may have felt that camp wasn't something he wanted to pursue anymore. But as a viewer, I can't help but feel that the film missed an opportunity to fully embrace its comedic potential.Read More on to Brit and Katie on their podcast, The Grindhouse Girls.----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
  • 35. #135 - The Muppet Christmas Carol - Bringing Humor and Music to a Timeless Classic

    For many of us, The Muppets hold a special place in our hearts. From The Muppet Show to the classic films, they have brought joy and laughter to countless households. Heather, one of the hosts of WSTR, shares her own experience growing up with The Muppets. Being the youngest in her family, Heather was exposed to movies that were perhaps a little too mature for her age. But that didn't stop her from falling in love with The Muppets.The Muppets Christmas Carol has always stood out in the sea of Christmas Carol adaptations. As Heather explains, many versions struggled with the limitations of technology and budget, finding it challenging to bring the story's supernatural elements to life. However, The Muppets' Christmas Carol defied expectations. Not only did it capture the essence of the classic Christmas tale, but it also pushed the boundaries with its high production value. The visuals and special effects were impressive, creating an atmosphere that wasn't just merry and bright, but also a little spooky. And let's not forget about the performances. Michael Caine, who played the leading role, approached the film with utmost seriousness, despite the presence of singing and dancing Muppets. This balance between silliness and seriousness is what makes The Muppets Christmas Carol a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences of all ages.Read More on to Heather on her podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public Access----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
  • 34. #134 - Rosemary's Baby (1968) - The Proto Slow Burn and Influence For Modern Horror

    At first glance, 'Rosemary's Baby' may appear tame in comparison to contemporary horror films. However, beneath its seemingly ordinary scenes lies an unsettling sense of unease that is expertly crafted through imaginative imagery and an element of uncertainty. It can be seen as a precursor to the slow burn sub-genre that prevails in modern horror, showcasing its structural influence on later movies like 'Hereditary.' This film proves that horror doesn't always require gore and jump scares to be effective; it is the underlying tension and psychological manipulation that make it truly chilling.Beyond its artistic merits, 'Rosemary's Baby' offers a unique perspective on the horror of being a pregnant woman in the 1960s. Set in New York City during a time of social and political upheaval, the film explores themes of autonomy and control over one's own body. As we follow Rosemary's journey through her pregnancy, we witness the manipulation and lack of agency she experiences at the hands of those around her. This depiction serves as a powerful reflection of the societal pressures and expectations faced by women during that era.Join us as we unravel the influence of 'Rosemary's Baby' on the horror genre. Whether you're a seasoned horror enthusiast or simply intrigued by cultural influences, this podcast will provide you with a fresh perspective on a classic that continues to shape the genre to this day.Read More on to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public AccessConnect with Doug Levinson on his Twitch Channel----------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community
  • WSTR: Galactic Public Access - Ahsoka Season 1 - Oct 2023

    In the widely anticipated Ahsoka Series, fans are treated to a gripping storyline that delves into profound themes. Throughout the show, viewers are immersed in the exploration of death and rebirth, guilt and the challenges of dealing with the past, and the complexities of going against the ruling while still playing within the lines for the greater good. Additionally, the return of the beloved character Thrawn adds an exciting element to the series. Join us as we delve into the depths of these themes and anticipate the impact of Thrawn's return on the storyline. With its thought-provoking content, the Ahsoka Series continues to raise the bar for Star Wars storytelling.One thing that really stands out about Ahsoka is its pacing. With only eight episodes, there is no wasted time or unnecessary filler. Each episode delivers a tight storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The series has the rhythm and cadence of the prequel trilogy, but with better writing, dialogue, actors, and direction. Dave Filoni, the show's creator, has surpassed expectations and delivered a truly impressive series that feels like a modern take on the Star Wars universe.Read The Entire Post on this Swapcast, I join the talented hosts of WSTR: Galactic Public Access to dive into the latest installment in the Star Wars Universe, Ahsoka. You can find out all about their show and their social links at and if you want to dive into more Star Wars content, give them a follow on Instagram @wstrmedia.-----------------------Support Cinedicate on PatreonThe Cinedicate on InstagramThe Cinedicate's Discord Community