The Cinedicate: Film & TV Podcast

  • 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
  • 33. #133 - Suspiria (2018) - Femininity and Harnessing Dance as a Form of Magic

    The film 'Suspiria' has captivated audiences for decades, and in 2018, director Luca Guadagnino took on the challenge of remaking Dario Argento's cult classic. But how does the remake compare to the original? In this podcast, we delve into the similarities, differences, and critical opinions surrounding these two films. From the tone and aesthetics to the plot twists and feminist themes, we explore what worked and what missed the mark in both versions of 'Suspiria.' Whether you're a fan of the original or curious about the remake, join us as we dissect this thrilling and controversial franchise.Dancing is more than just movement and rhythm. In the movie Suspiria, we see how dance can be portrayed as a form of magic. When Suzy, the newbie in the dance group, showcases her skills, Madame Blanc, the leader of the coven, sees her potential. There seems to be a spell or essence of Suspiria bestowed upon her, as her hands and feet glow during the dance. It's fascinating to see how the filmmakers have researched and created a magic system centered around dance. Your body, your movements, become the source of your magic. The scene is intense and powerful, showcasing the structure and rawness of their magic.The realism portrayed in the dance scenes is both unsettling and captivating. Unlike the stylized gore in the original Suspiria, we are presented with contorted bodies and gruesome movements that feel disturbingly real. The filmmakers intended to make it seem visceral and authentic, and they succeeded. The scene where Dakota Johnson's character Suzy dances while Olga's body is destroyed is unforgettable. It leaves a strong impact and, for some, may be hard to watch. The mixture of admiration for the artistry and discomfort adds to the overall experience of the movie. Whether you love or hate it, you can't deny the power of the dance scenes in the Suspiria remake.----------Connect with Ali on X.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram:
  • 32. #132 - RUB (2023) - Giving a Voice to the Marginalized and a Portrait of Instability

    In the world of filmmaking, there are stories that touch us on a surface level, and then there are those that dive deep into the complexities of the human experience. 'Rub' falls into the latter category, delving into the lives of outcasts and addressing misconceptions surrounding the term 'incel.' This film takes a unique and bold approach to storytelling, challenging the audience's expectations and leaving a lasting impact.The character of Neil, portrayed by the talented Micah, serves as an unlikely hero, representing the struggles many individuals face in finding love and friendship. Viewers are surprised by Neil's character development, expecting him to become a violent menace. Instead, his journey takes a different route as he navigates his insecurities and loneliness, ultimately finding love amidst the struggles of two outcasts.But 'Rub' doesn't stop at exploring the lives of outcasts. It bravely tackles the harsh reality of human trafficking and sex work, shedding light on the experiences of women trapped in this dangerous world. Through the character of Perla, the film creates awareness and gives a voice to those who have suffered in similar situations. It's a powerful narrative that challenges societal norms and raises important questions.One of the standout elements of 'Rub' is its unconventional and bold ending. This film doesn't adhere to the typical Hollywood formula; instead, it takes risks and defies expectations. The ending leaves audiences thinking and reflecting long after the credits roll, much like A24's Uncut Gems. Both films share a common theme of challenging traditional storytelling and making an impact that lingers.Creating ambiguity and encouraging audience interpretation was a deliberate intention of the filmmaker behind 'Rub.' By allowing viewers to come up with their own meanings and interpretations, the film sparks deeper engagement and discussion. It's a refreshing departure from spoon-feeding the audience and invites them to become active participants in the viewing experience.From the success and recognition in the festival circuit to the dedication and performances of its cast and crew, 'Rub' has made a mark in the world of cinema. Its ability to tackle heavy subject matter in a subtle yet impactful way resonates with audiences, distinguishing it as a standout film. If you're seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally charged movie that defies expectations, 'Rub' is a must-watch.----------Watch RUB now on Amazon Prime.Connect with Actress Jennifer Figuereo on Instagram.Connect with Actor Micah Spayer on Instagram.Connect with Director Christopher Fox on Instragram.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram:
  • 31. #131 - Predator (1987) - Aliens, The Cold War, and Challenging Masculinity

    On this episode of The Cinedicate, we are air dropped into one of the most beloved action movies of all time - Predator. Join us as we not only talk about the legacy of this film, but also how it challenges the idea of masculinity, explores the fear of an invisible enemy during the Cold War, and the powerful symbolism behind this sci-fi thriller. So grab some popcorn and get ready for a thrilling journey into the heart of this cinematic masterpiece.Predator subverts the traditional theme of masculinity in a subtle yet powerful way. One surprising fact is that originally, they had cast Van Damme to play the Predator. However, they realized that his smaller stature didn't fit the imagery they wanted for domineering image of The Predator. Instead, they went with Kevin Michael Hall, who brought a towering presence to the role. When standing over Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, the Predator reduces Arnold Schwarzenegger to just a man, despite his larger-than-life status. This dramatic contrast emphasizes the superior strength and dominance of the Predator, making the threat feel more believable.As the story unfolds, the characters are stripped of their weapons, making them vulnerable to the Predator's hunt. This is most evident when Carl Weathers' character engages in a face-off with the alien. Despite his invincible appearance, the Predator effortlessly removes Carl's arm with just one shot. This scene drives home the message that muscles and weapons mean nothing to the Predator. The vulnerability of the characters highlights the power and superiority of the predator, making this movie truly special.----------Listen to Aaron and Todd on their podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public Access----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram:
  • 30. #130 - Idiocracy - The Cyclical Nature of Satire and Its Relevance Today

    In a future where corporations reign supreme, "Idiocracy" paints a terrifying picture of what could happen if society devolves into mindless consumerism. In this world, Taco Bell has its own bank and supermarket, while Costco is transformed into a university. However, perhaps the most alarming aspect is the extreme dumbing down of the population. People have become so unintelligent that they use ropes to hold up falling buildings, and the average person speaks in a combination of hillbilly and valley girl accents. It's a bleak look at a future where intelligence and critical thinking have been abandoned in favor of mindless entertainment consumption.While "Idiocracy" definitely has its moments, it's fair to say that it didn't quite reach the same level of success as Mike Judge's previous hit, "Office Space." The beginning of the film is strong, setting a hilarious and satirical tone, but as the story progresses, it loses some of its comedic impact. Some argue that the humor hasn't aged well, as it relies heavily on outdated stereotypes and offensive language. It's a shame, considering how relatable and well-executed "Office Space" was. Perhaps "Idiocracy" can be seen as a sophomore slump for Judge...----------Listen to Hector on his podcast, ReShoot: An Amateur's Guide to Gooder Film----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram:
  • 29. #129 - Shiny Happy People - Unmasking the Dark Side of The Duggar Family

    In a reality TV landscape filled with controversy and sensationalism, Jill Duggar stands out as a figure with the potential to become a voice of reason and bring awareness to the cult she escaped from. Her journey out of the cult offers hope for others who have faced a similar situation, and with her platform, she has the potential to shed light on the inner workings of the cult and ultimately bring about positive change. However, the decision to speak out is not an easy one, as it would require Jill to confront painful memories and endure potential backlash. In this podcast, we will explore the controversies surrounding the Duggar family, the potential media projects they may be involved in, and the impact of Jill using her experience for the greater good. Let's delve into the complexities of Jill Duggar's story and the potential power of her voice.Jill Duggar, a former member of the Duggar family, has the potential to become a voice of reason and bring awareness to the cult she escaped from. Just like Ron Miscavige, who escaped Scientology and became an outspoken critic, or Megan Phelps, who grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church and now stands against hate groups, Jill has an opportunity to make a significant impact.----------Listen to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public AccessConnect with Doug Levinson on his Twitch Channel----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: