The Cinedicate: Film & TV Podcast


#107 - Midnight Mass - A Deep Dive into Mike Flanagan's Horror Magnum Opus

Season 5, Ep. 7

This week on The Cinedicate, returning guests Aaron of WSTR and horror screenwriter Doug Levinson return to unpack the deeply emotional miniseries, Midnight Mass by the master of Horror, Mike Flanagan.

As referenced in the beginning of the Jordan Peele director spotlight episode a couple years prior, we finally sit down at the cinematic roundtable to discuss the themes surrounding Mike Flanagan's magnum opus. From death and grief, to community and isolation, this series is a deep meditation that asks the viewer to look inward on their own beliefs.

Midnight Mass takes place in a small remote island town of Crockett. There the once bustling fishing community has been dwindling and dying over the decades. However, recent events breathed new life into the quiet town as a new priest arrives. Miracles surround the Catholic church on the island as it's congregation become healed from their aliments. Unbeknownst to the people of Crockett Island, a dark force begins to take hold on them.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

#121 - The Last of Us, Pt. I - The Game Changer in Video Game Adaptations

Season 5, Ep. 21
Video game adaptations have a bad reputation in the entertainment industry with multiple box office bombs and many critical flops. However, The Last of Us is being hailed as one of the first successful video game to TV/movie adaptations. What makes this adaptation different from the rest? In this podcast, we will explore how staying loyal to the source material, world-building, and respecting the source material can make or break a video game adaptation. Joining this episode are podcaster Aaron of WSTR and screenwriter Doug Levinson.The showrunners made it a top priority to stay true to the original game while also adding their own twists and turns to engage fans. Additionally, world-building is an essential aspect of storytelling that can help to create an immersive narrative, and the importance of source material is crucial to creating a successful adaptation. Conversely, poor handling of source material can lead to disrespectful and ridiculous final products that turn fans off. Overall, it's important for filmmakers to care about the source material and do it justice when creating adaptations.----------Listen to Aaron on his podcast, WSTR: Galactic Public AccessWatch Doug on his Twitch channel----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram:
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

#120 - Beetlejuice (1988) - The Charm and Significance of Horror Aimed Towards a Younger Audience

Season 5, Ep. 20
The word "Beetlejuice" has become almost synonymous with the horror genre, much like how saying "Candyman" three times would invite the titular character. It's a fan-favorite classic that's been around for decades and has definitely influenced numerous horror movies since. Joining this episode is Rainier, the creative mind behind Horror4Kids, a horror account dedicated to highlighting the art of showcasing the genre of horror to a younger audience. Beetlejuice perfectly fits into the category of being kid-friendly horror with an edge.The movie provided an excellent balance of horror and comedy that was geared towards younger audiences, but still enjoyable for adults. It brought out spooky themes and was the kid version of Candyman that even kids could handle, thus inching the horror genre towards what it is today. With today's technology, it would be great to see a sequel or a remake of Beetlejuice, something that's more mind-blowing and electrifying. We're hoping to witness the possibility of snakes in Saturn, something that would undoubtedly make a superb addition to the movie's legacy.----------Follow Horror4Kids on Twitter----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram:
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

#119 - Touch of Evil (1958) - Film Censorship in the 20th Century and Breaking Away From Traditional Storytelling

Season 5, Ep. 19
The world of cinema has seen many innovations in its short history, from the birth of sound to the rise of CGI. But behind every great film is a story of the creative process, and the struggles filmmakers face to bring their vision to the screen. In this podcast, we explore a few different aspects of filmmaking and film history, from the innovations of director Orson Welles to the impact of the Hayes Code on the industry. Join us as Mike and Diego return to also take a closer look at the importance of the director's cut and whether classic films like Touch of Evil can still be enjoyed in contemporary times.----------The Touch of Evil is a classic film noir that tells the story of a corrupt cop, Hank Quinlan, who plants evidence to frame innocent suspects. The movie is directed by Orson Welles, who also stars as Quinlan, and is known for its stunning opening shot, which is a three-minute long tracking shot that sets up the premise of the movie.The film has a lot of themes and subplots that explore power, corruption, and justice. The conversation on The Cinedicate centers around the movie's cinematography, genre, and storytelling. Mike, an avid cinephile, explains how he got into film noir and was interested in finding a unique take on the genre. He was fascinated with how film noir built its own ecosystem and found films like The Touch of Evil and The Third Man innovative in their approach to the genre.Diego, the genre lover, had never seen an Orson Welles movie before and was impressed with how well Welles portrayed a corrupt cop. The conversation goes on to discuss the movie's other themes and characters, including its portrayal of minorities and female characters. The podcast hosts encourage listeners to watch the movie, dive into its themes, and appreciate the storytelling techniques employed by Welles.Overall, The Touch of Evil is a classic film that has influenced many other directors and movies and is still relevant today in its exploration of power and corruption. The podcast conversation does a great job of highlighting the movie's strengths and encourages listeners to watch it and appreciate its innovations.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram:
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

#117 - The Film Critic - An In-Depth Look into the History of Film Critique and Speculation on Tarantino's Final Film

Season 5, Ep. 17
The art of film critique goes beyond mere reviews on Rotten Tomatoes or IMDb. It involves the analysis and evaluation of films as an art form, taking into account every aspect of filmmaking. Film critics play a crucial role in the industry, providing a voice and guiding viewers towards quality cinema. In this podcast, Kyle Sanders, film journalist at Chirp Radio, returns with Brad Morgan, author and literary podcaster, take a closer look at some influential film critics and their impact on the industry. This includes Pauline Kael, Roger Ebert, and Gene Siskel. We'll also discuss the importance of film critique and its influence on filmmaking. Finally, we'll take a peek at Quentin Tarantino's upcoming final film, which explores the life of a film critic and promises to be a well-informed outlook on the subject.Listen in as Kyle and Brad discuss film criticism as still a developing art form, but has come a long way since the early days of silent film when it was seen as nothing more than entertainment. Today, film criticism has its own language and theories, and it's an essential aspect of film as an art form.----------Follow Kyle Sanders on Twitter for his film journalism in ChicagoListen to Brad on his podcast as he interviews other authors, New Books Network.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram:
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

#116 - American Psycho - The Predatory Nature of Corporate America and Separating Fantasies from Reality

Season 5, Ep. 16
American Psycho is a film that has sparked countless debates and discussions over the years. One of the most popular topics is whether or not the entire movie is just in the main character's imagination. However, as this podcast will explore, the "imagination theory" doesn't change the heart of the story. Instead, the film serves as a commentary on the vapidness of corporate America and the predatory nature of those in the financial industry. Through its surreal framework, American Psycho delivers a message about the culture of self-absorption and the consequences of ignoring the bigger picture. Join us as the hosts of First Prize Films weigh in on not only these topics, but also the legacy of this film.The film mocks the superficiality of its characters by showing how their approach to life is all surface level. Their business cards, suits, drugs, and even their mental states are interchangeable. This stylized approach adds to the surrealist feel of the movie. It is as if the characters are part of a dream-like world, where nothing is quite as it seems. Listen now as we unpack this and more with American Psycho.----------Listen to Blake and Dave on their podcast, First Prize Films.----------Support The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram:
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

#115 - Triangle of Sadness - Getting Lost in the Glamour and Excess of the Influencer World

Season 5, Ep. 15
Triangle of Sadness is a film that satirizes affluent culture and influencers on a super-yacht. While peering into these luxurious lives, the story also brings to light the paradoxical contrast between rich and poor. In this episode of The Cinedicate, we will discuss the movie's plot, it's symbolism, and it's mixed reviews. Additionally, we will compare it to other films that tackle the same subject matter. So, let's get lost in the Triangle of Sadness. The movie starts with two annoying characters, Yaya and Carl, who set the tone for what's to come. The audience is introduced to the phrase triangle of sadness, which becomes a recurring theme throughout the film. The film is all about equality and the contrast between wealth and poverty. The film takes the audience on a roller coaster ride and brings out different sides of human nature. While some people are content to live off the wealth and power they have obtained, others believe in equality and doing what's right, even if it means going against the norm. The film is highly symbolical and brings to light important issues that need to be addressed today.----------Check out Simone on his podcast at The Cinedicate on PatreonConnect with The Cinedicate on these social platforms!Instagram: