Film Podcast: The Over-Stuffed End-of-Summer Edition with Guardians, Lucy and Get on Up

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Chadwick Boseman works up a sweat as James Brown.
On this week's , Stephanie defends her Guardians of the Galaxy review against internet trolls who tell her to go suck eggs, and we touch on Scarlett Johansson in Lucy and the excellent James Brown biopic Get on Up. There's a lot to be had in this one. Enjoy.

A Note to the Guardians of the Galaxy Fans Who Are Calling Our Critic a "Harlot"

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They look just broken up that one woman in New York didn't adore their movie.
Hi, comic-book movie super-fans! Yesterday the last remnants of the ol' Merry Marvel Marching Society gathered on our website to let us know that Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie they haven't had the chance to see yet, is absolutely the best movie ever -- and that our chief film critic, Stephanie Zacharek, was terribly wrong when she wrote lines like this in her review:
"Guardians of the Galaxy is proof that a picture can have a sense of humor yet have no real wit. It hits every beat, but it hasn't got the beat."
Inflammatory! Anyway, we're happy to have you here, just as we were when you made similar complaints about our pre-release reviews of Man of Steel and that one movie where Batman cried in a hole for an hour. You were absolutely right about those, of course -- both flicks are undisputed masterpieces.

So, please, fire away at us! But maybe do yourself and your fan community the solid of actually responding to Zacharek's arguments rather than just spewing sexist hate.

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Podcast: Karina Longworth on Old Hollywood

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Karina Longworth
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice interview film critic and author Karina Longworth, who's just launched a fascinating new podcast on the history of Hollywood called You Must Remember This.

Podcast: The Mystifying World of Planes with L.A. Weekly Film Critic Amy Nicholson

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On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we hear from L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, who's intrigued by the bizarre universe of Pixar's Planes movies. We also hear about the film critic's background and how she became interested in the movies by way of subliminal advertising and photography.

See also:
Here Are the Most WTF Moments of Kid's Flick Planes: Fire & Rescue
Planes Raises Intriguing Questions About the Implications of Airplane Sentience

Podcast: Why You Should See Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood

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On this week's Voice Film Club episode, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek recommend seeing Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12:00) and Richard Linklater's Boyhood (20:00), a movie filmed over twelve years with the same cast.

Podcast: A Hard Day's Night Gets a Beautiful Re-Release on Its 50th Anniversary

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On this week's Voice Film Club episode, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek race through the latest (and the most terrible) Transformers movie (2:01), Earth to Echo (13:14), and Tammy (16:30).

They then discuss Life Itself (21:54), a film about the life of the late Roger Ebert, which is in theaters an on-demand this weekend. The group then moves onto A Hard Day's Night (36:25), the Beatles movie that received a beautiful re-release on its 50th anniversary. It's just out on Bluray, too.

Podcast: Is This the Rom-Com That Finally Kills the Rom-Com?

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They Came Together
On this week's episode of the Voice Film Club podcast, Voice film critics Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, along with L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, discuss rom-com Begin Again (2:26), starring the always-interesting Mark Ruffalo. They also talk about the biting rom-com parody They Came Together (15:47), which might finally put a stake in the heart of the genre. Also, we hear about the post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie Snowpiercer (23:47).

Amy recommends Nothing Bad Can Happen (31:56) and the ESPN 30 for 30 doc The Two Escobars (33:25). Stephanie shouts out the eponymous biopic Yves Saint Laurent (35:43) and Alan encourages us to see You Can Count On Me and Do the Right Thing, which sees its 25th anniversary this month (38:30).

Film Podcast: We Have to Hold Filmmakers Responsible, and If They Make a Piece of Crap, Too Bad

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We leave the movie theater on this week's Voice Film Club podcast in favor of a longform interview with Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who's been at the New York paper for about a year. Before that she wrote for Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and the Boston Phoenix, among others.

We also take a few moments to recommend two new films: Snowmobiling documentary Northern Light and Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur.

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Podcast: Should Adults Really Be Embarrassed to Read YA Novels?

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The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars made heaps of money at the box office, and film critics Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek wonder if a recent piece declaring that adults should feel ashamed to read young adult novels has any weight to it. They also talk about The Immigrant and film critic Amy Nicholson joins us by phone from Mississippi to talk about Friedkin's Sorcerer, now on Blu-ray.

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Film Podcast: In Defense of Seth MacFarlane

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Filmmaker Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West hit theaters recently and on this week's Voice Film Club podcast, the Village Voice Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, with L.A. Weekly's Amy Nicholson, talk about his generally offensive body of work.

Also on this week's pod: reviews of We are the Best!, Obvious Child, Dormant Beauty and Willow Creek.

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