The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) takes place annually in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin. Running for 10 days, typically at the end of Feb or the beginning of March, the festival plays 100+ films from over 25 different countries ranging from narrative features, to documentaries, to shorts, and even features a showdown between Illinois and Wisconsin filmmakers.

The films screen in a variety of local venues, so not only is a festival where a vast assortment of films can be found, but it also supports the local economy and involves residents as volunteers as well. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we turn a spotlight to BIFF and our thoughts on the festival, as well as reviews for over 20 films we screened there.

Also on this week’s show, we discuss Oscars 2018. Thoughts on the show, Jimmy Kimmel as return host, the winners, and we also reveal the winner of our own annual Oscar contest. It’s a packed episode with many great film recommendations that you won’t want to miss!

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For our first Movie Battle Royale of 2018, we decided to climb aboard the Oscar train and look at some of the Best Picture winners of decades past. If you took a single decade, and looked at all 10 winners, which film would stand the test of time to be crowned the greatest film of that respective decade?

So, this week, we’re discussion the Best Picture winners of the 1990s. A decade ripe with classics, but only 10 verified winners of The Academy Award’s top prize. Amanda Sink from SMIRK joins us to debate and decide on which one film rises above the others to win the title! Will it be Dances with Wolves, Silence of the Lambs, Unforgiven, Schindler’s List, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, The English Patient, Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, or American Beauty? You’re about to find out.

Also this week: fans can now have a Friday the 13th vacation, The Dark Tower and Blair Witch head to TV, another round of You Just Don’t Get It, and spoiler-free reviews of Mute, Game Night, and Annihilation.

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The Lodgers takes place in Ireland in the early 1900s. A family curse holds orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) hostage, sectioned off from the outside world as punishment for the mistakes of their long-deceased kin. The rules are simple: be in bed by midnight, allow no one past the gates, and if either of them attempts to escape, the other will be met with a vengeful retribution. There are spirits both within and surrounding the walls of their estate to ensure these rules are enforced at all times. When Rachel’s fate intertwines with Sean (Eugene Simon), a local war hero, she begins to believe it might just prove feasible to risk it all.

While Rachel and Edward’s plight is similarly horrific, they vary on the appropriate way to address it. Edward clings to his life, no matter how pointless it might seem, as Rachel grows stronger every day in the belief that it is a richer existence to taunt the prospect of death than to live solemnly on the outskirts of life. Vega’s performance perfectly captures a tortured soul on the cusp of maturity, dangerously on the precipice of rebellion. Milner’s character is much more desperate, losing his grasp on reality as he clings to his pitiful life of solitude and despair. Simon’s Sean spends most of his screen time both enraptured with Rachel, while bewildered at her conundrum.

Having the entirety of The Lodgers engulfed within a gothic atmosphere – bleak color aesthetic, tragic circumstances, ominous fog – affords director Brian O’Malley the opportunity to compliment his sleek visuals with meticulous audio cues that accent the dread carried within every frame. The film also bears the distinction of being partially filmed at Loftus Hall, an infamous “haunted house” in Ireland, whose natural look evokes feelings of paranoia both on screen and off.

For our exclusive interview, director Brian O’Malley discusses the complexities and inner workings of filming The Lodgers. He explains how writer David Turpin came to take part in scoring the film, deciding that Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner completed his fateful pair, and what it was like filming within the walls of a bona fide haunted house.

Take a listen to the interview below, and be sure to catch The Lodgers in select theaters and on VOD beginning February 23, 2018.

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Every so often, media and internet clickers come along to determine a movie coming out is “important”. Occasionally it’s very true, and other times it’s just an opinion or hype. With Black Panther now in theaters, and the general consensus seeming to be that it is an important film for many, it felt a good time to ask a simple question: When IS a movie important? Both to society, and to us personally.

Also this week: Television officially heads to VR via Robert Rodriguez and Darren Aronofsky, Fangoria magazine is reborn, another round of Movie Innuendo, and a spoiler-free review of new VOD thriller, The Lodgers.

For the second half of our show, we dive deep into the world of Wakanda! Marvel’s Black Panther has taken over cinemas across the globe, and it is time to decipher just what it all means. Is this the film many touted it to be? Or just another overhyped superhero flick? Find out as we discuss every aspect of this juggernaut of a film.

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It’s February. The month of love and heartache. And we’re a podcast focused on entertainment. Put those together and what do you get? An episode focused on the most emotional relationships in television, of course!

We discuss some of those relationships in TV that either broke or healed our aching hearts. Perhaps they filled our cups with joy, or maybe their angst flowed over into our own realities. It’s an intriguing conversation and there is no better time to discuss it.

Also this week: Star Wars gets another trilogy, Deadpool once again leads the charge in marketing strategy, reviews of Entanglement, The Ritual, and 15:17 to Paris, and much more.

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 29:24)Film and TV Discussion: The Game of Thrones showrunners take on Star Wars, Fifty Shades of Grey’s trilogy is complete, and Deadpool 2 teaches studios how to market
  • (29:25 – 47:41) You Just Don’t Get It | Spoiler-free Reviews of Entanglement, The Ritual, and The 15:17 to Paris
  • (47:42 – 54:29) Upcoming Releases: Black Panther, Mad to Be Normal, The Housemaid, Mom and Dad | What’s This Movie
  • (54:30 – 1:30:49) From the Outside In Topic: The Most Emotional Relationships on Television
  • (1:30:50 – 1:46:15) Recommendations | Closing
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On their first date, Alex and Zoe (Rachele Schank and Luke Brandon Field) adventure out to see a movie at a local theater. After the film, the couple find themselves trapped inside the theater for the night. Their adventure starts out light and comical as they search for an escape and quickly find themselves falling for one another. As they search for an escape, an unexpected twist abruptly changes the course of the night.

For this exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with the director of "One Last Night", Anthony Sabet. An up-and-coming filmmaker, Anthony discusses his path from abroad to LA, his pursuit of his dream to create this film, as well as how a personal event helped shaped this story that now exists.

One Last Night is releasing to film festivals currently, and look for it soon in other release options. Take a listen to our interview with director, Anthony Sabet.

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300

An adventure almost 7 years in the making, THIS is the 300th episode of The Hollywood Outsider Podcast!

On this grossly oversized episode, we drop the usual strict adherence to format and simply speak about the changes in entertainment since the show’s inception, as well as the evolution of the podcast itself.  

Also, we each pay tribute to all of the hosts of The HO, from the original run up until now, complete with scattered compilation clips from the best episodes throughout the years.

300 is one episode you do NOT want to miss.

THIS IS THE HO!

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 54:05)Opening | Film and TV Discussion: How movies and TV have evolved since 2011, the evolution of streaming, and movie recommendations that moved us over the years.
  • (0:54:06 – 1:17:27) John Davenport
  • (1:17:28 – 1:50:17) Brian Williams
  • (1:50:18 – 2:34:54) Justin Macumber
  • (2:34:55 – 2:54:50) Scott Clark
  • (2:54:51 – 3:11:33) Aaron Peterson
  • (3:11:34 – 3:41:18) Closing Thoughts | Thanks for the Memories
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Last year, we debated on how, if we were to drop ourselves into a movie, we could defeat an iconic movie villain. It was a difficult task, though with a little creativity and a box of flies, we were able to fend off evil fairly successfully.

This year, we wanted to turn the tables. The villains rarely win, which means heroes are far more difficult to bring down. Therefore, on this episode we put ourselves firmly in the shoes of supervillains and megalomaniacs everywhere and determine exactly how we would bring down iconic movie heroes such as Iron Man, Batman, Harry Potter, James Bond, and even Luke Skywalker!

That’s not nearly everything. We also have a report from RRStar.com reporter Adam Poulisse on Sundance and films Hereditary, Minding the Gap, and Piercing; discussion on Oscar snubs, Netflix’s goal to change the industry, MoviePass’ latest move, and Breaking Bad’s anniversary; as well as reviews of Open House and Hostiles.

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One of our most popular episodes of each year is our film and television release extravaganza, the episode where we break down the most anticipated movies and TV series debuts of the entire year. And with 2018 in full swing, it’s finally time to look ahead to these exciting releases still to come in 2018!

And for that, we have two guests to help wind our way through this cavalcade of entertainment. We kick things off with Shawn Fuller of the Horribly Awkward podcast, as we dive into anticipated films like Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean’s Eight, Tomb Raider, Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World 2, Deadpool 2, and a whole lot more.

Then, we move over to television as Troy Heinritz of The Blacklist Exposed and Beyond Westworld joins in to debate shows such as: Sharp Objects, Castle Rock, Jack Ryan, The Alienist, Maniac, and even the return of Roseanne.

All of those titles are just the tip of the iceberg! We’re discussing over 40 new movies and TV shows releasing in 2018 on this episode, so bring a notebook because we’re about to help you plan your entire year in entertainment!

Join in on our conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 38:59)Opening | Top 10 Audience Most Anticipated 2018 Film Releases
  • (39:00 – 1:18:32) Host Most Anticipated Releases | Bold Predictions | What’s This Movie
  • (1:18:33 – 1:51:24) Top 10 Most Anticipated New Television Shows of 2018
  • (1:51:24 – 2:25:21) Host Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2018 | Bold Predictions | Closing
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Aaron introduces his latest podcast, Smirk, now available on your podcast app of choice, or at SmirkPodcast.com

Magic. Wonder. Endless possibilities. This week, Amanda tells a story about a young boy, who imagination has awoken a spark of sorts. By the time she hits the hyperdrive to reach her moral, we will all recall that blinding innocence we held as a child. 

Welcome to Smirk. A podcast that covers society and culture through a storytelling lens. Part creative writing, part discussion, and always interesting. Each week our hosts brings a story to the show, a story they wrote themselves. These stories can cover any topic the host wants to discuss, it can be lighthearted or more serious. No one but the author knows if these tales are truth or fiction, and part of the fun is guessing while you're listening before the reality is made clear.

We want to hear from you! If you want to share YOUR story, join the conversation by writing in to mystory@smirkpodcast.com, and include your moral, or you can let us guess at it. This is the podcast that looks at truth, fiction, and reality. With a Smirk. 

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