Flicky

Welcome to the Flicky Podcast, where even good films get bad reviews! John and Christopher review well-regarded, or popular, films from Golden Age Hollywood to Present-Day Cinema. Sometimes irreverent, often snarky, but always honest, the Flicky Podcast aims to give a fresh perspective on movies whose reputations have been established. John and Christopher hope to challenge listeners perceptions on what a good movie is in a podcast that is equal parts subversive, entertaining, and informative.

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Episodes

14 hours ago

After spending about a month away from recording, the Flicky Podcast is back with a review of the mega-hit Top Gun: Maverick. The boys first discuss the debacle of the Batgirl film, and then discuss a film that entertained both of them. From its tight script, professional craftsmanship, and believable characters the sequel outpaces the original in every facet of filmmaking. Christopher and John have one slight disagreement about the movie, but this is a rare occurrence in the history of the podcast...a film both guys enjoyed!

Monday Aug 01, 2022

This week's episode of the Flicky Podcast features John's list of eight desert island films. John's first seven films, including some of the best films ever made, are world renown for their intellect, high quality, and artistry. John concludes his list with a major surprise in selecting a bad film, but it's a bad film that touches John's inner child. 

Saturday Jul 23, 2022

While John is away on his honeymoon, the boys recorded two episodes of the podcast that were influenced by Desert Island Discs, the BBC radio show. After explaining their film centric parameters, Christopher gives his list of eight films he would bring with him to a desert island. 

Friday Jul 08, 2022

Because John will be getting married in Greece, Christopher decided that they will be reviewing 2008's Mamma Mia! An extremely popular stage musical around the world, the boys come to the conclusion that the story probably works better on the stage than film. John and Christopher come away impressed by the acting, but the singing and story leave a lot to be desired. One of John's criticisms of the film is that sometimes ABBA's songs don't fit naturally with the story being told. The episode finishes with Christopher and John disagreeing with how awful Pierce Brosnan's singing truly is.

Friday Jul 01, 2022

Although originally intending to review The Professional on this week's episode of the Flicky Podcast, John asked to review, midweek, Top Gun. John and Christopher delve into how the film was a cultural flashpoint in the 80s, and how it was a perfect encapsulation of the film business in the 1980s. They poke fun at the generic plot, corny dialogue, and unsubtle characterization. The boys agree that it is a fun, yet flawed, film that accomplished what it set out to do: make Tom Cruise a megastar and sell a lot of movie tickets.

Thursday Jun 23, 2022

This episode of the Flicky Podcast begins with short reviews of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America, the final season of Peaky Blinders, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. They also talk about how Jeff Bridges is cancer free and how he has a new show on FX called The Old Man. John and Christopher then dive into the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga. They discuss how Disney not only dropped the ball with this film, but the entire sequel series. Rather than go from plot point to plot point, the boys take a macro view of the film and how it relates to the series as a whole. 

Wednesday Jun 15, 2022

After discussing how the Jurassic World film series is teflon, John and Christopher dive into the sequel to Blade Runner, the sci-fi masterpiece. Like recent films that were reviewed, Blade Runner is a beautiful, technically brilliant film that has a less than desired plot. The boys skewer the fan service elements of the story and the happy coincidences found throughout the film. They end with a plea to Ryan Gosling to embrace the movie star the world wants him to be.

Tuesday Jun 07, 2022

The Flicky Podcast tackles Bram Stoker's Dracula, which is important because it's not actually Bram Stoker's Dracula. John and Christopher discuss Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder's, horrible acting. The boys also go over how the added element of a doomed romance makes the story illogical and sinks the film. They also talk about how Gary Oldman crushes in his role and that the technical aspects of the film are great. They end with how Francis Ford Coppola, the film's director, has had a terrible filmography after Apocalypse Now.

Wednesday May 25, 2022

This week on the Flicky Podcast, John and Christopher tackle one of their white whales: Titanic. One of the highest grossing films of all time, and one of the most awarded, the boys discuss how well-made the movie is on a technical level. They also talk about how thin and lazy the story is. The harshest judgment is reserved for Rose, who may be one of the most selfish and narcissistic characters committed to film.

Monday May 16, 2022

John and Christopher review Bohemian Rhapsody, a film about one of their favorite bands, Queen, and its incomprable frontman, Freddie Mercury. The boys discuss the film's troubled production and how it affected the final product. They dig deep into how the script is all over the place and egregiously misrepresents history. The film doesn't reach the heights of its subject matter although the movie is buoyed by a good cast, a great leading man performance, and the fantastic music of Queen. Through all of this, the boys highlight the power of editing and how John Ottman may not be the hero the film wanted, but he's the hero the film needed.

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