PODCAST! Ep. 5: The Real War on Xmas, Bombs Hollywood has dropped on the season

In this episode, Original-Cin writers Liam Lacey, Kim Hughes, Jim Slotek, Bonnie Laufer and moderator Gene Valaitis talk about the death of Christmas movies, why films like Transformers and this week’s Aquaman are so bloody long, and great movies of 2018 that were overlooked in awards season.

A scene from the dreaded Fred Claus.

A scene from the dreaded Fred Claus.

We also round up the plethora of films being released in the next week so you don’t have to talk to your visiting relatives.

PODCAST! Ep. 4 - Maybe "Nobody" IS the best person to host the Oscars

Ex-future Oscar host Hart: Can I get a retweet?

Ex-future Oscar host Hart: Can I get a retweet?

In Episode Four of our series of podcasts, Jim, Karen, Liam, Bonnie and moderator Gene Valaitis ponder an Oscars broadcast that hosts itself, why Jim calls the Golden Globes’ Hollywood Foreign Press “Eurotrash,” and the big $100,000 Rogers prize the Toronto Film Critics Association is handing over to the best Canadian film (and the pressure that comes with that).

Also, a round-up of the first busy holiday weekend that will see a dozen movies released by Christmas Day, and a major thumbs up for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

PODCAST! Ep. 3 - The critics were wrong about Bohemian Rhapsody (or so say some of us!)

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

This week, our entire gang of opinionated folk - Karen Gordon, Kim Hughes, Liam Lacey, Bonnie Laufer and Jim Slotek - are on hand to talk about Bohemian Rhapsody, and why so many people have bought so many tickets (a half-billion dollars worth) to a movie so many critics told them not to see.

We also talk the scabrous Canadian comedy The Go-Getters and why TIFF and other influential guardians of Canadian content have so little respect for our funny side. We’ve got a few words about Amazon shelving Woody Allen’s already-filmed A Rainy Day In New York, Kevin Hart taking the Oscar host job that nobody wanted, and why we need to see movies on Christmas Day to get away from our relatives.

PODCAST! Ep. 2 - Yes to Roma! Hooray for Dames! Death to cellphone users!

Dame Maggie Smith: A Dame we love

Dame Maggie Smith: A Dame we love

In the second episode of Original-Cin’s podcast series, our bloggers talk about: the beauty and Oscar-worthliness of Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, the loveliness of the fly-on-the-wall doc Nothing Like A Dame, the heroism of the last living Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz in the doc Prosecuting Evil, a Canadian romance for science nerds (Clara), how audiences are shutting down cellphone users with extreme prejudice, what should be done about theatre latecomers, and whether loud snackers are really annoying..

The Original-Cin Podcast: Bonnie Laufer called Chevy Chase a what-now?

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At Original-Cin, we’ve got a career total of 15,000-plus celebrity interviews under our belts and thousands of movie reviews.

In our debut podcast, moderated by Gene Valaitis of Empire Digital, we talk about how we came together, our best and worst interviews, awards season and what to see this week. Hear who’s behind what you’ve been reading.

And oh yeah, hear first-hand how Bonnie Laufer lost it with Chevy Chase, and how Jonah Hill lost it with Jim Slotek.