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Beneath the Screen of the Ultra-Critics
61 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
The State of Things
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah discuss how going to the movies, and watching movies, has changed during these wild and turbulent times.
57 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Pinhead Under the Stairs
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah look to celebrate Halloween by looking at Clive Barker's Hellraiser and Wes Craven's People Under the Stairs.Beneath the Screen of the Ultra-Critics is a proud member of the Fandomentals Network.
61 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Monsters And Ecstatic Truth
We discuss the striking similarities between the mockumentary "Incident at Loch Ness" and the real documentary "Creature From Big Muddy: An Illinois Bigfoot Legend". Joined by guest Dustin Blakeman, who also composed a special intro for this episode."Human Clicktrack" - Dustin Blakeman: I think it's only fitting for an episode about monsters and ecstatic truth to peel back the layers of artifice that permeate our era of digital perfection and overproduction. Here is a both "natural" yet, still specifically produced opening... fitting with this episode's subject matter.
62 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Cinematic Propaganda: Antifa Themes Part 8
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah explore alarmist propaganda in film. First, they look at the 1984 red scare WWIII fantasy RED DAWN followed by a deft exploration of the effects of cold war paranoia in WARGAMES.
64 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Fantasy for Kids
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah look at three fantasy films and discuss how they seem particularly structured and geared towards children.Beneath the Screen of the Ultra-Critics is a proud member of the Fandomentals Network.
65 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Cinematic Propaganda: Antifa Themes Part 7
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah look at how movies about the civil rights movement have been framed via Mississippi Burning (1988) & Selma (2014).
57 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Annual Report Card
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah take a breather and assess their series on Propaganda and Antifa themes. The trio tries to figure out how they've succeeded and how they can do better moving forward.
63 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Cinematic Propaganda: Antifa Themes Part 6
The trio looks at David Simon's HBO 6 part miniseries, "Show Me a Hero" (2015). Starring Oscar Issac, Alfred Molina, Catherine Keener, and Ilfenesh Hadera, and directed by Paul Haggis, the series looks at a Yonkers Public Housing project and the ups and downs of getting it built.
59 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Holiday Special: Tokyo Groundhogs
Just in time for the Holidays, the crew discusses Tokyo Godfathers and Groundhog Day.
62 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Cinematic Propaganda: Antifa Themes - Part 5
This episode we look at Too Big to Fail and The Big Short, two movies about the 2008 market crash. Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah discuss and analyze how effective each movie is in structuring its message.
55 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Beneath the Screen Halloween 2020
Just in time for Halloween, Beneath the Screen discuss THE OTHERS and CRIMSON PEAK. They also briefly discuss the evergreen question of "What is horror?".
36 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Cinematic Propaganda: Antifa Themes - Part 4
In this episode, Jeremiah, Kara, and Alejandra take a look at thematic statements in Marvel films.
58 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Springsteen and Talking Bears
Jeremiah, Kara, and Thad look at two stories about immigration. Both stories are set in England and deal with the struggle of trying to bridge two cultures.
67 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Cinemactic Propaganda: Antifa Themes - Part 3
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah are joined by Alejandra as they discuss Fascism in the Sci-fi and Fantasy genres. The four discuss Starship Troopers, Pan's Labyrinth, and Thor: Ragnarok
59 minutes | May 27, 2020
Exploring the Western
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah take a break from talking about propaganda, sort of, and look at the Western genre. The trio look at Johnny Guitar, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and the 2013 Japanese remake of Unforgiven.
57 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Cinematic Propaganda: Antifa Themes - Part 2
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah look at movies critiquing capitalism both in broad terms and specifically. The trio looks at '9 to 5', "Two Days, One Night', and 'Support the Girls'.
56 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
The Future of Movie Theatres
Jeremiah, Thad, and Kara discuss what will happen to movie theaters as well as other fractures in the industry exposed by the pandemic.
67 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
Cinematic Propaganda: Antifa Themes - Part 1
The crew look at three films, THIS LAND IS MINE, CASABLANCA, and HANGMEN ALSO DIE! to discuss the style and themes of each film.
61 minutes | Jan 25, 2020
Academy Award Roundtable and Best Films of 2019
Jeremiah, Thad, and Kara gather 'round to discuss which films made the top 10 for them in 2019, and that little Oscar thing as well.
58 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
Animated Musicals to Make You Cringe
Thad, Kara, and Jeremiah take a look at animated musicals that are so bad, they're just bad.
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