Welcome to episode 117 of The Cinefessions Podcast! Today, Marc and Branden have big, fat “welcome to 2018” podcast as they kick off the Scandinavian Horror Arc with a review of Next Door (2005), discuss their top five film discoveries of 2017, go over their 2018 media goals, and finish off with round forty-seven of the Besting the Backlog Challenge, reviewing Happy Birthday to Me (1981) and Looper (2012)!
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0:00:00 – 0:09:35 – Intro/2017 Podcasting Stats
0:09:36 – 0:52:33 – Our Week in Media
0:52:34 – 1:28:37 – Top 5 Film Discoveries of 2017
1:28:38 – 2:11:19 – Next Door (2005) Review (Contains Spoilers!)
2:11:20 – 2:24:24 – The Besting the Backlog Challenge – Round 47
2:24:25 – 2:39:32 – 2018 Media Goals
2:39:33 – 2:42:51 – Outro
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Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.