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Fade To Black

Fade To Black

By Amon Warmann, Hanna Flint, and Clarisse Loughrey
Fade To Black is a weekly film culture podcast co-hosted by film critics Hanna Flint (@hannaflint), Clarisse Loughrey (@clarisselou) and Amon Warmann (@amonwarmann). It takes a deep dive into the latest movie news, hot cinema takes and reviews the best new releases all in one place.

It also gives listeners a chance to hear from some of the brightest stars of cinema through exclusive interviews with major talent. The podcast champions inclusivity by covering a broad spectrum of film and culture topics so that listeners can discover a diverse range of movies to seek out.
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Episode 16: In the Heights, Pixar’s Luca, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, In the Earth, with Corey Hawkins
In episode 16 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint review musical In the Heights (14:36), Pixar’s Luca (26:41), action-comedy sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (41:35), and Ben Wheatley’s In the Earth (48:56). Hanna also has a chat with In the Heights star Corey Hawkins (08:16), who discussed his singing in the musical and teased his role in Joel Coen’s upcoming drama The Tragedy of Macbeth. Plus, this week’s ‘Hot Take’ (58:52) is a discussion of colourism in In the Heights, which has been criticised for its lack of dark-skinned, Afro-Latino actors amongst its leading roles. The issue was first brought up by The Root's Felice León, who also brought up those criticisms in conversation with the film's director, Jon M Chu, and other cast members. They didn’t have the best answer to it. If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:11:31
June 20, 2021
Episode 15: Marvel Studios' Loki, The Father, Shiva Baby, Nobody, with Jerry O’Connell
In episode 15 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint review The Father starring Anthony Hopkins (26:21), Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk (37:05), Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby (49:43), and Marvel Studios' new Disney+ series Loki (1:04:34). We also have an interview this week, as Hanna had a chat with the one and only Jerry O’Connell (08:47) to talk about Endangered Species, Sliders and Superman! Plus, this week’s ‘Hot Take’ (1:20:42) is a discussion of the recent report from Riz Ahmed and the USC Annenberg Institute on Muslim representation in film. SPOILER ALERT: It’s not great! Hollywood is making moves for diversity but the Muslim community has been vastly left behind - is this the push it needs to finally acknowledge and combat Islamophobia? If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:39:34
June 13, 2021
Episode 14: A Quiet Place: Part II, Dream Horse, Gunda, After Love
In episode 14 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint review horror sequel A Quiet Place: Part II (08:00), crowdpleasing comedy Dream Horse (22:23), doc Gunda (37:38), and Aleem Khan’s debut After Love (49:25).  Plus our ‘Hot Take’ (1:05:16) this week asks the question: when is muscly too muscly? We delve into Hollywood’s current fitness fad, where its male stars are expected to look so pumped up that a needle could pop them like a balloon.  If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:28:43
June 6, 2021
Episode 13: Disney’s Cruella, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, First Cow, with Mahin Ibrahim & Phillip Domfeh
In episode 13 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint review The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (24:29), Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow (40:35), and Disney’s Cruella starring Emma Stone (51:59). Amon also speaks with Disney’s Mahin Ibrahim and Phillip Domfeh about their new ‘Launchpad’ series which debuted on Disney+ this week (09:47).  Plus our ‘Hot Take’ (1:19:21) this week is on the wily beast that is Film Twitter: Will we ever be able to share film opinions without it descending into vitriol and chaos? If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:38:47
May 30, 2021
Episode 12: Army of the Dead, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Rare Beasts, Undergods
In episode 12 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint review Angelina Jolie’s Those Who Wish Me Dead (07:56), Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead (21:31), and two feature directorial debuts: Billie Piper’s Rare Beasts (38:11) and Chino Moya’s Undergods (53:54). At the top of the show we have a little chat about the Channel 4 series We Are Lady Parts and Pedro Almodovar’s short film The Human Voice starring Tilda Swinton. Plus in this week’s ‘Hot Take’ (1:08:44), we take a look at Shrek 20 years on: swamp turd or an OG? If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:28:33
May 23, 2021
Episode 11: The Woman in the Window, Spiral, Apples, The Underground Railroad
In episode 11 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint review Netflix’s The Woman in the Window (04:52), Saw sequel Spiral (18:29), Greek weird wave film Apples (35:10), and Barry Jenkins’ new series The Underground Railroad (47:25). Plus in this week’s ‘Hot Take’ (1:08:40), we celebrate the return of cinemas by sharing our own personal codes of conduct! Do you race through your popcorn before the film starts? Can you talk during the trailers? And, most important of all, is it a mortal sin to check your phone? If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:25:51
May 16, 2021
Episode 10: Mortal Kombat, The Bike Thief, Cowboys, Jupiter’s Legacy, with Alec Secareanu & Matt Chambers
In episode 10 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint review the Mortal Kombat reboot, tender family drama Cowboys, intense British drama The Bike Thief, and new Netflix superhero show Jupiter’s Legacy. Clarisse also speaks with Alec Secareanu and Matt Chambers - star and director of The Bike Thief - about why we should be showing a little more appreciation for delivery drivers, now more than ever. Plus in this week’s ‘Hot Take’, we discuss DC’s decision to make their Black Superman Clark Kent rather than Calvin Ellis or Val-Zod. Is this the best way forward for the DCEU? If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:39:54
May 9, 2021
Episode 9: Nomadland, The Mitchells vs The Machines, Wild Mountain Thyme, Without Remorse, with Anna Kerrigan
In episode 9 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint review newly minted Best Picture winner Nomadland, Netflix animation The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Michael B. Jordan actioner Without Remorse, and the film with the craziest ending of the year so far, aka Wild Mountain Thyme. Clarisse also speaks with director Anna Kerrigan about Cowboys, which we’ll be reviewing next week. PLUS in this week’s ‘Hot Take’, we discuss remakes - should we just leave that shit alone? If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:24:29
May 2, 2021
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Spoiler Special with Malcolm Spellman
In the first ever Fade To Black spoiler special, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint get into the great, the good, and the bad of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the second Disney+ series in the MCU. Amon also chats with showrunner Malcolm Spellman about the show's big reveals, prescient themes, and Sam Wilson's future in Captain America 4.   If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a 'Hot Take' for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:31:19
April 25, 2021
Episode 8: Black Bear, Stowaway, I Blame Society, with Gillian Wallace Horvat
In episode 8 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint give their screen, stream or skip verdict on psychological drama Black Bear, space mission gone wrong Stowaway, and dark comedy I Blame Society. Clarisse also chats with I Blame Society's director and star Gillian Wallace Horvat about her award-winning short films and the many bold themes of her debut feature.  Plus in this week’s 'Hot Take', we ponder whether fandom entitlement is getting a little too much with Tony Stark fans demanding he be #BroughtBackToLife! If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a 'Hot Take' for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:25:53
April 25, 2021
Episode 7: Promising Young Woman, Love and Monsters, The Banishing, The Power, with Corinna Faith
In episode 7 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint give their screen, stream or skip verdict on Dylan O’Brien’s Love and Monsters on Netflix, Emerald Fennell's much-debated Promising Young Woman, and a double whammy of ghost stories courtesy of Shudder with The Banishing and The Power. Amon also chats with The Power's writer-director Corinna Faith about crafting her debut feature.  PLUS in this week’s 'Hot Take', the team discuss if nominees should make more of an effort to attend awards shows after Frances McDormand and Anthony Hopkins failed to show up to win their BAFTA's at the Zoom ceremony. If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:18:21
April 18, 2021
Episode 6: Sound of Metal, Palm Springs, Thunder Force
In episode 6 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint give their screen, stream or skip verdict on Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer superhero comedy caper Thunder Force, Groundhog Day-esque rom-com Palm Springs, and indie drama Sound of Metal.  PLUS in this week’s HOT TAKE we continue the conversation started this week on Twitter about what exactly makes a horror a horror? Journalist Elle Hunt made the mistake of asking tweeters to settle an argument she was having: is Alien a sci-fi or horror? She believes it’s a sci-fi because “Horror is predicated on the fear of the other, the unfamiliar in the world as we know it – space, we already don't know it.” Of course, because social media is rarely the forum to have calm, friendly conversations about movies without it descending into chaos, Elle was met with a barrage of patronising and toxic abuse from the far reaches of film twitter. We hate to see that but we do find the question Elle posed interesting and give our take on the subject. If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:08:15
April 11, 2021
Episode 5: Godzilla vs Kong, Minari, The Mauritanian, Chaos Walking
In episode 5 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint take sides over Godzilla vs Kong, dissect awards season contenders Minari and The Mauritanian, and, give their verdict on Tom Holland's latest non Spider-Man outing Chaos Walking. Will they screen, stream or skip? Plus this week’s HOT TAKE asks what's going on at DC Films after the studio shelved Ava DuVernay's New Gods and James Wan's Aquaman spin-off The Trench. If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:31:03
April 4, 2021
Episode 4: Tom & Jerry, Ammonite, Stray
In episode 4 of the Fade to Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint let off some steam about Ammonite, embrace the buttholes in Stray and share their wild confusion about Tom & Jerry. Will they screen, stream or skip? Plus this week’s HOT TAKE takes its cue from Disney’s latest move to release its films concurrently in cinemas and on Disney+ - Should studios be waiting until the pandemic is over to release them in cinemas instead? If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlackPod Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
57:31
March 28, 2021
Episode 3: Zack Snyder's Justice League, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, 2021 Oscar nominations
In episode 3 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint give their screen, stream or skip verdicts on Zack Snyder's Justice League, Infinitum: Subject Unknown, and the debut episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. They also share their thoughts on the 2021 Oscar nominations for the week’s Hot Take. If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlack Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:09:37
March 21, 2021
Episode 2: Judas and the Black Messiah, Cherry, Locked Down
In episode 2 of the Fade To Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint give their screen, stream or skip verdicts on Judas and the Black Messiah, Apple TV+’s Cherry, Locked Down and The Columnist. The crew also dissect the BAFTA nominations for the week’s Hot Take. If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadeToBlack Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:13:18
March 14, 2021
Episode 1: Disney’s Raya, Moxie, Coming 2 America, with Jermaine Fowler
In the debut episode of the Fade to Black podcast, critics Amon Warmann, Clarisse Loughrey and Hanna Flint give their screen, stream or skip verdicts on Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, Netflix’s Moxie, Prime Video’s Coming 2 America and WandaVision on Disney+. Jermaine Fowler, star of the Coming to America sequel, shares a little anecdote from his time shooting the movie, and this week’s Hot Take debate is spoiler culture. If you’d like to join the conversation or suggest a Hot Take for the gang to discuss tweet us with the hashtag #FadetoBlack Follow us: @amonwarmann, @clarisselou, @hannaflint If you like the show do leave a review and rate us too!
01:16:10
March 6, 2021