By Cleveland Film Critics Society
Film Code is a podcast dedicated to movies and entertainment. Each week, the members of the Cleveland Film Critics Society (Phoenix, Brandon, and Zach) will dissect, analyze, review, and appreciate cinema one word at a time.
It's gonna be 'CODEWORD': Awesome.
It's gonna be 'CODEWORD': Awesome.
The Menu (2022)...and CODEWORD: DANCE
The guys are back this week and they brought their appetite, and a friend. Rachel from The Hallmarkies Podcast joins us this week as we talk about the delicious new thriller from Mark Mylod, The Menu starring Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nicholas Hoult. Was this a dish best served cold or a spicy entree that satisfies the palette? Forks up as we get ready to dive in. Plus, as the race for the top of the codebreaking leaderboard heats up, Phoenix gives us a challenge with his new codeword. Will Brandon's lead grow or will the guest list keep climbing the ranks? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 27, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
The guys went out and saw the film late at night and decided to do a late night recording. Ignore the yawning as we talk about the long-awaited sequel directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Returning to the big screen is Leititia Wright as Shuri, Angela Bassett as Queen Romonda, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M'Baku and joining the cast this time is Tenoch Huerta Meija as Namor and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams. Does this sequel live up to the hype and what can we expect from Wakanda moving forward? It's a lot to dive in to in this episode of Film Code!
November 19, 2022
Till (2022)...and CODEWORD: GHOST
The guys are back to discuss potential awards contender, Till directed by Chinonye Chukwu and starring Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Whoopi Goldberg. Did this historical retelling hit all the right notes? Plus, the race for the leader of the codebreaking board is heating up as Brandon gives us his ghostly codeword this week. Will he maintain his lead or will one of the others topple him? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 12, 2022
Black Adam (2022)...and CODEWORD: SPACE
FINALLY...after 15 long years, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson brings Black Adam to the big screen and now, the hierarchy of power will forever change in the DCEU. Jaume Collett-Sera directs this high-octane comic book movie also starring Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, Noah Centinneo, Mo Amer, and Sarah Shahi. Was Black Adam worth the wait? And how does this change the DCEU going forward? Also, this week we're joined once again by OG Filmcoder, Nathan Pigg from The End Credits Podcast. Plus, will the heirarchy of our codebreaking leaderboard forever change after Zach's codeword? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 05, 2022
Halloween Ends (2022)
The guys return to close out Spooky Season with (hopefully) the final installment of the Halloween franchise, David Gordon Green closes out his rebooted trilogy with Halloween Ends starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, and Rohan Campbell. How did we feel about this end to the classic slasher? And what did we think of the new franchise overall? And how long before we see a new Halloween reboot emerge? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 30, 2022
Hocus Pocus 2/Bros (2022)...and CODEWORD: MODEL (w/ Jeremy Bryant of Bracket Bastards)
The guys are back and so are the witches as they discuss the 29-year-later sequel to the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus 2 starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. The Sanderson Sisters are back to bring hell upon Salem. But that's not all. One movie wasn't enough this week as the guys joined this week by Bracket Bastards' Jeremy Bryant as they discuss Bros, the new gay romantic comedy starring Billy Eichner. Which film gave us more laughs or more frights? Plus, will our guest bring it back home for the guest list or will Phoenix's codeword prove to be too difficult? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 22, 2022
Smile (2022)...and CODEWORD: TALKING PICTURES
The guys are back to discuss the horror phenomenon, Smile directed by Parker Finn and starring Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, and Kal Penn. What did the guys think of this horror thriller? And how strong of a year is horror having in 2022? Plus, Brandon has the codeword this week and he's hungry to hold on to it. Will his old school codeword scare the others away? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 15, 2022
Don't Worry Darling (2022)
The guys are back to discuss one of their most anticipated films this year, Don't Worry Darling starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, and Chris Pine. And in her sophomore directorial effort, Olivia Wilde. Did Wilde hit it out of the park for a second time or did all the controversy surrounding this film leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 08, 2022
The Woman King (2022)...and CODEWORD: MOTHER
The guys are back with a special return guest as OG Filmcoder and Season 1 Codebreaking Champion, Nathan Pigg returns to Film Code to discuss Gina Prince-Bythewood's new film, "The Woman King" starring Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, and John Boyega. What did the guys think of this revisionist historical epic? And what has Nathan been up to all this time? Plus, Phoenix gets a chance to get back into the race with his codeword this week, will he stump the others and return to glory or will Brandon's lead become insurmountable? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 01, 2022
Vengeance (2022)...and CODEWORD: P.I.
The guys are back to discuss this under the radar gem directed by actor-writer-producer-director, B.J. Novak also starring Ashton Kutcher, Issa Rae, and Boyd Holbrook. This quietly released comedy-drama about looking at life in rural America at a time when we're all out of time with each other, what could we learn? Plus, will anyone move up in the standings this week with Zach's new codeword or will he stump us all? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
September 24, 2022
The guys are back to discuss the new film, Breaking starring John Boyega, Michael K. Williams, Nicole Beharie, and Jeffrey Donovan. Did this true life tale hit us hard or fall flat? And what can we expect from Boyega in the future? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
September 11, 2022
FALL of the SAMARITAN
This week the guys take on a double-header as they review the new movie Fall directed by Scott Mann and the new Amazon Prime Original film, Samaritan starring Sylvester Stallone. Was this one-two punch a double knockout or a double snoozefest? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
September 04, 2022
Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)...and CODEWORD: SLASHER
This week we're talking the Gen Z whodunnit murder mystery, Bodies Bodies Bodies from A24, directed by Halina Reijn and starring Amandla Stenberg, Pete Davidson, Rachel Sennott, and Maria Bakalova. What did the guys think of this new spin on the murder mystery genre? Plus, can anyone crack the latest codeword or will Brandon's reign of terror continue? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
August 29, 2022
Prey (2022)...and CODEWORD: SOUL (w/ Robert Yaniz. Jr.)
The guys return this week to discuss the new prequel based off the Predator franchise. Prey directed by Dan Trachtenberg and starring Amber Midthunder and Dakota Beavers. This week, the guys are joined by special guest, Robert Yaniz Jr. of Crooked Table Productions. Host of the Close Watch and Franchise Detours podcasts. What did the guys think of this new entry into the Predator franchise? Did it rejuvenate the franchise or was it more of the same? Plus, will Phoenix be able to stump everyone and move up the rankings with his new codeword or will the guest upset once again? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
August 22, 2022
Bullet Train (2022)
The guys return this week to look at the new David Leitch film, Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt, Brian Tyree Henry, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie eets and Hiroyuki Sanada. What did we think of this deadly train ride? Was it an action-packed thrill ride or did it go off the tracks?" Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
August 15, 2022
Nope (2022)...and CODEWORD: BRITISH
The guys are back this week to discuss the latest sci-fi thriller, Nope directed by Jordan Peele and starring Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, and Steven Yeun. This week, the guys are joined by a special guest: DW Lundberg of NostalgiaCast comes through to bring some class to these precedings. What did everyone think of Peele's latest psychological horror? Did it live up to the hype or has Peele gone too far beyond the pale? Plus, DW gets a chance to add to the guest pool this week if he can crack Zach's overseas codeword. Will he be able to do it or will Zach stump us all? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
August 08, 2022
The Gray Man (2022)...and CODEWORD: FIGHT
The guys are back to talk about the latest Netflix original film, The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana De Armas. What did the guys think of this Russo Brothers produced action spy flick? Was it worth the $200 million that Netflix spent on it? Was there a reference to Gosling playing Ken in the new Barbie film? Or a chance that Evans picks up a shield? Plus, there's another fight brewing as Brandon gives us his codeword this week. Will anyone score double points this week or will Brandon firmly place himself in the lead? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
July 30, 2022
The Boys Season 3 Recap w/ Brandon & Phoenix
The Boys is one of the best shows on television and they officially wrapped their 3rd season. The guys look back on a wild season that featured dildo fights, octopus sex, a musical dance number, and herogasm. And that's not even the best parts. Listen to the guys break down one of the most heinous, action-packed, and crazy seasons of TV yet.
July 23, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)...and CODEWORD: HERO
The guys return with the 29th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as they break down Thor: Love and Thunder directed by Taika Watitti and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Tessa Thompson. What did the guys think of this goat screaming, ode to Guns n' Roses? And where does it rank among Phase four of the MCU? Plus, can the guys solve Phoenix's heroic codeword? Will anyone get a leg up on the current codebreaking champion or will he score his first points of the season? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
July 12, 2022
The Black Phone (2022)...and CODEWORD: MONEY
It's a good time to be a movie fan as there's so many different quality of films currently in theaters. This week, the guys are reviewing the new Blumhouse horror-thriller, The Black Phone written and directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Ethan Hawke and Mason Thames. Is it the best horror movie of the year so far? Can it stay in the conversation to the end? The guys also answer their own Twitter question. Plus, we return with a new codeword about the all mighty dollar. Will anyone be able to crack it or will Zach earn his first points of the season? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
July 04, 2022
Elvis (2022)...and CODEWORD: PREDATORS
The guys are back to discuss the potential biopic of the year, it's Baz Lurhmann's Elvis starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. How did we feel about this take on the legendary entertainer? Will it have the legs to hold up till the end of the year? Plus, our codeword is back and with double points on the line all season, it's going to be a tough one to crack. Will anyone emerge victorious or will stump votes propel Brandon to victory? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
June 27, 2022
The guys are back in this one-on-one episode talking Pixar's latest, and first theatrical release since 2020, Lightyear starring Chris Evans, Uzo Adubo, Keke Palmer, and Taika Wattiti. What did the guys think of this spin-off film based on the beloved character from the Toy Story franchise? And where does this film rank among Pixar's best? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
June 20, 2022
Jurassic World Dominion (2022)...and CODEWORD: LUCK
We're fully into our 3rd season and we're talking our second (and definitely won't be our last) legacy-quel of the year. It's Jurassic World Dominion starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldbloom, and Laura Dern. What did we think of this final iteration of the Jurassic saga? And this week, we're not alone! Our first guest of the season is "The David Thewlis of Podcasting", film blogger, and International Film Society Critic member, Mr. Ben Miller. Plus, it's the first codeword of the season and we're switching it up a little this year! Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
June 13, 2022
Season 3 Kickoff - Top Gun Maverick
It's our Season 3 kickoff and we're talking the decades late legacy-quel, Top Gun Maverick starring Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connolly, Jon Hamm, and Miles Teller. When Maverick returns to the school that trained him to teach its' latest graduates the skills they'll need to complete their most dangerous mission. What did we think of this film and where does it rank so far in the year? All that and more as we dive into the 3rd season of Film Code!
June 03, 2022
Season 2 Finale - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)...and CODEWORD: TWIST
We've arrived at the Season 2 finale!! In our final episode this season, we discuss the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness directed by celebrated horror director, Sam Raimi and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, and Benedict Wong. What does the film mean for the future of the MCU? And where else will we go in the infinite multiverse? Plus, we have our final codeword of the season and crown our official season 2 codeword champion! Who will it be? Find out all this and more in the season finale episode of Film Code!
May 11, 2022
The Northman (2022)...and CODEWORD: YOUNG
The guys are back for the second to last episode of season 2! With just a few episodes remaining, the guys tackle not one, not two, but THREE great films in this episode. Kicking off with Robert Eggers's The Northman starring Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, and Anya Taylor-Joy. What did the guys think of this bloody revenge thriller? Plus, we look at the new animated film from Dreamworks, The Bad Guys, and Nicholas Cage's meta career commentary, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Plus, the guys have a code to crack, and it'll be a doozy. We can't wait for you to hear this STACKED episode of Film Code as we veer towards Season 3!
May 07, 2022
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)...and CODEWORD: SPY
The guys are back to discuss the 11th film in the Wizarding World series, it's Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore once again directed by David Yates and starring Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, and Mads Mikkelson. What did the guys think of the third film in the Beasts trilogy? And do they think we'll get more? Plus, Zach looks to stump the team with his under-the-radar codeword. Will he be successful or will someone add to their lead? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
April 28, 2022
2nd Annual Film Code Film Awards
We've finally arrived at the final awards ceremony of the year: Ours! Thanks to YOUR votes, we have determined the winners in this year's Film Code Film Awards celebrating the films of 2021. We saw some truly historic nominations and even better wins. And at least at this show, we can promise no one gets assaulted. So after much deliberation, here are your winners of the 2021 Film Code Film Awards!
April 23, 2022
Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
A24 returns with their most daring, original, and creative release yet, Everything Everywhere All At Once starring Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Stephanie Hsu. This wild, unpredictable family drama delves into the multiverse in a way you never thought possible. Is this already the best film of the year? Find out on this week's episode of Film Code!
April 10, 2022
Some Other Stuff Happened At The Oscars
For the first time ever, the guys were all in the same place to watch the 94th Academy Awards. And they certainly got more than they thought they would! But A LOT happened on Oscar Sunday, and the guys break down their favorite moments, speeches, performances, winners, and upsets. How did the guys feel about the show overall, and THAT particular moment as well? Find out all that and more on this special Oscars edition of Film Code!
April 05, 2022
Final Oscar Predictions 2022
We're days away from the biggest night in Hollywood, so the guys sat down to go over the nominees and pick who they think will win. Will their favorites upset? Or will it be a lost cause the whole way? Which award are they looking forward to the most and which category has the worst lineup? Plus, the guys are also gearing up for their own awards show. Listen as they reveal the nominees for the 2nd Annual Film Code Film Awards that you helped decide. A huge episode as we get ready for the Oscars.
March 23, 2022
Turning Red (2022)...and CODEWORD: CHARDONNAY
The guys are back to discuss the 25th entry into the catalog of Pixar. It's Turning Red directed by Domee Shi and starring Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh. What did the guys think of this new animated creature feature? And where does it rank among Pixar's best? Plus, Brandon has the guys in the palm of his hand with his codeword this week. Will they be able to crack the code or will they fall again? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
March 19, 2022
The Batman (2022)
We've arrived at possibly our most anticipated film of the year. It's THE BATMAN starring Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, and Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Matt Reeves. Was it the most satisfying Batman film yet? And how does it compare to all other previous iterations of the character? Does this belong in the upper echelon of Batman stories? Will we see more? Find out all that and more in this week's episode of Film Code!
March 14, 2022
Uncharted (2022)...and CODEWORD: SEVEN
This week, the guys look at Playstation Studios' first major motion picture release, UNCHARTED starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. How will the action-adventure game translate to the big screen? Did the guys find themselves immersed in the world or left flummoxed by some creative decisions? Plus, Phoenix's new codeword puts the other guys on a backslide. Will they land on their feet or crash into the ocean? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
March 05, 2022
CODA (2021)...and CODEWORD: CHRISTMAS
The guys are back to take on one of the latest Oscar hopefuls in CODA. Directed by Sian Heder and starring Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur, Eugenio Derbez, and Marlee Matlin. The story of a hearing child born to a deaf family and her passion to sing. Did this film warm their cold dead hearts? And are they rooting for a #CODASweep? Plus, bells will be ringing as the guys rack their brains to try to figure out Zach's holiday-themed codeword. Will they be able to crack the code or only come up with coal? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
February 27, 2022
Fight Club (1999)
It took us 20+ years but we finally got around to seeing Fight Club for the very first time. Did this seminal film hit us in the same way as it did for millions in 1999? Were we able to see how this film became a cultural phenomenon? Or how it lapsed into the ultimate "filmbro" standard? Starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meatloaf. Directed by David Fincher. Let's go ahead and break the first two rules, shall we?
February 22, 2022
Our season 1 Codebreaking Champion, Nathan Pigg returns to discuss the new sci-fi disaster film by Roland Emmerich, Moonfall starring Patrick Wilson, Halle Berry, Michael Pena, and John Bradley. Did the disaster King live up to his name or is this another dud from the Independence Day director? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
February 14, 2022
2021 Oscar Nominations Reaction and Breakdown
It's finally here! The 2021 - 2022 Oscar nominations have been announced and the guys go through all the major categories and break them down. Snubs, surprises, and give their early predictions on what will win. What did the guys think of the Academy's choices this year and who was the biggest snub this year? Find out all that and more on this bonus episode of Film Code!
February 11, 2022
The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)...and CODEWORD: STORE
This week, we're joined by a special guest as Sean Allred of CheapSeat Reviews stops by to talk about the latest release to AppleTV+, The Tragedy of Macbeth directed by Joel Coen and starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. What did the guys think of this Shakesperean retelling? Or how the Coen bros fair on their own? Plus, will the codeword cracking streak stop this week with Brandon's new codeword? How will our guest do on his first try? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
February 07, 2022
5cream (2021)...and CODEWORD: WEATHER
It took 10 years but we finally got the next installment in the Scream franchise with new faces Jenny Ortega, Melissa Barrera, and Jack Quaid teaming up with legacy actors Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette. Was it worth the wait? Did they make up for the missteps along the way? And how long can Scream continue? Plus, we've been cracking codes left and right, now will anyone be able to get Phoenix's codeword this week? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
January 31, 2022
The 355...and the Best and Worst of 2021
The guys are back to discuss the much-delayed, action spy thriller, The 355 starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o, Diane Kruger, and Penelope Cruz. What did the guys think of this new action flick? And does it have franchise potential? Plus, the guys have seen a ton of films in 2021, what have been the top 5 films they saw this year, and what was the bottom of the barrel films that they never want to see again? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
January 24, 2022
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)...and CODEWORD: MONEY
We're going back in guys. Back into The Matrix. We watched Lana Wachowski's new meta-update to the beloved franchise, The Matrix Resurrections starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Neil Patrick Harris. What new additions were made to the franchise? And how does this film hold up to the other films in the Matrix family? Plus, it's Zach's first codeword! Will he be able to stump the guys this week or will someone have the skills to crack the rookie's first code?? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
January 14, 2022
Movies We Missed II (Titane, Dear Evan Hansen, Lamb) w/Evan Yencho
2021 was a busy year filled with excellent films that we didn't get a chance to talk about all year, so we reached out to Evan Yencho (@EvilEvan14) and he agreed to sit down and chat with us about a couple of movies we wanted to discuss: The often dismissed movie musical of the year, Dear Evan Hansen, the Palme D'or winner, Titane, and the under the radar international contender, Lamb. Listen as we break down why these films work and why they should be in the forefront of your minds as we head into awards season and beyond on this exciting bonus episode of Film Code!
January 08, 2022
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
It's the event of the century! The quintessential social adventure, we cannot afford to miss! It is our review of Spiderman: No Way Home starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Marisa Tomei. The third film in the MCU's Spiderman trilogy and man did it have some hype. Did it live up to the hype? Were there some big surprises along the way? Could it possibly be the best Spiderman movie of all time? We talk about all things that made this movie the event of the year that it is from getting tickets to the theater experience itself, and what it means for the MCU going forward. Find out all this and more on this mega event episode of Film Code!
December 28, 2021
Hawkeye Series Finale Review
We've finally reached the finale of Hawkeye. What a run it was, and did it serve up the goods? Find out on this bonus episode of Film Code!
December 25, 2021
Hawkeye Episode 5 Review
Sorry for the delay guys, but here is our review of episode 5 of Hawkeye. Now that we know Yelena is involved, how much more dangerous can things get? What are our predictions for the finale? And will anything here tie into No Way Home? Listen as we dive into the penultimate episode of Hawkeye here on Film Code!
December 22, 2021
West Side Story (2021)...and CODEWORD: SEASON
The guys are back to talk about the musical event of the season. It's Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the 1961 classic, West Side Story. This time starring Ansel Egort, Rachel Zegler, Arianna Debose. Mike Faist, and David Alvarez. What did the guys think of this movie? How does it compare to the original? And where does the film rank among other movie musicals this year? Plus, can the guys get back on track with the codeword? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
December 19, 2021
House of Gucci (2021)...and CODEWORD: FINGER
The guys return this week to discuss the latest Ridley Scott film, House of Gucci. Based on the true-crime story and starring Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, and Jeremy Irons. What did the guys think of this high-end fashion thriller? Plus, the guys don't skip out on Ridley Scott's other film this year and throw some of their insights on The Last Duel as well. How did this film fare with the guys and which do they prefer? Plus, it's Brandon's codeword this week and there's a lot on the line. Can Phoenix maintain his lead or will someone catch up? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
December 12, 2021
Hawkeye Episode 4 Review
The guys are back for another one-on-one weekly review of Hawkeye. This week, Phoenix and Zach break down the dynamics of Kate and Clint's relationship, the mystery surrounding a watch, and a glorious fight scene. Plus they go into their theories on what's to come. Are we getting the Kingpin? Who was Eleanor on the phone with? And will Clint actually make it back in time for Christmas? All that and more on this week's bonus episode of Film Code!
December 09, 2021
Tick, Tick...Boom (2021)...and CODEWORD: FRENCH
2021 has been the year of the movie musical! This week, Phoenix and Nathan sat down for a one-on-one to discuss the debut film by Lin-Manuel Miranda, TICK, TICK...BOOM starring Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, and Robin De Jesus. Could this be a potential awards contender? Is the hype real behind Garfield's performance? And where does this film land among Miranda's other works? Plus, Film Code has officially returned after a long absence. Nathan gives us his codeword this week, and Phoenix gets the only opportunity for a crack at it. Can he break away from the pact and steal the lead? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
December 05, 2021
Hawkeye Episode 3 Review
Weekly MCU reviews are back! As we look at the 3rd episode of Hawkeye. Here we meet the capable Echo and a glimpse at her mysterious Uncle. The guys have some thoughts on who that might be. What did you think of the 3rd episode of Hawkeye? Are you looking forward to what comes next? And how is it holding up against the other DIsney+ series? Find out all that and more on this bonus episode of Film Code!
December 03, 2021
King Richard (2021)
Let the thick of awards season begin, as the guys discuss King Richard, the inspiring sports drama that details the upbringing of two tennis legends, starring Will Smith, Aunjunae Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, and Jon Bernthal. What made Venus and Serena Williams the champions they are today? And who got them there. What did the guys think of this film and what are its potential awards chances? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 28, 2021
Hawkeye Review ep. 1 & 2
The MCU is back with its 5th Disney+ series. It's Hawkeye. The holiday adventure that brings together two of the world's greatest archers in Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. Starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld. In the first two episodes, we discuss how our heroes meet, the challenges they face, and how musicals make everything better. Will Hawkeye be a smash or the MCU's first series dud? Plus, can Phoenix really do this all day? Find out all that and more on this bonus episode of Film Code!
November 26, 2021
This week, the guys look at one of the year's perennial Oscar front-runners in Kenneth Branaugh's Belfast starring Jamie Dornan, Catriona Balfe, Ciaran Hinds, Judi Dench, and introducing Jude Hill. It's the story of one boy's life during the civil unrest in Ireland that tore his street, family, and country apart. What did the guys think of this award's favorite? Is the hype real for Belfast? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 21, 2021
No Time To Die (2021)
No TIme to Die was set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2020, then a global pandemic sent it spiraling deep into 2021. Now, it's finally here. The culmination of a 5-film arc starring Daniel Craig. How did the guys feel about the final chapter of the Craig Bond era? Is it the best of the series? The best film of the year? Does it make up for Spectre? Plus, what is currently the guy's favorite film of 2021 and how long will it last? Find out all these and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 18, 2021
It's about time for the guys to dive into the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's the 27th movie in Phase 4 of the MCU, Eternals directed by Academy Award-winning director, Chloe Zhao and starring Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Brian Tyree Henry. It's currently the first rotten movie from the MCU, but did our hosts see it that way? What is making Eternals so divisive? We dive into all those questions and more on this episode of Film Code!
November 14, 2021
Last Night in Soho (2021)
It's a one-on-one this week as Nick and Phoenix break down one of their most highly anticipated films of the year, Last Night in Soho directed by Edgar Wright and starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya-Taylor Joy. Did the film live up to the hype? Or was it a huge misfire? Find out on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 07, 2021
Dune (2021)...and CODEWORD: HISTORY
It is finally here! Possibly the most anticipated film of the year. It is Denis Villenueve's Dune starring Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Oscar Isaac. Did it deliver on the epic scale it promised? Is it a technical marvel? Or the best film of the year? Plus, will the codebreaking success continue this week with Phoenix's "historic" codeword? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 31, 2021
Halloween Kills (2021)
What is October without a film from the Halloween franchise? And we're in luck because David Gordon Green has dropped his latest in the reboot of the franchise with Halloween Kills starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak. How did the guys feel about this follow-up to the smash success of Halloween (2018)? And where the franchise might end in 2022? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 24, 2021
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)...and CODEWORD: ZOMBIES
After multiple delays and date switching, the sequel to the popular Spider-man anti-hero has arrived. What did the guys think of Venom: Let There Be Carnage starring Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris? How does the film stack up to the original? Where is it going in the future? And what was that end credit scene everyone was talking about? Plus, after a string of victories, will the guys be able to crack the code again? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 17, 2021
Malignant (2021)...and CODEWORD: SPOOKY
It's officially spooky season and the guys are kicking off with the latest from horror master, James Wan and his new film Malignant. What did the guys think of this new thriller from Wan? And the impact it'll have on horror films in the future. Plus, Nick offers up his own Halloween-themed codeword this week. Will anyone be able to crack the code? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 10, 2021
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
IT IS DONE. It has taken two months but it's finally here. Brandon and Phoenix have completed their rewatch binge of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and they are here with their breakdowns, retrospective thoughts, and reviews for the three epic chapters that make up the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Which one was their favorite? And how do the films stack up almost 20 years later? Find out all that and more on this episode of Film Code!
October 02, 2021
Cry Macho (2021)...and CODEWORD: DINER
The guys are back for another one-on-one episode as Phoenix and Nathan discuss the new film from director, producer, and star Clint Eastwood's Cry Macho. Could this be Eastwood's last hurrah? And does it spell any awards consideration for the next year? Plus, the guys have been in a codebreaking slump for weeks, can they finally crack the code? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
September 19, 2021
Shang-Chi/Candyman (2021)...and CODEWORD: BOMB
The guys are back for another DOUBLE FEATURE review this week. Tackling two big releases that hit theaters, Nia DaCosta's CANDYMAN reboot starring Yahya Abdul Mahteen II and Teyonnah Paris and Marvel Studio's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu, Awkawafina, and Tony Leung. What did the guys think of these two high-profile releases? Plus, Phoenix gives us the codeword this week, and it's anyone's game with the leaderboard still tied up. Will anyone be able to crack the code? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
September 05, 2021
Free Guy (2021)...and CODEWORD: NICKEL
The full crew is back with a lot to say about the new film, Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer. What did the guys think of this new take on the video game genre? Plus, the guys discuss the differences and benefits of going to a theater versus watching movies at home. And will anyone be able to crack Nathan's new codeword? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
August 22, 2021
The Suicide Squad (2021)...and CODEWORD: FEMALE
The guys are back together again to discuss the latest film from the beautiful, twisted mind of James Gunn, DC and Warner Bros., The Suicide Squad starring Idris Elba, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, and John Cena. What did the guys think of this take on the anti-hero team-up? Plus, it's been almost a month since they were given the code, does that better their chances as the guys look to crack Nick's long-awaited codeword? All this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
August 15, 2021
HSMTMTS w/ Brandon & Phoenix
Whattup Wildcats?!! Turns out two of our guys are big on musicals, particularly High School Musical, and now they're big fans of the new Disney+ series, High School Musical The Musical The Series. The show has just wrapped its 12-episode second season and the guys have a lot to talk about. The switch to Beauty and the Beast, the character development, and their hopes for season 3 and beyond. See what we have to say about one of our new favorite TV shows on Film Code!
August 04, 2021
Tough Choices w/ Nathan & Phoenix
Hello listener...we want to play a game. That's right, it's another bonus episode for you this week as Nathan and Phoenix play a game of Tough Choices. The wheel is filled up with actors and they've got to select 3 films from their filmography to keep and abandon the rest forever. How will they decide? Will they even make it through? And how often will they come up short? Find out on this exciting episode of Film Code!
July 25, 2021
Loki Season 1 Review
Marvel's Loki has finished its 6-episode run and set up a major shift in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that could have maximum implications going forward. So what did we ultimately think of the series and the direction the MCU is going in now? Plus, what theories do we have for all the upcoming Marvel projects from here? And where does Loki rank among the rest of the MCU so far? Find out all this and more on this bonus episode of Film Code!
July 21, 2021
Black Widow (2021)
It's been 2 years and four release date delays later, but it's finally here. Black Widow has hit theaters starring Scarlett Johannssen, Florence Pugh, Rachel Wiesz, and David Harbour. Where does this film rank in the long history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? And how does it fit into the future of the MCU? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
July 11, 2021
Script Doctor w/ Terry McFadden
What does it take to write a screenplay? How do you keep going when you're not sure if you're on the right track? What do you do once you're finished? These are just a few of the questions we wanted to ask 20-year veteran script doctor and story analyst, Terry McFadden. He breaks down all of what it takes to get started as a screenwriter and where to go from there, plus all the ways he can help! For more information from Terry, visit his website at storybuilderswrite.com.
June 30, 2021
Luca (2021)...and CODEWORD: BIRD
After its two-time Oscar-winning campaign for Soul, Pixar comes back with Enrico Casarosa's ode to Italy in Luca. How does this film stack up against Pixar's lengthy track record? And where could it end up by the end of the year? Plus, our codebreaking streak continued last week, but how long can this streak last, especially when we introduce some new players? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
June 27, 2021
In The Heights (2021)...and CODEWORD: EMPTY
It's time to turn up the streetlights, and take a flight to a couple of days in the life of what it's like in Washington Heights! One of the most anticipated films of the past two years has finally arrived in theaters and on HBO Max, it is Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights directed by Jon M Chu(Crazy Rich Asians) and starring Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Daphne Rubin Vega and Jimmy Smits. What did the guys think of this Broadway musical adaptation? Plus, the guys have been on a codebreaking hot streak lately, will it continue with Nathan's new codeword? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
June 20, 2021
MCU Weekly Review - Loki Ep. 1 & 2
The MCU is back! And so are our weekly reviews. The third show on Disney+ follows the character of Loki and the shenanigans he gets into with the Time Variance Authority. What did we think of the first two episodes? What could we see happening in the future? And could this be the best MCU show so far? Find out all that and more on this first weekly recap of Loki.
June 18, 2021
Cruella, A Quiet Place 2...and CODEWORD: MAGIC
It's the third episode of the second season and the guys had a double dose of films to hit this week at the movie theater. So we doubled up for this episode to bring you our reviews of Disney's Cruella starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson and the much-delayed, highly anticipated sequel of A Quiet Place Part 2 starring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe. It was a wild, unexpected return to the theaters, and what an experience it was. What did we think of these 2021 blockbusters? Plus, the first code of the season has been cracked, but can it continue, when the guys try to take on Nick's "magical" codeword. Who will emerge victorious in this battle for film supremacy? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
June 06, 2021
The Graduate(1967)...and CODEWORD: MULLET
We're keeping the second season rolling with a review of the 1967 coming-of-age classic, The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. How did the guys feel about this iconic film? Did it hold up to the test to time? Plus, we've got our first official codeword of the new season. Will anyone be able to crack it or will Nathan continue his streak from the previous season? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
May 31, 2021
Back to the Future (1985) - Season 2 Kickoff
And we're BBBBAAAAACCCCCCKKKKKK!!! We had an awesome first season, and it's only gonna get better from here! We're kicking off our 2nd season with a classic film from 1985, Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. For some of us, this was a first-time watch, for others, this was one of many. How did we all feel about this time-traveling comedy classic? Plus, it's time to officially announce our season one Codebreaker Champion. Will they be able to repeat this season? Find out all that and more in this new season of Film Code!
May 23, 2021
FILM CODE FILM AWARDS
We've arrived at the final awards show of the season, and it's the FILM CODE FILM AWARDS. Voted on by the friends and fans of Film Code. 2020 was a long year and an even longer awards season, but we've gone through the entire year and gathered some of the most incredible films and performances of the year to deliver some stacked categories and deserving winners. Find out who you voted for to take home the big awards.
May 07, 2021
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season Review
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was the latest 6-part drama series from Marvel Studios focusing on two of its most prominent side characters. Starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russel, and Daniel Bruhl. What did the guys think of this new series? Was it another hit for the MCU? We answer all those questions and more as we're fully invested in Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
April 26, 2021
CODEWORD: PERSONALITY...Dementia and Castings IV
The guys have completed the final film on their Best Picture watchlist, and they have a lot of thoughts on the new film by Florian Zeller, The Father starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. What did they think of this psychological drama and what chances do they give it for its 6 Oscar nominations? Plus, the guys finish out their discussion on the best casting decisions of the decade with 2019 and 2020. Who will top their lists? And with Nathan in a commanding lead, will he finish out the season as Film Code's greatest codebreaker? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
April 24, 2021
Final 2020 Oscar Predictions
We're officially one week removed from the end of the longest Awards season ever, and it's been a doozy, but now it's time to deliver our official predictions for the 93rd Academy Awards. Who will take home Best Picture? Will we see an upset in Best Actor? Are there any locks or are there more contests up in the air? The guys go into all these topics and more as they put together what they believe will walk away with the top prizes on Oscar night.
April 18, 2021
CODEWORD: ESPANOL...MCU and DCEU
The time has finally arrived! After years of fan petitions and an ever-increasing demand for the actual vision of Zack Snyder's Justice League to be released, it has finally arrived on HBO Max. The four-hour cut of the film gives us the epic we always thought it would be and the one the Justice League 100% deserved. The whole crew is here to discuss their thoughts on the fully realized version of this film, its cinematic impact, the not-so well-received counterpart, and the future ramifications for the DCEU going forward. Plus, the guys line up their most-anticipated shows coming from the MCU on Disney+. What will top their lists? And after amassing a HUGE 4-point lead, can anyone catch up to Nathan as they try to crack this week's codeword? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
March 24, 2021
CODEWORD: GROWTH...2019 and Sound Of Metal
So the guys finally got around to seeing the indie favorite, Darius Marder's Sound of Metal starring Riz Ahmed, Paul Raci, and Olivia Cooke. What did the guys think of this award season darling? Plus, the guys go back to 2019 to revisit the Academy Awards and give out some new winners. And, with Nathan firmly back in the lead, and CodeWord World War II upon us, will anyone be able to crack Nick's codeword? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
March 18, 2021
Our Last-Minute Oscar Predictions
It's the day before the 2020 Oscar Nominations, and 2020 has been a wild ride of a year, but the ceremony will still take place and the guys are trying to put their biases aside (they can't) to pick the films that will be nominated in key categories. How right will they be? Only time will tell.
March 14, 2021
WandaVision Ep.9 and Series Recap
It's finally here! The season finale of Marvel's first foray into television with WandaVision. How did the guys feel about the overall feel of the show? What complaints did they have about the finale? And what are they looking forward to in the future?
March 09, 2021
CODEWORD: NIGHT OWL...Superman and Who Cares
It's another one-on-one this week as Nathan and Phoenix break down the new Netflix film, I Care A Lot starring Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage. What will they think of this mesmerizing, rollercoaster thriller? And with news of Warner Bros looking to start a new Superman franchise, the guys ponder who should play the iconic hero. Plus, the guys give their final Golden Globes predictions and it's time to see how well they did. All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
March 07, 2021
CODEWORD: LANGUAGE...Sci-Fi and Nomads
The guys are back to look at perennial 2020 Oscar favorite, Nomadland directed by Chloe Zhao and starring Frances McDormand. What do the guys think about this awards darling? Plus, we continue with our top 5 discussions, this time focusing on the Best Science Fiction films of all time. And the guys have been on a roll in cracking the code, can it continue this week or will Phoenix's codeword prove to be too difficult? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
March 01, 2021
WandaVision Ep 8 Recap
Episode 8 of WandaVision shot down a ton of theories, answered a lot of questions, and then raised a bunch of new ones. We're one (or maybe 2, lol) episodes away from the big finish. Nathan and Nick tackle everything this episode brought forth. Where their expectations are for the finale and any surprises that might come out of it. We're on the edge of our seats in anticipation.
February 28, 2021
CODEWORD: VACCINE...Awards and the Black Messiah
Continuing on the Awards track this season, the guys review the new film by Shaka King starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakieth Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah now in theaters and on HBO Max. What did the guys think of this potential Oscar favorite? Plus, a few nominations have already been announced for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. The guys go through the nominations and pick their winners. And after finally ending the drought last week, can the wins continue with Brandon's new codeword? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
February 21, 2021
WandaVision Ep. 7 - Breaking The Fourth Wall
Wanda's expanded the Hex, sucked in the S.W.O.R.D agents, and built a circus. And somehow, it gets even weirder from there. Listen to Phoenix, Brandon, and guest host Joah break down this Modern Family-esque episode of Wandavision.
February 20, 2021
Return to The Trial of the Century w/ Nathan & Nick
Nathan and Nick didn't witness the Trial of the Century when it was happening. Thankfully, American Crime Story did a 10-part series on it that they finally got around to seeing, and they have some thoughts. The People vs. OJ Simpson starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Courtney B. Vance, and Sarah Paulson was a brilliant reimagining of the OJ Simpson trial and the madness that surrounded it. Nathan and Nick walk through all ten episodes, and the moments they couldn't believe were actually true in this special bonus episode of Film Code!
February 19, 2021
Underrated w/Nathan Pigg
In this bonus episode, Nathan makes a list of the 5 actors he considers to be the most underrated and underappreciated in Hollywood. Do you agree with his list? Who else do you think deserves more love from Hollywood these days?
February 18, 2021
Malcolm and Marie Addendum w/KOLBYMAC
We're not done with the discourse on this film yet. So Phoenix invited on Kolby Mac of the KolbyToldMe podcast to break down all the grievances that people have with Malcolm and Marie. The two break down the screenplay, cinematography, and psychology of the film while also tearing down the Hollywood concept of a "black film". It's an incredible conversation to behold on this special episode of Film Code!
February 17, 2021
CODEWORD: WOMEN...Relationships and a Dig
The guys are back to discuss not one, but TWO new 2021 releases. It's a DOUBLE FEATURE episode of Film Code as the guys review two Netflix originals, "The Dig" starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan, and "Malcolm and Marie" starring John David Washington and Zendaya directed by Sam Levinson. How will the guys feel about these two very different films? And the guys give their belated Super Bowl picks. See how well (or not so well) they did. And can anyone end the codeword drought and catch up to Nathan? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
February 14, 2021
WandaVision Ep. 6 Spooktacular Review
It's Halloween in Westview. It's also the late 90s, and it's also getting really scary. The guys break down this week's episode. The theories are getting a bit elaborate now, and will there be a season 2? Find out all that and more on this week's special episode of Film Code!
February 13, 2021
TikTok and Movies w/Dillon.av
This week we've got a special guest joining Film Code to talk all things movies and social media. It's popular Tik Tokker Dillon.Av of CinemaNation. The guys discuss cinema classics, favorite films, and what on earth is Marvel going to do about Black Panther 2. All that and more on this special episode of Film Code!
February 10, 2021
CODEWORD: WATER...Biopics and the Little Things
This week, the guys get to watch their first 2021 release with The Little Things starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto. Plus the guys discuss what their top 5 best biopics of all time are. Also, after Phoenix's tricky codeword, Nick tries to get his revenge with his codeword this week. Will he be successful? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
February 07, 2021
WandaVision Ep. 5 - A Very Special Episode
Episode 5 of WandaVision has the guys wrapped up in the craziest theories yet. Magneto. Mephisto. S.W.O.R.D. Agnes. X-Men. Mutants. Fantastic Four, you name it, the guys discuss it "On This Very Special Episode" of Film Code.
February 06, 2021
CODEWORD: AMERICAN...Mulligan and Casting III
The guys have all finally gotten around to seeing Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, and Allison Brie. What did they think of this new twist on the revenge thriller? Plus, the casting series returns for its next installment. The Most Perfect Casting Decisions of 2016 - 2018. What movies and performances stood out amongst the team? And the codeword drought is back and in full effect, as no one has been able to crack the code for weeks, will anyone be able to guess Phoenix's codeword this week? Find out all that more on this week's episode of Film Code!
January 31, 2021
WandaVision Ep. 4 Recap
WandaVision presented us with so many questions and now we finally have some answers...and even more questions. Old theories have been explained away, but new theories have arrived. Who was right? Who was wrong? What the hell happened to the beekeeper? Listen to this open spoiler discussion on the weekly Marvel series that has us all talking.
January 30, 2021
CODEWORD: PIE...Minari and Miami
The guys received an early screening of the new film by Lee Isaac Chung called Minari and they give their spoiler-free reviews of the film due out on February 12th. Plus, the guys also review the new film released on Amazon Prime directed by Academy Award winner, Regina King. It's One Night In Miami starring Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Leslie Odom Jr., and Aldis Hodge. What will the guys think of these new films? Where do they rank for the year 2020 and what do they think of their Oscar potential? And the guys are back in a drought when it comes to the codeword. Will anyone be able to crack Brandon's and get them out of the slump? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
January 24, 2021
WandaVision Episode 3 Recap
We're diving into the third episode of WandaVision and we definitely have more questions than answers. The guys break down everything they like about the third episode and the theories they have for where this story is going. We're definitely more intrigued as the series goes on. Find out what we think on this weekly breakdown of WandaVision on Film Code!
January 23, 2021
Ranking the DCEU w/Nathan & KJ
Now that we've seen the latest release from the DCEU, Nathan and KJ take some time to rank all 9 of the movies in the DC Comics Extended Universe. What will top their lists? Who will have the hottest takes? Who loves Batfleck more? Find out all that and more on this bonus episode of Film Code!
January 21, 2021
CODEWORD: JOURNEY...Kirby and the Theater
It's a full crew with special guest KJ joining in on the fun in this packed episode discussing the latest Netflix release, Pieces of a Woman starring Vannesa Kirby, Shia Lebouf, and Ellen Burstyn. What did the guys think of this powerful drama? Plus, they each break down what has been some of their best and worst theater experiences of all time. You'll want to tune in for these hilarious stories. And with a 3 point lead over everybody, is anybody gonna be able to catch up to Nathan when he gives his codeword? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
January 17, 2021
WandaVision Weekly Recap (Eps 1 & 2)
It's 2021 and we're finally getting some brand new MCU content. Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off with the new Disney+ show, WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany. The guys are officially doing weekly recaps of every episode throughout the season. Here they dive into the first two episodes and give their conspiracy theories and where the show fits into the greater world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
January 16, 2021
CODEWORD: BABYSITTER...1984 and 2021
Christmas Day had more than one offering and the guys are finally revealing their takes on the other film that dropped that day, the latest film in the DCEU, Wonder Woman 1984 starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal. What did the guys think of this anticipated sequel? Plus, now that the new year is in high gear, the guys reveal their most anticipated films of 2021. And Nathan has become a master codebreaker after getting three wins in a row. Can his streak continue or will Nick's codeword finally leave him stumped? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
January 10, 2021
This Is The Way - Mandalorian Season 2 recap w/ Nathan & Brandon
Let's talk some Star Wars shall we? Nathan and Brandon come together to discuss the biggest television series of 2020, the second season of The Mandalorian. It was full of excitement and surprises and they've got a lot to say about everything that happened. Listen to their breakdown of one of the best things that's happened inside the Star Wars universe.
January 07, 2021
CODEWORD: DETROIT...Soul and Surprises
IT'S FINALLY A NEW YEAR! But we can't get enough of one movie that hit us right where it was supposed to. Pixar's Soul dropped on Disney+ on Christmas Day and the guys had a chance to watch it, and can't wait to share their thoughts with you. Plus, the guys look back on 2020 and decide what the top 5 biggest surprises and disappointments were in the world of film. And can anyone stop Nathan's win streak of cracking the code? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
January 03, 2021
CODEWORD: COLOR...Firsts and A Black Bottom
The guys are back with special guest KJ Russell to talk about one of the most anticipated films of the year, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom starring Viola Davis, and the last performance from the late Chadwick Boseman. What did the guys think of this Netflix adaptation of the August Wilson stage play? Plus the guys tell us which films they saw for the first time this year and which ones stood out. And with Nathan in the lead, can anyone crack his code this week and close the gap? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
December 27, 2020
CODEWORD: Tragedy...and the Holidays
Happy Holidays from all of us at Film Code and thanks for being with us for this year! The guys have pulled out the eggnog and ugly sweaters for this one as they're reviewing two major holiday releases and one classic holiday film all in one episode. Plus, Nathan has taken back the lead in cracking the code but will he be able to expand his lead this week? It's a jam-packed holiday extravaganza that we can't wait to share with you all.
December 20, 2020
CODEWORD: TEEN...Mank and HBO Max
The guys are back to discuss one of the more highly anticipated releases this year from acclaimed director, David Fincher. We're reviewing Mank starring Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried. What did the guys think of this throwback Hollywood tale about the writer of Citizen Kane? Plus, HUGE news in the world of film potentially changing the landscape as we know it when Warner Bros made an earth-shattering decision. How will this change the theater industry? And two weeks in the hole on the codeword, will the losing streak continue, or will someone be able to crack Phoenix's codeword? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
December 14, 2020
CODEWORD: Hair...Hillbillies and Originals
Filled up on Thanksgiving Turkey and gearing up for the Holidays, The guys return to talk about one of the biggest releases of the year, Hillbilly Elegy starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close. What did they think about this J.D. Vance adaptation from Ron Howard? Plus, after Nathan's bonus episode Netflix rankings, the other guys wanted to do one of their own, and see what films top their lists. Also, Nick has been on a roll cracking the code two weeks in a row, will his streak continue? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
December 06, 2020
Discussing Film Interview w/Yasmine
In this exclusive interview, Nathan and Nick sat down with one of the writers of the popular film Twitter site, Discussing Film. They talk with Yas about everything from her work at Discussing Film, the life and work of a screenwriter, the work she'd like to produce, and her most anticipated films in the coming years, and plenty more. It's an excellent discussion into the insights of every aspect of film culture. Hope you'll dive into this special bonus episode of Film Code!
December 02, 2020
CODEWORD: MURDER...House and Marvel III
The guys can't move on to through the holiday season just yet until they get one last fill of horror. On the menu this week, Netflix's new immigrant ghost story, His House. How will the guys feel about this horror thriller? Plus, it's time to finish up the spinning wheel as the guys discuss the 9 films left in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prepare for some hot takes indeed. And it's been spotty but the code has been getting cracked on the regular, can it happen again? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 29, 2020
Ranking Netflix w/Nathan Pigg
Nathan Pigg returns with another solo episode, this time discussing his rankings of the best Netflix Original Movies. What will top the list? Will it be The Irishman? I'm Thinking of Ending Things? Dolemite Is My Name? Hubie Halloween?? One can only guess unless you check out this latest bonus episode from Film Code!
November 24, 2020
CODEWORD: CONTROVERSIAL...Spotlight and Casting II
This week the guys go back to 2015 and discuss the Best Picture Winner of that year, Spotlight starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Leiv Schrieber. How did the guys feel about this film and where do they rank it among the best picture winners of the decade? Also, a return to the discussion on the best casting decisions of 2013 - 2015. Plus, will anyone be able to crack Nick's codeword? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 22, 2020
CODEWORD: RED...Alita and Combos II
The guys are back this week to discuss a 2019 cult favorite, Alita: Battle Angel starring Rosa Salazar, Mahershala Ali, Christoph Waltz, and Jennifer Connolly. How do the guys feel about this film that has spawned the #AlitaArmy? Plus, the guys show off their casting skills by pairing some directors up with actors that they think would make excellent films. And lastly, will anyone be able to crack Phoenix's codeword this week? The game is getting tight. Find out more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 15, 2020
Return to Gotham w/Nathan & Brandon
In this special episode, Nathan and Brandon discuss the characters that made DC's Gotham a must-watch show for 5 seasons. They break down the characters and who really won them over with their performances and the roles they played in the hit TV series. This is only part 1 of a 2 part discussion. Stay tuned for more, and enjoy this special episode on the first-ever TV show we've covered on Film Code!
November 12, 2020
CODEWORD: FAMILY...Moments, and Boy Bands
This week, it's a 1 on 1 episode once again. Nathan and Phoenix break (tear) down a new Netflix original movie, The Boys in the Band based on the Tony Award-winning play starring Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto. Plus, the guys try to figure out which scene won Best Picture for their film. And can Phoenix be the one to solely crack Nathan's codeword and tie up the leaderboard? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
November 09, 2020
Movies We Missed w/ Phoenix Clouden
We can't get to every movie every week, so this week Phoenix decided to tackle a few films that came out recently that had a great impact and what he thought about them. Phoenix goes through a great list of films. Some that he loves, others not so much. Check out this bonus episode of Film Code and let us know what you think!
November 03, 2020
CODEWORD: WONDER...and The Trial of the Chicago 7
The guys return to discuss the new Netflix Original Film from Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7. Is it the best of 2020? And what are its Oscar chances? Plus, after a long eight-week drought, the guys have finally cracked the code, but can it continue? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 26, 2020
CODEWORD: OSCARS...Horror, and Pixar
It's almost Halloween, so the guys decided to cover one of their all-time favorite Horror thrillers, Jordan Peele's Get Out starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. Plus, the guys each give their top ten best Pixar films ever list, and they couldn't disagree with each other more. And after weeks in the hole when it comes to cracking the code, does the losing streak finally end here? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 18, 2020
CODEWORD: GREEN...Hope, and Marvel II
It's officially our 20th episode and it's about time we start talking some Star Wars! We review the original 1977 classic A NEW HOPE starring Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. The guys also return to the MCU Wheel to discuss the best (and worst) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, it's been several weeks, but the code is due to be cracked, right? RIght! Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 11, 2020
CODEWORD: BLUE...Pet Peeves, and Fincher
Cracking the code has proved difficult over the past few weeks. Will the losing streak finally be broken or will it be another week in the hole for the guys? Plus, the guys go back to 2010 to review one of David Fincher's most celebrated films, it's The Social Network starring Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. And what movie would the guys steal as their own? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
October 04, 2020
CODEWORD: NEW YORK...Casting, and The Devil
This week, the guys answer the difficult question of is there anything Robert Pattinson can't do? The answer? Not much. As they review the new Netflix original movie, The Devil All The Time. Plus, the guys start a brand new discussion series on the best casting decisions of the decade. And which movie character would they each like to have assassinated? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
September 27, 2020
Ranking The Spiderverse w/ Nathan Pigg
Spider-Man might be one of the most universally recognized and beloved comic book characters of all time, so this week, Nathan decided to take on all eight films about the web-slinger and rank them from worst to best. Did he get it right or is he absolutely crazy? Find out in this special edition episode of Film Code.
September 25, 2020
CODEWORD: FOREIGN...Jackson, and Ending Things
The guys return to take on the challenging new release by Charlie Kaufman, starring Jesse Plemmons and Jesse Buckley, it's the 2020 psychological drama, I'm Thinking of Ending Things. Plus, the guys go through the filmography of the one and only, Samuel L. Jackson. And after weeks of failing to crack the code, can it be done this week? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
September 20, 2020
CODEWORD: BALL... Tenet, and Sequels
The guys review one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, Christopher Nolan's TENET. Plus, the guys debate what are the best sequels of all time. And will the guys be able to break the losing streak of being able to crack the code? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
September 14, 2020
CODEWORD: PINK...Iconic, and The New Mutants
The theaters are open again, and the guys haven't hesitated going back once. This time, after multiple delays, we finally get to see The New Mutants. Is it good? Is it bad? Was it worth the wait or the risk? We'll see. Plus, the guys debate who is the most iconic movie character of all time. And lastly, after weeks in the slump of no one cracking the film code, is this the week the guys can get back on track? Find out all that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
September 09, 2020
The Legacy of Chadwick Boseman
On Friday, August 29th, the world received the sad, tragic news of the passing of Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43 from stage 4 colon cancer. We're all still dealing with the shock and the grief of losing an iconic actor who had played so many iconic roles. In this short tribute, we discuss the legacy that Chadwick Boseman has left behind, his significance to the world of film, and his cultural impact as Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and King T'Challa. Our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues. You will always be our King. Rest in Heaven Chadwick.
September 02, 2020
CODEWORD: Goals...Inception, and 2020
THEATERS ARE OPEN AGAIN IN OHIO!!! The guys take full advantage of that by seeing one of the "Comeback Classics" at their local theaters, and what better choice than the 10th anniversary of Christopher Nolan's Inception Plus, the guys give us their best and worst films of 2020 so far. And after Phoenix's swerve last week, will anyone be able to crack Nathan's code? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code
August 31, 2020
CODEWORD: King...Warrior, and Miss Scarlett
The guys return for a watch party review of the 2011 film, Warrior starring Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton. Plus a deep dive into the career and filmography of one Scarlett Johansson. And, after two weeks of cracking the code, can the streak continue when the guys try to crack Phoenix's codeword? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code.
August 24, 2020
CODEWORD: Crime...Endgame, and Antici...
The guys return to breakdown the highest-grossing film of all time, it's AVENGERS: ENDGAME. Plus, they each give their picks of the most anticipated movies of the rest of 2020 and for 2021. And will anyone crack Nick's codeword? Find out on this jam-packed episode of Film Code.
August 17, 2020
CODEWORD: Baseball...Snubs, and Rocketman
It's episode 11, and we're going big! How big? To the moon! First, a review of the Elton John musical biopic, Rocketman starring Taron Egerton. Then, a deep dive into some of the biggest snubs in Oscar history. Finally, the guys see if they can try to crack Jeremy's sports-themed codeword. All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
August 09, 2020
CODEWORD: Frozen...Onward, and Animation
It's officially our 10th episode and we're going all-in on animated films! The guys review Pixar's first offering of 2020 with Onward and then it's an entertaining ride through the past ten years as they reveal their top 5 animated films of the decade. And finally, we'll see if the code-breaking streak can be restarted when the guys take their shot at Nathan's codeword. All that and more on this 10th episode of Film Code.
August 02, 2020
CODEWORD: Apple...Spiders, and Leo
It's episode 9 and all the guys are back to discuss the Academy Award-winning animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Then, thanks to your votes @FilmCodePod, a discussion on the filmography of Leonardo DiCaprio! And will anyone be able to break Phoenix's code word? Find out on this episode of FIlm Code!
July 26, 2020
CODEWORD: Musician...Combos, and a Time Loop
It's a 1 on 1 episode this week as Nathan and Phoenix go back and forth on the new Hulu original movie, Palm Springs. Then it's an in-depth discussion on the best actor/director combos they'd like to see. And after two weeks of cracking the code, will the streak continue? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code.
July 20, 2020
CODEWORD: Fortification...Hamilton, and Marvel
The biggest Broadway musical in decades hits Disney+ and the guys break down its historic significance. Plus, a deep dive into the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And after cracking the code last week, will the trend continue again? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code!
July 13, 2020
CODEWORD: Trio...Shirley and Feige
This week, the CFCS reviews the Sundance Festival film winning movie, Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Odessa Young. Then it's a look into their future as casting directors as they try to pick the best actors/actresses for the MCU's X-Men. And then, it's Nathan's Film Code. After 6 weeks of no one cracking the code, will the losing streak finally end? All that and more on this episode of Film Code.
July 06, 2020
#OscarsSoWhite and More w/ April Reign
For our first interview, FILM CODE landed a big one. Diversity and Inclusion advocate and the originator of the #OscarsSoWhite movement, Ms. April Reign joins us for a discussion on movies, race, awards shows, and more!
June 30, 2020
CODEWORD: City... Bloods, and Remakes
With everything going on in the world, the guys look to review Spike Lee's timely new joint, Da 5 Bloods. How does it rank among Lee's filmography and where does it sit in the films of 2020? Plus, a discussion on the best and worst remakes and reboots of Hollywood. Finally, it's Phoenix's turn again with the Film Code. Will his last minute switch up affect the guys choices? All that and more on this week's episode of Film Code
June 20, 2020
CODEWORD: Rank... Tarantino, and the Decade II
week, the guys review 2019's Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler. Will they be able to agree on this film? Then comes a mix of the strangest film recommendations ever. Plus, a discussion on the filmography of one Quentin Tarantino. And this week, it's Jeremy's first codeword. Will anyone even come close to getting it right or will the four-week wrong streak continue? Find out on this exciting, full episode of Film Code.
June 17, 2020
CODEWORD: WAR... Love and the Decade
This week, the guys review TWO Netflix original movies: The Lovebirds and Extraction. Then they answer the tough question of what are the best films of the last decade, and finally, they tackle Nick's Codeword: War. Will anyone be successful? Find out on this loaded third episode of Film Code!
June 08, 2020
CODEWORD: Intelligence...Justice and A Dance
The long wait is over we are finally getting...episode 2 of Film Code! Yay!! But also Warner Bros has ok'd the #SnyderCut. So the Film Code guys dive into all the problems with 2017's Justice League and give their hopes and wishes for the Zack Snyder reboot. Then it's a deep dive into the 10-part docu-series "The Last Dance" on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dominating 6 championship runs. And we finally learn what Nathan's codeword means and if any of the guys guessed it right. Its a lot to get into this episode, so stop reading and start listening.
May 27, 2020
Codeword: Animals...Tigers, and Bats
It's the first official episode of Film Code! The podcast all about movies and entertainment. Phoenix, Nathan, Jeremy, and Nick are the four forefathers of the Cleveland Film Critics Society, and boy, do they have a lot to say. First up, is a review of Netflix's binge-worthy docu-series, Tiger King: Murder, Madness, and Mayhem Then the guys give some much-needed movie recommendations. Then all hell breaks loose in the War Room Discussion on everyone's favorite caped crusader. And finally, it's Film Code. Dissecting movies one word at a time. The codeword is Animals, and the guys give it their best shot at guessing what crazy movie comes to mind. We're just getting started and we're happy you're here to go along with us. Enough jabbering, check out the show!
May 21, 2020