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The Formal Review

The Formal Review

By Andre
Cinephile | Movie Critic | Comic Book Nerd | Podcaster | Writer for Backseat Directors |

For audio and video collabs, feel free to reach out to me at theformalreview@gmail.com!

Let's talk about movies!
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The Controversy of Mignonnes - S03E28
The Netflix film, Mignonnes or Cuties, has had its share of controversy. How much of this is valid and how much is not? Listen to find out!
14:58
September 30, 2020
The Devil All the Time and Fake 4K - S03E27
With an ensemble cast, some films can get overwhelming. How does Netflix's newest film play out? Listen to see!.
23:43
September 23, 2020
A Modern Twist on 1862's Les Misérables and the 4K Upgrade Debacle - S03E26
How does this French film apply the messages and themes of the source material that it draws its title from? Listen to find out!
39:41
September 16, 2020
Mulan and Disney's Live Action Remakes - S03E25
Mulan is the newest Disney live action remake. Will Disney finally find success or will they only get money off of nostalgia? Listen to find out!
39:06
September 8, 2020
42E03S - XD4 ni teneT
Tenet in 4DX is slightly confusing but it may be Christopher Nolan's most ambitious film, yet. Listen to find out why and if the 4DX was worth it!
23:36
September 4, 2020
September History Episode - S03E23
Though tragic, September is a very important month in human history. On September 1, 1939, Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany. Listen to find out what film a special guest and I are talking about this month!
48:11
September 1, 2020
Tribute to Chadwick Boseman - S03E22
Rest in Power, Chadwick Boseman.  This is not a promoted or ad-filled episode out of respect to the departed. 
22:09
September 1, 2020
DC FanDome Recap - S03E21
DC FanDome has come and gone. Was the event a success or was it only okay? Listen to find out!
1:02:37
August 25, 2020
August History Episode - S03E20
August is a very important month in comic book history, the first appearance of Miles Morales happened about 9 years ago. Listen to find out what film a special guest and I are talking about this month!
59:23
August 17, 2020
Backseat Directors on The Dark Knight Rises - S03E19
In this special episode of The Formal Review, I join Backseat Directors along with Life of Films, and Mikey Hildalgo to debate Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises! Listen to hear this heated discussion on this somewhat controversial movie!
1:11:10
August 13, 2020
A Look Back at the Last Decade of Film/Top Films of 2020 - S03E18
2020 is the start of a new decade so what do I and Brett Bohan of Bohan Reviews think of the past 10 years of film and 2020 so far. Listen to find out!
1:21:42
August 10, 2020
Palm Springs - S03E17
Does Hulu's new film feel fresh or does it make viewers relive Groundhogs Day all over again? Listen to find out!
09:26
July 29, 2020
July History Special - S03E16
July is a very important month in comic book history, the first appearance of Green Lantern happened about 80 years ago. Listen to find out what film a special guest and I are talking about this month!
49:56
July 22, 2020
June History Special - S03E15
June 28 is a very important day in American history. Muhammad Ali won his case for being a conscientious objector! Listen to find out what film a special guest and I are talking about this month!
48:55
June 29, 2020
The King of Staten Island - S03E14
How well does Pete Davidson work with Judd Apatow where they also helped write the film's screenplay? Listen to find out!
13:23
June 16, 2020
Da 5 Bloods - S03E13
Spike Lee is known as one of the best storytellers in Hollywood but how does his newest film compare to the rest? Is it ambitious or is it too outrageous and violent? Listen to find out!
18:09
June 13, 2020
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War - S03E12
How does the final DC Comics animated movie compare to the others? Is it as impactful as Avengers: Endgame? Listen to the newest episode with guest star, Tommy, to find out!
44:07
June 10, 2020
May History Special - S03E11
From May 26 to June 4 are very important days in history, especially British history, any soldiers were saved on the beaches of Dunkirk! Listen to find out what film myself and a guest are talking about this month!
42:07
May 28, 2020
Holiday Vote-In Special - S03E10
On April 22, 2020, people voted in for either 2013's Snowpiercer, 2017's Okja, 1992's Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest or 2012's Beasts of the Southern Wild for an Earth Day film review! Listen to find out which film they decided on!
22:39
May 1, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always - S03E09
A lot of people are saying that this film about a girl and her cousin dealing with an unplanned pregnancy is the BEST film of the year. Given the pandemic causing only a very small amount of good films to be released, how much does this claim actually mean anything? Listen to find out!
10:51
April 22, 2020
April History Special - S03E08
Today, April 17, marks a very important a day in history, Apollo 13 landed safely back in planet Earth! Listen to find out what film myself and a guest are talking about this month!
23:11
April 18, 2020
Superman: Red Son - S03E07
How does the newest DC animated movie compare to the others and the live action films? Listen to this special episode of The Formal Review with a guest star to find out!
41:35
April 8, 2020
Bloodshot in 4DX - S03E06
Vin Diesel fans may enjoy this one but what about people who aren't? Listen to find out and if the film is worth the extra money for 4DX!
11:26
March 17, 2020
The Way Back - S03E05
After being in the business for almost 40 years, how does Ben Affleck's newest film compare to his other films on his resume? Listen to find out!
10:20
March 11, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog in 4DX - S03E04
Does the newest film based on a video game follow suit with its predecessors or is it a good movie? Listen to find out and if the film is worth the extra money for 4DX!
07:16
February 20, 2020
Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey in 4DX - S03E03
How does the spinoff/sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad compare to the rest of the DCEU? Listen to find out and if the film is worth the extra money for 4DX!
06:55
February 14, 2020
Weathering With You in 4DX - S03E02
This film is up for Animation of the Year in Japan but how is it really? Listen to find out and if the film is worth the extra money for 4DX!
04:39
February 13, 2020
Bad Boys for Life in 4DX - S03E01
This film came out almost 25 years after the first film and 17 years after its predecessor. Was it worth the wait? Listen to find out and if the film is worth the extra money for 4DX!
09:20
February 12, 2020
2019 Top 10 Films of the Year - Season 2 Finale
Now that the season is over, check out my top 10 films of the year. Some of them might surprise you so listen to find out!
05:39
February 8, 2020
2020 Oscar Predictions - S02E12
The 2019 Film season has come to an end with the Oscars ceremony awarding the best of the best of the year. Check out this special episode looking at my predictions for the ceremony!
09:39
February 8, 2020
2019 Movie Recap Part II - S02E11
Here is the second part of the special episode of the 2019 Movie Season Recap! I hope you enjoy it!
17:27
February 7, 2020
2019 Movie Recap - S02E10
Though late, here are the 2019 Movie Reviews that I promised! I hope you enjoy this special episode!
37:33
February 6, 2020
It: Chapter 2 - S02E09
Is the return of Pennywise still scary or is it more like Pagliacci? Listen to find out!
13:04
October 3, 2019
Apocalypse Now - S02E08
How does this film hold up 40 year later? Listen to find out!
19:01
September 9, 2019
The Farewell - S02E07
How good could a film be that is based on a lie? Listen to find out!
09:20
August 16, 2019
Midsommar - S02E06
How does Ari Aster's follow-up to last year's Hereditary turn out? Listen to find out!
13:20
August 14, 2019
Fast & Furious Present: Hobbs & Shaw - S02E05
How does Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham do in the first spinoff to the Fast and Furious franchise? Listen to find out!
10:02
August 9, 2019
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - S02E04
How does Quentin Tarantino's newest film comment on aging actors in Hollywood and is it any good? Listen to find out!
10:19
August 6, 2019
Missed Movie Recap and Top 5 Movies of 2019 So Far - S02E03
The Formal Review is back after a small hiatus to recap nine movies and give the best films of 2019 so far. Listen to hear thoughts on Shazam!, Avengers: Endgame, Always Be My Maybe and much more! How do my top 5 compare to yours? 
37:31
August 2, 2019
Captain Marvel- S02E02
How does Brie Larson do as the newest and apparently strongest superhero in the MCU? Listen to find out!
11:21
March 21, 2019
Reign of the Supermen - S02E01
How does the sequel to one of the best Superman films pan out? Listen to find out!
09:06
March 20, 2019
Top 10 Films of 2018 - Season 1 Finale
Its been a long year! Listen to hear the top 10 films of the year!
09:09
February 25, 2019
Cold War - S01E36
A romance forming during a tragic era? What could go wrong? Listen to find out!
05:34
February 24, 2019
Roma - S01E35
What happens when Netflix works with Alfonso Cuarón? Listen to find out!
07:42
February 23, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody - S01E34
Will Rami Malek rock you or will he make you find someone else to love? Listen to find out!
10:03
February 23, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk - S01E33
How does Barry Jenkins's follow up to his Oscar winning Moonlight turn out? Listen to find out!
08:17
February 21, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? - S01E32
How does Melissa McCarthy do as she switches from comedy to drama? Listen to find out!
05:06
February 18, 2019
At Eternity's Gate - S01E31
How does Willem Dafoe play a man about 30 years younger than himself pan out? Listen to find out!
13:06
February 15, 2019
The Wife - S01E30
Is Glenn Close the standout everyone says she is? Listen to find out!
04:35
February 12, 2019
Green Book - S01E29
Can the dual threat of Mortensen and Ali make the film worth the price of admission? Listen to find out!
08:31
February 6, 2019
Vice - S01E28
How does Adam McKay do in telling the story of debatably the most powerful vice president in American history? Listen to find out!
06:47
February 1, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns - S01E27
How does the sequel to a 54 year old film pay off? Listen to find out!
11:37
January 30, 2019
The Favourite - S01E26
Is The Favourite worth all the accolades and the favoritism? Listen to find out! 
10:14
January 26, 2019
Fantastic Beasts : The Crimes of Grindelwald - S01E25
Does the second prequel to the Harry Potter series have enough magic to keep it enjoyable? Listen to find out!
08:57
January 25, 2019
Aquaman - S01E24
Can Jason Mamoa as Aquaman swim his way into your heart? Listen to find out!
09:49
January 8, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - S01E23
Is this the best Spider-Man film? Listen to find out!
10:03
December 23, 2018
A Star is Born - S01E22
Will Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sing their way into your heart? Listen to find out!
08:26
December 21, 2018
Creed II - S01E21
Does the sequel provide the knockout punch? Listen to find out!
07:47
December 2, 2018
Halloween - S01E20
40 years after the 1978 events, Michael Myers returns. How much carnage does he cause and how does the sequel compare to the rest of the franchise? Listen to find out!
15:00
October 17, 2018
Venom - S01E19
How does Venom do without Spider-Man? Listen to find out!
11:16
October 15, 2018
Christopher Robin - S01E18
What happens when the child who plays with Winnie the Pooh grows up? Listen to find out!
09:30
October 10, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians - S01E17
How monumental is the first film in twenty-five years to feature a majority Asian cast? Listen to find out!
12:50
September 19, 2018
BlacKkKlansman - - S01E16
Is Spike Lee's new film a masterpiece? Listen to find out!
13:45
August 20, 2018
The Death of Superman - S01E15
Is the animated film a worthy adaptation of the ’90s Classic comic book storyline? Listen to find out!
08:49
August 17, 2018
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay - S01E14
How does the DC animated film compare to the DC live action version? Listen to find out!
08:01
August 9, 2018
Eighth Grade - S01E13
How does technology affect the already awkward time of everyone's life, middle school? Listen to find out!
08:41
July 27, 2018
American Animals - S01E12
What do you get when you mix a documentary and a heist film? Listen to find out!
07:08
July 25, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp - S01E11
Can the smallest duo of heroes keep up with the rest of the MCU? Listen to the review to find out!
08:22
July 13, 2018
Top 5 Films Of 2018 So Far Special - S01E10
There have been a lot of films released this year but what are the best ones? Listen to find out!
13:11
July 3, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Solado - S01E09
How does the sequel stand up to the original? Listen to find out!
06:49
July 3, 2018
Incredibles 2 - S01E08
Was the 14 year wait worth it? Listen to find out!
07:57
July 3, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - - S01E07
How does the newest Jurassic Park film measure up to its predcessors? Listen to find out!
07:02
July 3, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story - - S01E06
How does the newest film fit into the overall Star Wars universe? Listen to find out!
08:40
July 3, 2018
Superfly - S01E05
Can the remake of an almost 50 year old classic capture the magic of it? Listen to the review to find out!
05:49
July 3, 2018
Ocean's 8 - S01E04
Will this new team hold its own to the original Ocean's films? Listen to the review to find out!
05:43
July 3, 2018
Hereditary - S01E03
Is it as haunting as everyone has been saying? Check out the review to find out!
07:12
July 3, 2018
Unsane - S01E02
Is a film filmed completely on an iPhone insane or does it work? Listen to the review to find out!
05:37
July 3, 2018
First Reformed - S01E01
Is it the best film to be released in 2018? Check out the review to find out!
06:37
July 3, 2018