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Unpaid Movie Critics

By Becky Fixel & Mike Sametz
Two friends in different parts of the movie industry talking about movies from the past, celebrity encounters and what's in theaters now.
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Episode 20 - Representation in Entertainment

Unpaid Movie Critics

Episode 21 - Frozen Oreos
We seem to be in a wasteland of movies this time of year, and television isn't doing much better. From the new Fantastic Beasts movie to the Drop Out - what's happening in entertainment? Want to join the conversation and tell us your thoughts? email us at
April 19, 2022
Episode 20 - Representation in Entertainment
After the Oscars we needed a break - but we're back and we're talking about how representation in movies and television is portrayed, how it matters and when it might be a bit weird.  Want to join the conversation and tell us your thoughts? email us at 
April 12, 2022
Episode 19 - Oscar Predictions - How Wrong are We?
This weekend is the Oscars - here are predictions of who should win and who will win? When this airs, the winners will be already announced, so how wrong were we. And no matter what, Mike never agrees.  Want to join the conversation and tell us your thoughts? Email us at
March 29, 2022
Episode 18 - Cagey Cage
After a couple of weeks off, we're back! What's in theaters, what's a thriller, and how about those actors that always are the same in EVERY movie? Let's get back into it!  Questions or comments? Join our conversation by emailing us at 
March 22, 2022
Episode17 - Social Media, Journalism, and The Batman
From current social issues to social media for movies - what makes a journalist anymore. We're talking about a lot of different topics this week including a review of The Batman.   Reach out and tell us your thoughts at - Join the conversation!
March 01, 2022
Episode 16 - Should Fan Votes Matter?
As we're deep into award season we talk about the new text to vote option for fans for the Oscars? Should that be considered? What else should be an award category? What do we think of the current contenders?  Reach out and tell us your thoughts at - Join the conversation! 
February 22, 2022
Episode 15 - Paczki Award Season
After a week off, we're back and talking about Paczki season and Award nominations. Plus our favorite feel-good movies just in time for Valentine's day! Questions, comments, or recommendations on what we should cover next? email us at
February 15, 2022
Episode 14 - When Character Development Fails
It's the dead season for movies - we're talking about what's coming out, what's changing and characters that are falling flat. There's a lot changing in how we see what is acceptable in movies and shows - and what's not anymore.    Questions, comments, or recommendations on what we should cover next? email us at
February 01, 2022
Episode 13 – Mike Screams about Scream
There are some big feelings to had about the new Scream Movie and Mike unloads them on us all. Movie Reviews and more this week. Questions, comments, or recommendations on what we should cover next? email us at
January 25, 2022
Episode 12 - New Year Catch Up
Welcome to 2022! With a later than planned kick-off, we're chatting about what we saw and did over the holiday break. From new movie releases to the tragic ending of Dexter - plus what you should be checking on next. We're glad to be back and to kick off a new year of episodes for you.  Comments, questions or want to join the conversation? email us at 
January 18, 2022
Episode 11 - Our Holiday Top 10 and More
It's our last episode before the holiday break and we're dishing on events, cons and our holiday top ten movies! Be sure to join us again in January after the holidays for more movie discussions and fun!
December 21, 2021
Episode 10 - Nightmare Alley And Just Like That
Let's just call this one - The One That Almost Didn't Happen. We're getting closer to the holiday season and finding time to record is ... a bit of a mess. We talk about holiday releases, Nightmare Alley, and a lot more in this episode.    If you want to join Becky at Hamburger Mary's in Toldeo on 12/15 for the special And Just Like That event register here:
December 14, 2021
Episode 9 - For Your Consideration
After a week off, we're back! But did we remember what we're here to do? Our movie picks have to wait, we have a lot to say about Awards Season, what's in theaters and even television shows.
December 07, 2021
Episode 8 - Dishing on Cult Classics
What's your favorite cult classic movie? We're talking about 90's cult classics and what we love and hate about them. Movies discussed this episode are Mallrats and Soap Dish.
November 16, 2021
Episode 7 - Comfort and Awards
What movie do you gravitate to when you need a bit of comfort? We're talking about some movies we watch all the time when we need a pick-me-up. And what's happening when it comes to awards season and FYC? Movies discussed Easy A and Legally Blonde.
November 09, 2021
Episode 6 - Rocky Horror Evolution Ft. Guest Lisa Kurtz Sutton
We love The Rocky Horror Picture Show - but how did it go from a stage show to a cult classic movie that we watch all the time and a full fan experience? We talk about the movie with Lisa Kurtz Sutton, who was there from the beginning and has insider knowledge on how the show changed from the beginning and how the perfect storm brought this show to where it is now.
November 02, 2021
Episode 5 - It All Leads Back to Dune
We're back with another episode! And this time we're discussing Carrie and The Last Days of Disco -but somehow, everything circles back to Dune.
October 26, 2021
Episode 4 - Characters and Failed Assignments
Who's your favorite character? Did we understand the assignment? In our fourth episode, we talk about Batman Returns, The Holiday - and what happens when your favorite actors have a scandal?
October 19, 2021
Episode 3 - Moments in Time and Keanu
Episode 3 we discuss the all knowing movie, movies with a moment in time as well as the movie history of Keanu Reeves
October 12, 2021
Episode 2- Flaws and Changes
Episode 2 we discuss flawed movies and ones that may have changed as we do. Movies discussed are Event Horizon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
October 05, 2021
Episode 1- Movies We Love and Movie Stars
In our first episode, we talk about movies we love, what impact they made on us and how they are different they are now years later. Also do movie stars drive fans to theaters anymore?
September 28, 2021