School of Movies

School of Movies

Published by: Alex & Sharon Shaw
184 Episodes | First Released: Jul 16 '10
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Collind1123
Dec 14 '19
Rating:   10
Weird and interesting

Do it, listen them pop off.

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Jack Manheim
Nov 23 '19
Rating:   2
Daredevil season 2 review

In April of 2016 my father underwent a 6 hour medical procedure to save his life. While anxiously sitting in the waiting room, I turned to my favorite podcast to take my mind away from my worry. It was also the first podcast I'd ever discovered, an episode featuring a gushing review of why Avatar the Last Airbender was so great and it’s movie so awful. In the hospital, I was desperate for escape and earnestly eager to hear them discuss the latest season of Daredevil. I thought the show raised very interesting points regarding the concepts & consequences of vigilantes. In the golden age of comicbook live-action content, I felt Daredevil was the best representation of that gray line separating justice & revenge, good & evil, determination & desperation. And some of the best choreographed fight scenes & action sequences ever seen from a tv budget.I had an cheap iPod, which I still use today. Reliable for a long battery life & resilient construction, but lacked space as my music took up a lot of it’s memory. It held two other podcasts which I’d already heard, but I was most looking forward to the new one and it’s deep dive into Daredevil S02. What I got was a bad practical joke, which seemed more lazy than actually funny. I didn’t know I could feel that level of disappointment or betrayal from people I’d never met. Thank you for broadening my horizons.

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@lyberry
Oct 29 '19
Rating:   8
Intense analysis, and I always learn something new

I love this podcast! Sometimes, I do think they take the movies too seriously, and I have had to walk away from some just because I strongly disagreed with them. But I love that they have genuinely thought out their opinions and can argue for them, and are willing to change and hear other points of views. I really appreciate how much they add to my own knowledge of movies, but I would recommend not listening to every single movie review unless you really want to be an expert on the Emperor’s New Groove (let’s face it, who doesn’t). This is a great podcast to learn something new about a movie you adore, but if you didn’t really care about the movie, the podcast can be harder to pay attention to, in my personal opinion. Both of the Shaw’s are very knowledgeable, and I know I can trust what they’re saying . Overall, super great deep analysis! If you’re not into deep analysis, this might not be the podcast for you, but for film majors or lovers of storytelling, or just fans of a particular movie that they’ve covered, this is for sure a great podcast for you!

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David Richard Berkowitz
Oct 26 '19
Rating:   4
Politics gets in the way of their reviews

Very knowledgeable on movies, and quite funny banter between them, but be warned - they bring up politics in almost every podcast now. The new Joker movie is a “dog whistle” .... “Trump voters love their guns”..... “the Aurora Colorado shooter was inspired by The Joker in 2012!” (Not true).....you’ve heard it all before folks, at this point it doesn’t matter if you’re Liberal or Conservative. It’s just played out and tiresome....why can’t we just talk about movies?

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Brian1131
Oct 14 '19
Rating:   10
One of the Best movie Podcasts available

I wanted to find a decent movie podcast and stumbled onto this podcast from across the Atlantic. The first episode I listened to was an analysis of Bram Stokers Dracula and I was hooked. The in-depth analysis and passion for cinema is evident in every episode that covers a wide spectrum of genres from Classic Disney animation to Guillermo Del Toro thrillers. The best episodes are when Sharon and Alex discuss movies themselves and keep the special guests to a minimum.

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ChelleZeeman
Sep 4 '19
Rating:   10
Insightful and interesting reviews

I found this podcast back in 2014 and binged on the Lord of the Rings episodes. Since I never read the Tolkien books, I found the comparisons between book & film enlightening. Since these episodes, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Bad Reviews Against Humanity episodes which made me laugh uproariously particularly the episodes which featured the dramatic readings of 50 Shades of Grey excerpts. I enjoy the guest hosts and hearing their perspectives. While I might not always agree with them; I enjoy listening to Alex and Sharon—particularly their tongue-in-cheek humor as found in their (#189) 300 episode. Thank you and please keep the episodes coming!

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valkorianperion
Aug 30 '19
Rating:   2
I find these guys hilarious

I like Alex and Sharon, in the past they have good senses of humor and are very insightful about incorporating aspects of psychology, psychoanalysis and various types of reading. Sometimes heavy political bias gets in the way of things such as very rarely going back on films that have large problems that they don’t agree with. However, they’re very smart, clearly know what they’re talking about, sometimes emotion gets in the way of looking at something critically. Like with black panther and the last jedi. None of their commentary had anything to do with the actual films. They’re essentially reviewing the meta of the film which is going to die within five years or less. Ultimately a film should stand on its own and both of those films have large problems though the last Jedi’s script is literal Swiss cheese while black panther is at least entertaining while being pretty flawed in its world building. They’re also very reactionary and thin skinned.

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Johnathanblade
Aug 30 '19
Rating:   10
Consistent

Inspired by School of Movies spending an entire cast mocking their detractors, I decided that it was time to give something back to one of the casts that I have been listening to the longest.I have been listening since, I believe, 2011 or 2013? The 'cast has always been solid, with Alex and Sharon Shaw holding court over well considered panels for their cinematic deep dive discussions. I listen to soooo many podcasts, but there are probably 5 guaranteed weekly listens. SoM is one of them.My only real complaint has been resolved over time, as Alex's big picture humanity has become relfected more in his little picture humanity.

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Neplusultra123
Jun 27 '19
Rating:   6
Great content...sometimes

I have sort of binged this podcast over the last few days. While the hosts often have very good and deep insights into the movies they review, they just as often go off into serious tangents and rants. I’m not a prude, but inserting expletive after expletive to get your point across doesn’t really come off that well. I get having opinions, but it seems like the hosts are absolutely sure that they’re opinion is the only right one. Look, I’ve hate watched shows and ranted about them as all. However, these guys take it to a whole new level.

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CountGeek
Jun 26 '19
Rating:   10
One of the best

I stumbled upon these guys about 4 or 5 years ago. I was wanting a good movie podcast to get me through long nights at work. This podcast delivered in spades. A movie podcast with detailed Analysis driven by serious passion and incredible heart. I have teared up several times listening to this podcast, especially guardians of the galaxy vol 2 and most recently John wick. Such a treasure to have discovered this pod and I share it with everyone who ask for a movie podcast.

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Surf2Die4
Jun 19 '19
Rating:   4
I can’t fathom

after taking a break for a couple years how Alex has managed to become even more supercilious and bloated with unearned self-importance than he already was, but it’s happened.I was able to slog through the Endgame episode because he was mercifully less intrusive than usual, but the claim of: “Avengers...Assemble” being the most important moment in the history of cinema (somebody thankfully muttered “debatable”) was so absurd, but also fitting given his usual hyperbolic nonsense, and only further illustrated his myopia and lack of knowledge of the history of film on the whole.Is Disney paying this stooge?He waffled on, i.e., screamed into the mic, about a few people spoiling his anticipated lines (see above), but imagine having to sit next to or near the bloke who sobbed for three hours, except for a snot-filled laugh or two, during a fictional movie?As a middle-aged white male who is very progressive, championing of women in film and the disparities and injustices would normally be very appreciated, but he’s so over the top and dramatic, every single time, the message is obscured by his constant clutching of pearls and ends up detracting from rather than illuminating the legitimate issues.Captain Marvel episode: “Women appreciate men who help!”Help, really? Help with what? Wouldn’t, perhaps, men do stuff because they should, and do?He’s so far up his well-intentioned arse he doesn’t, ever, see how insufferable he appears.He didn’t “start a school:” he has a podcast.He vilified Johnny Depp, summarily, to the ridiculous point of refusing to cover a movie series. It was pathetic. Did he research every other anything just in case there may have been some nefarious people involved? No, he cried his “look at me” crocodile tears when nothing was proven, and oops, Amber is now the one facing accusations. Shirley Manson would tell him to fook right off.Wait, this fool hasn’t bothered to understand the groundbreaking efforts of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? “A couple of seasons. Enough to know I like the ideas more than I like the execution.”Just when you thought he couldn’t possibly be more pretentious. Keep listening, as it only gets more laughable in the how is it still on the go tip?

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Django Garcia
Jun 17 '19
Rating:   4
Slow and WHY the random music?

I was excited to see another John Wick podcast. Hadn’t heard of this show. Was quickly taken aback when random music was scored over the pod strand on points. Took me out of the moment and had me loosing focus on the conversation. Hosts drug on and I was not engaged by their interaction. This was my first try with the show. I will not return. Not my taste, but carry on.

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valkorianperion
Jun 4 '19
Rating:   6
I like these guys

I like Alex and Sharon, they have good senses of humor and are very insightful about incorporating aspects of psychology, psychoanalysis and various types of reading. Sometimes heavy political bias gets in the way of things such as very rarely going back on films that have large backlashes that they don’t agree with. However, they’re very smart, clearly know what they’re talking about, sometimes emotion gets in the way of looking at something critically

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Thai J
May 27 '19
Rating:   4
Like everything else, turned too political

This used to me my favorite podcast and was great for nostalgia trips through movies, games and shows from my childhood.But like nearly everything these days it has turned much too political for my liking. Not only are the political diatribes too regular but I detest a person who lectures people on politics as if their opinions and views are fact. And anyone from the other side is evil.

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Lit plastic
May 11 '19
Rating:   2
Shocked by my treatment

Was a huge fan of the show till I offered a mild disagreement with two of the guests opinions about Thor in Endgame. On their Twitter feed I mocked and told my opinion wasn’t worth listening to ever. Totally caught me off guard. Pretty self important and thin skinned group of people that treat their fans horribly. Still hurting from that one.

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RTTSBVDB
Apr 30 '19
Rating:   4
Yikes

I decided to give this podcast a go with their new Pet Sematary episode and good lord is it obnoxious. The laughably bizarre diversions into self-promotion, the condescending “analysis” filled with shouting and mental gymnastics to justify opinions, the crowbarred-in political rants...it’s all just smug, angry and self-satisfied at a level that I’ve never encountered before.

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Aaron Ricks not aj
Apr 28 '19
Rating:   2
Tool time.

The guy on this podcast (I don’t know or care to look up his name) is a tool. He states opinions as facts and self promotes his really bad writing like it’s Shakespeare. No thanks.

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Irvin Kid
Jan 15 '19
Rating:   10
Outstanding

Up there with the very best movie podcasts available.

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Stunt_lady
Dec 18 '18
Rating:   10
Insightful Discussion

Every week I look forward to a new episode of School of Movies - love the in-depth discussion of some of my favorite films and games. If you have any fascination with pop culture, these folks will undoubtedly strike a chord! Highly recommended.Special shout-out to their recent run on the works of Guillermo de Toro. Each episode is as rich and detailed as the films themselves, and their guest was insightful and well-informed.

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KeeperOTD
Nov 10 '18
Rating:   4
Crazy Rich Asians is a better film than Casablanca

For a time, I rather enjoyed this podcast despite it's random, out of nowhere self promotion of unoriginal content, and the soapbox moments politicizing things I'm not certain needed to be. Wheter I disagreed with the deconstruction or enjoyed hearing my own thoughts reflected on numerous movies, it was always one of my mainstays. That said, the lastest episode where the host takes all of classic cinema and throws it in a dumpster because it's not "complex" like every modern cinematic gem that is currently squeezed out such as his example of Crazy Rich Asians, gave me pause. I don't mind hearing someone caught up in prisoner of the moment and finding something recent (or even just in color) more enjoyable. I don't mind self appointed expert movie critics using hyperbole and afflicted with hubris to make reductive and ignorant statements about films they have almost no true understanding of. What bothers me is when the podcast host demands that I unsubscribe if I don't agree with his uninformed and shallow declarations...as if somehow I am at fault for not bowing before his dizzying intellect. If you truly want good podcasts about movies that have hosts who appreciate their fans and want to keep listeners tuned in, go listen to The Incomparable, Junkfood Cinema, Now Playing, Spoilers!, Pure Cinema Podcast, or Unjustly Maligned. If you don't mind a podcast that 40 minutes into a discussion of the The Warriors (which was commisioned and paid for by a fan no less) takes the position that a film no one will care about 5 years from now is better than Casablanca and more to the point, anyone what disagrees should immediately unsubscribe, than by all means listen. To me, it was truly disappointing to hear anyone who loves film to say that only new films have complexity (which I guess is only the past year or so) and that great movies of the past are actually overated and not worth the love and respect they've earned. This feels like a very millenial, myopic viewpoint and not one shared by people who actually understand good visual story telling, compelling narrative, witty dialogue, and wonderfully deep, subtle emotional moments that Casablance (specifically) has in abundance. If the host demands we abandon his self indulgent and often thin veiled excuse to promote his own projects (with voice acting that is generously described as subpar), I am all too happy to satisfy this singular whim.

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