CinematNIC by Nicole Russin-McFarland

CinematNIC by Nicole Russin-McFarland

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Be CinematNIC. Filmmaker Nicole Russin-McFarland discusses movies, movies and nothing but movies. The podcast’s intimate one-on-one format gets to the heart of the matter like a personal conversation over coffee with a good friend. NOTE: Episodes begin after a short ad and may contain mid-roll ad sponsorships.


The Old School Chicago Law of Attraction: Yell “Big Money!”
Dec 12 • 5 min
I wanted to provide some insight into who I am on this podcast to get more personal so here is one if you want to nail that acting audition, get a job, ace a test or hit the jackpot at the casino. 100% not scientifically verified by Midwestern old people!…
Austin Film Festival 2019 Interview: Joaquin Phoenix’s “The Animal People” Documentary
Dec 12 • 10 min
Joaquin Phoenix executive produced this film about what happens when activists were declared terrorists speaking against animal testing performed by Huntingdon Life Sciences. “The Animal People” was filmed over a decade. Times change, but the questions…
“Shazam!” (2019) Directed by David Sandberg
Dec 12 • 10 min
A very heartfelt film with a strong message that might not be remembered with cancel culture. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Interview: Film Score Composer Henry Jackman on Scoring “Jumanji: The Next Level”
Dec 11 • 47 min
Henry Jackman was already a major sensation in music, producing material for artists like Elton John and Seal, when Hans Zimmer recruited him for a career in film music composing. Mr. Jackman has contributed additional music to modern classic films like…
Austin Film Festival 2019 Interview: “The Wretched”
Dec 7 • 16 min
What would you do if a witch wearing your neighbor’s skin terrorized people in your area? “The Wretched” delves into that very idea, taking us into trees, summer partying and witchery in one horror feature film. Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce spoke with…
Austin Film Festival 2019 Interview: “Against the Tides”
Dec 7 • 14 min
When a therapist told Beth French, then suffering from chronic pain, she needed to make a bucket list, Beth decided to swim all seven of the world’s channels. Her story was documented in Against the Tides. I caught up with the film’s director Stefan…
Austin Film Festival 2019 Interview: “A Patient Man”
Dec 7 • 9 min
For his thriller set most days on a city train, director Kevin Ward sought comedian/actor (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) Jonathan Mangum for his first dramatic role. The change in his standard material is appreciated, with Mr. Mangum carrying the film…
Austin Film Festival 2019 Interview: “Family Obligations”
Dec 7 • 17 min
Filmed on Long Island, “Family Obligations” is the story of a single man discovering life outside solitude when he takes care of a terminally ill uncle. The movie’s budget was a mere $16,000! The director Ken Frank and others discussed filmmaking on a…
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“Aquaman” Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, & Nicole Kidman
Aug 14 • 23 min
The special effects were beautiful–and weird for the film. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Captain Marvel” Starring Brie Larson, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson & Djimon Hounsou
Aug 14 • 7 min
People went crazy giving this film positive or negative reviews according to their political beliefs. The movie isn’t political at all. Let’s discuss! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“The Abyss” Directed by James Cameron, Starring Ed Harris & Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Aug 14 • 16 min
The second of Mr. Cameron’s hidden films only available for streaming on Cinemax! This movie is excellent but a bit too slow paced for a late night movie party. “The Abyss” is best fit for viewing on a lazy solo afternoon when you can really get into the…
“True Lies” Starring Jamie Lee Curtis & Arnold Schwarzenegger, Directed by James Cameron
Aug 5 • 13 min
One of the most popular films of the 1990’s has been banished to VHS, DVD, and Cinemax streaming. You cannot rent nor buy this film anywhere. Does it REALLY deserve the reclusive status and misogynistic claims? Films like American Beauty (underage actor’s…
“First Man” Starring Ryan Gosling, Directed by Damien Chazelle
Jul 22 • 8 min
Amazing visual effects, but what else is good about this Neil Armstrong biopic? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Lady Bird” Starring Timothée Chalamet & Saoirse Ronan, Directed by Greta Gerwig
Jul 22 • 14 min
Giving it an honest review without hating on the chick flick genre. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Beatriz At Dinner” Starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow & Chloë Sevigny
Jul 16 • 8 min
A small film bringing attention to tiny racism in everyday life. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Avatar” Directed by James Cameron, Starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver & Zoe Saldana
Jul 16 • 18 min
I crack the case with multiple reasons on why this film stands on its own apart from other blockbusters. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
I Pretended to Be A Man Applying for Jobs and Proved Sexism In Media Is Alive
Jul 16 • 33 min
As I wrote today on my website regarding using a fake men’s name to apply for freelance journalism jobs: “In the recent months, I used a man’s name applying to the same places I once asked for work under my real female name. Shocker! People were more…
“The Catcher Was a Spy” Starring Paul Rudd, Jeff Daniels, Sienna Miller & Tom Wilkinson
Apr 24 • 12 min
Paul Rudd’s first big dramatic role was great. What happened with the production? What separates this film from a standard Best Picture contender? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Tron: Legacy” Starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund & Olivia Wilde
Apr 24 • 17 min
Aside from the FX and Daft Punk film score, this movie existed solely for money, right? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“From Prada to Nada” Starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega & Wilmer Valderrama
Apr 24 • 7 min
A romcom that finally gets it right. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Interview: Actress Cristina Milizia (“LEGO DC Comics,” Netflix’s “Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures”)
Apr 19 • 73 min
Voiceover actress Cristina Milizia has acted in work for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Netflix, and Disney. Topics covered in the interview: marketing herself as a bilingual actress, lots of tips for newbie voiceover actors, wearing “silent” clothes in…
“Transformers” Spinoff “Bumblebee” Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Directed by Travis Knight
Apr 10 • 33 min
The film franchise gets a new twist becoming a “girly” movie, a response to criticism towards the original movies. I talk about how different the movie is, which moviegoers will like it, what I expect for future “Transformers,” and at the end, decide to…
“Venom” Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams & Riz Ahmed, Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Apr 10 • 6 min
The critics hated it. I loved it. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Netflix’s “Girl” Starring Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart & Tijmen Govaerts
Apr 10 • 25 min
Director Lukas Dhont found success at Cannes with “Girl,” but the rest of the world is divided on the film’s interpretation of a trans teen girl’s story. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Netflix’s “Unicorn Store” Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson & Joan Cusack
Apr 10 • 22 min
Brie Larson’s directorial debut unbeknownst to me when viewing this film made its film festival rounds a few years back. The film is a solid debut breaking female director stereotypes. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
“Lilo & Stitch” Starring Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders & Tia Carrere
Mar 19 • 16 min
One of the final Disney vault 2D animated works, sadly. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” Starring John C. Reilly, Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch & Sarah Silverman
Mar 19 • 14 min
Spoiler alert! I discuss a very shocking twist that upset me very off brand for this film franchise. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Annihilation” Starring Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez & Jennifer Jason Leigh
Mar 19 • 11 min
A women’s empowerment film within science fiction that doesn’t show women doing, well, anything empowering or adventurous. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Avengers: Infinity War” Starring Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. & Benedict Cumberbatch
Mar 19 • 7 min
Another blockbuster comic book hit. Is it any good? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“A Clockwork Orange” (Stanley Kubrick Viewing #3)
Mar 19 • 17 min
Looking back on how it was perceived by Roger Ebert when the film debuted and my thoughts on it now. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Crazy Rich Asians” Starring Awkwafina, Henry Goulding, Michelle Yeoh & Constance Wu
Mar 10 • 2 min
I was a fan of the concept but not the “Fifty Shades” style story. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Zoe Kravitz & Liev Schreiber
Mar 6 • 14 min
The critics make this movie sound like another boring film that only appeals to critics. Listen to filmmakers and the fans! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“A Simple Favor” Starring Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick & Henry Golding
Mar 6 • 6 min
My friend liked this far more than I did. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Mortal Engines” Produced by Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh, Directed by Christian Rivers
Mar 6 • 23 min
The first teen genre film from one Mr. Peter Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Why Wasn’t “Logan’s Run” a “Star Wars” Level Favorite?
Mar 6 • 4 min
I ponder the reasons this film cannot compare to its rivals. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Deadpool” vs. “Deadpool 2” Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin &Morena Baccarin
Mar 6 • 3 min
The sequel was better than the first, in my opinion! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari No Totoro)” Directed By Hayao Miyazaki
Feb 23 • 11 min
Who is the raccoon monster you always see on my social media food photos? Why are my animated works so unusual? Find out! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“A Kid Like Jake” Starring Claire Danes, Priyanka Chopra, Octavia Spencer & Aasif Mandvi
Feb 21 • 3 min
Does a film have to be entertaining to be good? I ask, and answer, my own question. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“The Last Song” Starring Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear & Kelly Preston
Feb 21 • 3 min
You know I only watched this for Miley and Liam, period. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
NECA Toys, Gremlins, The Shape of Water, Legacy Effects and More in My First Variety Article
Feb 21 • 6 min
I interviewed some amazing people for my first Variety article, appearing on the web and within the print edition. This topic was one I really wanted to write about as a fan of the creations. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
“Mr. Nobody” Starring Jared Leto, Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Jan 14 • 3 min
Either you hate it or love it. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“The Lobster” Starring Colin Farrell, Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Dec 19, 2018 • 12 min
The most plot twisting film I have seen in ages. Go watch it after you listen to this podcast! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Girl With a Pearl Earring” Starring Scarlett Johansson & Colin Firth
Dec 19, 2018 • 9 min
Loving the film score and movie overall since I saw it in 2003. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (Steven Spielberg Viewing #8)
Dec 19, 2018 • 18 min
Lava! That chicken! Bad guys! I talk about this movie’s quirks after my second and final day of vocal exhaustion, also known as recording German lines for the German edition of my cartoon, O Girl of a Dream. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (Steven Spielberg Viewing #7)
Dec 18, 2018 • 15 min
Indiana Jones is not a series to me. It is a lifelong goal. Ever since I was 13 and had a conversation about it with a boy at my school, I have wanted to direct an Indiana Jones film! It is life! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way…
“Donnie Darko,” the Cult Favorite Film
Dec 16, 2018 • 12 min
A 2001 opening weekend ruined this otherwise excellent movie. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma”
Dec 16, 2018 • 27 min
My opinion of the black and white Netflix-financed film expected to win a 2019 Academy Award! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Jurassic Park” (Steven Spielberg Viewing #6)
Dec 16, 2018 • 7 min
I loved this from the moment I saw it opening weekend! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Pamela Anderson in “Barb Wire”
Dec 15, 2018 • 13 min
Reviewing how this film is oddly more feminist in nature than films released after the 2018 new wave of women’s equality in film. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“The Lake Vampire” Director Carl Zitelmann: Halloween Red Carpet, 2018 Austin Film Festival
Nov 2, 2018 • 8 min
Desperate to find a subject for his next novel, Ernesto Navarro follows the tracks of a mysterious killer, a man obsessed with drinking human blood and becoming immortal. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
“Antiquities” Director Daniel Campbell, Producer Gary Newton & Actor Roger Scott: Red Carpet Q&A
Oct 30, 2018 • 8 min
After his father’s death, a young man, Walt (Andrew J. West), moves to his dad’s hometown in order to learn more about who his father was. Walt decides to stay with his awkward aunt and her family, whose denial makes his search nearly impossible. He…
“Delia & Sammy” Producers Sher Bautista + William Jones: Red Carpet, 2018 Austin Film Festival
Oct 27, 2018 • 7 min
Sher Bautista and William Jones produced the Filipino film about Delia, an ill-tempered former actress, has to find family to leave her equally difficult husband with before she dies, forcing themselves back into the lives of people they’ve hurt,…
Social Media and Its Importance for Filmmakers
Oct 15, 2018 • 11 min
Social media is the only voice you often have before people misjudge you. Why give them the chance to dislike a person who doesn’t exist? Use your voice to represent the real you. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
“Eyes Wide Shut” (Stanley Kubrick Viewing #2)
Oct 15, 2018 • 35 min
A number of people I meet watch this movie with, well, their eyes and minds wide shut. I try my best to remember each of the major themes I saw for you friends out there. Eyes Wide Shut is viewed as Stanley Kubrick’s most mysterious film. —- This episode…
“The Shining” (Stanley Kubrick Viewing #1)
Oct 15, 2018 • 38 min
Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic wasn’t always well received. We dip into this and more on my first Stanley Kubrick themed episode. Note: When I discuss Stephen King’s distaste for the film having seen Ready Player One, I thought in the film they meant it…
“Titanic” Mania, Two Decades Later!
Oct 15, 2018 • 27 min
Chatting my life experiences around Titanic, my love of Mr. James Cameron, and the famous score. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Peter Jackson Made Me Believe Directing a Trilogy Is Possible
Sep 5, 2018 • 4 min
When I was 14, I first became acquainted with film work by a man named Peter Jackson. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“The Terminal” Is Relatable?! Who Knew! (Steven Spielberg Viewing #5)
Sep 5, 2018 • 17 min
Reflecting on the film since watching it at 15 years old in theaters, I relate plenty to Tom Hanks’ character trapped in the airport. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Ready Player One” Is Better Than Its Trailers (Steven Spielberg Viewing #4)
Sep 5, 2018 • 18 min
Disappointed by the trailers, I enjoyed the film very much and its messages. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Women’s Cinema Post #metoo
Sep 5, 2018 • 27 min
I do indeed like some chick flicks despite hating the genre and discuss a few other points in a post #metoo atmosphere. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Oh My! “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Jul 15, 2018 • 11 min
I love, love, love, love, love Rey so much. My story of falling in love with Star Wars began because I thought Luke Skywalker was hot, believe it or not, and now I love the series overall like an old opera. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
“The Adventures of Tintin” Is Dreamy Inspo (Steven Spielberg Viewing #3)
Jul 15, 2018 • 7 min
Talking about the combined forces at work on this film of Mr. Jackson and Mr. Spielberg, one of my favorite animated sequences ever, and what it means to me. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Please Don’t Let Movie Theaters Become Extinct!
Jul 15, 2018 • 5 min
Every memory I have of seeing famous films in theaters cannot happen viewing them at home if for the first time. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Minions are Today’s Mickey Mouse
Jul 15, 2018 • 8 min
I feel so blessed living in a time period when a timeless group of cartoon characters came to life. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Thoughts on “Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague”
Jul 15, 2018 • 15 min
Hans Zimmer gives us zero Buggles tunes and lots of beautiful film score music in his unusually appealing live concert, now on Netflix. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan Batman Analysis #3)
Jul 1, 2018 • 11 min
Reflecting on the sadness and cultural relevance within the final movie in the trilogy. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“The Dark Knight” (Christopher Nolan Batman Analysis #2)
Jul 1, 2018 • 9 min
Everyone’s fav of the trilogy, “The Dark Knight” is famous for Heath Ledger’s performance. I think there is more to it! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Batman Begins” (Christopher Nolan Batman Analysis #1)
Jul 1, 2018 • 20 min
Talking about the first in the trilogy with gusto until I feel a sneeze coming on at the end. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Can’t Hardly Wait” Is Kind of Awful
Jul 1, 2018 • 4 min
I don’t understand its appeal to 90’s nostalgia fans. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
The New “It” Should’ve Gone Retro
Jul 1, 2018 • 4 min
The movie didn’t feel like the 80’s for a film taking place in the decade. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Let’s Chat “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” (Steven Spielberg Viewing #2)
Jun 24, 2018 • 9 min
I relate so much to this film’s theme about dreaming of reaching the impossible. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Pixar’s “Coco” Exposes My Human Flaw
Jun 24, 2018 • 6 min
Who wants to be forgotten? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“The Hateful Eight” Is Visually Spectacular
Jun 24, 2018 • 5 min
Quentin Tarantino has a method to his madness when he rants about film being more attractive than digital. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“Tomb Raider” Showdown: Alicia Vikander vs. Angelina Jolie
Jun 24, 2018 • 10 min
Which actress makes for a better Lara Croft? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Did “Jaws” Age Well? (Steven Spielberg Viewing #1)
Jun 24, 2018 • 10 min
By popular demand from those who know I’m starting a podcast, here is my first dip into the Steven Spielberg viewing sessions. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
“The Last Movie Star” Deserves Recognition
Jun 23, 2018 • 4 min
Will the Academy notice the fine work done with this film? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Quentin Tarantino’s Many Imitators
Jun 23, 2018 • 4 min
Why are filmmakers who are fans of Quentin Tarantino imitating PULP FICTION instead of following their role model’s advice? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app