Film Code

Film Code

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. Twitter: @FilmCodePod Phoenix: @IMHOReviews1 Brandon: @FantasmicEars Zach: @zachsneath It's gonna be 'CODEWORD': Awesome.


November 19, 2022 62 min

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 Tho...

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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?

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November 5, 2022 78 min

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 b...

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October 30, 2022 68 min

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 o...

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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 Bill...

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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...

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October 8, 2022 55 min

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!

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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...

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September 24, 2022 49 min

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?

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September 10, 2022 44 min

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!

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September 4, 2022 53 min

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!

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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!

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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 m...

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August 15, 2022 56 min

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 Beets 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!

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August 8, 2022 69 min

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...

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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 hi...

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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.

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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 c...

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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?

Plus, we return with a new codeword about the all mighty dollar....

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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...

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