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Cinephile Hissy Fit Brings Back Byron Lafayette for The Searchers

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The Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast loves when a guest brings a worthy challenge. Talking about the liberal slant of High Noon was just the beginning for hosts Will Johnson and Don Shanahan. Hollywood clapped back, and now we do too with Byron Lafayette back in the tiebreaker seat to talk about The Searchers.

For their 31st episode, 25YL film critics, cud-chewing dads, and preachy school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan are joined again by 25YL film writer Byron Lafayette for the second of two episodes looking at the politics of old westerns. The left-lean from last week turns to the right for 1956’s The Searchers, an overt response to High Noon. Deep themes give us the tingles. Come to Monument Valley and enjoy this very rich discussion.


Byron Lafayette is a journalist, film critic, and author, with a (possibly unhealthy) obsession with Pirates of the Caribbean, all things Zack Snyder, and movies in general. Byron has written for many publications over the years, yet never shows his face. To partially quote (and mangle) Batman v Superman, “If you seek his face, look around you.” Follow him on Twitter at @byronlafayette

Cinephile Hissy Fits is a 25YL media podcast, brought to you by Please visit, rate, review, and subscribe. If you enjoyed this show, we have more where that came from, with interesting hosts, and wonderful guests. All episodes are available on iTunesSpotify, and anywhere you find your favorite shows. Follow the show on Twitter at @CinephileFit and on Facebook. Also, find both Will Johnson and Don Shanahan on Letterboxd as they accumulate their viewings and build their ranks and lists.

As Will and Don love to say, come for the shared challenge and tirade and stay for the mutual love and respect for the fun movies encapsulate. Thank you so much for your captive audience and social media participation! Enjoy our new podcast episode!

Written by Don Shanahan

DON SHANAHAN is a Chicago-based Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic writing here on Film Obsessive as the Editor-in-Chief and Content Supervisor for the film department. He also writes for his own website, Every Movie Has a Lesson. Don is one of the hosts of the Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast on the Ruminations Radio Network and sponsored by Film Obsessive. As a school teacher by day, Don writes his movie reviews with life lessons in mind, from the serious to the farcical. He is a proud director and one of the founders of the Chicago Indie Critics and a voting member of the nationally-recognized Critics Choice Association, Online Film Critics Society, North American Film Critics Association, International Film Society Critics Association, Internet Film Critics Society, Online Film and TV Association, and the Celebrity Movie Awards.

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