Barbara VanDenburgh Returns For Licorice Pizza with Cinephile Hissy Fit

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Let’s poll the room. Who still cares about the films of 2021 here in late March of 2022? Anyone? Well, the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast, sponsored and supported by the Ruminations Radio Network, is making the best effort to try. Throughout the past few months, they’ve been checking off prominent Oscar contenders and nominees with several episodes. The awards themselves are finally here this weekend and it’s time to lay out all the love, hate, and scenarios.

For their 57th episode, fanboy film critics, drained dads, and Oscar-challenged teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan follow the Oscar season with a late appointment on the newest film of Paul Thomas Anderson, namely Licorice Pizza. With PTA involved, that welcomes back guest Barbara VanDenburgh of USA Today to the three-way brouhaha. The Licorice Pizza part is done in a tidy 40 minutes, but the trio unwind for an extended rant about the state of the Oscars that presents some of the best debate CHF has ever had! It’s more golden than the Oscars themselves.



Barbara VanDenburgh of USA Today
When her nose isn’t stuck in a book or her eyes glued to a movie, Barbara VanDenburgh works as the books editor for USA TODAY and hosts the First Draft Book Club at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ.

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 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 the 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 and his own website Every Movie Has a Lesson. He contributes as a Content Supervisor and Assistant Editor on Film Obsessive. Don is also one of the hosts of the 25YL Media-backed Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast on the Ruminations Radio Network. 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, Hollywood Creative Alliance, Online Film Critics Society, North American Film Critics Association, International Film Society Critics Association, Internet Film Critics Society, Independent Film Critics of America, Online Film and TV Association, and the Celebrity Movie Awards.

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