Ben Cahlmer Joins Cinephile Hissy Fit to Genuflect on First Reformed

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Special guest Ben Cahlamer pitched hosts Will Johnson and Don Shanahan of the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast on dipping our hands into the cinematic baptismal font that is body of works from Hollywood New Wave filmmaker Paul Schrader. Last episode, Ben contributed to a discussion on Schrader’s latest film The Card Counter. Don played referee for that one, but he’s back in to complete the trio on Paul’s last film from a few years ago.

For their 29th episode, 25YL film critics, faith-challenged dads, and rocksteady school teachers Will and Don cap off a guest host double with Phoenix-based film critic and podcaster Ben Cahlamer. First Reformed challenges The Card Counter as the better film. It ranks high on two out of three lists of the talking heads here on the show. All agree that Ethan Hawke was robbed at the Oscars. Pass the holy water and come listen for more. This one gets spiritual.


Phoenix film critic Ben Cahlamer

Ben Cahlamer is the editor-in-chief of The Movie Revue. He also contributes stellar work to The Cinema Files and is the host of the Essentially Cinema podcast. Mr. Cahlamer is also the LGBTQ Film Programmer for the Phoenix Film Festival. The man is tremendously and clearly classier than Will and Don. Follow him on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Letterboxd.

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First Reformed (2017)

Listen to this episode from Cinephile Hissy Fit on Spotify. FIRST REFORMED: For our 29th episode, 25YL film critics, faith-challenged dads, and rocksteady school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan cap off a guest host double Phoenix-based film critic and podcaster Ben Cahlamer. Last episode, the trio went around virtual table on Paul Schrader’s “The Card Counter.”

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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