Cinephile Hissy Fit: High Noon with Guest Byron Lafayette


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Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast hosts Will Johnson and Don Shanahan love welcoming guests. Their policy is that the guest picks the movie they want to argue about. Will and Don love a good challenge, and this week’s guest has brought the ten-gallon hats and turned back the clock nearly 60 years to throw down for a two-part series on morals and political statements made by two classic movie westerns. For their 30th episode, 25YL film critics, gun-tottin’ dads, and paper-grading school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan welcomed a new guest to the dais. Say hello to the enigmatic Byron Lafayette, a newer film staff writer from 25YL. At his request, the three dive into competing politics. This week it’s 1952’s Gary Cooper classic High Noon. Next week, John Wayne claps back with The Searchers. We’ve got extra stoicism for you listeners!


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,

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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! We hope you enjoy High Noon!

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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