Cinephile Hissy Fit Hosts Fight with Fire to Argue About Backdraft

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Rumination Radio Network cover photo for the Backdraft episode of Cinephile Hissy Fit

Before meeting together in-person for the first time last summer, Will Johnson had never seen Ron Howard’s Backdraft. Chicago denizen Don Shanahan called the Windy City-set drama one of his all-time personal favorites. A fire was lit that needed to be battled and put out. That set off the perfect opportunity for a debate.

For their 59th episode, two manipulative film critics, hose-wielding dads, and ax-sharpening dads brought their oxygen and gasoline to the firefighter hero worship action-drama. HBO Max had the movie available for Will while Don Shanahan hit the national big screen with a Fathom Event celebrating its 30th anniversary last summer. Don gets all the big brother feels from it. Will, on the the other hand, thinks Ron Howard, as well as the movie, blows. Folks, this is a good tiff! Give it a listen.

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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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