Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast Examines John Carpenter’s Starman

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It’s always interesting to examine so-called outliers in the filmography of directors. For whatever reasons, likely beginning with money, success, and opportunity, directors get pigeon-holed into certain genres. When the try something different, people don’t know what to make of it. Think Wes Craven and Music of the Heart or spoof artist Jeff Zucker with Ghost. This week on the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast, sponsored and supported by the Ruminations Radio Network, we’ve got one of those classic outliers: Starman.

For their 90th episode, two alien film critics, two resurrected dads, and two road-tripping school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan turn back the science fiction clock to talk about the beloved John Carpenter sci-fi romance Starman. The fellas show their softer side while still regarding the great things that can come from a filmmaker going against the norm. Drive to the crater and get home with us after Thanksgiving! Come for the shared challenge and tirade and stay for the mutual love and respect for the fun movies encapsulate.

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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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