Cinephile Hissy Fits Cruises With American Graffiti

Screengrab from American Graffiti from Universal Pictures
Podcast cover art for the American Graffiti episode of Cinephile Hissy Fit
Art by Ruminations Radio Network

In the heart of summer, young folks used to cruise in their signature cars, meet up with friends, listen to the radio, and dance the night away while avoiding their adulthood future. The youths of today probably still do a little bit of that, albeit with cell phones and Uber rides. It’s not the same as it used to be. Leave it to Will Johnson and Don Shanahan of the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast to honor old classic haunts and old red-blooded traditions with a little drag race over American Graffiti.

Mel's Drive-In with cars arriving at sunset.
Screengrab from American Graffiti from Universal Pictures

For our 19th episode, 25YL film critics, farmer tan dads, and anxious school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan hop in their podcast hot rods to hit the 1973 George Lucas streets of California. One of our hosts cruised with it, loving the hang out feel of it all. The other rolled over several bumps caused by all the misplaced pedestals this movie is given. See which host is which on this AFI-listed classic.

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 educator 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 Critics Association, Online Film Critics Society, North American Film 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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