The Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast Snaps Their Fingers of Approval to West Side Story

Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo in 20th Century Studios' WEST SIDE STORY. Photo by Niko Tavernise. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Podcast cover art for the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast episode for West Side Story
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Who can remake a Best Picture-winning classic and not get questioned? One of the very few answers you’re going to find to that question is Steven Spielberg. Yet, here we are with his first-ever musical and all of the decades-long love bestowed upon 1961’s West Side Story. The lesson here becomes to never doubt Steven Spielberg because he exceeded as many expectations as he quieted doubts with his remake of West Side Story.

For their 44th episode, 25YL film critics and finger-snapping school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan find themselves dancing in the podcast streets to Steven Spielberg’s new incarnation of the classic musical. The resulting movie is big, loud, and flashy, but will either host pull any switchblades to knife the other’s joy or the movie’s Oscar chances? Grab your dancing partner and find out in this week’s episode.

Cinephile Hissy Fits is a 25YL media podcast, brought to you by Please visit, rate, review, and subscribe. If you enjoyed this show, we have more where that came from, with interesting hosts, and wonderful guests. All of our episodes are available on iTunesSpotify, and anywhere you find your favorite shows. Follow the show on Twitter at @CinephileFit and on Facebook. Also, find both Will Johnson and Don Shanahan on Letterboxd as they accumulate their viewings and build their ranks and lists from West Side Story and beyond.

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 and Banana Meter-approved film critic writing here on Film Obsessive and his own website Every Movie Has a Lesson. He also contributes as a Content Supervisor and Assistant Editor. Don is also one of the hosts of the 25YL-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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