Our Cinephile Hissy Fit Hosts Finally Meet In-Person in Chicago

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There are many social media friends out there among us who have only met in the virtual sense. This big connected world allows that kind of long-distance connection. Nonetheless, nothing beats a hug, a handshake, or face-to-face interaction between two people. For the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast on the Ruminations Radio Network, Will Johnson hails from Phoenix, Arizona and Don Shanahan calls Chicago, Illinois home. The odds of them ever meeting together in the same room, let alone making some content together, were slim. Those odds shattered recently when Will traveled to Chicago for family matters and got to hang put with Don.

For our 22nd episode, the hosts kick off the start of a special series: “CHF on the Road.” 25YL film critics, dad-bod dads, and OnlyFans-hiding school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan have bridged their virtual distance from Phoenix to Chicago to share a room and microphone for the very time! If you thought they tussled a bunch from afar, imagine them sharing the same space. For the occasion, the format loosens for Will and Don to openly talk about their love/hate picks of Chicago-set movies. From Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Backdraft to High Fidelity and Love Jones, our guys paint the “Second City” in popcorn and profanity.

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Cinephile Hissy Fit 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 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 the accumulate their viewings and build their ranks and lists.

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!

CHF on the Road: Chicago Movies

Listen to this episode from Cinephile Hissy Fit on Spotify. CHICAGO MOVIES: For our 22nd episode, the hosts have the start of a special series. 25YL film critics, dad-bod dads, and OnlyFans-hiding school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan have bridged their virtual distance from Phoenix to Chicago to share a room together for the very first time!

Written by Don Shanahan

DON SHANAHAN is a Chicago-based Rotten Tomatoes-approved and Banana Meter-approved film critic writing here on 25YL Media and his own website Every Movie Has a Lesson. He 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, Internet Film Critics Society, Independent Film Critics of America, and the Celebrity Movie Awards.

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