Cinephile Hissy Fits and a Special Guest Begin the Spider-Man Countdown With Venom

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Before the theatrical release of Spider-Man: No Way Home this December, the hosts will be completing a segmented series of hopscotching episodes sizing up and stripping down each of the silver screen Spider-Man iterations. We’ll break our offerings up into shows dedicated to Maguire, Garfield, Holland, Venom spinoffs, and animated. First up, is the one with the most teeth and most tater tots.

For our 27th episode, 25YL film critics, good-eating dads, and zany school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan prepare for the timely release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage with a look back at the first Venom film from 2018. Will and Don are joined by special guest and comic book nut Rachel S. to talk about symbiotes and idiots. Will had never seen this movie and got to be the one surprised while Don was already ahead of the pack seeing and reviewing Venom: Let There Be Carnage for press this week.


Rachel is just a girl standing here in front of the Disney+ menu screen, waiting for season 3 of Agent Carter. She’s a deep-cut pop culture enthusiast, fandom commentary writer, and semi-retired cosplayer. You can check out her sporadic fandom thoughts over at @allbacktofront on Twitter.

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 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.

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Venom (2018)

Listen to this episode from Cinephile Hissy Fit on Spotify. VENOM: For our 27th episode, 25YL film critics, good-eating dads, and zany school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan prepare for the timely release of “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” with a look back at the first “Venom” film.

Written by Don Shanahan

DON SHANAHAN is a Chicago-based and Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic writing here on 25YL and his 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 and the Online Film Critics Society.

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