Cinephile Hissy Fit Welcomes Ben Cahlamer’s Chips on The Card Counter

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The Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast, sponsored and supported by the Ruminations Radio Network, welcomed back our very first guest for another pair of episodes. Please welcome back Phoenix-based film critic and podcaster Ben Cahlamer! Last time, if you recall, he joined Will Johnson and Don Shanahan for back-to-back episodes bowing at the altar of Blade Runner to talk about the original and Denis Villeneuve’s long-distance sequel. For this episode and one more, the three of them bow at a distinctly different altar.

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For the 28th episode, 25YL film critics, strong dads, and inventive school teachers Will and Don set the holy tables for a twin bill of Paul Schrader films with their guest. The first table is a poker one talking about Schrader’s most recent new film and Oscar Isaac vehicle The Card Counter.  Having not seen the movie, Don puts on the striped shirt as the referee for this one. Ben, as always, brings insightful color that elevates this show. Next week, the table is a true altar for Schrader’s previous film First Reformed starring the Oscar-robbed Ethan Hawke. Be sure to catch that one as well.


Phoenix film critic Ben Cahlamer

Ben Cahlamer is the editor-in-chief of The Movie Revue. He also contributes stellar work to The Cinema Files and is the host of the Essentially Cinema podcast. Mr. Cahlamer is also the LGBTQ Film Programmer for the Phoenix Film Festival. The man is tremendously and clearly classier than Will and Don. Follow him on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Letterboxd.

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The Card Counter

Listen to this episode from Cinephile Hissy Fit on Spotify. THE CARD COUNTER: For our 28th episode, 25YL film critics, strong dads, and inventive school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan welcomed become prior guest and Phoenix-based film critic Ben Cahlamer for a twin bill of Paul Schrader films. Ben joins Will for a debate on Schrader’s new film and Oscar Isaac vehicle “The Card Counter.”

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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