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The Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast Gets Sandy About Dune

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The cover art and banner for the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast for the Dune episode.

I believe it was the great Hayden Christiansen playing the tragic role of Anakin Skywalker—reading the scripted words of George Lucas and Jonathan Hales—that said “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse, and rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere.” Truer words have never been spoken, both by a Jedi and by the common man. That chestnut of observational knowledge can fully describe the reactions of the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast, sponsored and supported by the Ruminations Radio Network, to Dune. The big hitter from Warner Bros. is playing in regular theaters, IMAX-level venues, and right in your own home on HBO Max.

For their 33rd episode, 25YL film critics, bullfighting dads, and sunburnt school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan look to get spicy in critiquing Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. This was a polarizing challenge for both hosts with big words and bigger thoughts. Dig into this one or just comb the desert!


Cinephile Hissy Fits is a 25YL media podcast, brought to you by RuminationsRadioNetwork.com. 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 for Dune 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!

Dune (2021)

Listen to this episode from Cinephile Hissy Fit on Spotify. For our 33rd episode, 25YL film critics, bullfighting dads, and sunburnt school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan swim to get spicy sand in every podcast crevice in critiquing Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune.” This was a polarizing challenge for both hosts with big words and bigger thoughts.

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 also contributes as a Content Supervisor and Assistant Editor in the film department of 25YL. 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, Internet Film Critics Society, Independent Film Critics of America, and the Celebrity Movie Awards.

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