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The Cinephile Hissy Fit Question Critics Who Forgot How to Have Fun With The Gray Man

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Our two hosts of the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast, sponsored and supported by the Ruminations Radio Network, fashion themselves as pretty level-headed film critics. Compared to some bigwigs, they haven’t forgotten how to have fun with movies, even while evaluating its craft and value. It’s a problem both guys seem when they look around at their peers and their attitudes. Lately, that gap has become more apparent and this week it came to a head.

For their 72nd episode, two fed-up film critics, explosive dads, and stuntman school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan got to have a full circle moment with the Russo brothers. Their follow-up to Cherry, on the first Cinephile Hissy Fit shows, is the new Netflix assassin action movie The Gray Man. Because both of our hosts like this movie against the norm, this episode spurred a detour into the current state of film criticism and whether or not critics can recognize or have fun anymore. You’re going to get more of an earful on that topic than the movie, but it’s a great conversation nonetheless.

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.

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!

The Gray Man (2022)

Listen to this episode from Cinephile Hissy Fit on Spotify. For their 72nd episode, two fed-up film critics, explosive dads, and stuntman school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan got to have a full circle moment with the Russo brothers.

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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