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Cinephile: Passionate interest in film, film theory, and film criticism. It's a term that fits Adnan Virk perfectly. Join each week as he reviews the newest films, latest television, and chats with heavy hitters in the entertainment industry about their recent projects and successful careers. From engaging conversations to entertaining topics, Cinephile also offers historical perspective, recapping some of the most influential tv shows and films of our lifetime.

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Ken Burns’ latest PBS documentary profiles one of America’s greatest writers – Ernest Hemingway. On this episode, Adnan reviews all six hours of the documentary and give his thoughts on the writings and influence of the famous author. The BAFTA Awards took place over the weekend and Adnan recaps the biggest surprises and snubs from the ceremony. Adnan speaks with director Brad Furman to talk about his film “City of Lies” which stars Forest Whitaker and Johnny Depp and the follows the murder investigation of the Notorious B.I.G. Finally for this week’s Mt. Rushmore the guys give their picks for the “Actors Who Cashed In!” All that and more on this weeks Cinephile Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The new action film "Nobody" stars Bob Odenkirk as a mild-mannered family man whose resentment and suppressed fighting skills are awakened after thieves break into his home. This week, Adnan reviews film along with the 2012, Paul Thomas Anderson movie, "The Master." Adnan also recaps the SAG Awards and speaks with director Alexander Nanau, whose gripping documentary "Collective" has been nominated for two Academy Awards. And in honor of Bob Odenkirk, the guys give their picks for the "Mt. Rushmore of Serious Actors You Forgot Were Comedians." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The new film "The Last Blockbuster" follows the last remaining Blockbuster Video Store, located in Bend, Oregon, and it's manager who is struggling to keep it's doors open. This week Adnan reviews the Netflix documentary along with the 2006 film "Hollywoodland" and the 2012 film "Silver Linings Playbook." He also interviews director Azazel Jacobs, whose new film "French Exit" opens nationwide on Friday. In honor of "Hollywoodland" the guys give their picks for the 'Mt. Rushmore of Performances of Actual Hollywood Stars!' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thomas Vinterberg's film "Another Round" earned him a 2021 Oscar nomination for Best Director. The film follows four high school teachers who consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives. On this week's episode, Adnan review the acclaimed film along with Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" and Netflix's "The White Tiger." He also reviews the wonderful documentary "My Octopus Teacher" which garnered an 2021 Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Plus, the Writer's Guild of America Awards announced their winners over the weekend, bolstering the Oscar chances for several films. For this week's Mount Rushmore the guys give their picks for "Movies with Animals in the Title!" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards are here! Adnan breaks down the biggest surprises and snubs for this year's ceremony including a head-scratching nomination for Glenn Close. He's also joined by Oscars expert, Ben Zauzmer, who's here to breakdown the frontrunners and odds for this year's awards! Adnan also reviews the four-part documentary "Allen v. Farrow" which profiles the horrific allegations and eventually downfall of Woody Allen. In honor of the 2021 Oscar nominations, the guys their picks for the 'Mount Rushmore of Worst Oscar Nominated Movies!' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coming 2 America has officially claimed the #1 opening weekend of any streaming movie in the past 12 months! On this week's episode, Adnan reviews the highly anticipated sequel for the original 1988 comedy. He also reviews "The Mauritanian," which earned Jodie Foster this year's Golden Globe award for Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. He also recaps the winners of the 2021 Critics Choice Awards and reviews this year's BAFTA nominations. In honor of "The Mauritanian" the guys give their picks for the "Mt. Rushmore of Jodie Foster Films!" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler virtually hosted this year's Golden Globe Awards from New York City and Los Angeles. On this week's Cinephile, Adnan recaps the biggest surprises and snubs from Sunday's ceremony including what he thought of Jodie Foster's big win and Jason Sudeikis' bad acceptance speech. Plus, Adnan reviews the wonderful new film "The Father," which stars Olivia Colman and Sir Anthony Hopkins, along with the Netflix film "I Care A Lot." Adnan also speaks with Jermaine Fowler, star of the highly anticipated comedy sequel "Coming 2 America!" In honor of "The Father," the guys give their picks for the best films starring Anthony Hopkins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stanley Tucci stars opposite Colin Firth in the new film "Supernova," which tells the touching story of a gay couple who embark on a road trip as dementia starts to take hold of one of them. Adnan reviews the film and discusses Martin Scorsese's latest remarks on the state of cinema, where director said "Cinema Is Being Devalued by Content." Cinephile is welcome to speak with legendary comedian Louie Anderson, who joins the show to talk about his new movie "Coming 2 America" as well as his amazing career. Finally, in honor of "Supernova" the guys give their picks for the Mount Rushmore of Stanley Tucci Roles! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Daniel Kaluuya is fantastic as Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther Party in the new film "Judas and the Black Messaiah." This week on Cinephile, Adnan reviews the film along with Viggo Mortensen's directorial debut "Falling" and Ethan Hawke's new book "A Bright Ray of Darkness." He also recaps the best movies from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and takes a virtual tour of Joe Pesci's New Jersey home! And in honor of Viggo Mortensen, the guys give their picks for the 'Mount Rushmore of Polyglot Actors!' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lee Isaac Chung's critically acclaimed film "Minari" follows a Korean American family who moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. On this week's Cinepihle, Adnan reviews the touching film and give his thoughts on both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. He also speaks with film producer and director Joseph Mensch to talk about his new film "Payback." To honor the passing of actor (and proud Canadian!) Christopher Plummer, the guys give their picks for the "Mt. Rushmore of Christopher Plummer Movies!" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adnan reviews the new star-studded HBO thriller "The Little Things" starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto. He also reviews two classic films from 1997, "As Good As It Gets" and "Donnie Brasco." He also sits down to speak with legendary Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender as well as acclaimed rapper Joey Bada$$ to discuss their new short film "Two Distant Strangers," which is sure to garner a lot of buzz for this year's Academy Awards! In entertainment news, Cloris Leachman passed away at the age of 94 and Steven Spielberg wrote a touching letter about the persevering spirit of the movie theater experience. And as suggested by the listeners, Adnan and Joe give their picks for the 'Mt. Rushmore of Dustin Hoffman' films! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"Promising Young Woman" follows Carey Mulligan who plays a woman traumatized by a tragic event in her past, who seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path. This week on Cinephile, Adnan reviews the genre-bending film along with Martin Scorsese's Netflix mini-series profiling author Fran Lebowitz, "Pretend It's A City." In entertainment news, broadcasting legend Larry King passed away at the age of 87 over the weekend and the new James Bond film has been delayed for a third straight time. And in honor of "Promising Young Woman," the guys give their picks for the 'Best Female Revenge Movies!' All that and more on this week's Cinephile! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland" follows a woman who after losing everything in the Great Recession embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. This week, Adnan reviews the Frances McDormand led film that is sure to be a favorite to win Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. Adnan also reviews Tom Hanks' latest film "News of the World" and gives his list of the Top 10 movies from 2020! Plus, NY Post writer & critic Johnny Oleksinski joins the show to talk about some his favorite films from the past year and how he started his career as a film critic. In honor of "Nomadland" the guys give their picks for the Mt. Rushmore of Frances McDormand Movies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"Pieces of a Woman" follows the story a heartbreaking home birth that leaves a woman grappling with the emotional fallout which isolates her from her family and causes a chasm of grief. On this week's Cinephile, Adnan reviews the acclaimed Netflix film which is already generating a ton of Oscar buzz. He also reviews the wonderful new documentary "Time," which follows a woman as she campaigns for the release of her husband who is serving a 60-year prison sentence for a robbery. Adnan also speaks with director Lance Oppenheim about his new documentary "Some Kind of Heaven" that will leave you viewing retirement a little differently. And in honor of "Time," the guys give their picks for best prison movies ever made. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"One Night In Miami" marks Regina King's directorial debut and the film tells the story of a fictional meeting between Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X as they discuss the responsibility of being successful black men during the civil rights movement. The film is already garnering high praise among critics and is sure to be a contender at this year's Academy Awards. Adnan also reviews Steve McQueen's "Mangrove" and "Lovers Rock," which is a part of the director's "Small Axe Anthology" on Amazon Prime. In honor of Regina King the guys give their picks for the 'Mt. Rushmore of Movies Based on Plays." All that and more on this episode of Cinephile! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"Wonder Woman 1984" is the followup to the successful DC superhero movie starring Gal Gadot and much to the dismay of several prominent filmmakers, the movie premiered in select theaters as well as HBO Max over the weekend. Adnan reviews the film along with Pixar's "Soul" and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone." He also speaks with director Robert Jury about his fantastic indie flick "Working Man!" Bob discusses what it was like shooting the film on a short timeline and his experience working with actors Talia Shire & Peter Gerety. For this week's Mount Rushmore the guys give their picks for the Political Thrillers ever made! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adnan speaks with the writer and director of the new film "The Comeback Trail," George Gallo! George discusses what it was like to work with Robert De Niro again, the process of selling the script for "Midnight Run," and how he got started in Hollywood. It's a must-listen interview that you won't want to miss! Adnan also reviews Chadwick Boseman's final film "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" along with the Showtime documentary "Kingdom of Silence." Plus, the guys give their picks for the Mount Rushmore of Holiday Movies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adnan reviews what could be the best film of 2020, "Sound of Metal!" Riz Ahmed stars as a a heavy-metal drummer whose life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing. Adnan also discusses the new Michael J. Fox book "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality" and the 2009 documentary "For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism" Plus, Joe gives his review for a film that could give "Sound of Metal" some competition at the Oscars next year - "A Recipe For Seduction" - which is the epic collaboration between the Lifetime channel and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Finally, the guys give their picks for the Mt. Rushmore of Rock Band and Musician Movies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adnan interviews the director of the new film "Wander Darkly," Tara Miele! She's here to talk about how she came up with such an emotional story and what it was like to work with Sienna Miller and Diego Luna. Adnan also reviews David Fincher's new film "Mank" along with the Guy Ritchie film "The Gentlemen" and the Michael Shannon led drama "The Quarry." Plus, an update on the 2021 Oscars and Mario Lopez's greatest role yet - sexy Colonel Sanders. And in honor of "Mank" the guys give their picks for the Mount Rushmore of David Fincher Movies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adnan speaks writer David McKenna whose new film "Embattled" follows the son of a ruthlessly tough MMA champion. David shares what it was like writing the film and discusses his previous works "American History X" and "Blow." On this week's episode Adnan reviews the new Ron Howard film "Hillbilly Elergy," which has been widely panned by critics, and the guys give their picks for the Mt. Rushmore of Kevin Costner Movies! Where will Waterworld land on their list? Only one way to find out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Martin Pennington

Excellent pod, really enjoyed the content.

Nov 16th
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Jake Lopez

I love this show, I really enjoy his connection to my favorite ESPN shows...well show now (you don't get the show) now that Mike and Mike switched to that turd Wingo. More like dildo. Adnan is great.

Jan 4th
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