Reggie ‘The Reel Critic’ Ponder calls in to chat with ‘Morning AMp’ hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about Hollywood and new releases.
Ponder breaks down the box office returns and takes on Vince Vaughn’s latest experimental foray into our definitions of kinfolk and love in The Delivery Man. They also discuss current movie hits including: ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘Thor,’ and ‘The Best Man Holiday.’
Film critics Matt Fagerholm and Reggie Ponder talked in the studio with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about new releases and the art of scary movies. Matt put a special focus on independent features, and since Halloween is near, they take a look at the best horror of the year (Matt says *not* Carrie). And the big question: What is your favorite non-horror genre scary movie?
Brian revealed that ‘The Color Purple’ horrifies him.
Comedian Beth Stelling, back in town until Sunday, and the one and only Mary Hollis Inboden (Boss) joined us to cut up the news we missed this week. The conversation consists of top flicks from the horror genre, movies that are disturbing but not classified as horror films, and of course comedy. Catch Beth Stelling this weekend at Zanies Chicago everyday this weekend.
Morning AMp intern and ‘The Whiskey Journal’ contributor Tim Barnes debuts his new segment “What Is Hip?” by explaining to hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams how slavery is the newest trend in Hollywood. Tim described the success of films like ‘The Help’ and ‘Django Unchained’ as a sign to movie producers that there is money to be made by tackling civil rights issues in theaters. He also interviewed moviegoers before and after watching the new release ‘12 Years a Slave’ which depicts the true life story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was forced into slavery.
Reggie Ponder (thereelcritic.com) calls in to update hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about what’s going on in the film industry. There was a major showdown between Brian and Reggie over their opposing views on the high grossing film ‘Gravity.’ Other major topics include new releases ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Machete Kills,’ and ‘Captain Phillips.’ They discuss the impact ’12 Years a Slave’ will have on popular culture, and weigh the importance of having such films made.
Reggie "The Reel Critic" Ponder Joins the AMp to Give An Update On All Things Film!
Host Molly Adams and guest host Ernest Wilkins (Chicago Red Eye) are joined by film critic Reggie Ponder (The Reel Critic) to discuss the recent box office hits and flops. Reggie was overly excited that regular host Brian Babylon wasn’t in the studio due to their opposing views on the succesful film ‘Gravity.’ Reggie explains why he considers it a “matinee movie,” despite the fact that it’s getting great rating overall.
Host Molly Adams and guest host Allison Cuddy (WBEZ’s arts and culture reporter) preview upcoming independent releases as well as the Chicago International Film Fest and Reeling, Chicago’s LGBT film fest with Matt Fagerholm (Chicago Film Critics Association member) and Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic. They discuss race and politics in film, as well as the box office heavy hitters.
This weekend the third annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival kicks off. Abhinav Tiawri, director of opening night film Oass, Braydon Yoder, director of Breakdown, and Archana Jain from the festival organization joined the AMp hosts in studio this morning as they discussed the topic of South Asian Cinema and how i’s both different and similar to the western film culture. One important point that was brought up in the conversation was that South Asian cinema is typically not huge on documentaries, so if a film maker wants to send out a powerful message it’s typically done in a feature film. If you are interested in checking out the film festival or would like additional information, visit their website!
Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic prepped the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning for Oscar season as Insidious: Chapter 2 is released this weekend. They also took a look at the box office returns and get into other movie gossip and robust critiques.
Our movie critic Reggie Ponder joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams as they looked at last week’s box office, where Brian correctly predicted The Butler would come in #1 for a third week, and reviewed Riddick, the second sequel to arise out of Pitch Black. Seen any good movies recently? Reggie, along with Vocalo caller and listener Christine, recommends every one go out and see Riddick this weekend if you have not yet.
"I think that is one of the purposes of independent films… to tell stories that you wouldn’t ordinarily go watch or hear about." - Reggie Ponder
Critics Matt Fagerholm and Reggie Ponder joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon for our monthly film wrap-up with a focus on independent releases, like Fruitvale Station, a uniquely structured dramatization of the death of Oscar Grant. Also reviewed: White House Down, In the Family, Man of Steel, and our negative feelings about Pacific Rim.
“I laughed…But I cried that I had to sit through this film.” - The Reel Critic Reggie Ponder, on the cringe-worthy Hangover 3.
Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic joins Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in the studio to talk about the box office results and their love of the new Star Trek film. Reggie then reviews some of the movies in a sequel-packed opening weekend, including Hangover 3 and Fast & Furious 6.
Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic has the latest movie news, from box office results to new reviews. He joins hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in the studio to talk about the surprising success of The Great Gatsby and the disappointing results for Tyler Perry’s Peeples at the box office. Reggie then reviews the latest Star Trek film: Star Trek into Darkness.
This week, Reggie Ponder talks box officer winners and losers, and explains why the highly anticipated “Oz the Great and Power,” though imaginative and visually stunning, is “not a classic.” Reggie also reviews the new Colin Farrell film, “Dead Man Down,” and Brian can’t seem to get past Terrence Howard’s “one gear.”
Reggie and Molly also bring a little Feminist Wednesday to the critique of “Oz.” Here’s what Reggie has to say on the subject:
“The biggest problem I have with this is that he was a woman-wooer. And these witches swooned to him when he came to Oz. For me, it made them less powerful, less memorable, and it kind of destroyed the movie for me….The swooning made them weak and shallow.”