'Morning AMp' hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams bring the Reel Critic Reggie Ponder and Indie Movie critic Matt Fagerholm in the studio early during the awards season and get their expert analysis of the potential winners and losers in all categories. From films like The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle to Inside Llewyn Davis nothing will be left out. As a bonus, Holiday movies will also be thrown into their discussion!
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.’
Comedian and writer for The Whiskey Journal, Tim Barnes talks to ‘Morning Amp’ host Molly Adams about the trend of “instant biopics” that are being made in Hollywood.
With the announcement that 20th Century Fox is already developing a movie about William Ulbricht, the accused kingpin of the Internet drug market Silk Road that was shut down last month, Intern Tim Barnes looks at the rising trend of the “instant biopic” and why Hollywood won’t let history breathe a bit.
Film Critic Reggie Ponder calls in to discuss his opinion on the critique of new releases.
Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic joins Molly Adams and guest host Luis Perez in the studio to talk about the week’s box office results and review some upcoming features. Reggie reviews the creepy, sci-fi bildungsroman thriller Ender’s Game and the more mainstream buddy film, Best Man Holiday.
These movies [like Ender’s Game] become so expensive these days […] how much do you spend to make money?[It took] one hundred and ten million dollars to do this movie. it really looked good by the way, but for one hundred and ten million I’m like ‘wow’, so to this day internationally this movie has only made sixty-one million […] I am concerned, they can say they were number one at the box office but what about the one hundred and ten million dollars. […] It is the going price [of contemporary sci-fi movies] but my concern is, Will this movie have enough steam to make it the long haul?” - Reggie Ponder
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.
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.
Reggie Ponder a.k.a The Reel Critic joins Molly Adams and Brian Babylon on the Morning Amp to give his weekly movie reviews. In this week’s segment Ponder offers insight on movies from Best Man 2 to Gravity as well as some unpopular opinions about Sandra Bullock.
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.
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.
“When you get to the ending, you say c’mon…For me it’s an entertaining film, it’s fun, it’s somewhat scary, but it’s not a full price movie. It’s something worth seeing at the Matinee… It’s better than Superman.” - Reggie Ponder
Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon on the Morning AMp and took on the zombie epic, World War Z and Pixar’s next entry into the sequel market, Monsters University.
“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.
Every Friday on the AMp, we talk to our film critic, Reggie Ponder about box office hits and misses.
This week, he called host Molly Adams and co-host Jill Hopkins and gave his review on Tyler Perry produced film “Peeples” and Baz Luhrmann’s “Gatsby”. Although the timing of Peeples, a movie surrounding a’meet the parents’ narrative, was appropriate for Mother’s Day Weekend, Reggie recommends that audiences should wait until the DVD releases to watch it rather than spend money in the theaters. Besides the story line being too cliche ( with the mimicking of the Meet the Parents story line), he felt that the movie was trying too hard to be funny and it took quite an effort to make the movie work which left him feeling disappointed.
On the other hand, “Gatsby” received a better review from Reggie. If you haven’t read the book, The Great Gatsby, not to fear. Toby Maguire - who plays the main character, Nick Carroway - narrates the entire film exactly from the book itself, so it will be easy to follow. The visuals, colors, costuming, and overall landscape in the movie were impressive enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen, and Reggie said that Leonardo DiCaprio and Carrie Mulligan’s multi-layered relationship with each other and with other characters were captivating alone. The only complaint? How Baz Luhrmann incorporated modern hip hop music (including music by Jay-Z, Beyonce and Andrew 3000) into the movie’s soundtrack which threw Reggie off and rather than supplementing the film, it became distracting. Despite split reviews from other film critics about the movie, Reggie gave this movie a 3.5 out of a possible 5 reels and recommends every one to check it out!
“I believe this movie got made because of the Hangover phenomenon. The Hangover Phenomenon is that everything is crazy and everything is outrageous. And this time we have an outrageous story that’s true.” - Reggie Ponder on the new film, Pain and Gain.
Matt Fagerholm andReggie Ponder join hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in the studio to talk all things movies. Matt reports back from an Ebert-less EbertFest and reviews Cannes favorite, Mud, starring the new king of indies, Matthew McConaughey.
Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic reviews Michael Bay’s action-comedy Pain and Gain starring the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg and talks about the winners and losers at the box office.
Reggie Ponder reviews the latest film from the franchise that just won’t die: “A Good Day to Die Hard.” Even though he predicts the movie will make a lot of money (especially internationally), he recommends waiting to see it on cable.
Reggie also reviews the supernatural teenage love story, “Beautiful Creatures.” Though the film is not for everyone, Reggie says it’s clever and well done.