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CLASSICS: Gigi

Apr 14, 2021

It's Oscar season and Front Row Classics is taking a look at the Best Picture winner of 1958: Gigi. The movie was the winner of our Best Picture poll on our Facebook page back in February. This original film musical won 9 Oscars and is famous for its melodic score and gorgeous sets & costumes. Yet, our hosts explore the outdated plot and archaic themes which hold the film back from aging well. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric for what may be our most polarizing episode yet.

CLASSICS: Ben-Hur

Mar 24, 2021

We've got a bonus episode for our listeners this month! Just in time for Easter, Front Row Classics brings you Ben-Hur. Brandon and Eric break down the landmark biblical epic that won a record-setting 11 Oscars. The hosts discuss the mammoth production, including the legendary performance of Charlton Heston in the lead role. We also focus on the long and storied history of the production behind the film. A large portion of the episode is devoted to the chariot race, which remains one of the greatest action sequences in film history.  

Full Disclosure: Nomadland

Mar 17, 2021

Join us on our Oscar Spotlight- Full Disclosure breakdown of the critically acclaimed Nomadland. This movie has been on a tear during the movie award season, winning loads of awards with its minimalist approach. While this movie has been a critical darling, it has been divisive amongst the Front Row Network hosts. Give this episode a listen and see what side of the experience you fall.

Featuring: Brandon Davis, Ryan Lootens, Steve Sykes, and Jay Hoffman

The Front Row Network: https://linktr.ee/frontrownetwork

Classics: High Noon

Mar 10, 2021

Front Row Classics returns to examine one of the most popular and critically acclaimed westerns ever made. High Noon might even be better categorized as a suspense thriller set in the Old West. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to examine the themes of loyalty, cowardice and standing up for what is right.

Classics: High Noon

Mar 10, 2021

Front Row Classics returns to examine one of the most popular and critically acclaimed westerns ever made. High Noon might even be better categorized as a suspense thriller set in the Old West. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to examine the themes of loyalty, cowardice and standing up for what is right.

CLASSICS: Patton

Mar 3, 2021

CLASSICS: His Girl Friday

Feb 18, 2021

CLASSICS: Annie Hall

Feb 7, 2021

Front Row Classics is heading back to the 1970s this month. We're looking at the Best Picture winner of 1977, Annie Hall. This influential romantic comedy was a break through in modern movie making and still casts a giant shadow today. Flashback's Erin McCabe joins Brandon and Eric to discuss the many aspects of the performances, script and the complexity of viewing a Woody Allen film in 2021.

Flashbacks: Fargo

Jan 22, 2021

CLASSICS: City Lights

Jan 20, 2021

Front Row Classics is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's 1931 masterwork, City Lights. Join Brandon and Eric as they pay tribute to Chaplin's genius in a film that's still funny and heartwarming nearly a century later. Topics include: the precision of some of Chaplin's greatest comedic set pieces and the world events surrounding the film. The hosts also discuss the importance of going back and watching silent movies

Just when we thought we were out, they pull us back in! Brandon and Lou are back to talk about The Godfather saga one last time as we discuss Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. After 30 years, Francis Ford Coppola offers up a new version of The Godfather: Part III. We get into all the changes and which version we prefer.

Featuring Lou Hare & Brandon Davis

CLASSICS: The Sound of Music

Jan 2, 2021

CLASSICS: The Great Race

Dec 23, 2020

CLASSICS: Auntie Mame

Dec 5, 2020

Front Row Classics is celebrating Noirvember this month with a very special guest. The "Czar of Noir", Eddie Muller joins Brandon and Eric to celebrate the Film Noir genre. Eddie is a celebrated author, film historian and is the host of Turner Classic Movies' Noir Alley. The interview covers the history of noir as well as discussion of modern and classic examples of the genre. We encourage our listeners to also visit The Film Noir Foundation's website to see how you can get involved in preserving film history.

www.filmnoirfoundation.org/

Classics: Spartacus

Nov 6, 2020