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Sunday, May 03rd, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Casey and Colleen are back once again, but you better buckle up because this is a rough episode! Our dynamic Duo take on 2013′s “House of Last Things”, and it’s a doozy.

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Hey guys! We’re still here! I know, I know, it’s been over a month. But, things have been busy in Casa de Fromage! But fear not, because we’re back to discuss everybody’s favorite phobia…Clowns! Also, the 2014 Direct to Video flick, “Clown”!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

A few days ago, the Internet erupted with speculation and reactions to a Hugh Jackman Instagram post in which he displayed his fists with Wolverine’s famous claws sticking out of one hand. The caption for the photo read “WOLVERINE… ONE LAST TIME. HJ,” naturally causing many to assume that the actor would be sheathing his claws, so to speak, and wrapping up his long-held role of X-Men figurehead Wolverine. Indeed, soon after the post went up, numerous sources confirmed this assumption: Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine in a sequel to “The Wolverine” in 2017, and thereafter be done with the role he’s held since 2000.

So what will we make of the longest-tenured Hollywood superhero when all’s said and done? To some extent, that will depend on the finale. Presumably, Wolverine will make at least a small appearance in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” coming in 2016, but the sequel to “The Wolverine” will really be an important last act. That’s particularly true considering the 2013 film received good, but not great reviews. In the meantime, however, a look back at the last 15 years reveals some pretty amazing work by Jackman.

For starters, he actually appeared in every single movie in the extensive X-Men franchise, according to the X-Men Wiki (and confirmed if you bother sifting through IMDB). That may sound obvious, but when you consider that X-Men movies have covered different timelines, entire groups of new characters, and a Wolverine spinoff that seemed to take the character in its own direction, it’s pretty remarkable that he was needed in every movie (even if his appearance in “X-Men: First Class” consists of only two choice words in an amusing cameo). All in all, that’s nine movies thus far, with two more to go, making Hugh Jackman far and away the most exposed superhero of the modern era, despite the popularity of characters like Spider-Man or The Avengers.

In the process, Jackman helped to reinforce Wolverine’s place as the single face of the extensive X-Men family of heroes. And that was never a guarantee. Consider The Avengers, for whom Captain America is (from a comic book perspective) supposed to be the lead protagonist. Well, as it happens, Robert Downey, Jr. is a bigger box office draw than Chris Evans, and the Iron Man movies are more popular than the Captain America ones. The result is that in the film, Iron Man has become the de facto face of The Avengers. The same could have happened with the X-Men, with big names like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, and even Jennifer Lawrence having been attached through the years.

And yet, Wolverine is still the face, and this fact is perhaps most evident in the video games industry. Just as the famous yellow-and-dark blue costuming of Wolverine from the comics (largely abandoned in the modern movies) is an iconic image on early arcade games, Jackman’s likeness has dominated modern X-Men games. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was arguably the worst movie in the franchise, and yet its game, featuring Jackman’s voice and likeness, got an aggregated 4/5 score at Metacritic. Meanwhile, the Betfair gaming platform features a number of different X-Men and Wolverine-related games, and Jackman’s image is there right alongside the cartoon version of Wolverine. In games featuring numerous X-Men, which generally take the place of icons on slot machine wheels, Jackman is front-and-center.

There’s also an argument to be made that Hugh Jackman gave us the purest form of a superhero in that he actually pulls off the reluctance associated with it. Generally speaking, popular superheroes are tortured individuals. With the possible exception of Iron Man, they fight evil because no one else can. After all, with great power comes great responsibility. And yet, most of them are also pulled back to it internally. Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne needs Batman to feel whole. Peter Parker needs Spider-Man to be someone who matters. Bruce Banner hates the Hulk, but the Hulk loves smashing things. Every hero feels the pull… except for Jackman’s Wolverine. This is a character who would genuinely prefer holing up in some bar in Australia getting drunk and being gruff. He rolls his eyes, complains, argues, and basically kicks and screams when he’s dragged into superhero duty. In a way, it makes him the most unique of the bunch.

As for the comparison to Batman—the hero perhaps most like Wolverine in his reluctance to keep fighting the good fight—Jackman, for his part, doesn’t see them on the same level. Quoted by Comicbook.com, he jokingly addressed the idea of a Wolverine vs. Batman film by saying it’d have to be a short, because Batman wouldn’t stand a chance!

All in all, it’s safe to say we’ll miss Jackman’s Wolverine.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Can you believe, two weeks in a row! That’s right, Casey and Colleen are back for a new episode of Cinema Fromage! This time around, we decided to spice things up a bit as we’re joined by our own mini-minion, our daughter Delaney!

We take some time to check out 2014′s “Suburban Gothic” starring Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings. With an outstanding cast and great sounding plot, does this little horror comedy live up to our own self imposed hype? There’s only one way to find out…. Tune in and listen!

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Friday, March 13th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Hey, we’re back! Can you believe it? This week, we step outside the horror confines and dip their toes into the world of fantasy with 1984′s “Ragewar” aka “The Dungeonmaster” with Richard Moll!

Would you like to help out the show? Your iTunes reviews and ratings help out more than anything! You can also reach out and say hi! We’ve had some great feed back so far, but we’re always open for more! To do so, you can send us email at cinemafromage@gmail.com, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

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Friday, February 20th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Phew, that title’s a mouthful, huh? 2009 brought us the independent and low budget “Kids Go to the Woods…Kids Get Dead”, an homage to slasher flicks and horror hosts. Find out how it fares as Casey and Colleen sit down to discuss!

Would you like to help out the show? Your iTunes reviews and ratings help out more than anything! You can also reach out and say hi! We’ve had some great feed back so far, but we’re always open for more! To do so, you can send us email at cinemafromage@gmail.com, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

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Friday, February 06th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Hey, who cut the cheese?

We did! Also, Verne Troyer. Verne Troyer also cut the cheese. And a few frat boys. That’s right, this week Colleen and I sit down to watch Verne in his new magnum opus….”Gnome Alone”! As you can imagine from the title….it’s something. It’s a movie at least! But don’t worry, we are here to watch it for you, so listen along to save yourself some pain!

Would you like to help out the show? Your iTunes reviews and ratings help out more than anything! You can also reach out and say hi! We’ve had some great feed back so far, but we’re always open for more! To do so, you can send us email at cinemafromage@gmail.com, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

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Friday, January 30th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Quit polishing your baton, ya dingus! It’s time for an all new Cinema Fromage! This week, Colleen and I prime our pom poms for the John Russo scripted slasher, “The Majorettes”! It’s…let’s just say it’s a special movie, with some unexpected twists and turns and highly unexpected turn of events! It doesn’t get much more 80′s than this join!

Here’s a heads up for ya on this episode: Colleen and I get REALLY excited to talk about this movie. It goes extra long, and extra in depth. So spoilers ahead! Be wary all ye who enter here!

Would you like to help out the show? Your iTunes reviews and ratings help out more than anything! You can also reach out and say hi! We’ve had some great feed back so far, but we’re always open for more! To do so, you can send us email at cinemafromage@gmail.com, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Pack it up , pack it in, let me begin!

I know, I know, it’s a lame joke. But in the light of “Evil Bong”, it definitely seems fitting! Colleen and I are big Tommy Chong fans, so it was with great excitement that dove into this Charles Band herbal remedy. It’s long been on our too watch list, it just never quite made it to the DVD player. But now, it has! Does it live up to our ‘high’ hopes? There’s only one way to find out! Pack up your podcast bowl and give it a spark and take a nice long hit of The Cinema Fromage!

Would you like to help out the show? Your iTunes reviews and ratings help out more than anything! You can also reach out and say hi! We’ve had some great feed back so far, but we’re always open for more! To do so, you can send us email at cinemafromage@gmail.com, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

Over Bloody Good Horror, I sat down with my co-host Charlie and our good friend Andy for an all new Episode of The Instomatic!

If you’re not familiar with The Instomatic, once or twice a month Charlie and I get together to discuss a movie that’s available on Netflix Instant Watch. If it’s not obvious, I’m a big fan of movies and the service! For this show, we like to change things up so the one big rule is…we don’t cover horror. We figure it’s a good change of pace and keeps everybody on their toes. Plus, I like to remind you all that I”m not just a one note show!

At any rate, for this episode we’re joined by Andy, a long time staff writer over at BGH and a long time fill in on the BGH Podcast. He’s always a lot of fun and always makes for good conversation with Charlie and I! This time around, we’re talking about the excellent Seann William Scott dramedy, “Goon” and it makes for a good discussion.

Head over to the Bloody Good Horror feed and check out the show!

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