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Monday, January 05th, 2015 | Author: Casey Criswell

As you may have guessed, these days my main bread and butter in the blogo-fandom-geek-O-sphere is heavily concentrated in the Podcast field. Let’s just say, I’ve found a niche, people seem to like me there and I have a hell of a lot of fun with it! So, going forward I’ll be using Cinema Fromage here to not only promote our excellent Cinema Fromage Podcast, but I’ll be using it as a central location for all of my projects that exist now, and ones I have in the pipe coming in the future!

To kick things off, if you haven’t been following along, we’ve just released the 40th episode of our Monthly Hammer Horror Podcast over at 1951 Down Place where we discuss Hammer’s 1962 take on “Phantom of the Opera”. While it’s not my favorite take on “Phantom”, nor even my favorite Terrence Fisher flick, it makes for some good conversation between Derek, Scott and myself, which hopefully translates to a fun podcast for you all!

So, be sure to check out what we’ve been publishing over at

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 | Author: Casey Criswell

Something lurks in the deep dark woods and since Eduardo Sanchez is directing, you’d think it would be a witch. But no…not this time. It’s something a whole lot bigger! It’s Christmas Eve, so why not join Casey and Colleen for a discussion of Exists!

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, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

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Friday, December 12th, 2014 | Author: Casey Criswell

It’s been awhile since Colleen and I hosted a party, so we figured that since it was the holidays, why not have one now! Except, it got out of hand. It turned into a …MURDER PARTY! That’s right, this week Coll and I sit down to watch 2007′s “Murder Party” directed by “Blue Ruin” director Jeremy Saulnier with an appearance by “Blue Ruin” star Macon Blair. Does it live up to the team’s follow up flick? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

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Friday, December 05th, 2014 | Author: Casey Criswell

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to dig back into our favorite pastime, cheesy movies! With this weeks selection “Wolfcop”, we certainly made sure to fit that criteria. With a tagline like ‘Here comes the fuzz”, for a movie about a cop…named Lou Garou…who’s also a werewolf, how could we pass it up?

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, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

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Friday, November 21st, 2014 | Author: Casey Criswell

Winter has gripped the midwest rather early this year and guess what…it sucks! So what does any couple with questionable taste in movies do in such a situation? They head to summer camp, of course! Summer Camp with Reggie Bannister no less!

This week, Casey and Colleen are heading to “Bloody Bloody Bible Camp” with Reggie and Gi Gi Bannister and Ron Jeremy! It’s a low budget splatter fiesta that packs bloody decent entertainment!

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, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

Until next time, enjoy the episode and remember to keep your cheese refrigerated!

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Friday, November 14th, 2014 | Author: Casey Criswell

It’s Friday, that means it’s time for an all new episode of the Cinema Fromage podcast! Since Winter has arrived early this year, Casey and Colleen figured what better time to head out to the old swimming hole for some sun, fun and toxic zombie beavers? There’s never a bad season for toxic zombie beavers!

All the same, this is an exciting episode as with a title like “Zombeavers”, this is a movie in the true spirit of Cinema Fromage. So sit back, grab some sunscreen and a beer or three and enjoy our new episode!

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, or you can hit up Casey and Colleen over on twitter!

Until next time, enjoy the episode and remember to keep your cheese refrigerated!

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Friday, November 07th, 2014 | Author: Casey Criswell

Colleen and I heard a lot of buzz around “The Houses October Built”, to which we honestly ignored at first. But the comments kept coming in, so we tracked down the trailer. Let me tell you; “Houses” has a fantastic trailer! We found it pretty chilling and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have dreams last night about that porcelain girl doing her freaky scream in the RV.

The big question is, does “Houses October Built” live up to the hype and the excellent trailer? Well I can tell you now…I’m not going to tell you here! No, you’re going to have to tune in to the scintillating second episode of The Cinema Fromage Podcast to find out!

Luckily for you, you have a few ways to do just that. You can head over to Podomatic and give us a listen if you’d like, or you can tune in on the nifty web player embedded below! And now, unlike our first episode, you can find us on iTunes! So be sure to head over there and subscribe so you never miss out on an exciting episode!

As always, we love to hear your feedback! We’ve already gotten some great feedback from our first episode! Thanks for that. It makes us feel kind of special. If you would like to get in touch with us, feel free to email us at You can also reach us on twitter! Casey can be found here and Colleen can be found here!

So until next time, we thank you for listening to Cinema Fromage! And always remember, We Watch Crap, So You Don’t Have To.

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Friday, October 31st, 2014 | Author: Casey Criswell

After a long, long, loooong time away, Cinema Fromage is back in an all new way! That’s right, my lovely wife and I have teamed up once again to bring our old Midnight Muenster podcast back from the dead! Only this time, we’re calling it Cinema Fromage in the spirit of the films we plan to cover. That’s right, our new show will be dedicated to all things cheesy as we dive into the depths of B-Movie and direct to video horror!

In our first episode, we decided to revisit one of Colleen’s favorite horror movie icons, Robert Englund. He’s back in a new film called The Last Showing and we’re here to tell you all about it!

Enjoy our first episode, we’ll be following up with new ones soon! If you’d care to share your feedback, movie suggestions or just say hi, feel free to email us at! You can also find Colleen on twitter here or Casey on twitter here if you’d prefer that route! Either way, we’d love to hear from you!

Without further adieu, you can check out Cinema Fromage Episode 1, over on Podomatic or on iTunes!

Cinema Fromage Episode 1 – “The Last Showing” on Podomatic

Cinema Fromage is now on itunes! Be sure to subscribe here!

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Monday, September 23rd, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

Last night was the Emmy awards and, well, I…don’t really care! I still enjoy TV a heck of a lot though! So, I figured I’d throw out my own personal Emmy award list with four shows that have really caught my attention this summer. There’s no limousines or fancy dresses though, in case you were excited about that.

I’ll freely admit that when I first added scheduled “Broadchurch” to record, it was completely site unseen and due solely to the fact that David Tennant starred in it. Let’s face it; he was a great Doctor Who and a good actor in general from what little I had seen of him outside of the Doctor. I really wanted to see if he could separate himself from the character and shine without the special effects.
Guess what…he really can!

“Broadchurch” is about as far flung from science fiction as you can get, giving us gripping drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat and emotionally floored at time. It’s dark and brooding, as is Tennant’s character and it all flows together so well. The show follows the exact formula of AMC’s “The Killing”, an entire season spent on the investigation of one crime. While “The Killing” itself was pretty great, I’d dare say that “Broadchurch” executes the formula even better. There are so many solid side characters, all with great performances, and the mystery is written so well that it’s taken most of the season to be able to form a solid guess as to ‘who-done-it’.

While I wouldn’t call the ending of each episode a cliff hanger, every episode of “Broadchurch” finishes off with a heavy emotional gut punch that leaves you chomping at the bit for the next episode. Not because you want to see what happens next, but more because you need to.

I had never even heard of “The League” until I saw it pop up on Netflix. Once I became aware of it, I started catching snippets of people talking about it in their usual haunts. Late last week, a friend mentioned that Seth Rogen shows up in it at a later date, so I started to be come curious. I mean, I’ve played fantasy football, I like crude humor and I’m an unabashed Seth Rogen fan. I figured it was something I needed to watch, so Friday night I had some spare time and was caught up on the DVR so I decided to check out the pilot. This morning, I watched the first episode of Season 1 before heading out to work.

In a nut shell, “The League” is hilarious. It’s crude humor, quite offensive at times, but the cast is made up of a great group of lesser known actors and comedians. They all play perfectly off each other and makes for a lot of eye watering hilarity. The tag of “The League” being about Fantasy Football shouldn’t turn you off. It is indeed about Dungeons and Dragons for Jocks, but there’s so much more to it. You don’t need to know anything about Fantasy Football to get the jokes, as they’re most there for setting. The real fun comes with how this group lays into each other with the taunting and slams that I”m sure all of us can connect with in our own friendships. When you find out Katie Aselton can be just as crude and crass as the guys, it gets even funnier. Jon Lajoie’s songs are just icing on the cake here.

“Siberia” has been one of the biggest surprises of the summer season. If you are a horror fan, you really should have been watching this one. The setup is akin to “The Blair Witch” in the way it is presented and used the first person point of view to great effect. Pair this with the fact that these people are on a “Survivor” style reality show and you realize that you’ve been thinking “What If…?” while watching “Survivor” longer than you would have thought.

While the show is far from terrifying, it flows far better than Oren Peli’s attempt at bringing the first person gimmick to TV in “The River”. The editing is well done and works to fool you into believing the reality show setup. Once it starts to flow, it serves to make you feel like you’re uncovering the mystery right along with the contestants that are stuck in the wilds of Siberia. And again, “Siberia” is never really terrifying, but it is confusing, mysterious and creepy all the same. It’s a nice change from the usual attempts at abject terror that this little sub-genre aims for. Plus, the writers lean heavily on historical events, to the extent that actual footage from said historical events show up in later episodes. As a TV viewer, this makes everything even more fun as you sit and try and theorize as to what’s happening here. The show is one part “Blain Witch”, one part “Lost”. Let’s just hope they don’t wind up in Purgatory. I hate when the writers cop-out with Purgatory in these types of shows.

Simply put, “Longmire” is one of my favorite shows on television. While I don’t mind westerns, I don’t consider myself a die hard fan. “Longmire” mixes just enough cowboy with modern sensibilities to make this show a blast. Really, the stories in this show are second to the characters themselves. Walt Longmire is total badass with a humble streak that makes him the polar opposite of Raylan Givens. His past is dark and murky and he’s so humble you can’t help but like him. Lou Diamond Phillips was a bit forced in the first season as Walt’s indian friend, but he’s found his stride in season 2 and really feels like an integral part of the show. Katie Sackhoff is tough as nails, yet endearing. Ferg is a bumbling deputy, but lovable. Branch, Walt’s antagonist is grating and infuriating by design and he carries off the roll well. Even the bad guys are great.

Story wise, “Longmire” is no slouch though. Based off the Craig Johnson novels of the same name, the episodes contain fluid dialog and non-sappy drama. The mysteries are well balanced and well told, with over arching mysteries that grow from season to season. It’s kind of like the “X Files” without the aliens and monsters!

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Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

There once was a song, I’m sure you’re all familiar with it. The verse went something like, “What once was lost, now is found.” Such is my life as a fan of film. The once was, a man who loved to explore the filmscape in search of random treasures, treading through the mire of filth that once happens upon in such a search, and enjoying every smelly kernel of the trip. That film fan was lost though. He became swamped, overwhelmed with the act of keeping up and worrying about things he shouldn’t, such of fans and stats. Said man took a hiatus; he left to find himself, to locate that fan that once lay within him that he celebrated daily. The hunt took some time, but that film fan of old, now is found. The film fan stumbled upon a time where he could once again sit and enjoy a movie because the poster looked cool, of the cast impressive. He apologized to his circle of friends, hoped they would welcome him back and maybe he settled back in, things would go back to the way they once were. Let’s hope the reunion goes better for our intrepid film fan than it did for Yul Perkins in “Hit & Run”.

In my time away, I’d seen trailers for “Hit & Run”. It looked weird; I mean, it featured Bradley Cooper in White Man Dreads! That’s certainly an attention grabber. It also had a cast that caught my eye. I’ve long been fan of Kristen Bell since her days on “Veronica Mars” and Dax Sheppard’s always been hilarious. Knowing that they are real life ‘life partners’ as well, the idea of them working together on screen was a draw. The plot seemed odd enough to be something different, Dax Sheppard plays a former getaway driver who is in witness protection after ratting out is former gang, then falls in love with Kristen Bell in is newly adopted town. Her job situation lands her an interview in L.A., the very town that Dax is sworn to stay out of for his own safety. Thankfully, the contrived setup and stellar supporting cast combined to make a road movie that was at the same time hilarious, rather engrossing and a bit action packed. Really, it all fit together to make a really good story.

As I said, I’ve always found Dax Sheppard to be a solid actor. He’s proven his comedy chops in flicks like “Idiocracy” and he’s proven his more dramatic side on TV’s “Parenthood”. Here in “Hit & Run” he manages to put together a solid character that has a few facets to it. You know he’s done something wrong, yet you still find yourself cheering for him throughout the film. At times, you feel sorry for him and at others, you’re confident he’s going to win the day. He makes a character that’s easy for we the viewers to connect with, which is essential for this type of film. Kristen Bell plays well off of Sheppard. She’s sweet and innocent and you can understand where her frustrations come from when they arrive. You’re engaged throughout her and Sheppard’s ups and downs. Despite Bell’s solid performance though, you find yourself sticking with the film for Sheppard. Seeing as he directed the film, in addition to starring in it, it’s nice to see him stand out so well.

While the main plot of “Hit and Run” was its solid and true story telling, what made this movie so enjoyable for me was the supporting cast. With out this crew, the hilarity of the movie would not rank so high. Tom Arnold, believe it or not, is a scene stealer. His moments are all over the top, but honestly, what would you expect from Tom? Watching him ghost ride his mini van while discharging his fire arm was enough to bring out some loud laughter. When you find out after this fact that he’s actually a US Marshall? Even better. There are some other stalwarts that show up here, such as Kristen Chenowith and Sean Hayes, all of which are great in the short scenes they show up for, helping to round out the movie quite well. Seeing Bradley Cooper play against his stereo type was a nice change. Though his performance was nothing particularly mind blowing, it was a nice change from Mr. Hunky Leading man.

In the end? “Hit & Run” was easy to dismiss form the trailers alone, and I don’t think it fared very well in the box office. The marketing push was short, so I’m not surprised if most readers hear about it and say, “Oh, I remember that flick, Bradley Cooper in dreads…” Thanks to Neflix streaming though, you can go back and give it a watch and I think you’ll find it well worth your time.

So for now, your long lost film blogger bids you a fond adieu. He can’t really say if he’s back full time, or even regularly. He can say that he’s starting to feel his oats once again and that the time away has done him well. The landscape of movie geekdom looks mysterious and new once again, instead of stale and frustrating as it once was. If you’re feeling froggy, he’ll be happy to have your company on the journey once again.