Episode 62: Friday the 13th (1980)

1980s, General Episodes, Halloween Month

It’s that time of year again! All October long, we will be devoting each episode to horror movies!

In the final installment of Fifth Opinion‘s second annual Halloween Month, we’re discussing the legendary slasher Friday the 13th. We talk about the film’s naturalistic cinematography, note how it is a progression from earlier slashers like Black Christmas and Halloween, and get confused about the rules of “Strip Monopoly.”

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Episode 61: Aftermath (1994), Genesis (1998), & The Abandoned (2006)

1990s, 2000s, Combo Episodes, General Episodes, Halloween Month

It’s that time of year again! All October long, we will be devoting each episode to horror movies!

In the third installment of this year’s Fifth Opinion Halloween Month, we’re talking about three films directed by the enigmatic Nacho Cerda: the short films Aftermath and Genesis, and the feature The Abandoned. We discuss how Aftermath visualizes the mentality of a rapist, disagree about the complexity of how Genesis explores grief, and clash over the successes and downfalls of The Abandoned.

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COMING NEXT WEEK: FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)

Episode 60: Stir of Echoes (1999)

1990s, General Episodes, Halloween Month

It’s that time of year again! All October long, we will be devoting each episode to horror movies!

In this episode, we debate David Koepp’s supernatural thriller Stir of Echoes. We disagree about the effectiveness of the direction, debate whether film is ever scary, and compare it to other films, such as The Sixth Sense and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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Episode 59: Halloween II (2009)

2000s, General Episodes, Halloween Month

It’s that time of year again! All October long, we will be devoting each episode to horror movies!

In the first installment of the second annual Halloween Month, we’re returning to Haddonfield for Rob Zombie’s Halloween II. We discuss how the film handles mental health, Zombie’s directorial aesthetic, and we go on a tangent about the implications and motivations of sadistic violence in modern film.

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COMING NEXT WEEK: STIR OF ECHOES (1999)

Episode 58: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

1970s, General Episodes

In this episode of Fifth Opinion, we’re talking about Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We discuss how the obsessive protagonist mirrors Spielberg himself, compare the film to other Spielberg movies (such as E.T. and A.I.), and expound on how the film expresses the meaning of life!

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COMING NEXT WEEK: HALLOWEEN II (2009)

Episode 57: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012)

2010s, General Episodes, Guest Appearances

In this episode, we are once again joined by Travis Bean of Film Colossus and Watching the Throne for the fifth and final Fifth Opinion Twilight installment: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. We engage in a lengthy debate about the film’s climactic battle sequence, discuss the levels of insanity throughout the movie, and finally lay out our rankings of the series.

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COMING NEXT WEEK: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

Episode 56: Jupiter Ascending (2015)

2010s, By Request, General Episodes

In this listener-requested episode of Fifth Opinion, we debate the merits of the Wachowskis’ bonkers blockbuster Jupiter Ascending. We discuss the personal journey the protagonist undergoes, the many elements of the narrative that mirror The Matrix, and Eddie Redmayne’s…uh…bold performance.

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COMING NEXT WEEK: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 (2012)

Episode 55: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)

2010s, General Episodes, Guest Appearances

In this week’s Fifth Opinion, we are joined by Travis Bean of Film Colossus and Watching the Throne for the penultimate installment of our adventures through the Twilight universe: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. We discuss the film’s unconventional pace and structure, the way characters are handled in “Young Adult” movies, and how the Twilight franchise does a better job than Marvel Studios at incorporating unique directors into its world.

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COMING NEXT WEEK: JUPITER ASCENDING (2015)

Episode 54: The Brown Bunny (2003)

2000s, General Episodes

In this episode of Fifth Opinion, we’re breaking down Vincent Gallo’s divisive sophomore feature, The Brown Bunny. We debate the film’s themes of masculinity and loneliness, touch on Gallo’s persona, and discuss how the film relates to The Twilight Zone episode “Come Wander with Me”.

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COMING NEXT WEEK: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 (2011)

Episode 53: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

2010s, General Episodes, Guest Appearances

In this week’s Fifth Opinion, we are once again joined by Travis Bean of Film Colossus and Watching the Throne to take on the third chapter of the Twilight series: Eclipse. We talk about the progression Bella, Jacob, and other characters, how David Slade’s style fits into the Twilight universe, and go on some pretty off-topic tangents about Harry Potter, Daredevil, Tom Hanks, and who knows what else.

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COMING NEXT WEEK: THE BROWN BUNNY (2003)