Friday, March 27, 2009

We’ve Relaunched!


We are Hermophobia no more.

As the podcast has evolved into something different that it was when we started, we have chosen to reflect that change by launching a new site and taking a new name.

we are now

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Films


We are now doing two podcasts a week; one being a weekly discussion of current movie and video news and reviews, the second continuing our exploration of individual years in film.

Ross has joined the site and has been continuing to inject things with his insight and film knowledge, as well as regularly contributing written reviews of both video and theatrical releases.

Everyone is contributing blog posts as well…

We are having a great time starting over, so come join us! (Oh, and making comments is even easier than ever too! ¦¬))

Thank you for supporting Hermophobia, and we hope to hear from you at too!



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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hermophobia #30: The Movies of 1982 – Part Two

Mark, Ross & Allen further explore the films of 1982 in a new segment they call “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” which causes some debate about what was really a bad film in 1982. (It seems Allen liked a lot of “ugly” movies!)


New Segment: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly GBU

The Good: Movies that didn’t  make our Top 5 lists,  but not necessarily #6 - #10 either. These are good films that deserve some attention for one reason or another.

The Bad: These could be films that fell short of their potential, or something else altogether – a bad soundtrack, a poor performance, a terrible trend… or perhaps just a guilty pleasure we acknowledge is not a good movie.

The Ugly: The worst of the worst! U-G-L-Y, it ain’t got no alibi!


discussed in this episode:

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in 1982
  • Our Top 5 films of 1982


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Monday, March 2, 2009

Hermophobia #29: The Movies of 1982 – Part One

Mark, Allen and Ross take a look at the films of 1982 and discover that it was a great year for movies! … and a great time was had talking about them. Enjoy!


discussed in this episode:

  • A Brief Talk about the 2008 Oscars
  • The Top 20 Films of 1982
  • How Gay Was 1982?
  • The Stars of 1982
  • The Directors of 1982


Coming Next: The Movies of 1982 – Part Two


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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hermophobia #28: The Movies of 1973 – Part Two

Mark, Allen and Ross finish talking about the films of 1973.

The Movies of 1973

discussed in this episode

  • The stars of 1973
  • The Directors of 1973
  • Mark, Allen and Ross’ Top 5 of 1973


Siskel & Ebert’s Top 10 of 1973

Gene Siskel Roger Ebert

1. The Emigrants/The New Land
2. Last Tango in Paris             
3. The Exorcist                    
4. Cries and Whispers              
5. The Day of the Jackal           
6. The Last of Sheila              
7. The Day of the Dolphin          
8. American Graffiti               
9. Sisters
10. The Long Goodbye

1. Cries and Whispers
2. Last Tango in Paris
3. The Emigrants/The New Land
4. Blume in Love
5. The Iceman Cometh
6. The Exorcist
7. The Day of the Jackal
8. American Graffiti
9. Fellini's Roma
10. The Friends of Eddie Coyle


Coming Next: 1982


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Monday, February 16, 2009

Hermophobia #27: The Movies of 1973 – Part One

Ross has joined Team Hermo, and he, Mark and Allen Talk about the films of 1973… and Allen never received a prize!!!

We have adjusted the line-up to get the podcast back to a digestible length. Enjoy!

The movies of 1973


discussed in this episode

  • The Top 10 Grossing Films of 1973
  • This Year in Ridley Scott History
  • Over-rated Films of 1973
  • Under-rated Films of 1973
  • The 1973 Oscars


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Coming Up Next: The Films of 1973 – Part Two


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Monday, February 9, 2009

Hermophobia #26: Science Fiction & Fantasy Films – Part Two

Mark, Allen & Ross continue their discussion of Science Fiction films of the the last 40 years. Long as the podcast is, there was still material that was not covered! Perhaps there will be a follow-up someday…


discussed in this episode:

  • Sci-Fi in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s
  • Over-rated Sci-Fi Flix
  • Under-rated Sci-Fi Flix
  • Mark, Allen and Ross’ Top 5 Science Fiction Films


Coming Next: 1973


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Monday, February 2, 2009

Hermophobia #25: Science Fiction & Fantasy Films – Part One

Mark & Allen are joined by Ross in this first end-of-cycle special focusing on Science Fiction and Fantasy Films.



discussed in this episode: 

  • What is, or defines, a Science Fiction Movie?
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Sci-Fi & Fantasy in the 25 Top Grossing Films
  • Sci-fi: Not taken serious in critical and awards circles - Taken very seriously by fans
  • Sci-Fi Franchises

Big Thanks to Ross for participating in the podcast and bringing his wealth of film knowledge to the table. We are looking forward to more collaborations with him and hoping he will become a regular part of the podcast.

Next Week: Science Fiction & Fantasy Films – Part Two

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hermophobia #24: The Movies of 2005 - Part Two

Mark & Allen continue talking (and talking, and talking…) about the films of 2005



discussed in this episode:

  • Remakes
  • Stars of 2005
  • Directors of 2005
  • Horror Flicks of 2005
  • Drama


Ebert & Roper

Roger Ebert

Richard Roeper

1. Crash
2. Syriana
3. Munich
4. Junebug
5. Brokeback Mountain
6. Me and You and Everyone We Know
7. Nine Lives
8. King Kong
9. Yes
10. Millions

1. Syriana    
2. The New World    
3. Crash    
4. Munich    
5. Nine Lives    
6. Capote    
7. Brokeback Mountain    
8. A History of Violence    
9. Walk the Line    
10. The 40-Year-Old Virgin



Oscar Winners & Nominees


Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck, Munich


Howl's Moving Castle, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride


Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow, Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line, David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck


Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents, Felicity Huffman in Transamerica, Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice, Charlize Theron in North Country


Matt Dillon in Crash, Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man, Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain, William Hurt in A History of Violence

RACHEL WEISZ in The Constant Gardener

Amy Adams in Junebug, Catherine Keener in Capote, Frances McDormand in North Country, Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain

ANG LEE for Brokeback Mountain

George Clooney for Good Night, and Good Luck, Paul Haggis for Crash, Bennett Miller for Capote, Steven Spielberg for Munich


  • Over-rated &/or Best Forgotten Films of 2005
  • Over-looked, Under-rated & Forgotten films of 2005
  • Mark & Allen’s Top 5 of 2005


Coming Next:



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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hermophobia #23: The Movies of 2005 - Part One

Mark & Allen talk about the films (and mediocrity) of 2005



 discussed in this episode:

  • The Top 20 Grossing Movies of 2005
  • Our Friends’ Films
  • Comedy Movies of 2005
  • Sci-Fi & Comic Book Adaptations of 2005
  • Action Movies of 2005

Coming Next: 2005 Part II

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Hermophobia #22: The eemo-Homo-Mobile

Mark and Allen take a break from the new format to talk about it, and various other things including shopping for an old beater!


coming next: 2005

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Hermophobia #21: The Movies of 1994 – Part II

Mark and Allen continue discussing the films of 1994… and Mark distinctly says “she!”1994b

discussed in this episode:

  • The stars of 1994
  • The directors of 1994
  • Horror Movies of 1994
  • Dramas in 1994
  • Westerns, Documentaries, and Foreign Film of 1994
  • Siskel & Ebert's Top 10 of ‘94
  • The Oscars
  • Overlooked, Under-rated or Forgotten Films of 1994
  • Over-rated and Best Forgotten Films of 1994
  • Mark and Allen’s Top 5 of 1994

    COMING SOON: 2005

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