I've been a freelance film + music critic for several years. In addition, I created a pop culture podcast network (the Now Playing Network) and host an interview show of my own called Voices + Visions. I also contribute to WGN Radio as a film critic and recently became a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association.
PHANTOM THREAD is a movie about a fractured relationship that probably was never meant to be healthy. And yet that’s okay with them. In fact they laugh through the sickness. However, through that realization, comes acceptance. There’s a moment involving the manifestation of a parent who has passed away, and soon thereafter, our protagonist is changed due to that interaction. Nothing is spelled out to the audience, but there is familiarity in the idea of “needing someone.” And well, what if that neediness becomes co-dependence?
Nick Digilio, Erik Childress and Jim Laczkowski review the movies from the last two weeks Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Front Runner, Green Book, Instant Family, Widows, Creed II, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Robin Hood.
Nick Digilio, Erik Childress and Jim Laczkowski review the weekend’s new movies including Glass, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek and Cold War.
Nick Digilio and Jim Laczkowski review a pair of the weekend’s new movies The Kid Who Would Be King and Serenity, and discuss underrated 80s movies.
Corey Pierce welcomes a guest onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.
“Lucky,” the touching and funny spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist (the legendary Harry Dean Stanton in one of the finest performances of his career) that involves the other inhabitants (including David Lynch and Tom Skerritt) of the remote desert town where he lives, was the favorite of audiences at the 5th Chicago Critics Film Festival. The film, which was among the most popular of the recently completed weeklong program of titles from around the globe curated entirely by members of...
In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.... In the thirty years I’ve been playing covers, I find myself drawn to music that could be described as “emotional” without always fitting neatly into a genre box. I connect with a song’s content craft enough to try to reinvent it from the inside out. I am always drawn to songs of love lost, forlorn, or unrequited.
Nick Digilio and Jim Laczkowski of the Now Playing Network (in for Erik Childress and Collin Souter) review the weekend’s new movies including Mission Impossible: Fallout and Teen Titans Go! To The Movies. They also discuss Jim’s recent interviews with Keith Gordon and Lea Thompson on his Voices and Visions podcast, his list of the most underrated movies of the ’90s, his thoughts on the best movies of the first half of 2018, his music and analysis of the box office!
Larry Cohen has been directing films since the 70s, and writing for a variety of mediums since the 60s. Recently, a documentary about the man and his work was completed and should be out within the year ! Watch the trailer below and enjoy this joyful conversation/interview. The audio podcast version featuring both Mr. Cohen as well as the director of the documentary (CHOPPING MALL writer Steve Mitchell) is linked below!
Jim Laczkowski is the host of the Voices and Visions podcast, creator of the Now Playing Network and the organizer of ‘Relief,’ a new benefit album for the victims of Hurricane Maria. Learn more about the artists involved (including Tracy Bonham) and how you can get it in this conversation with Nick Digilio!
Sometimes movies feel more like experiences that take you somewhere that you’ve had preconceived notions about, only to uncover a completely different perspective that you ponder long after the closing credits. A collaboration between actor Jerod Haynes and filmmaker Daryl Wein, BLUEPRINT is one of those experiences that leaves the viewer with a variety of emotions to process...
Nick Digilio, Erik Childress, and Jim Laczkowski review this weekend’s new movies including ‘Pride, Prejudice and Zombies,’ ‘Hail Caesar,’ ‘The Choice,’ ‘Southbound’ and ‘Boy and the World.’
One of my favorite guests returns for a special conversation! This is our third time talking and likely not to be our last. Keith Gordon who you might remember from such films as CHRISTINE, DRESSED TO KILL, BACK TO SCHOOL and many more, decided to focus primarily on directing in the late 80s / early 90s. More: https://www.voicesvisions.net/episodes/keithgordon90s
If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might want to hug the guy for articulating exactly what music can ...