Esoterica CinemaExplicit

by Jason Peters & Ryan Seybold

The podcast where hosts Jason Peters and Ryan Seybold take films from the cinematic multiverse and discuss the hell out of 'em. Fun, thoughtful, whip-smart analysis with none of the usual pretense.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 4

  • Speed Racer (2008) Deep-Dive Review

    Speed Racer (2008) Deep-Dive Review

    The Wachowski's Speed Racer was released in 2008 to horrible reviews and an even worse box office performance. But as time has progressed, a small but vocal contingent has gone on to reappraise the film, claiming that it was misunderstood at the time of its release. On this episode "Speed Racer (2008)", you get both sides of the argument as Jason found it a groan-inducing, cheesy bore while Ryan could get enough of the flashy visuals and eye candy. Where do you fall on this debate? Feel free to send in a comment and let us know what you think, and enjoy this feisty episode of Esoterica Cinema!

  • Hundreds of Beavers | Podcast Review-in-Brief

    Hundreds of Beavers | Podcast Review-in-Brief

    Join Ryan Seybold as he quickly breaks down why you need to see the hilarious new film Hundreds of Beavers from writer/director Mike Cheslik. Made for a modest budget of $150,000, Hundreds of Beavers features mad-dash capers and non-stop sight gags. Google describes Hundreds of Beavers as: A drunken applejack salesman must go from zero to hero and become North America's greatest fur trapper by defeating hundreds of beavers. Enjoy Ryan's review-in-brief and then go see this howlingly funny movie! #hundredsofbeavers #comedymovies #comedyfilms

  • Mad Max: Fury Road


    Mad Max: Fury Road


    George Miller's post-apocalyptic epic Mad Max Fury Road hit theaters and audiences in 2015 with gale forces of hyperkinetic action and never looked back. The film was an overnight sensation, luring audiences into theaters while managing to impress the critics along the way, being named the Best Picture of the Year by the L.A. Times and picking up 10 Academy Award nominations; no small feat for arguably the weirdest blockbuster to ever come out of a major studio. But honoring Miller's unique vision is exactly why the film works. There is an authenticity on display that is perhaps unparalleled in the modern action film, and the creative freedom Miller allowed and even insisted on his crew employing to every piece of material accumulates into one of the all time great works of cinema and an absolutely genre-defining film. In this episode, Jason & Ryan break down all the many ways the film succeeds, both technically and creatively, while sharing numerous insights that they learned throughout their research and cinematic observations. Come join the conversation as we look at Mad Max: Fury Road right here on Esoterica Cinema.

  • Gangubai Kathiawadi Movie Review

    Gangubai Kathiawadi Movie Review

    Gangubai Kathiawadi from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali sees Alia Bhatt play the notoriously infamous Madame to various effects. On the one hand, the film is a dark and serious look at admittedly difficult parts of her legacy, while at the same time glossing over events to make them seem less sordid and violent than they in fact were. As Jason & Ryan review the film, you'll get both sides of the equation, as Jason took issue with the manner in which Gangubai Kathiawadi was represented, while Ryan felt the film did an estimable job telling the story of this flawed yet unique character that did much to advance the normalization of sex work in India and abroad. Either way, get ready for five musical sequences in a row (j/k) as we review Gangubai Kathiawadi right here on Esoterica Cinema. #moviereview #indiancinema #aliabhatt #sanjayleelabhansali #moviereviewpodcast #filmanalysis #filmcritic #filmcritique #filmcriticism ABOUT OUR CHANNEL Esoterica Cinema is the result of a great friendship between Jason Peters and Ryan Seybold. Having met in film school, both have since gone on to pursue their craft in various ways. Ryan actively works as a sound recording engineer, having been involved in numerous projects for nationally prominent companies such as ESPN and PBS, while Jason is a published author, screenwriter, and filmmaker responsible for a variety of works available online and elsewhere. The program focuses not just on surface level observations, but gets down to the heart and soul of what makes a given film tick. Direction, Acting, Cinematography, Score, Sound Design, Narrative Structure, and Character Arcs are some of the many high-level and granular analysis provided on every episode. At Esoterica Cinema, we don't just tell you whether or not a movie is good; we go into detail on what makes it good or bad, educating and informing our audience along the way. Come join the fun and enjoy the movies!

  • The Square

    The Square

    Jason & Ryan get philosophical and ask, "what is art?" while analyzing Ruben Ostlund's 2017 arthouse satire The Square