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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: The best movies of 2015 and the 2016 Oscars

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: The best movies of 2015 and the 2016 Oscars
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; and Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

In Episode 47, we want to talk movies, so who better to invite back than our guests Rich Drees, editor and publisher of Film Buff Online, and film critic and columnist Jeff Boam? Joined by NEPA Scene’s own critic Joe Evans, we list our personal favorite movies of the past year, specifically discussing “Spotlight,” “The Revenant,” “It Follows,” “The Martian,” “Mad Max,” and “The Hateful Eight,” among others; the filmmaking and opinions of Quentin Tarantino and whether or not his work is too derivative of his influences; seeing films in 3D and if it’s worth the extra money; 2016 Oscar nominations and predictions; the #OscarsSoWhite controversy; Sundance and indie films; the origin of the Academy Awards and how it has changed over the years, both in its presentation and for us; blockbuster superhero movies and TV shows making geeks cooler; and how the new golden age of television is outshining films in many ways.

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