Tag Archive: Academy Award

Apr 15 2015

Episode 45 – Birdman

BirdmanAs has become an annual tradition, we sat down to watch the Academy Award winner for Best Picture of 2014, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)!  We marveled at the amazing Cinematography and the unexpected score.  We had a thoughtful conversation about the meaning of the film’s ending.  In other words, we watched the movie and then we talked about it.  Which is sort of our thing!

The next film on our list is The Usual Suspects!

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) poster Rating: 7.7/10 (495,535 votes)
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Writer: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Raymond Carver (play)
Stars: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Kenny Chin, Jamahl Garrison-Lowe
Runtime: 119 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 14 Nov 2014
Plot: A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Apr 15 2014

Episode 21 – 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a SlaveIn what is becoming a tradition, we watched this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave!  In an unusual twist, Tim was the only host who had actually seen the film already.  The movie inspired a lot of discussion about slavery, the Oscars and, oddly, Gravity.  We hope you enjoy our annual trip to the Academy Awards!

Next time, we’ll be discussing one of Martin Scorsese’s greatest works: Goodfellas!

12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years a Slave poster Rating: 8.1/10 (550,614 votes)
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley (screenplay by), Solomon Northup (based on "Twelve Years a Slave" by)
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Dickie Gravois, Bryan Batt
Runtime: 134 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 08 Nov 2013
Plot: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Jul 15 2013

Episode 3 – Argo

ArgoWe don’t want to be accused of only watching old movies so for this episode, we focused on the 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Picture – Argo!  Not only has Jena never seen the movie, she has no first hand memories of the historical event upon which it was based! Not only does she get to learn about the movie, but she also gets to learn about something that happened.  Well…if you ignore all the stuff that isn’t actually true.

Our next podcast will be on August 1st and we’ll be talking about Lawrence of Arabia!

Argo (2012)
Argo poster Rating: 7.7/10 (519,389 votes)
Director: Ben Affleck
Writer: Chris Terrio (screenplay by), Tony Mendez (based on a selection from "The Master of Disguise" by), Joshuah Bearman (based on the Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape" by)
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
Runtime: 120 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Released: 12 Oct 2012
Plot: Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.