Tag: Academy Award

Episode 45 – Birdman

, with special guest:

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 (668,434 votes)
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Writer: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris
Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton
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.

Episode 21 – 12 Years a Slave

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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 (741,291 votes)
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley, Solomon Northup
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender
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.

Episode 3 – Argo

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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 (637,693 votes)
Director: Ben Affleck
Writer: Chris Terrio, Tony Mendez, Joshuah Bearman
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, 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.