Tag: Oscars

Episode 130 – Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Into the Spider-VerseWe decided we needed to watch the 2019 Oscar Winner for Best Animated Film, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse! Melissa had not yet seen it so Patricia Wick returns as our expert to talk about the film that may have just been the best film of 2019, period. While not officially a part of the MCU, Spider-Verse fits extremely well in that universe and, in some ways, even tops it.

Next up, we swear we are actually going to watch Frankenstein!

Green Book (2018)
Green Book poster Rating: 8.3/10 (192,369 votes)
Director: Peter Farrelly
Writer: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco
Runtime: 130 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Released: 16 Nov 2018
Plot: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

 

Episode 129 – Green Book

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Green BookAs has been our annual tradition, we are taking a look at this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture! For this episode, Melissa and Tim had both not yet seen the film. That means Patricia Wick joins us as our expert as we watch Green Book. This movie has some issues. It isn’t horrible but it definitely has some…problems. So as much as three white people can, we try to unpack this movie about racism that might just have some problems because it may be a little bit racist.

Next up, we’re going to watch another Oscar winner for 2019 – the Best Animated Film of the Year – Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse!

Green Book (2018)
Green Book poster Rating: 8.3/10 (192,369 votes)
Director: Peter Farrelly
Writer: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco
Runtime: 130 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Released: 16 Nov 2018
Plot: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Episode 112 – Get Out

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Get OutBarb Lind returns as we look at yet another film nominated for Best Picture in 2018 – Get Out! Melissa is actually the only member of our podcasting crew who has seen the movie so Tim and Barb both get to experience it for the first time. This is the work of first time writer/director Jordan Peele who is best known for his comedic work. Get Out uses the horror genre to explore race relations and it is pretty damn creepy. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should!

Next up, we are finally going to watch a Coen Brothers film as we have a newbie experience The Big Lebowski!

Get Out (2017)
Get Out poster Rating: 7.7/10 (394,456 votes)
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford
Runtime: 104 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 24 Feb 2017
Plot: A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

 

Episode 90 – Moonlight

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MoonlightThis episode, we tackle the 2017 Oscar winner for Best Picture: Moonlight!  After the crazy ending to this year’s Oscar ceremony, this film was crowned Best Picture.  We’re guessing you haven’t seen it.  In fact, neither Melissa or Tim had seen it either.  Still, we brought in Pat Wick, who also hadn’t seen it, to be our guest.  The film is notable for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact it is the first film featuring an all black cast to win Best Picture.  It gave us a lot to think about and we hope you watch the film and it makes you think as well.

Next up, it is time to start exploring all of the actors who have played James Bond both in the Bond franchise and outside of it!  We’ll be starting with Sean Connery and Goldfinger!

Moonlight (2016)
Moonlight poster Rating: 7.4/10 (224,466 votes)
Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer: Barry Jenkins (screenplay by), Tarell Alvin McCraney (story by)
Stars: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R. Hibbert
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Released: 18 Nov 2016
Plot: A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Episode 67 – Spotlight

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SpotlightAs has become an annual tradition, we are watching this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner.  For 2016, most people assumed the award would go to Revenant.  However, Oscar voters surprised everyone by selecting Spotlight instead.  The film is representative of a dying genre as newspaper journalism is a dying medium.  Fine performances anchor this movie that is disturbing not so much because of how the story is told but because so much of the story is true.

Our next film will be All the President’s Men!

Spotlight (2015)
Spotlight poster Rating: 8.1/10 (360,973 votes)
Director: Tom McCarthy
Writer: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber
Runtime: 129 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 20 Nov 2015
Plot: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.