Sep 22, 2014
The 2014 awards season is underway, especially with the start of the fall film festivals starting and winding down, and Justin Edwards join us to make heads and tails of what the tea leaves are saying right now. Yes, it is only September and yes a lot of these movies still haven't been realized or even seen (Inherent Vice, Interstellar, Into the Woods, Selma, Unbroken, etc, etc....) and even YES, there is a lot of navel gazing around social media on the awards seasons, but here we are anyway.
Like our friend Ryan Adams at Awards Daily, the awards are in service and to amplify the movies. So we're here to do just that; what does the usually competitive Best Actor category look like? Best Actress? Best Picture and much more? We look into the main event categorites, a number of pictures that could effect the race much down the line and the career tracks of some of the most well-known actresses (Adams, Berry, Witherspoon).
It's Justin's last podcast with us before he heads down to Malick Country (Texas, not the beginning of time) and we do our best to guess how far we can see down the golden road of awards season.
Also, Justin details what 'the White Girl Test' actually is. Make sure you have your pencils ready!
It took a long time in the making, but we were excited to get our friend and Cinema Studies major Danny Santos on our podcast to talk about a number of topics! We initially got a hold of him to talk about his music - Danny sings with his friend Stephanie Hamood and her band, Blue Mountain Belle, and other musical endeavors - and then we talk about how he got accepted into the USC Film Program (small school, you might have heard of it), his favorite films, how music has influenced his taste of cinema and beyond and different aspects of concepts and narratives in our favorite films.
As usual with our guests and friends, we have a great overarching discussion and we're on a Cliff Martinez kick lately, so the music is from his collection touching on his films of Only God Forgives, Traffic and the Cinemax television series, The Knick (which we're all in on!).
"If I wanted to get into comic books, where do I start?"
This is one question that has propped a lot in the past few years, especially as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has encompassed the actual universe (and the DC Cinematic Universe is still looking for their Big Bang), and even more so with the influence and changes going on in the television realm. The thing is, the question and everything that derives from that question, is a fallacy. Throughout the history of American superhero comics, and just comics in general, you can start anywhere in the run and cultivate your own experience with the narrative.
Looking at television, the Netflix model, All-New Marvel NOW! and more, we look into how you can actually get into comics - which is by just reading comics at any point. Also, we do give some recommendations on comics to read, you can never go wrong with a lot of Mark Waid and a lot of Image Comics.
When the Venice Film Festival premieres with Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, just like last year with Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, that means only one thing - the fall film season is here, and the awards season is starting up in earnest!
Guess that's two things actually. Anyway, we sit down with one of our favorite people in Cinema Studies Professor Courtney Brannon Donoghue to talk about the big time festivals in play - Telluride, Toronto, Venice, New York soon after that - and her own experiences at traveling to the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year.
So as we crank up our 'professor hours', we talk about movies played at the festivals, celebrity sightings, crushing on Dominic West (as we and the professor are wont to do) and much more!
Sep 9, 2014
J.J. Abrams' Super 8 came out in 2011 under the usual 'Mystery Box' cloak and dagger marketing that functions more for the overall movie than other substandard notions, like plot and nuance.
Three years later, Cinema Studies student Tayler Mandziara finally watched it on a whim and she found it, like we did when it first came out, overwhelming and to quote her, 'lame'. What happened with the science-fiction entry to have such a tepid response? We asked Tayler to give her thoughts on the film and she brings the heat on this one.... unlike Abrams and this film in general.
(Okay, okay we'll stop ragging on the movie, just check out the article!)
Aug 27, 2014
Hey, this past week the Emmys were on (a Monday no less, because of the MTV VMA Awards. Seriously) and Mad Men was up for a number of awards, including as usual, the acting! Did it win anything? Of course not, don't be silly. But regardless, for one on of the best shows on television and since we've been recapping it, it seemed as good of a time as any to finally put up our last recap of the midseason finale.
It's been a while we know, and we recorded it in a Hooters so there's that. Anyway, there's a lot to go over in this one including, but not limited to, Bert Cooper's dance number finale, the moon landing, Cutler's power play and Roger's response and much, much more. Also, a number of bonus material including Quentin Tarantino, the article on the Cannes Film Festival that we wrote for Taste of Cinema, Louie and more!
"Objectively, Garland should've won the Oscar."
That's the thought that catapulted while watching George Cukor's A Star Is Born during Judy Garland's run on TCM's 'Summer Under the Stars' - in 1954, Garland was nominated for the Best Actress category in her first role in four years. She was tapped to be the favorite of winning the Oscar that night, except the problem being that Grace Kelly won for her performance in The Country Girl. In one of the tightest races in Oscar history (Kelly supposedly won by around seven votes), we look at the race between the two women, their roles, why Kelly should've won the award like she did and ultimately why Garland should've been standing next to Marlon Brando that night with one of those statues.
Two years ago, the production of Into the Storm hit Michigan and established sets at a number of places including Oakland University. The film, through Warner Bros. Pictures, hit theatres this year on the summer blockbuster slate and it seemed like as good of a time as any to share these photos that our incredible friend Aaron Segel took of the sets on Oakland.
Check out Aaron's pictures in the article!
With the new fall semester just a few days away (!!!), this summer we got the opportunity to speak with one of our good friends on the Oakland University campus, Josh Nagy. Working at the campus' radio station, WXOU (three-time college radio of the year by the way, not to bury the lead or anything), and Detroit's 97.1 The Ticket, Josh discusses what he's looking forward to this year with the station, new programs, his own show, his influences and much, much more.
Being the pro-wrestling nerds we are, we also talk about the WWE for the last half hour in this podcast as well. It's a great discussion of a podcast, and we're always happy to get a chance to speak with our WXOU friends!