This week we’re taking advantage of the extended awards season to do our best of 2020 two weeks late. We discuss our favorite movies of the year, including Promising Young Woman, Nomadland, Minari, and Wolfwalkers, and we continue to be mystified by the support for Mank. We also talk about how these films are faring in the strange Oscars sweepstakes of 2020, and what late-breaking films might upset the protacted Oscar race. Join us!
We’re kicking off 2021 by discussing the last big pop culture moments of 2020: Wonder Woman 1984 and Bridgerton. We break down WW84‘s dual release with pandemic box office and unverified streaming numbers, and then we dig into Bridgerton, Netflix’s lavish romance novel adaptation. One of these things had a rather mixed reception, and the other was everyone’s post-holiday binge. Join us as we discuss what went wrong with WW84 and what went right for Bridgerton.
For our last episode of 2020, we’re breaking down the overwhelming number of new shows and movies Disney announced during their annual investor presentation, which Marvel basically treated like their Hall H trip this year. We also discuss the fall out of the Warner Brothers/HBO Max announcement from last week, which is proving to be a huge headache for Warners. Join us for one more episode before we quit this hell year!
This week we dive into the incredible news that Warner Brothers will be releasing their entire 2021 slate of films day-and-date in theaters and on HBO Max. We discuss what it means for Warner Brothers going forward, why AT&T even wanted to own a movie studio in the first place, and what this could mean for the future of movies and movie theaters. Join us!
As we approach the end of the year, we do the normal thing and discuss the state of the 2020 Oscar race. Yes, that’s right, despite all of 2020’s shenanigans, there WILL be a 2020 Academy Awards ceremony…eventually. We take a look at the prospective field of nominees and all the historic possibilities this year, including women dominating the Best Director field and the odds of a Chadwick Boseman double-nomination in both acting categories. Join us!
Wonder Woman 1984 is the latest and final blockbuster of 2020 to bail on movie theaters and drop directly on streaming. We start by discussing the ramifications of such a big blockbuster going to streaming, and how Tenet might have killed movie theaters. Then, we dive into season four of The Crown, which is reinvigorated by the arrival of Princess Diana, and we debate the efficacy of Gillian Anderson’s performance as Margaret Thatcher. Join us!
On the heels of announcing a four-year deal with Netflix, David Fincher lobbed some truth bombs at his peers and the current state of the film industry, which always makes for a fun time within the film community. But first, we discuss Mads Mikkelsen taking over for Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, and then we get into Fincher and his many incendiary comments about other filmmakers. Join us!