It’s Joker week, so we’re talking Joker‘s record-breaking box office*, Todd Phillips shoving his foot down his mouth, Joaquin Phoenix’s only somewhat hostile press tour, and the Oscar odds for the year’s most divisive movie. We also get into Martin Scorsese’s comments in re: Marvel movies and theme parks. Join us as we power through the final stage of The Discourse!
*The official box office tally ended up being $96 million.
We’re back! We went to the Toronto International Film Festival, so we’re talking everything we saw at TIFF, as well as discussing the official launch of Oscar season. Narratives are already emerging (Renee Zellweger is back! Christian Bale is himself! Joaquin Phoenix is thirsty!), and a couple of films are already dominating Oscar talk. Join us as we break down the first phase of award season: the festival phase.
With the summer movie season winding down, we take a look back at the winners and losers of blockbuster season, which is mostly “Disney”, and “everyone else”. And we look ahead to TIFF, and the non-blockbusters that will, hopefully, garner SOME box office in the five seconds Disney doesn’t have a movie coming out. We also dive into Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, and debate is effectiveness and that controversial ending. Spoilers ahoy!
This week, bad news abounds as we look into the rumored Annapurna bankruptcy and consider what it means for indie cinema. We also talk about Venom 2, Nate Parker’s comeback via the Venice Film Festival, and Universal’s decision to pull The Hunt from theaters to avoid a political shitstorm. We’re living through a radical technological shift and also a bonkers political moment, and all of it is coming to bear at once. Join us as we stare into the abyss of cinema’s future once again.
This week we tackle the age old question: Nepotism, is it bad? LOL, of course it is. We take a look at the rising phenomenon of legacy actors who are increasingly dominating casting headlines and breakout roles in Hollywood, and wonder where it leaves us if our art comes from one rarified perspective. We also talk about Hobbs & Shaw and the totally cool and normal contractual demands of the Fast/Furious actors, who refuse to lose a fight.
Wall Street Journal on the Fast/Furious fight contract:
Leonardo DiCaprio is currently starring in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, so now is the time to take a look at his career and the almost 30 whole years he has spent as a famous person. Jumping off that article in The Hollywood Reporter, which posits DiCaprio as the last true Movie Star, we discuss why he really isn’t that adventurous, why his fame game is boring, and his scientifically proven aversion to women his own age. But first! We also go over the films announced for TIFF and Venice, including new films from Marielle Heller and Taika Waititi.
This week we look back at the news and shockingly few surprises of a relatively quiet Comic Con, and then we descend into the madness of Cats. Is the fur really supposed to look like that? Why do only some cats wear clothes? Is Cats good or has everyone been Incepted? Join us as we break down the Cats trailer and try to gain some understanding of what appears to be a cocaine-fueled mass delusion.