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123 minutes | May 9, 2022
193 – The Da Vinci Code (EW Summer Movie Preview)
Our EW Movie Previews miniseries continues this week with a look at the summer season! After the ubiquity of the best-selling book, The Da Vinci Code was primed for a glossy movie adaptation even before it landed the Oscar pedigree pairing of Ron Howard and Tom Hanks. Considered prestigious enough to open the Cannes Film … Continue reading "193 – The Da Vinci Code (EW Summer Movie Preview)"
147 minutes | May 2, 2022
192 – Panic Room (EW Spring Movie Preview) (with Adam B. Vary)
We’re kicking off our May Miniseries on EW Movie Preview cover movies at the beginning of the calendar with the Spring Movie Preview spotlight on Panic Room. David Fincher’s post-Fight Club foray into elevating a straightforward thriller with his stylistic perfectionism, the film almost starred Nicole Kidman as a recently separated mother who hides with … Continue reading "192 – Panic Room (EW Spring Movie Preview) (with Adam B. Vary)"
22 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
BONUS – EW Movie Previews, We Love Yous
We have a special BONUS episode for you to kick off our May Miniseries looking back on Entertainment Weekly’s movie preview editions. We bid a fond farewell to the print edition of this formative, beloved publication as we set the stage for what’s to come in May: Spring Movie Preview – PANIC ROOM; Summer Movie … Continue reading "BONUS – EW Movie Previews, We Love Yous"
112 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
191 – The Zookeeper’s Wife
This week, we are returning to the work of the recent Academy Award winner Jessica Chastain. In 2017, the actress headlined the adaptation of the popular non-fiction book The Zookeeper’s Wife, detailing Antonina Zabinska and her husband Jan’s efforts to help Polish Jews escape the Nazis by hiding them within the Warsaw Zoo. Directed by … Continue reading "191 – The Zookeeper’s Wife"
103 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
190 – Love and Friendship
We’ve talked before about the shaky Oscar history with Amazon Studios, and this episode we are talking about one of their unfortunate misses that happened in the year of their biggest success: 2016′s Love and Friendship. Adapted from the scabrous Jane Austen novella Lady Susan, the film had a much-ballyhooed premiere at the Sundance Film … Continue reading "190 – Love and Friendship"
110 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
189 – Margot at the Wedding (with Kyle Buchanan)
After earning an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach followed up that film’s success by partnering with the recently Oscar-ed Nicole Kidman for Margot at the Wedding. The film cast Kidman opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh (then married to Baumbach) as verbally warring sisters, the youngest of who is … Continue reading "189 – Margot at the Wedding (with Kyle Buchanan)"
111 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
188 – Wild Mountain Thyme
We’re cracking the seal on our Class of 2020 films and somehow manage to do it without miring ourselves in the depression that was the first covid year! And as promised, we’re talking about Wild Mountain Thyme, the oddball romantic comedy from Moonstruck Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley, adapted from his Tony-nominated play Outside Mullingar. … Continue reading "188 – Wild Mountain Thyme"
123 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
187 – Water for Elephants
Adaptations of uberpopular novels are always ripe for awards prestige, but this week’s episode is for a film that fizzled quickly. 2011′s Water for Elephants assembled an impressive crew for the circus-set period romantic drama along with a starry cast at tricky career moments: Robert Pattinson breaking from the Twilight franchise, Reese Witherspoon on a … Continue reading "187 – Water for Elephants"
102 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
186 – Danny Collins
This week, we’re looking at another surprise Golden Globe nomination that fueled minor Oscar talk, 2015′s Danny Collins. An assemblage of fedoras, silk scarves, and one catchy original song, the film stars Al Pacino as a washed up singer in the vein of Neil Diamond who ingratiates himself to the family of his estranged son. Written … Continue reading "186 – Danny Collins"
115 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
185 – The Aeronauts
We’re taking flight this week with the “women don’t belong in balloons!” heard round the world. In 2019, The Aeronauts’ awards hopes took flight by reuniting The Theory of Everything’s Oscar winning-and-nominated duo of Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in the quasi-true story of a hot air balloon expedition that launched modern day weather forecasting. The film … Continue reading "185 – The Aeronauts"
88 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
184 – Rumor Has It
This week, we’re looking at the less fondly remembered half of Shirley MacLaine’s 2005 buzzed grandmothers (after praising In Her Shoes in a previous episode) with Rumor Has It. Starring an immediately post-Friends Jennifer Aniston as a woman who believes her grandmother was the inspiration The Graduate’s Mrs. Robinson, the film assembled a prestigious cast for its conceptual take … Continue reading "184 – Rumor Has It"
153 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
183 – Margaret (with Patrick Vaill)
#TeamMargaret, your day is here! This week, we are joined by actor Patrick Vaill to discuss the contentious backstory and reemergence story that is Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret. Originally filmed in 2005, the film follows Anna Paquin as Lisa Cohen, a New York City teenager who witnesses a horrific accident and her search for restitution when she … Continue reading "183 – Margaret (with Patrick Vaill)"
94 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
182 – State of Play
Adapted from the lauded UK miniseries of the same title, State of Play had a labored journey to the screen. Appearing on the 2006 Black List and originally intended as the screen reunion for Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, the American film adaptation weathered several delays, recastings, and creative setbacks, including the 2007 WGA strike. Once in … Continue reading "182 – State of Play"
116 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Class of 2021
We finally have this year’s set of Oscar nominations, so that means it’s time for our Class of 2021 episode! This episode, we look back on the almost-was of the past awards season with films that received zero Oscar nominations, including in categories of Most Forgettable, Happiest Miss, and Saddest Snub. We also add a … Continue reading "Class of 2021"
93 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
181 – Leatherheads
This week, we are once again returning to the diminishing returns of George Clooney’s directorial career with 2008′s Leatherheads. The directing follow-up to his Oscar-nominated Good Night and Good Luck, this lighthearted film about the early days of American pro football stars Clooney as a player opposite Renée Zellweger as a journalist trying to break the story of … Continue reading "181 – Leatherheads"
106 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
180 – Birth
We’re finally talking about one of our most requested films, Johnathan Glazer’s 2004 sophomore feature Birth. Starring Nicole Kidman as a woman grappling with a young boy’s assertion that he is her reincarnated dead husband, the film was initially controversial and critically maligned upon release, even with stunning work from composer Alexandre Desplat and cinematographer Harris … Continue reading "180 – Birth"
118 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
BONUS – Sundance, I Say
We’re bringing you a special bonus episode to recap our time with year’s edition of the Sundance Film Festival! We discuss some of the biggest prize winners from the US Dramatic Competition winner Nanny and the US Dramatic Audience Award winner Cha Cha Real Smooth, and other award recipients like Descendant, Dos Estaciones, and Fire of Love. We also discuss the … Continue reading "BONUS – Sundance, I Say"
105 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
179 – On Chesil Beach
Saoirse Ronan came on strong at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival with two films that had the opposite experience: the immediately beloved Lady Bird and the misfire On Chesil Beach, which cratered after world premiering on the first day of the festival. The film reunited Ronan with Ian McEwan, the author of her Oscar-nominated breakthrough performan in Atonement, … Continue reading "179 – On Chesil Beach"
108 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
178 – October Sky (with Esther Zuckerman)
Moving along from Maggie Gyllenhaal’s breakthrough last week, this week we are dis cussing her brother Jake’s! Senior Entertainment writer for Thrillist Esther Zuckerman joins us to talk about middle school classroom mainstay and union-agnostic true story, 1999′s October Sky. The film starred Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickham Jr., as young West Virginian who bucked the … Continue reading "178 – October Sky (with Esther Zuckerman)"
100 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
177 – Secretary
After a few minor roles in American indies, Maggie Gyllenhaal broke out in a big way with Sundance hit Secretary in 2002. The story of a young woman who copes with her mental health issues while entering a BDSM relationship with her boss (played by James Spader), Secretary was praised for its dark wit and daring, and immediately put … Continue reading "177 – Secretary"
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