Oscar nominated movie, you say? We'll be the judges of that! Join Claudia, Chandler, & Ezra as they work their way through any movie that has been nominated for any category in the Oscars. Did we like it? What else has the director done? Should it have won? We all know it's just an honor to be nominated!
Last night, the 72nd Emmy Awards took place, complete with some deeply sanitized/problematic COVID and political bits, an alpaca, and most importantly, HTBN's first in person recording session! Join us as we debrief the Emmys during each commercial break, as Ezra progressively gets more drunk and angry, to get a real sense of our relationship not only as co-hosts, but as friends!
We are so excited to have our first guest on the podcast, Drew Norris (@drewlockholmes), to discuss the 1961 movie musical West Side Story. Drew and Ezra are writing partners and co-authored a play about the making of West Side Story entitled "Something's Coming", which has been workshopped and performed over the country. Our conversation bounces all over, which includes but is not limited to, the use of color and eventual removal of color and its impact on this film, the disappointing casting decisions that went into the movie and how the 2020 Broadway revival and the upcoming Steven Spielberg remake have adjusted accordingly, and a very detailed comparison of Jerome Robbins' work as a director/choreographer on this film to working at Panera Bread. Interested? Then sit back, relax, and enjoy some serious Musical Theatre nerding out!
Today we discuss the biographical neo-noir crime drama Dog Day Afternoon, directed by Sidney Lumet starring Al Pacino. This film was up against One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which we covered in a previous episode (https://anchor.fm/htbn/episodes/Episode-3-One-Flew-Over-the-Cuckoos-Nest-1975-eghr7e). After seeing both films, we can all agree that this film held our attention more, had more grounded and truthful performances, and overall feels like the superior film, despite Cuckoo's Nest's sweep.
Today we discuss Black Panther, in honor of the late Chadwick Boseman. Boseman passed peacefully in his Los Angeles home on August 28, 2020 after a four year battle with colon cancer. Boseman portrayed the titular character in the Marvel film, and his performance, as well as several others, is one to be recognized. His presence will be missed on the screen, and we at HTBN want to extend our condolences to his family. Rest in power.
Today we (but mostly Chandler) discuss the first adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, written and directed by Peter Jackson. We (but, again, mostly Chandler) talk about how the world of The Lord of the Rings is iconic, and what that impact means for future fantasy storytellers. This movie received eleven nominations, winning four of them, and though Chandler might disagree, we feel that The Lord of the Rings films were more than recognized and decorated when you include their wins from the following films.
Today we discuss the 2018 Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. This film received five Academy Award nominations, winning four of them. However, we find this film not only poorly made, but also switching between extremely boring and extremely offensive. And let us not forget the sex allegations against director, Bryan Singer. But hey, we guess that's just another one biting the dust.
Today we discuss the 1952 movie musical starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor. Being that this movie is practically the definition of "feel good", there isn't much to critique, other than the fact that the two nominations it received (Best Supporting Actress for Jean Hagen and Best Music, losing both) would have probably been our last choice. We also discuss the impact this movie has had on movie musicals for decades, and how we wish modern movie musicals would simplify their choices when it comes to dancing on film.
Today we discuss the 2016 Best Picture winner Moonlight. Not only is this film beautiful in every sense of the word, the manner in which it won Best Picture is arguably one of the most unforgettable moments in Oscar history. If you don't know what we're talking about it, we suggest you go and watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCQn_FkFElI. Despite the chaos, this film deserved every nomination, if not more, and is truly a work of art. From the captivating story, the world class acting, and unique cinematography, we hardly have any criticisms for this film.
BONUS EPISODE!!! In honor of the Emmy Nominations being released this past week, we thought it would be fun down and predict a few of the outcomes for you! What was your favorite show on television this past season?
Today we discuss the 2001 Best Animated Feature winner, Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. While difficult to describe the plot of this film, all three of us can agree that this film certainly makes you think and feel something. With commentary on capitalist greed, the pollution problem in our world, and the idea of finding a stronger version of yourself within you to persevere, we believe that this movie transcends modern animation, and feels rather underrated.
Today we discuss the 1960 Billy Wilder romantic comedy, The Apartment, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley McClaine. The trio notes how "ahead of its time" this film is, and argue that it could even be considered a feminist piece. This movie is extremely fun, but also feels very grounded and realistic, which we agree is something that seems to be missing in many modern day romcoms. You tell us: are you more of a "Buddy Boy" Baxter, or a "broken" Fran Kubelik?
Today we discuss the 1992 Spike Lee biopic Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington. This brilliant film was only nominated for two Oscars, Best Actor and Best Costume Design, losing both. As the state of our world continues to shift daily, we believe that this film is a great resource to educate yourselves on the centuries of injustices BIPOC have faced and continue to face in our country; a country that claims to provide "liberty and justice for all". We at HTBN stand in solidarity with ALL Black lives and will continue to until justice is served. #BlackLivesMatter
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Today we discuss the 1975 "Big 5" Winner, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This is one of three films in history to have won in the top 5 categories at the Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. While a beloved classic, our film critic Ezra doesn't necessarily think this film holds up next to some of the others in these categories. Straight white guy pretends to be mentally insane because he doesn't like work? *yawn* Thank u, next.
Today we discuss the 2014 Best Picture winner, Birdman. From (perhaps unnecessary) single shot cinematography, to Emma Stone's incredible (but, arguably, completely unmotivated) performance, Claudia, Chandler, and Ezra talk about some of the apparent flaws in the Academy Award's most nominated and awarded film in 2015.
Did you really do 3+ months of quarantine if you didn't start a podcast? Claudia, Chandler, & Ezra talk about what to expect from this podcast including some of our favorite movies, what Oscar season means to us, and where you might find us on a Friday night, in a pre-COVID time!