Peter Jackson's Middle Earth trilogy concludes with the mammoth Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Winner of ALL 11 Academy Awards for which it was nominated (including Best Picture and Best Director), LOTR: ROTK tests the skill of the Fellowship and the patience of the audience sitting through the Extended Edition's 4-plus-hour running time.
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Nocturnal Animals), and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) headline an international cast battling an Martian life form aboard the International Space Station. This is NOT an "Alien" film, and in NO WAY should be confused with an "Alien" film which is, you know, about people fighting an alien aboard a spaceship.
Robert Redford (All the President's Men, The Sting, OK pretty much every good movie from the 1970s), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) headline this Netflix original film from director Charlie McDowell. Moody, mysterious, and a catalyst for intense conversations, this is a film you may revisit again and again. Check out our episode and, as always, feel free to sound off.
So...why did we choose to watch this Danish comedy from 2010?! Honestly, we cannot exactly remember how this one got in the queue. It had been in there for several months and we were excited to finally sit down and give it our full attention. What did we think? Check out the episode to find out!
Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Casino) finally got his Oscar love in 2006 with The Departed. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, this thriller packs more BAH-stan accents than you can shake a stick at.
Director James Mangold (The Wolverine) delivers the gnarliest, dingiest, most violent, and expletive-filled Wolverine movie yet in Logan. Hugh Jackman returns 17 years (!) after he first took on the role to send Logan off in style. He is joined by the impeccable Sir Patrick Stewart and a host of soon-to-be-mauled-to-death bad guys.
Proving his cinematic bonafides with his first time out, writer/Director Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) delivers a funny, frightening, and profound film in Get Out. Daniel Kaluuya delivers a great leading performance supported by Allison Williams. This is a great film and one that deserves to be seen by a huge audience.
The guys discuss the year in movies for 2016 as well as one last Best Picture nominee before @TheAcademy gives out the #Oscars. Lion has been nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (@Dev_Patel) and Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman). The film is quiet and sad and beautiful in a number of ways.
Writer/Director Barry Jenkins' critically adored film Moonlight is nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Score, Cinematography, and Adapted Screenplay. It won the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama, and the AFI Award for Movie of the Year. The film is small, quiet, intimate, and provides a genuinely moving view into the world of characters too often left off the screen. Check out what the guys thought of the film and sound off, per usual.
Mel Gibson's long, dark teatime of the soul may be at an end. The critical reception to his latest directorial effort, Hacksaw Ridge, has been warm. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film tells the true-ish story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield has been nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Doss.
The Best Picture Choosing Machine has served up the winner from 1999 - American Beauty starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening. This film won Best Picture, Director, Actor, Original Screenplay, and Cinematography. Listen to the podcast and hear the guys vehemently disagree about this picture and its place in the Oscar winners history books.
Well, Michael Keaton must be pissed. His designed-to-get-a-Best-Actor-nomination role in The Founder has come up dry. Keaton plays Ray Kroc, the "founder" of McDonalds in this mostly-worts biopic which portrays his rise from faltering salesman to the pinnacle of nasty capitalism. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch play the McDonald brothers and each delivers a terrific supporting performance.
The Academy Award nominations are out and the guys are on the record with their thoughts and reactions. Check out this special mini episode of the Spoiler Alert Podcast now!
Director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg reunite for a third real-life action film (following Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon) with Patriot's Day. Boasting an impressive supporting cast, Berg works to ratchet up the tension and action surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt which followed. Wahlberg, a Boston native, ratchets up his accent.
Director Frank Capra's It Happened One Night became one of the only comedies to win the Best Picture Academy Award back in 1934. Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, who both came home Oscar winners, this comedy set the standard for road trip movies for decades to come. Check out what the guys thought and sound off in the comments.
Director/star Denzel Washington and Golden Globe Winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) Viola Davis reprise their Tony-winning roles in the adaptation of August Wilson's Fences. The film features great performances from it's stars and faithfully adheres to the source material. Check out what the guys thought of it and sound off in the comments section.
Writer/Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) works to re-introduce the movie musical to contemporary audiences by setting his La La Land in Los Angeles and starring a pair of gorgeous, young stars (Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling). Whether he succeeds is up for debate, as you'll hear in this week's episode of Spoiler Alert.
Director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) takes the reins in the first "Star Wars Story" which is supposed to be a stand alone, "non-saga" film within the Star Wars universe. The story of Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, Inferno) and her band of rogues who steal the plans for the original Death Star, fits nicely into the established saga timeline. Filled with nostalgia, but able to stand on its own two legs, this film drives an action-packed punch and keeps the fans satiated until next December's Episode 8 hits theaters.
Happy holidays from The Spoiler Alert Podcast and Movie Outsiders! Celebrate with us the only way we know how - by talking about movies. Office Christmas Party is a hard-R-rated comedy starring a cavalcade of comedy talent and character actors. Rally some friends, knock back some spiked eggnog, and roll with the punches. Do NOT see this one with Grandma on Christmas night after you've opened presents and run out of things to talk about!!
Casey Affleck gives his career-high best performance in a searing drama which is punch-you-in-the-guts-sad AND gut-bustingly-funny. So, basically, kiss your guts goodbye on this one. One of the year's best movies filled with great performances, and written and directed with realism and humanity by Kenneth Lonergan.