1979's Best Picture winner, Kramer vs. Kramer, gets a bad rap for being too sad. It's sad. But it isn't sad-sad. You get my meaning. It's a strong Best Picture winner and features a great performance from Dustin Hoffman.
Call Me By Your Name is a loving adaptation of a well-regarded novel. It is the 114th biggest movie of the year 2017 (at the domestic box office) and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Timothee Chalamet (Lady Bird) was nominated for Best Actor for his role of Elio, the bored teen who falls for his father's graduate student assistant over a lazy summer in Italy. In the episode, the guys discuss a recent article from the Wall Street Journal regarding the Academy Awards. Find it here.
Writer/Director Ryan Coogler (Creed) delivers a grand, sweeping, and relatively fresh take on a solo comic book hero with Black Panther. Starring Chadwick Boseman (42), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), and a great supporting cast, Black Panther is an impressive and hugely successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Writer/Director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) unleashes Frances McDormand (Fargo) in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. McDormand plays a mother, burning with rage and loss who challenges the status quo and pushes the local law (played by Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell). The film is nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Writer/Director/Auteur Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) collaborates with Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln, There Will Be Blood) in the latter's final on-screen performance with Phantom Thread. Racking up 6 Academy Award nominations, this movie will move some viewers, impress some viewers, and piss off a huge chunk of people. The guys are divided on this one.
The dream team of director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan), Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, every movie your Dad likes), and Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, every movie your Mom likes) delivers a true-to-life story of freedom of the press against a vindictive and corrupt government as well as a female empowerment tale with The Post. The supporting cast is ridiculously good and Streep earns her 21st Academy Award nomination!
Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy) turns in an impressive performance as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's (Hannah) Darkest Hour. Supported by a stellar supporting cast, Darkest Hour proves an interesting compliment to this year's Dunkirk.
Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) and Allison Janney (The West Wing) have earned Academy Award nominations for their roles in I, Tonya, a salaciously shot and wickedly trashy faux documentary/drama about the rise and fall of U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. The film is fast, wild, and warts-and-all.
Director Ridley Scott (Alien, The Martian) pulls off an incredible feat of filmmaking by replacing Academy Award winner and now-notorious-creep Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) with Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, Beginners) in All The Money In The World. Continued outrage dogged the movie when it was revealed that Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) made more than 1,000 times as much money for the required reshoots than Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea). A movie filled with intrigue and money troubles embroiled in intrigue in money problems - how meta.
Writer/Legend Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, Steve Jobs, A Few Good Men) delivers his directorial debut with Molly's Game - starring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Miss Sloane) and Idris Elba (The Dark Tower, The Wire). Sorkin delivers the goods - sizzling dialogue from top-shelf actors at break-neck speed. Sit down, strap in, and hang on.
Visionary writer/director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) delivers an impressively lovely and moving story about a mute woman (played by Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with a mysterious aquatic monster (Doug Jones). Seriously. It's much, much, much better than you are thinking it is after reading that synopsis. Honestly.
Writer/Director Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) takes over the Star Wars franchise to deliver the longest film in the saga. Filled with slow speed chases, overtly-political commentaries about arms dealing and capitalism, and several Leia fake-outs, this one has something for everyone.
Director/Star James Franco chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama and comedy surrounding the creation of "The Room," which many consider to be one of the worst movies ever made. Dave Franco co-stars along with a trove of supporting actors to bring this "important (?)" story to the screen.
Writer/Director Greta Gerwig displays her impressive knowledge of indie cinema with her debut film - Lady Bird - a coming of age story about a young woman navigating high school, family, romance, college, and peer pressure. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Hannah) stuns as the semi-pretentious Lady Bird and is supported by a stellar cast including Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), Tracy Letts (The Big Short, Homeland), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), and Lois Smith (Minority Report, Twister). Already ranked as one of the best reviewed movies of 2017 and the BEST reviewed movie EVER on Rotten Tomatoes, Lady Bird is building serious awards buzz.
Pixar delivers the goods again with their 19th feature-length film Coco. The film follows a young boy on his journey through the Land of the Dead to connect with his family, trust in his passion for music, and recognize the value of his ancestors. Mike and Danny are joined by their daughters for this episode.
Director/star Clint Eastwood's early career was defined by Westerns. With 1992's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Unforgiven, Eastwood created the definitive Western. Packed with rich characters played by world-class actors like Gene Hackman (The French Connection) - who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption, most films you've seen) - who should have, Richard Harris (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), and the incomparable Saul Rubinek (Nixon, The Contender). Gorgeously shot, beautifully scored, and tragically sad, Unforgiven is a modern masterpiece. This week's episode features our good friend Danny P.
Director/Star Kenneth Branagh (Dead Again, Hamlet) breathes new cinematic life into Agatha Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot in the new thriller Murder on the Orient Express. Alongside an all-star cast, Branagh chews the scenery, gets some stuck in his incredible moustache, and solves a gruesome murder.
Director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) turns Marvel's stodgiest franchise on its head and crams it with anus jokes, deadpan humor, and a (more than usual) bizarre turn from Jeff Goldblum. Thor: Ragnarok is the silliest and strangest Marvel film yet also features Marvel's first female villain played by two time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett.
Writer/Director Paul Haggis tells us that we are all terrible, flawed, selfish, racist humans in his 2005 Academy Award winner Crash. Nominated for 6 Oscars, it won 3 including Film Editing and Best Original Screenplay for Haggis.
Director Denis Villeneuve takes a swing at continuing the sad, dirty, lonely, futuristic hell first brought to the screen by Ridley Scott more than 30 years ago in Blade Runner. Ryan Gosling stars and Harrison Ford returns for Blade Runner 2049.