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.
Somehow, in 1966, director Fred Zinnemann filmed a movie about Sir Thomas Moore and his opposition to King Henry VIII's decision to cast aside the Catholic Church and obtain a divorce so that he could remarry. And somehow this film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. A Man for All Seasons is languid and a bit stodgy - but it does feature Orson Welles in a terrifically crazy performance as a Catholic Cardinal! So there's that.
Listen to this episode to hear the guys discuss:
What they liked:
- Some of the costumes and cinematography, both of which were honored with Academy Awards.
- The over-the-top performance of Robert Shaw as King Henry VIII
- Paul Scofield's portrayal of Sir Thomas Moore
What they did not like:
- The pace of the film
- Some of the supporting characters and plot contrivances
Netflix enters the full-length, feature film market with the incendiary film Beasts of No Nation. Starring Idris Elba, this labor of love for writer/director Cary Joji Fukunaga (HBO's True Detective) is a searing portrait of war-torn Africa and the hellish descent of one innocent. Powered by incredible acting and gorgeous cinematography, this beautifully awful film has a lot to say. Check out what the guys had to say about it.
Based upon a request from a subscriber, the guys discuss American History X starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong ("The Edwards"). Remember this movie? We bet you don't. We bet it has been a while since you've seen it. Check out the episode and hear what the guys thought of this trip down memory lane.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival and owns the current record for highest selling price at Sundance. A funny, sad, irreverent, and witty comedy/drama, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the must-see indie film of 2015. So far. Check out why.
Jake Gyllenhaal goes primal in the Academy Award-nominated film Nightcrawler written and directed by Dan Gilroy. This film, set in the cut throat world of Los Angeles news broadcasts fills you with dread and yet, somehow, leaves you empty.
This week the guys tackle The Theory of Everything, one of this season's lauded, awards-laden biopics. This story of the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his ex-wife has all of the biopic highlights. Hear what the guys had to say about it and sound off in the comments below.
Twelve years in the making, Richard Linklater's Boyhood stands as a testament to the power of film and the dedication of a serious artist. It also punches you in the nuts with how fast life flies by. Check out one of the best reviewed films of the year and hear what the guys had to say about it in this week's episode.
David Fincher's adaptation of the smash book Gone Girl gets an episode dedicated to it this week. Check out what the guys, both avid Fincher fans, thought of the new movie. You can also read some written reviews of the film on the Movie Outsiders Blog. Danny's review is HERE and Mike's review is HERE. Give the episode a listen and sound off in the comments section.
This week's episode features a discussion about the Academy Award winner for Best Picture from 1969, Midnight Cowboy, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. This movie was the only Best Picture winner to be rated X. You could say "this isn't your father's x-rated movie." Unless, of course, your father watches x-rated movies. Well, it still isn't what you are thinking of. Or even what your father is thinking of. Either way, the movie was re-rated as R a few years after its original release. So, I guess it is now an R-rated Best Picture winner - and there are a ton of those. Give the episode a listen to hear what the guys thought of the film.