Oscar Talk: Ep. 62 -- 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' is icy and smooth (and good!), but is it Oscar?
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In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of the year's contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.
Today marks our first podcast at the new HitFix digs (see, I promised we'd push forward without a hitch). And there's a lot to discuss. It's been a busy week of screenings and interviews and more. "Moneyball" kind of announces the start of the season's major Oscar hopefuls by releasing today and the Academy has made a change to its rules and regulations that deserves addressing, to say nothing of the various films that have screened that are worth chewing on. So with all that in mind, let's see what's on the docket today...
• We both saw Tomas Alfredson's hotly anticipated "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" this week after the film bowed in Venice a few weeks back. And we have a lot to say on that.
• With "Moneyball" opening today, to very strong reviews, we come back around to the Oscar question on the film. We're both still somewhat reserved but we recognize the film is landing just right with the critical set. Now the question is box office and, most especially, Academy reaction.
• The Academy implemented a rule change on campaign regulations this week. Most are calling it a "cracking down" thing but it actually opens the flood gates to a big extent. We discuss.
• The trailer for Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" dropped this week, putting Leonardo DiCaprio in the thick of the Best Actor discussion. With little to chew on yet, we consider.
• I happened to see "The Ides of March" this week. (Anne will see it at the premiere on Tuesday.) And I'm a huge fan, so I go on briefly about that.
• I also caught Cameron Crowe's rock doc "Pearl Jam Twenty" this week, which I liked very much. I dig in on that a little bit.
• Back to things we can both comment on, I finally caught up with Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," which Anne saw in Cannes. I'm not nearly as over the moon for it as she is, though.
• And, don't hate me, but no questions this week. I never got around to putting up a solicitation post, and even though I asked for some questions on Twitter, I never even got around to looking at them. I know, I'm sorry. Next week we'll be on all cylinders. Promise!
Have a listen to the new podcast below, with a little Pearl Jam leading the way. If the file cuts off for you at any time, try the back-up download link at the bottom of this post. And as always, remember to subscribe to Oscar Talk via iTunes here.
OSCAR TALK: Ep. 62
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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