The Seed J.K. Rowling Planted To Explain That Shocking GRINDELWALD Cliffhanger (ANALYSIS)

CAUTION: I solemnly swear that I am up to spoilers here. The Muggle world has been split asunder by none other than their leader herself, J.K. Rowling. The cliffhanger she dropped on the collective Potterverse at the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is exactly the kind of love-it-or-hate-it move that sends uberfans [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 13 – FIRST MAN, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM, And More (PODCAST)

Episode 13 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-conversations-on-cinema-episode-13 First Man, @ 1:25 Venom, @ 20:38 The Old Man & the Gun, @ 30:20 A Star Is Born, @ 39:39 Outro, @ 01:05:49 On this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and I launch into the 2018 Oscar Season with big [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 12 – BLACKKKLANSMAN, CRAZY RICH ASIANS, And THE MEG (PODCAST)

Episode 12 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-episode-12 BlacKkKlansman, @ 0:54 The Meg, @ 25:06 Crazy Rich Asians, @ 29:23 Outro, @ 50:41 On this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and I discuss the three big films of August 2018, a.k.a. Crazy BlacKkK Megalodons. You can download it on [...]

Film Writers Offer Alternatives To Oscar Changes, But Are They Better? (AWARDS/ANALYSIS)

You can have prestige or you can have popularity, but you can’t have both. That’s the conclusion I come to when reading some of the think-piece alternatives to recent changes made by the Academy to the Oscars ceremony. Many of them are reflected in this worthwhile piece by IndieWire’s Tom Brueggemann, “How To Make The [...]

Oscars’ “Popular Film” Nominees Likely Among Best Reviewed Films Of The Year (ANALYSIS)

In the wake of the changes to the Oscars telecast, the most controversial addition has been the new category “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film”. Dubbed “The Popcorn Oscar”, it exists as a crass ploy for ratings that many fear will sacrifice the prestige of the award for the sake of (hopefully, maybe) more viewers. To [...]

Big Changes Coming To Oscars Telecast: What They Are, And What It All Means (ANALYSIS)

The Oscars have officially gotten desperate, and it’s not a good look. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences – the producers of the Academy Awards, with a membership of Hollywood’s elite – has made some big changes to their annual telecast (although it was the Governor's Board of 57 people, not the full [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 11 – M:I – FALLOUT, EIGHTH GRADE, BLINDSPOTTING, And More (PODCAST)

Episode 11 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/-the-bad-and-the-beautiful-conversations-on-cinema-episode-11 Mission: Impossible - Fallout, @ 0:53 Blindspotting, @ 24:19 Three Identical Strangers, @ 33:08 Eighth Grade, @ 37:30 Outro, @ 49:50 On this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and I have chosen to not disavow Tom Cruise but rather accept his latest mission. You [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 10 – SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, ANT-MAN & THE WASP, LEAVE NO TRACE, And More (PODCAST)

Episode 10 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-episode-10 Sorry To Bother You, @ 0:51 Ant-Man and the Wasp, @ 19:09 The King, @ 24:52 Leave No Trace, @ 28:00 Outro, @ 42:30 On this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and I discuss a debut film of unapologetic race provocation, a [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 9 – JURASSIC WORLD 2, AMERICAN ANIMALS, And More (PODCAST)

Episode 9 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-conversations-on-cinema-episode-9 DISCUSSIONS Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, @ 0:48 Hearts Beat Loud, @ 13:07 Won't You Be My Neighbor?, @ 22:21 Uncle Drew, @ 24:37 American Animals, @ 28:46 Outro, @ 41:37 On this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and Jeff discuss [...]