The 2018 Edgars!

Now that the dust has cleared from those other awards, and we all can rest happy knowing Vladimir Guerrero will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame – the main event of this week can come to fruition!

That’s right, the 18th Annual Edgar Awards are here! I’m sure you were wondering what Cory and I would think of this past year, even beyond that impressive three-hour dialogue on the best of 2017. Here you’ll find our version of the awards show season, and we’d love for you to participate!

Three films are tied for most nominations, with Baby DriverBlade Runner 2049 and I, Tonya all getting 10 nods apiece. Alongside the Edgar Wright-helmed action comedy, the four other films chosen for Best Film are DunkirkGet OutLogan and The Lost City of Z.

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The 2018 Edgar Awards

 

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Podcast Jan 19 – Paddington and The Polka King

Honestly, I would see a movie entitled Paddington and the Polka King, but alas that’s not what we discuss on this week’s Interjections podcast.

You can probably guess what the actual focus will be, as the stellar children’s sequel starring small bear superstar Paddington was released upon the unsuspecting public in the past week. Cory took that in and has the good news to share with us all. In addition to this, he saw recent horror sequel Insidious: The Last Key, and several films from last year, like Gary Oldman’s Darkest Hour, and a pair of Tom Hanks films: The Circle and his joint with Meryl Streep – The Post.

Tristan caught up a bit by seeing Daniel Day Lewis’s Phantom Thread and he reveled in the first big Netflix release of 2018 with Jack Black as The Polka King. Listen to all this and more below, and remember to comment responsibly!

 

 

Five Films to Watch After Happy Death Day

If you know me, you know I absolutely loved Happy Death Day, a slasher film that came out this past October. You also probably know how much the film was inspired by the 1984 comedy classic Groundhog Day, and that I simply love that premise when it’s used in other films and entertainment. Happy Death Day is out on Blu-ray and DVD today, so I couldn’t help but to revisit the film and others like it.

Shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Trek: The Next Generation used the premise to incredibly great effect, bringing us two of the finest episodes during the ’90s. In fact, the time loop episode of TNG – “Cause and Effect” – aired a year before Groundhog Day hit theatres. Maybe I’ll end up stuck in my own time loop until I figure out the origin of this premise.

Anyway, before my day runs out, here are the five films that best utilize this classic trope:

1) Source Code – 2011

Army pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) awakens to find himself part of a top secret project being experimented now – the day a commuter train into Chicago exploded inexplicably, killing everyone aboard. We follow him as he is forced to relive the increasingly brief window of the past in order to discover the culprit and where they planted the bomb on the train. Stevens finds himself in someone else’s body with partial amnesia. His only contact from home is Colleen (Vera Farmiga), a voice in his head he can only see when he returns from each “leap to the past”. Setting right things which once went wrong, Stevens leaps back to the beginning of the day, hoping each time that he will figure out their problem, as well as his own. Why is he stuck in this experiment? Can he save the people aboard this train, including Sean Fentress, the man he’s leapt into? While this may sound familiar just because of the Groundhog Day situation, it also sounds eerily reminiscent of another favorite show of mine, Quantum Leap. Director Duncan Jones even finds the chance to sneak a Scott Bakula cameo in there, so keep an ear out for him. Including incredible supporting work from Jeffrey Wright as the scientist bent on manipulating the Source Code machine he’s developed, as well as Michelle Monaghan as Sean’s love interest (who Stevens of course romances), this is one of the sharpest sci-fi films of the last decade, let alone one of my favorites of all time. You’re in for a treat of the senses if you rent this next.

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Podcast January 13 – Phantom Thread and The Commuter

Our next podcast needs no introduction, but I suppose technically you want to know what we talked about, right?

Phantom Thread expanded slightly wider and Cory was able to see Daniel Day-Lewis’s potential final performance, while also taking in the first new film of 2018 – Liam Neeson’s newest January “thriller” The Commuter. He also caught up with Tristan by seeing recent awards darling The Florida Project.

Tristan caught up with Cory as well by seeing the number two on Cory’s best of 2017 list, Brawl in Cell Block 99 and another great summer release, A Ghost Story. He also saw an older flick, Michael Douglas cop thriller Black Rain.

Finally, Cory discusses the newest Netflix acquisition, David Letterman’s return – My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, a series of interviews led by the thrilling ex-late night host.

Join us as we talk about the highlights of our week, below:

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Review: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction (Episode 1)

In the format of his friend Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Car Getting Coffee, ex-talk show impresario David Letterman is chronicling his post-fame exploits. With the guerilla-style camera tilting up to his desk, Letterman fields a phone call with President Barack Obama to be the inaugural guest on his latest Netflix interview venture. When David politely exchanges goodbyes and hangs up the phone, we see the haggard look of tentative disappointment on his beard-encrusted mug as he immediately jumps to the conclusion that Obama is too preoccupied for his formal, no-frills chat.

Low and behold, Letterman managed to ensnare Obama for an interview in what appears to be a community theater hall that might be the minor venue for a local talent show or bake-sale fundraiser. Best of all, the audience is completely oblivious as to who the guest will be which piques and counterbalances the show’s lean production (two black leather chairs against the backdrop of curtain pulleys).

Strangely, it is quite apropos for Obama to be David’s contemporary since, as Dave winks, they both “left long-term jobs.” Letterman’s line of questions are more about demystifying the cloak-and-dagger secrecy of the White House and how one re-acclimates back to being an American citizen rather than the Alpha and Omega of our government.

Obama is cordial and immensely aboveboard as always about the transition to civilian life but what makes the confab so arresting is how he flips the dynamic and asks Letterman about his journeys after his CBS exile (pilgrimages to Japan and Newfoundland). Even better is how Letterman jokingly retreats from Obama’s curiosity back to his inquisition.

Along with the lighthearted banter (ex. Obama quips about Letterman’s staff along with his “biblical beard”), Obama candidly addresses the economic crisis and two wars he had to juggle when entering the Oval Office. Since they’re tackling provocative issues about social media news feeds, the au courant political climate and Obama’s childhood in Indonesia, the conversation is scintillating. It’s a bit jarring when Letterman pleats the insular format and retraces the Selma march with organizer John Lewis. Much like Letterman’s daily show, the most captivating episodes will hinge on the most captivating of guests in the long run and with an elocutionist like Obama by his side, the biplay is uncommonly strong.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Music to Your Ears – Justin Timberlake, The Vaccines, I’m With Her

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the outcome to our first annual Music to Your Ears single bracket, and here we are:

The Killers “Run for Cover” wins Best Song of the Year over Haim’s “Want You Back!

Thanks all who voted this year, and hopefully we’ll be back again next December even bigger and better than before!

Now, without further adieu, are the first new singles of 2018:

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Podcast January 6 – The Florida Project and Bright, plus Most Anticipated

Cory and Tristan usher in the new year with a collection of late-end 2017 films, including:

Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Florida Project
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Bright
I Love You, Daddy
Mr. Roosevelt

Their discussion also features two new television premieres – LA to Vegas and 9-1-1. They cap off their day with a brief recap of their most anticipated films of 2018.

Listen in below, and remember to comment responsibly!

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