Now typically there’s no swearing on CFRU, but this week on End Credits we’re going to have to talk about swearing. Yippee ki yay, Mr. Falcon! This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps on a Monday-to-Friday plane!!! And after we talk about clean versions of certain movies, we’ll get into another mess: What do you do/say/think when a favourite actor or celebrity goes to court? And speaking of court, would you still put the director of a bad movie on trial 20 years later? Even if he was sorry? All that, and a review of a wonderful new Canadian film on this week’s show.
This Wednesday, June 21, at 8 am, Adam A. Donaldson, Tim Phillips and Peter Salmon will discuss:
1) Clean Sweep. Sony Entertainment caused a bit of an uproar when they announced “Clean Versions” of popular titles from their libraries, versions of popular titles sanitized for the whole family by taking out the swearing, the sex and/or the violence. Now nothing was replaced, the unedited versions of the films were still available with the family-friendly versions being offered in addition to the originals, but artists like Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen vehemently demanded that Sony leave well enough alone. Was their reaction justified? And hey, haven’t so called clean versions of movies been with us for years on TV and airplanes?
2) Personality Conflicts. It’s been a question seemingly as old as Hollywood itself, how can fans separate the real-life controversies of popular actors, directors and other celebrities from their work? That question has come to the fore with the rape trial of Bill Cosby, who’s been alleged to do some despicable things in court, but whose TV work was groundbreaking and arguably still relevant. Then there’s Roman Polanski, on the run for four decades evading a prison sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl, but now even his victim is saying in court to let sleeping dogs lie? Can you separate a man’s works from his crimes? Should you?
3) All Apologies. Twenty years later, Joel Schumacher finally admitted that he might have done a bad thing making Batman & Robin. The 1997 action film gave Batman movies, and comic book movies a bad name, and it regularly ranks today as one of the worst films *ever* made, and last week, in an interview with Vice, Schumacher said that if fans were offended by it, then he apologizes. Let’s be honest though: Does Schumacher deserve to be punished (Batman) forever for Batman & Robin? Haven’t there been equally bad comic book movies released since then? Hasn’t Joel Schumacher done good work on more low key movies over the last two decades?
REVIEW: Maudie (2017). This week on the show, we go to the art house, and we don’t just mean the cinema. Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in the true life story of Maud and Everett Lewis. Maud has become a renowned folk artist, and a Nova Scotia icon with fans as diverse as Richard Nixon, who personally wrote to Maud to buy a few of her paintings while he was in the White House. The life story of Maud and Everett, their unusual courtship, and Maud’s journey into that annals in Canadian art history is lovingly brought to life by Irish director Aisling Walsh, and beautifully acted by Hawkins and Hawke in what may be one of the best movies you will see this year.
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesdays at 8 am.