End Credits Show Notes for Thursday August 31, 2017

This week on End Credits, we issue a death note… to summer! Yes, it’s our last show of the summer, and it’s our last show in our temporary Thursday time slot, and we tee up the fall with a delightful new horror pick about teens that kill people magically with the help of a demon. In other news, or rather *the *news, this week, we talk about some marriage drama, the changing way we see movies, and the perfectly stupid idea of telling a super-villain’s origin story. 

This Thursday, August 31, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson with Candice Lepage will discuss:

1) Lost Whedon. Although we try not to dive into gossip with this show, it’s hard sometimes to ignore the bigger cultural implications, like this case of Kai Cole, ex-wife of Joss Whedon, penning an op-ed about why her former husband does not deserve his feminist laurels. Whedon has a huge film and TV nerd following thanks to Buffy the Vampire SlayerSerenity, and The Avengers, and his success in some way is owed to creating wonderful and complex female characters. So how should we feel about this? Is this a personal matter with a couple airing their proverbial dirty laundry in public, or does this change what we’re meant to think about Whedon and his work?

2) Movie Fail? A company called Movie Pass lowered its monthly price to $9.95, garnering a huge bump in new subscriptions and dumping huge barrel on cold water on the heads of major theatre chains in the U.S. What is Movie Pass? You pay 10 bucks per month and you can go to the movie theatre once a day and see a movie. So it’s pretty scary for theatre chains, who are now trying to build a (pay) wall between them and the newest digital business intrusion on their out-of-date business model. Are theatres right to be concerned, and can they stop the inevitable?

3) Joker’s Vile. The director of The Hangover, the screenwriter of 8 Mile, and the man that made Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, Goodfellas, The Departed, and on, and on… are teaming up for a Joker movie. Yes, that Joker. Separate and apart from Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto, or any other version of the character done before, it seems that the team of Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, and Martin Scorsese are going to make a movie all about how the Joker became the Joker, which has so far never worked whenever the comic books have decided they need to explain it. We’ll talk about why its a bad idea, and there will be a surprising revelation about Candice too!

REVIEW: DEATH NOTE (2017): Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, You’re Next, The Guest, and Blair Witch director Adam Wingard “Americanizes” the story of a teen that finds an enchanted book that lets him kill anyone in the world just by knowing their face and their name. Nat Wolff plays Light, who with his girlfriend Mia (played by Margaret Qualley), decide to right – and write – the wrongs of the world, but soon a super detective called ‘L’ (Lakeith Stanfield) is on their trail starting a deadly cat-and-mouse game. All this, and Willem Dafoe as a grinning demon too in this new fantasy/horror/teen drama now available to stream on Netflix.

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Thursday at 10 am.

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