Things are pretty golden on this week’s End Credits. We’ve got a lot of awards stuff to talk about with the release of the Academy Award nominations (and the Razzies), and a review of the darling of this year’s Oscars, The Shape of Water. Between those two items, we’ll also talk about the remake of RoboCop that might be, and the remake of Crocodile Dundee that will never be. Sort of.
This Thursday, February 1, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:
1) Winners and Losers. The #OscarsSoWhite campaign a few years ago seems to have resulted in genuine change as the Academy Award nominations last week featured a female and an African-American both nominated for Best Director, the first Black women to be nominated for Best Cinematography and the second Black woman *ever* to be nominated for Best Screenplay. Can we safely say that Hollywood has learned its lesson from Time’s Up and other movements? We’ll also talk about the Razzie nominations, and why they might have went overboard in terms of one nominee that was divisive, but hardly the worst.
2) Reboot-Cop. Ed Neumeier, one of the screenwriters of the original RoboCop, said in a new interview that he had an idea for a continuation of the series that would discount the previous two sequels and the 2014 remake. Sound familiar? It’s the same tact that the David Gordon Green’s Halloween movie being released later this year is taking. On top of that, Ridley Scott says he’s got one more Blade Runner in him, despite the fact that 2049 was a commercial flop. Then on TV we’ve got a Murphy Brown reboot, Magnum P.I. and Cagney and Lacey remakes… Has the remake happy Hollywood finally gone too far with non-originality?
3) Done-Dee. They had us. Viral videos featuring Danny McBride as the son of the original Crocodile Dundee were making the rounds last week, masquerading as a re-quel of the 80s fish-out-of-water comedy, while really being a preview of a Super Bowl ad for Tourism Australia. On the one hand, we’re at the point where not even a Super Bowl ad seems to be enough to get you, or your company, the right amount of attention, and on the other had, Hollywood has deflated our expectations enough to believe that a Dundee continuation with McBride was a perfectly normal thing.
REVIEW: The Shape of Water (2017). Guillermo del Toro channels his love for the classic Universal monster movies, especially The Creature from the Black Lagoon, through his lens of magical realism with The Shape of Water. Set during the Cold War, a mute night cleaner at a government facility discovers one of the subjects there being tortured is an intelligent fish man found in the Amazon. Despite their differences, the two fall in love, and a plan is hatched to free the fish man from the clutches of a sinister government agent, and if love can conquer that, it can conquer everything. See if we enjoyed the film that got 13 Oscar nominations…
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Thursday at 10 am.