End Credits Show Notes for Wednesday August 8, 2018

We follow up last week’s episode of End Credits, which was about a high-stakes spy movie, with a review this week about a low-stakes spy movie. Yes, girls just want to have fun and save the world with The Spy Who Dumped Me. Speaking of dumped, we check in with a well-known firing from the House of Mouse, and in more Disney drama we look to China. Also, we talk about the man known as SBC, and that festival with the initials T.I.F.F.

This Wednesday, August 8, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson, and Candice Lepage will discuss:

Gunn and Done. It seems that the controversy about James Gunn’s firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 just won’t go away. Last week, the entire cast of the Guardians films came forward with a joint letter asking Disney to rehire Gunn, but there’s no sign that Disney’s budging. Can the Guardians of the Galaxy save Gunn? Can their fans? Or is Disney now just too powerful to have to take the views of fans and cast members into account?

Pooh d’Etat. Last weekend, Christopher Robin opened in theatres everywhere, but there’s one place it won’t open, and that’s China. Now Disney hasn’t had the greatest luck with China lately, A Wrinkle in Time was banned there, and the Star Wars movies have seen a series of diminishing returns. But what, oh what, do the Chinese have against Winnie the Pooh and friends? We’ll talk about the surprising answer.

Who is America Helping? Every Sunday night for the last few weeks, a number of U.S. politicians have been watching and worrying about what they were about to see on Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series, Who is America? Still, who is this show for? No one doubts Cohen skills as a satirist, but is he actually doing any good exposing Republican politicians in a comedy show? Is he maybe just preaching to the choir?

No Fest for the Wicked. The first films to be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival this September have been announced, and among them are some of the usual suspects: Jason Reitman, Denys Arcand, and Steve McQueen to name a few. But more generally, it seems like TIFF is using its platform to amplify female directors, and First Nations films, both surprisingly underrepresented for Canada’s “Festival of Festivals.” We’ll talk about the flicks so far.

REVIEW: The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018). Last week we reviewed Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and now it’s time for something sort of a little different. Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play besties that suddenly find themselves with their own impossible mission when they find out Kunis’ ex is a spy with world saving, or world destroying, information. The Spy Who Dumped Me proves that you don’t need to jump out of a high-altitude plane to save the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a little fun!

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.

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