It may not be safe to go back into the water on this week’s End Credits… Yup, we’re reviewing the new giant killer shark movie The Meg, which may or may not be the perfect late summer movie. We’ll also tackle some of the pressing pop culture news of the week, including award show controversies, a new spy (maybe), an old classic has a birthday, and what you might be watching after midnight this September at TIFF.
This Wednesday, August 15, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson, and Tim Phillips will discuss:
Oscars So Fight. Oscar controversy season came early this year when the Board of Governors announced some key changes to the annual awards show including a three-hour cap on running time, and, most controversially, a new award for “Achievement in Popular Film.” This is the latest attempt by the Oscars to get people watching the Oscars again, but what about the artistic question: Can’t a film be both popular and good?
Bond in Black. London bookies are taking bets as to who the next James Bond might be, and the leading candidate is Idris Elba. Elba has been associated with being the next Bond for several years now, but a new rumour pushed him to the front of the pack even as Daniel Craig gets ready to shoot what’s likely his final movie as the super spy. While Elba would make a fairly captivating Bond, is it in the realm of possibility he’s the next 007?
Watching After Midnight. The Toronto International Film Festival released its line-up of Midnight Madness movies last week. Among the announcements were a couple of the usual suspects, Halloween and The Predator, but the fun of Midnight Madness are the films you don’t know much about, or that you don’t see coming. Sadly, only one of those films is directed by a woman, but we’ll look at what offerings will be available at this year’s fest.
One-Armed Fan. This week’s anniversary discussion is focused on The Fugitive. It was 25 years ago that the movie based on the cult classic TV series was released, and The Atlantic marked the occasion by calling it the “last action movie for adults.” That might be a bit much, but there’s no doubt that The Fugitive is better than it had any right to be, and with more than a little longevity too. We’ll remember the iconic pursuit of the One-Armed Man.
REVIEW: The Meg (2018). The megalodon is the biggest shark that ever lived, but they all died out millions of years ago. Or did they? Well, of course they did, but for the purposes of The Meg, a megalodon has existed deep in the ocean’s depths and once freed it could mean the Earth’s beaches are an all you can eat buffet. The only thing in its way is the ultimate human predator, and his name is Jason Statham! In the battle between man and shark, who will win? Hopefully, the audience.
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.