This week on End Credits, we’re dressed to kill! We’ll, we’re actually dressed to watch Jennifer Garner kill, and kill she does in Peppermint, a new vengeance-fueled thrill ride from the guy that made Taken. Speaking of payback, we’ll also talk about the return of a supposedly washed up sitcom star, no more popular Oscar, and toxic fandom. We’ll also talk about a captain we’re all eager to salute!
This Wednesday, September 12, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:
Owens Boring. The saga of Geoffrey Owens, former star of The Cosby Show, raised a lot of interesting questions about life as a working man and woman. Though he once starred in a popular sitcom, people sought to shame Owens for working at a New Jersey Trader Joes, an American grocery store chain. Instead. the focus became more about the struggles of working actors, the original members of the gig economy. We’ll talk about the reaction on all sides.
Captain Jerk. Marvel Studios finally released its first images of Captain Marvel, their 21st film and the first one to be lead by a solo, female superhero played by Brie Larson. It’s a big moment, and while talking about the film, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, said it’s taken this long waiting for two reasons: 2004’s Catwoman and 2005’s Elektra. Is it disingenuous though for Feige to put the blame on two bad movies from over a decade ago?
Blocks Populi. After much controversy, the new Oscar for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film has been pulled from this year’s ceremony. The Academy says that they have to do more consultation before rolling out the new award, but are they just trying to skirt ugly questions raised about the timing? In the same year that Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians rule the box office, did the Academy make the right call pulling this new award?
Quantifying Gross. The Washington Post sought to prove with numbers that female Star Wars fans are treated far worse online than male fans, and wouldn’t you know, it turns out that this is a quantifiable fact! Studying the tweets, women get way more negativity and hate speech, especially when considering the female stars of the sequel trilogy. We’ll dive into the cesspool again to see if we can learn any new reason why.
REVIEW: Peppermint (2018). Seventeen years ago, Jennifer Garner was launched to stardom kicking butt on TV’s Alias, but now she’s mostly know as a credit card spokeswoman. Someone’s in need of a little career rehab – with extreme severity. In Peppermint, Garner still kicks butt, but this time with an eye to revenge. She plays a woman trying to avenge her family by eliminating the drug lords that killed them, and the corrupt system that let them get away with it. But don’t call her “Lady-Punisher.”
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.