This edition of End Credits will be filled with the spirit of Christmas. We’re reviewing what might be the new holiday classic, Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles, but in the news, it’s the slings and arrows of awards season that has us concerned. We’ll talk about the Golden Globe nominations, and the quick tenure of a new Oscar host. We’ll also mark a notable anniversary, and why remakes are not necessarily Child’s Play.
This Wednesday, December 12, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:
Golden Groats. The Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and it’s the the usual collection of odd choices, and all stars as the Dick Cheney bio-pic Vice stands out at the early frontrunner in the awards race, and right behind it is A Star is Born and Green Book. But let’s talk about who didn’t get a nomination. Ryan Gosling can play the first man on the moon, but not get a nomination for it?! Mary Poppins Returns can be a Best Musical without the music being nominated?! We’ll discuss the inconsistencies.
Hart of the Flee. Comedian Kevin Hart was all set to become the host of the 91st Academy Awards in February, but as is the style of the time, no one thought to check his social media accounts for anything untoward. So now the Oscars are without a host, and another takedown credited to past comments coming back to haunt has been pressed into the history books. Is anyone clean enough to host the Oscars?
Punished Again. Punisher: War Zone turns 10 years old this year. Not only was this the third film to feature Marvel’s skull shirt-wearing vigilante, but it was a hard R-rated, ultra-violent action film that stands fittingly next to new hits like Logan and Deadpool, plus, it was directed by a woman! Marked as a failure when it came out in 2008, the same year as Iron Man and The Dark Knight by the way, we’ll talk about why War Zone has became a cult classic.
Terse of Chucky. There’s a remake of Child’s Play in the works, and there’s a TV series about the killer doll also in the works. One of these is being supervised by Chucky’s creator, Don Mancini, and the other is not, and Mancini is kind of mad about that. Can you blame him? He’s made Chucky his life’s work, and MGM wanted him to rubberstamp their remake and let them put his name on it. Why aren’t more creators this mad in remake happy Hollywood?
REVIEW: The Christmas Chronicles (2018). Imagine if Santa Claus was real, but instead of a jolly, old fat guy, you found out he was middle-aged, fit and kind of bad ass. In the Christmas movie you’ve probably been waiting for, two young people encounter not-that-old St. Nick and accidentally set things on a course for a cancelled Christmas. Can Santa and the kids stay ahead of the Chicago police, local street toughs, and an unhelpful public to rally the reindeer, find Santa’s sack of presents and save Christmas? Surely you jest!
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 2 pm.