This week on End Credits, we’re getting politically romantic. Our review this week is Long Shot, a movie about finding love in all the wrong places, like the campaign trail, and it might offer some refreshing laughs from American politics. We’re also going to be talking about spoilers, new trailers, the best of the decade, and the loss of a major voice in modern cinema.
This Wednesday, May 8, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:
Singleton in Time. John Singleton passed away last week due to complications after having a stroke in April. It was a blow for the film business for Singleton, as you may know, is the youngest person to ever be nominated for the Best Director Oscar, and the first Black person to ever get the nod. We’ll talk about the life and career of Singleton, and the films and legacy he leaves behind.
Spoilers of War. The sky high expectations of Avengers: Endgame, and the fan excitement about it, has made people extremely prickly about seeing or hearing spoilers in advance of seeing the film. Disney even had a spoilers expiring date for Endgame. But is it possible that we’re too spoiler-phobic? Where is the fine line between wanting to experience a movie fresh and just being obsessive?
Decade to Rest. It’s only May, but we’ve already gotten our first list of the Best Movies of the 2010. The website World of the Reel surveyed 250 film critics, and collated the results to a Top 20 list of movies released so far since January 2010. There are some interesting picks in there, and some questionable ones, so we’ll look at the list and talk about how it might compare to our lists (if we make one, and we might make one. You know, later).
Sonic Spoof. You shouldn’t judge a film by the trailer, but here come a couple of projects that you can’t help being judgey about. One is Sonic the Hedgehog, a live-action movie based on the 16-bit video game character, and the other is Gemini Man, where Will Smith fights Will Smith who’s been de-aged 30 years thanks to digital technology. Is there any hope for these movies?
REVIEW: Long Shot (2019). Politics is a tough game, but not as tough as the game of love! In Long Shot, presidential candidate Charlize Theron tries to become the Leader of the Free World while her new speechwriter Seth Rogen makes a play to become the first First Gentleman. American politics aren’t exactly a great, life-affirming basis to build a film on, so you can at least enjoy a funny movie and the surprisingly wonderful Theron/Rogen chemistry.
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