End Credits Show Notes for Wednesday July 31, 2019

This week on End Credits, we’re going to go back in time to when people used to know how to treat each other right …in Hollywood. Yes, we’re going to weigh in on Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood, and we’re going to look at the best performances in Tarantino’s movies. We’ll also talk about TIFF 2019, some HBO drama, and what’s new in trailers.

This Wednesday, July 31, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Tim Phillips will discuss:

The Line-Ups. Both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival announced their line-ups last week, and there is predictably some crossover, including, surprisingly, the super-villain origin Joker. TIFF especially seems to be doubling down on Oscar hopefuls this year after Green Book went straight to Best Picture last year. So what looks good?

Big Little Promises. The HBO series Big Little Lies just finished its second (and likely final) season, but the controversy is far from over. No, it’s nothing that happened on-screen, but rather it’s behind the camera. Andrea Arnold was hired to direct season two and was supposed to be given creative control, but it’s alleged that she never got it. So what went wrong?

Zombies, Mavericks and Neighbours. This week in trailers, we’re looking at two highly anticipated sequels and one sure to be award-worthy selection in the fall (as well as being a TIFF premiere). We’ll take a look at the first previews of Zombieland: Double Tap, Top Gun: Maverick, and It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, and share our thoughts.

A Cast of Characters. Just in time for the ninth Quentin Tarantino, Vulture listed the Top 20 performances in Quentin Tarantino movies. This is not an easy list to come up with because those movies are full of memorable performances, but still, there were a few notable exceptions. We’ll compare notes about our picks for the best in Tarantino’s shows.

REVIEW: Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood (2019). Quentin Tarantino returns with his magnum opus, a tale of 1969 Hollywood that covers the waning days of the studio system and the rise of an era of creepy cults. The movie, like many of Tarantino’s works, has been received rather divisively with its mix of nostalgia, ultra-violence and long luxurious scenes that seem to lead no where, but is it among the director’s best, or has his tendency for indulgence gone too far?

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

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