End Credits Show Notes for Wednesday October 30, 2019

This week on End Credits, we dig into a bit of Hollywood history, and a bit of Hollywood’s future. We’re reviewing the true life tale of Dolemite is My Name, and looking once more at the best movies of 1999. We’re also going to ask if Hollywood is getting a bit too comfortable with certain box office conditions, and we’ll get into the latest twists around the Marvel question.

This Wednesday, October 30, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Vince Masson will discuss:

China Grill. China is marking 70 years this month since the Communists took over, and they’re marking it with even harsher censorship over their movie industry, and just as Hollywood is depending more than ever on Chinese box office revenue. Is Hollywood bending Free Expression to the breaking point just to get Chinese money?

Cine-Complex. The debate about whether or not the Marvel Cinematic Universe series of films actually counts as cinema has gotten hotter in the last few weeks as Francis Ford Coppola, Ken Loach, and others have gotten in on the action, while Martin Scorsese, the originator of this debate, has tried to refine his original idea. So is this any closer to a resolution?

25 for ’99, Part 4 of 5. It’s been 20 years since what’s been called “the best year in movies” came and went, 12 months of some of the most influential and innovative movies of the last few decades, and for the next couple of weeks, we’ll remember the best of the best. Each of our hosts will reveal their Top 5 favourites from 1999, and this week we’ll continue with Vince.

REVIEW: Dolemite is My Name (2019). Eddie Murphy stages another comeback by realizing an overlooked bit of Black cinema history. Rudy Moore came to Hollywood wanting to be Sammy Davis Jr., but he only got as far as the record store selling Sammy Davis’ music, that is until he discovered Dolemite. Director Craig Brewster chronicles Moore’s rise from cabaret stage to movie infamy in this funny and inspiring bio-pic of an underappreciated cinema pioneer.

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

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