End Credits Show Notes for Wednesday December 4, 2019

This week on End Credits, we tuck in for Knives Out. There’s been a lot of anticipation for this new mystery movie, and we certainly can’t wait to tell you about it!  We’ll also talk about the future of movie theatres in the U.S. and Canada, the deal with the Decade of the Fan, and whether we understand the career of a two-time Oscar-winning actor like we think we do.

This Wednesday, December 4, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:

Six Decrees of Separation. Several decades ago, the U.S. Justice Department decreed that no studio could own a movie theatre, but the 2019 department is looking to get rid of regulations that no longer seem applicable in the modern sense. So should we be worried about the further monopolization of the movie business, or is this further proof of the growing irrelevance of theatrical releases?

Hanks for the Memories. A /Film article dared to make the point that while Tom Hanks has enjoyed decades of popularity and exposure, he should be considered every bit a versatile actor in the same league as Daniel Day-Lewis. So have we overlooked Hanks’ skill with the craft, and are we writing him off when we only think of him as America’s dad?

Fandemonium. Film writer Drew McWeeny looked back at the decade and coined it “The Decade of the Fan,” and he did not mean it as a compliment. While the story of the last 10 years has been the success of Marvel Studios, and other nerdy works, it’s also introduced us to the idea of “toxic fandom” and a cutthroat internet film culture. Does McWeeny have a point?

Pretty Cool Junxion. Cineplex has announced the future of the movie theatre, and it’s got video games, VR, live performance spaces and a food court. The first “Junxion” will open late next year at the Erin Mills Town Centre, but can’t it be argued that with arcades, party rooms and pizza that Cineplex theatres are already halfway to their bright, shiny (and profitable) future?

REVIEW: Knives Out (2019). Rian Johnson’s last film was the contentious epic Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but with Knives Out, Johnson gets back to basics. If you liked his earlier hits Brick or Brothers Bloom, you will dig this Agatha Christie-style whodunnit with an all-star cast lead by the goofy charm of Daniel Craig, and the earnest sweetness of Ana de Armas. Is there still room at the multiplex to enjoy the simple charms of a cheeky murder mystery?

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

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