End Credits Show Notes for Wednesday January 22, 2020

This week on End Credits, we’re racing the clock. We only have one hour a week to break down the latest movie news and review a movie, and no one knows more about a deadline than the two soldiers at the heart of 1917. We’ll review that one, and talk about the Oscar noms, Bond’s producers, Parasite going to TV, and three of the latest trailers. 

This Wednesday, January 22, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:

Oscar Wild! The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced last week, and the one to beat is Joker. With 11 nominations, Todd Phillips’ remix of the origin of Batman’s arch-nemesis got the most nods of any film, but 1917, The Irishman, and Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood are tied for a close second with 10 apiece. So what do we think of the Oscar race, and which snub hurt us the most?

Bond Control. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have been guiding the James Bond series since Goldeneye in 1995, but they don’t often grant interviews. In a Variety piece though, the pair opened up about the creative challenges in making Bond post-#MeToo, and what the future of the super spy looks like (still male, but more diverse). So what did we learn about 007’s next steps?

Bong Shot. As Parasite looks good to be a strong contender for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, the film’s director, Bong Joon-ho, is looking to the future of the story, and has decided its on television. Bong is teaming up with Succession creator Adam McKay and HBO to turn the movie into a series, but is there anything we can get from Parasite the series that we couldn’t get from the movie?

Lovebirds, Bats, and Guns. This week’s new trailer has all sorts of things. First, there’s a fugitive love story starring Kumail Nanjiani from the director of The Big Sick. Next, we’ll revisit vintage 90s superhero filmmaking (by all appearances) with the latest Spider-Man spin-off, Morbius. And, to wrap up, we’ll look at the trailer for a gonzo action flick starring Harry Potter, and the two guns bolted to his hands!

REVIEW: 1917 (2019). It’s World War One, and two corporals are sent across enemy lines to deliver a message to a division of British troops to call off an attack the next day lest they walk into a trap set by the Germans. It’s a straightforward war narrative about two green soldiers set against all odds, but Sam Mendes decided to tell it in what looks like one, long continuous take. 1917 is a technical marvel, but does it have the heart and soul of a timeless war movie classic?

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

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