300 episodes

Every week on This Had Oscar Buzz, film and entertainment writers Joe Reid and Chris Feil are going to be talking about a different movie that once upon a time had big-time Academy Award aspirations, and for one reason or another, it all went wrong.

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Every week on This Had Oscar Buzz, film and entertainment writers Joe Reid and Chris Feil are going to be talking about a different movie that once upon a time had big-time Academy Award aspirations, and for one reason or another, it all went wrong.

    301 – Bernie

    301 – Bernie

    our old friend Kevin O’Keeffe and Texas native for a very Texas movie. Debuting in 2011 but arriving in theaters, Richard Linklater’s Bernie accounts a real-life Texan wink wink bachelor Bernie Tiede (played by Jack Black), beloved by the church ladies and local community. However, he is taken in by the town villain Margie (Shirley MacLaine) and ends up convicted for her murder, but not necessarily in the court of public opinion. Though the film was recognized as comedy (especially for Black’s delicate performance), its awards history was largely left as a footnote to the McConaissance.

    This episode, we talk about the different vibes of Texas cities and the film’s spectacular ensemble of real-life witnesses. We also talk about Linklater’s outsider status to the Hollywood establishment, Black’s preceding failures, and reporter Skip Hollandsworth.

    Topics also include “one of them CMT girls,” Linklater’s upcoming Merrily We Roll Along, and 2012 Best Actor.

    Follow Us on Twitter!@Had_Oscar_BuzzJoe: @joereidChris: @chrisvfeil

    • 2 hrs 17 min
    300 – Collateral Beauty

    300 – Collateral Beauty

    We’ve hit another year of the podcast, arriving at our milestone 300th episode! No better way to celebrate that by finally revisiting one of the past decades most notorious bombs, 2016’s Collateral Beauty. Starring Will Smith as a grieving father, this all-star cast includes Edward Norton, Michael Peña, and Kate Winslet as his three friend who devise a plan to… oust Smith from their advertising firm by… hiring three struggling actors (Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, and Jacob Latimore) to… portray the concepts of Death, Love, and Time that he has been writing letters to, and make him appear mentally unstable. Yeah, this one goes some places!

    This episode, we talk about how the film’s imbalance with magical realism makes it more deranged. We also talk about Smith’s Oscar-chasing dramatic roles pre-slap, Ann Dowd as a felony committing private investigator, and the previous talent attached to this buzzy but ill-begotten project.

    Topics also include Winslet joining our 6 Timers Club, Rogue One, and our Best Of ballots for the last year of the show!

    Follow Us on Twitter!@Had_Oscar_BuzzJoe: @joereidChris: @chrisvfeil

    • 2 hrs 32 min
    299 – The Matrix Resurrections

    299 – The Matrix Resurrections

    This week’s film has Joe and Chris on opposite sides of a divisive reception. The Matrix not only revolutionized genre filmmaking in 1999, but it resulted in a resounding Oscar success. Reception to its first two sequels in 2003 was decidedly unappreciative, but the franchise has received some critical reassessment in the two decades since. Enter 2021’s The Matrix Resurrections, a COVID-delayed and incredibly meta revisiting of The Wachowski’s science fiction world, this time with only Lana Wachowski at the helm. The last of Warner Bros.’ films to be released simultaneously in theaters and online during the pandemic, Resurrections nearly cracked craft categories, but its timing proved unfortunate.

    This episode, we talk about Oscars relationship to awarding franchises and overlooking later installments. We also talk about our opposing points of view on the film, how the film incorporates new cast members as stand-ins for the original lineup, and the film’s bold meta elements.

    Topics also include the late 2021 box office, gay villainy, and doomscrolling.

    Follow Us on Twitter!@Had_Oscar_BuzzJoe: @joereidChris: @chrisvfeil

    • 2 hrs 3 min
    298 – A Perfect World

    298 – A Perfect World

    Early in the 1990s, two westerns emerged as Best Picture winners when the genre was first thought dead: Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves and Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven. In 1993, those heralded actor-directors would unite for A Perfect World, casting Costner as an escaped convict who takes a small boy hostage and teaches him about masculinity, with Eastwood as the lawman in pursuit while also taking the directing reigns. That pedigree missed the Academy on this round, however, as the film’s downer telling was a poor fit to the holiday season to which it was launched.

    This episode, we talk about the early poor reception for Costner’s new saga Horizon and our differing opinions on this film’s approach to masculinity. We also talk about Eastwood’s output in the 1990s, Laura Dern’s underserved role as a criminologist, and how the film disappointed for denying audiences an onscreen showdown between its male stars.

    Topics also include Schindler’s List as the 1993 undeniable frontrunner, Costner’s sex appeal, and the Cahiers du Cinema.

    Follow Us on Twitter!@Had_Oscar_BuzzJoe: @joereidChris: @chrisvfeil

    • 1 hr 44 min
    297 – To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    297 – To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    Why not derail an originally planned episode to close pride season with a beloved queer 90s film with three praised performances? In 1995, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar spun a tale of three drag queens on a road trip that get stranded in middle America. Its headliners were two macho movie stars in Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes and one emerging theatre actor in John Leguizamo, resulting in Globe nominations for Swayze and Leguizamo. One of a few of the 90s drag centric movie hits, To Wong Foo was ignored by the Academy for both its performances and its costumes, a category won by The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the previous year.

    This episode, we unpack how the film has stood the test of time in the queer canon and the performances from these straight performers. We also discuss the film’s divine female ensemble, how the film holds up to contemporary expectations for queer cinema, and title punctuation.

    Topics also include favorite outfits from Snipes’ Noxeema Jackson, the drag road trip movie tradition, and 1995 Best Supporting Actor.

    Follow Us on Twitter!@Had_Oscar_BuzzJoe: @joereidChris: @chrisvfeil

    • 1 hr 55 min
    296 – Take Shelter

    296 – Take Shelter

    We return this week to one of the Oscar years we bemoan the most, 2011, to talk about Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter. After Michael Shannon landed a surprise acting nomination for Revolutionary Road, it seemed he’d somewhat cornered the market on onscreen psychosis. In this film, he plays a rural father who begins to see apocalyptic visions that may or may not be coming to fruition. As his wife, Jessica Chastain would make her debut when the film premiered to Sundance audiences, already amassing a reputation as the next big thing due to the several films she had coming, including Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

    This episode, we talk about Shannon’s onscreen persona and how it may shade our perceptions of this film. We also talk about how The Help became the film that Chastain was Oscar nominated for in her breakthrough year, Kathy Baker in Edward Scissorhands, and the film’s divisive ending.

    Topics also include Sundance 2011 movies, the Death Becomes Her musical, and cozy culture during the apocalypse.

    Follow Us on Twitter!@Had_Oscar_BuzzJoe: @joereidChris: @chrisvfeil

    • 1 hr 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
113 Ratings

113 Ratings

Fightfight27 ,

Highlight of the week

These two are so passionate about film, hilarious and it’s such a great listen. Couldn’t recommend highly enough.

dvadd ,

My Fave Podcast

I an a self-proclaimed cinefile and this podcast seriously got me through the pandemic. Their deep dive into the film with an eye to both industry tides and pop culture of the time is incredible. And did I mention so much fun!!
On top of this, as someone who works seasonally at TIFF their passion for their Festival experience mirrors my own. I honestly feel that we have been sitting together at the same screenings.
Thanks for everything Joe and Chris!!

KYBP6254144564 ,

No Substance

It would be nice if somewhere in these two hour + episodes the movie could be discussed.

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