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Wonder Woman Is Avoiding Theaters, You Should Avoid Your Family - ORC 11/24/20
Wonder Woman 1984 shocked the film world this past week, and we researched the big move to HBO MAX from all angles. Then we recap awards to preview Cinematography, Doc Feature, & the Screenplays before reacting to 3 new trailers including one for Pieces of a Woman.
What Is This Episode/How’s AlsoMike Doing? - Top of Show
WONDER WOMAN 84 RELEASING ON HBOMAX + THEATRICALLY::
Quotes From Execs/Hot Takes - 2:54
Big ? 1: Why Now? - 5:51
Big ? 2: How Big Is This For MAX? - 10:14
Big ? 3: Is There Any Upside To Theaters? - 14:04
Big ? 4 - Why Would DC Return To Theaters If This Is $$$? - 18:14
Big ? 5 - Is This A New Tradition? - 29:30
Disney Mullting Streaming Debuts for Future Live Action Adaptations - 32:13
Universal Reaches PVOD Deal w/ Cinemark, Cineplex - 35:16
Nomadland Wins The Golden Frog (Cinematog) - 42:14
Final Draft Awards Will Be Star Studded - 44:14
Dick Johnson Is Dead Wins Everything, Is In Trouble - 45:10
Do Other Doc Winners Matter? - 46:33
One Night in Miami Trailer 1 - 53:41
Let Them All Talk Trailer 1 - 56:30
Pieces of a Woman Trailer 1 - 58:49
Your Homework/Our Socials - 1:03:25
What’s Next For MMO - 1:04:02
Oscar Race Checkpoint returns to discuss the box office apocalypse after the big move from Wonder Woman 1984. What are the risks & rewards for WB, HBO MAX, + AT&T? How does this affect holiday movie watching traditions? And most important of all, can movie theaters survive it?
We count all the numbers, project all the projections, and analyze all the uh- analytics we can find about Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and most of all, HBO MAX. There’s a lot of talk about the streaming wars and the entertainment landscape both pre, mid, and post pandemic, and we finish our chat with some related stories about Universal & Cinemark and future Disney Plus possibilities like Cruella.
Then we have to solidify the episode as an O.R.C. as we discuss trophies from the Camerimage festival that’re predictive of Best Cinematography, the Final Draft awards that connect to Best Original & Adapted Screenplay(s), and of course, the Critics Choice Documentary Award winners, which are predictive of, er-, nothing… absolutely nothing, god love them.
Finally, we finish the episode with 3 trailer reviews for One Night In Miami, Let Them All Talk, and Pieces Of A Woman. What were Mike 1’s first impressions of Amazon’s big Christmas premiere? What did the Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen & Diane Weist film reveal about Steven Soderberg and Lucas Hedges? And what did our first reactions to the Pieces of a Woman trailer reveal about us?
As always, we want to hear your thoughts on anything we discussed in this episode. We’re at MMandOscar on Twitter, and we are at Mike, Mike, and Oscar on Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Gmail. You can subscribe / rate / review / like / share / & hear us on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play, Tune In, Spotify, and just about wherever you might listen. We’re Mike, Mike, & Oscar, and we’re making awards season year round, without the stuffiness. Thank you! And do stay safe, everybody.
Spectre Brings Us Pope Nacho + Inconsequential Kidnappings - Bond Character Study p. 9 - Ep 337
Part 9 of The James Bond Character Study reviews Daniel Craig in Spectre, the latest and one of the most fun installments in the James Bond franchise. We catch you up on the Craig Bond storylines and get you ready for No Time To Die.
DANIEL CRAIG’S JAMES BOND CHARACTER STUDY; CH 4
Spectre aka James Bond in: How?
Episode Breakdown - Top of Show
Awards Profile/Review Score Round-Up - 2:50
Getting Into Character - 6:38
(Get Paid, Mr Craig)
His Performance As Bond Overall - 11:18
(Introducing Pope Nacho + Counselor AlsoMike’s Food Fight)
Comparing Bond Box Offices - 21:48
SPOILER WARNING - 25:26
The Spy Who’s Not Me - 26:52
(Why We Want To, But Never Could Be, This James Bond)
Live and Let Dad Joke - 38:41
(This Bond’s Best [Worst?] One Liners)
Dr. Please God No - 48:37
(Problematic Interactions w/ Women Through 2020 Eyes)
Always Say Never Again - 51:02
(Moral Issues Through 2020 Eyes)
Q Only Lives Once - 53:21
(The Cars, Gadgets, and Tech of Bond)
They’re Why Tomorrow Never Dies - 59:00
(The Struggles of These Bond Baddies)
(We Fix The Bond Baddies)
License To Bill - 1:12:02
(Totaling Up Bond’s Civic Damage)
Your Homework/PLEASE LEAVE US 5*’S - 1:16:10
What’s Next From MMO/Words of Wisdom - 1:17:00
Every time we get to do one of these James Bond Character Study episodes, it’s a fast talking and fun recording session that seemingly leaves us drunk by the end of it. Perhaps it’s because a Bond movie provides us with the full film critic cocktail of ingredients. Perhaps it’s because the 007 adventures indulge us in all our wildest fantasies. Whatever the case, once you do one, the next goes down easy, and once you’ve done eight, number nine goes down smooth.
Spectre is also in the sweet spot of movie review podcasting for us. We love so much about it, we hate our fair share, and when that happens in an episode of MMO, you get some of our wildest conversation. There are anecdotes from our past lives, we do voices, and it’s a complete sh*t show.
As always, there’s a non-spoiler section first where we discuss the behind the scenes production stories on Spectre, how Daniel Craig got into character, and the historical significance of the performance and the film on the industry. Then we break into spoilers to enjoy all your favorite segments like The Spy Who’s Not Me, Live & Let Dad Joke, Dr. Please God No, Always Say Never Again, Q Only Lives Once, Why Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldfingers, & License To Bill.
If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us 5 stars on Apple Podcasts, and do check out The James Bond Character Study playlist on our Soundcloud feed. We’ve done shows on each Bond before this, including the late great Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan. Plus, we’ve now reviewed all 4 of the preceding Daniel Craig Bond films to get you ready for No Time To Die.
As always, let us know what you think of anything we discussed. We’re at MMandOscar on Twitter, and we are at Mike, Mike, and Oscar on Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Gmail. You can subscribe / rate / review / like / share / & hear us on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play, Tune In, Spotify, and just about wherever you might listen. We’re Mike, Mike, & Oscar, and we’re making awards season year round, without the stuffiness. Thank you! And do stay safe, everybody.
A NEW Segment For Oscar Contender Trailers 2: Electric Boogaloo - ORC 11/17/20
We enjoy a new trailer review segment, “Or, As Mike Puts It” to discuss the latest previews for Happiest Season, Wild Mountain Thyme, The Midnight Sky, The White Tiger, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Prom, Mank, and more.
What Is This Episode/AM May Have Covid - Top of Show
NEWS ROUNDUP ON UPCOMING RELEASES - 2:25
(Death on the Nile, Free Guy, Respect, Ammonite)
Minari Expanded Release Early - 7:41
News of the World Goes Netflix Internationally - 9:25
Pieces of a Woman To Netflix In January - 11:25
“OR, AS MIKE PUTS IT…”:
Explanation - 12:15
Happiest Season Trailer 1 - 14:48
Wild Mountain Thyme Trailer 1 - 18:25
The Midnight Sky Trailer 1 - 22:20
The White Tiger Trailer 1 - 25:21
NEW CONTENDER TRAILER REACTIONS:
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Trailer 1 - 28:33
The Prom Full Trailer 1 - 34:22
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Trailer 1 - 37:52
Raya and the Last Dragon Full Trailer 1 - 40:45
QUICK HIT TRAILERS:
Mank Trailer 2 - 43:15
News of the World Trailer 2 - 44:26
The Life Ahead Trailer 1 - 46:06
Your Homework/Our Socials - 48:26
What’s Next For MMO - 49:25
Our trailer thoughts specials have been an MMO pastime, and we’ve always enjoyed a talk radio styled segment or two. So it was time to merge the style with the substance with a goofy new way to talk about these trailers with “or, as Mike puts it.” One Mike does a quick synopsis, the other Mike pretends he just watched it in a theater and reacts. It’s a weird and fun way to introduce our thoughts on the first few of these trailers
Before we dive into all the trailers, we catch you up on some release date changes. Films have moved off the calendar as expected, while others solidified plans for PVOD or streaming to assure us they’ll be a part of this awards season. Then we dive into our trailer reviews on Happiest Season, Wild Mountain Thyme, The Midnight Sky, The White Tiger, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Prom, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Raya and the Last Dragon, Mank, News of the World, & The Life Ahead.
So if you enjoyed this episode, please take a few moments to leave us a 5 star rating on Apple Podcasts. Otherwise, we have many more episodes of Oscar Race Checkpoint in our recent catalog, including a two part Fall Oscars Special with Ryan McQuade, a Film Festival Variety Show reviewing NYFF, Middleburg, & AFI, and in our very last recording session, a recap and analysis of all nominations for the Gotham & European Film Awards, plus a review of the shortlist at DOC NYC. Of course, these episodes are the first of many as we embark on the longest awards season in Academy history this fall, winter, and yes, spring.
As always, we want to know what you think about these trailers or anything we discussed in this or any episode. We’re at MMandOscar on Twitter, and we are at Mike, Mike, and Oscar on Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Gmail. You can subscribe / rate / review / like / share / & hear us on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play, Tune In, Spotify, and just about wherever you might listen. We’re Mike, Mike, & Oscar, and we’re making awards season year round, without the stuffiness. Thank you! And do stay safe, everybody.
Gotham Noms Mean Everything (And Nothing) - ORC 11/13/20
On the latest Oscar Race Checkpoint, we analyze the Gotham Award noms & wonder if indie films will go the distance. Plus, we review the DOC NYC shortlist and have a serious discussion on Best International Film after we react to more noms at the European Film Awards.
What Is This Episode/AM May Have Covid - Top of Show
ANALYZING THE 2020 GOTHAM NOMS:
Last Year’s Winners - 3:01
Best Feature Noms + Stats - 4:46
(incl: F*%! YEA, WOMEN DIRECTORS!)
Best Actor - 9:26
Best Actress - 12:32
IT’S STILL SO EARLY THOUGH! - 16:03
Breakthrough Actor - 19:01
Best Screenplay - 22:20
Breakthrough Director - 33:54
DIVING DEEP INTO THE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE CATEGORY:
AlsoMike is Insane/What We’re Covering - 35:35
Gotham Doc Feature Noms - 37:00
DOC NYC Shortlist (+ Its Relevance) - 38:10
(Including Reviews of Welcome to Chechnya, On the Record, Boys State, The Painter and the Thief, more)
Reviews of Time + The Fight - 47:10
76 Days Review - 49:47
Collective Review - 52:11
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE DEEP DIVE:
European Film Award Noms Announced - 55:45
Gotham International Feature Noms - 59:42
Addressing Cuties - 1:03:40
Your Homework/Our Socials - 1:12:52
What’s Next For MMO - 1:13:39
The Gotham Awards celebrate indie film and kick off every awards season. So we were thrilled to dive into a major analysis of all the newly announced Gotham nominations. Who’d we expect? Who surprised us? Who was snubbed? Who could go the distance? And what are the Oscar crossover stats between this first precursor and Academy Sunday.
For our next segment, Mike1 indulged AlsoMike’s latest obsession, and once again, we did a full sweep of the documentary feature category. What did we think of the noms for the Critics Choice Documentary Awards? Did Anne Thompson actually just explain this voting branch to us? And how do we view the DOC NYC shortlist? Plus, we cover the Gotham Doc Noms here.
Finally, we finish the show with a look at the Best International Feature Category, starting with our highlights from the nominations for the European Film Awards. Plus, we cover the controversial Gotham International Feature Noms here, and this does lead to a serious discussion on Cuties & Beginning.
So we do get serious when necessary. Otherwise, we do have a lot of fun everywhere else, and in any event, we want to hear your thoughts, comments, & questions. We’re at MMandOscar on Twitter, and we are at Mike, Mike, and Oscar on Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Gmail. You can subscribe / rate / review / like / share / & hear us on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play, Tune In, Spotify, and just about wherever you might listen. We’re Mike, Mike, & Oscar, and we’re making awards season year round, without the stuffiness. Thank you! And do stay safe, everybody.
Fine! Borat 2 Gets an Oscars Lens - Borat 2 2020 OSP - Ep 336
This is our Oscar Sprint Profile of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, where a non-spoiler section builds to our analysis of its awards chances, and where a spoiler section dissects all the controversial scenes.
What Is This Episode/Mike1’s Back - Top of Show
BORAT 2 OSCAR SPRINT PROFILE
Movie Specs + Scores - 4:00
Expectations - 7:50
Script Thoughts - 10:01
(incl: “Are These Secretly Actually Actors?” - 13:19)
The YouTube Show Conundrum - 18:36
Costumes, Makeup, Hairstyling - 20:47
SBC - 25:19
Maria Bakalova - 27:46
How Many Oscar Noms? - 32:05
SPOILER WARNING - 33:10
Rudy Giuliani Is Very Gross - 34:43
Cult of What, Exactly? - 40:20
Prologue/Epilogue and A Deeper Meaning? - 45:34
(aka AlsoMike’s Movie Therapist Character Debut)
FINAL GRADES - 54:05
(Comparing it to Borat 1)
Your Homework/Our Socials - 59:40
What’s Next For MMO - 1:00:31
Mike 1 returns after a week away, but refreshed by the election week. So we figured we’d stay on topic and review the film that made national news in the lead up to our collective trip to the polls, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm AKA Borat 2.
We differ on the quality of the script, but agree on a terrific performance. There’s also a discussion on the costumes, make-up & hair, which may have had a larger role than we initially thought. So our non-spoiler review builds to that Oscar Lens round up of all its awards season possibilities before you get the musical interlude to cue spoilers.
And it’s in our spoiler section that we have to break down THAT scene, ya know, the one that everybody has been reporting about in the national news. Then we try and understand the structural formula of the script and each set-up, and why that heightened the degree of difficulty for the actors and all 9 of the writers before analyzing the ending, and the possible intentions behind it. Borat 2 is not the OSP we expected, but the OSP we needed right now.
As always, we want to hear your thoughts on this film. We’re at MMandOscar on Twitter, and we are at Mike, Mike, and Oscar on Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Gmail. You can subscribe / rate / review / like / share / & hear us on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play, Tune In, Spotify, and just about wherever you might listen. We’re Mike, Mike, & Oscar, and we’re making awards season year round, without the stuffiness. Thank you! Vote!! And do stay safe, everybody.
Fall Oscars Update w/ Ryan McQuade, Episode II - Attack of the Family Stones - ORC 11/5/20
Ryan McQuade of InSession Film returns for part 2 of our big Fall Oscars Update where we ask burning questions about Borat 2, Mank & Netflix, Animated & Doc Feature, the release calendar & Sundance, + a look at studio slates & what films might become late breaking contenders.
What is This Episode? - Top of Show
INTRODUCING RYAN MCQUADE! - 2:45
FALL OSCARS SPECIAL:
TOUR DE FORCE or SOUP DU JOUR, PART DEUX:
Anthony Hopkins/Olivia Colman in The Father - 3:51
(“Best performance of ______’s career.”)
Borat 2 Performances - 9:56
WHICH CATEGORIES WILL ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI MEN RUN? - 28:50
PREVIEWING MANK - 30:14
BURNING OSCARS QUESTIONS:
More Interesting Category: Doc Feature or Animated Feature? - 37:43
Release Calendar and Happiest Season - 47:13
Will The Race Shake Up Most in December? - 53:30
When The Other Players Are Scheduled To Drop - 57:34
(incl some BIG PREDICTIONS for Judas and the Black Messiah)
How Is Sundance Going To Be Utilized? - 1:02:00
Your Homework/Our + Ryan’s Socials - 1:13:15
Ryan McQuade returns for part 2 of this Fall Oscars Update, and we do encourage you to follow him on Twitter at ryanmcquade77, listen to him on InSession’s Chasing The Gold and Extra Film podcasts, and read his work at InSession Film, AwardsWatch, Awards Radar, and Film Speak. He is certainly one of our favorites, and we thank him for contributing to this two part special.
Do go back to part one where we discussed our experiences at the fall festivals, began the Netflix talk that we’ll finish in this show, and we profiled the awards chances of the actors in Nomadland, One Night In Miami, The Trial in the Chicago 7, Minari and so much more.
In this episode, we resume our Tour de Force /Soup du Jour segment on The Father & Borat 2 before we start asking & debating some burning questions about Mank and the Netflix slate, the Animated and Documentary feature categories, and the potential effects of a nightmare 2020 on the Academy. Then we finish the show with our analysis of what we know about the calendar, going month by month & studio slate by studio slate to speculate about what the ultimate Oscars field may look like and which films may become late breaking contenders this winter.
As always, we want to hear your thoughts on anything or everything we covered. We’re at MMandOscar on Twitter, and we are at Mike, Mike, and Oscar on Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Gmail. You can subscribe / rate / review / like / share / & hear us on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play, Tune In, Spotify, and just about wherever you might listen. We’re Mike, Mike, & Oscar, and we’re making awards season year round, without the stuffiness. Thank you! Vote!! And do stay safe, everybody.
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