Hey there, dorks. Sonia and her better half, David Tracy, co-host of Sonia’s other podcast, Old Movies, New Beer, talk about anime in this episode, specifically “Paprika” (2006) and “Your Name” (2016).
Hey there, dorks. We talk about “Avengers: Infinity War” and the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Sonia’s better half, David Tracy. Plus, a BIG announcement about the state of the Dorking Out podcast.
Hey there, dorks! It’s time for our Summer Movie Preview episode. We share five movies each that we’re really looking forward to this summer, including “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “The Avengers: Infinity War,” “Life Of The Party,” “Tully,” “The Incredibles 2” and more.
Oh, and, we chat about “Wild Wild Country” on Netflix! And if you don’t like it, well …
Hey there, dorks. We talk about “A Quiet Place.” Directed by John Krasinski, this horror movie is about a family living in silence while they hide from some creepy aliens that hunt people using sound. Pretty good idea, huh? Written by Krasinski, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the movie stars Krasinski’s real-life wife Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.
Hey there, dorks. What did you think of this year’s Oscars? We check in on our Oscar predictions (spoiler alert: we tied!), and we share our thoughts and feelings about the winners, losers, Jimmy Kimmel, the red carpet interviews, and the acceptance speeches. Oh, and Sonia maybe had a little wine during her Oscar Party … consider yourself warned.
Oh, and can Tiffany Haddish and Maya Ruldolpf host next year?
Hey there, dorks. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s Oscar time! As forever fans of the Academy Awards, we’ve got a respectable track record with our Oscar predictions, and we want to share our god-given talent with you, our favorite people. We offer up our best guesses for all 24 categories, not just the big acting categories.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Academy Awards are Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. on ABC. After the show, we will record our thoughts and feelings about what we just saw, and go through our ballots to see how we did. You should join us! It’s fun!
Hey there, dorks. BFF of the show Jeff Bond, author of “The Music Of Star Trek,” “The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline” and “The World Of Orville,” and host of the podcast The Bond Of Geekdom, joins us for a deep dorking out about 1978’s “Superman: The Movie,” starring Christopher Reeve, Margo Kidder, Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando.
Every year around this time the same talking point arises and it’s this:
The Oscars are stupid. Giving awards for artistic merit is like ranking your favorite sunset against the best Beatles song ever written. The whole idea is crass, pointless and probably impossible.
Like many things in life, there’s a lot of merit to this realization. It’s also horseshit.
We are a minor Emmy-Winning Self-Satisfied Filmmaker™ and somewhat accomplished blogger. Both of us amateur bloviators (hoping to go pro, fingers crossed!) we suspect you can agree with us on this:
Some studios and creative teams work to bring us Charlie Sheen in “9/11” or the industrial-grade cynicism of “The Emoji Movie. Others work to bring us the charmed delights of “La La Land,” the fraught genre thrills of “Get Out” or the beautifully observed human portraits in “Lady Bird” or “Moonlight.” Forgetting the former and giving SOME recognition to the latter is meaningful.
Making good things is hard. Doing it in Hollywood is nearly is nearly impossible. You’ve seen and forgotten “Justice League.” You know what we’re saying. Pushing against all the forces of pabulum and economics to bring us something like “The Shape of Water” or “Coco” gives us all something to celebrate. When done right, the best movies can last for the better part of a century.
But the Academy Awards as they stand today give recognizing cinematic worth an awful name. Harvey Weinstein has more Oscars (one) than Stanley Kubrick (none. NONE!). This is a system that pitted “La La Land” against “Moonlight,” “Schindler’s List” against “The Fugitive” (?!) and “Star Wars” against “Annie Hall.” How are we honoring greatness when each of these movies has stood the test of time as some kind of classic (okay, fine, a minor action classic for The Fugitive…)
Add to this Hollywood’s insufferable level of self-regard when it comes to bestowing gold on worthy movies. Some years it seems the more depressing and bleak, the better your chances (“Ordinary People,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Deer Hunter,” “The Killing Fields”…). Even better if you’ve got a British person with problems (“Theory of Everything,” “The King’s Speech,” “A Passage to India,” “The English Patient,” “Chariots of Fire” and probably 30 more). If they can wear frilly costumes, you’re almost there (“Shakespeare in Love,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Howard’s End,” “The Piano” and “Remains of the Day” BOTH in 1993…).
Of course, those movies are worthy respect. But they’re a sliver of human experience. We laugh, we sing, we imagine, we get frightened, and we enjoy the thrills only film can bring us. But you wouldn’t know it from the Oscars.
Tim Dirks (@AMC_Filmsite) at Filmsite.org has written up a fantastic analysis, so I’ll link it here and hit the toplines. As far as The Academy goes, comedies, animated films, musicals, science fiction, fantasy horror and family movies need not apply. Think about how much of filmmaking that encompasses.
Only one musical has won best picture since 1970. More silent films have won best picture (two) than science fiction films (streak remains unbroken at ZERO). Only one comedy has won since the 1970s — that famous laugh riot “The Artist” (2011). “2001: A Space Odyssey” wasn’t even NOMINATED for best picture. Horror classics like “Psycho” (1960), “Alien” (1979) and “The Shining” (1980) also weren’t nominated. The closest thing to an action movie to ever win an Oscar is “Titanic” (1997).
So we’re going to have to take this down to the studs and totally rebuild it.
That’s Part 2.
Hey there, dorks. Chris and Sonia review the 18th (!) installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, BLACK PANTHER. Directed by Ryan Coogler, BLACK PANTHER stars Chad Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman. Daniel Kaluuya. Letitia Wright, Forest Whitaker, and Angela Bassett.