The Oscars are fast approaching, and as is customary, everyone is making their predictions. Most of the debate is centered around which film will take home Best Picture, but this year has a different feel about it. While The Academy has polarized critical opinion over time, it has also admirably adapted to be more inclusive to films that speak to the cultural issues of our times.
Jordan Peele's debut film, 'Get Out', did something pretty radical, that arrived right on time: It made a movie about American racial prejudice in which the villains were not rednecks, Klansmen, or other traditional racist bad guys.
The 2010s have brought to cinema an almost exponential rise in diversity, renowned directors have released acclaimed opuses, and while the Marvels and Star Wars of the industry have gobbled up studio budgets, independent creators have still been getting it done. Don't listen to the haters--cinema is alive and well.
We're back (Shannon, Dareece, and Dario) and we're ready to discuss our thoughts about the Oscars and most importantly see who won from our prior predictions. But first we open by getting Shannon and Dario's opinions about Black Panther and close with discussions about Lion King 2, Sandlot 2, and Disney's continued (lackluster) effort at making live-adaptations of their classic animated films - which spawned the meme worthy phrase, "You don't know about Kovu bro?!". As well, as Shannon's Top 5 Stephen King adaptations and new shows like Counterpart and Hap and Leonard that you should all check out.
It’s very clear, from the artistic and financial success of Black Panther, that Ryan Coogler was the right director for Black Panther, and that Black Panther was the right film for him to make at this stage of his career. However, that’s not always the case when it comes to talented young directors who are brought into high-profile franchise filmmaking.