2019 Golden Globe Nominations and Quick Reactions

It’s Golden Globe Nomination day! Let’s go through the categories and check out the nominees. Vice led the way with 6 nominations, with A Star Is BornGreen Book, and The Favourite all with 5 nominations as well. BlacKkKlansman even scored 4 nominations for it’s big guns, including John David Washington and Spike Lee. Let’s jump into the nominations below!

76th Golden Globe Nominations

Film Nominations

Best Picture (Drama)

  • Black Panther (REVIEW)
  • BlacKkKlansman (REVIEW)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (REVIEW)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born (REVIEW)

Good but not great 5. Great to see the Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman love. Really surprised to see Bohemian Rhapsody over films like First Man and Widows. The other 4 are all Best Picture contenders. A Star Is Born feels like the winner here.

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book (REVIEW)
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Vice

Another solid race, except for the category fraud from Green Book and Vice. The two may have comedic elements, but don’t get it twisted, they’re not COMEDIES. The other three are great entries for the race. Winner will probably be Vice or Green Book. Would have loved to have seen Eighth Grade show up here.

Best Actor (Drama)

  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
  • Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

Very cool to see John David Washington make a Drama actor list. The choice to place BlacKkKlansman feels like it was a good one. However, this is Cooper’s to lose. Potentially could have pulled in Ethan Hawke for First Reformed, but likely too indie for this group.

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)

  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  • Robert Redford – The Old Man and the Gun
  • John C. Reilly – Stan and Ollie

Bale should win this in a walk. Nice recognition for Redford, and love that John C. Reilly got the nomination here. I don’t see a weak choice here, but a nomination for Paul Giamatti in Private Life would have been good (he’s being campaigned in supporting, but that feels like fraud to me).

Best Actress (Drama)

  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
  • Nicole Kidman – Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Rosamund Pike – A Private War

Not overly shocked by the group here, but the Toni Colette miss sucks. However, Hereditary was much stronger in the States and this group didn’t even acknowledge Jordan Peele for Get Out last year. This will be Close versus Gaga, and Gaga has already won with this body before. Close has won a pair of Globes but both times were for television. She’s really unlucky when it comes to film awards.

  • Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Colman- The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher- Eighth Grade (REVIEW)
  • Charlize Theron – Tully
  • Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

I don’t believe there was a better group to nominate. Good job Golden Globes. Colman and Blunt are going to battle for this one, but Colman has an advantage.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahersala Ali – Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
  • Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell – Vice

No Sam Elliott? Despite A Star Is Born getting 5 nominations, it seems like a fairly concerning miss. Ali and Grant could be our frontrunners, and with the love for Green Book, look for Ali to win. I personally would have preferred Josh Hamilton from Eighth Grade to Chalamet, but that kid is working the circuit again. I’m starting to think an Oscar nom is not out of the question for the struggling film.

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams – Vice
  • Claire Foy – First Man (REVIEW)
  • Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone – The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Another nearly perfect lineup. Unsure who will take the big prize because it can go either of The Favourite ladies, Adams, or King. I’m expecting King to take it, especially if Weiss and Stone split their votes. Adams is lurking and could grab the win.

Best Director

  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
  • Peter Farrelly – Green Book
  • Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay – Vice

Watch the Globes go a different route and give McKay the win. His film leads in nominations, so they clearly love it. However, Cuarón and Cooper may have a lot to say about that. Cuarón, in particular, needs this because Roma was not eligible for Drama picture as a non-English film. It could be the only win it gets against its Oscar competition. I hate the Farrelly nomination, especially when Barry Jenkins got left out in his place.

Best Screenplay

  • Roma
  • The Favourite
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Vice
  • Green Book

The combined screenplay nomination category makes it very interesting. Four of the nominees came from the Original Screenplay race, making Beale Street a potential winner here. However, The Favourite could push for the win, and it continues to grab writing prizes everywhere. It would have been nice for BlacKkKlansman to get in over Green Book. Not sure how they looked at the two and didn’t side with Spike here.

Best Score

  • A Quiet Place (REVIEW)
  • Isle of Dogs (REVIEW)
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns

This is a killer lineup, but If Beale Street Could Talk feels like our eventual winner. A Quiet Place shows some strength here, but it also feels like the weakest nominee. The Black Panther nod adds strength, but our winner feels like First Man in a walk.

Foreign Language
  • Capernaum (REVIEW)
  • Girl
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma
  • Shoplifters

Foreign language is a tough race this year, and each of these five has been big in the precursors. This race is between Roma and Shoplifters for the win. Roma should have the advantage, but Shoplifters won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’Or. 

Animated Feature

  • Incredibles 2 (REVIEW)
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (REVIEW)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

MIRAI!!!!!!!! Yeah we are happy about that one, and hopefully, this is our Oscar five. Incredibles 2 still has the advantage, but if Spider-Verse can win, look out.

Best Original Song

  • “All the Stars” – Black Panther
  • “Girl in the Movies” – Dumplin
  • “Requiem for a Private War” – A Private War
  • “Revelation” – Boy Erased
  • “Shallow” – A Star Is Born

It would have been amazing to see Hearts Beat Loud take a spot here, but it’s a deep year. A Star Is Born has focused their campaign on “Shallow” so they don’t lose to All The Stars. That said, having Kendrick Lamar win a Golden Globe would be pretty dope. Don’t put it past “Girl in the Movies” from Dolly Parton to push for a win here and miss entirely at Oscar. Then again, it’s Dolly. She’s only an American legend.


Best TV Series, Comedy:

  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • Kidding
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Barry will be HBO’s representation, but this is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s to lose. No Atlanta is shocking. But then again, it’s like the Globes to push a new Showtime series and a show no one watches (The Kominsky Method).

Best Television Series – Drama:

  • The Americans
  • Bodyguard
  • Homecoming
  • Killing Eve
  • Pose

This is a very cool lineup, and could be a sign of new Emmy contenders on the horizon. A quality argument would put the odds on The Americans and Killing Eve. That said, Pose could do real damage here and get a big boost as a result. I guess the Globes are the first body to say they are tired of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Best TV Movie or Limited-Series:

  • The Alienist
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Escape from Dannemora
  • Sharp Objects
  • A Very English Scandal

A deep group of nominees here. It’ll be curious to see if Sharp Objects or Escape from Dannemora can shake things up. A Very English Scandal was amazing, and mostly a comedy. Still, it was something special. Or does The Assassination of Gianni Versace win one of it’s last prizes? The only one I’m counting out is The Alienist, but it’s a great group.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy:

  • Kristen Bell – The Good Place
  • Candice Bergen – Murphy Brown
  • Allison Brie – GLOW
  • Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Debra Messing – Will & Grace

This is going to Brosnahan, who will continue her dominance on the small screen. Brie has some standout moments this season, but it’s a long shot. There’s also the chance that Bergen gets another Globe after years away.

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy:

  • Sasha Baron Cohen – Who Is America?
  • Jim Carrey – Kidding
  • Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
  • Donald Glover – Atlanta
  • Bill Hader – Barry

Thank god they nominated Glover. He’s the only love for Atlanta at all, so I’m not expecting much. The Cohen nomination is the most Globes thing I’ve seen in a while. Really weird there’s no Ted Danson here. Carrey or Douglas could win because the Globes love to crown new kings. But Hader is impressive and based on the quality of the work, should win.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:

  • Jason Bateman – Ozark
  • Stephan James – Homecoming
  • Richard Madden – Bodyguard
  • Billy Porter – Pose
  • Mathew Rhys – The Americans

Very cool nod for Billy Porter, and he could become someone to watch as the season progresses. James, Madden, and Rhys are all terrific. I’m leaning Porter for the win, but Rhys won the Emmy so don’t count him out.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
  • Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
  • Julia Roberts – Homecoming
  • Keri Russell – The Americans

Sandra Oh is hosting. Sandra Oh is nominated. Could Sandra Oh be winning? Fingers crossed, but I would also take Russell for The Americans. That said, Julia Roberts is a star, and the Globes love their stars.

Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie:
  • Amy Adams – Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette – Escape from Dannemora
  • Connie Britton – Dirty John
  • Laura Dern – The Tale
  • Regina King – Seven Seconds

Dern vs. Adams. Which HBO star wins? King could legitimately win here if they don’t go for her in Supporting Actress for Beale Street, but I think that’s where they will award her.

Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie:

  • Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
  • Daniel Bruhl – The Alienist
  • Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
  • Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal

Criss was the one to beat all Emmy season. But Hugh Grant is astounding in A Very English Scandal. He’s the one to pick for the upset. Otherwise, this should be Criss by a lot.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie:

  • Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method
  • Kieran Culkin – Succession
  • Edgar Ramirez – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal
  • Henry Winkler – Barry

Winkler won a long overdue Emmy, but can he take home the Globe as well? Ben Whishaw is really great in A Very English Scandal, as is Ramirez as Versace. Culkin could surprise with a win here for his wildcard character in Succession. But put your money on Whishaw or Winkler.

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie:

  • Alex Bornstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects
  • Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Thandie Newton – Westworld
  • Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale 

Newton vs. Bornstein should be fascinating. Bornstein seems like the favorite, but to have the supporting actresses of last year’s Emmy’s showdown is exciting. That said, Clarkson brings a heavy hitter to the category, and she could be at the start of a dominant run with SAG and Emmy down the road.

What do you think of the nominations? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below! 


We Bought a Cabin in the Woods – NEW BLOOD: ‘Mandy: 2018’

It’s time to jump into a another New Blood episode! Check out Ryan and AJ discussing the insane madness that is “Mandy,” an insane vehicle for one Nic Cage. It’s an insane film, and by god is it cool. Also it just earned an Indie Spirit nomination for Best Cinematography and features one of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final scores.


Check out our review of the film here! 



Box Office Report: With a ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ Grindelwald Takes the Top Spot

It’s another good weekend for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Meanwhile, some of the other new releases struggled against box office champions of the last few weeks. So let’s jump into the weekend results.

The box office winner was Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (review) which put together a very strong weekend with $62.1 million. However, while that seems likes a good weekend, just below with Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’s opening box office, it represents a new low for the Wizarding World franchise. This comes just two years after Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought in a franchise low. However, this one is more cause for concern. First, Crimes came in $12 million lower than Fantastic Beasts. Second, it scored a B+ according to CinemaScore. For reference, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms also received a B+ score and it is already less than $5 million this weekend in its 3rd weekend.

It will still crack $100 million, but with the upcoming weekend bringing Creed II and Ralph Breaks the Internet into theaters, it could quickly dry up. A lot of films with this kind of opening weekend end around $160 million (Kong: Skull IslandClash of the Titans) which would be $40 million short of the $200 million production budget. This could be the start of a problem for the new franchise from J.K. Rowling.

In 2nd place, The Grinch held strong, only dropping 42% to $38 million. It’s now up to $126 domestically. It’s now well above it’s $75 million budget and seems likely to continue to hold strong into the holidays. That said, it will face much tough competition moving forward, with Ralph Breaks the Internet entering the box office on Wednesday. Even as that audience eats into the box office, The Grinch is undeniably a success.

Now in 3rd place is another former box office champ, Bohemian Rhapsody. The story of Queen and Freddie Mercury is chugging along, raking in another $16 million. That puts the film over $128 million, well on its way to a $175 million total by the end of its run. With a budget of only $52 million, this one looks like a big win.

Instant Family, the new feel-good movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne opened to a decent $14 million box office. It’s not an amazing number that studio was likely expecting from the Wahlberg and Byrne pairing, but it is good enough against tough competition. With an A CinemaScore, they are hoping for a strong hold over the next few weeks to make the budget back on this one.

The most disappointing result of the weekend was Widows from director Steve McQueen. The film features an all-star ensemble, led by Viola Davis, but barely cracked $12 Million for the weekend. While Widows enjoyed a lower budget of $42 million, audiences only gave it a B CinemaScore. The potential Oscar contender certainly hoped to have a better weekend than that. Still, with strong reviews, it could rally. However, the “heist-movie” label it’s been tagged with might be a disservice. It is a drama first that happens to revolve around a heist, making the hunt for the money an excellent We Bought a Cabin buzzword, a McGuffin.

Box Office Estimates

(via Box Office Mojo @ 10:37p on 11/19/18)

Overall Weekend Box Office

  1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – $62.1 Million (Review
  2. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $38.5 Million (Review)
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody – $16 Million (Review)
  4. Instant Family – $14.5 Million
  5. Widows – $12.3 Million (Review)
  6. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7 Million (Review)
  7. A Star Is Born – $4.2 Million (Review)
  8. Overlord – $3.7 Million
  9. The Girl in the Spider’s Web – $2.5 Million
  10. Burn the Stage: The Movie – $2.4 Million

Top 3 Per Theater Averages

  1. At Eternity’s Gate – $23,214/theater (4)
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – $14,932/theater (4163)
  3. Green Book – $12,817 (25) 

We Bought a Pod Episode 42: A Toy Pikachu Story

Welcome back to We Bought a Pod! We’re checking in with some of the new trailers, films, and entertainment news this week. AJ and Aaron breakdown the Toy Story 4 Teaser, the Detective Pikachu trailer, Bohemian Rhapsodyand the upcoming GKIDS film Murai, a Japanese film in the style of Miyazaki.

We recorded before the passing of Stan Lee, so any questions you have about Marvel and his influence will be covered in next week’s episode.


Box Office Report: The Grinch Steals the Weekend (11/10-11/12, 2018)

This week, a big family film dominated the box office. Meanwhile, other films continued to have a stronghold. A franchise may have officially died. Last, a genre film attracted a small audience but a respectable one. Let’s dive into the top 5 of the weekend.

First, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch walked into the weekend likely to win the box office and took it by storm. The latest adaptation received middling reviews but held off the crowd. In fact, it took home a lot of money, earning $66 million for the weekend. For Illumination, the opening is surprisingly one of the weakest in the studio’s history. This is $4 million less than The Lorax but that movie came out six years ago when tickets were a little cheaper. Every Despicable Me film other than the original made more than The Grinch and The Secret Life of Pets made way more. The Grinch will break $100 million for sure, meaning it will cover its budget, but it honestly might fall short of expectations when it was originally greenlit.

Second, Bohemian Rhapsody had an excellent sophomore weekend. It dropped less than 40%, taking in $30.8 Million. It cracks $100 million overall, and the Rami Malek led film appears to have legs. The negative feedback has not messed up the picture’s popular appeal. In fact, Bohemian Rhapsody actually moved into the “Fresh” category on Rotten Tomatoes after an initial negativity about the film. Potentially the negative reviews have reinforced the positive response as expectations were lowered. Whatever the case, fans continue to eat it up, and Malek can now add that he led a genuine hit to his Oscar resume.

In third place, the newcomer Overlord snatched third place for the weekend. The genre film, a hybrid of action, violence, and horror, clearly served as counterprogramming to the rest of the weekend. Jokingly referred to as “Call of Duty – Nazis Zombies: The Movie,” it clearly found its audience. While it did not set the world on fire, a $10.1 million start is huge for the film. With only a $38 million budget and a limited marketing campaign, it could easily turn a profit in theaters before becoming a fan-favorite on Blu-Ray.

Next up is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms from Disney. This one continues to drop, falling to $9.6 Million, and has no chance to make up its $120 million budget. While a holiday release might have helped, Disney seemed like they wanted to drop this one in the slow season to get some money going before Ralph Breaks the Internet can break the box office open. However, it still underperformed and will be a huge loss for the House of Mouse.

Finally, the Top 5 is rounded out by The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which earned $8.015 Million. What a total mess. The last film in the franchise, The Girl in the Dragon Tattoo made $102 Million on a $90 million budget and was deemed too expensive to continue. However, it received 5 Oscar nominations, critical acclaim, and continues to receive love from cinephiles.

However, the new edition was critically panned, feels dead on arrival, and will likely still result in a loss despite a $43 million budget. It got beat by Overlord, which got nowhere near the marketing push. This feels like a disaster, and only Claire Foy and Lakeith Stanfield may survive the wreckage. That’s right, I straight up did not realize Stanfield was in this film until now.

A quick note, if it wasn’t for $5000, this might have been worse for Dragon Tattoo, which barely outearned A Star Is Born in its sixth week. A Star Is Born might pull ahead when the actuals release.

Box Office Estimates

(via Box Office Mojo @ 12:15a on 11/12/18)

Overall Weekend Box Office

  1. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $66 Million (NEW)
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody – $30.8 Million
  3. Overlord – $10.1 Million (NEW)
  4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – $9.6 Million
  5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web – $8.015 Million (NEW)
  6. A Star Is Born – $8.010 Million
  7. Nobody’s Fool – $6.5
  8. Venom – $4.9 Million
  9. Halloween – $3.8 Million
  10. The Hate U Give – $2.1 Million

Top 3 Per Theater Averages

  1. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $15,938 (4,141 theaters)
  2. The Front Runner – $14,000 (4 theaters)
  3. El Angel – $12,737 (2 theaters)

What do you think of the box office this weekend? Did you watch any of the films? Let us know which ones in the comments below! 

Checking In on the Best Actor Race- Cooper in the Lead, Bale Just Behind (11/7/18)

We’ve checked in with a couple of the Oscar races so far, and now that we’re in November, we’re starting to get some of the pieces to fall into place. With that in mind, let’s start checking a few categories, beginning with the Lead Actor race. We’re ranking the contenders based on the likelihood of a nomination, not on the likelihood of a win.

The Favorites

1. Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born (REVIEW)

2. Christian Bale – Vice

3. Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

There’s a top 3 that are miles in front of everyone else. Cooper has the inside track for the nomination and the win. He’s got the benefit of having written, directed, produced, and starring in his film. The culmination of it all may earn him the win, and the performance is good enough to win. However, his biggest competitor is Bale. Bale transforms into Dick Cheney, and in theory that transformation would give him the upper hand. Look at Gary Oldman winning last year.

However, Bale is not the most popular, and Cheney is an unlikeable guy. Enter Mortenson, who goes through his own transformation. The actor is beloved by many. Despite never receiving a nomination for The Lord of the Rings, he’s picked up a pair of nominations since. Yet he’s still been underserved, and should really have two more nominations. He’s unrecognizable, gained weight, threw on an accent, and features as the lead of a crowd pleaser. If there’s a split at the top, he could win it all if he can place top 3 on every ballot.

Bubble Contenders

4. Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody (REVIEW)

5. Ethan Hawke – First Reformed

6. Ryan Gosling – First Man (REVIEW)

7. Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate

There’s a great mixture of veterans here, but one shining star. Malek should be in, but the reviews for the film are actively bad. It just transitioned over to 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, but some really hate the movie. Malek also does not sing. On the flip side, the box office was massive. If the movie makes more than $150 million domestically, he could become undeniable.

Now the vets. Hawke is brilliant in First Reformed and he’s subtle as hell. It’s a very impressive performance, potentially the best in a career that has earned him a pair of acting nominations (and two more for writing). The other two actors to keep in mind also each has a pair of acting nominations. Gosling is the heart of his film, even if it is quiet. That might cause him to miss out. Finally, Dafoe almost won it all last year for The Florida ProjectHe should really have a trophy already, but this film is very artsy. Will it be enough to get Dafoe a win? Will he even get nominated if they don’t want to give him the Oscar?

True Contenders

8. Clint Eastwood – The Mule 

9. Robert Redford – The Old Man and the Gun

10. John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman (REVIEW) 

11. Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased

A combo of two veterans who have never won, and two young guns who will be sure to factor into many Oscar races in the future. Eastwood and Redford will likely not have many more chances to win an Oscar as a performer. Do not feel bad though, they both won for directing. Eastwood looks to have a far more dramatic film than Redford, whose film is a more light-hearted fun ride. Still, do not count them out.

Meanwhile, Washington could follow his father’s footsteps and earn an Oscar nod. He’s very good in BlacKkKlansman, and if that movie is loved by the Academy, he may get swept in. Finally, it was a very busy year for Hedges, who also appears in Ben Is BackMid90s, and now Boy Erased. Always good, this film gives him the best chance, but it seems to be waffling a bit.

Still In the Hunt

12. John C. Reilly – Stan and Ollie

13. Stephan James – If Beale Street Could Talk

14. Steve Coogan – Stan and Ollie

The two Stan and Ollie boys will push hard. However, Reilly and Coogan will likely siphon votes from each other. Reilly has more of an overdue narrative, and another great performance in The Sisters Brothers as well. Yet, he already missed a nomination with the British Independent Film Awards for Coogan. It’ll be curious to see how this plays out.

Meanwhile, James has the potential to rise the most. If Beale Street Could Talk may find itself in the Top 3 at the end of the day, and James will be a big reason for that. He has the potential to win a lot of breakout awards, and one has to wonder if that could make him a more present force on the awards trail.

Long Shots

15. Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here

16. John C. Reilly – The Sisters Brothers (REVIEW)

17. Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther (REVIEW)

18. Zain Al Rafeea – Capernaum (REVIEW)

19. Lakeith Stanfield – Sorry To Bother You (REVIEW)

20. Hugh Jackman – The Front Runner

The rest of the actors feel like also-rans. Phoenix should make a very strong play, but it does not feel like it’s going to happen. Despite winning Best Actor at Cannes in 2017, it simply feels too artsy. His co-star in The Sisters Brothers, John C. Reilly, gives career-best work. Yet the lack of a box office seems likely to sink this one. Don’t be shocked if he grabs the prize for the Independent Spirits though. For my money, it is a top 5 performance.

Boseman likely will not get a nomination for playing this superhero yet. If Logan could not do it for Hugh Jackman, it feels unlikely. Speaking of Jackman, the film he stars in is slipping. Lakeith Stanfield feels like a future winner (likely in supporting), but he was great in Sorry to Bother You. Yet this also feels unlikely. Last but not least, Zain al Rafeea could gain some support as a young performer. However, he’s also in a foreign language film, which makes it unlikely. It is a really great performance, but one that would need to be a Best Picture nominee for him to even have a 5% chance of making it.

What do you think of the early rankings of the Best Actor race? Let us hear your thoughts and your lineup of 5 in the comments below! 

Check out our awards coverage here! 

We Bought a Cabin in the Woods Episode 8: “An American Werewolf in London” (1981)

Beware the Moon David. It’s An American Werewolf in London, a beloved horror-comedy unlike any that came before it. It even made Oscar history! Let’s jump into the gory, silly, and sexy An American Werewolf in London.


00-6:15 – General Thoughts on the Movie

6:15- 9:30 – Recapping the Film

9:30 – 16:05 – John Landis, Animal House, and The Blues Brothers

16:05 – 19:45 – Rick Baker, Star Wars and The Howling

19:45 – 25:00 – Casting the Film with David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, & Frank Oz (YODA/MRS. PIGGY!!!!)

25:00 – 38:45 – Production of the Film and the Picadilly Circus Bus Crash

38:45 – 41:40 – The MPAA Strikes Again and Music for the Film

41:40 – 44:00 – Critical Reception, The Oscars Create Best Makeup Category, An American Werewolf in Paris

44:00 – 49:40 After the Movie: John Landis and The Twilight Zone: The Movie, Rick Baker Becomes a Legend, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video

49:40 – End An American Werewolf in London HHN 23 & HHN 25

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We Bought a Cabin in the Woods- The New Blood Review- Halloween 2018

Welcome to our New Blood Review of Halloween (2018)! Ryan and I break down the latest entry into the horror franchise! Along the way we discuss the timeline of the Halloween films, where this one fits, and Jason Blum needing to fix his issues on women directors.

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Updated Predictions for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars (10/25/18)

Okay, we’ve had some time to see some results, see a few more films, and feel out the field a bit more. With that said, some movies went way up while others are struggling. Let’s dive in and see what’s going on.


The Favorites

1. Free Solo (National Geographic) – Dir. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin (REVIEW HERE)

2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Focus Feature) – Dir. Morgan Neville (REVIEW HERE)

3. Minding the Gap (Hulu) Dir. Bing Liu (REVIEW HERE)

4. Three Identical Strangers (NEON) – Dir. Tim Wardle (REVIEW HERE)

The biggest surprise from the first bit of nominations, including the Critics Choice Awards and International Documentary Association Awards was the support for Minding the Gap is real.  It even won for Best Editing at the IDA Awards, an important piece in constructing any documentary. Free Solo and Won’t You Be My Neighbor continue to steamroll. Three Identical Strangers fell off a bit at the IDAs, but it’s early.

The Bubble Nominees

5. Shirkers (Netflix) Dir. Sandi Tan

6. RBG (Magnolia/CNN) – Dir. Julie Cohen & Betsy West

7. Dark Money (PBS) – Dir. Kimberly Reed (REVIEW HERE)

8. Crime + Punishment (HULU) – Dir. Stephen Maing

9. Hale County: This Morning, This Evening (The Cinema Guild) Dir. RaMell Ross

This section got much tighter and now any of this group has a chance to leapfrog into a nomination.

Shirkers is the one to watch, as it can easily become a big hit once it arrives on Netflix. Directed by a woman, and representing Netflix’s best play, they should ride this one into the race. After all, Netflix consistently makes the shortlist. They’ve also grabbed a nomination the last four years to get six total documentary nominations. I doubt their luck is going to run out.

The recent political frustrations around the Supreme Court and the Midterms make RBG and Dark Money stand out. They’re both awesome films, but I question if Oscar will go for more than a couple biopics. At the moment, I’m leaving RBG out of the mix. Crime + Punishment and Hale County have their supporters and could find their way into the action as well. They’ve already got their ground game going, with nominations at both Critics Choice and IDA helping boost their case.

Still in the Hunt

10. Science Fair (National Geographic) – Dir. Christina Costantini & Darren Foster 

11. Quincy (Netflix) – Dir. Rashida Jones & Alan Hicks (REVIEW HERE)

12. Love, Gilda (Magnolia/CNN) – Dir. Lisa Dapolito

13. Maiden (Sony Pictures Classics) Dir. Alex Holmes

Science Fair still has time to develop its following as it is fairly recent to the party. Netflix should continue to push Quincy but it is not really a hard-hitting doc. That likely hurts it. Both Love, Gilda, and Maiden feature women in control of their destinies. Maiden could very easily slingshot to a top-tier position in the race, but right now its quiet at Sony Pictures Classics.

Next Out

14. They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (Netflix) Dir. Morgan Neville

15. Monrovia, Indiana (Zipporah Films) Dir. Frederick Wiseman

16. Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (Focus Features) Dir. Wim Wenders

17. Generation Wealth (Amazon Studios) – Dir. Lauren Greenfield

18. Whitney (Roadside Attractions) Dir. Kevin Macdonald

19. Fahrenheit 11/9 (Briarcliff Entertainment) Dir. Michael Moore

20. The Price of Everything (HBO) Dir. Nathaniel Kahn

A lot more biographical documentaries make up the list. The problem for these film? Why are they essential now? It feels like Won’t You Be My Neighbor? could sweep the season, but They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead could steal some votes. After all, Neville directed both. Whitney and Pope Francis both had good box offices, so I’m holding onto them for now. I might be kidding myself to even have Fahrenheit 11/9 as high as I do, even as I disliked the film.

The Price of Everything could be the strongest of the HBO Docs, so it’s one to watch. Finally, Generation Wealth feels prescient but has not resonated with precursors to this point.

What do you think about our rankings in the documentary feature list so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Check out our first analysis of the documentaries contending for the 91st Oscars here! 


We Bought a Pod Episode 41: The First Man at the El Royale

This week, Aaron and AJ discuss the Oscar-contender First Man and the fun genre film, Bad Times at the El Royale. We also jump into some listener questions and have a discussion about criticism versus going to a movie for enjoyment.

Timestamps are below!

00- 28:20 – First Man Review

28:20 – 50:20 – Bad Times at the El Royale Review

50:20 – End – Listener Questions and do we go to the movies for fun?

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