Greetings programs! This week on the Awesome Friday Movie Podcast, we talk about the new Netflix heist film (and sequel to Army of the Dead), Army of Thieves and the latest blockbuster adaptation of a classic science fiction story from Canadian auteur Denis Villeneuve, Dune.
Expectation, thy name is Dune. Years in the making and then delayed for an entire year thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dune has the weight of expectations hanging over it. Director Denis Villeneuve is an accomplished visionary with a clear eye for details and world-building alike, but how can the story of Dune –a famously dense work– be adapted into a movie?
Denis Villeneuve’s adaption of Dune is finally coming to theatres and the first trailer is absolutely magnificent, teasing an adaption of epic proportions.
So let’s take a closer look, because the thing is absolutely gorgeous too.
If you have been paying attention to cinema these last few years then the name Denis Villeneuve should be an exciting one to you. His particular aesthetic sense for visual narrative has made him one of the most well regarded director of the day.
If you’re a fan of science fiction then the name Dune should also excite you, being that Dune is one of –if not the– most influential and important science fiction novels of all time.
“Denis Villeneuve has been making a Dune movie” is maybe the most exciting sentence I have read or uttered this year.
Here’s a trailer for it.
I’m going to tell you this in more detail but just in case you’re seeing this on your way to the theatre I’m going to say it now: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a bad movie and you should not see it.
The Universal Monsters Shared Universe gets a catchier name, a logo, a musical theme, and an announcement of their next movie, and a cast photo. Cool.
When I first heard about The Counselor I was intrigued. Ridley Scott directing and a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy? Sounds good to me! Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz starring? Sounds great!
Then there was a trailer and I became ever more excited for what sounded, and now looked, like a great movie.
Turns out I was wrong. The Counselor is a bit of a mess.
You know what I love about Ridley Scott? He makes all kinds of films. Next up is The Counselor, a story about a lawyer who gets in over his head with some of the wrong sort of people. Let’s watch!
The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were this past weekend. I know I’m a few days late but here’s a quick roundup of the winners for movies and some thoughts to go with them.
Note: I’m not going to talk about the TV awards, but the coles notes version is this: Hooray for Kevin Costner, Bryan Cranston and Alec Baldwin.
Winners shown in bold a the top of each list.
You can read the full list of winners here.
Screen Actors Guild 49th Annual Life Achievement Award
- Dick Van Dyke
I grew up watching Dick Van Dyke movies my parents had recorded off the television so this makes me smile.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln as Abraham Lincoln
- Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook as Pat Solitano
- John Hawkes – The Sessions as Mark O’Brien
- Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables as Jean Valjean
- Denzel Washington – Flight as Whip Whitaker
This isn’t a surprise to me in the slightest. Say what you will about Lincoln but Daniel Day-Lewis was amazing playing the man. At this point I’d be surprised if he doesn’t win the Oscar.
It’s nice to see John Hawkes get the nod for The Sessions as well.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook as Tiffany Maxwell
- Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty as Maya
- Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone as Stéphanie
- Helen Mirren – Hitchcock as Alma Reville
- Naomi Watts – The Impossible as Maria Bennett
At this point Jennifer Lawrence has won the Golden Globe and the SAG award for playing Tiffany Maxwell. The Oscar is now hers to lose if it wasn’t already and I think that’s how it’s going to go. I’d love to see Jessica Chastain win because I preferred Zero Dark Thirty to Silver Linings Playbook and I think that Maya was a far more complex character to play, but Tiffany is exactly the kind of quirky, loveable, bird with a broken wing but still independent and strong, feel good, cliche character that people love.
That’s not to say Lawrence isn’t an amazing actress or that she wasn’t amazing in the film, because she was and this is one of those parts designed to win Oscars.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
- Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln as Thaddeus Stevens
- Alan Arkin – Argo as Lester Siegel
- Javier Bardem – Skyfall as Raoul Silva
- Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook as Pat Solitano Sr.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master as Lancaster Dodd
Nice to see Tommy Lee Jones take home the trophy. Also cool to see Javier Bardem get the nod for his roll in Skyfall. He was brilliant as Silva and thats not the type of roll that usually gets recognized.
This is going to make the Oscar race in this category a little more interesting. Alan Arkin already took home the Golden Globe and everyone who’s nominated (swap out Javier Bardem for Christoph Waltz and its the same list) had already won to this one is anyone’s game.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
- Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables as Fantine
- Sally Field – Lincoln as Mary Todd Lincoln
- Helen Hunt – The Sessions as Cheryl Cohen-Greene
- Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy as Charlotte Bless
- Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as Muriel Donnelly
No surprises here. Anne Hathaway has already taken home all the awards for this role. If she doesn’t win all the awards that are left I will be incredibly surprised.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
- Argo – Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, John Goodman, Scoot McNairy, and Chris Messina
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and Penelope Wilton
- Les Misérables – Isabelle Allen, Samantha Barks, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Huttlestone, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Tveit, Colm Wilkinson
- Lincoln – Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, David Strathairn
- Silver Linings Playbook – Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Anupam Kher, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver
In a year where Lincoln, a timely political story about America’s most beloved president came out I didn’t see this happening but Argo has now won the Golden Globe and the SAG Award for best picture.
It’s well deserved. It’s a brilliantly crafted film from start to finish and I’m glad to see it getting all the recognition it deserves.
It’ll be interesting next month to see if it takes home the Oscar as well, since Ben Affleck isn’t nominated for best director. That might end up being this years big “wtf” moment.
Awards Season this year has been interesting so far. The films I thought would be a lock haven’t been winning and the ones I thought were entirely deserving but would get passed over have. The ladies categories are pretty much locked in for the Oscars at this point I assume, but the gentlemen’s categories as well as the best picture and director categories are up in the air as far as I can tell.
I like the SAG awards as well because you get films like Skyfall, which is a great film and completely overlooked by the Oscars and the Golden Globes, getting recognition from their peers. Make no mistake Skyfall was one of last years must-see movies but it’s no surprise that it’s only up for technical Oscars.
Make all the jokes you want about millionaires giving each other statues, but I enjoy watching great films win accolades (and Simon and I will be live blogging The Oscars on 24th Feb. while they air).
What are your guys thoughts on the matter? Do you agree with the wins here? How do you think the Oscars are going to play out?