This Had Oscar Buzz
By Joe and Chris
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Every week on This Had Oscar Buzz, film and entertainment writers Joe Reid and Chris Feil are going to be talking about a different movie that once upon a time had big-time Academy Award aspirations, and for one reason or another, it all went wrong.
||ExplicitTIFF ’18 BONUS – We’re Far From the Scotia Now||We’re taking a break from our usual dives into thwarted Oscar buzz this week and taking a look at all the films we saw at the Toronto International Film Festival! Not only are Joe and Chris in the same room for once,||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit013 – It’s Complicated||Close your eyes. Picture the movie about kitchens you’ve always wanted. Now open them. Is Alec Baldwin blowing pot smoke into your face? That’s kind of what it’s like to experience the 2009 romantic comedy It’s Complicated,||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit012 – An Unfinished Life||This week’s episode takes you back to September 2005, when the exit of the Weinsteins from Miramax resulted in a fire sale of delayed releases finally arriving in theatres to the most modest of fanfares. Least trumpeted of all was An Unfinished Life,||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit011 – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||In 1997 we celebrated a giant sinking ship with James Cameron’s Titanic, but we are here this week to talk a different cinematic capsizing that year: Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit010 – Hyde Park on Hudson||Lend us a hand and listen along as we discuss this week’s case of failed Oscar buzz: 2012’s Hyde Park on Hudson. Opening with the burden of Bill Murray’s mounting Oscar hopes but in the shadow of The King’s Speech success handling a shared histo||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit009 – Serena||Grab your snake-catchin’ eagle and buckle up for this week’s Oscar misstep: Susanne Bier’s literary adaptation Serena. Set during the Great Depression, this lumber baron romantic thriller starred Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper and became a q||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit008 – Double Jeopardy||Before this year’s Oscar season kicks off, we have a cautionary tale for your early predictions: 1999′s revenge thriller smash hit Double Jeopardy! That’s right, you may have forgotten, but leading actress Ashley Judd started pulling Oscar buzz wh||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit007 – Lions For Lambs||In 2007, the movies went hard on the War in Iraq. But what happened when that righteous roar, bolstered by some of the biggest names in Oscar and cinema history, gave the weakest bleat in the barnyard? This week we are looking at Lions for Lambs,||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS – If Queen Street Could Talk||We’re going to TIFF! If you haven’t seen, the first titles for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival lineup have been revealed. Joe and Chris couldn’t wait to talk about it, so we are treating you to a special bonus episode to discuss||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit006 – 1492: Conquest of Paradise||Brace yourselves for some slow motion colonialism set to the dramatics of Vangelis – this week, we are discussing 1992′s Christopher Columbus epic 1492: Conquest of Paradise. With star Gerard Depardieu having a moment in American cinema and director||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit005 – Courage Under Fire||This week, we are taking you back to 1996 for Edward Zwick’s Rashomon-esque half-examination of the Gulf War and sexism in the military, Courage Under Fire. While most of the praise on release was granted to star Denzel Washington and supporting playe||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit004 – Ask the Dust||What’s that? You’re not familiar with the 2006 romantic drama Ask the Dust? Where a handsome young writer played by Colin Farrell moves to California, negs the hell out of waitress Salma Hayek, and begins a torrid love affair amid the dusty environ||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit003 – Pay It Forward||This week we’re calling all angels as we discuss 2000’s major critical disaster and thwarted Oscar grab, Pay It Forward. That’s right, the one where a post-Sixth Sense Haley Joel Osment teaches the world to pass on one favor to three strangers.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit002 – Tulip Fever||This week’s piece of failed awards bait is the 2017 costume drama/romantic “thriller” Tulip Fever, and by “2017,” we mean “filmed in 2014 and originally intended to be released at various times over the course of the next three years,||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit001 – Mona Lisa Smile||Our first episode of This Had Oscar Buzz is about 2003’s Mona Lisa Smile, director Mike Newell’s Wellesley College period melodrama, starring Julia Roberts and all of the It Girls of the early Aughts. Come for the art history lesson,||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIt Didn’t Come True||Joe Reid and Chris Feil discuss the origins of This Had Oscar Buzz, their first experiences with Oscar failures, and give a sneak peek at episodes to come…||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Love listening to this podcast and can’t wait to hear about all of the movies you see!!
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Loved the first episode! Totally lived up to what I hoped this podcast would be and I'm really looking forward to future episodes.
Love This Idea
We always talk about the movies that ended up scoring at the Oscars. I LOVE this idea of looking at the wannabes. Joe and Chris have nailed it. This podcast is hilarious and smart. They give great analysis and commentary on the film itself, but also give insight into that year’s Oscar race.
I loved the Twitter account, and now the podcast is even better. If you love movies and the Oscars, you’ve got to listen to this one.
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