Bohemian Rhapsody

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This week we look into the newly Oscar-nominated biopic about this great rock band and their larger-than-life front man, Freddy Mercury.  We get into the performances, the director situation and their uncanny Live-Aid performance that frames the movie. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

BlacKkKlansman

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We are talking about Spike Lee's "too crazy to be true, but it is" KKK infiltration movie starring John David Washington, Adam Driver and Laura Harrier.  This film is great about starting conversations and brings up subject matter that is important, is peppered with genuine humor and deadly seriousness at just the right places.  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Vice

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This week we talk over why Adam McKay might want to make a movie about a past Vice President and why he might have decided to do it now.  Christian Bale gains weight (for good reason)and Amy Adams still doesn't have an Oscar (yet?).  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer.

Roma

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Alfonso Cuarón's new semi-autobiographical film focuses on the maid of a middle class Mexican family in Mexico City in the early 1970's. We talk about how this movie is presented in black and white with some amazing shots and an enveloping sound design. Cuarón made the bold choice to cast a first time actress in the main part and to not give anyone the script! Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

The Favourite

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Yorgos Lanthimos is back, but now he has a couple of Academy Award winners to play with. This week we talk about this royal period piece, power dynamic, love triangle comedy that will hopefully get some Oscar love. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Boy Erased

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Joel Edgerton writes, acts, produces, directs and has a role in this film about an 18 year old sent to a Christian gay "conversion therapy" camp.  Lucas Hedges plays the titular "boy" with conservative Christian parents Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. We talk about the rough road this character has and try to talk out why these religious parents might put their child in this situation. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Eighth Grade

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This week we go back to middle school and check out Bo Burnham's take on anxiety, expectations, fitting in. Elsie Fisher's depiction of an eighth grader in present day must have similarities with all of our middle school experiences, regardless of age or whether Snapchat was around. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Mid90s

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Jonah Hill comes at us with a strong debut writing/directing effort about family, skating and growing up (on 16mm film in 4:3 aspect ratio!). He manages to find young actors (solid skaters) who are naturalistic on screen and fit in well with the more experienced actors (Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston). Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Suspiria

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We talk about Luca Guadagnino's remake (not remake) of the 70's horror film, what he added (actual dancing) and how great Dakota Johnson is.  At 2.5 hours, it may be a bit long, but we try to figure it out.  Oh, and Tilda Swinton is pretty good too... Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

First Man

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Damien Chazelle is back with a new kind of space movie that zeroes in on a private man, dealing with family tragedy and carrying out an almost impossible task. Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy are awesome and are bolstered by a stellar supporting cast, well-integrated special effects and a bold score by Justin Hurwitz. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

A Star Is Born

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This week, Bradley Cooper impresses both of us with his debut film.  The combination of performances (Cooper, Gaga and Elliott, especially), original music and a strong directorial hand put this film at or close to the top of the list for this year. Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Hold The Dark

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This week we are excited to talk about Jeremy Saulnier's new film (written by Macon Blair).  Saulnier's follow up to Green Room sees Jeffrey Wright play a wolf tracker summoned to the extreme Alaskan wilderness to investigate the disappearance of a child.  We noodle through this complex and dark movie which has some great performances!  Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer

Fall Movie Preview and Oscar Predictions

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This week we are looking forward to the upcoming movies that interest us and we talk about whether they have a chance at Oscar glory. We also look back at the movies that we think hold Oscar-worthy performances.  Our next episode is number 200!! We will each count down our top 10 favorite movies of all time and debut a new logo! Subscribe on iTunes or Apple Podcasts:  https://itun.es/i6gB67Y  Check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/actorandengineer and follow us on twitter @actorengineer