014 – The Door in the FloorThis Had Oscar Buzz add
This week’s episode is the sound of something trying to not make a sound. It’s our first failed Oscar buzz movie that we genuinely love and it’s 2004’s The Door in the Floor. Adapted from the first segment of John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, this film stars Jeff Bridges as a grieving novelist, … Continue reading "014 – The Door in the Floor"
TIFF ’18 BONUS – We’re Far From the Scotia NowThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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, but we also have our very first guests: The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers … Continue reading "TIFF ’18 BONUS – We’re Far From the Scotia Now"
013 – It’s ComplicatedThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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, from celebrated (and beleaguered) director Nancy Meyers. Since Oscar buzz follows Meryl Streep around like a heartsick ex-husband … Continue reading "013 – It’s Complicated"
012 – An Unfinished LifeThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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, starring Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, and Morgan Freeman. Here we have a … Continue reading "012 – An Unfinished Life"
011 – Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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. Adapted from the wildly successful work of nonfiction by John Berendt, this film opened to massive expectations its unimpressive … Continue reading "011 – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
010 – Hyde Park on HudsonThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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 historical figure, Hyde Park on Hudson couldn’t charm its way into … Continue reading "010 – Hyde Park on Hudson"
009 – SerenaThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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 question mark lingering over multiple Oscar seasons. After a beleaguered post-production process and its struggles to find a distributor, … Continue reading "009 – Serena"
008 – Double JeopardyThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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 when Double Jeopardy opened and started raking in the cash. But this blockbuster (which opened opposite eventual … Continue reading "008 – Double Jeopardy"
007 – Lions For LambsThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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, one of several politically motivated films of its year … Continue reading "007 – Lions For Lambs"
BONUS – If Queen Street Could TalkThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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 what’s to come from what many people consider the official start of … Continue reading "BONUS – If Queen Street Could Talk"
006 – 1492: Conquest of ParadiseThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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 Ridley Scott fresh off of his first nomination for Thelma and Louise, what could possibly go … Continue reading "006 – 1492: Conquest of Paradise"
005 – Courage Under FireThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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 player Lou Diamond Phillips, we take a look at the case for Meg Ryan … Continue reading "005 – Courage Under Fire"
004 – Ask the DustThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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 environs of the Great Depression? That’s probably because the early Oscar buzz on this … Continue reading "004 – Ask the Dust"
003 – Pay It ForwardThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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. A film notorious in This Had Oscar Buzz lore, Pay It Forward‘s awards … Continue reading "003 – Pay It Forward"
002 – Tulip FeverThis Had Oscar Buzz add
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, only to finally limp into theaters after several waves of frantic test screenings, horrid buzz … Continue reading "002 – Tulip Fever"