Circuit Breaker Episode 19: ‘Patriots Day,’ Thanksgiving, and Molly Shannon Interview (‘Other People’)


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On the agenda:

  • We saw the premieres of “Patriots Day” and “Fences,” both leaping in the Oscar race in a big way.
  • Screener and movie catch-up. What are we watching as we get to the end of the year?
  • Talking about the acting races and where they can go at the moment.
  • We sit down for an in-depth and candid interview with Molly Shannon, Oscar hopeful for Chris Kelly’s “Other People” from Vertical Entertainment.


"Fences" - Opens in theaters on Christmas Day
“Fences” – Opens in theaters on Christmas Day

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  • Joey Magidson


  • Justin Logan

    Are people overestimating how well Lion will play with the Academy? It currently has a 71% from top critics on rottentomatoes and a 64 on Metacritic. Should we be expecting those numbers to go up, or is Lion expected to be a box office hit like The Blind Side and still make it in? Or is it just that much faith that Harvey Weinstein can still get his films in? I’d love a little more insight into why many pundits think so highly of Lion because it seems to be the type of movie that doesn’t have the passion needed to break into best picture. Thanks!

    • Joey Magidson

      I can only speak to the events I’ve attended for it where voters seem to be very enthusiastic about it.

  • Tee

    I’m very concerned about Arrival’s chances in anything above techs now- although it’s my #1 of the year so far, I recommended it to a couple friends and they actually hated it. They thought it was very confusing, unentertaining, and left several unanswered questions. These are the same people that see Grown Ups as a classic, so they’re hardly good judges for cinema, but regardless of that it begs the question; Could it be too cerebral to garner attention beyond standard techs?

    I also would’ve picked The Town, and I can see why people wouldn’t like Sausage Party but I love it. It’s not in my ten, but it has my 1 spot for my personal ballot for Original Screenplay and Song.

    • Tee

      Although I’ve never seen House of Cards, I think Mahershala Ali could be a ten or nine. Luke Cage and Moonlight is a similar case to Chris Pratt in 2014 with LEGO Movie and Guardians.

  • Matt St.Clair

    Mahershalal Ali I would consider a breakout. Even though he’s been around a while, with Moonlight, he’s finally gotten a role that makes people take note of him and know his name.

  • Kelia Juliet

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  • Steve

    For holiday films, there is no Thanksgiving movie that beats Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. For Christmas movies, my #1 and #2 favorites are Christmas Vacation and Home Alone.

    Question for next Circuit Breaker: Do you think Andy Samberg can get a Comedy Globe nomination for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, a la John C. Reilly for Walk Hard?

  • Jeff Marshall

    Brilliant interview with Molly Shannon! I listened to it first on Thanksgiving while taking a car trip away from the family for an hour or so and was completely captivated by her humility and genuine nature. What a pleasure to listen to – and it seems as though it was equally pleasant for you to conduct the interview! Keep up the great work!