Circuit Breaker Episode 34: ‘Logan’s’ Oscar Chances, Acting Preview, and ‘Kong: Skull Island’


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On the agenda:

  • “Logan” has brought in a lot of money so far and the reviews have been very positive.  Many are speaking about an Oscar run for its stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and even for the film itself.  Does it have a shot at gaining traction where past films like “Deadpool” have failed?
  • We saw the opening of “Kong: Skull Island” and give our initial thoughts on the film that’s building to a monster cross over.
  • Oscar Predictions have started and we’re talking about the prospects of many of the frontrunners:
    • Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour” from Joe Wright)
    • Jessica Chastain (“Molly’s Game” from Aaron Sorkin)
    • Hugh Jackman (“The Greatest Showman” from Michael Gracey)
    • Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes” from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris)
    • Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep (“The Post” from Steven Spielberg)
    • Judi Dench (“Victoria and Abdul” from Stephen Frears)
    • and more…
  • Questions from our readership!

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  • AndreTheTurtle

    (Slight spoilers to Logan)

    To be fair to Logan, the whole point I feel about the kids not killing was mainly because the entire time they were created and raised essentially to be killing machines, and by not really attack the people who are chasing them it is almost like them running away from the futures they would have had had they not escaped. The only time any of the kids really attack is either in defense or to protect someone else, except for the end death which was pretty overkill to be honest. I don’t mind that they didn’t just kill everyone because the point is that they don’t become what the company had created them to be. Sure, logically it would be smart for these super powered kids to kill the soldiers, but thematically I felt it would have felt out of place. Similarly, X-24 worked with the contrast to the battle Logan has been having basically his entire life. His good at heart self vs. the raging beast that he could have become. Yeah, it would have been fine to not have him in the film as a villain brought seemingly out of nowhere, but thematically I think it worked well. The only main problem I had was that the villains weren’t all that great(pur usually Marvel film).

  • Joey Magidson


  • Cornelius Buttersby

    Spoilers for Logan

    I do think there was a deliberate effort in Logan to not stuff the film with exposition or franchise ties which I think is worthy of applause. Many of the elements in the movie you mention aren’t actually tied to the continuity and are alluded to with clues in the film – they mention no new mutants have been born due to a virus created by the corporation, and the film alludes to Xavier having a psychic episode during the early stages of his illness which killed some of the mutants (the news mentions an incident in West Chester, which is where the X-Mansion was). I agree on the points about the clone though, and the film’s Oscar chances are debatably low. I think it’s going to be this year’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, and at best it’s probably looking at a WGA adapted nom, or Best Make-Up.

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    If you’re heeding questions regarding possible narratives this year, I have one for you: Woody Harrelson.
    I remember in my early days of Oscar watching, Harrelson seemed like one of those esteemed character actors who was conspicuous in their lack of Oscar like Julianne Moore. This year, he has five films coming out, meaning high visibility; he is the starring role in Wilson (unlikely to get any traction), the villain role in War for the Planet of the Apes which looks meaty but not quite Oscar-taste, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri which he could be great in, Shock and Awe which is a Rob Reiner film about journalists investigating the Bush Administration (potentially big but Reiner’s track record has been iffy lately), and most of all he is playing the alcoholic patriarch in Glass Castle which sounds like a baity movie and role well suited to Woody Harrelson’s persona and past (incl. battles with alcoholism). He has always seemed like a suitable actor for an eventual supporting win, and this year seems like a good one for it to finally happen.

  • Luke McGowan

    Which actor is better than their career suggests? Rotten Tomatoes posted Hugh Jackmans ten best reviewed movies and I was stumped that the 10-7 were all critical bombs like Chappie and Kate and Leopold. Take out Wolverine and his only critical successes are Prisoners, Les Miserables, The Prestige and Real Steel.

  • Vinny Thornburg

    I know it’s early to talk like this because it won’t be until 2018, but if Damian Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong film is anything less than a massive Oscar contender is there talk of him peaking too soon in his career? Almost like getting a “Good Job” from AMPAS.

  • I feel I need to point out that the age difference between Emma Watson and Dan Stevens actually isn’t that bad. It’s 7 years. She’s 27 and he’s 34. There are WAY worse age gaps with actors than that. She just looks a lot younger than she is.

  • Ryan

    Cinephile Showdown:

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial OR Schindler’s List
    Hugo OR The Wolf of Wall Street
    Babe OR Mad Max
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban OR Y Tu Mama Tambien
    Pee-wee’s Big Adventure OR Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Ryan

    Power Hour Question:

    What is the best trailer that you have seen this year? Of all-time?

  • Tee

    1. It’s been a very long time since I’ve actually looked forward to a Steven Spielberg film (probably Lincoln, and even that was lukewarm). When I saw that the Kidnapping of Edgardo Montara was replaced with The Post, I was pretty disappointed.
    2. I think that Logan great, I think the main weaknesses involved some leaps in logic screenplay-wise and some very typical villains, although the latter complaint isn’t as big an issue given they’re never supposed to be the focus anyway. Dafne Keen is far and away the best in show, while Jackman is pretty good too (I’d still place Les Mis above it).
    3. #ClaytonHatesHorses. This site is speciest, shut down the horrible AwardsCircuit website. #NotMyEditor

  • Alan

    I think Patrick Stewart deserves a oscar nomination for “Logan”. He is brilliant as a really old Charles Xavier. To be honest, his acting in “Logan” was better then the acting of Rylance in “Bridge of Spies” and Ali in “Moonlight” (the last twi winners of best supporting actors ).