Circuit Breaker Episode 44: ‘Wonder Woman’ Talk, Cannes Winners, and Oscars Check Up

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On the agenda:

  • We have an in-depth discussion about Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”  We’re talking the positives and negatives about the story, its star Gal Gadot, and what this does for the DC Universe.
  • Quite a bit of questions came in and we answer some of them that deal with Cinephile Showdowns, dream acting quartets, and YOUR recommendations for ACCA 1992.
  • We dip a bit into Oscar Predictions and the anticipation of such films like “The Mountain Between Us” and “Victoria and Abdul” that both got trailers last week.  We’re also talking the winners of the Cannes Film Festival and where contenders like Sofia Coppola (“The Beguiled“), Joaquin Phoenix (“You Were Really Never Here”), and Diane Kruger (“In the Fade”) sit in the lineup.

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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He’s also an active member of New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.
  • Joey Magidson

    Enjoy! And I’ve since seen Wonder Woman and quite enjoyed it. Top tier entertainment.

  • We should have kicked Joey off at the end and done a spoiler discussion. I have a lot more to say about Wonder Woman!

  • AndreTheTurtle

    I actually think Wonder Woman is a bit overrated. I mean, it is a solid three star movie, but it isn’t much better than that. I might say Man Of Steel is better actually. Maybe it is just because I didn’t think the movie took very many risks, and the last like 10 minutes were kind of bad.

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    I will say on record now that you should keep an eye on The Florida Project, Clayton. Similar reviews and notices to Hell or High Water coming out of Cannes last year with comparisons to that and to Moonlight. Willem Dafoe too is a genuine threat.

  • Luke McGowan

    I liked that question about worst BP lineup, so let’s do one each week. Since 2000, what’s the weakest Best Supporting Actor lineup?

    • Luke McGowan

      2014 had four amazing performances from Ruffalo, Norton, Hawke and Simmons, but when literally 6 men were in contention all season, no exception, it certainly jumps to mind.

      Worst actual lineup, I’m not a fan of 2002 because I think Cooper’s, Walken’s and Newman’s performances are overrated as hell (love the John C Reilly nomination though, that salvages it).

  • Steve

    My FYC’s for ACCA 1992 from my Top 5:

    Unforgiven: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Score (Lennie Niehaus)

    A River Runs Through It: Picture, Director, Actor (Craig Sheffer), Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Supporting Actress (Emily Lloyd), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Score (Mark Isham)

    Last of the Mohicans: Picture, Director, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Actress (Madeleine Stowe), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Score (Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman), Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

    The Crying Game: Picture, Director, Actor (Stephen Rea), Supporting Actor (Jaye Davidson), Supporting Actress (Miranda Richardson), Original Screenplay, Film Editing

    A Few Good Men: Picture, Director, Actor (Tom Cruise), Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Mixing

  • Ryan

    Circuit Breaker Question:

    In honor of the Tom Cruise film that came out this week, who are some actors/actresses who you think have aged especially well over the years?

  • RaulSGama


    1- Is there a year that the winner of a category wouldn’t even get nominated in your opinnion, and who would you replace? For me: Tom Hooper for the King’s Speech, shouldnt’ve been nominated, specially over Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Nolan’s Inception, Leen Unkrich’s Toy Story 3, Boyle’s 127 hours.

    2- Kind of different question, do you see that in a way the acting clips shown at the oscars can indicate the result? Ex: when the sup. actor was going to be annaunced in 2016, i had bet with friends that Stallone was a lock, but as soon as they showed his Creed clip, which wasn’t “his scene” telling about the cancer, i knew he wasn’t winning and i took it back!