Circuit Breaker Episode 160: ‘Joker’ Talk, Regional Festivals, and Clint Eastwood

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “Circuit Breaker! The Awards, Film, & TV Podcast,” a weekly breakdown from AwardsCircuit.com featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson, Joey Magidson, Chris James, and Karen Peterson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday.

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On the agenda:

  • Quick talk about the opening of “Lucy in the Sky” with Natalie Portman and its fundamental issues.
  • Looking at the scores on RottenTomatoes and where certain films have fallen with the critics including Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory,” Craig Brewer’s “Dolemite Is My Name,” Rupert Goold’s “Judy,” Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man,” Abe Forsythe’s “Little Monsters,” Jill Culton’s “Abominable,” Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” Michael Engler’s “Downton Abbey.”
  • Previewing regional film festivals gearing up for their launch over the next two weeks: Middleburg Film Festival (featuring an awards panel, “Coffee & Contenders” with Clayton Davis, Jazz Tangcay of Awards Daily, and Nathaniel Rogers of The Film Experience), Hamptons Film Festival, Chapel Hill Film Festival, and New Hampshire Film Festival.
  • The first trailer for Clint Eastwood’sRichard Jewell” with Paul Walter Hauser, which leads to a discussion on his filmography behind the camera.
  • Spoiler talk regarding Todd Phillips’ “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix and our thoughts on its quality and mark on cinema this year. [Spoiler section is from 1:14:07 to 1:42:26]
  • The 2019-2020 FYC Tracker will launch this week and we’re going over some of the movie studios with the hottest slates and category announcements.

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