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

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Screen Shot 2018 11 27 at 11.59.51 PM 1Welcome 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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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. 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 also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, 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, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.

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Kevin

I just saw Joker a little while ago. While I did actually really like it, I do think the claim by the filmmakers that we aren’t supposed to sympathize with Arthur is nonsense. I’ll be vague, but I’ll give a SPOILER ALERT warning anyways. SPOILERS BELOW My problem with the script is Arthur doesn’t, at least onscreen, kill anyone that isnt a bad person or a jerk. Everyone he kills is a douchebag in some way. That doesn’t mean they all deserved to die, but the movie does act like Arthur is a victim of the people he kills. He… Read more »

Joey Magidson

Enjoy and beware spoilers!

Ryan

Circuit Breaker Question: Its been a while, so I got a big one. Between the Drama and Comedy/Musical categories at the Globes, which category had the better group of winners for each year: 2018: Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), and Glenn Close (The Wife) OR Green Book, Christian Bale (Vice) and Olivia Colman (The Favourite) 2017: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), and Frances McDormand (3 Billboards) OR Lady Bird, James Franco (Disaster Artist), and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) 2016: Moonlight, Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), and Isabelle Huppert (Elle) OR La La Land, Ryan… Read more »

Kellen

Question for the next podcast: Do you think that the Academy is going to place the Farewell in the adapted race? The film is technically based on Lulu Wang’s This American Life episode, so will this be a Whiplash/Ballad of Buster Scruggs situation?

Raul Gama

Cinephile Showdown – Cannes Acting Prizes

Robert Pattinson Good Time or Joaquin Phoenix You were Never Really Here
Leonardo Dicaprio Once Upon a Time in Hollywood or Antonio Banderas Pain and Glory
Cate Blanchette or Rooney Mara Carol
Bruce Dern Nebraska or Oscar Isaac Inside Llewyn Davis

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