Time can heal wounds, but it can also expose flaws. Seeing a movie can be a visceral experience and voting for the Oscars requires making a judgment call after, usually, seeing a movie just one time. As a result, some winners resonate more than others of the years. So we took a look back at each year, from 2010 to 2015, and assessed which movies have stood the test of time and which failed to make a lasting impact.
You’re the Worst might be the best show on TV. But no one’s watching it. Does that matter? In the latest episode, we discuss how TV matters, appreciate new standup specials, talk SNL, and more. Then there is the requisite appreciate of our one true savior Adele, who was sent from on high to sing her fuckin’ heart out.
Introducing the 3rd Annual Double A Podcast Oscars Pool! Pick who you think will win and we will announce a winner, who will receive our respect and sincere admiration, far more valuable than any coin. Listen to our breakdown of the 2015 Academy Awards in two parts.
Part I – Analyzing the major categories
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Part II – Breaking down the race for Best Picture
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In Episode 100, we do our best to break Anthony’s curmudgeonly spirit and look at some of their favorite shows of 2014. But the crux of this episode grapples with the real questions surrounding the Entourage trailer. Why is Vince directing? Is this Vince’s worst movie to date? Where is E? Why is Turtle fighting Ronda Rousey? Who is Vince’s agent now? All questions are answered and 2015
remakes sequels reboots movies are previewed.
The state of the modern sitcom is in flux. Cable dramas have over taken the network sitcoms as the most relevant piece of television in popular culture. But it’s extended even beyond that. Some shows like The Big Bang Theory still earn (relatively) astronomical ratings, but they are losing their cultural cache rapidly. While we welcome an innovative approach to television and appreciate all the wonderful dramas and a few creative comedies (lookin’ at you, You’re the Worst), the sitcom can and should still matter. So we’ve decided to procure a time machine and create a sitcom with actors at their peak. The rules are tenuous at best but we know that we would watch whatever the hell we just created.
BIRDMAN, wide release October 17
The Vaughnaissance is nigh, dear friends. And frankly, bab ganoush could use a pick me up. Since the surprising success of 2009’s Couples Retreat ($171 million worldwide gross against $70 million budget), Hollywood took Vince Vaughn out for a nice steak dinner and never called him back. In four starring roles since then, his movies have netted a total of $59 million. For four movies. That’s $186 million less than Wedding Crashers netted in 2005, when Vaughn’s stock was at its highest. Vaughn has a certain charm and a glimmer of legitimate acting chops hidden beneath box office debacles. True Detective seems like the perfect opportunity to veer his career down a path we had all hoped.
Also in this episode: Adam’s disappointment with Koi, Anthony’s disappointment with Mulaney, two young comedians that are on fire and a set of exciting October movies.