In True Detective, Nick Pizzolatto has created a nuanced world in a genre that has sorely missed the quality. The HBO series, which is through episodes through an eight-part series, has a baseline premise that is hardly original: girl gets raped/murdered and a pair of cops needs to find the bad guy. But these cops are not doughnut-stuffing caricatures, but rather tortured and layered individuals brought to life by Matthew McConaughey and Woddy Harrelson. As Rust Cohle (a name that could use a little work, but we’ll look past that) and Marty Hart, the mismatched pair trade philosophical points, in the diatribe and one-liner forms respectively, and seem intent on diagnosing the flaws of each other because the internal search is far too melancholic. They don’t neatly fit into the category of antihero or hero; they operate in some purgatorial milieu where the socially expected forms of morality have been all but discarded in favor of their own beliefs. In the third episode, Rusty says “We are creatures that should not exist by natural law.” And in many ways, the same could be said about the show. A premise seen so many times should not be able to be such a critically and commercially successful television show. But the world created by Pizzolatto is so fascinating and the brand of storytelling so different that it’s difficult not to wonder the hell is going to happen.
Adam and Anthony discuss what has happened in the series and what is to come, but before that, they look at some news around the entertainment world, including a nod to the Cos, while also taking a look at Wahlburgers. It’s all about family.
The nominations for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced last Thursday as they are every year, during a pre-dawn reading by a groggy actor that owed someone a favor. This year, Chris Hemsworth stumbled out of his Asgardian bedroom to join Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in reading the nominees. The names of actors, directors and films were announced with nary a trace of pomp nor circumstances, an oddity in an age where a special, hour-long announcement ceremony would surely draw some ratings. Alas, Hemsworth and Isaacs were on the podium for less than eight minutes, but they delivered a formidable list of nominees. Both American Hustle and Gravity earned 10 nominations while 12 Years A Slave fell just short of the top spot with nine and Adam and Anthony are here to break down the nominees.
The fellas focus on which films got snubbed, which actors/actresses deserved a nomination and which nominations surprised them. Fare the well, dear podcast listeners.
I have never heard of the name Nick Cave before Anthony pitched the idea for this podcast. In fact, I sort of thought at first that a bunch of people had just spelled Nic Cage’s name incorrectly. And in reality, that probably would have been a better choice to write the script that made me question everything about the world. Cave, who has no relation to Cage but does write and perform music in Australia and has more than 60 credits as a film composer, penned a script for a movie that I hold sacred. This movie is wedged right next to Ken Griffey Jr.’s swing, Herman Boone, The Eminem Show and Tim Riggins in the top five things that I find myself remembering fondly at various times. But cave bastardized the sanctity of this movie by proposing a borderline insult premise with an equally horrific script. (Now seeing as I didn’t find the script on the most reputable of sites, this could be unduly harsh on Mr. Cave, who I’m sure is a nice enough, if not frightening to look at, man. It could be some sort of fan fiction that found legs in the internet rumor mill. But I don’t think so.)
But it is a sequel that, thankfully, never saw the light of day. Anthony and I talk about Cave’s idea, as well as 10 other sequels that never quite happened for various reasons. There is a strange Mrs. Doubtfire reboot, a missed opportunity for The Breakfast Club gang and a potential combination of Tarantino movies among the movies that never came to fruition. Any that we missed, feel free to send our way.
Unless you’re name is Nick Cave. We are THROUGH with you Mr. Cave.
January has historically been a weak month for movies. Projects that ended up being derailed at one point or another typically get released this month, right after the deadline for the Academy Awards. So forgive us if we are not particularly excited about the upcoming slate of cinematic offerings.
But nevertheless, the guys are here to talk about the movies that are coming out and rehashing a few that will get a wide release in January. They break down the character Jack Ryan, what has happened to Keira Knightley’s promising career, which movie will be the lone hit of the month and what is Michael B. Jordan thinking with his latest movie choice?