Ben and Corey are delighted to talk to AwardsDaily.com’sSasha Stone about the state of the 2013 Oscar race.
Stone is arguably the best Oscar tracker and pundit in the industry after about 15 years of remaining plugged into movie awards races and staying as a solid early predictor of the outcomes.
If you have any interest whatsoever in tracking Oscar, Golden Globes, SAG and other precursors, Stone is a must-follow at AwardsDaily on Twitter.
We greatly appreciate that she was more than generous with her time, helping us size up the 2013 race, with “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips” putting a bit of a stranglehold on the best picture competition, with ankle-biters like Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” and others trying to sneak into the conversation, as well as unseen prospects like “Saving Mr. Banks.”
We also discuss the Oscar campaigning process at length, where it begins for movies that hope to stay on the tips of people’s and pundits’ tongues by year’s end, as well as other categories like the competitive best actor and actress races this year.
Aspect Radio #94: Gravity, Captain Phillips, Rush, Don Jon
Ben and Corey play a little catch-up since their last show, talking about four big releases folks should catch before they leave theaters.
More than any perhaps, folks should see Alfonso Cuaron’s "Gravity," which the guys agree is a landmark film in special effects but blockbusters in general.
They also hop aboard Paul Greengrass’ "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks in arguably in best performance since he was last nominated for an Oscar in “Cast Away.”
The guys even caught Ron Howard’s Formula One racing rivalry flick "Rush" starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, which both agree is entertaining but a little light on substance.
Corey hasn’t seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut "Don Jon" just yet, but Ben insists he and others would get a kick out of the comedy about a man trying to beat an addiction but more importantly making an effort to better himself and change his outlook on relationships.
We also hear a parting shot from show and FilmNerds.com contributor Graham Flanagan, who says “Captain Phillips” has a very important element he wished “Cast Away” did almost years ago.
Aspect Radio #93: Blue Jasmine, The World’s End, Woody Allen Character Fantasy Draft
Ben and Corey finally discuss Woody Allen’s latest drama "Blue Jasmine," starring Cate Blanchett in what could prove another Oscar-worthy turn.
Both consider it one of Allen’s best in recent memory, even better than the likes of “Match Point” and “Midnight in Paris,” thanks in large part to Blanchett’s performance and the longtime directors willingness to keep experimenting as a writer and stylist.
The guys also talk Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy finale, the pub crawl sci-fi adventure "The World’s End," starring Wright collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Does it live up to its cult favorite predecessors? These guys think so.
Staying in the realm of Woody Allen, they also partake in a fantasy draft of the top five Woody Allen characters not played by Woody Allen. So no Alvy Singer, Isaac, Kleinmann, Zelig or Broadway Danny Rose. They get a little help from FilmNerds.com’sMatt Scalici and Graham Flanagan.
Graham also tells us why the recent “50 Shades of Grey” casting announcement should be music to the ears of “Pacific Rim” fans.
Aspect Radio #91: Pacific Rim, Superman/Batman hopes, Blue Jasmine buzz
Ben and Corey lock in for the drift to gush all over Guillermo del Toro’s robots vs. monsters behemoth “Pacific Rim,” which they think dominates the 2013 summer movie season with a big ol’ elbow rocket.
Del Toro delivers arguably his best ( and inarguably his most fun) effort yet with a rock ‘em sock ‘em battle royale between robots and monsters as tall as skyscrapers. Combine “Starship Troopers,” “Independence Day,” “Godzilla,” “Metroid,” and “Voltron,” and you might get the idea.
The guys discuss whether original summer blockbusters are the way for studios to go long term from now on instead of relying on quick buck existing properties handled with way less care.
They also hit news involving the announcement of a “Superman/Batman” movie and what that could entail, the new “Secret Life of Walter Mitty” trailer and the positive buzz surrounding Woody Allen’s latest “Blue Jasmine.”
This episode features parting shots from Craig Hamilton and Graham Flanagan.
Aspect Radio #87: Top 5 Movies About Faith & Religion
Ben and Corey are joined by FilmNerds.com maestro Matt Scalici to talk about their favorite movies about or related to faith and religion.
They list the top five films that force them to contemplate their own faith or religion in general, many of which have stuck with them since they saw them as children.
Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, the Coen brothers and other filmmakers often express their personal beliefs in these films, thus moving us to think about and further discuss their arguments and make our own.
Aspect Radio and FilmNerds.com contributors Graham Flanagan and Ben Stark also offer their favorite films about faith during the discussion.
This episode was filmed in front of a live audience at First United Methodist Church in downtown Tuscaloosa, as part of Ben’s dad Steve Flanagan’s six-part series “God at the Movies (And Other Platforms.”
Movie talk radio show/podcast from the University of Alabama's own 90.7-FM in Tuscaloosa. Hosted by Ben Flanagan and Corey Craft, the show features reviews, interviews, industry news and plenty of insightful, informed and entertaining discourse on all aspects of film.