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Marvel and Sony Turn Off the Dark

Marvel and Sony Turn Off the Dark

August 28, 2019

We postponed our break just so we could talk about the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man divorce. From Disney's frightening dominance to Sony's reluctance to share credit, we break down the news that Sony and Marvel will no longer be co-producing Spider-Man movies. Also, The Matrix 4 is a real thing that is happening! Join us as we cover a wild week in film news.

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

The Long Dark Tea Time of Summer Blockbuster Season

The Long Dark Tea Time of Summer Blockbuster Season

August 22, 2019

With the summer movie season winding down, we take a look back at the winners and losers of blockbuster season, which is mostly "Disney", and "everyone else". And we look ahead to TIFF, and the non-blockbusters that will, hopefully, garner SOME box office in the five seconds Disney doesn't have a movie coming out. We also dive into Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, and debate is effectiveness and that controversial ending. Spoilers ahoy! 

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

Indie Film Blues and Other Bad News

Indie Film Blues and Other Bad News

August 13, 2019

This week, bad news abounds as we look into the rumored Annapurna bankruptcy and consider what it means for indie cinema. We also talk about Venom 2, Nate Parker's comeback via the Venice Film Festival, and Universal's decision to pull The Hunt from theaters to avoid a political shitstorm. We're living through a radical technological shift and also a bonkers political moment, and all of it is coming to bear at once. Join us as we stare into the abyss of cinema's future once again.

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

Nepotism - Is It Bad?

Nepotism - Is It Bad?

August 5, 2019

This week we tackle the age old question: Nepotism, is it bad? LOL, of course it is. We take a look at the rising phenomenon of legacy actors who are increasingly dominating casting headlines and breakout roles in Hollywood, and wonder where it leaves us if our art comes from one rarified perspective. We also talk about Hobbs & Shaw and the totally cool and normal contractual demands of the Fast/Furious actors, who refuse to lose a fight. 

Wall Street Journal on the Fast/Furious fight contract:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/fast-furious-stars-complicated-demandi-never-want-to-lose-a-fight-11564673490

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Risk Adverse Fame Game

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Risk Adverse Fame Game

August 1, 2019

Leonardo DiCaprio is currently starring in Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, so now is the time to take a look at his career and the almost 30 whole years he has spent as a famous person. Jumping off that article in The Hollywood Reporter, which posits DiCaprio as the last true Movie Star, we discuss why he really isn't that adventurous, why his fame game is boring, and his scientifically proven aversion to women his own age. But first! We also go over the films announced for TIFF and Venice, including new films from Marielle Heller and Taika Waititi.

The Hollywood Reporter on Leo D: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/how-leonardo-dicaprio-became-hollywoods-last-movie-star-1225416

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

Comic Con and CATS

Comic Con and CATS

July 23, 2019

This week we look back at the news and shockingly few surprises of a relatively quiet Comic Con, and then we descend into the madness of Cats. Is the fur really supposed to look like that? Why do only some cats wear clothes? Is Cats good or has everyone been Incepted? Join us as we break down the Cats trailer and try to gain some understanding of what appears to be a cocaine-fueled mass delusion.

Kayleigh's Cats-friendly twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah's Cats-confused twitter: @Cinesnark

Stop Creating Your Own Bad Headlines

Stop Creating Your Own Bad Headlines

July 18, 2019

What does Scarlett Johansson have in common with Big Little Lies? Bad headlines they both could have avoided with just a modicum of effort. This week we talk about the behind the scenes drama on Big Little Lies, and what happened to director Andrea Arnold. We also get into Scarlett Johansson's comments about her right to play any role, and whether or not that is appropriate when so many underrepresented communities still struggle to tell their own stories. ScarJo might be right down the road, but we break down why she's wrong right now.

Indiewire's report on Big Little Lies and Andrea Arnold: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/big-little-lies-season-2-andrea-arnold-lost-creative-control-jean-marc-vallee-1202156884/

Here's Kayleigh on the Big Little Lies debacle: https://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/after-andrea-arnolds-big-little-lies-drama-when-will-women-directors-get-their-dues.php

And here is Sarah on ScarJo: https://www.laineygossip.com/scarlett-johansson-says-she-should-be-allowed-to-play-any-person-any-tree-any-animal/56091

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

Midsommar Horror and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Weirdo Marvel Turn

Midsommar Horror and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Weirdo Marvel Turn

July 11, 2019

With the release of Midsommar, we wonder if adult-oriented summer counter-programming even works anymore, or if the summer drama is another victim of the streaming paradigm shift. We're also discussing the first trailer for the live-action Mulan remake, and Jake Gyllenhaal's off-kilter turn as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. After failing to become an action hero in his own right, Jake G built his career around cinematic weirdoes, and now everything comes full circle as a comic book movie taps him to play a weirdo villain. Join us as we gush over Florence Pugh and follow Jake G's career path through the weird weeds.

Here's Kayleigh on Jake G's wonderful Instagram: https://www.pajiba.com/celebrities_are_better_than_you/an-ode-to-jake-gyllenhaal-and-his-surprisingly-wonderful-instagram-account.php

And here is Sarah on Midsommarhttps://www.laineygossip.com/ari-asters-midsommer-starring-florence-pugh-movie-review/56004

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

Best of 2019 So Far and Babe.net’s Downfall

Best of 2019 So Far and Babe.net’s Downfall

July 1, 2019

We're halfway through the year, so this week we're talking our favorite movies and TV shows we've seen in 2019 (so far). The movies have been a little rough so far, but there are some gems out there, and there is PLENTY of television to talk about. We also discuss Allison P. Davis's profile on the collapse of Babe.net, the outlet behind the Aziz Ansari #MeToo expose. It's a window into a classically toxic workplace that is, unfortunately, being used to minimize the consent conversation the Aziz expose originally set off. Join us as we do a Babe.net post-mortem followed our best of 2019 (so far).

Allison P. Davis's Babe.net expose: https://www.thecut.com/2019/06/babe-net-aziz-ansari-date-rise-and-fall.html

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

Return to the Valley of Awful Men featuring Max Landis

Return to the Valley of Awful Men featuring Max Landis

June 26, 2019

This week we return to the Valley of Awful Men, as eight women come forward with allegations of all manner of abuse against Max Landis. We discuss Landis, the power that protected him, and a damaging Hollywood family legacy. And because we don't actually want to live in the pit of despair, we also talk Toy Story 4 and it's delightful new hero: actual garbage. This week's episode proves that proclaiming you're trash is only endearing if you're an animated spork, and not an actual person capable of doing real harm.

Sarah on Max Landis: https://www.laineygossip.com/eight-women-come-forward-accusing-screenwriter-max-landis-of-emotional-sexual-abuse/55914

How Max Landis used self-awareness to hide abuse: https://slate.com/culture/2019/06/max-landis-abuse-allegations-louis-ck.html

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark