Mark and Devin convene immediately after the end of the telecast of the 92nd Oscars to discuss winners, losers, favorite moments and lingering frustrations.
Mark: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Devin: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Mark: Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Devin: Renée Zellweger, Judy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mark: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Devin: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mark: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Devin: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Mark: Sam Mendes, 1917
Devin: Sam Mendes, 1917
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Mark: Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won, Parasite
Devin: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Mark: Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Devin: Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Mark: Elton John, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
Devin: Elton John, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Devin: American Factory
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Mark: Toy Story 4
Devin: Toy Story 4
Mark: Roger Deakins, 1917
Devin: Roger Deakins, 1917
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Mark: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Devin: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Mark: Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
Devin: Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
BEST FILM EDITING
Mark: Jeff Groth, Joker
Devin: Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker, Ford v Ferrari
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Mark: Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole, 1917
Devin: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker, Bombshell
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Mark: Barbara Ling, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Devin: Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales, 1917
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Mark: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy, 1917
Devin: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, and Dominic Tuohy, 1917
BEST SOUND MIXING
Mark: Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson, 1917
Devin: Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson, 1917
BEST SOUND EDITING
Mark: Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate, 1917
Devin: Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate, 1917
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Mark: Hair Love
Devin: Hair Love
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
Mark: Nefta Football Club
Devin: The Neighbors’ Window
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Mark: Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone If You’re a Girl
Devin: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Mark and Devin review Adam McKay’s political comedy The Big Short, which features noisy performances and bad hairdos from Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt. Then they look back on a particularly painful week for celebrity deaths to analyze how people respond to the news that their favorite Hollywood stars have passed.
The Big Short discussion starts at 0:45. Celebrity deaths begins at 24:47.
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Everything in The Big Short is a little off. Scenes end a beat or two before one of the characters finishes his sentence. Brief snippets of unrelated events creep into the spaces between sequences. The movie’s central foursome – Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt — don’t look their glamorous best. Celebrity cameos and profane outbursts punctuate what seems at first like a standard ripped-from-the-headlines drama. Funny bits and striking melancholy appear hand-in-hand, not clashing, but not quite fusing either.
The “directed by” credit accounts for some of the movie’s unusual energy. Adam McKay, who also co-scripted this adaptation Michael Lewis’ novel of the same name with Charles Randolph (Love & Other Drugs), is best known for his big-budget, big-hit studio comedies. Most of them star Will Ferrell and a cadre of assorted funny people improvising until their ears turn blue. McKay is not the first person you’d think of to direct a politically charged account of the year leading up to the 2008 financial meltdown. But his outsider’s approach actually fits the story, which is about the sloppy-looking but sharp-thinking Wall Street outsiders who saw the crash coming. That they did nothing to stop it is the specter that hangs over even the movie’s funniest bits like a dense fog. McKay mines this rinky-dink bunch for the comedy of their absurd behavior. If you pay close enough attention, though, you see him seeding the ground for a slow-burning gut punch. These are the men who could have saved millions of livelihoods – and didn’t.
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This week on The M&M Report, Devin and I had lots to say about the remarkable new movie 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. We discussed the movie’s approach to historically tricky subject matter, the searing performances and McQueen’s impressive command of visual storytelling. We both think this movie is more than worth seeing – it just might be essential.
(Note: we discussed the movie in general terms before getting into spoilers. If you’re on the fence about seeing this movie, listen to the first few minutes for our verdict.)
At the end, we simply couldn’t resist making room for a new feature: Devin Doesn’t Like Things. This week, Devin explains his true feelings about Halloween. Beware: he’s not a fan.
We’ve got lots of exciting things on the way in the next few weeks, including a return to music and a parade of guest stars certain to keep things interesting. We hope you’ll stick around!
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Based on its pedigree and early reviews from the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, I’m eagerly anticipating 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s much-anticipated new film about a free black man (Chiweter Ejiofor) who endures horrendous treatment at the hands of a ruthless slave master (Michael Fassbender). In an article entitled “Your Best Picture Winner Will Be 12 Years a Slave“, Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan writes, “A century from now, when they put together a montage about the history of movies? They’ll put the film we just saw in the first ten seconds of that montage.” If this movie really is the Schindler’s List of slavery, as others have suggested, all the better.